Monday, March 31, 2008
Chilli con carne, on brown rice with salad (and left over yoghurt sauce)
Lamb chops, with carrots and beans
Curry Puffs with Creamed Indian Spinach
Saturday, March 29, 2008
For me, Easter is a time for traditional cakes. Cakes where you can taste the eggs and butter - all the things that we once would have gone without for Lent. Not that I'm particularly religious, I just like tradition. This is an Australian take on a traditional Greek yoghurt cake, brought you to by the lovely ladies at the Women's Weekly Test Kitchen. You can find the recipe in the 'Foods we love' book. It came out all golden and fluffy, but it's very moist too. I thought about icing it, remembering all the extravagant cakes from last year's Easter Cake Bake. But I decided simple suited me (and this cake) best. We ate it with home-made hot cross buns, on Easter Sunday, with friends. It's my entry to this year's Easter Cake Bake.
Friday, March 28, 2008
It was hard to decide what to blog. I haven't blogged my chickpea burgers, or my dhal recipe yet. But in the end I was rushed, and the answer presented itself - chickpea fritters. I hope you enjoy them! Spicy Chickpea Fritters with yoghurt sauce
1/2 Cup Self Raising flour
10g butter, melted
1/3 Cup milk
1 tsp mild paprika
1 tsp carraway seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and roughly mashed
5 spring onions, finely chopped
1/2 a bunch of coriander, finely chopped
Wisk the first four ingredients to make a batter - it should be the consistency of pancake batter. Add the rest of the ingredients. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, then drop large spoonfuls of the batter into the pan, turning after 2 minutes, or when that side is golden. Keep warm while cooking the rest. Serve with yoghurt sauce.
1 Cup plain yoghurt
1/2 Bunch coriander, finely chopped
1 small clove of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons (or so) Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate and let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Thanks to Cook Sister for hosting this!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Tuesday: Dinner out with friends
Wednesday: Lamb Chops with green beans and stuffed squash
Thursday: Butter chicken soup and flatbread
Friday: Spicy baked pork fillet, with brown rice and stirfry broccoli.
Saturday: Warm veggie salad
I hope you enjoyed your Easter break!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Bangers and Mash
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Anyway, this dinner turned out awesomely, with about 2 minutes prep work. The inspiration was here, but you have to scroll down to the bottom to find it. Here's my take. I promise to add the photos when they're working. Baked Eggs with Chickpeas and Vegetable
1 1/2 Cups assorted veggies, chopped small
(I used half a small zucchini, a carrot and some green beans)
3/4 Cup tinned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Arrange the vegetables and chickpeas around the edge of two ramekins. Drizzle with melted butter. Gently crack two eggs into the middle of each one, and sprinkle with parmesan and time. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until eggs are set. How easy is that?
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
1. What food do you consider the best “date” food? In other words, what meal or food item do you think is sexiest to eat in the company of someone you would like to look sexy around?
I always think the best date food is morsels you eat with your fingers, and anything you can share. So a picnic of good wine, cheese, ham and grapes will always work. You have to remember a blanket to snuggle on. And stay out late enough to watch for shooting stars.
But if you mean sexy-glamorous, a picnic just won't do. You can't do high-heels and short skirts on a blanket on the grass. And there's no restroom near by to fix your makeup! If you're planning on taking me out on that sort of dinner, it had better be sushi, somewhere up-market with low tables and an exotic selection. But I don't know - sex should be messy and adventurous, so maybe teppanyaki would be a better start to the night. And there's a new Teppanyaki place around the corner (Ryan are you taking note?).
2. What well-known person would you like to share a meal with—with or without clothing. (saying whether or not clothes are involved is optional).
Do I have to just pick one? For the scenery, there's some great AFL players this season. But it's preseason, so they are all on diets, and not drinking.
For the conversation and the food, I think I'd pick Rosie - I'd love to eat at some meals and stories at one of her local haunts. (I think we'd best keep our clothes on, so I don't end up in a story like Porn and Donuts!!)
And finally, I do have a soft spot for Lindsay McDougall. If nothing else, I'd love to find out what vegan rock-stars eat on a romantic date : )
3. What does your perfect breakfast-in-bed look like? (Food AND the details, please. Candles? Music? Flowers? Hot tub? Dancing girls?
Mangos and stawberries and champagne. In the bath (a deep one with feet). With lots and lots of bubbles and fluffy towels and good coffee for when we get out of the tub. And no where to be until dinner. Oh boy, I wish we still lived in a house with a bath...
4. What do you consider the best application of whipped cream to be?
Chocolate dessert cakes. Sorry Rosie, nothing comes close.
5. Oh-God-No, Biff, the yacht is sinking! You are sent to the galley to retrieve the food. What luxury food items do you snatch first? The champagne? The caviar? Smoked Salmon? Truffles? Chocolate? Or something else?
Blue cheese! Brie! All the cheese! I'd make a terrible vegan. (Sorry, Lindsay)
So there you have it folks. More than you ever wished to know about me and food. Now the fun begins. I'm supposed to dob in 5 more bloggers to share the love. All you need to do is answer the questions, link to Rosie's original post, and link to the evil person that dobbed you in. Here we go:
1. Lucy, at Nourish Me. I just found her blog and I love it.
2. Red Dirt Mummy.
3. Beck at Frog and Toad are Still Friends.
4. Anna at Morsels and Musings.
5. Silvermoon Dragon at Dragon Musings.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Anyway, I hope the weather is all good at your house, whatever that means for you. I'm trying out some new-to-me vegetarian recipes this week. I'll keep you posted!
Chickpeas with macaroni, and green beans
Baked Eggs on vegetables
Sweet and sour fish on rice
Chicken and chilli pasta
(ok, so i know it's tuesday already, but we went bush on Monday and didn't cook a thing. i took a blog holiday with my work holiday)
Friday, March 07, 2008
Anyhoo... the recipe is actually pretty good. Reminiscent of Anzac biscuits, but a lot more interesting.
Nutty Oat Biscuits
1 Cup plain wholemeal flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/4 Cups rolled oats
1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 Cup chopped walnuts
2 1/2 Tbsp pepitas
2 Tbsp sunflower seed kernels
4 tsp sesame seeds
100g olive oil
1/4 Cup golden syrup
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Preheat the oven to 160 C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
Sift the flour and cinnamon together, returning any husks to the flour. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients.
Combine the margarine, golden syrup and water in a small saucepan. Warm gently over a medium heat until the margarine melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the bicarb. Add immediately to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
With damp hands, roll into walnut sized balls and place about 5cm apart on the trays. Flatten each ball and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Keep on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
I was working all weekend. And when I was finally finished, I made cake. So I want to blog about that, and the stew we had for dinner, and salads with eggs - but I haven't really been blogging that much lately.
Anyway, here's the list for this week. I'll try and be a bit more proactive. Especially with cake.
Crunchy salad with eggs
Sweet and sour fish
Chorizo and garbanzo hot pot (Ryan's choice)
Braised beef with red wine, and herby dumplings