Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

1 packet milk arrowroot biscuits

6 egg whites

2 tubs Aldi cream cheese

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Juice of 2 lemons

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp Cornflour

125g Butter

Condensed milk

Caster sugar (750g)

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Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Grease and line springform tin with baking paper.

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Melt butter in microwave.

Place the whole packet of biscuits into your  food processor, blitz, add butter and then blitz until fine.

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Mix until looks like bread crumbs and smells like caramel.

Put into springform tin and press with glass until compressed and firm.

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Put into fridge while you prepare the middle.

Mix cream cheese, condensed milk, cornflour, zest and lemon juice in mixer.

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Spread over the set base. Smooth out until the mixture is evenly spread.

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Add egg whites to mixer, start mixing.

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Add in the sugar a little bit at a time

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Beat until glossy.

Spread the meringue on top of the cream cheese layer and pop it into the oven.

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Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Leave in oven to cool slightly.

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Take out of oven and release springform.

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Serve.

Christmas Chicken

by Mel Alce

This is a family recipe at the Alce’s. It’s an Italian recipe that is referred to as the Christmas Chicken because of the red and green ingredients.

Ingredients

2 large onions

1 large carrot

3 cloves of garlic

2 sticks of celery

1 capsicum

3 zucchinis

2 jars of Pasata

Mixed herbs

2 tbsp sugar

Salt & Pepper

3 chicken doubles

Oil

Note: This dish serves 14 people.

Method

Chop the garlic and onions finely and place in a frying pan with a splash of oil. Sweat them down until clear. Dice carrot and celery and add to the pan. Add the pasata, sugar and herbs and stir until when mixed.

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Slice up the zucchini and capsicum and fry on grill until charred.

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Clean up the chicken, slice into strips of about the same size and fry in a pan with oil.

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In a large baking dish place a layer of chicken strips, a layer of zucchini and capsicum, then a final layer of chicken.

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Pour the sauce on top.

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Place in the oven for around an hour on 160degrees.

Serve!