Churros with white chocolate

The ultimate dessert for cold winter nights.

Oreo Cupcakes

Everybody's favourite cookie in a delicious cupcake.

Hungarian Beef Goulash and Herb Dumplings

A Family favorite and competiton winning recipe.

Upside Down Pinnaple Cake

Tropical "Deliciousness" disguised as a cake.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We've made pasta from scratch a few times now, and it's gotten a whole lot easier since I received a pasta roller attachment for my beloved Kitchenaid Mixer for my birthday a few weeks ago!



Spinach, Ricotta and Prosciutto Ravioli

Pasta: (This Recipe is from the back of '00' Pasta flour Brand: Molini Pizzuti)
500Gm '00' Flour
5 eggs
1 tsp Olive Oil
10 Gm Salt

In a bowl/mixer mix eggs, salt and oil. Add flour and mix into a soft dough. knead for 2 mins then cover and rest.


Filling:
1x small tub Ricotta cheese
1x bunch spinach, wilted and chopped
2 TBSP Parmesan Cheese, grated
5 slices Prosciutto, chopped
1 TBSP Dried herbs and Garlic (I use YIAH Herb & Garlic Mix)
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and set aside.

Method:

Pinch off about a golf ball sized ball of pasta and lightly flour. Roll out the pasta sheets, but not too thin. I finished on number 5 on the pasta roller which is medium thickness and good for filled pasta.

Roll out a long sheet and then place a small heaped teaspoon of mixture about 5 cm apart on half of the sheet.

 
 
Use a pastry brush or finger to lightly wet around the mixture with water so the pastry on top sticks then lightly cover with the other half of the pasta sheet.



Press lightly around the mix to seal the pasta and make sure no air bubbles are trapped. Cut out with a circle or fluted cookie cutter and place on a floured place or line with baking paper or it will stick! and lightly dust with flour.




Repeat until you have enough.

To Cook: Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and then lower the flame so it just simmering. Rapidly boiling water will break apart the pasta so it needs to cook gently for about 10-12 minutes until tender. 



Drain and serve with any pasta sauce you like.




This was so yum!!


We've also made ravioli with egg yolks inside before too and served it with a Burnt Butter, Garlic and Sage Sauce. Delicious!
 

Egg Yolk Ricotta Ravioli

Pasta:
As per above recipe.

Filling:
Above recipe minus the prosciutto.
Egg yolks

Method:

Roll out pasta as above and place a heaped small teaspoon of filling 5 cm apart on half the pasta sheet. Make a small well in the centre and lightly place an egg yolk on top.



Use a pastry brush or finger to lightly wet around the mixture with water so the pastry on top sticks then lightly cover with the other half of the pasta sheet.

Press lightly around the mix to seal the pasta and make sure no air bubbles are trapped. Cut out with a circle or fluted cookie cutter and place on a floured place or line with baking paper and lightly dust with flour.

Cook as pasta above but for half the time to have the yolk runny. You can serve it with the sauce below.

Burnt Butter, Garlic & Sage Sauce

75Gm unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp crushed garlic
4-5 sage leaves
1 TBSP chopped parsley & Parmesan Cheese to serve.

Melt butter in a pan and season to taste. once bubbling add garlic and sage and cook until butter just starts to change in colour.

Take off the heat and spoon over pasta.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley.

Enjoy!



Monday, September 8, 2014

This year I participated in The Streetswap 2014. It's where Food/Lifestyle Bloggers register to make 3 handmade sweet treats to send to their 3 'matches'. To participate you need to have a blog/website and a passion for cooking!

I registered my name and my blog and soon received the names of my 3 matches.

I initially decided to make and send some Salted Caramel Popcorn as I've been making it a lot at home just to snack on but I didn't think it would arrive as crisp as I'd want it to so I turned to Plan B.

Plan B was my Hubby's idea and I thought it was great! Rocky Road!

So my recipe for the rocky road is as follows;

Aprils Streetswap 2014 Rocky Road

Half packet of marshmallows (cut in half)
1x Pack of Snakes Alive (chopped)
Half a Pack of Milk Arrowroot Biscuits, crushed roughly
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1x block of Cadbury Milk Baking Chocolate
1x block of Cadbury White Baking Chocolate
1/2 cup coconut

Mix marshmallows, snakes, biscuits, sultanas and nuts in a square baking tin/dish lined with baking paper. Melt milk chocolate in the microwave and pour over mix.



Let cool in the fridge until set. Then Melt the white chocolate and pour on top of the milk chocolate

Sprinkle with coconut and cool in the fridge until set.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

I sent off my 3 parcels express post so my recipients could enjoy them fresh and fast. My 3 matches were Belinda - The Hungry Mum, Kate - Foodies Agenda and Alice - Western Sydney Food Blog.




My 3 Streetswap goodies received were:

Peanut and Gummi Bear Chocolate Fudge from Aleesha who owns Me and The Young Blog. This was soooo yummy and I loved the crunch and chewy combo that the peanuts and gummi bears gave. I also cant remember the last time I ate a Gummi Bear and have bought more since.
Aleesha also was kind enough to leave her recipe for me so I can create it at home now too, and I definitely will. My whole family enjoyed snaking on these!





My second parcel was Salted Caramels with Fennel and Chilli sent by Katherine of A Cupcake or 2.
These soft buttery caramels were presented so beautifully in a cute small wooden box and were individually wrapped. A surprising flavour combo with the subtle heat from the chilli and the aniseed crunch of the fennel seeds hidden in salted caramel buttery goodness. I'd love to try and make these, they reminded me much like a soft toffee I used to eat as a kid.




Last but definitely not least my final Streetswap treat received were beautiful handmade chocolates by Sandra who owns the informative blog $120 Food Challenge. Choc Chilli 'Bombs' and Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Hearts. They smelt amazing when I opened the box.  2 of the hearts had leaked a bit of the caramel but it no way affected my daughter and I both eating them! I had to put these away to make them last and have since bought some more chocolate moulds to give 'filled chocolates' a go!






I hope my Rocky Road Parcels were received well and didn't melt or crumble. I've never sent treats via Post so this was a learning curve for me also .Seeing the beautiful way the treats were packaged up and how much effort the ladies went though to post, it's amazing and I will definitely do better next year!

Thanks to the organisers of the Streetswap and the ladies who sent me my treats too!

The Streetswap 2014......so much fun!!

April xx

Monday, August 25, 2014

We've been regulars at the "Baysie" for years now. When our daughter was young it was a great place to get out of the house and enjoy a beer and some lunch in the spacey, clean beer garden they have which has a small kids playground.

 
 
 
  
 They've recently had a re-furb and the main bistro area inside is a great spot for big/family bookings where they do Buffet lunch and dinners.

The menu has been upgraded and I noticed a few things taken off, and a few things added. The pizza menu is now very extensive.

 
 


My Hubby had the Fish Po'boy, a fish burger on a baguette type bun. $16.90



I had the Pulled Pork Roll with Coleslaw and Red Wine Jus, which was really good, I could taste a subtle hint of red wine but it wasn't overpowering. Served with chips for $17.90



A Jug of Coopers was about $21 and the Kids Menu's are $10 with GF and Vegetarian options too.

This was my daughters pizza and she ate all of it!



Inside in the bistro they have a kids karaoke machine and a playground outside to keep the kids entertained while you have lunch.

The Buffet menu changes daily, is served 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and is great value.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014



I haven't liked oysters for very long.....months perhaps....I figure as I'm getting older my palate is becoming more forgiving to trying the things I never would have a few years ago.

One must press on though, and today we went to Catalano's Seafood factory in Bayswater. Those who don't know Catalano's is owned by Josh Catalano's family, who once was on Masterchef Australia a few years back.

$14 is all it cost for a dozen SA Pacific Oysters.

I had big plans for these babies, deep fried being the first. My first time went well so here it is!



Crumbed Oysters Recipe

1 Egg, whisked with 1 tbsp. water
1/2 cup panko crumbs
1/2 tsp garlic powder (because it makes everything taste better)
s&p to taste
oil to deep fry ( I use a good quality veg)

Separate the oyster meat from the shell and place in egg wash mix. Coat in the mixed panko and garlic powder and then repeat process for extra crispy oysters.

Heat oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes until crispy.

Serve with lemon pepper mayo and Srirracha Sauce!


Lemon Pepper Mayo

1/3 cup mayo
1/2 tsp garlic powder
zest and juice of 1 lemon
cracked pepper

Whisk all together!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


This Little Pig Went to Market is a Perth born and owned business by 2 sisters Jessica & Katherine. They create a 2 meal menu each week and deliver the ingredients and recipe cards straight to your door!

I chose the 2 meals for 2 people for 2 nights and this was $65 delivered.

I wasn’t home when my box was arrived and was so happy to find it sitting nicely on my front door mat!
 
The box is very sturdy with all the ingredients stacked nicely with padding and 2 big ice bricks that can keep the food cool in the box for up to 4 hours.

The first recipe was Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli which was handmade by The Re Store in Leederville. Served with a cream-free bacon, sage, asparagus and mushroom sauce. The smell of this cooking was divine and I love how the bacon was already diced and locally sourced from Torre Butchers in Perth. The rest of the ingredients were all portioned and all I had to do was follow the recipe card and chop them up.
 
As mentioned before, the meals I chose are meant to be for 2 serves. Although this meal was plenty enough for my hubby, my daughter and myself to have a decent serving plus my daughters seconds and thirds!

The second meal was a Sesame Beef salad with crunchy noodle, mandarin and mint slaw. Doesn’t that sound good! Again the beef strips were pre-cut and also from Torres Butchers and the beef marinade and salad dressing were portioned in disposable containers.
 
This salad tasted amazing and was definitely filling for a dinner meal, again with a small serving leftover.
 

With all the ingredients portioned for the 2 meals, everything you need is there to make the menu. This means after cooking, you have no leftover food to go to waste.

I loved getting my delivery and thought it was great value. On a busy day I knew I had the ingredients on hand to make a good meal for that night. Or if I had a friend coming over for lunch I could whip this up without having to think of what to cook.

This Little Pig Went to Market are on facebook and you can check out their website to view their menu which changes weekly. Why not order one for a friend or family member as a gift!

I know I’ll definitely be ordering again very soon and regularly!