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Great Ideas to Cook Tasty Family Food

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Spring into action with these easy-to-prepare light suppers. If you are not keen on cooling, looking for inspiration, improving skills, or simply new cool recipes then cooking class events may come in handy.

Today we would like to show you how quickly tasty food can be cooked. Let’s start with spring frittata

Costs: under $100

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

·         2 peppered mackerel fillets 

·         100g thin asparagus spears 

·         10ml oil

·         1 leek, chopped

·         6 eggs

·         250ml cream (or use milk for a lighter meal)

·         100g watercress, baby spinach, and rocket

·         Parmesan cheese

·         fresh bread and butter

1  Flake the fish and remove the skin and bones. Blanch the asparagus in boiling water, drain and refresh in cold water. Drain again and set aside. Heat the oil in an ovenproof, heavy-based pan and fry the leeks for a few minutes until glossy. Beat the eggs and mix with the cream, then pour into the pan and stir carefully with a spatula (as you would scramble eggs) until it begins to set. Stir in the flaked fish and herbs. Arrange the asparagus on top and sprinkle with cheese.

2  Cook the frittata without stirring it for another few minutes to make sure the bottom half is cooked. Then place the pan in the oven under the grill until the top is brown. Allow to cool slightly and cut the frittata into slices. Serve with extra herbs, fresh bread, and butter.

Calzone pizzas

Costs: under $80

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Oven temperature: 220C

·         1kg ready-made bread dough

·         tomato pesto or sauce of your choice 

·         2 feta cheese rounds

·         300g cherry tomatoes, roasted

·         100g olives pitted

·         200g baby spinach, blanched

·         500ml grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven. Divide the dough into four sections and roll each one into a flat circle on a floured surface. Spread a layer of tomato pesto on each piece of dough and divide the rest of the ingredients between the pizzas. Fold each dough-round in half. Place on a greased and floured baking tray and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked and risen. Turn the baking tray halfway through the cooking process if it seems like the pizzas are getting too brown on one side. Serve immediately.

Chicken curry with green veggies

Costs: under $100

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

30ml oil

4 chicken portions, cubed

200g mushrooms halved

3 baby leeks, chopped

400g baby potatoes halved

5-20ml Thai green curry paste (to taste)

1 tin coconut milk

100g each thin green beans, peas, and broccoli florets fresh basil and mint leaves

1  Heat the oil in a pot and fry the chicken until golden brown. Remove and set aside. Fry the mushrooms until browned, then add the leeks and fry until glossy. Stir in the potatoes and curry paste and fry for another minute. Add the coconut milk, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are cooked. TIP Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes beforehand to save time.

2  Stir in the chicken and greens, and simmer for a few minutes until all the vegetables are cooked (the green veggies must still be crispy). Sprinkle the herbs over the dish and serve with either rice or noodles.

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