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Macaroni chicken and chickpeas pie cooked in risotto style

family size serve with salad mix
family size serve with salad mix
Individual serving for kids without chilli
Individual serving

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Tortilla egg custard, chilli, mushroom with cheese pumpkin mashed

Tortilla egg custard, chilli mushroom w cheese pumpkin mashed

Ingredients
1 packet tortilla
4 eggs, lightly beaten
300 ml custard
250 g mushroom, thinly sliced
1 spring onion, finely chopped
3 Tbs olive oil + more depend on how many tortilla
5 Tsp chili oil or buy from grocery (I made my own in advance; recipe below)
500 g butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped
200 g 4 cheese blend from Italiano packet by Woolworth (Parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss)
2 Tbsp milk
40 g butter, chopped
1 garlic bulb, unpeeled, cloves separated
Olive oil cooking spray
Salt and pepper
fried onion for garnish pumpkin (optional)

Ingredients
Chili oil
6 hot dried peppers (Go with a pepper that fits the degree of heat you’re looking for; I used Habernero.)
6 fresh hot red chili peppers, such as jalapeno or Hot Thai Chili (omit if cant take heat)
1 Tbsp Szechuan Peppercorns
5 clove garlic, minced very finely (optional, or a shallot as a substitute is also nice)
1 dash salt
1 Tsp white vinegar or Shao Xing rice wine
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs sesame oil
1/8 Tsp cumin
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method
Cut the chili peppers in half and remove the seeds of 3 the rest keep the seeds. Place whole dried chilies in bowl of food processor along with szechuan peppercorns. Process for 3 to 4 minutes until chilies are broken up into small pieces. Finely mince the garlic or shallot.

In a wok, heat the oil and a dash of salt over medium-high to high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully stir in the sesame oil. Add the peppers and let them sizzle for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Once the peppers have begun releasing their juices and fragrance, lower the heat and add the garlic. After a few minutes add the vinegar (don’t overdo it!), cumin, sugar, juice and cover. Let simmer for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peppers are dark red and gorgeous.

Let cool and store in an air tight glass container. Amounts in this recipe are variable, so feel free to play around, and also larger batches are a great idea if you’ve got the extra hot peppers to do it.

Refrigerated your chili will keep for 2-4 weeks, but a batch this size probably won’t last that long. If needed, you can also store it indefinitely in the freezer, and separating smaller amounts into smaller container makes it easy to pull out individual portions.

To make mashed pumpkin

Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place garlic on prepared tray. Spray with oil. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Stand for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Squeeze garlic from skins. Discard skins.

Meanwhile, cook pumpkin in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan. Add garlic. Mash until almost smooth. Add milk, cheese and butter. Season with salt a bit as cheese may be salty and pepper. Stir to combine.

To make tortilla
Heat 1 Tbs oil in frying pan over med heat. Add the egg into the custard. Then put tortilla in pan, ladle enough egg mixture on to tortilla and scatters mushrooms and spring onion. Cook until the egg mixture cook about 4-5 minutes. Turning the other side and cook until liquid dry; egg tortilla is cooked to your liking. Place a few dollop of chili oil over. Serve with mashed pumpkin and garnish with fried onion.

Savoury yogurt loaf

https://www.easiyo.com/easiyo-recipe-details/savoury-yogurt-loaf.html

Savoury yoghurt loaf
made by Helen


made by Maggie

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups standard flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup grated tasty cheese
1/2 cup (30g) fresh parseley, chopped
1 spring onion, finely chopped
3 rashers diced bacon, rind removed
3/4 cup milk (184g)
3/4 cup (188g) Natural EasiYo Yogurt (188
1/4 cup (65g) oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
Extra grated cheese for topping
Method
Sift flour and baking powder and stir in cheese, parsley, spring onion and bacon. Make a well in the centre and pour in the combined milk, yogurt, oil and egg. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin. Sprinkle over a little extra grated cheese and bake in preheated 190°Celcius oven for approx. 40-50 minutes until golden brown, and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool.

Bacon, herbs and olives loaf

Bacon herbs and olives loaf

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups Baker’s plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup grated 4 cheese cheese
1/2 cup (30g) fresh basil, coriander,oregano, parsley,rosemary,sage, spring onion, thyme chopped
12 pitted olives, finely chopped
300g diced bacon, chopped
3/4 cup skim milk (184g)
3/4 cup (188g) Natural low fat Yogurt
1/4 cup (65g) truffle infuse olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
Extra grated 4 cheese for topping
Method
Sift flour and baking powder and stir in cheese, herbs and bacon. Make a well in the centre and pour in the combined milk, yogurt, oil and egg. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin. Sprinkle over a little extra grated cheese and bake in preheated 190°C oven for approx. 40-50 minutes until golden brown, and a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool.