Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lego Biscuits...

 Some fun...

My knight and I had fun making these 'lego type biscuits' - lego is big in our house...
Here is the recipe...we used zillions and smarties on the top...

Try them - lots of fun and very yummy to.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sweet Potato Bread

 This is a lovely soft bread...give it a try...

You will need:
250gr cooked sweet potato (a nice sized raw potato)
750ml cake flour
1 tsp salt
10g instant yeast
400ml warm water

Cook the potatoes till soft - then puree.
Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the salt and yeast. Make a well in the center of the flour.
Combine the wam water and sweet potatoes, to make a smooth mixture.
Pour into the well in the flour and mix and knead - it will be a sticky mixture.
Return to bowl, cover with a cloth and place in a warm spot to rise. Allow to double in size.
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celcius.
Sprinkle a little flour on a work surface and knead the dough, just a little - divide into 2 loaves.
Place in bread tins or shape the dough on a baking tray.
Allow to rise again.
Sprinkle the breads with a little flour and bake for approx 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180 degrees celcius and bake for approx 10 - 20 minutes. (oven temps differ!)
The bread is cooked when it makes a hollow sound when tapped.


Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup

 The weather is warming but a lovely bowl of soup is still in order...
This is delicious...
 my knight and his cute sister really enjoyed it...

You will need
2 medium onions - chopped
1 large cauliflower
3 potatoes - cubed
1 large sweet potato - cubed
2 carrots - sliced
500ml of milk
125ml cream
pinch or two of ground nutmeg
approx 1 liter vegetable or chicken stock

Chop the onions up and saute lightly in a blob of butter, add a sprinkling of brown sugar.
Add the potatoes, carrots and cauliflower florets
Add the chicken or veg stock and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and add the milk and seasonings -  cook until vegetables are soft.
Puree the soup till smooth and add the cream
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tomato, Olive and Salmon or Tuna Spaghetti

This is my knights favourite meal - at home that is...ask him when out what he would like to eat and you ALWAYS get prawns or calamari as the answer...
He is getting pretty dab hand at making this dish himself...
We made this dish a little while ago for our friday get together and all the children had different roles - garlic pressers, herb choppers, tomato was good fun ;-)

You will need:
Tomatoes - fresh baby tomatoes, chopped up
Garlic - lots
Olives - we use calamata
Olive oil
1 tin Salmon chunks or Tuna chunks or shredded tuna
Black Pepper
Fresh Herbs - we ususally use lemon thyme and oregano
Pinch or two of brown sugar
fresh chilli - optional

Drizzle a nice amount of olive oil into a pan - add the chopped tomatoes ,garlic and sugar. Cook away till the tomatoes are soft.
Chop the herbs and add.
De-pip the olives, slice or chop them and add to the tomatoes.
Add another glug of olive oil.
Drain the water off the tuna/salmon and discard, add the tuna/salmon to the sauce.
Add another glug of olive oil.
Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.

Cook the spaghetti as per instructions.
Dish a serving of spaghettin onto each plate and top with the delicious sauce. We usually top this with freshly grated parmesan and sliced avocado.
Eat immediately

Idea !
If you enjoy chillis - whilst the sauce is simering away, add a fresh chopped chilli - it adds a lovely zing to the sauce.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Grannies Crunchies

Its SPRING...yah!

These crucnchies remind me of holidays...when we were children my maternal granny would make sure we had a tin or two or three of these crunchies to take along on our familiy holidays...
So today, the weather is beautiful and the feel of summer and holiday is in the air...
so my knight and I made a batch...

You will need:-

1 cup sugar
1 cup cake flour
2 cups oats
1 cup coconut
225gr butter - melted
2 Tblsp syrup
1 tsp bicarb of soda

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celcuius.
Melt the butter and add the syrup. Add the bicarb of soda and mix a little, it will froth a little.
Sift the flour, add the sugar, oats and coconut.
Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients.
Mix till combined.
Grease an oven container (about 24 x 30cm), put mixture in and press down with your hands. Make sure the mixture is nicely compacted.
Bake for approx 20 - 30 minutes (keep an eye on it, as oven temps differ!)
It will be soft to the touch and golden brown when done.
Cut in squares while still hot and then allow to cool.