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Tuna Rice Slice

Tuna Rice Slice

1 1/2 cups of long grain rice
3 cups of boiling water
splash of oil

Place all in a small saucepan and cook for 12 to 15 mins until nearly all the water has evaporated.

1 onion finely chopped
1/2 red and green capsicum
1 carrot diced
4 celery sticks diced

Splash of oil in a medium saucepan and sauté until soft.

3 tablespoons of butter or olive spread
3 tablespoons of plain flour or gluten free flour
2 cups of milk

Melt butter add flour and slowly add milk , whisk till you have a smooth white sauce.

Pour the cooked rice into a baking dish
mix in the cooked vegetables and stir in two raw eggs..

You may add some chopped spring onions if you like.

Cover the top with Tuna ( one can of 425 g Tuna in oil.)

Then cover the top with white sauce sprinkle with grated cheese, bread crumbs, paprika or any of your favourite toppings.

Bon Appetite



Scottish Bap Rolls

scottish baps


2 teaspoons of dried yeast
1 teaspoons of caster sugar
240 mls of milk and water ( 1/2 milk add warm water )
needs to be blood heat temp together
450g strong white bread flour ( unbleach no knead flour )
1 teaspoon salt
60g butter
flour for dusting


Rub the butter into the flour and make a well in the centre. Mix the yeast and milk , sugar and salt and add to the bowl. Place on the mixer with a dough hook and knead for approx. 4 mins until smooth.

Cover with cling wrap and leave to rise for 2 hours in a warm place.

Knock down dough and divide into 8 even size balls, flatten with your hand and press your thumb into the middle of each. Place on a tray with baking paper, brush with milk and dust with flour and leave to rise with a clean tea towel for 20 mins until well risen long if needed.

Bake in a hot oven 220 degrees for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Bon Appetite


Passionfruit cream cookies

Passionfruit cookies


125g butter softened
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 cup self raising flour
2/3 cup plain flour
1/4 passionfruit pulp

cream filling
2 tablespoons passionfruit pulp ( strained juice only )
90g softened butter
1 cup of icing sugar ( more if needed 1/3 to 1/2 cup )


Beat butter, rind and sugar in mixer until light add golden syrup and beat until combined then add sifted flours and passionfruit pulp combine.
Turn out onto baking paper and knead until smooth cut dough in half and roll till 5 mm thick between to sheets of baking paper. Chill for 30 before cutting 4 to 5 cm rounds ( fluted if you have this cutter)
My cookies are 5 cm round unfluted.
Bake for 10 to 12 mins at 160 degrees on a baking tray with baking paper under the cookies. ( until golden on the edges ) ( middle shelf )
Cool completely before making the cream filling.
Beat butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy add the passionfruit juice. If the mixture is till runny add more icing sugar 1/3 or 1/2 cup more.

Pipe cream with a 5mm fluted cookie maker or bag to give a nice edge to the cream filling. Place other cookie on top, dust with icing sugar and serve. ( I refrigerated mine over night in a box to set icing )

Bon Appetite


Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

I have had this recipe for 27 years my old Women’s weekly best ever recipes. I added the carrot many years ago.

750g sausage mince
1 large onion
1/4 teaspoon herbs
salt & pepper
4 slices of white bread
warm water
2 pkts of puff pastry
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon cold water
2 grated carrots

Put sausage mince , peeled and grated onion and carrot
, mixed herbs, salt and pepper into a bowl. Cut the crusts off the bread in a separate bowl. Pour over enough warm water to cover, let stand for 5 minutes. Drain off water, squeeze bread gently to extract water. Add bread to the sausage mixture mix well. Have the pastry at room temperature. Cut each piece of pastry in half long ways and place the meat mixture down one side of the half and brush sides with milk roll pastry over the close and over lap by about 1 cm cut to desired length party size or in half. Bake in a hot oven 220 degrees for approx. 10 mins then turn oven down for 15 mins until golden.

Makes approx. 24 party sausage rolls.

Bon Appetite

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