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Friday, July 16, 2010

Clara's Slow-cooker Chicken

1 whole roasting chicken, thawed/defrosted
1 onion, sliced
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon roast chicken flavouring

Place chicken, water and onion in slow cooker.
Mix together herbs & spices.  Sprinkle over the chicken.
Cook on high for 4 hours or until tender.  The meat will be so tender it falls off the bones!

*If you wish, you can add carrots and potatos (chopped into chunks) - and other vegies if desired - and make it a one-pot meal!*

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tuna Mornay Bake

Even though this recipe might seem a little complicated at first, after making it a few times, it becomes very simple (and once you master it, it doesn't need strict measuring - I never measure anymore!)... This recipe is a BIG favourite with everyone I know, and is even enjoyed by some people who usually don't like fishy flavours!


200g (7oz) penne or other pasta
30g (1oz) butter
1 large can flaked tuna in brine
2 heaped tablespoons flour
1 - 1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
3/4 cup shredded processed cheese

Cook pasta in water until al dente.
Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
Meanwhile,  partially open can of tuna, and drain the brine into a measuring jug.  *Do not discard*
When tuna has finished draining (well-drained), add milk to the brine in the measuring jug to make up to 2 cups.
Melt butter in medium saucepan.  When it is melted, take the pan off the heat  and add flour and stir.  Add brine-milk to pan and return to medium-high heat.  Stir constantly - at first the flour mixture will appear as lumps in the milk, but as you stir, the lumps will dissolve, and the milk will thicken.  Continue stirring constantly until milk is thick.  Reduce heat to medium-low.
Add tuna flakes and cheese, stir until cheese has melted through. *Do not leave this tuna mornay on the heat without stirring frequently, as it will stick and burn!*
Drain pasta and place in large oven-proof dish.  Pour tuna mornay evenly over the pasta.
Sprinkle with processed cheese and breadcrumbs. 
Do not cover dish.  Place in the oven until cheese topping has browned a little.

Serve - and enjoy!