I gave a Twitter shout out for people to send in their favorite recipes and my Tweeter pal Amemait sent not one, not two, not three but four marvelously easy recipes. Two dinners, one dessert and a fabulous anytime snack. ENJOY! -R
Amemait’s Notes: Most measurements given in Antipodean metric, I’m afraid (which means the ‘cups’ are slightly differently sized as well as the measurements being in grams). Exception is Fondue, as this recipe’s a traditional German one. Temperatures given in Celsius (so add 15 and multiply by 2 to get the Fahrenheit).
DINNER ONE: Farmhouse Fondue
Serves: 4-ish. Or 2 very hungry cold people
Prep and cooking time: depends on your stove
Difficulty scale: 2ish
Special equipment: Fondue set, Fondue forks and a cute person to snog sitting next to you
1 clove Garlic
1lb Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 teaspoon dry Mustard
2tblsp Dry White Wine (+1 glass to drink while making)
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2tsp butter (optional, but useful)
Chop garlic finely (or used some of them garlic twisty thingies)
Place in fondue pan & melt gently, stirring continuously.
Slightly warm the wine & milk, add with remaining ingredients except butter.
Cook until thick & creamy, stirring all the time.
Adding 1/2tsp butter makes the pan about 100x easier to clean.
Fondue bread should be crusty, or you can use Granny Smith apples for the sharp tastiness.
Have the cute person sit on your right if you want to be allowed to snog them if you drop the food into the fondue bowl, or on your left if you want them to kiss you.
DINNER TWO: Pizza Pancakes
For the days when you wake up and a) can’t decide if you want pizza or pancakes, or b) discover that you’ve woken up and it’s time for dinner!
Serves: however much the pancake mix you’re using serves.
Prep time: Depends on your pizza toppings
Cooking time: About 5-10 minutes per pancake
Difficulty scale: 2
Special equipment: A frying pan, a see-through lid which fits over it, and something to lift the pancake off the frypan with.
Either your own recipe for pancakes, or some supermarket pancake mix
Whatever you personally like to put on Pizza
Pour the pancake mix into the frypan, and wait until it’s about 1/4 to 1/2-pancaked on the bottom side. Without flipping it over, add whichever sauce you use for pizza to the top of the pancake, and then
your cheeses, meats, peppers, etc.
Top it off with some more cheese (this helps it cook a little better, honest!) and place the lid over
Watch until the cheese is melted to your taste, then quickly turn the frypan or stove off and transfer your pizza to a largish plate.
If making for more than one person, be sure to place the plateful of pizza pancake in the oven on ‘Keep Warm’. This will keep your pizza from getting cold while you make everybody else’s.
Perhaps not a good idea to put the fried egg on if that’s your thing for Pizza.
PUDDING: Sticky date pudding
Serves: A LOT. Can go up to 8 people with leftovers for breakfast (it’s a very nice breakfast)
Prep time: About an hour the first time
Cooking time: 40-60 minutes
Difficulty scale: 2
Special equipment: Oven-proof pudding basin, baking paper to line this (makes it easier to clean)
250 g pitted, chopped dates (you can buy them like this in Woolies, sometimes)
1 and 1/2 cups water
1 large rounded teaspoon minced ginger or 1 level teaspoon ground ginger
1 and 1/2 teasp baking soda
1 cup caster sugar
1 and 3/4 cups Self-raising flour (or use plain flour with 2 teaspoons baking powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice or cinnamon
60 g butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup cream
Preheat oven to 180 deg
Line a large pudding basin with baking paper
Put dates, water and ginger in a saucepan, cover, bring to boil then
turn heat down and simmer for 5 mins
Remove from heat, stir in baking soda while still hot, then allow to
cool slightly – 10 minutes max
While the dates are cooling, cream the butter and sugar together, then
add eggs, mix thoroughly but do not over beat.
Mix the flour and mixed spice together in a separate bowl
Fold in 1/2 the flour into the butter & sugar mix, then fold in half
the date mixture, then repeat with the remainder.
Put it into the pudding basin, bake for about 1 hour – watch that it
doesn’t burn, maybe test with a knife after about 40 minutes.
Remove from oven, and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
Caramel sauce method:
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan, stirring over gentle heat until melted and mixed.
SNACK: Never-fail Microwave Brownie!
Serves: AS MANY AS IT LIKES
Prep time: 2–5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Difficulty scale: 1
Special equipment: Baking tray, maybe a mixer (I whisk it by hand within the 2 minute limit), maybe a sieve to sift the flour & cocoa for easier mixing and to put the icing sugar on top)
Eggs: 2 (mediumish)
Sugar: 1 cup
Cocoa: 1/4 Cup (not drinking chocolate. I speak from experience)
Flour: 1 cup
Baking powder: 1tsp
Vanilla Essence: 1tsp (not essential, but does lift this a little. If using Vanilla Extract or Flavouring, 2tsp)
Icing sugar, Chocolate Sprinkles, or Grated Chocolate on top (optional)
Soften butter (by soften I mean ‘nearly liquid). Add sugar & eggs,
cream well. Add other dry ingredients & Vanilla, mix well. I’ve taken
to doing all this in the bowl which I’ll bake it in to rescue dough.
Place mixture in microwave-proof tray (which should fit into the
microwave and be able to do 360degree turns in it; if this gets stuck
it burns). Cook on High for 5 minutes (watch to make sure the try
doesn’t get stuck).
Sift on icing sugar/grate chocolate over it/attack it with sprinkles.