Sunday, March 15, 2009

Easy Cheesecake recipe

Ingredients for cheescake

1 packet of digestive biscuits, crushed
140g creamed cheese (philidelphia is good)
150 mls cream
1 packet of jelly, lemon or strawberry is nice
50g margarine
1 cup of hot water


  • Melt the margarine over a low heat
  • Add the crushed biscuits and mix well
  • Press biscuit mix into a loose bottomed cake tin
  • Refridgerate

  • Melt the jelly in one cup of hot water
  • Allow to cool but not set
  • Whisk together the cream and cream cheese
  • Add the jelly gradually and blend
  • Pour mixture over the biscuit base and return to refridgerator until set.
Cheesecake image by Foodista

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Barbecue chicken drumsticks recipe

This recipe can be oven baked or cooked on a barbecue


  • 8 Chicken legs
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 pepper finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 dessertspoons of tomato ketchup
  • 1 dessertspoon of worcestercher sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


Oven baked method (can be barbecued)

  1. Pre heat the oven to 190C
  2. Mix all ingredients except the chicken to make a sauce
  3. Place the chicken in a casserole dish
  4. Spoon the sauce over the chicken
  5. Cover and bake in the oven for an hour

Learn To Cook Part 2

Freezing and thawing food

Guidelines to freezing and thawing food at home

  • All frozen food should be sealed - no open wrappers, if you open bread for example but you want to freeze the rest, put it in a new freezer bag.
  • Your freezer should be kept at -18C or less
  • Always follow your freezer manufacturer storage guidelines on how long food can be kept, many people do not follow these guidelines but it is important to do so as the frozen food will deteriorate after the storage date
  • For the above reason you should always mark the bag or container with the freezing date before you freeze it.
  • Frozen food must always be fully thawed before cooking especially chicken unless the packaging states it can be "cooked from frozen"
  • Defrost frozen food in the fridge - the bonus to this is it can actually help to cut the running cost of your refridgerator as the frozen food keeps the temperature in your fridge lower, meaning your fridge has to work less to maintain the required temperature
  • Freezers should be defrosted regularly
  • Never re-freeze food that has not been first fullycooked
  • Do not freeze food that is still hot, allow it to cool first before freezing
  • Never use hot water or other methods to defrost food, allow time to defrost in the fridge.

Later in this learn to cook series I will be posting about
  • the different cuts of meat and their common uses,
  • Baking terms and an introduction to pastry, and a very useful list of recipe ingredient substitutes for when you run out of one ingredient essential to your dish

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe


1 onion sliced
2 peppers chopped
12 mushrooms sliced
3 medium carrots finely chopped
1 can of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato purée
Box of lasagne sheets
Grated red chedder cheese
Salt and pepper to season
250 mls vegetable stock
Mixed herbs

For the white sauce ( a jar of white sauce can be used instead)
25g margarine
25g flour
430 mls milk
Salt and pepper
Grated cheese


To make the cheese sauce

Melt the margarine in a pan and add the flour
Cook on a low hear for 1 minute stirring all the time
Remove from heat and cool
Add the milk, salt and pepper and beat
Return to the heat and bring to the boil, keep stirring
Add a small handfull of grated cheddar
Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes

To make the lasagne

Pre heat oven to 200 celcius
Fry the onion, peppers, mushrooms and carrots for 5 minutes
Add the tomato, tomato purée and vegetable stock
Place a layer of the pasta sheets in the bottom of your caserole dish for the base
Add your ingredients in this order as layers:
Vegetables followed by lasagne sheets followed by white sauce ending with the last of the white sauce on the top of your lasagne
Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for half an hour

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Family food and recipes

Recipes and cooking tips for family meals that are easy, quick and inexpensive for busy families