Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Lynette Muller

Ingredients and Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 egg until smooth. Scoop the dough onto a lined baking sheet. (Roll doug into balls with your hands, if you do not have a scoop.) Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction, to form the criss-cross pattern on top.
Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container.

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Chorizo & pea risotto


1 tbsp oil
200g chorizo , peeled and chopped
300g arborio risotto rice
2 tbsp vinegar (white wine vinegar if you have it)
1.2l chicken stock (fresh is best), heated until simmering
200g frozen peas
60g parmesan , finely grated, plus extra to serve

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, tip in the chorizo and fry until it is crisp and all the oil has been released. Remove a quarter of the chorizo with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Tip the rice into the pan, stir to coat it in the oil and toast for a min or so, then pour in the vinegar. Once the vinegar has evaporated, add a ladleful of the stock, stir then, once absorbed, add a bit more. Continue doing this for about 20 mins until most of the stock has been absorbed and the rice has swollen but still has a slight bite.

Tip in the peas, parmesan and the remaining stock. Give everything a good stir. Once the cheese has melted, season with black pepper, then divide between bowls, topping each portion with the remaining crisp chorizo and extra grated parmesan.

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Teriyaki Chicken


4 serving

1Kg chicken thighs, sliced into chunks
1 cup soy sauce (240 mL)
½ cup brown sugar (110 g)

Sear the chicken thighs evenly in a pan, then flip. Add the soy sauce and brown sugar, stirring and bringing to a boil. Stir until the sauce has reduced and evenly glazes the chicken.
Serve with rice, if desired! Enjoy!

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Stuffed Sweet Potato

2 medium sweet potatoes, halved
500g boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/3 cup BBQ sauce, your favorite (or less/more, to your taste)

For garnish:
Chopped parsley or sliced green onions, optional

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lay sweet potatoes cut side up on a large baking sheet. Roast until tender, about 35 minutes, depending on size of your potatoes.

In a saucepan set to medium-low, stir together chicken and BBQ sauce. Heat until warm, 5-10 minutes.

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Penne with chorizo & broccoli


400g penne
small head of broccoli broken into small florets
200g cooking chorizo diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp fennel seed
200g low-fat cream cheese with garlic & herbs
parmesan and rocket leaves, to serve

Cook the penne following pack instructions, adding the broccoli for the final 3 mins. When cooked, drain, reserving a splash of the cooking water.

Meanwhile, fry the chorizo in a large dry frying pan until it starts to turn golden and release its oils. Add the garlic and fennel seeds, and cook for 1 min more. When the penne is cooked, tip it into the pan with the chorizo. Add the cream cheese, stir together until melted, adding a splash of the reserved cooking water so the sauce coats the pasta.

Serve in bowls, scattered with a few rocket leaves and some grated Parmesan, if you like.

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Pancackes with berries


50g plain flour
small pinch salt
1 medium free-range egg
150ml milk
2 tsp vegetable oil or melted butter, plus extra for frying

For the topping
100g white chocolate, broken into small pieces
200g mixed frozen berries
Recipe tips

Put the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, pour in the milk and crack in the egg. Using a whisk, gradually incorporate the flour into the wet ingredients until you have a smooth batter. Add the vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add a little oil and use kitchen paper to smear it all over the base of the pan. Add a small ladleful of batter and swirl it around the pan to create a thin, even layer. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the batter is a little darker and set in the middle (to check, lift the edge of the pancake and check the underside is lightly golden-brown). Flip it over and cook the other side for 30-40 seconds. Transfer to a warm plate and cover with a clean tea towel to keep it warm. Cook the remaining batter in the same way to make 3 more pancakes.

For the topping, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Alternatively, melt the chocolate in short bursts in a microwave.

Put a pancake on each serving plate and divide the frozen berries between them. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top and serve immediately. The heat of the pancakes and chocolate will thaw the berries quickly, but you want them to be chilled (it’s the contrast of temperatures that makes it so special).

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Peppermint Crisp Tart


1 packet (200g) PnP T-biscuits
1 can (360g) caramel
2 cups (500ml) cream
4 (49g each) Peppermint Crisps

Line a small rectangular dish with biscuits. Place caramel in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Whip cream to stiff peaks (don’t over whip). Fold cream into caramel and grate two Peppermint Crisps into mixture. Spread a generous amount of the caramel mixture evenly over the layer of biscuits. Add another layer of biscuits and repeat layer of caramel. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients, ending with a layer of caramel. Refrigerate for an hour or until set. Bash remaining Peppermint Crisps and sprinkle over just before serving.

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1 spring onion, chopped
¼ red pepper, sliced
¼ yellow pepper, sliced
¼ green pepper, sliced
5 ml butter
4 chicken fillets, cut into strips
1 sachet cheese sauce
250 ml milk (or 125 milk & 125 cream)
pinch nutmeg

Microwave spring onion, peppers and butter uncovered for 3 minutes in a Medium Oval Roaster. Add chicken strips and microwave covered for 5 minutes on high.Heat milk in small jug, dilute cheese sauce and nutmeg into milk. Add cheese sauce to chicken mixture and mix well. Microwave for 3 minutes or until sauce starts to boil. Delicious on rice or pasta.

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3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese


5 cups milk (1 ¼ L)
500g elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (200 g)

In a large pot, bring the milk to a boil. Add the pasta and stir constantly until the pasta is cooked, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, then add the cheddar. Stir until the cheese is melted and the pasta is evenly coated.

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Breakfast Pie


2 sheets frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, partially thawed
6 thin slices pancetta
2 medium tomatoes, deseeded, chopped
3 eggs, whisked
1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley, to serve

Perfect for breakfast or great as a snack.

Put a baking tray in oven and preheat oven to 180°C. Cut six 9cm rounds from pastry and use to line a 6-hole muffin tin. Put 1 pancetta slice around inside of each pastry case, allowing edge to extend above pastry case slightly. Spoon tomato into cases and pour over eggs. Put muffin tin on hot tray and bake for 20 minutes or until egg is set. Serve pies sprinkled with parsley.

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