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What to take when asked to “bring a plate”

Christmas is that wonderful time of year that we catch up with friends for pre-Christmas celebrations and with our family as we also have quite a few birthdays between now and the new year.

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  • I have a secret weakness for devilled eggs! yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      they are so yummy, even a curried variation would be nice!ReplyCancel

      • Bev Lange

        here’s an even easier version of eggs, boil and halve as per usual, but instead of taking out yolk, simply sprinkle some curry powder over each halve (don’t get too heavy handed) and drizzle a few drops of french dressing and hep presto all doneReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Hiya organised housewife!

    I have an idea for your {Daily task}.
    Donate the wedding dress you adore (but is clogging up wardrobe space) to…
    Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.
    (angelgowns.org.au OR they also have a facebook page, just search for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc)

    These awesome volunteers transform the dresses into beautiful burial gowns for stillborn babies. This is a completely free service.

    They will also take your random sewing supplies or ribbony bits if you feel like cleaning out your sewing stuff.

    If you need more info (or want to do a blog story), just message Sarah the CEO. She is adorable and they really love the publicity.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Imogen for these details, I have just shared it on my facebook page xReplyCancel

  • Imogen Hodson

    Thank you, thank you! ????ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Than you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karin

    Thank you for your wonderful ideas!! I never thought of using a piping bag to put the mixture in the eggs brilliant!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome, Karin!.:)ReplyCancel

Creamy Potato Bake

My husbands favourite accompaniment to a BBQ is good creamy potato bake and I must admit I do love it too! Slice potato thin to ensure it cooks well.  Layer half the potato into a baking dish, sprinkle over onion and bacon pieces. Layer with remaining potato slices.  Mix cream, milk and stock powder in bowl, […]

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  • I’m such a fiend for potato bake! I usually make a small one because I can’t be trusted around it ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL I know what you mean, now my kids eat more we never have potato bake left overs :(ReplyCancel

  • It’s pretty hard to beat a potato bake! I have tried over and over and can never beat my Mum’s. Next I’m going to try your recipe… I think it just may knock Mum off the potato bake queen perch!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      ooh we really love potato bake Lucy, a friend of ours husband makes the best one. It had sweet potato in it too, I may just have to see if he doesn’t mind sharing his recipe.ReplyCancel

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad

This Tomato, Onion and Cucumber salad is very easy to assemble and have ready before your guests arrive or a great dish to take when asked to ‘bring a salad’.  You could also add in some fetta for an extra flavour hit.  This would make a great Christmas Day salad too, lovely colours of green and […]

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  • Y. Bentley

    Hi Kat, the tomato, cucumber and onion salad how many people with this serve as a side salad.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi, i would say 4 – 6 people.:)ReplyCancel

How to cook perfect quinoa

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of […]

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  • Rachelle

    I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.ReplyCancel

Homemade Potato Salad

I have never been a fan of potato salad, but I have to say I truly love this home-made recipe. Homemade Potato Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins   Author: Katrina Serves: 8 Ingredients 1kg red delight potatoes 4 eggs 5 shortcut bacon rashers 4 spring […]

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  • I love potato salad. I usually put dried cranberries, spring onion, bacon and parsley in our christmas potato salad!

    So Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds really good Erin, a great little Christmas twist!ReplyCancel

  • I like the addition of bacon and garlic aioli Kat! :DReplyCancel

  • We make a low fat version with spring onion, celery, peeled green apple, pickles, chives and a yoghurt/olive oil/lemon juice dressing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Might have to try it with pickles ANB, my son loves them!ReplyCancel

Kid Friendly – Chip Salad

Last school holidays we visited our beautiful friends that live in Airlie Beach.  We were invited over for dinner and I heard all about my friend Stacey’s famous ‘chip salad’ her kids LOVE it and her hubby raved how delicious it was. Stacey laughed and said Kat, it’s the most basic salad of all, but […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Hehe I love how clever this is! It’s a bit like putting sprinkles on top of things… makes kids go absolutely crazy for it!ReplyCancel

  • Yum, it looks very tasty, I might have to try it out on my kids. I mostly just make salad as a bowl of chopped salad vegies (ie cucumber, tomatoes, carrot sticks etc) that they can select from, because my younger two a) don’t like lettuce (what the?) and b) prefer all their foods separate, not touching, esp my middle child.

    Whereas of course kid#1 likes salad dressing and prefers not to taste individual foods, especially vegetables! And, he loves corn chips. He, I can be sure, will like this. It will be interesting to see if the corn chips entice the others to try it too :)ReplyCancel

Chocolate Beetroot Biscuit + more beetroot recipe

Beetroot is one vegetable that I rarely put on our plates for lunch or dinner.  I’m not sure why as I really enjoy it when I do eat it.  However, I came across this recipe below at Childhood 101, created by Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy.  I have never of thought of adding beetroot to […]

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  • Samantha

    Oh Kat I’m so glad I’m not the only crazy person who likes to experiment with things not so usual. I made a Beetroot Cake for my friends birthday! One of my other friends declared that I was weird – I like to eat weird things.

    It’s kinda true. I’ve had red wine cake, kangaroo lasagne, kanga bangas.

    But that’s just what I’ve made. When in Indonesia I eat frog, snails and turtle (not so keen to try snake though!)ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love a Jamie Oliver recipe for when I’m doing a roast beef – use small beets (or chop large beets into golf ball size pieces) add a few crushed garlic cloves, some fresh sprigs of marjoram and thyme (I love lemon thyme) about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a generous glug of olive oil. Mix together, wrap into a packet of double thickness alfoil so it won’t leak then bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 45 minutesReplyCancel

    • ooh wow, my mouth is watering that sounds so delicious, will definitely have to give this a go, thank you for sharing:)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I make a beetroot tzatziki, grated betroot in yoghurt with cumin seeds mint horseradish and lemon.ReplyCancel

  • AFreshLegacy

    Thanks so much for featuring my recipe Kat. Along with these biscuits our other fav way to enjoy beetroot is beetroot chips.ReplyCancel

  • christiechildhood101

    Thank you so much for featuring Kyrstie’s recipe, Kat. How good do those cupcakes look – just added that recipe to my list to try!ReplyCancel

    • Don’t they look good, I love finding recipes with hidden goodness in them.ReplyCancel

  • I love beetroot, fresh, roasted, pickled – any way at all. but unfortunately my husband and son both despise it, only a little less than broccoli (my favourite vegetable!). But, I think I will have to go check out that biscuit recipe, and the muffins. Who could resist those?ReplyCancel

    • Chook

      Think beetroot and broccoli are chick veggies. They are my 2 favourites as well!ReplyCancel

Cheats Gourmet Pepper Steak

I found this recipe on the back of a Gravox Pepper Steak Gravy mix packet many years ago, it’s absolutely delicious and a nice ‘occasional’ accompaniment to a good piece of steak. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo when I cooked it recently, however on my endeavour to see if Gravox had a photo (which they […]

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Parmasen crusted potatoes

Parmasen crusted potatoes   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 45 mins   Recipe type: Vegetables Serves: 5 Ingredients 4 medium potatoes, peeled 2 tbsp olive oil ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika salt and pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 200c Cut potatoes into […]

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Microwave Vegetables

Microwave Vegetables   Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 4 mins Total time 6 mins   This is a quick summary of our I cook vegetables, this is what suits me and my family. Author: Katrina Recipe type: Vegetables Serves: 5 Ingredients 1 heaped cup Brocolli, in florets 1 heaped cup Cauliflower, in florets […]

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