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Boredom-busting, ‘get ready for summer’ recipes for weekends indoors in the Adelaide Hills.

Owning real estate in the Adelaide Hills comes with a certain type of lifestyle. A home here will turn you into an epic chef, with that big Hills kitchen. If you found yourself perusing recipes that you’ve always wanted to conquer, ‘tis the season. These are the perfect recipes to try when you’re staying at home this weekend.

Pumpkin, spinach & feta frittata

This wholesome, veggie-packed dish can be served with a salad or a piece of that fresh loaf of bread you’ve mastered. If you’re a ‘leftover’ type of cook, you’ll dig this.

Put these ingredients on your shopping list:

  • 4 cups pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 125 grams baby spinach leaves, chopped 
  • 200 grams fetta cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 red onion, sliced.

First, preheat the oven and grease a deep square cake tin. Line the base and sides with baking paper, so it’s oven ready. Next, rest the pumpkin in a large, microwave-safe bowl and cook for five minutes, until tender. Place the potato in a separate bowl and cook for four minutes.

Combine the pumpkin and potato, add the spinach, cheeses and eggs. Stir well and transfer the egg mixture into the tin. Top with onion and bake for 25 minutes, until firm. Remove from the oven and let it rest for five minutes, then serve. 

Chinese-style mince with noodles

For a simple, easy to make, healthy bowl that’s bursting with flavour, you can’t beat this saucy delight.

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 500 grams mince beef
  • 2 gloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine
  • 600 grams stir-fry vegetables
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 200 grams thin egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds.

Stomach rumbling? Let’s get to work. Heat sesame oil in a pan over high heat. Add the mince, garlic, ginger, and Chinese five-spice. Cook well for two minutes and blanket the ingredients with soy and oyster sauces, plus Chinese rice wine sauces. Toss in spring onions and combine. Put on low heat.

Cook the egg noodles, following the instructions on the packet. Drain all but one tablespoon of water. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cornflour and the leftover tablespoon of cooking water. Once paste-like, add to beef and vegetable mixture. Mix thoroughly.

Divide the noodles across four serving bowls and top with beef and vegetables. Dress with sesame seeds and remaining spring onions. And there you have it – Adelaide Central Market, at home.

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