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Things are changing

If a few years ago someone had suggested that we spend my day off cooking, I would have laughed my head off but to my surprise, last week I took my RDO (roaster day off) and that is exactly what I did.

As my husband was working that day, I had a friend come over. We didn’t have much planned so we thought it would be a great idea to try some new dishes. So we came up with a four course menu for the day.

It was

  • Aloo chop with golbheda achar 
  • Lentil soup
  • Chorizo and tomato couscous
  • Fresh green beans with pan fried mushrooms
  • Chocolate mud cake with ice-cream

Surprisingly the food turned out yummy even though we tried some of the recipes for the first time. They were all easy and quick to make so I am sharing the recipes here.

Aloo chop with golbhera achar (click here for recipe)

Lentil soup


  • 200gm brown lentils
  • 2 litres chicken or veggie stock
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee (can be replaced by butter or oil)
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Thickening cream (optional)


  • In a large saucepan, heat oil and add turmeric powder and crushed garlic.
  • Once garlic is brown, add tomatoes and onion along with cumin powder and salt. Fry for few minutes.
  •  Now add lentils and stock and combine all ingredients. Bring to boil, then simmer until lentils are soft, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • If you have a pressure cooker, press it for 5 whistles instead.
  • Add thickening cream if you want to add flavor.


Chorizo and tomato couscous (from Coles website)


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Moroccan Seasoning Mix
  • 400 g can Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 250 g  Broccoli Florets
  • 1 1/2 cups Couscous
  • 1 cup Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 2 Chorizo Sausages, sliced
  • 1 Onion, chopped


  • Heat oil in a large frying pan on medium. Cook chorizo for 1-2 mins each side, until golden. Remove from pan. Cook onion in the same pan for 3-5 mins, until soft. Add seasoning mix and stir until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, stock and broccoli. Bring to boil and sprinkle over couscous. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 5 mins, until liquid has been absorbed. Using a fork, stir through parsley and chorizo, fluffing up grains as you go.

Fresh green beans with pan fried mushrooms (from Coles website


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, (from pantry)
  • small brown onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 300 g cup mushrooms, quartered
  • 500 g green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped


  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onion for 2-3 minutes to soften. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for 5-6 minutes until softened and lightly browned.
  • Cook the green beans briefly in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, or until just tender and vibrant green.
  • Remove the beans with a slotted spoon and add to the mushrooms with the thyme. Season with salt and pepper and remove to a serving platter.

Chocolate mud cake with ice-cream


  • 1 cups hot water
  • 250 g butter
  • 200 g dark cooking chocolate
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 cups self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoon chocolate topping
  • Ice cream to serve


  • In a saucepan over low heat melt together, butter, cocoa, chocolate, sugar, vanilla and hot water.
  • When cooled add flour and eggs and mix well. The mixture will be very runny.
  • Pour into a lined 30 cm cake tin and bake at 150C for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out.
  • When cool sprinkle with icing sugar.
  • Pour chocolate toppings on the slice of a cake in the plate and serve with ice cream.

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