Thursday, March 29, 2018

Vanilla Custard

1 cup milk 
1 cup thickened cream 
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 egg yolks 
1 Tbs cornflour 
1/3 cup caster sugar

Combine milk, cream and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until hot (do not allow to boil). Remove saucepan from heat. Whisk egg yolks, cornflour and sugar in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Slowly pour hot milk mixture over egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 15 - 20 mins or until custard thickens and coats the back of a metal spoon (do not allow custard to boil, as it might curdle). Serve custard warm or cold over stewed fruit, pancakes or crumbles.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rhubarb Dream Bars

1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, room temperature

2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
¼ cup flour
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups diced rhubarb

Preheat oven to 180C. Line the bottom of an 20cm slice pan with baking paper bringing it up the sides so that it will be easy to remove the squares after. Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor and then press into the prepared pan. Bake for 15min. (crust will still remain very pale in colour.) Meanwhile mix together eggs, sugar, flour and salt and whisk well. Stir in rhubarb. Pour onto the hot crust and continue to bake for 40-45min. Let the bars cool and remove with the parchment paper. Cut into squares.

via Noshing with the Nolands

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tapioca Pudding with Mango

1 cup water 
100g brown sugar 
3/4 cup seed Tapioca 
1/4 cup (60ml) coconut cream 
1 Tbs vanilla extract 
Pinch of salt 
1 tin mango slices 
2 Tbs shredded coconut, toasted

Bring 1 cup water to boil in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and cook until sugar has dissolved. Cook over medium heat and reduce until syrupy. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and add seed tapioca, stirring to prevent sticking. Simmer for 15mins or until tapioca is just transparent. Drain through a sieve and rinse with cold water. Stir brown sugar syrup, coconut cream, vanilla and salt through seed tapioca. Divide amongst 4 small glass and allow to set in fridge (about 2hrs). Serve topped with mango and toasted coconut.

via Mckenzie Seed Tapioca packet recipe idea

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fritter recipes

1 cup fresh ricotta 
3 eggs, separated 
2 tbsp grated parmesan 
⅓ cup plain flour 
30g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for frying 
⅓ cup chives, chopped 
⅓ cup mint
⅓ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
pepper and salt

Combine the ricotta, egg yolks, parmesan, flour, melted butter and herbs in a bowl. Season, then beat with a fork until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Place the egg whites in a separate bowl with a pinch of salt. Whisk until soft peaks form and then fold, one spoonful at a time, into the ricotta mixture until just combined. Heat a little butter in a frypan over medium-high heat. Add spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes each side until golden. Serve warm with beetroot relish and crème fraîche, garnished with a side salad of watercress, snow pea sprouts or rocket.

2-4 tablespoons oil
1 cup of cooked quinoa
3 medium eggs
1 medium carrot, grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
1 tablespoon coriander, chopped
1/4 cup of almond meal 
Salt & pepper, to taste

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a medium frying pan on moderate heat. Scoop out the fritter mixture into frying pan and flatten a little. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until lightly golden and drain on paper towels. Serve with green salad and sour cream.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spicy Thai Noodles

500g linguine 
2 Tbs olive oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1-2 zucchini, sliced in half circles
1 Capsicum
200g mushrooms, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2-1 Tbs Sriracha hot sauce
2 inches fresh ginger, grated
1 handful fresh coriander, chopped
4 spring onions, chopped 
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped

Cook linguine according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, and ginger; whisk well to combine; set aside. Heat large pot over medium heat, add 1 Tbs olive oil. Add beaten eggs and stir to scramble. Once cooked, set aside with pasta. Heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add zucchini, capsicum, mushrooms, and garlic. Saute over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes or until veggies are cooked through. Turn heat down to low, add pasta and eggs back to pot, then pour the sauce mixture over the top. Stir well to coat pasta and vegetables with sauce. Remove from heat, add peanuts, green onions, and coriander; stir to combine. Serve immediately.

via Domestic Superhero

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Beetroot Relish

700g beetroot
1 red onion, finely chopped 
1 cup Jam Sugar
1½ cups white vinegar
3Tbs balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

Clean the beetroot and cut off all of the stalk/leaves. Place into a pot of boiling water and boil for 20mins (until soft and the beets can be pierced with a sharp knife). Remove from the water and cool. Wearing gloves remove the skin from each beet by gently rubbing. Grate the beetroot into a bowl (it should be very soft and easy to grate). Add the beetroot and all of the ingredients into a wide-based pot and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let mixture simmer for approximately 30mins until the liquid has evaporated and it has a jam-like consistency (test by spreading jam on a plate from the freezer- If it wrinkles and feels gel-like, it’s ready). Put into sterilised jars.

Notes: Store the relish in a cool dry location. 
Once opened it should be stored in the fridge. 
Use within 3 - 4 months. 
Enjoy on salad sandwiches, with cold meats, cheese and eggs.

Makes approx 3 Promite jars

Via: A Fresh Legacy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pear and Almond Tart

Poached Pears
6-7 Pears
3 cups water 
1 cup sugar
2-3 Tbs lemon juice 
1 cup Amaretto liqueur (or Grand Marnier, or Apricot/Peach Liqueur) 
5 Tbs vanilla extract 

Peel, core and halve the pears. In a large pot combine all other ingredients and bring to boil. Add the pears to the poaching liquid and simmer until the pears are soft and easily pierced with a knife. About 10-30mins. Leave the pears in the poaching liquid for a couple of hours or overnight.

French Almond Cream
60g unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar 
1 egg
1/3 cup ground almonds 
1 Tbs plain flour
1 Tsp vanilla

Add all ingredients to a bowl and beat until fluffy and thoroughly combined. Keep inn fudge until needed.

1 sheet of puff pastry
Slivered almonds
2-3 Tbs apricot jam

Preheat oven to 180C. Transfer the thawed puff pastry sheet into a tart mould and trim edges. Poke with a fork all around, to prevent it from puffing up in the oven. Place in freezer for about 10 minutes. Remove the tart from the freezer and bake until the tart is slightly golden, about 15-20 mins. Once out of the oven, allow it to completely cool. Fill tart with Almond Cream Mixture. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. Slice pears and arrange about 3-4 cut up pears on top of the Almond Cream mixture. Sprinkle with almonds. Spray a piece of foil with non stick spray and gently cover the tart with it, sprayed side touching the tart. Put back in the oven and bake until the almond mixture is well risen all the way in the middle, about 45 mins. Then remove the foil and bake for another 10 mins allowing the top to brown up slightly. Once the tart is baked allow it to completely cool on the rack. Heat apricot jam until a liquid then apply it generously to the top of the tart with a brush.

Notes: The pears are delicious on there own as a dessert warmed with cream or ice cream.
The Almond Cream  can be used a a french toast  stuffing by sandwiching a heaped tablespoon of filling between 2 slices of bread. Soak the sandwich in an egg and sugar mixture. Cook on both sides over medium heat in a buttered skillet, until golden crust forms.

via: Let The Baking Begin

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Oven Roasted Corn

Corn on the cob

Preheat oven to 230C. Remove husks and silks from corn. Butter corn and wrap in foil. Place on cookie sheet and roast for 20 to 25 minutes.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Easy Pad Thai

150g thick rice noodles
1 zucchini 
1 red capsicum
1 onion 
2 carrots 
2 Tbs oil 
1 egg, beaten
½ cup peanuts, chopped 
½ cup fresh herbs (coriander, basil) chopped 

3 Tbs fish sauce
3 Tbs brown sugar
3 Tbs chicken or vegetable stock 
2 Tbs white vinegar 
1 Tbs soy sauce 
Pinch chili flakes

Soak noodles in a bowl according to packet instructions. Thinly slice the zucchini, capsicum, carrots and onion. Shake up the sauce ingredients in a jar. Heat a tablespoon of oil over medium high heat. Add the veggies - stir fry for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a dish and set aside. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan. Drain the noodles and add to the pan and stir fry for 1 min. Add the sauce and stir fry for another 1-2 mins, until the sauce starts to thicken and stick to the noodles. Push the noodles aside to make a little room for the egg - pour the beaten egg into the pan and let it sit for 30 seconds or so. Toss everything around. The egg mixture will stick to the noodles and everything will start getting sticky. Add in the vegetables, toss together, and remove from heat. Stir in the peanuts and herbs and serve immediately.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Capsicum

1kg potatoes
1 large red capsicum
1 large yellow capsicum
2-3 red or white onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2-3 large cloves garlic, finely sliced
6 thyme sprigs
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4-1/2 tsp paprika

In a saucepan, cover potatoes by 10cm in water. Salt and bring to the boil. Steadily simmer for 20mins. Drain. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into bite-sized chunks. Preheat oven to 220C. Core, deseed and slice capsicum into 2-3cm chunks. Add to the potato, along with the onion, garlic, thyme leaves, olive oil, 2tsp salt and paprika. Mix. Spread evenly onto baking tray. Roast for 40mins, stirring in-between, until veggies are golden and caramelised.

The Salad Book, Belinda Jeffery

Friday, March 24, 2017

White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

170g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract 
2 cups plain flour 
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
3/4 cup white chocolate chips 
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Beat the butter for 1min on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and sugar and mix on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together until combined. Slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries mix until evenly disbursed. Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.
Preheat oven to 180C. Line two large baking trays. Roll balls of dough, about 1 Tbs each. Place 10 - 12 on each baking sheet. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins, until just golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Via Sally's Baking Addiction

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Tacos

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa 
1 Tbsp olive oil 
1 medium onion, diced 
3 cloves garlic, crushed 
1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
400g can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp chili powder 
1 tsp ground cumin 
1/2 tsp paprika 
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 
1/4 tsp ground coriander 
Salt and pepper, to taste 
1 1/2 cups frozen corn 
800g can black beans, drained and rinsed 
juice of 1 lime 
1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped 

Corn or wheat tortillas 
Hot sauce
Sour cream

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat. Once hot, add onion and saute until golden and tender, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Stir in stock, diced tomatoes, cooked quinoa, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, coriander and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover saucepan with lid and simmer about 20 mins, until mixture has thickened. Stir in corn and black beans and simmer, uncovered 5 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in lime juice and fresh coriander. Serve warm over tortillas with desired toppings.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Pirate Treasure Chest

Pirate Treasure chest for Steve's 30th pirate party. Tried to find those edible necklaces to add but couldn't. I think it worked better with the limited colours/lollies! I also thought of kit-lat or choc finger biscuits to create the wood but think the frosting works really well!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pirate Hat Cookies

230g butter, room temperature 
1 cup brown sugar 
1 egg 
2 2/3 cup flour 
2 1/2 Tbs cocoa powder 
24 miniature peanut butter cups, Rollo pieces or block caramel chocolate

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Cream the butter and brown sugar together. Mix in the egg. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and cocoa powder together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.  Roll out dough to 3mm thick. Cut out two different sized circles. Place square of chocolate on larger circle and cover chocolate with smaller circle. Fold in three sides of the larger circle and pinch the three corners. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Make a light "X" in the center of each side of the hats. Bake for 10-12 mins.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Chicken, cranberry and pistachio sandwiches

1 BBQ chicken
Whole egg mayo
Dried cranberries
Fried onion and chopped celery (optional)

Mince chicken meat in food processor. Add generous amount of mayo to make a spreadable comsistency. Mix in 1/2 packet cranberries. Chop or process pistachios and add to mixture before serving so they don't go soft. Spread mixture onto bread with rocket in the middle.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crispy Baked Garlic Tofu

400g block firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp cornstarch + 5 tbsp water
1 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp sriracha sauce

Preheat oven to 200C. Place tofu pieces on a lined baking sheet. Bake tofu for about 35-40 mins until golden and crisp around the edges, flipping tofu halfway through. To make the sauce add garlic, soy sauce, onion powder, brown sugar and sriracha in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and mix until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Add to the saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and stir until everything is completely mixed and sauce has thickened. If your sauce is too thick, you can add another 1 tbsp of water to thin it slightly. Add tofu to saucepan and coat with sauce. Serve while warm with rice and asian green stirfry.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Coconut Jam Drops

125g butter, chopped, at room temperature 
2/3 cup caster sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla essence 
1 egg yolk 
1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted 
2/3 cup desiccated coconut 

Preheat oven to 180°C. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl until pale and creamy. Add the egg yolk and mix well. Add the flour and coconut, and mix on low speed until just combined. Using a heaped teaspoon of mixture, roll into balls. Place onto greased baking trays, allowing room for spreading. Flatten slightly with a spatula. Using the end of round handled wooden spoon, make an indentation in the centre of each biscuit. Fill the hole with a 1/4 teaspoon of jam. Bake 1 tray at a time for 12-15 mins or until light golden. Stand for 5 minutes on tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cauliflower Rice with Middle Eastern Roast Veges

1 large head (about 1.2kg) cauliflower, cut into small florets 
olive oil 
1 eggplant, cut into 3cm pieces 
1 red capsicum, cut into 3cm pieces 
1 large zucchini, cut into 3cm pieces
1 red onion, cut into small wedges 
400g pumpkin, trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces 
1/2 tsp paprika 
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander 
1/4 tsp chilli flakes 
1/3 cup mint leaves 
1/3 cup coriander leaves 
1/3 cup feta, crumbled 
2 Tbs toasted pine nuts

Preheat oven to 200C. Grease and line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Place cauliflower on one of the prepared trays. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Place eggplant, capsicum, zucchini, onion and pumpkin on the remaining tray. Combine paprika, cumin, coriander and chilli with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the mixed vegetables. Roast cauliflower and vegetables for 30 mins or until tender. Process the cauliflower in a food processor and until very finely chopped. Transfer to a platter. Toss vegetables with mint and coriander and arrange over the cauliflower. Top with feta and pine nuts.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Dad's Pork Tenderloin and Green Asian Veggie Stirfry

1 Pork Tenderloin

Lime juice and zest
Chilli flakes
Soy sauce
Sesame oil

Stir fry
Red Onion
Bok choy
Beans/snow peas
(or any veggies you want)

Chilli flakes
Soy sauce

Monday, June 20, 2016

Zucchini Spread

10 sml tender zucchini, grated
250ml white vinegar
25g sugar
1-2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1 sml chilli, finely sliced
250ml extra virgin olive oil

Place zucchini into a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Massage salt well into the zucchini so that it is distributed evenly. Let sit for 1/2 hour and massage again. Add vinegar and sugar. After another 1/2 hour, squeeze the zucchini to remove any liquid and place in a new bowl. Season the zucchini with olive oil, garlic slices, oregano and chilli. Pack into sterilised jars very tightly, squashing after each layer and drizzling olive oil as you go. Top the jars with olive oil and leave to sit for a couple of hours. Top up again with more olive oil.

Keeps for 3-6 months

Via Manuelina Culinary

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Chilli Con Carne (Jamie Oliver)

2 medium onions 
2 cloves garlic 
2 medium carrots 
2 sticks celery 
2 red capsicum
olive oil 
1/2 tsp chilli powder 
1 tsp ground cumin 
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
salt and pepper 
400g tinned corn 
400 g tinned red kidney beans 
800 g tinned chopped tomatoes 
500 g quality minced beef 
1 small bunch fresh coriander 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 

Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Roughly chop the capsicum. Place a pan on a medium high heat. Add olive oil and all your chopped vegetables. Add the chilli powder, cumin and cinnamon with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir every 30 seconds for around 7 minutes until softened and lightly coloured.

Add the drained corn, drained kidney beans and the tinned tomatoes. Add the minced beef, breaking any larger chunks up with a wooden spoon. Fill the empty bean tin with water and pour this into the pan. Add the balsamic vinegar and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a simmer with a lid slightly askew for about an hour, stirring every now and again to stop it catching.

Serve with rice, bread over a jacket potato, with couscous or as a Burritos with:
grated cheese
sour cream


Homemade Nutella

I wanted to give homemade Nutella a go so went to buy some hazelnuts, but the amount I needed cost more than a jar of Nutella! So I went to the bulk food shop to buy some and, although still expensive, I bought what I needed. Once home I followed the first recipe to roast the hazelnuts and BURNT THEM! Yuk! they wore so bitter and very gone. So, luckily I had also bought some almonds, which I think are my favourite nuts, so decided to substitute them. It turned out deliciously!
The following week I decided to try the second recipe (with almonds still), which uses cocoa powder instead of chocolate so would therefore be a little better for you and dairy free. I think the first one is yummier but could eat either of them by the spoonful.

Recipe 1 
1 cup hazelnuts (or almonds)
340g milk chocolate, melted
2 Tbs vegetable oil
3 Tbs icing sugar (or sugar)
1 Tbs cocoa powder 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 176°C). Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 12 minutes, until they’ve browned a little and the skins are blistered a little. Wrap them in a kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove as much loose skin as possible. Let cool completely.
In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until they form a paste. Add the oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt and continue processing until the mixture is as smooth as possible–or as smooth as you like. Add the melted chocolate, blend well. It will thicken as it cools. Scrape into a jar let it cool to room temperature. The Nutella will keep on the counter at room temperature for up to 2 weeks

Recipe 2
1 cup toasted hazelnuts, peeled (or almonds)
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup icing sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
4 Tbs canola oil

Place the hazelnuts in your food processor and blend continuously until they turn into a smooth butter, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and continue blending until smooth and creamy. If stored in the refrigerator, the Nutella is good 2 weeks.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Spinach, feta and semi-dried tomato pull-apart

2 1/2 cups (375g) plain flour 
2 teaspoons (7g sachet) dried yeast 
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes 
1 teaspoons caster sugar 
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil 
1 cup baby spinach, shredded 
100g feta, crumbled 
1/2 cup (75g) semi-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
Olive oil, extra, for brushing 
Sea salt flakes, extra, to sprinkle

Spinach Pesto
1 cup baby spinach leaves 
1/2cup basil leaves 
1/4 cup (40g) pine nuts, toasted 
1/4 cup (20g) Parmesan, finely grated 
1 garlic clove, crushed 
2 tablespoon olive oi

Combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add 3/4 cup (185ml) warm water and the oil. Stir to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins or until smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
To make the spinach pesto, place the spinach, basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic and oil in a food processor and process until smooth.
Grease a 10cm x 21cm loaf pan. Gently punch down dough. Knead for 2 mins or until dough returns to its original size. Divide into 8 portions. Roll 1 portion into a 5cm x 20cm rectangle. Spread with a little pesto. Sprinkle with spinach, feta and tomato. Starting from 1 short end, roll to enclose. Repeat with remaining dough portions, pesto, spinach, feta and tomato. Place rolls, side by side, in the pan. Cover and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 mins to rise.
Preheat oven to 200C. Lightly brush the rolls with a little extra oil and sprinkle with the extra sea salt flakes. Bake for 10 mins. Reduce oven to 180C and bake for a further 20 mins or until golden.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Billionaire Bars (Caramel Slice)

Butter Cookie Base
1/2 cup white sugar
2 Tbs brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 (400ml) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups (350g) dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup (90g) white chocolate chips 
Soften butter and add it to all the dry ingredients for the base. Mix ingredients until it holds together like a dough. Press into lined and greased baking tray. Bake for 25 minutes at 160C or until lightly browned. Let this cool fully.
For the filling, heat the butter, brown sugar and condensed milk over low heat in a heavy sauce pan. Let the mixture lightly simmer, and stir constantly until it thickens and becomes a medium caramel color (about 20 minutes). Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla. Pour the filling over the cookie base, and spread evenly. Let this cool completely before adding the chocolate topping.
To make topping, melt the the chocolates separately (using a double boiler).  Spread dark chocolate over caramel and drop spoonfuls of white chocolate on top. Lightly drag lines of melted chocolate all over the top to create a marbled effect. Let the bars sit in the refrigerator, until the chocolate becomes firm. Allow them to sit at room temperature before cutting to avoid chocolate cracking.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lemon and Poppy-seed cake

200g butter 
1 cup sugar 
3 eggs 
1 tsp vanilla essence 
1/2 cup milk 
Grated zest of lemon 
2 tbsp lemon juice 
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder 
6 tbsp poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line a 23cm round tin with baking paper. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla, milk, lemon zest and juice, mixing to combine. Stir in flour, baking powder and poppy seeds until evenly combined. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and smooth top. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. 

Lemon Syrup
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon

In a pot combine all ingredients. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. While cake is still warm, prick with a skewer all over and spoon over Lemon Syrup.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Feijoa Jam

1kg Feijoa, peeled
1/3 cup water
800g sugar
1tsp ginger powder
3Tbs lemon juice

Bring water and feijoa to the boil in a pan, and cook until the fruit is tender. Add sugar, lemon juice and ginger and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Boil until the jam will set. Test by spreading a spoonful of jam on a cold plate (start testing after about 10 minutes of cooking time). Bottle in hot sterilised jars while the mixture is hot.

To sterilise jars
Preheat oven to 120C. Clean jars well with hot soapy water and rinse well. Let drain then place upright on oven tray. Place in oven and heat for 20mins. Fill while hot with hot jam. Boil lids in saucepan for 10mins then let drain.

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.


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.


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 

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
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


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 350g mushrooms.


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
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

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 (500g) 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 
3/4 cup 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

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup 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
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

1 avocado
1/2 lemon

175g cooked sweet corn
1/2 capsicum

cooked, mashed eggplant

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

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

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

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
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

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.

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

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

185g plain sweet biscuits
90g butter

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

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

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.


Chocolate Stuff

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

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.

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.

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

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)

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

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

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

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 Icing
375g dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup cream
60g butter, chopped

Place all in pan. Stir over simmering water until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Stir until spreadable.

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

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.


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

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
2 potatoes

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

optional additions:

cauliflower (cook first)
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.