Monday, December 15, 2008

Baked Sausages

I'm not a huge fan of sausages, but they're an easy weeknight meal. Especially in a one-dish dinner like this one.
Baked Sausages
2 tomatoes
1/2 capsicum
1 red onion
1 small zucchini
3 small carrots
5 sausages (we had some lovely lamb, mint and leek ones)

Chop all the vegetables quite small and arrange in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously. Bake at 200 C for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, rest the sausages on top of the veggies, and cook for another 20 minutes. The time may vary based on the sort of sausages, and how thick they are. Turn the sausages after 10 minutes if they're looking very brown on top.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Nasi Goreng

Ryan doesn't particularly like cabbage. But if I make the Asian coleslaw recipe I like, I have lots of cabbage left over. I've been experimenting with Nasi Goreng as a way to use it up. Nasi Goreng is a spicy fried rice dish from Indonesia, traditionally topped with a fried egg. I had a favourite version in a restaurant in Perth, and I haven't quite matched it - but I'm still trying!
Nasi Goreng
2 tbs peanut oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 red chilli, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled, diced
2 Cups shredded cabbage
200g beef or pork mince
1 cup bean sprouts
1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tbs tomato sauce (ketchup)
2 tbs kecap manis
3 cups cooked jasmine rice
4 eggs
1/2 cup diagonally sliced shallots
2 tbs chopped fresh coriander, plus extra coriander leaves to serve

Heat the peanut oil and the sesame oil in a wok. Add the chilli, onion and carrot and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until just softened but not coloured. Add the beef and cabbage and cook until the meat has browned. Add the bean sprouts, chilli, tomato and soy sauce and the rice and cook for a further minute, stirring to ensure everything is well combined. Turn off heat and cover the wok partially with a lid while you cook the eggs.

Fry the eggs in another pan.

Stir the shallots and coriander into the rice, then spoon into serving bowls. Top with an egg and extra coriander and serve with extra chilli and soy sauce.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - December 1

Happy Monday! And happy December. I'm hoping this will be a good month for me. It's certainly a good food month - I have half a kilo of cherries in the fridge right now, plus lots of yummy salad stuff from the farmers market.
Hence the list:
Poached eggs and salad
Fish and salad
Satay meat balls, rice and (you guessed it) Asian coleslaw

Welcome to summer!