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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

Swiss Chicken

This is one of those embarrassingly easy recipes that everybody loves.  It takes only minutes to prepare and an hour later you are enjoying a really delicious chicken casserole…   The quantities here are for a large casserole dish – you can halve the amounts if required.  It freezes very well so I always make a big dish…


1 1/2 – 2 kg chicken thighs

2 cans Cream of Chicken condensed soup (you don’t need to season this dish as the soup is salty enough)

2/3 can of white wine

8 slices of Swiss Cheese

Panko crumbs for the top

Chilli Flakes (optional)


Cut the chicken thighs in half and trim to remove any obvious big bits of fat or little bits of bone

Place in a single layer in a large casserole dish

Lay 4 slices of  Swiss cheese over the chicken

Add another layer of chicken and another layer of Swiss cheese

Mix the canned soup and the wine together in a large jug

Pour this over the chicken and cheese

Sprinkle with Panko crumbs and top with some random chilli flakes

Bake in a 180 c (fan forced) oven for 1 hour until cooked and the top is golden brown

Serve with steamed rice or mashed potatoes

Bon Appetit!

Tip of the Day:

You can put layer of chopped broccoli or cauliflower or mushrooms on the bottom of the dish to hide vegies from little and big kids!

Spaghetti with Clams

This recipe came to me from an Italian girl I met 32 years ago.  My husband worked with her husband and we went to their house to adopt a German Shepherd pup. Invited to stay for lunch, I watched as my new friend quickly prepared this most delicious pasta.  It had been in her family for years and I having been cooking it exactly the same way for the past 32 years…

The quantities given here are for two greedy people…


I large handful of spaghetti or linguine

1 jar of baby Clams drained (I get these in a small glass jar from Thomas Dux Grocers)

1 tub of tomato paste

1 clove of garlic (grated)

1 finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon of Sambal Oelek (or one fresh chilli)

2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder (I use Massel brand)

1 generous cup of water

1 good pinch of sugar

salt & pepper to taste

fresh parmesan cheese

Grated tasty cheese (optional)


Boil the spaghetti in plenty of salted water until al dente

While the spaghetti is cooking, fry the onions, garlic and chilli in olive oil under the onion is transparent

Add drained baby clams and stir in to the onion mixture

Sprinkle over the stock powder and stir again until combined

Add water and tomato paste and stir until smooth – it will be a little thin but will cook down as it simmers

Add in a good pinch of sugar

Season with salt & pepper to taste

When the spaghetti is almost ready, ladle out a little of the water into the sauce if it starts to look too thick.

When spaghetti is ready, drain and add the sauce and toss well to combine.

I often put a sprinkling of grated cheese in the bottom of the bowl before I put in the pasta – it goes all lovely and gooey – we call it Spaghetti Surprise!

Serve with parmesan cheese on top

Bon Appetit!

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