Monthly Archives: December 2013

Kumara Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter Balsamic Sauce

I love sweet potato, and I love gnocchi, and who can say no to a coating of nutty browned butter with crispy sage and balsamic!?   Ingredients Gnocchi 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (yams), halved lengthwise 1/2 pound Russet potatoes, halved lengthwise 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten 3 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 1/2 to 2 cups all purpose or white whole

Cinnamon buns


A decadently delicious sweet treat with a cup of good espresso… Ingredients Bread 1 cup warm milk 2 eggs, room temperature 1/3 cup margarine, melted 4 1/2 cups bread flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup white sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast pinch of salt Filling 1 cup brown sugar, packed 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 1/3 cup butter, softened Frosting 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 teaspoon

Veg out – roasted vegetables

Parsnips and Butternuts ready to roast

These roasted vegetables are from Jamie Oliver’s show Oliver’s Twist and was made to accompany a lovely roast chicken. Roasted Parsnips Par boil parsnips in some salted water. Drain and add a tablespoon of good honey and fresh thyme (quickly dipped in boiling water to release flavour). Toss to coat all the parsnip and add to roasting pan. Roasted butternut squash Quarter a washed unpeeled butternut squash and toss in a bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle

Cowboy cookies

Cowboy Christmas Cookies

The perfect little party cookie! These are scrumptiously sweet and have great texture. Ingredients 1 1/3 Cup Flour 1 cup Oats 1 tsp Baking Soda 1 tsp Baking Powder 1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1/2 cup White Sugar 3/4 cup M&M / Smarties / Candy Gems 3/4 cup Chocolate chips 1/2 cup Puffed rice (Rice Krispies) 1 Egg, slightly beatn 1/2 cup Butter, melted 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Method Add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing

Apple Cardamom Cake

A not too sweet cake makes a delightful late afternoon snack with tea. Ingredients 3 Small Apples (I used Braeburn) 1 cup natural Yogurt 1/2 cup Sugar 2 Eggs 1/2 cup Olive oil Zest and juice of one lemon 2 cups Flour 2 teaspoons Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom, ground 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground Directions: Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 9-inch baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper (mine came out fine without). Peel, core and slice

Simple Sunday Roast Chicken

Roast chicken with potatoes

A delicious, yet simple roast chicken – perfect for a big Sunday meal. Ingredients Whole chicken Few tablespoons Olive oil Lemon peels, freshly peeled, reserve juice Lemon (whole) Garlic, whole head Rosemary, a few sprigs – dipped in boiling water just before use Sea Salt Pepper Method Preheat the oven to 200C, with a roasting pan. Add the lemon peels, whole head of garlic (don’t bother peeling it) and sprigs of rosemary to a mortar and pestle and work it

Baked Tomato Risotto

This quick baked risotto has become a family favourite for us, especially on MFM (Meat Free Mondays). Ingredients knob of butter dash of olive oil scallions (shallots or spring onions), sliced a few cloves garlic, crushed or sliced 500g Risotto rice – Arborio 500ml – 750ml prepared stock (chicken or vegetable) 2 tins chopped tomato tomato passata or tomato paste, optional handful of fresh basil leaves 100g parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 180C. Melt