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Monday, April 20, 2009

The Pizza Craving Curber- Pizza Salad

Yes this is another of my inventions! I never craved pizza till I was told I couldn’t have it. Now, this Pizza salad is my best friend…. I will post a photo if I can ever manage to remember to take one before I scoff the thing down.

*½ red onion finely chopped
*1 capsicum finely chopped-fry these first two ingredients together till transluscent
*½ chorizo sausage- fry till done, then chop up finely (or use a handful of bacon or ham, whatever your favourite meat is for pizza)
*handful of chopped mushrooms- fry on high heat till just done
*handful of sliced olives
*handful of favourite grated pizza cheese ( I use goat cheese with a sprinkle of parmesan, because it is low fat)
*½ a lettuce chopped
*garlic yoghurt sauce to taste (mayonnaise if you are not on low fat options)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then eat with relish!

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Just had to jot this one down for posterity. I can’t really claim to have ‘invented’ it, but when all my favorite ingredients popped into my head in the form of a casserole, I quickly got my oldest minion (Roly) to be my apprentice before the vision vanished. Roly was apprehensive about baking a ‘made up’ casserole (specially when I said it would be called Roly’s Rustic 5 Cheese Chicken Casserole, as he is not fond of cheese in any form) but when he smelt it in the oven, and later when he tasted its exquisite creaminess, the sweet basil and potato, and the gentle spice of the chorizo, he was sold. It is a firm new family favourite, except for poor old Spindles who has a mental thing against basil, and honestly must have toyed rather sadly with his dinner for a couple of hours! Even though I had taken any basil out of it.

Michelle’s Rustic 5 Cheese Chicken Casserole

1 kg cooked chopped chicken
3 chorizo sausages fried and chopped up fine
1-1 and 1/2 cups of your favourite grated cheeses (we used feta, tasty, Parmesan, Mozzarella and Jarlsberg)
4 cups of chopped and roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 onions, chopped and fried till transluscent
1 600ml carton of cream
1 300ml carton of sour cream
2 tbsp chicken stock powder
a handful of basil torn into smaller pieces
Breadcrumb Topping
1 large Turkish bread Or enough to comfortably cover the top of your casserole dish when chopped!
4 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp chopped chives

Casserole Instructions
Mix up the cream and sour cream and chicken stock powder in a large casserole dish.
Throw in the rest of the ingredients and mix it all together gently so as not to break up the potatoes.

Breadcrumb Topping instructions

Chop the bread up and gently toss with the olive oil and chives in a saucepan over low heat for a couple of minutes.
Then sprinkle over the casserole.Bake at 180 for about 30 minutes or till hot through and topping is golden and crunchy looking.

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