Sauces: Marinara

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce is easy to do. I use organic tin tomatoes (Italian) then I add fennel seeds, garlic powder, thyme, parmesan dried, basil dried and mix together and store in mason jar with lid on, in fridge until needed.
Goes great with pasta, meatballs or as a lasagne base sauce.

Thai : nam phrik kaeng matsaman (Massamun Beef)

Beef Massamum homemade paste with beef brisket, chat potatoes and raw c coconut milk

Massamum beef is often thought to be Indian but it is actually a thai curry. Here is my homemade paste and dish. The flavours and smells coming from the kitchen are divine. I used slow cooker 6hr beef brisket that needed to be used up.









Recipe Serves 4


1tsp Coriander seed,

1/2 tsp cardamom,

2tsp cumin,

1/2tsp cloves,

1tsp cinnamon,

1Tb minced garlic

1 small knob ginger

1TB tamarind Paste

300mls maggi beer beef stock liquid

1Tb Brown Sugar

1tsp Curry Powder (keens)

1Tb Thai Chili Jam (optional *you can use fresh red birds eye chilis)

3 Kaffir Lime Leaves crushed (Dried) (Optional *You can use fresh kaffir lime)

1Tb Lemongrass Paste

500g Beef Brisket cut into cubes (pre-cooked in Slow cooker on low for 6hrs)

1/2 Cup Raw C Coconut Milk

4 baby chat potatoes quartered

1 brown onion diced



Normally the recipes would say fry off the spices first until aromatic but I personally don’t bother.

I place all ingredients except coconut milk into the frypan and fry until it bubbles then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30minutes,

I add the coconut milk and then continue to simmer on low until potatoes are soft.

Serve hot with basmati rice and you could also serve it with broccoli or cauliflower.

Noodle Bowls

Cold weather calls for nice bowl of hot noodles, that we call 2 min noodles here. I discard the seasoning sachet and make my own combinations of flavours. I add the flavourings and hot boiling water then microwave for 2 minutes. Sometimes I just buy the egg noodle packs that don’t have seasoning or Wokka 99%fat Free Ramen Noodles which are lower in fat. Here are some different ways to make them. Hubby doesn’t like the stock so he drains his but for me I love it as it’s where all the flavour is and I like a noodle soup with added extras. I simply boil the kettle and pour hot water over noodles until they are submerged. I add my own spices or herb flavourings or toppings. I cook mine for 2 minutes in the microwave. Hubby doesn’t cook his in microwave so he covers the bowl and just has the boiling water on top of the noodles then drains them and adds whatever else to it but cooks the toppings in microwave without the noodles in separate bowl then adds to the noodles when done..

Kimchi , Noodles, Shallots, Ham, Beef stock

Fresh Ginger, Noodles, broccoli, cauli, carrot, shallots, ham, Thai oyster sauce and chicken stock

2 min Noodles with teriyaki sauce and steamed chicken

2 min noodles with steamed chicken

2 min noodles, no seasoning sachet, thai oyster sauce

Roast Duck Asian Stock (beef stock, tamari, fresh ginger, Chinese 5 spice, garlic powder, green shallot, coriander, red chili flakes) & 2min wholegrain noodles no sachet

Pho Gai: pho gai stock cube, 2 min wholegrain noodles without seasoning sachet, fresh mint basil coriander from herb pots and Aldi chicken deli meat.

Miso with Shallots, Nori, Wokka 99%fat Free Ramen Noodles

Aka Miso Soup with Shallots, Japanese Onion, Nori, Wokka 99%Fat Free Ramen Noodles, Salmon Fillet, Mirin

Wokka Ramen 98%fat free noodles with mix veg, tamari and gluten free oyster sauce with chicken supreme deli meat

Pho stock w egg noodle cake, celery, carrot, mushroom, ginger, garlic, thai basil, sriarcha, fresh coriander, fresh mint

Pho Mixed

Mini Dim Sim with 2 minute noodles

Kimchi, carrot, turkey, coriander, beef stock w wholegrain noodles

2min wholemeal beef noodles

2 minute Wholegrain noodles with poached chicken breast fillet, carrot, capsicum, green shallot, vegepod tatsoi and bok choy and basil, herb pot mint, pickled ginger, fodmap gluten free chicken stock, fresh ginger, lite soy, gluten free oyster sauce

2min Noodles with Turkey and Peas

Slow Cooker: Sesame Soyu Chicken Stirfry.

Slow Cooker On High 3hrs Sesame Soyu Chicken Stir-fry. Served with Broccoli, Carrot and Cauli

A Easy Dinner to prep in 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Chicken or Beef can be used for this recipe. I used Chicken breast  and it was moist and tender. I have edited the recipe my daughter gave me to match what I had in the house at the time of making it. So this is my Sesame Soyu Chicken Stirfry.








Recipe Serves 4

2 Chicken Breast Fillets

4 Chicken Tenderloins

2Tb Soyu Soy Sauce

1Tb Brown Sugar

4 Cloves Garlic

1cm Ginger Grated

1 Green Shallot with White Bulb

1ts Sesame Oil

1Tb White Sesame Seeds

1tsp Gluten Free Cornflour mix with 1tb water for slurry

Optional : Add Carrots, Broccoli and Cauli or steam them at the end of the 3hrs cook.



Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Turn onto High and cook for 3 hours.

Serve 1 Chicken Breast per person. and 1/2 cup of each vegetable with 2 ladles of the sauce from slow cooker.

Can be Served with Rice or on its own.

Indian feast #7

Indian Feast #7 for 2

Another homemade Indian Feast for 2. Made my own Madras Curry Beef Paste. I also made the pancakes and spiced rice and mint chutney. The rest of the meal was using bought items found in supermarkets.
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Slow Cooker Beef Briskett

I cooked a beef brisket in slow cooker on low for 6 hours. It made 9 serves (130g) . I cooked it with paleo bbq sauce made from scratch. (*Pete Evans cookbook recipe)

Here I have teamed it with vegepod fresh beets, beet leaves, rocket, tomatoes all home grown. It is served with the remaining paleo bbq sauce .

slow cooker on low 6hrs beef brisket w paleo bbq sauce










vegepod fresh vegetables w slow cooker beef brisket

beef brisket slow cooker on low