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Culinary Delights

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MargarettawasMargot Report 3 Sep 2009 15:18

LIZ-here's a lovely,easy recipe for bananas which is delicious.

It's meant to be done in a blender or vitamiser but if you don't have one I don't think it would matter.

Banana Loaf
1 cup milk , 1 egg, 3 ounces sugar(90g) , 2 small bananas, 2ozs(60g)
butter, half tspn.bicarb soda, pinch salt, 8 ozs (2 cups SR flour),sifted

Place all ingredients except flour in blender and vitamise until smooth.
Have sifted flour ready in a large container and fold mixture into flour.
Turn out into a greased bread loaf tin. Bake in a mod.350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for approx.40-45 minutes.Cool on a wire rack.Delicious with butter or lemon icing.,or both!

I did have a recipe for using up squashy bananas which had milk in it,and you combined them together and then froze them,using icypole sticks and cups which would have been perfect for you,but I can't find the recipe at the moment.I will ask my sister-in-law for it,as she gave it to me originally.



MargarettawasMargot Report 3 Sep 2009 15:44

Also, here's a really easy,tasty Asian type meal which can be cooked on the top of the stove in one pan,all at once.


Lightly brown 1 lb. or half a kg. of very lean mince steak and 1 chopped onion in a little oil in a very large,deep frypan with a lid.Cook until the meat turns from pink to brown.

Place all the remaining ingredients in the frypan -
one quarter sliced cabbage, 1 cup celery,1 cup beans(I use frozen whole baby beans) salt and pepper to taste, 1 level Tablespoon curry powder,1 Tbspn. Soy sauce,1 packet Chicken Noodle soup in 2 cups boiling water.
Mix well,simmer for about 15 minutes,stirring occasionally,making sure the lid is on the frypan.Serve with rice.

Best wishes, Margot.


SpanishEyes Report 3 Sep 2009 21:43

A very big THANK YOU to everyone for keeping this going for me. Son has now been discharged from hospital and thankfully he has ground floor accommodation at the back of one of his shops. He appears to have a bevy of female friends looking after him.

I will try to be back with recipes tomorow but if not I will be back by the weekend.

I am now thinking about a slow cooker, any particular make I should consider.

Bye for now


PS we had home made chicken curry today but I did cheat a little and put in a jar of Jalfrazee was delicious.


Lindy Report 3 Sep 2009 22:05

Banana Fridge Tart

Hiya Val in RSA and everyone else.

I craved Tennis Biscuits and bought some from a UK shop that sells RSA goods, they were out of date and crushed, so I use Marie Biscuits instead which we get in Portugal so sure you can also find in UK.

I pressure cook four cans of condensed milk for an hour and keep them in the pantry as the bought stuff does not taste the same.

One and a half packets Marie Biscuits, crushed finely with a rolling pin.

Mix 1/3 a cup of butter/margarine then add a can of cooked condensed milk.

Don't be afraid to use your hands and mash it all together until a thick paste.

Line bottom and sides of pyrex dish/tart pan whatever, about half an inch. Refrigerate.

Next day, cut bananas into rings as thick or thin as you like, to fill dish/pan. Also,add a bit of fresh lemon juice (optional) so bananas do not go brown if tart is kept for a few days.

Whip up fresh cream and pour over bananas, sprinkle chocolate powder on top (optional)

Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

This recipe can be used with peaches, pineapple or any hard fruit.

Enjoy !!!

Lindy ;))


Lindy Report 3 Sep 2009 22:36

Caldo Verde ( Green Cabbage Soup ) EDITED

I had a devilish time trying to find out the name of the cabbage that is used in this recipe and I believe it is called Kale.

We buy the cabbage already finely shredded in sealed packets, although years ago when my boys were little I would cut it with a kitchen scissors or chop it finely. I learned to make the soup by watching so cannot really give the right amount but boiling water will solve the problem if too thick.

Boil water on the stove and add more or less 3 cups of shredded Kale and cook for two minutes ( to remove bitterness )

Drain and set aside. Boil about four medium potatoes, large onion ( garlic optional ) and bay leaf in about four or five cups or water until soft. ( you can always add more water if too thick ) Remove bay leaf and liquidize, add salt and pepper and chopped kale and about three tablespoons of olive oil and simmer for about 40 minutes until done. Cut a few slices of chourico sausage and put it in a soup plate before serving.

This is the traditional recipe, but my family like a whole chourico sausage cut up into the soup so I add the chouriço about fifteen minutes before the soup is done. The soup must not be watery nor thick.

Serve with fresh bread.

This is the traditional soup that is eaten on Christmas Eve and also in the early hours of the morning after the news years eve bash to help settle the stomach.

Lindy ;))))))))))))


Lindy Report 3 Sep 2009 22:59

Lemon Chicken

The Portuguese have another name for it but most likely I would be given a holiday for been politically incorrect.

Your normal size roasting chicken.

Prick a lemon all over with a fork, the size of the lemon depends on your chicken.

In the cavity of the chicken add a few teeth of crushed garlic, half a chopped onion, two chicken cubes and the lemon.

Secure with toothpicks or sew it up. Rub the outside of the chicken with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Let stand for a few hours, then roast in the normal way. The pan juices will have a lemon flavor and can be used as is on the chicken if so desired.

Serve with white rice and boiled veggies.

Lindy ;))))))))))


SpanishEyes Report 4 Sep 2009 05:19

I am going to try your recipes because they sound so Yummy and I love anything with a banana flavour.

Will add a couple of recipes later today.

Favourite 3 cousre meals

1. Fresh Asparagus with melted butter

2. Lobster, freshly caught and cooked, when in UK Cromder Crab is also excellent. Must have very dry good white wine or champagne!

3. Lemon sorbet

Good company.

1. Home made onion soup
2. Beef casserole cooked in Guiness, with fresh winter veg
3. Baked Apples

will send more later and recipes.



SpanishEyes Report 4 Sep 2009 05:23


Thanks for joining the thread.

Your banana recipe sounds wonderful I am definetly going to try it.



Carolee Report 4 Sep 2009 06:48

Hi BossyBoots

I thought I would share my version of Cottage Pie with you, as its will soon be your winter!! Sorry:))

Carole's Cottage Pie.

I kilo of lean mince.
2 grated carrots.
2 grated zucchinis.
2 stalks of celery, finely diced.
Four Tbs of tomato paste.
2 tsp finely crushed garlic.
A dash of red wine.( A nice one if you are to have a sip too.)
about a kilo potato mash, for topping.

1. Fry mice, drain of excess.
2. Add carrot, zucchini, celery, tomato paste, garlic and wine.
3. Lightly saute until all ingredients are combined, stirring continuously.
4. Transfer to a oven proof dish, top with potato mash.
5. Bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes.
6. Serve with your favorite gravy. ( I add a bit of garlic to mine)
7. You can brush the top with a beaten egg.

Enjoy with a nice red!!!



Valerie Report 4 Sep 2009 09:29

Hell0 Lindy - those recipes sound super especially the Banana Fridge Tart, says one who has a sweet tooth!!

To-morrow I am trying Bridget's aubergine recipe for lunch.

Val in SA.


Lindy Report 4 Sep 2009 09:52

Morning Val,

I love veggies but my family are not too keen on them. I have edited the soup recipe as I forgot that the potatoes are cooked in the amount of water that is required, otherwise it will taste like dishwater and I shall be called

Hope that Jimmy is fully recovered from his knee op.

Lindy xx


Lindy Report 4 Sep 2009 09:55

Morning Bridget,

The banana tart is always a hit.

I look forward to your recipe for baked apples as mine don't taste as nice as the restaurants.

Lindy ;)))


MillymollyAmanda Report 4 Sep 2009 19:25

Could i just ask ,when you put the cans of condensed milk in the pressure cooker and cook for an hour how much water do you put in the cooker
i usually buy the cans of caramel condensed milk ,but thought i might try doing my own if you say they taste nicer
I use mine for bonoffe pie
I make a cheesecake biscuit base then slice the bananas over ,spread the caramel sauce over the bananas and then finish with whipped cream
will try it your way mixing the sauce in with the biscuits


SpanishEyes Report 5 Sep 2009 07:37

Ann in Gloc

would you be kind enoughto copy to date. I may have a sponsor and will discuss this with him at end of month in UK



Valerie Report 5 Sep 2009 14:28

A couple more recipes.


Serves 4-6

6 - 8 Chicken Pieces. 1/2 cup White Wine
4 Tablespoons Oil 1 Teaspoon Marjorma
2 Onions, sliced 1 Cup Chicken Stock
1 Clove Garlic, crushed Salt and Pepper
1 small Tin Tomato puree 250 g Button Muishrooms

- Fry the chicken in 2 tablespoons of oil until golden brown
Remove from pan.

- Add rest of oil to pan and fry the onions and garlic.

- Return the chicken to the pan and add tomato puree, wine,
marjoram and stock.

- Simmer until the chicken is tender, about 1 hour.

- Season, and add the mushrooms and simmer for a
further 15 minutes.


8 Cups Flour, sifted 500 g Butter
5 Cups Sugar 1and a half Cups Syrup
Pinch of Salt 2 Eggs
4 Dessertspoons Ginger (more if desired)
4 and a quarter Teaspoons Bi-carbonate of Soda
4 and a quarter Teaspoons Cream of Tartar

- Cream the sugar and butter

- Warm the syrup on a low heat

- Add the eggs one at a time

- Add the dry ingredients

- Roll into small balls and place on baking sheet

- Bake at 200 degrees C on top shelf . (approx. 10 minuites).

Val in SA.


AnninGlos Report 5 Sep 2009 14:54

Recipes copied to here.

I have only copied the recipes, not the names of those who sent them is that OK?


SpanishEyes Report 6 Sep 2009 07:04

Ann in Gloc

Perhaps we should ask the people who have supplied the recipes what they think as to whether or not they wish to have their names added.

Thank you for your input , without your help I would not be contemplating this.



SpanishEyes Report 6 Sep 2009 07:10


I have got to try making the ginger biscuits, and I am supposed to be trying to reduce nmy weight!!! Personal decision not because of health problems..

I have to think what to do with abou 10 very thin lamb chops, I do not really want to casserole as the weather is still to hot, but they are typical Spanish cuts and lamb is quite expensive in my part of Spain so thinking cap on.



SusanWA Report 6 Sep 2009 08:10

Hello Bridget,

Something easy to do with lamb chops is marinate them in a mixture of
1/2 cup olive oil, 1 onion peeled and chopped finely, 1 bay leaf, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, or fresh if you have it; 2 tablespoons lemon juice. This can be put in a blender if you like so it makes a thick paste-like mixture, or just mixit all together in a bowl, then put the chops in.

Add more garlic if you wish, use marjoram instead of oregano, you can vary the ingredients to suit your taste. It is also good to spread over a boned leg of lamb before barbecuing in a lidded barbecue, or in your own oven.

Wipe off the mixture before cooking the meat as it can tend to burn.
Chicken would also be nice marinated this way, too, though I have not tried it yet. Hope you enjoy your lamb!!



AnninGlos Report 6 Sep 2009 09:48

Good idea Bridget, easy enough to add them. Would people add their thoughts on this please. My thoughts are that it would be best to maybe put a list of those who have contributed at the beginning or end.