Recipes by Di Swann
Nothing for lunch, so you rush next door to the takeaway shop or grab something late afternoon from the vending machine? We all seem to be so busy these days that we either miss lunch or grab something from the local café or takeaway shop that’s not very healthy and costs far too much! But with just a bit of planning you can prepare yourself a lunch that’s tasty, healthy and will save you some dollars.
Thanks to Elizabeth D for this tip: To help scrub clean our lovely new potatoes, buy a cheap pair of exfoliating gloves, and with both hands in the gloves, you can have the potatoes clean in no time.
Joy W suggests instead of buying expensive garlic infused oil....put your favourite oil into a bottle and put several cloves of garlic. Leave for a week and now you have your own very inexpensive garlic infused oil... enjoy
Please note: The oil should be used immediately or refrigerated and used within a week as bacteria can grow which can cause botulism (food poisoning).
Christine R has sent us her BBQ tip - cut washed potatoes to medium sized pieces or halved. Drizzle with olive oil and season well with freshly ground pepper, sea salt and herbs. Wrap in baking paper and tinfoil and cook in vegetable rack on covered BBQ for 1 hour while meat cooks on grill.
I love picnics. Even just taking a blanket out on to the lawn to eat lunch feels relaxing and special. Occasionally I will decide well in advance and have lots of fun planning and making and baking a real feast.
If you or family and friends are gluten free there’s no need to feel left out when it comes to baking.
With there being a lot more interest in gluten free there is now a lot more choice in the shops for gluten free products, but they can be expensive, so baking is a good option.
Barbara M has sent us her savings tip - all those crumbs which gather at the bottom of your breakfast cereal, keep these and use to coat fish, chicken, meats. It gives a more crunchy dish.
Drink a glass of juice with your dinner, not only does one glass of juice count towards your fruit and vegetable for the day but the vitamin C will also help iron absorption.
Seeds – yes it sounds like a diet for birds but these tasty little foods are a powerhouse of nutrients.
Tired of the same old, same old. Rebecca N mixes Wattie's Wok creation sachets like the Lime& Chilli flavours with yoghurt, and/or sour cream to make a very popular dip with her friends. Thanks.