Friday, December 2, 2011

Weekly roundup...

Before we went away in Ruby last weekend, I did some baking for Brianna. She spent a few days away with some school friends as her 'Schoolies Celebration'. I made Weekender Biscuits which have cornflakes and choc chips inside.
For Kirby, I made 3 lasagnes for her freezer. This weekend when Gus goes back up to the city I will send Chicken Chow Mein pasties with him. These make easy dinner meals for her after a 'hard days work'.
Our monthly farmers market was on last Saturday and I came across a lady making these Christmas decorations. It is made from flowers folded using scrapbooking paper, just held together by paper clips. The ball is made up of ten flowers. It is a real work of art!
Yummy dinner last night - fresh crumbed flat head fillets, oven baked potato slices and salad.
Whilst in Adelaide, Brianna spied a Dutch Pancake maker (they are called Poffertjes) in KMart for $12. She googled a recipe and it is really good.
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1.25 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon caster sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teasoon vanilla
Whip all together then let stand for 10 minutes before spooning into the poffertje maker (or fry pan, sprayed with oil)
Wednesday night after we got home from Adelaide (4 hour drive) I made myself a little Weight Watchers Tuna Mornay. I was going to have a Lean Cuisine meal and looked at the Tuna Bake one then thought - I can make one myself and it will be much tastier... and it was!
Tuna Mornay
1 tablespoon Flora light margarine
2 tablespoons plain flour
Skim milk (I use Pura Tone with has nearly zero fat)
180 gm can Tuna in springwater, drained
125 gm can corn kernels
1/2 broccoli florets
1/2 cup green beans or peas
1/2 sachet of Continental Chicken Noodle Cup-O-soup (or 1/2 teaspoon chicken stock)
sprinkle of dried parsley
salt and pepper to your taste
1/2 cup grated tasty cheddar cheese
bread crumbs to top
Make a white sauce by melting margarine in a saucepan, add flour and cook off for a minute. Slowly add in enough milk and keep stirring quickly to get rid of any lumps. Keep adding milk until the sauce thickens nicely (probably more than 1 cup). Add in chicken noodle soup, half of the cheese, salt and pepper and parsley. Then add tuna, corn and other vegetables. Once it has thickened up well, pour into a small casserole dish - remember this is only a one person mornay.
Top with remaining half of cheese and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake for about 20 minutes until bubbling.
I served it with some spiral pasta and ate half for dinner and then half the next day for lunch. It was yummy and much nicer than a pre-packaged meal.
Thank you for all your Birthday wishes to Kirby - we went out to a lovely restaurant in Adelaide for her 21st. We gave her a Tiffany & Co silver bracelet which she loved. Because she has just started her new job she couldn't get home for her birthday so she will catch up with family and friends when she comes home for a few days over Christmas.
I will post about my weight loss in my next post.

Cheers - Joolz


  1. Rhi adores the poffertjes that are made at the farmers markets that Stu attends so we puchased her a similar machine. We also buy her the exact same poffertje mix that the markets use where you just add water. Tis good stuff and stocked at our local coffee shop of all places!


    The link for the mix stockists Aussie wide.

  3. OOPS try this one is their home page

  4. You always make such wonderful looking food. Thank you for sharing the recipes. Love those paper flowers. Really neat.


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