Chicken Stroganoff

Since I love pasta, I thought I’d try this recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly. Its very simple to make. It got done faster than I anticipated.

What you need:

  • olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2t paprika
  • 250g sliced mushrooms
  • 1T worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup chicken stock (I used water)
  • 1 ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cooked chicken (I used a bunch of fillets)

What to do:
Heat oil and cook onions. Add paprika. Cook for 2 mins. Add mushrooms and worcestershire sauce. Cook until brown. Add stock and cream – bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes, until sauce thickens. Add the sliced and cubed chicken.

I served it with fettuccine.

Spaghetti + Meatballs

I think this is one of the easiest dish to whip up – especially if you’re really hungry. I’m sure all of you have your own recipe for this. Mine is very similar to my curry dishes. The same spices go in. I threw in some extra chilli, especially for the cold weather. I must admit – I could only eat it with tissues on standby.

To cook the meatballs:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1t chilli powder
  • 1t dhani / jeera powder
  • ½ t gharam masala
  • salt to taste
  • some green chilli
  • some ginger & garlic
  • 2 tomatoes

Sauté onions in oil on medium heat. Add spices and salt. Throw in meatballs and then chilli, ginger & garlic and cook till done – I think it took under 10 minutes. Lastly chuck in tomatoes.

Add above to boiled spaghetti and its ready to eat.


It’s actually quite fun coming up with something when you have leftovers. I made extra penne arrabiata and didnt wanna eat the same thing. My husband suggested I make a “chops casserole”.
His mum used to make it and he said it was very tasty. So I decided why not.

I added some salsa flavouring into the pasta for a slightly differnt taste. I then fried some chops in white pepper.

Using a pyrex dish, I layered some penne at the bottom, then the fried chops, then another layer of the pasta. Topped with cheese and tomato. Baked it in the oven until the cheese melted.

Penne Arrabiata

I never get tired of pasta dishes. So here’s another one.

Boil penne in salted water. Drain, cool and set aside once cooked. In the meantime, start preparing arrabiata sauce with the following:

  • Fresh parsley
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Red chilli
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes

Heat olive oil and add chopped parsley and garlic. After a few minutes add half a chopped onion. Add red chilli, salt and black pepper. Add liquidized tomato. Optional: add sliced green chilli. Let it cook for a short while, until saucy.

Mix together with penne.

Serve with parmesan and ground black pepper.

Impromptu Meal

What do you do with 3 uncooked chicken fillets and extra spaghetti from 2 separate packs? (This happens because I cook about 350g of pasta and eventually I have to use the spares). Well, you throw them together to get a filling meal!

This meal was an impromptu one – I just used whatever spices that I thought might make an interesting taste.

Spaghetti and Chicken

Spaghetti and Chicken

I braised onions and added some Portuguese Chicken spice, Smoked Paprika and Barbeque Spice along with some black pepper. Tossed in cubed chicken fillets and let it cook. Lastly I added some of Mavis’s corriander and chilli chutney.

I boiled the spaghetti and made some white sauce. Added everything together neatly and put in a pyrex dish. Coated with cheese and thyme and popped into the oven for about 20 minutes.