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Chicken Enchiladas

3rd July 2007

Chicken Enchiladas

The longer I have lived in New Zealand, the more I have adapted my cooking to New Zealand tastes. But one flavour that I desperately miss is Mexican food. I remember the day I discovered tortillas at the supermarket. I was excited. Until I tasted them. They were imported by Old El Paso, with one of those flavour saver things inside, so who knows how old they were. But then, one of the local bakeries started making tortillas and selling them fresh, nationwide. I was literally jumping up and down in the aisle. I raced home and rang the company to say PLEASE DON’T TAKE THEM AWAY. And they haven’t (although they’ve raised the price by $1.30). I can make my own tortillas from scratch, but it takes forever. So every once in a while I will plonk down $4.60 for 8 tortillas so that I can make burritos, or in tonight’s instance, chicken enchiladas.

What follows is the recipe I’ve been using for years to make chicken enchiladas. NZ readers you will notice an unfamiliar ingredient, but I’ll give you a substitute. This recipe came from allrecipes.com

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS II

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles (can substitute lots of bell peppers)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat (I used leftovers from last night - Chilli Lime Marinade chicken YUM)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 (12 inch) flour tortillas (I find that just 4 means you get lots of filling in each)
  • 1/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the green onion until tender (about 3 to 4 minutes). Add the garlic powder, then stir in the green chiles, cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. Mix well. Reserve 3/4 of this sauce and set aside. To the remaining 1/4 of the sauce in the saucepan, add the chicken and 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Stir together.
  3. Fill each flour tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll up. Place seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl combine the reserved 3/4 of the sauce with the milk. Spoon this mixture over the rolled tortillas and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

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1st July 2007

It smells a bit fishy around here

I’ve been thinking about fish lately. No, I don’t want to get a fish (although we are housesitting one). I’ve been thinking about eating fish. I’ve been doing some reading on healthy eating, particularly the low-carb thing, and fish comes up a lot.

Now, we’ve never eaten a whole lot of fish around here, simply because it’s relatively expensive, unless you buy it breaded and fried from the fish n chip shop. Even then it’s not cheap. When we lived in the South Island we used to get fish delivered fortnightly and it was delicious. It was so fresh it had been swimming in the ocean within the last 36 hours. Eventually we stopped getting it because we were getting bored with our two recipes for fish - Fish Curry and Baked Fish. Both were delicious, but even delicious becomes monotonous.

From everything that I’ve been reading, I should be eating more fish. Good stuff in them. And that’s the technical term, by the way. But what the heck do I do with the fish??

Does anyone eat sardines? Aren’t they super salty? and crunchy? Of course it’s the bones that make them crunchy and that’s where the good stuff is.

I don’t know where to start. Inspire me. Please. I’m begging you.

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30th June 2007

Golden Syrup

Dear New Zealand readers,

What do you do with Golden Syrup? I have a huge tin of it that I think I’ve had for about four years and I’ve only used it once, to make anzac biscuits. I would love any other ideas. I might just have to give it away.

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28th June 2007

Cooking Light

Since we’re housesitting at our friends’ house I’ve been reading all of her magazines. WOW! Have you ever read Cooking Light? What an amazing magazine! My friend obviously brought them with her when she moved over from the States. I’ve been making a list of the recipes that I want to try. Fortunately many of them are on their website I’m already mentally making menus for after we move to the States. I can’t wait!

Mom, if you’re reading, think magazine subscription for Christmas!

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26th May 2007

Free cookbook

This week I discovered a new blog that I’m really enjoying, The Homespun Heart . I’ve been reading through her archives and back in 2005 she gave a link for SunMaid Raisins, saying they were giving away a free Gooseberry Patch cookbook. I went to the link and it still works! So go get your free cookbook. I’ve got one Gooseberry Patch book and I really like it. So go! It’s free!

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12th February 2007

Michele’s American Brownies

When I first moved to South Korea, I was given this fantastic recipe by one of the other missionaries. It included ingredients that were easily available in Korea so it became one of my favourite desserts. It still is because IT’S. SO. EASY.

Often, when we have unexpected visitors or I need to bring a dessert to some function, I’ll whip up a batch of these brownies. I have some in the oven as we speak read/write. It took me five minutes to mix them up and stick them in the oven so they’ll be ready when our unexpected guest arrives (see post below). I believe these are the same brownies that my dad said could win an award and he doesn’t just throw compliments around.
Michele’s American Brownies

2 cups sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

2/3 c. oil (olive, vegetable, anything but engine)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 c flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Mix it all up in a big bowl. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Put into a hot oven (350F or 180C) and bake 28-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Do NOT overbake. I prefer mine chewy, so I go for the 28 minutes. If you cook them too long they get a cake texture, which is okay, but they’re not as nice the next day.

ENJOY!

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29th January 2007

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Several years ago I really wanted to serve dessert to guests but didn’t have much in the way of ingredients and didn’t want to go to the store. I got onto allrecipes.com, my favourite recipe site, and found a great recipe called Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding. I made it again over the weekend and it’s still a hit! I thought I’d share it with you.

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

1/2 cup white sugar

3 tbsp cocoa

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

2 3/4 cup milk

2 tbsp margerine or butter

1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Place over medium heat and stir in milk. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat and strin in the margerine and vanilla. let cool briefly and serve warm or chill in fridge until serving.

I use reconstituted powdered milk in order to cut the cost, so this is a very low cost dessert and everyone loves it!

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22nd January 2007

Best lemonade ever

The last two times that we’ve moved house, we have made a list of ‘must haves’ and ‘want to haves’. Our last house had everything on our list, as well as quite a few things on the ‘want to have’ list. Included on that second list was a lemon tree. I find that I use lemons on a somewhat regular basis in cooking and having my own tree just makes it that much more convenient.

The house that we’re currently living in we signed the rental agreement sight unseen, except for a few pictures and a drive-by look. It was in the process of being sold and the current owners didn’t want potential tenants of the new owners traipsing through, which I can understand. Because of the scarcity of rental properties in our town we had to make a decision and quick! We decided to go for it. And lo and behold, it had not only a generous lemon tree, but a plum, apple, grapefruit, feijoa, and some yet to be identified citrus tree.

What do you do when life gives you lemons? MAKE LEMONADE! To follow is a recipe for the best lemonade ever and it’s so easy you’ll think I’m joking. I’m not. I believe I got this recipe from topsecretrecipes.com several years ago. It is fool proof.

LEMONADE

1 cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

6 cups water

Stir well. Voila!

Try it. I know you’ll like it.

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11th January 2007

Pizza dough

I think today is a day for recipes. I really do enjoy cooking but I’m not a fancy gourmet kind of cook. I’m a home cooking, I-don’t-like-eating-out-of-a-box, kind of cook. But I’m good at it. One of the things that we eat often is homemade pizza. I’m all for getting some Pizza Hut on occasion, particularly when they have slabs 2 for $10, but now that our little family is growing and eating more, eating out becomes more expensive and have you notice how much grease comes off their pizza?? Anyway, I make it from scratch at least every fortnight, if not more often. PIzza is very forgiving because you can put literally anything on it and it still tastes good. I think the key is the base.

Here is a link to the recipe for the pizza dough that I’ve been making for years - Jay’s Signature Pizza Crust from allrecipes.com. As a matter of fact it was because I couldn’t make it the normal way that we bought a breadmaker, which allows me to make perfect dough every time. Another winner recipe from our family to yours.

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