Basic Fritter Recipe

I’ve written about different things you can make with leftover roast meat before but one of my favourite things to make with left over corned beef is fritters.  Fritters is one of those simple recipes that is great because you can add whatever you’d like to them to mix it up. I’m quite fond of corn and zucchini fritters but my son’s favourite are what he likes to call “Meat Pikelets”.

Basic Fritter Recipe

You will need:
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper

You can add to this whatever mix-ins you would like. To make these “Meat Pikelets” I added:
1/2 cup grated cheese
Leftover corned beef

  1. Whisk eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add flour and stir to combine.
  3. Mix in any add-ins.
  4. Heat olive oil in fry pan over a medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, add spoonfuls of mixture and spread out slightly with the spoon.
  6. Flip after 3-4 minutes. They are ready to turn when bubbles appear on the surface.
  7. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

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You can serve them immediately with a salad or veggies. Any leftovers are great cold. My son likes to take 1 or 2 for lunch the next day.

So there you have my basic fritter recipe. What type of fritters are your favourite? I’d love to hear about them in the comments 🙂


Corned Beef Recipe

I’ve mentioned before (in this post) that my family loves Corned Beef made using my Nanny’s recipe. It’s quite simple but makes, in my opinion, the best Corned Beef ever. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does. 🙂

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You will need:
A piece of corned beef (silverside)
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
6 Peppercorns

  1. Rinse corned beef, place in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Add brown sugar, vinegar and peppercorns.
  3. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour per kilo of meat. For example, my piece of corned beef was 1.1kg, so I cooked it for an hour and six minutes.
  4. Add vegetables to the pot for the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  5. Once cooked, remove from pot and cut meat into thin slices.
  6. Serve with vegetables, peas, and white sauce. Or however your family likes it.

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If you give it a go please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think 🙂

Like Grandma Used To Make

I am lucky to have some pretty awesome women in my family. We are hugely outnumbered by the men, I mentioned in my 5 Things About Me post that I have four brothers, and my Dad was one of three boys, but I like to think that just makes us that bit more fabulous. All of them have their own strengths and talents, and I am so fortunate to have such a wealth of knowledge available to me through them. GG, my Mum’s Mum, is an avid reader who always has a good recommendation to offer. Auntie Lizzie, my Mum’s sister, is a sewing master who makes some amazing outfits. My Mum is a writer who has the quickest wit of anyone I’ve ever met and a way with words I aspire to.

Nanny, my Dad’s Mum, knows about food. Not in like a fancy cooking show type way, although I definitely think she could give some of them a run for their money, but more of a bellies filled with delicious warmth kind of way. If I have a cooking question, she is usually the first person I call. I remember going to my Grandparent’s house for dinner as a child, she always makes the best roasts, and now I am older I love to recreate her recipes for my family.

This week I made Corned Beef using Nanny’s recipe. It’s one of my family’s favourites and who doesn’t love a good corned beef sandwich the next day. These days she tends to email me her recipes, (she’s got this Internet thing down!) but I still treasure the few hand-written versions I have. Even if I can’t always read her writing. I’ve been thinking about sharing some recipes on here, to go in hand with Meal Plan Monday and sharing some of Nanny’s recipes seems to me a good place to start. So keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for recipes of some of my family’s favourites, including Corned Beef, just like, though not quite as good, as Nanny makes.

I would love to hear in the comments below what have you learnt from the women in your family, or what you hope to pass on to your kids and grandbabies!


Meal Plan Monday #1

After Friday’s post about meal planning I thought I would start sharing my meal plan each week. So welcome to the first Meal Plan Monday! Every Monday I will be sharing my meal plan for the week. This week on my Meal Plan we have:

Monday – Tuna Pasta Bake
Tuesday – Honey Mustard Chicken
Wednesday – Tacos
Thursday – It’s my son’s Christmas Concert so we’ll be having dinner at his school. I think we will have a choice between sushi or a sausage sandwich.
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – My husband is having a boy’s night so it will just be me and my little man. I think I will do something simple like oven baked fish and sweet potato fries.
Sunday -Honey Soy Chicken

What’s on your menu this week?

Meal Planning

I’ve mentioned before that meal planning makes cooking dinner each night easier for me and helps me save money so I thought I should share  how it helps me do these things and how I plan our menu each week.

Grocery shopping happens every Sunday or Monday in my house, just depending on what we have going on that week. This means our “week” starts on Monday and so my meal plan goes from Monday to Sunday.

I start by filling in Pizza Party Friday Night. This was a tradition we began when my son first started kindergarten.  He was not at all happy with the idea of having to spend 5 days a week at school, so to make it a little easier on him, we started having pizza (his favourite food) every Friday night. We also usually watch a movie together as a way to celebrate making it through another week. Then I write in anything we have going on that week that will affect dinner. If we’re eating out, having friends over, or going somewhere special.

Next I ask my husband if there’s anything in particular he would like to eat this week and also what he is thinking for Saturday. I mentioned in my 5 Ways to Make Cooking Dinner Each Night Easier  post that my husband usually cooks on Saturday nights. If he has an unusually stressful/busy week ahead I will plan something else, usually  just something simple I can throw together or take-away, just to give myself a break. Then I ask my son what he thinks he might like to eat this week. I make no promises but I do consider the suggestions they both give me.

After that I take a  look at what we already have in the cupboard and fridge for ideas. If there’s something that needs using and I make a mental note to add it to the weeks meal plan.

Finally I look at what’s on special for the week. If something I know my family loves to eat is on special I will usually stock up, or if something I have been wanting to try is on special I will try and incorporate it into our menu for the week.

When I’ve done all of this I sit down and write out our meal plan for the next week, making a grocery list of anything I’ll need to purchase as I go. This sounds like a lot of work but really it only takes a few moments and saves me time through-out the week.

So that’s how I meal plan, let me know in the comments below how your family plans their menu for the week 🙂