Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lamb Cutlets

Are basically cutlets wrapped in prosciutto. Once you start to cook them the prosciutto sticks to the meat, there's no need to salt because the prosciutto is salty as is.

Massive Salad

Fry a few rashers of bacon sprinkled lightly with sugar until cooked. set aside to cool.

Soft boil 4 eggs by placing them in cold water, bring to the boil on high heat. Once boiling , boil for 3.5 mins. Drain off hot water and replace with tap water. Leave to cool slightly.

Mean while Mix together:
Lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, diced (seeds removed)
Celery, sliced thinly
Carrot, sliced thinly
Gherkins, chopped
Pickled onions, Sliced
red onion, diced
cheese, cubed
 Arrange salad mix on to a serving plate, quarter or halve the eggs and arrange on top then chop bacon and sprinkle on top also.

Aprils Ranch Dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 lemon's juice
garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt 1/2 tsp each
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

mix together and drizzle over salad!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

A classic childhood favourite, but made without the unhealthy copha (vegetable shortening)!!

1x pack fun size mars bars (216grms approx.)
1/4 cup cream
1 tbsp. cocoa
3 cups rice bubbles

Melt mars bars and cream in a pyrex dish in the microwave in 30 sec bursts and then pour into a mixing bowl with rice bubbles and cocoa. stir until combined and spoon into patty cases. Cool in fridge for 30 mins.
Sprinkle with 100's and 1000's, coconut or edible glitter :-)

Not just for kids parties!! ;-)

Friday, September 20, 2013

3 Large all purpose floury potatoes (800Gm approx.)
3 egg yolks
1-2 cups flour (its always different)

Boil potatoes until tender, when warm to touch peel skin off.

Place peeled potatoes in a sieve over a mixing bowl and press through with the back of a spoon.

Mix in yolks, salt & pepper to taste and incorporate flour 1/2 cup at a time, (I used 1 & 3/4 cups this time) until its not sticky. Flour a surface and cut dough into 4, then roll each quarter into a log 2 cm diameter and cut 3cm lengths.

Place on a floured plate until cooking.
To Cook: Bring a pot of water to the boil add salt and add gnocchi, boil slowly until they float then after 2 mins scoop them out to drain.

I put mine straight from the water into a simmering pan of tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, chilli, onion, passata, basil and parsley. Then served sprinkled with cheese.

TO FREEZE: I put the left over gnocchi on a floured plate spaced out and froze until hard then transferred to glad bags. These can be boiled straight from frozen until they float as above.

You can add parmesan cheese, spinach puree and parsley for flavoured gnocchi too!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

200 gm Almond meal
170Gm caster sugar
2 Egg whites
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup plain flour
Glace cherries, halved

Preheat oven to 190C. In a food processor mix all ingredients except cherries, spoon into a piping bag and pipe small rounds on a baking sheet, top with cherry, bake for 15-20 mins. Dust with icing sugar before or after baking optional.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Half a packet of flavoured corn chips
2 eggs
Chicken breasts sliced into nugget size

Crush corn chips with a rolling pin, or food processor. Whisk eggs into a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces in the egg then press into corn chips. Fry in a fry pan or bake in a moderate oven lightly sprayed with oil.

Serve with tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, or Sweet chilli sauce and Sour cream.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dumpling Dough
2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Egg
1/2 Cup warm water

Place flour in food processor and turn on high quickly add egg and water one after the other and whizz for about 20/30 seconds until dough comes together. Tip out and knead for 30 seconds until smooth. Set aside on bench wrapped in cling wrap for 30 mins.

500Gm pork mince
3 spring onions, chopped finely
1/2 red onion chopped finely
2 cloves garlic minced
1tsp ginger powder
3 tsp soy sauce or tamari
1 TBSP hoisin sauce
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together.

Then pinch off a walnut sized piece of dough and roll out circles on a lightly floured surface until very thin. Place in a pastry/dumpling press and spoon 1 heaped teaspoon of mince mixture into the middle of the circle and fold in half. You can pleat the sides if you don't have a press.

Steam in a steamer basket for 8-10 mins, until cooked. Serve with chilli sauce, sweet chilli sauce or soy sauce etc.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1 Onion, sliced thinly
2 garlic cloves, crushed
500gm Mushrooms, Sliced
500gm cubed beef
2 TBSP Plain Flour
1 carrot, sliced thinly
1 large celery stick, sliced thinly
400ml Guinness (I used Guinness Draft brand, comes in a 440ml can)
2 cups Beef stock
salt & pepper to taste
Handful of frozen peas

Toss beef in flour until coated and fry in batches until browned slightly, set aside. Add more oil and lightly fry the onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic for about 2 mins. Add beef and guinness and allow to come to a simmer then add the stock and salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Throw the peas in at the last 15 minutes.

Serve with Mashed potato, or spoon into pie dishes and cover with puff pastry.

You can also put this in a low oven (160C) in a casserole dish for the same time or throw all ingredients into the slow cooker for 6-8 hours, just reduce the stock to 1 cup.

Great for a St. Patricks Day dinner!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Nori sheets
Sushi rice
3 TBSP white vinegar and 1 tsp sugar mixed together
Fillings (chicken, tuna, bacon, scrambled egg, shredded lettuce, grated carrot)
Mayonnaise and/or mashed avocado

Cook sushi rice to packet instructions (usually it equal parts rice and water) and leave to cool.

Mix in enough vinegar and sugar mix to loosen a bit (usually about 2/3 TBSP).

Lay your sushi rolling mat and place a nori sheet on top.

Spoon over rice to cover 3/4 of the sheet

Next add your toppings. In my case Tuna, mayo & lettuce.

Roll up tightly and slice carefully with a sharp damp knife.

I serve mine with sweet chilli sauce.

Friday, June 21, 2013

3 sheets puff pastry
5 rashers of bacon chopped into pieces
12 eggs

Preheat oven to 210C. Grease a muffin pan with butter. Fry bacon until cooked and drain. Cut pastry in half from top to bottom then left to right so you have 4 squares to each pastry sheet. Carefully line the muffin pans, add bacon and carefully crack an egg on top. Salt and pepper. Carefully fold the edges of the pastry over the egg, Brush with milk or egg wash and bake for 20-25mins.
I like to make one of these and keep it in the fridge for a few days and nibble away at it. Also good for a lazy dinner....perhaps on a weekend with a nice glass of wine :-)

Meats (Ham, salami, cabanossi etc)
Cheese (Hard: Cheddar, gouda, Soft: camembert, brie, persian feta, marinated feta)
Sundried tomatoes
Pickled gherkins
Pickled onions
Marinated artichokes
Dips (Pesto, French onion, chilli jam, quince paste, chutney)
Crackers,grissini sticks, rice crackers

Arrange on a nice platter. You can garnish the plate with lettuce leaves and lemon wedges if you want to make it look fancy for a party etc.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

250G Mascarpone cheese
150ml whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 TBSP Raw caster sugar
100G finely grated white chocolate, halved
1/2 can of pitted cherries in syrup, drained and chopped finely, 2 TBSP syrup reserved
250G packet of Savoiardi (Italian sponge finger biscuits)
2 TBSP cocoa + 1 TBSP caster sugar
Extra cocoa for topping

Whip cream, vanilla and sugar until soft peaks, add mascarpone cheese and beat until thickened. Stir in half of the grated white chocolate.

Mix 1 cup boiling water with the cocoa and sugar mixture in a wide bowl. Quickly soak the biscuits and arrange in a dish. Sprinkle cherries and syrup over biscuits and top with mascarpone mixture.

Dust with cocoa, remaining grated white chocolate and extra cherries. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

*You can by all means use coffee in the dunking mixture, like a real tiramisu, and also some kirsch (cherry flavoured liqueur) or brandy with the cherry syrup. But I usually keep mine child friendly.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Quick and Easy. Topped with lots of cheese, perfect for cold nights!

3 Cups Milk
1 tsp garlic powder
4 TBSP cornflour dissolved in 4 TBSP water
3 cups grated tasty cheese
700ml jar tomato passata
1 large tin of drained tuna
1 cup frozen peas or corn (or both)
4 cups cooked pasta

Preheat oven to 200C.

Bring milk and garlic powder almost to the boil, stir in cornflour mixture and whisk until thickened. Add 1 cup of the cheese.

Mix in 1/2 of the jar of passata, tuna, pasta, peas/corn and pour into a casserole dish.

Top with cheese and bake uncovered for 40 mins or until hot.

Serves 4-6

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I love Honey Joys, they are so easy and simple to make. Try making them with kids. They are also great for kids parties and cake stalls.

I got the recipe from the Kelloggs website below! YUM!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sift 1.5 cups plain flour ino a bowl with 3 tsp baking powder and 1tsp salt. Add 1 cup grated zucchini, 1 cup grated cheese and 1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces and mix to combine. Mix in a small bowl 2 eggs, 3/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup oil or butter and add to the dry mixture, mix until combined (dont over mix) Spoon into paper or silicone muffin cups and bake for 20 mins on 200C.
Makes 16 muffins.

I've already eaten 4!! and will be freezing some for school lunch boxes.
1x 700ml bottle of Passata
3/4 cup chicken stock
400gm ricotta cheese
1/2 cup spinach, cooked and chopped
2 TBSP parmesan cheese
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste
200gm Pancetta, chopped
Basil leaves
Small tub of Bocconcini
1 cup grated cheese

Mix the Passata and stock together and pour into a casserole baking dish.

Mix the ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, parmesan cheese and some chopped basil together and spoon into large pasta shells (also known as conchiglione).

Place shells on top of sauce, top with cheese and cover with alfoil. Bake for 45-50 mins until the pasta shells are cooked.

Try these Macadamia Pralines!

1 big handful of macadamia nuts, toasted in a pan (or use any nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews etc!)
1/2up sugar
2 TBSP cold water

Spread toasted nuts on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Dissolve sugar and water in a small pan on medium heat, then increase to medium-high and simmer for 5-7 mins until just golden then turn off the heat and pour onto nuts and allow to cool for 20 mins. Break into shards and process in food processor until breadcrumb like.

Serve over icecream!

Chicken and pineapple skewers, with peanut satay sauce and Changs asian noodle salad

Peanut Satay Sauce
1tbsp oil
1/2 onion diced finely
1tsp garlic
1/2 tsp ginger
4 TBSP organic/natural peanut butter
1/2 can lite coconut milk
1/4 cup water
2 tsp soy sauce (i used ketjap manis)
2 TBSP sweet chilli sauce
1 TBSP sugar

Heat oil and saute onions, add garlic and ginger, stir in peanut butter. add coconut milk, stir and lightly simmer until combined, stir in water, soy, sweet chilli sauce, sugar and simmer for 2-3 mins until thickened.

You can store this in the fridge and use within 1 week or freeze the rest like i did