Potato and Brocolli Bake

The only way that I love broccoli is with cheese. In that respect, I am a total child, but I don’t care. This is a great easy way to make a potato bake with broccoli with loads of cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup grated cheese

Method

  • Parboil the potatoes for about 30 minutes, then remove from the boil and allow to cool.
  • Preheat the oven at 180ºC.
  • Cut the broccoli florets and place in the bottom of an oven proof dish.
  • Melt the butter in a small pot.
  • Mix in the flour and cook for a few minutes, cooking the flour and butter mixture.
  • Slowly add the milk while mixing into the flour and butter mixture.
  • Stir continuously until the sauce starts to thicken, then  add the paprika and half the cheese.
  • Slice the potato into chunky slices.
  • Pour some of the sauce over the broccoli in the dish, then layer with a layer of potato slices, then a layer of sauce.
  • Layer the potato and sauce and finish with a layer of sauce.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180ºC.
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Crock Pot Beef Stew

Crock Pot Beef StewFollowing on from my adventure into crock potting with my Tomato Soup, I’ve decided to now try a beef stew. I normally don’t like beef stews because the meat can be very tough, but with a crock pot the hours of cooking softens the meat beautifully and imbues all the flavours together. This is definitely a newly discovered family favourite.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 ¼ tbsp water
  • 500g beef stew meat
  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 3-4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1¾ cup beef stock or broth
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes

Method

  • Whisk together the  vinegar,  flour, salt, pepper and water in the bottom of a crock pot.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients, and mix well.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours, or until meat is tender.

Recipe based on source.

Roast Butternut

I love roast butternut, actually any of the pumpkin family is part of my favourite foods. Roasting pumpkin is yummy and in my opinion brings out the flavour. 

Ingredients

  • Butternut
  • Butter/Fry Lite
  • Ground nutmeg/cinnamon

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 190ºC
  • Cut up and peel the butternut and place in an oven proof dish.
  • If you are using butter, cut the butter into small pieces and sprinkle over the butternut and then sprinkle with the spices to taste
  • If you are using fry lite, spray with fry lite and sprinkle with the spices to taste
  • Roast in the oven for 25 minutes

Smashed Potatoes

This is another one of my family favourites that was inspired and born in Pinterest. I can spend absolute days just pinning and searching and repinning and just while away my life. It is my go to for inspiration and to find recipes. This recipe comes via Pinterest from the Pioneer Woman.

Ingredients

  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste (I used Sea Salt flakes)
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) To Taste

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 450ºF/230ºC.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.
  • On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.
  • With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.
  • Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.)
  • Bake in a the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Baked Potatoes with Crunchy Skins

The initial intention of this blog was always to be my own personal recipe book and as such the recipes may turn out to be super boring. This is one of those, so feel free to walk away now. But if you just want to know how to make Jacket Potatoes, look no further.

Ingredients

  • Potato/es

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
  • Stab the potato with a fork a few times
  • Place the Potato/es in the oven for about 1-1 1/2 hours (depending on the size of the potato).
  • The skin should be browned, and when you squeeze the potato it should give a little.
  • Careful when you take then out, they get really really hot!

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