Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ninja Turtle- Michelangelo Cake


Cake I made for Cody's surprise 30th birthday party. I made it at home in Albury and we took it up in the Esky to Newcastle in the car! I chose to make him orange (Michelangelo) randomly and Michelangelo is Cody's favourite Ninja Turtle luckily!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mocha Truffles

3/4 cup thickened cream
30g butter
400g dark choc, chopped
3 tsp coffee liqueur
400g white choc, chopped
2 tsp vege oil
1 Tbs instant coffee powder, extra

Heat cream and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until just boiling. Remove from heat. Add dark choc to mixture, do not stir. Stand at room temperature for 5mins. Stir until smooth. Stir in coffee and liqueur. Transfer choc mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until mixture is firm enough to roll. Line 2 oven trays and using 1 1/2 tsp of choc mixture roll into small balls (make sure hands are cold). Put truffles on prepared trays, cover and freeze 30mins or until firm.

Microwave white choc and oil uncovered on medium for 2-3mins, stirring every minute with a metal spoon until melted. Stand 5mins to cool. Use 2 forks to dip truffles, one at a time, in melted chco. Let drip, then place back on trays. Stand at room temperature until almost set. Sprinkle with coffee powder, then refrigerate 30mins or until set.

Pistachio Lime Balls

250g butter, softened
Rind of 2 large limes, finely grated
1/2 cup pure icing sugar
2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 cup roasted pistachio nuts, coarsely ground
Green sugar
Icing sugar, extra

Beat butter and lime rind in large bowl until pale. Add icing sugar and beat. Add flour and beat until combined. Add nuts and use a wooden spoon t o mix until dough comes together. Preheat oven 180C. Line oven trays. Roll dough into small balls, then roll in green sugar to coat. Put balls on trays and flatten slightly. Refrigerate until form, approx 15mins. Bake 1 tray at a time for 12-15mins or until bases are light golden. While biscuits are hot, sprinkle with extra icing sugar. Stand 10mins on trays then transfer to wire rack to cool.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coconut Snowballs

200g white chocolate
1/3 cup cream
100g blanched almonds, chopped
1 cup sponge cake or macaroon finger biscuits, crumbed
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring every 20secs. Fold in cream, almonds and biscuit crumbs. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and then roll in the coconut, place on a lined tray and refrigerate.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Key Lime Pie

150g plain sweet biscuits (Granita)
75g butter, melted
4 egg yolks
395g can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbs finely grated lime rind
1/2 cup lime juice
whipped cream and finely grated lime rind, to serve 

 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Process biscuits until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in butter. Press mixture over base and side of a 3cm-deep, 20cm (base) glass or ceramic pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes or until base is light golden. Cool. Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks in a bowl for 3 to 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in condensed milk, lime rind and lime juice. Pour mixture over crust. Bake for 12 minutes or until mixture has just set. Remove from oven. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until chilled. Cut into wedges. Serve with cream and lime rind.

Via taste.com.au

Lemon Meringue Pie

1 1/2 cups plain flour 
2 Tbs icing sugar mixture 
125g butter, chilled, coarsely chopped 
2 1/2 Tbs iced water 

Lemon filling 
1/3 cup cornflour 
1/2 cup water 
1 cup fresh lemon juice 
2 cups caster sugar 
60g butter, coarsely chopped 
4 eggs, separated

Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the water and use a round-bladed knife to stir until a dough forms. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper and roll out to a 5mm-thick disc. Use the pastry to line a 23cm (base measurement) pie dish. Trim excess pastry. Cover the pastry with baking paper. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Fill the lined dish with pastry weights or rice. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and pastry weights or rice. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Set aside to cool completely

Meanwhile, to make the lemon filling, combine the cornflour, water, lemon juice and half the sugar in a saucepan. Use a balloon whisk to stir over medium heat for 4 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for a further 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter and egg yolks. Transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 3 hours or until cooled completely.

Preheat oven to 190°C. Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoonful at a time until the mixture is thick and glossy. Step 6 Spread the filling over the base of the pastry case. Spoon over the meringue mixture and spread to the edge of the pastry. Use the back of a spoon to create peaks. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until the meringue peaks are light golden. Set aside to cool completely. Serve.

Via taste.com.au

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

2½ cups all-purpose flour 
1 tsp. baking soda 
¼ tsp. salt 
 ½ tsp. ground cloves 
2 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1 cup oats 
¾ cup brown sugar 
¼ cup granulated sugar 
225g butter, softened
2 large eggs 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 cups grated carrot (3-4 carrots) 
½ cup coconut 
¾ cup chopped walnuts 
powdered sugar 
milk

Preheat oven to 175º C. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and oats. Mix well and set aside. With a mixer, beat together sugars and butter in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add carrots, coconut and walnuts. Blend until combined. Batter will be lumpy. Add flour mixture and blend at a low speed until just combined. Do not overmix. Place tablespoons of mixture onto greased oven trays and bake for 13-15 mins. Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Add saltanas, extra nuts and carrot. Make mixture very lumpy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

White Sauce
225g butter
16 Tbs plain flour
2L milk, warmed
1/2 tsp salt
White pepper

Melt butter in a saucepan and then remove from heat. Add the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook over a low heat for 1min, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat. Gradually add the milk and stir until smooth. Return to a medium heat and stir until boiling. Lower the heat and stir for 1min. Flavour with salt and pepper.


1kg Spinach
500g ricotta cheese
2L white sauce (as above)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Nutmeg
2 Tbs grated parmesan
Salt and Pepper
Lasagne sheets


Wash spinach and drain. Put spinach in boiling water and cook for 2mins. Strain water off and refresh the spinach under cold water. Squeeze out most of the water. Chop it up and set it aside. Place the ricotta in a bowl and combine with 1.5L white sauce, 1 cup grated cheese, nutmeg, parmesan, salt and pepper and spinach. In a lasagne dish, layer spinach-rocotta mix with lasagne sheets. Cover the top layer with the remaining white sauce, sprinkle with 1cup shredded cheese and bake in a moderate oven for 45mins, or until golden brown.

From The Kinglake Cookbook, Chris Owen

Monday, April 21, 2014

ANZAC Biscuits


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup coconut
2 Tbs golden syrup
100g butter or marg
½ tsp bicarb soda
1 Tbs boiling water

Mix dry ingredients (oats, flour, sugar and coconut). Melt syrup and butter together. Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup. Add to dry ingredients. Place tablespoons of mixture on greased tray. Bake slow oven (150°-160°) 20mins. Makes 15 small biscuits (double recipe)

Feijoa and Apple crumble

75g butter
½ cup flour 
¼ cup coconut 
¼ cup rolled oats 
½ cup soft brown sugar 

12 ripe feijoas, peeled and sliced 
2 apples, peeled and sliced
¼ cup of sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C. To make the crumble combine all ingredients. Place the fruit in a baking dish, mix with sugar and water. Top with the crumble mixture. Bake for 35-40 mins, until fruit is cooked and crumble crisp and golden.

Can double recipe

via

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gnocchi with creamy tomato and bacon sauce

2 x 500g pkt potato gnocchi 
300ml light thickened cream 
4 Tbs water 
2 Tbs tomato paste 
12 shortcut rindless bacon rashers or ham, thinly sliced 
300g semi-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced 
80g toasted pine nuts 
80g (2 cup) baby spinach leaves

Cook gnocchi in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until tender. Drain. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until crisp. Stir in combined cream, water and tomato paste. Add tomato and pine nuts. Add the gnocchi and spinach and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the spinach wilts. Season with pepper. Divide among serving bowls to serve.

Can swap bacon for mushrooms.

Via Taste.com

Friday, February 21, 2014

Apple and Pear Studel

2 apples, sliced
2 pears, sliced
2 Tbs caster sugar
1/2 tsp lemon rind
pinch ground cinnamon
4 Tbs water
6 sheets of pastry

Stew fruit with sugar, lemon and cinnamon, cool. Layer 3 pastry sheets together, fold in half, spoon fruit mixture along centre. Fold in ends and sides over fruit. Place on paper-lined baking tray, bake in hot oven (240C) 7mins each side or until browned. Serve with custard.

Makes 2 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Oaty Sultana Biscuits

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sultanas
1/4 cup SR flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbs honey
20g marg

Combine oats, sultanas, sifted flour and sugar in bowl. Stir in combined egg, honey and marg. Place Tbs sized mixture 3cm apart on lined baking trays, press with fork. Bake moderate oven (180C) 15mins until golden brown.

Makes 16

Fruity Cookies

2 cups wholemeal SR flour
1 tsp cinnomon
1 tsp nutmeg
4 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs dried apricots, finely chopped
2 Tbs dried apples, finely chopped
2 Tbs sultanas
2 Tbs olive oil
4 eggs
2/3? cup skim milk

Sift dry ingredients into bowl, stir n fruit. Make well i centre, add oil, egg and milk, stir until combined. Place 2 heaped Tbs mixture 5cm apart on non-stick oven trays. Bake in moderately hot oven (200C) 15mins or until lightly browned. Cool on trays.

Makes 16

Toasted Museli

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unprocessed bran
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried apple, chopped
4 Tbs sultanas
2 Tbs honey
2 Tbs water

Combine oats, bran and fruit in a bowl, stir in combined honey and water. Spread mixture onto oven tray, bake 120-150C 45mins, or until toasted, stirring occasionally.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Curried Meat Loaves

250g minced steak
250g sausage mince
1 onion, diced
1 Tbs curry powder
1/2 cup pkt dry breadcrumbs
salt
pepper
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 egg

Combine minced steak, sausage mince, onion, curry powder, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in bowl. Mix well. Combine tomato sauce and lightly beaten egg, add to meat. Mix well. Form meat mixture into 2 or 3 loaf shapes. Put into shallow baking dish and bake in moderate oven 40mins, brushing occasionally with pan drippings. Remove from oven, pour off excess fat. Pour glaze over meat, bake further 15mins, brushing occassionally with glaze.




Tomato Glaze
125g can tomato soup
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1 tsp curry powder
salt
pepper


Combine all ingredients in saucepan, stir over medium heat until sauce boils.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 zucchini or summer squash, or one of each (about 2 pounds total), quartered and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 package (15 to 16 ounces) frozen gnocchi
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add squash and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until juicy, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to package instructions. Reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid, drain gnocchi and transfer to skillet. Toss gnocchi, adding enough cooking liquid to create a sauce. Remove from heat and stir in basil, cheese, butter, and lemon juice

from Martha Stewart

Monday, June 24, 2013

Chicken Spinach Pillow

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
1 Tbs oil
500g chicken mince
250g frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
300g ricotta cheese, crumbled
3 shallots, finely chopped
1 Tbs chopped dill, parsley or mint
salt and pepper
1 Tbs milk for glazing

Heat oil in frying pan. Stir-fry chicken until white. Remove from heat. Mix chicken, spinach, cheese, shallots, dil and seasoning. Place 1 pastry sheet onto a lightly greased tray. Pile filling onto pastry, leaving 2cm border around the edges. Brush border lightly with water, top with remaining pastry and press edges gently. Glaze with milk, make diagonal cuts in top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 220C for 20mins or until golden.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Coconut Jam Slice

1 cup (150g) plain flour 
1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar 
125g butter, melted 
1 1/4 cups (405g) strawberry jam (or replace with your own favourite jam)
2 cups (170g) desiccated coconut 
1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar 
2 eggs, whisked

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 16cm x 26cm slab pan with non-stick baking paper, allowing the paper to hang over the sides. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and mix until well combined. Press the mixture firmly over the base of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Spread the jam evenly over the base. To make the topping, combine the coconut, sugar and eggs. Spoon the coconut mixture over the jam, pressing down slightly. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Set aside in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares to serve.

Basil Pesto

45g (1/4 cup) toasted pine nuts
1 1/2 cups fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
60g (3/4 cup) shredded parmesan
5 Tbs olive oil

Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic and parmesan in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Gradually add the oil while processing until combined.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chocolate Carrot Slice

Best carrot cake from the best cookbook! Yum! Always popular!

Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2/3 firmly packed cup dark brown sugar
100g chopped walnuts
3 large over-ripe bananas
2 large eggs, lightly whisked
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g unsalted butter, melted, cooled


Preheat the oven to 175°C. Lightly grease an 11cm x 22cm loaf pan and line base and 2 long sides with a sheet of baking paper, leaving 2cm overhanging. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl with the brown sugar, then add the nuts. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher, then stir in the eggs, vanilla extract and cooled melted butter. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they're just combined - don't overmix. Scrape cake batter into prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool the loaf in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Cut into 8-10 slices.

Seedy Spiced Protein Bites

20 dates, pitted 
50g shredded coconut 
150g toasted sesame seeds 
4 tsp cinnamon 
2 tsp ginger
60g butter
1 Tbs honey 
1 tsp salt 

Toss everything into a food processor and process. Put in refrigerator to half set before rolling into bite size balls. Keep refrigerated in air tight container.

Almond Meal Banana Muffins

2 eggs
2-3 ripe bananas
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup flour
banana chips

Preheat oven to 180 C. In a large bowl mash bananas. Add eggs, honey, baking powder, vanilla, milk and stir. Add almond meal and flour and stir once more. Spoon into greased muffin tins and top with banana chips. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean and they become somewhat firm to the touch with a little give.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Apple Crumble


 6 cooking Apples
½ cup water
4tsp sugar

Topping
12 Tbs flour
8 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs coconut
4 Tbs marg
1 tsb cinnamon
2 Tbs rolled oats

Peel, core and slice apples. Add apples, water and sugar to a saucepan and cook gently with lid on. Spoon into casserole dish. To make topping combine all ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle over apples and bake in moderate oven 180C for 30mins or until brown. Serve hot with ice-cream or custard.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Appels' Chicken Dish

200ml cream
1 heaped tsp curry powder
1 chicken stock cube
1 Tbs tomato sauce
2 Tbs apricot jam
1 Tbs mayo
1 heaped tsp mustard
cornflour
milk
500g chicken


Cook chicken. Combine all other ingredents. Add cooked chicken. Serve with rice.

Cheddar Corn Chowder (Auntie Jeanette's Soup)

2 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 small chopped onion
2 1/2 teas salt
2 cups boiling water
30g butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
125g grated cheddar cheese
pinch cayenne pepper
1 x 500g can cream-style corn


Combine vegetables, salt and boiling water. Cover and simmer till tender (about 20 mins). Do not drain. Put aside. In another saucepan melt butter. Add flour and stir to a paste. Add milk gradually and stir till nearly boiling. Add cheese and cayenne pepper. Stir till cheese is melted. Add corn and undrained vegetables. Simmer till reheated. Do not boil or soup will curdle.

Apricot Chicken

1 small can apricot nectar
1 jointed chicken
1 pkt French onion soup


Brown chicken pieces. Place chicken, soup and nectar in casserole. Cover and cook mod oven 1/2 - 1 hour. Apricot halves may be added.

Serves 4

Monday, June 16, 2008

Basic Dip

3 Tbs yogurt or mayonnaise
200g cream or curd cheese

Avocado
1 avocado
1/2 lemon

Chunky
175g cooked sweet corn
chives
1/2 capsicum

Eggplant
cooked, mashed eggplant
garlic


Mash cream cheese with a fork until smooth and creamy. Stir in yogurt and mayo. Add different ingredients.

Beetroot and Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup veg oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
1 cup cooked beetroot- pureed
2 Tbs walnut, finely chopped (optional)

Sift all dry ingredients. Add oil, vanilla, lightly beaten eggs, beetroot (and walnuts). Mix well. Pour into a 7" square in lined with paper. Bake at 180C for 50mins. When cool, dust with icing sugar.

Spicy Banana Cake

125g butter
3/4 cup brown sugar (firm pkd)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 Tbs golden syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 Tbs custard powder
2 cups SR flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup strong, warm black coffee


Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs, then syrup and bananas. Fold in sifted dry ingredients, then coffee. Place in 2 greased and floured 8" sandwich tins. Mod oven 25-30 mins When cool, fill with cream and top with coffee icing.

Brownie Slice (Nita's)

1 cup SR flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 Tbs cocoa
400g can sweetened condensed milk
125g butter, melted
200g block milk chocolate, broken into squares


Grease 19x29 rec slice pan, line with baking paper. Combine flour, sugar, coconut, cocoa, condensed milk and butter in medium bowl. Mix well. Pour into pan, press chocolate squares into mixture about 5cm apart. Cook in mod. oven 180C for about 20mins or till brown, cool and cut.

Bean Suprise

425g can baked beans
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup red capsicum, diced
3/4 cup mushrooms
1/3 cup celery
1/4 cup onion


Place all ingredients in a microwave safe dish, cook with lid 5mins on high, serve with toast or over jacket potato.

Serves 2

Bailey's Irish Cream (Bazza's Bonza Booze)

1 x 700mls bottle scotch whiskey
2 x 600mls cream
1 x Tbs coffee dissolved in hot water
1 x tin evaporated milk
1 x 300g nestles chocolate
2 x tins condensed milk


Melt chocolate over water bath. Whip cream, condensed milk and evaporated milk till thick. Gradually add melted chocolate. Add coffee and whiskey. Keep refrigerated.
Makes 2 litres.

Bailey's Irish Cream (Grandma's)

1-2 cups scotch
1 can condensed milk
3 Tbs chocolate flavouring
300mls fresh cream
1/2 tsp coconut essence
3 eggs


Mix well Shake well. Enjoy

Butterscotch Self-saucing Pudding

Sauce
2 Tbs golden syrup
1 1/2 cups hot water
30g butter


Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Stir over low heat until butter melts

Pudding
1 cup SR flour
3/4 cup sugar
60g butter
1/2 cup milk


Sift sugar and flour into a bowl. Melt butter. Add to flour mixture with milk. Combine thoroughly. Place into well greased oven proof dish. Pour sauce mixture on top. Mod oven 30-40mins

Butterscotch Sauce

1 3/5 cups brown sugar
2 tbs plain flower
3/4 cup milk
30g butter


Mix the sugar and flour together in saucepan, add milk. Stir while it cooks and thickens (about 5mins). Drop in butter and stir till melted. Serve hot or cold over ice cream.

Bread and Butter Pudding

5 slices stale bread (approx.)
2 eggs
300-450ml milk
sugar
sultanas, coconut, jam etc.
cinnamon, butter


Break bread into rough pieces (crust too). Put in pudding basin. Beat eggs, milk and sugar. Place sultanas/jam/coconut on bread, pour custard over. Sprinkle with cinnamon and dot with butter. Mod oven till cooked

Banana Muffins

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2-3 ripe bananas
2 Tbs honey
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup banana chips, optional


Preheat oven to 200C. Grease 12 cup muffin tin. Sift flour and baking powder in a bowl. Make a well. Mix milk, egg, oil, banana, honey and walnuts in a separate bowl and add to well. Mix batter until moistened but not over-mixed. Spoon batter into muffin tins with ice cream scoop for uniformity. Top with banana chips. Bake for approx 15min minutes until golden brown and come out clean with tester.

Banana Bread

1 cup pitted dates, chopped
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup water
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp bicarb soda


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease 14x 21cm loaf tin. Combine dates, sugar and water in large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Add flour, banana, walnuts and bicarb soda and stir until combined. Spoon into prepared tin. Bake in oven for 40mins or until skewer comes out clean. Remove and set aside for 5mins to cool before turning onto wire rack. Serve warm, at room temp or toasted with butter.

Banana Caramel Dumplings

Sauce:
30g butter
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
pinch salt
1 1/2 cups water


Combine butter and sugar in 2 ltr dish. Microwave on HIGH 2 mins. Add water and salt, stir well. Microwave on HIGH 3 mins.

Dumplings:
2 bananas
1 1/4 cups SR flour
30g butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk


Sift flour, rub in butter. Add sugar, mix well. Mash bananas and add to flour mixture with combined milk and vanilla, mix well. Drop tablespoons of mixture into simmering sauce, cover with lid and microwave on HIGH 6 mins. Cool a little before serving.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Chocolate Cake

90g butter
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1 cup SR flour
2 eggs
vanilla


Melt butter. put all dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour in melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat well 3mins. Mod oven 30mins

Cherry Ripe Bites

4 cups desiccated coconut
400g glazed cherries
2 Tbs cherry brandy essence
3 drops red food colouring
400g tin sweetened condensed milk
375g dark chocolate
30g copha


Combine coconut, cherries, essence, food colouring and condensed milk in a bowl. Mix well. Roll heaped teaspoons into balls and refrigerate until firm. Melt chocolate and copha together. Re-roll balls before dipping in chocolate. Set aside to set. Re-dip balls for an extra thick chocolate layer.

Chocolate Bavarian Slice

Base:
185g plain sweet biscuits
90g butter


Make crumb crust and press into lamington tin lined with foil.

Filling:
110g pkt white marshmallows
1/3 cup milk
125g dark chocolate
1 Tbs rum
3 tsp gelatine
1 Tbs water
1 1/2 cups cream
1 cup cream extra
30g chocolate extra
15g copha


Put marshmallows, milk and chopped chocolate in top of double saucepan. Stir over hot water till chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Add rum, cool. Sprinkle gelatine over water, dissolve over hot water, add to marshmallow mixture. Fold in whipped cream, pour mixture over prepared base, refrigerate till set. Spread extra whipped cream over filling. Melt extra chocolate and copha, cool slightly and drizzle over cream. Refrigerate until set, cut into slices to serve.

Coffee Cream Biscuits

125g butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 cups SR flour
1 tsp instant coffee
1 Tbs hot water


Cream butter and sugar, add egg and coffee dissolved in water. Add sifted flour and mix thoroughly. Pipe and place teaspoons of mixture on greased trays. Cook 180C 12-15mins. Cool and sandwich together with coffee butter cream.


Coffee Butter Cream

1 1/4 cup icing sugar
30g butter
1 level tsp instant coffee dissolved in water


Soften butter slightly and beat to a cream. Gradually add sifted icing sugar, then coffee.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars


Crust
1 1/2 cups digestive or arrowroot biscuit crumbs
75g unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
75g unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 Tbs sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling
280g cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 160C. Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper or foil allowing a little overhang and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. In another bowl beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Using your hand to form clumps, distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps. Be sure to use all of the dough. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight or for at least a couple hours. Cut into squares for serving.

Via

Chocolate Stuff

1 1/2 cups SR flour
1 Tbs cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
155g butter
vanilla
1 Tbs golden syrup


Melt butter and syrup together, add vanilla. Sift flour and cocoa into a bowl, add sugar and coconut. Pour butter over dry ,mixture. Press into grease slab tin. Bake in mod oven 15min TAKE OUT AFTER 15MIN NO MATTER WHAT!!

Chocolate Crackles

4 cups Rice Bubbles
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
3 Tbs cocoa
250g copha


Mix Rice Bubbles, icing sugar, coconut and cocoa. Slowly melt copha in saucepan over low heat. Allow to cool slightly. Add melted copha to Rice Bubble mixture, stirring until well combined. Spoon mixture into paper patty cases and refrigerate till set. Makes approx 24

Chocolate Truffles

1 packet plain biscuits
1 cup coconut
2 Tbs cocoa
1 tin condensed milk
1/2 cup coconut extra


Crush biscuits into fine crumbs. Mix crumbs, coconut and cocoa together in a large bowl. Mix in condensed milk. Roll into walnut sized balls, coat in coconut. refrigerate for 20-30min

Cherry Ripe Slice

Base:
1 1/2 cups SR flour
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
185g butter


Sift flour, add coconut and brown sugar. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into greased lamington tin lined with greaseproof paper. Mod oven 20-25 mins or till golden. Spread filling evenly over base, pour topping evenly over filling. refrigerate till set.

Filling:
2/3 cup condensed milk
45g glace cherries
1 1/2 cups coconut
45g copha
red food colouring


Combine condensed milk, chopped cherries and coconut. Add melted copha. Mix well. colour if desired.

Topping:
90g copha
1/2 cup drinking chocolate


Melt copha, mix in chocolate.

Cookies (No bake)

125g butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
shredded coconut (optional)


Melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, orange peel and juice. Continue stirring slowly over moderate heat till sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in oats and walnuts. Spread into a square cake tin, chill 1 hour, then shape into small balls. Roll in coconut.

Cornflake Biscuits

125g butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sultanas or mixed fruit
1 egg
1 cup SR flour
cornflakes


Cream butter and sugar, add egg, beat well. Fold in sifted flour alternatively with fruit. Roll teaspoons of mixture in lightly crushed cornflakes. Place on greased oven trays, allowing room for spreading. Mod oven 10-15 mins.

Caramel Slice (Smithfield West PS)

Base:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup SR flour
150g melted butter
1 cup coconut
1 cup rolled oats
vanilla


Mix all ingredients and press into slice tin. Bake mod oven 10 mins.

Filling:
1 tin condensed milk
2 Tbs golden syrup
1 Tbs butter


Put all ingredients in saucepan. Stir over low heat till butter melts. Pour over base and return to oven 10 mins

Topping:
Melt 60g copha and mix with 1/2 cup drinking chocolate. Pour over cold slice.

Russian Caramels

125g butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 Tbs golden syrup
1 can condensed milk


Melt butter, add sugar, syrup and milk. Stir well all the time it is cooking (about 20mins) or until it begins to leave the side of the pan. Set in buttered square or oblong tin. When nearly set, mark deeply into squares. Cut and wrap when cold.

Use sturdy saucepan. Cook SLOWLY

Caramel Mud Cake (Nita's)

250g unsalted butter, chopped
200g white chocolate, chopped
2 1/3 cups brown sugar (firm pkd)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups plain flour
2/3 cup SR flour


Grease and line a deep 22cm round pan (paper 2cm over edge). Combine butter, chocolate, sugar, water in medium saucepan. Whisk over low heat until chocolate melted and sugar dissolved. Transfer to large bowl. Cool 15 mins. Whisk in vanilla and eggs, than combined sifted flours. Slow oven (150C) 2 hrs). (Cover with foil if it is over burning). Cool in pan covered with tea towel. Spread with frosting.

Caramel frosting
125g butter, chopped
1 cup brown sugar (firm pkd)
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sifted icing sugar


Melt butter rub small pan. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to boil. Cook, stirring for 3mins. Cool. Add icing to spread consistency. Stir till smooth then spread on cake.

Chocolate Mud Cake (Nita's)

500g butter, chopped
350g dark chocolate, chopped
4 cups castor sugar
2 cups (500mls) hot water
2 Tbs dry instant coffee
1/3 cup (80mls) whiskey
1/3 cup (80mls) Irish Cream Liqueur
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups (450g) plain flour
1/2 cup (75g) SR flour
1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder


Line base of 27cm x 33cm baking dish with 3 thicknesses baking paper (2cm above edge). Combine butter, chocolate, sugar, water, coffee, whiskey, liqueur in large pan. Stir over low heat without boiling until chocolate is melted. Cool 15 mins. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Whisk in eggs and sifted dry ingredients. Pour into prepared dish. Mod slow oven about 3 1/4 hrs (may need another sheet of paper over top about half way through cooking to prevent drying). Stand 10mins and turn out. When cold spread with icing. Decorate with chocolate curls and strawberries.

Chocolate Cake (Mrs Bashford)

1 pkt Chocolate Devil's Food Cake
1 pkt Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 carton sour cream
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups choc chips


Mix all ingredients together. Beat 4 mins. Mod oven 45-50 mins

Coffee Cakes

1 1/2 cups SR flour
125g butter
3/4 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp black coffee
2 Tbs milk


Cream butter and sugar, add eggs. Fold in sifted flour alternately with milk and coffee. Spoon into patty cases. Mod hot oven 10-15 mins

Crystallised Ginger

500g fresh ginger
sugar
water


Peel and thinly fresh ginger. Place sliced ginger in a heavy saucepan, Cover with water. Cook gently until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain off water. Weigh the cooked ginger and measure an equal amount of sugar. Return ginger to saucepan, add sugar and 3 Tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and cook until ginger is transparent and liquid has almost evaporated. Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until almost dry. Toss cooled ginger in sugar to coat. Store crystallised ginger in an airtight jar for up to 3 months.

Carbonara

3 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup diced lean ham
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp garlic, crushed
375ml can evaporated light milk
3/4 cup skim milk
2x 30g pkts lite mushroom and chive cup a soup
2 Tbs grated paramasan cheese
1 Tbs marg
2 Tbs plain flour
1 tsp beef stock powder
300g fettuccine


Cook onions and garlic, toss in ham. Add mushrooms, remove and set aside. Melt marg, add flour mixing well. Slowly add evaporated milk and skim, mixing continuously until smooth. Stir in soup mix, stock and parmasan. Return mushroom mix, combine well.

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

1/4 butternut pumpkin, diced
Olive oil spray
1/2 eggplant, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup uncooked couscous
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
1/2 red capsicum, finely sliced
150g rocket leaves

Dressing
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp honey


Preheat oven to 250C. Place pumpkin pieces in a tray and spray lightly with oil. Bake for 10mins then add the eggplant and zucchini sprayed lightly with oil. Roast for a further 20mins or until cooked. Remove from oven and set aside. Prepare couscous as per packet. To make dressing place all ingredients in airtight jar and shake until combined. Add roast vegetables. onion, capsicum and rocket leaves to cooked couscous. Mix dressing through until coated.
Serves 4

Mallow Crackles

200g white marshmallows
90g butter
1 Tbs milk
4 cups rice bubbles
2/3 cup finely chopped dried apricots
3/4 cup shredded coconut

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add milk and marshmallows, stir until marshmallows have melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat, add the rice bubbles, apricots and coconut and mix well. Spoon into small patty cases and refrigerate until firm.

Curried Sausages

8 sausages
1 apple
1 onion
1 Tbs sultanas
2 tsp curry powder
1 Tbs plain flour/ corn flour
1 cup stock or water

optional additions:
capsicum
carrot
celery
cauliflower (cook first)
beans
anything you want


Boil sausages gently, chop. Cut up onion and apple. Heat oil in pan, fry onion and apple with curry. Add veges. Add water with sultanas, simmer 15mins. Add sausages. Make paste with cornflour, add while simmering, stir 1min.

Creamy Onion Smothered Chops

8 chump chops
4 Tbs flour
2 tsp mixed herbs
1 large onion, sliced
1 pkt onion soup
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup milk
3 beef stock cubes
3 tsp steak sauce


Cut meat into pieces and coat with flour and herbs. Put in casserole dish, top with onion rings. In a bowl, mix soup, water, milk, stock cubes, sauce and any remaining flour. Pour over chops. Cover and cook in oven or microwave until meat tender.

Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

1 large chicken breast (250g), chopped
salt and pepper
2 cups of canned sweat corn
3 cups chicken stock
1 spring onion, chopped
8 baby spinach leaves
2 1/2 Tbs cornflour
2 tsp soy sauce
2 Tbs thickened cream
4 coriander sprigs, garnish


Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place drained corn in food processor, chop[ coarsely. Bring chicken stock to boil. Add chicken and simmer 2-3mins. Add corn, spring onion and spinach, simmer briefly. Combine cornflour and 2 Tbs cold water, stir into soup until it thickens. Stir in soy sauce and cream, heat briefly. Ladle into bowls, garnish with coriander and croutons.

*75g peas or 100g asparagus can substitute spinach

Curried Egg

4 hard boiled eggs
2 Tbs butter
1 onion
1 tomato
1 level dess curry powder
2 cups stock or water
2 level Tabs flour
salt & pepper
3-4 cups cooked rice


Shell and halve eggs lengthwise. Fry onion in butter till golden brown, add curry powder and cook 2 mins. Stir in chopped tomato and water, simmer 15 mins. Thicken with flour blended with a little cold water, cook 2 mins. Add eggs and reheat. Place the hot rice on large serving dish and pour the egg curry over.

Coconut Rice

1 cup fragrant Thai or basmati rice
1/2-3/4 cup coconut cream
1/2/ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water


Place rice and other ingredients in microwave bowl. Cover and microwave on medium power for 15-17mins.

Great with curries

Creamed Peas and Sweet Corn (Nanna's)

300g can whole kernel sweet corn
small pkt frozen peas
2 rashers bacon, chopped
30g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 Tbs plain flour
2/3 cup evaporated milk
salt & pepper to taste


Drain corn reserve liquid. Cook peas as directed on packet, drain.. Fry bacon till crispy. Remove bacon, add butter, sauté onion until soft. Add flour, cook 1 minute. Gradually add evaporated milk and 1/3 cup corn liquid. Stir constantly until boils and thickens. Add corn bacon and peas, season to taste. Reheat to serving temperature.

Curried Mince

1/2 cabbage, shredded
500g mince (pork)
1 large onion, diced
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp stock (optional)
Noodles or rice


Cook mince. Cover base of pan with water, boil. Add onion, simmer 2min with lid on. Add cabbage, simmer 5min. Add curry, mince and noodles/rice.

Chilli Con Carne (Grandma's)

500g minced steak
1 onion
1 tin kidney beans
1 1/2 cups water
1 capsicum
dash garlic salt
1 pkt tomato soup
1 Tbs chilli powder


Brown meat, capsicum and onion. Add soup mixed with water. Blend into meat. Add chilli powder and garlic salt. Simmer 3/4 hour. Add kidney beans. Simmer 10 mins

Serves 4

Chinese Mince (Grandma's)

750g minced steak
1 onion
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
2 dsp dry mustard
1 1/2 dsp golden syrup
soy sauce
1 dsp curry powder
beans


Brown onions in a little fat, add mince and cook till brown, turning well. Add a little hot water and soy sauce, salt, mustard, golden syrup and curry powder. Cook rice and place over mince, put beans on top. Cook slowly for a while till mince is cooked.

Caramel Dumplings

Sauce:
1 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups water


Place all ingredients in large saucepan. Stir constantly till boiling. Remove from heat.

Dumplings:
1 1/4 cups SR flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs butter 1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla


Sift flour into bowl. Rub in butter. Add sugar, vanilla and milk gradually. Mis to a soft dough. Heat sauce again to boiling point. Drop mixture 1 Tab at a time into simmering sauce. Cover tightly, simmer 20mins. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

60g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup SR flour
2 dsp cocoa
1/2 cup milk
vanilla
1/2 cup sugar extra
2 dsp cocoa extra
1 1/2 cups hot water


Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla. Fold in sifted flour and cocoa alternately with milk. Pour into greased oven proof dish, sprinkle extra sugar and cocoa over. Finally pour hot water over gently. Mod oven 35-40mins.

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
I cup veg oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
1 cup cooked beetroot, pure'ed 
2 Tbs walnuts, finally chopped (optional)

Sift all dry ingredients, add oil, vanilla, lightly beaten egg, beetroot and walnuts. Mix well (will turn a purple colour). Pour into a 7" square tin lined with paper. Bake at 180C for 50mins. When cool, dust with icing sugar.

Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Couscous

600g pumkin, chopped
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup water
2 cups (400g) couscous
150g trimmed spinach, shredded
1/2 cup (50g) roasted walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 220C. Place pumpkin in single layer on oven tray, drizzle with oil. Roast, uncovered, 30mins or until tender, turning halfway. Bring stock and the water to boil. Remove from heat, stir in couscous. Cover, stand 5mins, fluff with fork. Stirin spinach, cover, stand 5mins. Combine pumpkin, couscous, nuts and dressing.

Cumin Dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp honey
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp caynenne pepper


Combine all ingredients in a jar, shake well.

Chicken Coconut Cream Curry

4 chicken breast, cooked, sliced
400ml can coconut cream
2 onions, sliced
2 medium carrots
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, sliced
1 small capsicum, diced
3 tsp curry powder
1 tsp seaseme oil
3 Tbs chilli sauce
juice of one lemon
1 heaped Tbs cornflour


Fry the onions until cooked, Stir in curry powder. Add coconut cream, veges, chilli sauce, seaseme oil and lemon juice. Mix cornflour with water to make paste. Heat to gentle simmer for about 5mins. Peas need to still have a little crunch. Add water if required. Serve on boiled rice.

Can cook chicken in apricot nectar.

Upside-down Cashew and Maple Syrup Loaf

215g butter
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup sour cream
4 Tbs maple-flavoured syrup
I cup unsalted roasted cashews, chopped coarsely


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line 15cm x25cm loaf pan. Using wooden spoon, beat 90g butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 Tbs syrup in a small bowl until smooth. Spread topping over base of pan. Sprinkle with cashews. Beat remaining ingredientsin medium bowl with electric mixer, on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth and changed to a lighter colour. Bake 1 hour. Stand cake in pan 10mins. Turn onto wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Muffins

1 3/4 cups self raising flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup caster sugar
125g butter or margarine, melted, cooled
2 eggs
185ml can Carnation light & creamy evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate bits
cocoa, extra


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line twelve 1/3-cup capacity muffin pans with large paper cases. Sift flour and cocoa into a bowl. Add sugar and stir until well combined. Whisk butter, eggs, evaporated milk and vanilla in a large jug. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold through chocolate bits. Do not over mix. Spoon the mixture evenly into prepared paper cases. Bake for 15 to 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve lightly dusted with cocoa.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies (Women's Weekly's)


250g unsalted butter, melted
400g dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup caster sugar
4 eggs
2½ cups plain flour
250g block Caramello chocolate, chopped
extra 200g dark chocolate, chopped
cocoa powder, to dust


Place butter and chocolate in a large saucepan. Stir over a low heat until chocolate has melted. Remove from heat, stir in sugars. Cool at room temperature for 10 minutes. Gradually beat in eggs. Stir in flour until well combined and then Caramello and extra chocolate. Spoon mixture into greased 19 x 30cm lamington tin, lined with baking paper, smooth over top. Mod oven 30 minutes or until top of brownie is a little soft to touch, inside should still be moist. Serve warm cut into squares or cool at room temperature. Dust with cocoa powder.

Affogato brownie:
Place a square of brownie into bottom of martini glass or serving dish. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then pour over one shot of espresso. Serve immediately.

Brownie ice cream:
Crumble ¼ of the brownie slice and fold into two litres of softened ice-cream (any flavour). Freeze over-night or until firm. Scoop into balls when ready to serve.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Date Loaf

60g butter
1 cup chopped dates
1/2 tsp card soda
small cup boiling water
walnuts
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp spice
2 cups SR flour


Mix butter, dates, carb soda, walnuts, brown sugar and spice. Pour boiling water over. Add egg and flour. Mod oven 45mins

Diane Sauce

1 cup shallots, chopped
2 tsp garlic, crushed
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp beef stock powder
2 Tbs brandy
1/2 cup red wine
3 Tbs cornflour
375ml can evaporated light milk
1/2 cup water


Cook garlic and shallots, stirring occasionally. Add brandy, wine, stock and Worcestershire sauce, bring to boil, simmer 3mins stirring occasionally. Mix cornflour with water, add to pot, bring to boil. Add milk, bring to boil, reduce to simmer.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fruit Cake (Women's Weekly's)

1kg sultanas
500g raisins
500g currants
250g dates
250g prunes
125g glace pineapple
125g glace apricots
125g glace cherries
125g mixed peel
1 cup sweet sherry
500g butter
2 cups brown sugar (firm pkd)
8 large eggs
3 1/3 cups plain flour
3/4 cup SR flour
1 Tbs mixed spice
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs extra sweet sherry


Make as for any fruit cake

Fried Rice Salad (Nita's)

1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup oil
1 cove garlic, crushed
1 red capsicum, diced
250g broccoli florets
425g tin baby corn, drained and quarted
1 carrot, thin strips
200g ham, thin strips
2 Tbs soy sauce
1/4 tsp 5 spice powder
1/4 tsp saffron powder
1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
3 spring onions, sliced


Stir fry oil, garlic, capsicum, broccoli, corn and carrot till tender. Add ham, rice, sauce and spices, stir well. Add spring onions, cool. Refrigerate several hours before serving.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer Plant
8-12 Sultanas
Juice 2 Lemons
1 tsp lemon pulp
1/4 tsp compressed yeast or 2-3 grains dried yeast
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups cold water


Combine all ingredients in glass jar. Leave 3 days until it begins to ferment, then each day for one week add 2 tsp ground ginger and4 tsp sugar to 'plant'.


Ginger beer recipe
2 cups sugar
4 cups boiling water
Juice 4 lemons
7L cold water


Mix sugar in boiling water till dissolved. Allow to cool. Add lemon juice. Strain contents of ginger beer plant through muslin or nylon sieve. Add 7L cold water and the lemon syrup. Pour into bottles with airtight seal. Allow to stand 2 weeks before using.
To keep ginger beer plant alive retain half retained residue, place in jar with 2 cups cold water and continue as before.

Gazpacho

6 ripe red tomatos, peeled (1kg)
1 cup white wine or stock
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 large onion, diced
1 green capsicum, cored and diced
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
12-16 ice cubes


Cook half tomatos with wine, blend to puree. Dice remaining tomatos, onion, cucumber and capsicum. Crush garlic, add cummin and mix in bread crumbs, gradually stir in oil. Add viegar little at a time, then tomato puree. Combine veges, mix well and chill for 2-3 hrs. Serve over ice.

*Can serve veges separate. Can serve with boiled eggs and crutons

Garlic Soup

1.5L water
4 potatoes
1 carrot
2 celery stalks
1 onion
2 large bulbs garlic
Thyme
Cayenne


Bring water to boil. Add diced veges, garlic and spices. Cook over medium heat for 20-30mins. Puree and serve.

Gingerbread

125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bi carb soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tbs golden syrup


Warm golden syrup. Cream butter and sugar until creamy, add egg yolk, beat well. Gradually add sifted dry ingedients into warm syrup, mix well. Knead mixture lightly, roll out to 3mm on lightly floured board to cut into shapes. Mod oven 15mins

Spicy Gingernut Cookies

100g butter
3/4 cup golden syrup
2 cups SR flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 dsp ginger powder 1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg


Melt butter and golden syrup. Add sugar and sifted flour and spices. Blend well with wooden spoon. Place mixture in fridge for 10min. Roll tsp into balls, place on lightly greased tray. Pat with spoon/fork. Cook until golden brown in 150-170C 15min.

Gnocchi

12 potatoes 
2 eggs
3 cups plain flour
3 Tbs butter
4 Tbs grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste


Boil potatoes till cooked. Peel and mash. Combine with other ingredients (may need more flour). Roll dough to 1" thickness in diameter and cut into 1/2 - 1" lengths. Bring large pot salted water to boil. Insert approx 1 plateful of gnocchi in water and when they rise to the top they are cooked. Serve with favourite meat sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

Alternate recipe:
Women's Weekly Cooking Class Cookbook

Ginger Pinapple Meatballs (Dad's)

1 x 500g can crushed pineapple
1/4 tsp pepper
1 grated onion
3/4 cup ready cooked rice
1 Tbs raisins
2 cups water
6 ginger snap biscuits
500g mince
1/4 cup wholemeal flour
2 beef stock cubes
1 egg
salt


Drain syrup from pineapple, pour with water onto broken biscuits and allow to soak. Mix beef with onion, rice, flour, salt & pepper. Shape into 1" balls. Add beef stock cubes, raisins and crushed pineapple to soaking biscuits. Place in saucepan and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce to simmering and add meat balls. Cook, uncovered over low heat for 10 mins. Carefully turn balls and cook for a further 10 mins. serve on rice bed.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Honey Joys

90g butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs honey
4 cups Corn Flakes


Preheat oven to 150C. Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy. Add Corn Flakes and mix well. Spoon into paper patty cases. Bake in a slow oven for 10 min. Allow to cool. Makes about 20

Hedgehog Slice

250g plain biscuits
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 chopped pecan nuts
1/4 cup cocoa100g dark chocolate
100g butter
1 Tab butter
1 egg
200g dark chocolate, extra
50g unsalted butter


Break biscuits into small pieces, mix with coconut, sugar, cocoa and nuts. Melt chocolate with butter and golden syrup. Add egg. Stir into biscuit mixture. Press into slice pan lined with paper. Refrigerate. Spread with extra chocolate melted with unsalted butter.

Honeycomb

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup water
2 tsp carb soda


Combine all ingredients except soda. Stir constantly over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat. Boil until candy thermometer is exactly 140C. Reduce heat as low as possible and keep temp at 140C for exactly 15mins. (It is important not to let temp increase or decrease. If temp rises, remove pan from heat occasionally to reduce.) After the 15mins, remove pan from heat, take out thermometer. Allow bubbles to subside. Using a wooden spoon, quickly beat in finely sifted soda. Pour immediately into well-greased deep 7 1/2" cake tin. Spread quickly and evenly. When cold, remove from tin and break into pieces.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Impossible Pie

1/1 cup plain flour
125g soft butter
2 cups milk
1 cup castor sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut
4 eggs


Combine all ingredients and beat. Place in large grease pie dish. Mob slow oven 1hr

Friday, June 6, 2008

Lasagne


Lemon Slice

1 pkt morning coffee biscuits
1 tin condensed milk
juice 2 lemons (save a little for icing)
2 cups coconut
125g copha


Line tin with biscuits. Mix condensed milk and lemon juice, then copha and coconut. Spread over biscuits. Ice with lemon icing.

Lasagne

250g lasagne noodles
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cream


Drop noodles gradually into large saucepan of boiling salted water. Cook approx 30mins or until very tender. Drain. Cover with cold water until needed, drain. Place layer of noodles in shallow ovenproof dish. Spread half the meat sauce over the noodles and then half the cheese sauce. Top evenly with second layer of noodles. Repeat the layers of meat, cheese and finally 3rd layer of noodles to cover top. Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese. Mod oven 20-25mins. Remove from oven, pour cream over cheese. Bake further 10 to 15mins

Meat Sauce
1 Tbs oil
500g mince steak
2 x 470g cans whole tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
125g mushrooms, sliced
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar


Heat oil in large shallow pan, add steak. Cook until browned. Add undrained tomatoes with other ingredients. Bring to boil, stirring. Reduce heat, simmer 60mins or until nearly all liquid evaporated.

Cheese Sauce
60g butter
4 Tbs flour
2 cups milk
salt, pepper
pinch nutmeg
125g grated cheese
1 Tbs grated parmesan cheese


Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour, cook gently, stirring 1min. Gradually add milk, stir until sauce boils and thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add cheese, stir until cheeses melt.

Serves 4-6

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Meringues

3 egg whites
1 cup castor sugar


Beat egg whites till frothy and stiff. Add 1/2 sugar and beat till thick. Fold in remaining sugar. Place in small spoonfuls or pipe on greased lined tray 2cm apart. Bake in slow oven (120-140C) for 1- 1 1/2 hours until dry. Sprinkle with 100's and 1000's.

Melting Moments

Biscuits
125g butter
1/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup cornflour


Preheat oven to 150C. Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Blend in vanilla. Fold in sifted combined flours until a soft dough is formed. Roll into walnut sized balls or pipe into baking trays lined with baking paper. Flatten with a fork. 20-25min. Allow to cool on trays before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

Icing
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 Tbs cocoa
1 tsp butter
1-3 tsp boiling water


Blend all ingredients together, spread over cooled busicuts or sandwich together. Makes about 20.

Vegetable Momos

Filling
Onion, cabbage, green beans and cauliflower all finely chopped and lightly steamed or blanched until slightly limp, enough to make about 3-4 cups.
Season with minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce and salt
1 teaspoon garam masala optional
Oil to moisten

Dough
3-4 cups flour and enough cold water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly and break off small pieces, rolling each into a thin round about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

Put a heaping teaspoon of the filling in the middle of each dough round. Form the momo in a pleated half moon shape, using one hand to pleat or pinch and the other to both hold the momo and keep the filling from oozing out. Arrange on a steamer coated with vegetable oil spray and steam, covered l0-15 minutes. Serve with a dipping sauce. Such as Soy sauce mixed with a little rice vinegar and sugar or chilli paste.

Mars Bar Slice

90g butter
3 Mars Bars
3 cups Rice Bubbles


Chop Mars Bars and melt with butter. Mix with Rice Bubbles. Press into slab tin and set in fridge. May top with melted chocolate if wish.

Monte Carlos

185g butter
Biscuits
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup SR flour
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup coconut


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg and vanilla, beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients and coconut, mix well. Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls. Place on lightly greased oven trays. Press and rough up surface with fork. Mod oven 10-15mins or until golden brown. Remove from oven cool on wire rack. Put teaspoons of Raspberry jam and prepared cream filling in centre of half biscuits, top with remaining halves.

Filling
60g butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add vanilla, gradually add milk, beat well.

Makes 25 biscuits

Mushroom Sauce

1 1/2 cups Swiss brown mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced onions
3 tsp stock powder
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbs cornflour


Saute mushrooms and onion. Add stock powder and 1 cup water , simmer 5mins. Mix cornflour with 1/2 cup water, add to pot, bring to boil stirring well. Add pepper, reduce to low simmer.

Moussaka

1kg lamb mince
1 large eggplant
90g butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 clove crushed garlic
470g can whole tomatoes
1 cup dry white wine
salt, pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
oil
185g cheddar cheese
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
30g melted butter, extra
white sauce


Heat butter in pan. Add meat, onion and garlic. Cook until meat browns. Add undrained tomatoes, mash with fork to a puree. Add white wine, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer, until meat is tender and nearly all liquid evaporated (40-60mins).
Cut eggplant into 1cm slices, shallow fry until golden. Drain well. Arrange in base of greased proof dish. Combine grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 over eggplant. Sppon meat over, then spread white sauce evenly. Sprinkle remaining cheese mixture over. Drizzle extra butter over. Hot oven 20-25mins or until top is golden brown.

White sauce
90g butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp nutmed
salt, pepper
2 cups milk
1 lightly beated egg

Melt butter, remove from heat, stir in flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir over low heat 1min. Add milk, stir until sauce boils and thickens. Reduce heat, cook further 1min. Remove from heat, add egg, beat well.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Nuts and Bolts

Recipe 1:
1 x 300g pkt Nutragrain cereal
1 Tbs tumeric
350g salted peanuts
pinch cayenne pepper or chilli powder
1 pkt french onion soup
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup peanut oil


Mix cereal and nuts in a large bowl. Blend all other ingredients together, add to cereal and nuts, mix well. Spread on large tray. Heat 12 mins in mod oven (give a bit of a stir after 6 mins). When cool and crisp, store in airtight jars.

Recipe 2:
1 small pkt Nutragrain
1 pkt french onion soup
500g salted peanuts
1 Tbs curry powder
1 pkt cream of chicken soup
1 tsp dry mustard


Mix altogether. Heat 1/2 cup oil (don't boil). Pour over and stir well.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Oat Cookies

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
1 cup dried fruit (I used 1/2 chopped dried dates, and 1/2 raisins)

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 175C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal, mixed nuts and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches. In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Take a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Pumpkin Pudding with Satin Sauce

125g butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 eggs
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups SR flour
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
3/4 cup mashed pumpkin
1/2 cup sour cream or milk


Cream butter with sugars, salt and spices. Beat eggs and gradually add to mixture, beating well. Sift flour with soda and add to mixture alternately with pumpkin, nuts and cream or milk. Divide the mixture between 6 greased moulds or cups., cover with greased paper and steam 1 1/4 hours. Let stand for 5 mins before turning out. Serve with Satin sauce.

Satin Sauce:
1 egg
1/3 cup butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 teas vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup cream, whipped


Beat the egg until frothy, then beat in the melted butter, sifted icing sugar , vanilla and nutmeg. Carefully fold in whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to use. Stir to blend just before serving.

Serves 6

Pancakes

2 cup plain flour
2 egg
2 1/2 cups milk


Sift flour, add egg, stir in gradually. Add Milk a little at a time. When half milk is used, all the flour should be moistened. Beat well to remove lumps. When smooth gradually add rest of milk. Makes approx 8 large pancakes

Pizza Toppings

Mushroom and Fetta
Bottled tomato pasta sauce
grated cheese
thinly sliced flat mushrooms
crumbed fetta
chopped fresh thyme
top with cheese

Potato and Rosemary
Grated parmesan
Thinly sliced uncooked potatoes
chopped fresh rosemary
thinly sliced garlic
drizzle of olive oil

Fig and Prosciutto
Bottled tomato pasta sauce
Thickly sliced fresh figs
coarsely chopped prosciutto
crumbled blue cheese
flat leafed parsley to garnish

Potato Cake batter (Steve's)

2 cups flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 tsp salt


Add more flour till good consistency.

Potato bake (Mum's)

potatoes
bacon
eggs
onion
cream
grated cheese


Chop potatoes thinly sliced, half cook. Layer in dish. Chop bacon and cook, put over potato. Add chopped boiled eggs. Pour over cream and top with grated cheese. Bake till golden.

Dad's Pumpkin Dish (Kezza's Fav)

55g Pine nuts
Med butternut pumpkin (600g)
8 slices pancetta (or puschutto)
400g Penne pasta
100g baby spinach (1 pkt)
200g firm ricotta (and/or fetta)
80g butter, melted
40g grated parmesan cheese


Toast pine nuts, stirring, do not burn. Chop pumpkin, cover with pepper and oil, bake in oven 35-40min. Grill pancetta till crunchy, 2min each side, (no not over cook) break up into pieces. Cook pasta. Add baby spinach, drain well. Add other ingredients (ricotta, pumpkin, pinenuts, butter, cheese). Serve with pancetta on side.

Potato and Leek Soup

1 Tbs olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 medium (700g) potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 leeks, thinly sliced
5 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup thickened cream
2 tbs chives, finely chopped


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the potato and leek and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until leek softens. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and gently boil, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potato is soft. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes to cool. Blend potato mixture in blender until smooth. Place the soup over medium heat. Add the cream and stir to combine. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until hot. Ladle the soup among serving bowls. Serve immediately sprinkled with chives and croutons.

Pasta Sheperds Pie

2 Tbs oil
1 sliced onion
500g minced beef
1 clove garlic, crushed
400g can tomatoes
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 tsp mixed herbs
salt and pepper
2 cups macaroni
2 eggs, beaten
300mls sour cream or yoghurt
75g grated cheese


Fry onion in oil till soft.. Add mince and fry till browned. Add garlic, tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, herbs and seasoning. Bring to boil, simmer for 20 mins. Cook pasta till just tender, drain. Mix eggs with sour cream, ad 2/3 of the cheese and the pasta. Place meat mixture in casserole dish and pour pasta mixture over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake mod oven for 25-30 mins.

Serves 6

Prawn Bake (Auntie Jeanette's)

1/2 medium onion, chopped finely
1 Tbs melted butter
1 heaped Tab flour
1/2 cup milk (approx)
3 chopped hard boiled eggs
1/2 kilo chopped prawns
pkt potato chips
scant 1/2 teas curry powder (optional)


Cook onion in butter a few minutes. Mix in curry powder, stir in milk till boils and thickens. Add eggs and prawns. Place in greased ovenproof dish with chips on top. Nice with rice or a good entree dish.

Potato Cakes (Grandma's)

Cook and mash some potatoes with butter and salt. Gradually work in 1 cup SR flour. Add 1 beaten egg and about 1 Tab milk to make pliable dough. Press out to barely 1/2" thickness, cut into large rounds. Cook on greased iron with small quantity oil till golden brown.

Pumpkin Soup

1 butternut pumpkin
2 onions
60g butter
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
440g can creamed corn
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup cream


Peel and dice pumpkin, chop onions. Combine pumpkin, onions and butter in microwave-proof dish, cover loosely. Microwave on high 3min. Add chicken stock, cover, microwave on high further 25min. Puree in blender, add corn, sauce and cream. Microwave on high further 2min.

Penne Bosciala


350g dried wholemeal penne pasta
1 tablespoon cornflour
1/2 cup salt-reduced chicken stock
250ml tub Philadelphia 60% less fat cream for cooking
2 teaspoons olive oil
125g 98% fat-free rindless shortcut bacon, chopped
250g button mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green onions, sliced
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1cm-thick slices
3/4 cup fresh green peas
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind

Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain. Meanwhile, place cornflour in a bowl. Add half the stock. Stir until smooth. Add cream and remaining stock. Whisk until smooth. Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until golden. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add onion and asparagus. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Add cream mixture and peas to pan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened and asparagus is tender. Add pasta, parsley and lemon rind. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Pumpkin Spiced Pie

Crust:
125g crushed wholemeal biscuits
60g melted butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg


Mix all ingredients well. Press mixture into a 20cm china flan dish with back of spoon. Refrigerate 1-2 hours.

Filling:
250g peeled, seeded pumpkin
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch allspice
2 Tbs thickened cream
60g butter, melted
extra cream for decoration
macadamia nuts for decoration


Cut pumpkin into 1" cubes and microwave 5 mins or till tender. Cool, then puree in blender. Place brown sugar, egg yolks and spices in small bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Mix pumpkin puree with cream and melted butter, then add brown sugar mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Whisk egg whites till stiff, then fold into pumpkin mixture lightly but thoroughly. Pour into prepared crumb crust. Microwave on HIGH 10 mins or until filling set. Cool then decorate with cream and nuts.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rice Pudding

I cup rice
4 cups milk
sugar to taste
knob of butter


Bring rice and milk to boil stirring. Turn down and simmer (watch) for about 15min or till absorbed and creamy. Add sugar and butter. Serve hot or cold with cream or ice cream.

Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Couscous

60g+ pumpkin, chopped
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup water
2 cups (400g) couscous
150g trimmed spinach, shredded
1/2 cup (50g) roasted walnuts, chopped



Dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp honey
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 220C. Place pumpkin in single layer on oven tray, drizzle with oil. Roast uncovered, 30mins or until tender, turning halfway. Prepare couscous as per packet instructions. Stir in spinach, cover, stand 5mins. Combine pumpkin, couscous, nuts and dressing.

Rice Bubble Date Slice

Melt together 125g butter and 250g chocolate. Mix in 1 cup chopped dates and 1/2 cup sugar and stir till a paste. Add to 4 cups rice bubbles. Press into slab tin and set in fridge.

Risotto

2 cups arborio rice
1 onion, diced
6 cups (1 1/2L) stock
2 tsp marg
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup white wine
3 Tbs parmesan cheese
2 stock cubes

Vege risotto
2 cups mushrooms
1 cup beans
1 cup corn
1 red capsicum

Chicken and Spinach
240g chicken breast
250g pkt frozen spinach, thawed and drained


Cook onion and garlic with marg. Add rice and cook 2mins stirring frequently. Add 2 cups stock liquid and cubes, bring to boil, reduce to simmer, stir frequently, until absorbed. [Add raw chicken] Add wine and 2 cups stock liquid, boil. [Add veges] until absorbed. Add final 2 cups liquid stock, stirring frequently until absorbed. Stir in cheese [spinach] and pepper.

Mushroom Risotto (Mum's)

550g uncooked rice
50g butter
100mls white wine
70mls chicken stock
2 chopped shallots
6 mushrooms (pref. oyster)
1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 sprig thyme


Fry garlic and shallots in butter and oil. Add mushrooms till soft. Add wine and stock. Bring to boil, add rice and cook on low heat till rice is cooked. Add more stock if gets too dry. Garnish with parmesan cheese.