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Gluten Free Apple Slice

Apple slice

2 cups of Gluten free flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

2 Tbs Custard Power

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

90g Butter

1/2 cup Sugar ( white )

1 Egg yolk

1/3 cup Milk ( approx. )


410 g can pie apple

1/4 cup Sultana

1 Tbs  Honey

Icing Sugar ( to dust last )


Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, rub in butter until to resembles bread crumbs

add in egg and milk and mix to firm dough. Knead lightly and roll out two thirds onto a floured surface. Place in a lined slice tin.

Place apple and sultanas in bowl and mix spread over the base and drizzle with honey.

Roll out the remaining dough and cut to arrange a lattice pattern on top.

Bake in a hot oven for 25 minutes,  then dust with icing sugar.

Bon Appetite !!! 




Boeuf Bourguignon

Beef BourguignonBB photo


 *The brackets show what the French word for the ingredient.                           

1kg of Boneless beef (Boeuf) chuck, cubed

3 tablespoons of plain flour (Farine)

Salt and Pepper (Sel et Poivre)

1 generous (heaped) tablespoon of butter (Beurre)

2 tablespoons of olive oil (L’huile d’olive)

3 shallots (Échalotes), sliced

3 medium sized carrots (Carottes), sliced

4 celery (Céleri) sticks including leaves, sliced

8 small button mushrooms (Champignon), quartered

1 bottle of Red Wine (Vin Rouge)

2 teaspoons of peppercorns (Poivre)

2 teaspoons of thyme (Thym)

1 bay leaf (Feuille de Laurier) or Bouquet Garni

Salt to taste (Sel)

 To serve

Mashed Potato (Purée de pommes de terre) or

French Butter Rice (Riau Beurre)

 Method :


  1. Cut the beef into chunky cubes and put in a bowl with the plain flour and add salt and pepper. Toss until beef is coated in flour.
  2. Put a generous tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons              of olive oil into a heavy base pan or casserole pan. Then cook the beef until brown and add all flour from the bowl.
  3. Meanwhile slice three shallots, three medium carrots and four celery sticks including leaves.
  4. Remove beef from pan and place the vegetables in same pan. Then cut eight small button mushrooms into quarters and add to the cooking vegetables, cook for five minutes until slightly tender.
  5. In large saucepan heat 1 bottle of red wine and bring to    boil. Place two teaspoons of peppercorns, two teaspoons of thyme and a bay leaf or a Bouquet Garni and put to the side.
  6. Put the beef back in the pan with vegetables, pour in the wine and add herbs and peppercorns. Add salt to tenderize the meat. Cover with lid and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until meat is tender on a low heat.

Serve with mash potato or French butter rice and French stick with butter if desired.

Spinach & Potato Pie

Spinach & Potato Pie


200g of OO Flour

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1/2 cup or 125 ml Cold Water

Place all ingredients in Bowl,  Knead with a dough hook for 1 – 2 minutes cover with a clean dry tea towel and rest for 30 minutes.


2 Bunches of Spinach ( chopped )

500g Potatoes (peeled and cubed,  boiled until soft not mushy)  (  cool )

100g grated Tasty Cheese

1/2 Onion ( chopped )

1 Egg

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

2 Tb of Oil   for brushing the top of the pie before baking.

Divide pastry in two pieces  roll on a floured ( sprinkle flour ) baking paper surface

until you have two large circles the size of a large dinner plate.

Place one pastry on a lined round tray and place the filling on top more in the middle.

Spread leaving at least a 4 cm around the sides.

Cover the with the second pastry circle and turn sides and pinch to seal edges.

Brush with oil and prick with a fork , place in the middle of oven.

Bake at 225 deg or a hot oven for approx. 25 to 35 mins keep watch as it will brown quickly.

Bon Appetite


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