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BEEF BEER STEW WITH CHEESE DUMPLINGS

Made a bit of a random beef beer stew the other night.. it turned out well and was really tasty, except *ahem* it looked very much like dog poo :P Unfortunately, not everything that tastes good, looks good! Not to mention I’m far too lazy and can’t be bothered to ‘decorate’ and arrange the food/plate nicely in order to take a pretty photograph. I never claimed to be a proper food blogger anyways, so what you see is what you get here ;)

The dish is pretty easy to make as everything gets thrown into a pot. Lovely comfort food and I reckon it’s pretty tasty! And with the added cheese dumplings thrown in, you don’t need to make a separate side carb dish to eat it with.. so it’s literally a whole meal in a pot. Nice with a side of garden salad though :)

Sautee 1 small chopped onion, 400g beef cubes (coated in a bit of flour, salt/pepper),
handful of chopped cherry tomatoes on medium heat until browned

Add 3/4 cup beef stock gradually, 1/2 can of beer, 1 heaped tsp brown sugar.
Cover with lid, leaving a small gap. Stir regularly for the next 15 mins or so on low heat.

Add in chopped mushrooms and 1 large chopped carrot
Cover with lid, leaving a small gap. Stir regularly for the next 15 mins or so on low heat.

Mix together 50g self-raising flour, 1/2tsp baking powder.
Add in 25g melted butter, 1/2 whisked egg, 30g cheese. Form into balls.

Bring heat up to medium. Place dumpling balls on top of stew.
Cover with lid, leaving a small gap. Leave to cook for 15 mins.

Beef beer stew with cheese dumplings!

 
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Posted by on 19 March 2011 (Sat) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized

 

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CAKE

We were having some friends over to visit, so I thought I’d whip together a quick chocolate cake. This uses minimal ingredients and can be made using just 1 mixing bowl, not to mention it takes just 5 minutes to prepare – kinda like baking for dummies :P Because of this, it’s not a super ultra rich chocolate fudge cake or anything, but more of a moist sponge cake. The top has a bit of a crispy crust, and it’s moist and denser on the inside.

Very nice scoffed with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream :)

Mix together 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 cup white sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla essence.
Beat in 2 eggs. Add 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,
1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt.
Pour into a baking pan. Bake at 180 celcius for around 20 mins.

Fresh out of the oven

Super simple chocolate cake!
TIP: add a handful of chocolate chips in the batter before baking for an extra chocolate-y kick!

 
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Posted by on 23 February 2011 (Wed) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized

 

CHOCOLATE, BANANA, GRAHAM CRACKER ICEBOX CAKE

Was on a bit of a baking kick recently and baked twice in one week.. First was a super-moist banana cake that I like to have handy in the fridge, because it makes a great snack as well as breakfast. Just cut off a slice, toast it up, and slather on lashings of salted butter – mmmm!!! Also fabulous with some creamy vanilla ice cream.

I also found this Martha Stewart recipe for a Chocolate, banana and graham cracker icebox cake, which I was keen to try out. I mean, just LOOK at those ingredients – how can you possibly go wrong?! It’s also no-bake, and pretty easy to make, apart from having to wait for it to chill. My only issue was that it was really really sloppy. The main chocolate filling never really hardened and was quite liquidy, so we had to eat it out of bowls. But it didn’t really matter because it tasted FABULOUS :D

It’s not pretty enough to make as a dessert for parties or when friends come over, but it’s fantastic comfort food/dessert and very very tasty.

Bring 3 cups heavy cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan.

Add 5 large egg yolks (whisked). Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick
enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 8 minutes.

Immediately strain through a fine sieve set over 15 ounces of milk chocolate.

Stir until chocolate melts and is smooth.

Refrigerate about 4 hours, stirring occasionally until thick.

Spread 1 cup of chocolate mixture evenly into bottom of loaf pan (lined with cling wrap).
Top with a layer of graham crackers, trimmed to fit. Spread 1\2 cup of chocolate over
top and cover with some bananas. Repeat.
Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Cut into slices.

Garnish with whipped cream and serve!

Oooooerrrr Cheer Bear is my fave!! :D

You Are Cheer Bear

You are naturally happy and upbeat… some people think unbelievably so.
Your perkiness is 100% real. You are just a jubilant person who loves life.

You always have a smile on your face. You choose to be cheerful and look on the sunny side of life.
You know just what it takes to cheer someone up, and you’re always happy to brighten someone’s day.

 
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Posted by on 13 October 2010 (Wed) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized

 

HOMEMADE LENTIL SOUP

I made freakin’ Lentil Soup for dinner for Dad, Mum and Chris!! LOL.

Decided to go vegan/vegetarian and make something that was still tasty. It worked :) It looked like crap, no question, but it smells lovely and is actually really tasty. It’s ridiculously healthy, so healthy your bowels practically quake at the mere sight and smell of the soup. Trust me – it really does taste really yummy… and even better with a hot buttered bread roll, or a few slices of garlic bread. It’s surprisingly filling, so you really only need a medium-sized bowl and the bread to fill you right up.

Good, healthy, tasty food for pregnant women too, hehehe.

Cook diced onions, crushed garlic, leeks and carrots

Add 4 cups vegetable stock, and bring to boil

Add 450 grams rinsed lentils and simmer covered.

After 1 hour, add crushed tinned tomatoes.

Then add in broccoli and chopped potatoes, and mixed herbs, salt/pepper.
Simmer covered. Stir regularly for another 1-2 hours until lentils break apart.

Lentil soup! This one was more like a stew, I’d have added more water in retrospect.
Lovely eaten with dinner rolls or garlic bread :)

 
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Posted by on 4 August 2010 (Wed) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized

 

HOMEMADE QUICHE LORRAINE

We’ve been talking about making our own quiche for awhile, and happily found some shortcrust pastry at Marks & Spencer (we also found our favourite puff pastry and so bought 3 boxes worth, hehehe! But that is another story and for a different day). Quiches are really easy to make.. using very simple ingredients and if you’re not fussy, you can basically throw in whatever ingredients you’ve got lying around in the fridge. In fact, quiches are excellent to make if you make a pizza the night before or after, because they use very similiar/same ingredients and the leftovers won’t go to waste.

We decided to make a Quiche Lorraine, but on steroids. By that I mean we JAM PACKED it with ingredients. Don’t you hate it when you order quiche in a cafe, and you basically get an egg tart with maybe a few sad pieces of ingredients lolling around in there? I know I do. I like my quiches BIG and I like em with TONS of ingredients! It’s just not filling enough otherwise. So the best way to achieve that is to make it ourselves.

Assuming you buy the shortcrust pastry like we did, it’s easy to make. You just cook up the ingredients, whisk together the liquids, and dump it all in before baking. It’s a wonder why cafes charge the prices they do for a quiche……. Our only mistake? We cooked the ingredients in a LOT of butter and the ingredients also leak liquid when cooked, which made the quiche mixture really liquid. It tasted just fine after it was cooked, but I’ve amended the recipe below to drain the liquid so it’s even better.

The other thing to note is – traditional French quiches do not use cheese, let alone cheddar. But we love our cheese, and sprinkled cheese on the bottom of the pastry base, as well as on the top. The problem with sprinkling on the top is that whilst it makes the quiche look really golden (like a pizza), the cheese hardens and makes the quiche hard to slice up, plus it doesn’t look like a proper quiche. If you like crispy cheese on top, then stick with the recipe below. If you don’t, then stir 1 cup cheddar cheese into the ingredients mixture instead so it melts in when baking. Or, don’t use cheese at all to make it much healthier :P

For dinner, we had a quarter-slice of quiche each, which is a big wedge, an avocado salad, and a baguette that Chris slathered with his homemade garlic and herb butter (his specialty!). DELICIOUS :)

Melt half cup of butter and sauté 1 chopped onion until soft

Add in chopped bacon and fry for a few minutes

Add in chopped mushrooms and fry until slightly softened.
Drain all liquid leaving just the ingredients in the pan.

In a bowl, whisk 4 eggs with 1 cup milk and 1.5 tablespoons of flour

Pour in ingredients mixture and stir until combined

Lay pastry out on baking tin, sprinkle with cheddar cheese, then top with mixture.

Bake at 160 celcius (fan forced for 15 minutes, sprinkle generously with cheddar cheese,
then bake for another 40 minutes until cooked.

Fresh out of the oven

 
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Posted by on 15 July 2010 (Thu) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized

 

HOMEMADE MELTING MOMENTS WITH LEMON ICING

Chris simply adores Melting Moments with Lemon Icing.. it’s right up there with his other favourite dessert, Custard Tea Cake. I’ve made that one many times before, but never Melting Moments… so I decided to bake some cookies one evening, much to his delight :)

Let me just say that if you’ve had Melting Moments before, they are TOTALLY different when fresh out of the oven. Holy smokes they are GOOD when they’re freshly made!!! And another thing to note is that the ingredients are SO easy to find, and it’s SO simple and cheap to make… that I wonder why Melting Moments command the price they do at bakeries. I don’t think I’d be paying for those ever again, now that I know I can make them so easily ;)

This batch below makes around 25 cookies. Use a big bowl if you don’t want to be covered in flour! And refrigerate any cookies (in an air-tight container) you don’t eat straightaway, so they can keep for up to a week. Also, these are more on the buttery shortcake side, instead of sugary sweet, so it will suit those that don’t like sugary desserts like a chocolate mud cake.

Give this a whirl! It’s not difficult, and will be a hit with your family and friends. Plus, they’ll be impressed that you can make “gourmet bakery” style goodies.. but only you and I know that it’s actually a cinch to make, right? :P

Beat 300g plain flour, 300g room-temperature butter, 100g sifted icing sugar,
100g custard powder, pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp vanilla together in a bowl.

Beat until well-combined and pale. It will be a bit sticky.

Roll a bit of the mix into small balls and place on a baking tray. Use a (well-floured) fork
to press down on each one to form those little lines on top and to flatten.

Bake at 160 celcius (fan forced oven) for approx 12-15 mins until cooked. Let cool.

For the icing, combine 240g sifted icing sugar with 60g melted butter and bits of
lemon zest (ie. lemon rind finely grated)

Add lemon juice a bit at a time until the icing is smooth and creamy, like what icing should be

Spoon a small amount of lemon icing onto one biscuit and press down lightly
with another biscuit. VOILA!

Melting Moments with Lemon Icing

Insanely buttery and delicious :)~

Normal consumption = 4 biscuits in one sitting. Store the rest in the fridge :)

Only a little true :P

You Are an Idealist

You can’t help but dream big, and you resent anyone who tries to bring you back down to earth.
You are always optimistic and cheerful. You expect the best, even if things don’t turn out as planned.

You are caring and easy going. You are simply a great person to be around.
You have a lot of friends, and you’re very popular. And you’re even quite humble too!

 
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Posted by on 10 July 2010 (Sat) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized

 

3 SIMPLE HOME-COOKED MEALS

This week, we went on a crazy domestic god/goddess cooking binge. We infrequently cook at home, because 1) groceries are expensive here unless you buy them from the dubious local supermarkets, 2) dining out is relatively cheap assuming you don’t go to super high-end restaurants and 3) we live smack in the city so lots of dining options around us within walking distance.

However, we do actually love to cook when time allows, which means we have to pre-plan in advance so we can do our grocery shopping over the weekend. We did just that and whipped up 3 lovely meals – all very easy to make and delicious!

MEAL #1: Tacos

Most of the effort is in just chopping the veggies, otherwise the beef is a cinch to fry up with a bit of packet taco seasoning. Easy peasy, and so utterly tasty. This is one of Chris’ favourite meals and he always gets really excited when we decided to make it :)

Chopped lettuce, avocado, tomatoes

Beef, capsicum and mushrooms

Sour cream, salsa, cheese

Yummy soft tacos

Ready to be gobbled up

MEAL #2: Baked salmon

An uber healthy meal. Just take a slab of salmon and wrap it up with some foil, popping in a pat of butter, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of herbs/salt/pepper before wrapping it all up into a little sealed packet. Bake at 160 celcius for 15 mins or until cooked. The result is tender salmon that falls apart with a poke of a fork, and it still retains all it’s juices. We serve it with some fresh sliced tomatoes, a scoop of salsa, and homemade guacamole (avocado, chopped red onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper)

MEAL #3: Beef Stroganoff

Brilliant comfort food, and it can be served on pasta, rice, mashed potatoes or toast. It’s incredibly creamy and rich (thanks to all the sour cream!) and oh so tasty. I always flash fry the beef and mushrooms first so they’re brown and have a lovely slightly charred flavour to them. I used my own recipe for this.. or rather I just made it up as I went along :P But I suppose the closest actual recipe would be this one.


And there you have it! 3 meals that cross-use similiar ingredients, so you don’t have to buy a ton of stuff that will fill up your refrigerator and go off a few days later. Simple, quick-to-cook meals that don’t waste ingredients… perfect for working couples like us :)

 
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Posted by on 8 July 2010 (Thu) in Food, My recipes, Uncategorized