Fridays Recipes

Friday’s are frantic in this household. I try to get all the little jobs out of the way, so the weekend is free to garden or do whatever else takes our fancy. The girls also have swimming on Fridays. Their lesson starts at 5.30 pm and quite often we don’t leave the pool until nearly 7 pm, which makes it a very long day.

I always try to have our evening meal cooked, or at least the preperation done before we leave, as by the time I get home, the brain is mush and I don’t feel like doing anything more than falling in a chair and sleeping.

Try these recipies if you want something tasty and reasonably quick to prepare. Both dishes can be made the day before and the chicken dish reheated if time is at a premium.

Chicken Pasta Bake
3 Cups Pasta cooked (whatever kind you like, penne, macoroni etc)
500 gram diced chicken breast
1 pack cream chicken soup (the powdered kind)
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup grated cheese
1 rasher bacon diced

Fry chicken and bacon until cooked.
Add soup mix, milk and water, stirring constantly until boiling and it thickens.
Add pasta and tomatoes – mix together well.
Pour into oven proof dish, sprinkle with cheese
Bake 200 degree oven 20 minutes.
This feeds five of us comfortably if I serve it with salad or cooked vegies.

And for Dessert:

Lemon Marshmellow Slice
Base
Use your favourite recipe for a biscuit base – I use 1 pack of plain sweet biscuits (crushed) mixed with a bit over 125 grams melted butter and press into a slice container.

Lemon Filling
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 ounce butter
juice 2 lemons. If it doesn’t taste lemony enough, add more lemon juice.
1 ounce custard owder
1 ounce cornflour

Place sugar, water and lemon juice on to boil.
When boiling thicken with cornflour and custard power blended with a little cold water. Stir well to prevent lumps.
Add butter and mix well (this makes it very creamy)
Pour over biscuit base and allow to set – in the fridge is best.

Marshmellow Topping Use this one or your own recipe
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 dessertspoons gelatine powder
pinch cream of tartar

Bring first three ingrediants to the boil, add cream of tartar and simmer 8 minutes. Allow to cool (if I can put my well washed finger in it and it is just warm it’s cool enough). Beat until thick and pour over slice. You can decorate it with coconut, or sprinkles if you want to. Allow to set completly before cutting.

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