Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce

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Free Recipes

The following is a collection of recipes which have been demonstrated on TV One’s Good Morning programme, and published in Lyn’s weekly column, “Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce”.

Don’t buy Mayonnaise!!!! Here’s a great recipe from You Tube Easy yummy quick mayonnaise.

Ice Cream

No appliances needed. Lightly whip 300 ml cream.  Separate 4 eggs. Whip whites to stiff then add 1/4 cup sugar. Whip yolks (then add 1/4 cup sugar – optional as it might be too sweet for your taste) until thick and pale. Combine (lightly fold) all three ingredients with large spoon. Add vanilla or other flavourings as desired ie:  essences, fudge sauce, chocolate chips, fruit, etc. Freeze, and enjoy.


Put fresh cream in food processor.  Do not overfill.  Process on high speed. It will go thick like whipped cream then thin and then bang – the butter will drop out.  This could take a while, so be patient but don’t blow your food processor up. Tip the butter milk off and save it. This is OK to put in drinks or to bake with. Bread and scones are really nice if made with buttermilk instead of milk or water. Put a small amount of cold water into processor with butter and process for 1 min — this will wash the butter.  Tip this water out and repeat the process. If you do not do this the butter may go rancid quickly. Drain thoroughly.  Add salt if desired.  Spoon butter into butter mould or container. This butter freezes well if you make a big amount.

Cottage Cheese

Put 500ml milk in a pot and heat slowly but do not boil.  Add 2ml of calcium chloride (optional). Add 2 tablespoons of citric acid (or a generous splash of white vinegar). You will see curds forming. Do not burn the milk — keep stirring. Once the curds are well-formed, remove from heat and strain out whey through scrupulously clean muslin, tea towel or cheese cloth.  Put the milk solids (curds) in a bowl and add salt and pepper (and any other herbs) if desired. Refrigerate until needed. You can add fresh cream before using. Great for sandwiches and salads or on its own. Save whey for baking.

Easy Hummus

2 cups of cooked chickpeas, 3 tablespoons tahini (toasted sesame seeds,processed with oil and water in food processor until smooth), lemon juice to taste, chopped fresh garlic to taste, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, salt. Serve with rounds of lightly grilled stale bread and celery or carrot sticks.

Flat Bread

Mix about 2 cups of flour into a bowl with some melted butter and a pinch of salt. Make into a soft dough using milk. Add spring onion or chopped fresh garlic of desired.  Knead into balls using floured hands. Flatten into rounds on floured surface.  Cook each side in frying pan with a little oil or butter. Makes a cost effective, filling and interesting addition to most meals. Play around with flavour by adding whatever is in your cupboard, e.g. chopped almonds, dried fruit, herbs or spices.

Most Beautiful Chocolate Cake

Preheat oven to 180C. Melt 125g chopped butter and a 1 cup of milk in saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 t baking soda. Cool for 10 minutes. Sift 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a 1/4 cup of cocoa into a large bowl, and stir in a 1/2 cup of sugar. Whisk 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and 2 eggs into the cooled butter mixture. Pour over the flour and mix lightly to combine. Transfer the mixture to greased tin (20cm diameter). Bake for 45 minutes in oven pre-heated 180C oven. Cool on wire rack and ice when cool.

Stevie’s Icing Recipe

Combine up to 50g of butter, cocoa to taste, and 1.5 cups of  icing sugar and a little bit of warm milk. Cream the butter, add icing sugar and beat. Add milk and beat. Add cocoa and beat again. You can make icing sugar by jooshing normal sugar in a food processor using small whiz attachment if you have one).

This cake is as delicious as it looks

Crock Pot Bread Recipe


15g dried yeast
4 teaspoons sugar
2.5 cups warm water
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups wholemeal flour
4 cups white flour (approximately)


– Put yeast in a bowl with a 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar
– Pour 3/4 C warm water on the yeast, and leave for 5-10 minutes
– Place remaining water in a large bowl. Mix in yeast mixture, remaining sugar, salt and wholemeal flour
– Combine with a wooden spoon. Mix in enough white four to make a stiff dough. Turn on to floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic – add more flour as necessary. The dough is ready when it springs back when tapped
– Lightly grease the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
– The bread is ready when it sounds hollow when tapped

Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding


1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
50g butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence


Pre heat oven to 180. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa, and stir in sugar. Melt butter and milk, stir in vanilla.  Add wet and dry ingredients. Mix well. Spread mixture in dish. Make topping with 1 tablespoon of cocoa, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of hot instant coffee. Mix sugarand cocoa together in cup and spread over pudding. Carefully pour coffee over pudding (do not stir). Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.


Save bread heels and freeze. Crumb in food processor with a little salt and pepper. Remember FEB (Flour, egg, breadcrumbs). Rub meat or fish in flour, then egg then breadcrumbs before cooking. Crumbing makes a small amount of meat go further.  Egg can be replaced with milk or oil if unavailable.

Banana Cake

Google recipes until you find one you have the ingredients for.

Home-made Icing Sugar

Don’t go running off to the supermarket because you want to ice a cake and there is no icing sugar left.  Get ordinary sugar and blitz it in the food processor using small attachment.  We will not be buying icing sugar again.

Exfoliant/Hand and Foot Cleanser/Facial Scrub

I discovered this mixture by accident and it is great – especially for people who get their hands dirty, e.g. farmers, mechanics, gardeners. Mix baking soda and sweet almond oil into a paste. I use 3 parts baking soda to 1 part sweet almond oil. Use to remove dirt and grease off hands, get black marks off your heels or just as an all round body cleanser – much cheaper and better than anything you would buy. Check out amoraromatherapy.co.nz for sweet almond oil at a good price.

Cow Shed Cleaner/Mould Remover/Deck Cleaner

Equal amounts of washing soda and white vinegar. You can use soda ash instead of washing soda. e.g. 2 cups of each in a 20 litre bucket. Warm water and a good squirt of detergent (eg: Dish washing liquid). Spray on walls and waterblast or hose off and/ or scrub.  Also really good for getting cow poo off cups as it doesn’t hurt your hands. Cheaper and nicer to use than XY12 which is blimmen expensive these days considering what it is. Get washing soda in bulk from Bin Inn or try Aakland Chemicals for a bag of soda ash delivered (0800 100 350)


1 tablespoon baking Soda
1 teaspoon salt
Few drops glycerine
Peppermint essence to taste

Experiment with the amounts to get a taste you like. You could add tiny amount of artificial sugar if you really can’t stand the taste. Mix to a paste in a small container, and dip brushes in. Should last about 10 days.


1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
500ml water

Store in recycled Listerine container – because you won’t be spending money on that again. There is now one less plastic container in the landfill. Rinse out mouth as you would with Listerine but at a fraction of the cost.

Hair Wash

Wet hair. Sprinkle with baking soda, and massage in. Rinse out. Optionally, rinse out with small amount of white vinegar before final rinse — leaves hair looking and feeling beautiful and, surprisingly, leaves no smell.


1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix together with warm water. Apply to hair and leave as long as desired. If this leaves a residue, rinse off with white vinegar, then water.

Smelly Feet Remedy

Soothe aching feet in a this solution.
4 tablespoons baking soda
Enough hot water to cover feet in a container

Soak feet to dissipate odour, and bring comfort to your tender toes. Baking Soda may also help with athletes foot problems.


You need a crock pot, plastic moulds, and gloves for handling lye.

Stage One Ingredients

200g tallow
110g coconut oil
85g olive oil
60g castor oil
70g sodium hydroxide (lye)
160ml water

Stage Two Ingredients

140g granulated sugar
70ml boiling water
140ml glycerine
280ml vodka

Stage One Method

– Melt tallow, coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil in a crock pot.
– Meanwhile, carefully add lye to water and dissolve. Wear gloves and long sleeves when handling Lye. Be careful, and keep away from children and pets.
– Carefully add lye to oils and stir to trace (until it leaves tracks in the mixture) – this could take quite a while (20 minutes or more).
– Cook on low for 3 hours. Stir soap until there are no visible white bits.

Stage Two Method

– Stir glycerine into soap. Cook on medium for 30 minutes.
– Carefully stir in vodka (alcohol) and cook until soap has dissolved.
– Pour boiling water over sugar (dissolve sugar).
– Stir sugar solution into the soap and continue cooking until liquid and syrupy.
– Pour into plastic mould and leave overnight to set.
– Freeze for 2 hours before removing from mould.
– Leave to firm for two weeks then use for melt and pour.