Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dads nuts and bolts.


1 packet of salted mixed nuts.
Equal amount of Nutrigrain cereal
2 packets of cream of chicken cup of soup
2 packets of French onion cup of soup
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Mix nuts and nutrigrain. Add soup powder. Mix thoroughly and add oil while stirring. Add extra oil until all powder is used.

Bag into zip lock bags and leave overnight. The oil will soak into the powder.

Eat and enjoy.

For a variation: add 1 teaspoon of mustard or curry powder. Or sprinkle of chili flakes.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Boston Baked Beans

420g Baked Beans in tomato sauce
2 tablespoons of maple flavoured syrup
2 tablespoons Worstershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tobasco sauce (the red kind)
100g diced bacon
1 small chopped white onion
1 tablespoon oil

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion and cook until soft. Add bacon and cook.
Place all in a pan and simmer for 20 minutes until thick.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dad's Chili


  • 1.5kg 1 kg mince (reduced meat content 12-Jan-2013 due to feedback from family)
  • 4 x 440g cans kidney beans (including liquid)
  • 1 tub tomato paste
  • 2 or 3 small onions (or 250g of frozen chopped)
  • 3 tomatoes - coarsely chopped (or 2 tins of diced - plain)
  • 1/2 green capsicum - coarsely chopped
  • 3 sticks of celery coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 cups water


  • 3 tablespoons of corn flour
  • 1/4 cup of water


  1. Saute the onions and celery in a tablespoon of oil until the onions are clear. Add the mince.
  2. Cook until the mince is brown. Drain excess oil.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  4. Cook on auto for at least 5 hours stirring occasionally.
  5. After 4 hours and 15 minutes of cooking: combine the corn flour and extra water and stir into the chili. This will thicken the sauce and add to the flavour.


1 tbsp of brown sugar if you prefer a sweeter chili.
Serve with fresh pepper to increase heat (spiciness) of dish.
This dish is best served with fresh grated cheddar cheese and sour cream. Use crackers or corn chips for dipping.
Leave any leftovers in the fridge for a day to increase flavours. Alternately prepare one day ahead as the flavours really pop after a day in the fridge.
Can be frozen.


I've removed any salt from the recipe as the tinned kidney beans usually contain enough for most tastes. You can reduce the salt content further by draining and rinsing the kidney beans and adding an extra cup of water to the pot.
All measurements are in metric and spelling is English.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


1 1/4 cup Self-raising flour 1/4 cup sugar pinch of salt 1 egg 1 1/4 cup soured milk 1/4 cup vegetable oil Sift four and add dry ingredients. Combine egg and milk then add to dry ingredients until it forms a thick batter. Add vegetable oil and stand for 20 minutes. Measure 1/4 cups of batter into a hot skillet and flip when bubbles are forming. Cook other side. Repeat until all batter is used. Serve with ice-cream, maple syrup, whipped butter. Alternate serving suggestion: sprinkle with caster sugar and lemon juice.

Savory Pancakes

1 Cup Self-raising flour
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup soured milk (or butter milk)
--soured milk can be made by mixing 1 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice per cup of milk. Stir immediately to prevent curdling.

Mix wet and dry ingredients separately. Sift the dry mix then add the wet mix and combine completely. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes then stir again.

Measure 1/4 cup of batter into a fry pan and cook until bubbling then flip and cook the other side.
Continue until all batter is used.

Serve with any savoury topping eg: spaghetti sauce.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Winning Recipes

I've always had an interest in the culinary arts but have never undertaken formal training. I'm now the patriarch of a family of 5 (not including the many pets) and have found that some of my creations are popular with visitors from outside my family.

In order to ensure that those recipes are not lost, they are being posted here and shared with the community at large.

These recipes are my own creations and are not to be published in any form whatsoever without specific written permission. Please keep this in mind as you will be found out. Feel free to link to these recipes though.