Friday, November 03, 2006
400g. fresh white bread, crusts removed
150g melted butter
225g orange marmalade
3 oranges, plus 1 extra orange, rind grated
500ml thin cream ( I dilute thick cream)
100g caster sugar
3 tabs demerara sugar
Preheat oven to 180 deg
Butter a 16x32x5cm baking dish
cut bread into rough chunks and place in large bowl
Pour over butter
warm marmalade in a pan over low heat, then pour over bread
Add orange segments and stir carefully.(I cut mine up)
Tip mixture into baking dish
Beat together eggs,rind, cream,and caster sugar then pour over bread.
Sprinkle top with demerara sugar and bake for 30-35 mins.
great hot or cold, with cream or custard
boiled fruit cake
20cm round cake tin
180% for 45mins-1hr
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
21/2 cupsmixed fruit
1/3 cup mixed peel
1 teasp. nutmeg
1 teasp bicarb
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup SR flour
1 Cup Pl flour
Place butter, sugar,water, fruit, peel, nutmeg, soda, in saucepan and stir until boiling.
Allow to cool for 5 mins. Add eggs.
sift flours, add to other ingredients, mix well and pour into cake tin.
Friday, October 27, 2006
1 cup malt vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bay leaf 2 whole cloves
Cook beetroot in salted water until tender, about 45 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients in another saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Peel beetroot, leave whole or slice as desired, and pack into hot sterilised jars.
Strain vinegar mixture, pour over beetroot.
For Jellied Beetroot, prepare as above, and cut the beetroot into large dice.
Arrange in an oiled bowl or mould, about 3 cup capacity.
Take 1 cup of the pickling liquid, add 1 tablespoon gelatine and stir over low heat until gelatine dissolves.
Pour over beetroot.
Refrigerate until set, then unmould carefully.
Spiced Pickled Beetroot
5cm piece fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
12 whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
4 dried bird’s eye chillies
3 cups white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon coarse cooking salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
Choose small or medium-sized beetroot and have them of uniform size if possible.
Leave 2cm stalks on cover with water and add about 2 teaspoons salt.
Cover, bring to the boil and boil gently for 40-50 minutes or until just tender.
Cool, drain and remove skins and top, trim bases.
Leave whole if small, quarter, slice or dice medium-sized beetroot.
Pack into cold sterilized jars.
Wash the ginger, do not peel.
Place on a board and hit with a cleaver or mallet to bruise.
Tie in a piece of muslin.
Tie spices in another piece of muslin.
Put vinegar, salt and sugar into a stainless steel saucepan and stir over heat until sugar is dissolved.
Add flavouring bag, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Remove bags and pour boiling hot vinegar slowly over beetroot to cover completely.
Seal when cold with sterilised lids, preferably plastic.
Store in a cool, dark place and leave for 3-4 days before using.
Pickling Vinegar (this is the recipe I've always used)
1 litre white vinegar
1 cup sugar (or less to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
Mix ingredients together and bring to the boil.
Add any spices, such as peppercorns, cloves, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
If you add the spices, let mixture boil for an extra 10 minutes.
Strain and allow to cool before use. (Never use iodised salt for pickling, use plain salt, sea salt or pickling salt.)
Before pickling, vegetables should be left to stand in a brine solution of about 3-5% salt to water. Use jars with plastic or glass lids instead of metal, unless lids are protected from acid reaction with several layers of greaseproof paper.
Vegetables suitable for pickling are: beetroot, cabbage, cucumber, onions, peas, shallots, red cabbage, walnuts, zucchini.
Friday, October 06, 2006
- 2 cups self raising flour.
- 30g butter( melted )
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 100g shaved ham
- preheat oven to 200
- sift flour into bowl
- melt butter and quickly with a fork mix through flour
- pour milk into a small 'well 'in flour mix
- use a flat edge knife bring the mixture together in a sticky ball
- turn out onto a floured area
- knead quickly until smoth
- roll out roughly with a pin to 24cm x 36cm rectangle (you dont have to be to precise with this ..longer is better )
- spread sauce , ham and cheese evenly over the dough
- leave a 3cm border free of tomato (so you can seal it when rolled)
- roll up firmly (like a swiss cake roll )
- cut the log into 12 or so slices .
- arrange on tray close together ..give some room to grow (like scones )
- make sure the join is turned in(so it doesn't unroll when cooking)
- bake 20 minutes ..or until golden and cooked thruough
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
1 cup sugar
6 gelatin leaves
1 cup water
Wash mulberries and place in a huge pot with 800mls water and the sugar.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.
Place the gelatin leaves in a bowl with 1 cup water for five mins.
Strain the mulberries and reserve 800mls of the liquid.
Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and dissolve into the mulberry liquid.
Leave out to cool to room temp, then place in fridge.
Needs about 10 hours to set.
I added a shot of Cointreau to mine as well for an orange flavour.
It is soooo yummy.
Monday, September 25, 2006
One thing I can not master from the garden to plate is freezing broccoli. I tend to find mine is soggy and not pleasant to eat at all. Even tried just freezing it with out blanching it. That nearly blew the back of my head off when I opened the bag weeks later. Not very nice smelling at all.
Anyway reading today's Advertiser here in Adelaide in the "What's Your Problem" part of their paper I came across some information on freezing broccoli. So as broccoli is such a popular vegie plant in the vegie garden, thought I'd pop it up here.
- Choose young, tender broccoli and freeze as soon after picking as possible. (Refrigerate if it cannot be frozen soon)
- Remove tough leaves and woody ends. Cut through stalks lengthwise, leaving heads 2.5 cm in diameter.
- Soak for 30 minutes in salt brine (1/2 cup of salt to 1 litre of water) to drive out small insects. Rinse and drain.
- Blanch for 3 minutes in water or steam blanch for 5 minutes.
- Chill in ice water and drain thoughly.
- Pack tightly in freezer bags or rigid containers and squeeze as much air as possible from bags before sealing. (Leave 3 cm headspace for expansion in containers.
- Label with date and freeze at the lowest possible setting. Make sure it is stored at -17.8 or lower and use within 8 to 12 months for best quality.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
125g butter/marg, chopped
1 tablesp grated orange rind
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups SR flour
1 teasp bicarb soda
3/4 cup cold cooked mashed pumpkin
1 tablesp golden syrup
1/4 cup orange juic
Grease & flour 14 x 21 cm loaf pan.
Combine all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer, beat on low speed until all ingredients are combined.
Then, beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth and changed in colour.
Spoon and spread mixture into prepared pan.
Bake in moderate oven 180oC about 55 mins.
This is a "rule of thumb" recipe, practice will make it good!
Use cold mashed potato, mix with approx half that amount of mashed pumpkin. Whisk an egg for every 2 cups of combined cold mash, combine. Add a heaped tablespoon of SR flour, sifted with a bit of salt (my lot like it salty, about 1/2 teaspoon) per 2 cups of mash mix. If it's not coming together to a manageable doughy consistency, gradually add more SR flour. Form into patties, dust with flour.
Preheat a frying pan for a few minutes (more for a thick based pan), cover base with oil, shallow fry patties until golden brown and flour has cooked through. Might have to squash them a bit flatter when you turn them over the first time!
p.s. I have also tried whisked egg + leftover rice + mashed pumpkin + chopped leftover roast meat + SR flour patties. As long as the rice has gone sticky (e.g. what's left in the bottom of the rice cooker - not rinsed!) it works pretty well.
2 cups SR flour
1 cup plain flour
1 teasp bicarb soda
2 teasp sugar
2 teasp ground cumin
2 teasp ground coriander
1/2 teasp salt
1 cup cold cooked mashed pumpkin
2 tablesp hot vindaloo curry paste
1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
1 cup milk
Grease 12 hole muffin pan (I use canola spray).
Combine all ingredients in large bowl, stir with large metal spoon until just combined.
Spoon mix into prepared pan.
Bake Mod Hot oven 200oC about 25mins.
Another rule of thumb recipe!
For every 1/2 to 3/4 cup of mashed pumpkin (less if it's runny, more if it's dry) - sift 2 cups SR flour into a bowl, rub in 30g margarine. Mix in mashed pumpkin. Add milk (soy or cow) until reach a good doughy consistency. Turn onto floured surface, roll/press flat till about 4cm thick, cut with round cutter, place on greased tray, brush tops with milk, cook in preheated hot oven 220oC until brown and risen.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
1/5 cup (normal teacup) of thick cream, add several splashes of white vinegar and about 2-3 teaspoons of sugar.
Stir with a spoon to dissolve the sugar and pour over a bowl of iceberg lettuce leaves...
Maybe stir with tongs to coat the leaves more.
clean strawberries and remove stems/leaves.
Squash directly in soup plate (not soup bowl) with a fork.
If making large quantity squash in a saucepan with spud masher.
Add a tablespoon of thick cream (a tablespoon or two per punnet strawbs) and 2-3 teaspoons sugar and stir to dissolve.
Do not under any circumstances use a motorized jig on the strawbs and do not add ice.
Ice curdles the cream, and whirrlyjigs totally spoil the texture of strawbs.
Anyway, refrigerate for a few minutes if you want it nice and cold.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Here are a couple of great egg recipes from my kitchen.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 & 1/2 cups milk
nutmeg or cinnamon
Beat eggs, sugar & vanilla together lightly, add milk stir to combine.
Pour into ovenproof dish, sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.
Stand dish in baking dish with enough water to come half way up sides of dish.
Bake in oven at 200 degrees C for 60 minutes.
Note: I check by using in metal spoon to see if the egg is cooked & set.
3/4 cup packet pastry
3/4 cup grated cheese
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup bacon
3/4 cup cream (opt)
spring onions chopped or 1 diced onion
Combined all together in bowl and mix.
Spread into round oven pie dish.
Cook 200 degrees C for about an hour or until cooked and golden brown.
Note: We usually eat it with a garden salad.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
2 litres water
4 lemons peeled and juiced
1 large brown onion
2 ripe tomatoes
2 teas turmeric
2 dessert spoons peppercorns
3 bay leaves
600ml grape seed oil
Place all ingredients, except water, lemon juice and peel, in stainless steel pan- on low heat.
Warm all ingredients until aromatic. Do not overheat.
Add lemon juice peel and water. Simmer for half hour.
Strain into clear plastic bucket and rest for 4- 6 hours.
Oil will separate from water and rise to the top.
Skim oil and store in container in fridge.
Will last indefinitely.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
3/4 cup water
3 lbs sugar
juice of 1 lemon
Add figs & water and bring to boil slowly.
Add sugar when boiling...... Add lemon juice.
Boil for about 20 mins
Bottle and seal.
Like all jam recipes a bit of the time cooking the mixture can be decided by the quality of fruit you use.
So I tend to use a bit of that gut feeling when cooking jam.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
1 teaspoon sour cream
Finely chopped tomatoes to taste
Finely chopped spring onions to taste
1 teaspoon mayonaise
Chilli powder or fresh chillie
Ground black pepper
Few drops of lemon juice
1. Mash the heck out of the avocado.
2. Add tomato and onion
3. Add everything to taste beginning with sour cream
4. Stir in a small amount of mayonaise.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
500 grams dried mixed fruit
125 grams butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Bring to boil and boil for 5 mins.
When its only warm add
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1/4 cup of sherry
When cold add
1 cup plan flour
1 cup SR flour
Place in a cake tin, I use a square one .
Cook 1 hour or until cooked at 200 degrees.
I use duck eggs and it gives a great texture and the cake just seems so much yummier.
I leave some button mushrooms just cut in half as well.
Slice spring onions. Once again the amount you use is your own choice. Or you can replace spring onions with an onion and cut this into rings.
Cook in a small amount of oil for about 5 mins.
Add the following:
1 chicken stock cube
2 teaspoons plain flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup water
Salt & Pepper to taste
Bring to boil and boil 2 mins
Lower heat and simmer 15 mins.
Just before time is up add fresh or dried parsley.
I tend to make this in the morning as it gives time for the flovours to mix.
Also using older mushrooms will give you more stronger mushroom taste.
Serve with beef or grilled chicken.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
½ Cup of flour
½ Cup dry breadcrumbs
1 Tspn curry powder
1 Tspn Cumin powder
2 Tspn sweet chilli sauce (or to taste)
salt & pepper
* heat oil in a deep heavy based pan
* mix the dry ingredients
* spread them on a plate
* paper towel dry the fillets
* dip in beaten egg
* coat with flour mix
* shake off excess
* drop the fish in the pan 5 min max
* squeeze half the lemon over while cooking
* chilli sauce and remainder of lemon juice added to the eggs
* fork beat until mixed
Serve fish with the egg sauce and a fresh garden salad
Sunday, July 02, 2006
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teas salt
2 tabs lemon juice
Slice chillies. (with or without seeds)
Put all the ingredients into a medium saucepan.
Bring slowly to the boil stirring till the sugar dissolves.
Cook uncovered on high heat for approx 10 minutes until thick.
You can cook it longer if you like a thicker consistency. I do.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
1 large bunch basil (or use parsley, coriander or chervil)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup oil
Blend or process all ingredients together to make a thick sauce. Serve over pasta or vegetables or as a dip.
Basil Mint Orange Pesto
1 cup fresh basil leaves, firmly packed
1 cup fresh mint leaves, firmly packed
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil (or more)
salt and pepper to taste
In a processor, blend first 6 ingredients until almost smooth.
With machine running, gradually add olive oil; process until smooth.
If pesto is dry, mix in more oil by spoonfuls.
Season with salt and pepper.
(Can be made ahead. Press plastic wrap onto surface of pesto. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before using.)
1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 3/4 cups water
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
90g powdered pectin
Place basil in pan, add water, bring to boil, then remove from heat and set aside (covered) for 15 minutes to steep.
Strain liquid into a 2 cup glass measure.
Add water to measure 1 3/4 cup if necessary. Return liquid to saucepan.
Stir in pectin and lemon juice. Bring to the boil over high heat.
Add sugar and bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil for 1 minute.
Pour into hot, sterile jars and seal.
Try using purple basil, anise basil, cinnamon basil or lemon basil.
4 dried jalapeno chillies (or other hot chillies)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sunflower seed oil
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped cashew nuts
1/2 cup raisins
Chop the chillies and put into a pan with the milk and simmer gently until the milk begins to boil.
Cool and put through a blender.
Add the egg, oil, yoghurt, brown sugar and vanilla and blend for 1 minute.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda and add the wet mixture, stirring well. Mix in the oats, cashews and raisins.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto a greased oven tray and bake at 180C for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Eat one of these biscuits whenever drowsiness overcomes.
Mince or chop finely 1 cup ripe chillies, 1 onion and 1 cup of raisins.
Place in sacepan with 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
Boil slowly until dark and most of the vinegar is absorbed.
20-24 birdseye chili
1 dsp tartaric acid
2 dsp lemon juice
4 cups sugar
5 cups water
Cut 4 chili in half, place all in pot with sugar and water boil for 10 minutes.
Cool and strain.
Add acid and lemon.
Bottle and seal.
Dilute 1 part to 4.
Try it ........it surprised me
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
You will need
2 onions chopped
750g skinned tomatoes stewed
salt to taste
4 tbsp coriander chopped finely
- · remove the tops of the jalapenos
- · split them in half
- · put them in a saucepan with the onions
- · just cover with water
- · cook on low heat until the onion is tender
- · put this mixture in the blender
- · add half the tomatoes, coriander and salt
- · hit the pulse button until mixed
- · do not liquefy – needs to be chunky
- · taste – add other spices as you wish
- · add the remainder of the tomatoes
- · pulse
- · taste
- · refrigerate
You will need
150g tomato paste
50g tomato sauce
2 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
pepper & salt & tabasco to taste
chilies – depends on how hot you want it/ what you have - perhaps 5 birds eye or 2 jalapenos or 5 Hungarian Hot Wax/ Anaheim
garlic - 3-4 cloves chopped finely
- · mix tomato paste, tomato sauce, white vine vinegar, lemon juice, oil and soy in a bowl
- · add sugar, freshly ground black pepper, salt, and a dash of Tabasco
- · cut the chilies lengthwise in half and remove the seeds
- · if you like it extra spicy use the seeds - but be careful
- · dice the chilies finely
- · add to the sauce and stir
- · mince the garlic and finely dice the onion
- · mix well
- This sauce can be stored for several days in the fridge
You will need
2 tbsp oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 green capsicum diced
2 celery stalks chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
300g stewed tomatoes
1 450g can kidney beans, drained
1 1/2 cups corn kernels
2 teaspoons ground cumin
5 or 6 chilies to taste, chopped fine
1 1/2 teaspoons minced oregano
salt to taste if you must
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup elbow macaroni
3/4 cup shredded vintage cheese
- · preheat a large, heavy based pot on medium/high heat
- · add oil
- · saute onion, capsicum, celery and garlic until onion is translucent
- · stir in tomatoes, beans, corn, cumin, chilies, oregano, salt and black pepper
- · bring to the boil
- · reduce heat, put a lid on the pot
- · simmer for 15min, stir occasionally
- · cook macaroni, drain
- · stir cooked macaroni into the pot
- · just simmer for 5 min over low heat uncovered
- · remove from heat
- · fold in cheese
- · let stand 5-10 min
- · serve
- makes 4
2 kg sugar.
1.2 Litres cider vinegar.
300 gms fresh seeded chillies.
100 gms Garlic.
50 to 100 gms fresh ginger.
1 teaspoon salt.
1. Puree ginger, garlic and chillies with some vinegar and place in a pot.
2. Add rest of vinegar, sugar and salt.
3. Cook on a slow boil until a syrupy consistency and bottle. Cooking process usually
takes thirty to forty minutes.
Makes six small bottles.
Other Notes :
I use a medium hot chilli. If you want to make it hotter add more chillies or use a hotter chilli variety, such as Jalapeno.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
300ml sour cream
250ml Miracle Whip mayo
1 onion finely chopped
1 tin water chestnuts, roughly chopped
1 pkt spring vege soup mix
1 pkt frozen spinach thawed and squeezed out.
Mix all together and serve in a hollowed out cob loaf using the inside bread to dip.
You can use that fresh spinach out in your garden.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Prinbo’s Vegie Bake ‘Stench’ ☺
(Stench was the name given to this by number 2 son and it apparently means great, awesome etc)
This is really simple and great for bbq’s
packet of cream chicken or cheese and leek or french onion soup
large tub of thickened cream
The quantity of the vegies required depends on how big your baking dish is. (I use my lasagne dish)
Then all you need to do is just alternate layers of vegies in the baking dish, place packet soup in mixing bowl or glass jug, add cream and mix until all the cream and soup is combined, pour over the vegies making sure they are completely covered, cover with aluminium foil.
Place in oven at about 160c and cook until all vegies are cooked through, which takes approximately 1½ hours, however cooking time does depend on the depth of the dish and amount of vegies used. Take out of oven and remove the foil, sprinkle with grated cheese, replace foil and put back in oven with it turned off and let stand for about 10 minutes or so to allow cream sauce to thicken up.
* Hint: If you find the cream sauce is bubbling too much just reduce the temperature to about 150c. Also be careful removing foil as you can get a bit of a steam burn if you are not careful.
Friday, June 23, 2006
1 425g tin sweet corn. (Liquid and all, not drained)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups S.R.Flour
1/2 cup polenta
1 cup grated tasty cheese.
Red onion, bacon, capsicum and parsley as much as you like, all finely chopped.
Preheat oven to 200.
Mix all together. This is a very forgiving recipe, you can cut down on the oil and cheese if you wish or vary the vege.
For mini muffins bake approx 20 min.
Chorizo and Bean Stew
700g baby spuds, quartered
4 cloves garlic crushed
1 teasp chilli flakes
400g can butter beans
410g can diced toms
2 fresh bay leaves
150g beef or chick stock
4 tablesp chopped parsley
Boil spuds till just tender.
Heat oil, add chorizo and cook till golden.
Add garlic and chilli. Cook for a few seconds.
Add spuds, beans, toms, bay leaves and simmer 10 minutes.
Sour cherry and Ricotta Cake (Low Fat)
1 680g jar Morello Cherries
1/2 cup light marg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teasp vanilla extract
250g smooth ricotta
3/4 cup S.R.flour
3/4 cup plain wholemeal flour
1/2 teasp bicarb
1 teasp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 160.
Grease a deep 19cm square cake tin, line with paper.
Drain cherries and reserve 1/4 cup of juice.
Beat marg, sugar, vanilla.
Beat eggs in one at a time.
Add ricotta, sifted dry ingredients and reserved juice. Beat on low till combined.
Spread in tin and top with cherries.
Cook for about 1 hour and stand in tin for 5 min before taking out.
JATZ BISCUIT CAKE
22 jatz biscuits crushed finely
120g pecan nuts crushed fairly finely
3 egg whites
1 c caster sugar
2 teas vanilla
Icing sugar to dust
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line the base of a 20cm round tin with baking paper.
Then butter and flour the tin.
Mix the biscuits and nuts together and set aside.
Whip egg whites and salt till foamy then slowly shake in sugar, a little at a time, beating all while. Once it's all added continue to beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy. It will take about 5 minutes. With a spatula swirl in the vanilla then very gently fold in the biscuit nut mix till just combined. Scoop carefully into prepared tin and smooth down very gently.
Bake for 40 minutes until top seems crusty and middle seems set. Leave to cool on a rack for 10 minutes before trying to remove from tin. Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.
3 rashers bacon diced
375 grams grated zucchini
1/2 cup oil
1 cup grated carrot
1 onion diced
1 cup S.R. flour
Mix together and bake in oven 180 degrees until cooked.
I use duck eggs with this recipe and freeze the slice for when the zucchini are no longer cropping.