Salmon and Vegetable Pie Cheap Meal for Family

Salmon and Vegetable Pie cost $4.50 meal for family of four

Recently my wife saw in the fish section of our local supermarket, salmon carcasses for only $2.99 kg. She noticed that they had plenty of meat on them, probably because the processor can’t get too close to the bone, and thought it would make a good soup.

Salmon and Vegetable Pie

Salmon and Vegetable Pie

Home she came to show me her treasure, which I immediately took control of and put half in the freezer and baked the other half. When it had cooled I easily removed the meat from the bones with a fork and put aside.

I then boiled up a few potatoes, left them to cool then mixed in the salmon with some herbs and moulded the mixture into patties. I then coated them with bread crumbs, fried them with a little olive oil and we had them for lunch with a light salad.

Several days later I removed the remaining frozen salmon, allowed to thaw overnight in the fridge then baked it as with the first batch, removing the meat from the bones when cool.  I then cut up a selection of vegetables – about a quarter of a cauliflower and a small head of broccoli, half a bell pepper and slivers  of two carrots. I put all of these in a steamer for five minutes then, using a large shallow dish, sprayed a little olive oil in the base, tossed in the steamed vegetables, sprinkled over the salmon, added a little salt and pepper and gently pressed it all down with the back of a spoon to make it reasonably level .

White sauce

Salmon and Vegetable Pie

Salmon and Vegetable Pie

Add a little butter to a pan with about ½ pint of milk, bring to a boil stirring. As soon as it begins to boil, turn the heat down to a simmer.
Next add 1tbsp of buckwheat flour to a little cold milk, mix and add to the simmering milk. Add a half cup of tasty cheddar, one cube of OXO vegetable stock or similar, add some parsley or chopped up basil, (the amount  used is a personal choice), stir until thick then pour evenly  over the vegetables.
Mix a half cup of tasty cheese to a half cup of breadcrumbs, sprinkle over the top of the sauce and add a few knobs of butter then place in a hot oven of 160c for 25 minutes or until the top is crispy.

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Salmon and Vegetable pie

a very cheap, tasty, and filling meal that will easily feed four, healthy meal for the family

Cream of Chicken on Bed of Sweet Potato

Cream of Chicken on Bed of Sweet Potato

Recently, I had the opportunity to prepare lunch in our local Hospice.

It’s amazing how a mindset can undergo a 180 degree shift when considering foods for very sick people. I was requested to cook a vegetable chowder – most will have heard of a seafood chowder, but a vegetable chowder, perhaps not.

In the kitchen I like to consider who I’m cooking for and, in this case, I couldn’t see very ill patients being encouraged to eat chunks of vegetables. So I created a finer chowder that sick people would find easy to digest. It proved very popular.

For  people who are unwell, I am setting out to create a series of recipes over the next few weeks that, in my opinion, are easy on the digestive system and taste and look enticing and appetizing.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, our digestive system requires a lot of energy to work, energy that sick people cannot afford to lose. The easier the food is to digest, the better for the patient.

My first recipe in this section is, ‘Cream of Chicken on a bed of mixed sweet potato and spinach.’

I find that the tastiest part of a chicken is the thigh but the problem is the number of small bones it contains.

Cooked Chicken thighs

Cooked Chicken thighs

On its own it would be difficult for a patient to handle but by simmering the thighs in a pan of stock for about 15 minutes then allowing to cool, the meat should easily come away from the bones.

  1. Chop the cooked meat into small bite-sized pieces then add a few mushrooms and place in a pan with ½ cup of milk, herbs to taste, chicken and vegetable stock and a little salt.
  2. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer. While this is happening, add two tsp of cornflower to a little water and pour into the chicken mushroom mix. Stir for one minute then leave to simmer on lowest heat.

    Cream of Chicken

    Cream of Chicken

  3. Peel the sweet potato, cut it into chunks and place in boiling water until soft.
  4. When cooked, mash the potatoes and mix in the cooked spinach.
  5. Chop the spinach and place in a steamer over the pan of sweet potatoes.
  6. Place on plates, make a large impression in the middle of the sweet potato/spinach mix and spoon the chicken/mushroom mix into the middle. Serve ready to eat.
  7. Catering for the sick should be seen as a privilege, all to often we hear of some awful  treatment that is dished out in old peoples home and sometimes in hospitals.

I should mention that this dish is quite delicious and suitable for anyone. You don’t have to be sick to enjoy it.

Baked Egg Custard

When I was a child and for what ever reason I or my brothers became sick our Mum would make us Baked Egg Custard, now for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the recipe, try this the next time your child is sick.

Place a large pan with 1/2 in of water in it. You will need:

1 Pint of milk
3 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla
nutmag

Beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk for two minutes, pour into oven proof dishes, sprinkle a little nutmag over mix and place in water pan, set oven at 150c for 40-60 minutes to set, eat same day hot or cold. It’s delicious.

 

 

House For Sale: Orewa, New Zealand

 Orewa.  NEW ZEALAND

 

View at rear of house

View at rear of house

This gorgeously stunning, fully-renovated, north-facing waterfront home in sought-after Red Beach is on the market and for sale for only the second time in its 67 year old life.

Its present owners have had a great time peeling back the old layers and transforming the weatherboard home that originally grew like Topsy, catering for a family of boys. Today, it is an interesting and stylish modern pad that city and country dwellers alike will love.

Besides the modern makeover, which has retained its durable weatherboards and five original timber windows, the view is nothing short of spectacular. And, because the position is estuary waterfront, the problems such as salt damage and sand in the house and on the land, generally associated with a seaside frontage, are virtually non-existent.

rear of house

rear of house

The View
The estuary is a changing panorama, fluctuating from outward going tide, to rising tide, to full tide with exquisite sand and water patterns and twinkling ripples providing a constantly moving and fascinating picture with never a dull frame shot. For the bird lovers, the estuary is a landing pad for migrating sea birds. The Godwits, Canadian geese, and Oyster Catchers are a common sight in Spring and Summer and the Tui provides its ready sweet song against a background of peace and calm.

 

Front of House

Front of House

The Position
Probably the most valuable advantage of this unique property rests in its position – less than five minutes to the motorway, 20 minutes to the CBD (outside of peak hours), three minutes (barely) to the Orewa Village shops and beach and, in the opposite direction, the new Silverdale Town Centre.

In these two distinctly different retail areas, you will find first class facilities from retail to medical and sports, supermarkets, banks and just about everything any normal household requires. Day Care and schools are also well catered for, as are tourism and amenities such as indoor skiing, go carts, and the award winning Northern Arena with pools, gymnasium, cafe and shop.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Homes with glorious sea views are relatively easy to find, many looking over roof tops and from afar. But at 36 Pohutukawa Avenue, for under a million dollars, you will never have to look over someone’s roof, fence, or garden and the unobstructed waterfront view will be all yours for as long as you want to keep it that way.

 

Te Ara Tahuna Walking and Cycle Track

The recently upgraded estuary walk/cycling track, which covers approximately 7.5 km around the estuary perimeter provides another distinct advantage to living at number 36.

Lounge

Lounge

For the keen walker and cyclist, and anyone simply wanting to get fit, a smart 7 kilometre walk from the bottom of your garden will bring you back home in a loop in around one hour and up to one and a half hours, depending on fitness level. Facilities like this, on your doorstep, are hard to beat.

 

front of house

front of house

           

When renovated in 2003, the home was fully insulated, electrics and plumbing renewed, new bathroom and kitchen added along with a huge awning over the north-facing kitchen, and given an extended and fully waterproofed party deck. There is an HRV System and under-floor heating in the bathroom. As the home was restructured, it was given a new roof and connected to a mains water supply. A Smart House system was installed at the same time as the new electric wiring but has never been used. The  water tank, underneath the house has recently been connected to a pump for assistance with waste water in the summer months.

Basement Workshop

Basement Workshop

The basement has a rumpus/work/storage room, extra under deck concreted storage area and a workshop.

 

Chattels List

Fitted floor coverings, lighting, waste disposal, water filter, range hood, wall oven and electric bench hobb. An HRV system keeps the house dry all year round and under-floor heating keeps the bathroom tiles warm in the winter. There is a spa bath and chrome heated towel rail with modern shaving mirror in the bathroom.

Study or third Bedroom

Study or third Bedroom

Book shelves have been fitted in the study.

For an appointment to view Ph 64 9 4263312
For Questions and Answers email mikessdesk@gmail.com

 

 

 

Second Bedroom

Second Bedroom

 

Main Bedroom

Main Bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Dining and kitchen open plan

Dining and kitchen open planDeck for entertainment

Deck for entertainment

 

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