There are so many ways to get the calcium you need from milk without necessarily having to drink glasses of milk. Milk or milk products can also be used in recipes to give you some delicious meals or snacks that you can share with your friends and family. My friend Selanie Jommo has shared 3 recipes with me. Enjoy.
Cream of chicken soup
This is a good soup for cold rainy days, when you are feeling lazy but need a good meal. The quantities can be increased easily, but it usually serves 4moderately hungry individuals.
8 cups water
4 cups chicken stock
Whole chicken about 1.8kg seasoned with salt and pepper
Mixed vegetables (green onion, red onion, celery, carrot) 1 each trimmed and chopped into large cubes.
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup cream
1/4cup chopped dhania
Fry the seasoned chicken in a little of the butter until golden on all sides.
Boil together the water, stock, chicken, and mixed vegetables, reduce to simmer for 1 and a half hours.
Strain the broth, remove the chicken and discard the other solids. You can then simmer the strained broth for 30mins.
Remove the chicken skin and discard it shred up the meat.
Melt the rest of the butter in a large saucepan, add flour and cook, stirring, until it thickens and bubbles.
Gradually stir in the broth and lemon juice, and bring to the boil, add cream, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 25mins, stirring occasionally.
Add chicken and stir soup over medium heat until hot.
Serve soup in bowls or large soup mugs sprinkled with dhania….
Here’s a quick bread recipe that makes it a complete meal.
Herb and Cheese Dampers
Salad oil/Olive oil
1 small onion
Self raising flour
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Heat 2 teaspoons of salad oil/olive oil in a pan and lightly fry 1small finely chopped onion, then cool.
Sift 1 and a half cups of self-raising flour into a medium bowl; add onion, half a cup of grated cheddar(or more) and 2 tablespoons each of finely chopped dhania and green onion stalks.
Stir in as much milk as required to mix to soft, sticky dough, turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Shape into for equal rounds and place on an oiled baking tray, sprinkle with 2tablespoons grated cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
These are good for children, as they are egg free and keep well in an airtight container. They make great tea time snacks. This recipe makes about 40 small cakes or 1 large cake.
500g self raising flour
240g powdered sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
2 and a half cups hot milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Paper cake cases for cupcakes
Preheat the oven 170°C
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Pour in the hot milk a little at a time. Let the mixture cool, and then fold in the other ingredients to make soft dough.
Prepare the baking tin, by greasing or if making small cakes, place the paper cases in the baking tins. For small cakes, put 1 tablespoon of mixture in each case. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
To make funfetti cakes, mix in 1cup of multicolored sprinkles to the dough before baking.
For chocolate chip cakes, mix in 1 cup of chocolate sprinkles to the dough before baking.