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Side Dishes for parties, dinner, picnics etc.

Updated on April 28, 2011



1/3 cup salad oil

2 bay leaves

¾ cup raw rice

2 x tins tomato (425g)

1 cup capsicum (chopped)

1 cup onion (chopped)

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/3 cup salad oil

2 bay leaves




  1. Place everything into a casserole dish and stir.

  2. Cover and cook in microwave for 30 minutes on high.



This is a great recipe as a side dish to dinner, perfect for parties and picnics. Just as good eaten hot or cold. It's a family favourite of ours and every time I take it somewhere, someone is asking for the recipe! It's just so easy to make and you can alter the taste slightly by adding chili if preferred.



French Bread Stick


Tomato (diced)

Olive oil

Red Onion (diced)

Balsamic vinegar

Red Wine vinegar



Basil (shredded)


Olive Oil




  1. Preheat grill on medium-high heat.

  2. Mix diced tomato and onion in a bowl. Add 1 finely diced garlic clove.

  3. Add Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Basil and Tabasco and stir to combine.

  4. Slice bread stick and grill both sides of bread slices until toasted.

  5. While bread is hot, rub 1 side of each piece with garlic.

  6. Spoon tomato mixture onto bread.

  7. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.


So yummy and so easy to make. The tomato mixture can be made ahead of time and stored covered in the fridge. If making for a party, either serve bread and tomato mixture seperate and let people make their own, or make sure you spoon the mixture onto the bread just prior to serving, otherwise the bread will go all soggy.



2kg Kipfler /Desiree Potatoes

450g whole egg mayonnaise

3 bacon rashers (finely chopped)

4 hard boiled eggs

¾ cup parsley (chopped)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon mustard

1/4 cup white wine vinegar




1. Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and cool. Cut into chunks.

2. Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on paper towel.

3. To make the dressing, whisk mayonnaise, mustard, salt, oil & vinegar in a bowl until smooth.

4. Cut eggs into slices.

5. Combine potatoes, bacon, eggs, dressing and parsley.


This is one of the only potato salads that I like. I had never liked potato salad before, either too creamy, not creamy enough, potatoes not cooked enough, no flavour ...... Then one day I went to a friend's house (my partner's ex-wife's house if i am to be honest!) and i tried her potato salad just to be nice, and guess what, it was awesome!!! I even went back for seconds! So I asked her for the receipe and then tried it myself.

Anyway, after some slight modifications to the recipie this is what i came up with. This is now one of my dishes i make for parties and dinners. And the good thing is, everyone seems to like it too!




400g Cherry Tomatoes

200g Feta cheese

1 Spanish onion

1 tablespoon basil pesto

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

5 tablespoons olive oil

Salt &pepper

1 teaspoon sugar



  1. Cut each cherry tomato in half (if they are big, cut into wedges or quarters).

  2. Slice the onion thinly and cut the feta into cubes (or crumble if you prefer).

  3. To make the dressing – add pesto, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar together and mix well (try putting in a jar and shaking to mix).

  4. Place tomatoes, onion and feta in a bowl or a platter and pour over the dressing.





1 potato (sliced) - i generally use 1 potato per person

1 small onion (diced)


Seasonings (garlic, herbs, salt, pepper)


  1. Melt butter in a fry pan and add sliced potato and cook till golden.

  2. Amount of butter you use depends on your preference. The more you use, the better the flavour (but not so good for the diet!).

  3. Once potatoes are golden on each side and cooked through, add the diced onion and whatever flavours you like and mix through.

  4. Serve at once.


Another alternative for camping or BBQ's is to use a piece of aluminum foil, layer potatoes and onions. Top with butter and seasoning. Fold foil and secure tightly. Punch several small holes for steam to escape. Cook on hot coals approx. 25-35 minutes. Turn and rotate often. Can add cheese once fully cooked so it melts slightly.




500g mince beef

packet tomato/vegetable soup

tomato sauce

worstershire sauce

tin tomato

tin of corn

carrot (grated)

onion (diced)

curry powder




  1. Fry onion and mince in a pan.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.

  3. Add the water, cover and let simmer.


This is nice just as it is, served with toast or get out your Breville Sandwich Press and make into your own cafe style sandwiches. So yum and so easy to make. Can be eaten hot or cold.


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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Sounds scrumptious! A must try and another recipe I can add to the collection. Thank You. :)