Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Autumn recipe list :: Week 4

I can't believe I am on the last week of my Autumn recipe list. That month went by super fast!
So this week I am doing the last seven dishes left on the list. I was worried I might be left with seven nights straight of chicken dishes but as it turns out I've done okay and there's a nice variety this week. Now for the rest of the season I just pick a weekly recipe list to repeat and I'm sorted for family dinners.
:: Vegie Soup
1 leek
2 garlic cloves
2 celery sticks
2 large potatoes
2 carrots
1 zucchini
1/2 cup barley
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
400g tin butter beans
400g tin chick peas
2L vegetable stock
fresh parsley and basil
Make it:
Heat a little olive oil in a large boiler over medium heat and cook sliced leek and celery and diced garlic cloves until soft. Add diced potato, toss and cook for a minute, then add diced carrot and zucchini, toss and cook a minute more. Pour in stock and barley and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper, add butter beans, chick peas and green peas. Return to the boil then simmer for a few minutes before serving. Top with chopped parsley and basil to serve.
:: Aleppo Chicken
This is a boiled (I've never been there before!) whole chicken dish with an almond cream sauce from Elizabeth David.
:: Peas & Crunchy Bacon
I've mentioned this Jamie Oliver recipe before here. It's fantastic served on some wholemeal spaghetti.
:: Gnocchi with Mushrooms
I'm going to try Jamie Oliver's potato gnocchi recipe and team it with some mushrooms cooked in cream and butter and topped with shaved parmesan.
:: Chicken & Basil Stir-fry
500g chicken breast
2 garlic cloves
1 carrot
handful of snow peas
1/2 red capsicum
1/2 cup cashew nuts
soba noodles

soy sauce
oyster sauce
sesame oil
12 basil leaves
Make it:
Heat a little olive oil in a wok and add diced garlic and stripped chicken breast. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add carrot and capsicum strips and cook about 1 minute. Add broccoli and cook a minute more. Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon each of oyster sauce and sesame oil. Pour over wok contents and stir. Cook a minute or so then add snow peas, finely sliced basil and cashew nuts. Serve on soba noodles.
:: Pork Dumplings
These are from The Women's Weekly Complete Book of Modern Entertaining. They should make for a fun Friday night finger meal.
:: Pan-fried Veal
500g veal steaks/fillets
garlic clove
handful of brown mushrooms
3/4 cup cream
1 carrot
handful fresh beans
12 chat potatoes
Make it:
Slice your veal into thin fillets, pound with a mallet then season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Heat a little olive oil and 2 tblspns butter in a fry pan over medium heat. Place fillets in pan and cook for a few minutes on either side. Remove and cover with foil. Add a bit more butter, crushed garlic and sliced mushrooms to pan and cook, then add cream to pan and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and put veal back in pan. Heat for about 5 minutes and serve with steamed veg. After the kids' veal and creamy sauce has been taken out of the pan I like to add a bit of white or red wine and bring back to the boil for the grown ups.


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