Monday, 24 August 2015


Rissoles is a classic Aussie meal but this recipe is from my Italian Nunna.  It was a tough job nailing her down and committing her to a recipe as she normally cooks by sight and feel with no measurements.

She uses a few slices of bread, soaked in water and this is what gives the rissoles their moist centre.   If you can't be bothered with this step, just substitute in a cup of breadcrumbs instead which is what I do sometimes.

They are delicious and would also be great cooked as meatballs and served with spaghetti and a tomato based sauce.

I hope you enjoy them,


  • 2 slices of bread (or 1 cup breadcrumbs)
  • 1kg lean beef mince
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup finely grated cheese
  • spray oil for cooking

1. In a small bowl, place 2 slices of bread. Cover with water & let the bread soak.

2. In a separate large bowl, place all remaining ingredients.

3. Squeeze water from the bread. Break bread up into small pieces & add to the meat

4. Using both hands, mix the mince & bread mixture together until well combined.

5. Form into patties & refrigerate or freeze until required.


Spray the base of a large frypan with oil. Over medium to high heat, fry the rissoles for
approx. 5 mins on each side or until cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending
on the size of the rissoles. Be gentle when turning as they may break apart.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Choc chip muffins

You don't need any fancy equipment for this recipe - no thermomix, no electric mixer - just a large bowl and whisk. They only take a few minutes to make and taste delicious! Great for lunchboxes or to keep in the freezer for emergencies.

(Simple home cook)

Choc chip muffins

  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbspn honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup choc chips

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Liine a 12 muffin pan with cases.  I ran out of cases so I just cut up some baking paper into squares and pushed them into the muffin pan instead.

2. In a large microwave bowl, add butter.  Microwave until melted.

3. Add egg, milk & honey.  Whisk until combined.

4. Add sugar & flour and mix well.

5. Add choc chips and stir through.

6. Spoon evenly into cases and bake in oven for 18 mins or until cooked through.