Monthly Archives: February 2014

Homemade Crusty Loaf with Roasted Vegetables

Roast Vegetable filled Crusty Loaf

Way back when we used to have this on shop bought Ciabatta, and everytime I want to make it, it is too late to start the biri for my own Ciabatta (I’ll get to it one day!), so for now we eat it on my trusted quick and easy crusty loaf.           Ingredients 1 Loaf of bread – use Ciabatta or Crusty Olive Oil Loaf 1 Eggplant, sliced 1 Zucchini, sliced 2 Bell Peppers, quartered Lettuce

Lemon Sponge Cake

Lemon Sponge Cake

Simple? Sure, but also just … heavenly! Deliciously moist, light and tasty. A quick and easy, but super awesome cake.   Ingredients 3/4 cup Castor Sugar 125g Soft Butter 1 1/2 cups Flour 1 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Baking Soda Lemon Zest from 1 Lemon 1 tsp Vanilla Essence 3 Eggs Method Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy Add flower, baking powder and baking soda and mix through. Add Lemon Zest, Vanilla Essence and 3 Eggs and

Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

Oh, so much of yum! I really love this meal.         Ingredients For the steak 8-10 slices of sirloin (I used beef steak intended for schnitzellig, perhaps a bit tougher than sirloin, but still good) Salt and Pepper to taste 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp Olive Oil For the Veggie filling 1 Carrot 1 Bell Pepper 1 Zucchini 5-6 Green Onions 2 Cloves of Garlic 1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning (I used two sprigs of Rosemary

Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Tart in Chocolate Pastry with Berry Coulis

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Chocolate. Tart Raspberries. Need I say more? Delectable – rich and sweet, with a slight bitterness from the dark chocolate and a tang of sour from the raspberry coulis. Ingredients For the chocolate pastry 185g flour 25g cocoa powder 55g icing sugar 150g butter, cold, cubed 1 egg yolk For the chocolate filling 4 egg yolks 2 eggs 55g raw sugar 350g dark chocolate 80ml pouring cream Method For the pastry Combine the flour, cocoa powder and sugar in your

Mayonnaise

I’ve been wanting to make homemade mayonnaise forever. Did it tonight and can’t believe it took me so long! It is PERFECT! And EASY! Ingredients 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil (canola/sunflower) Method Add egg yolks, vinegar and dijon to the bowl of your blender and start to whisk together. Slowly (VERY SLOWLY) drip-by-drip start to add some of the oil while whisking all the time. Once the mixture

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

Crunchy, tangy and a bit sweet, depending on what you put in – coleslaw is a perfect accompaniment to many dishes and a winner on hot summer days.     Ingredients 3/4 of a half head of cabbage, thinly sliced 1/4 of a half head of red cabbage, thinly sliced 2 large carrots, grated 1 large red apple, sliced into match-sticks 1/4 cup sultanas or raisins (optional) 1 cup mayonnaise Method Toss all the salad ingredients together and dress with

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Roll with Coleslaw

  Oh. My. Word. This is delectable! Why have I never made or had this before?     Ingredients 2.5kg pork shoulder (I used what was on sale at Pak ‘n Save, which was a pork roast middle or something) 3 tablespoons raw brown sugar 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 teaspoon mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin salt and freshly ground pepper 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 3 tablespoons tomato paste Method Mix 1 tbsp of

Egg bake (Quick crustless quiche)

Asparagus Egg Bake

Quiches used to be reserved for lazy lunches at cafes, but since I found this very easy and quick recipe, we have been having egg bake at least twice a month. The kids love it so much! Fill it with whatever you want, but for us, it is an easy Meat Free Monday deal. Ingredients 1/2 onion, finely chopped 4 eggs 1.5 cups milk 1/2 cup flour pinch salt filling of choice 100g parmesan cheese Method Lightly beat the eggs

Wraps

We love wraps. Whether we roll them with our favourite fillings, or make quesadillas with them, they’re always a hit. This recipe for homemade wraps is quick and easy and works great! Ingredients 4 cups flour (I use 2/3 white and 1/3 wholewheat) pinch of salt 125g butter, cubed 1 – 1.5 cups water Method Place flour, salt and butter in the bowl of your food processor and mix to form fine breadcrumb texture Add water, a bit at a

Livers and Onion in Gravy with Crusty Bread

Liver and Onions

Rich and savoury, and a very affordable option, these livers and onions are delicious served on a warm-out-of-the-oven crusty bread.   Ingredients 500g Ox Liver 1 cup Milk 2 large Onions Butter 250ml Beef Stock Flour Salt and Pepper Sage (optional) Method Wash and pat dry the liver and put in a bowl, cover with milk and rest for at least one hour. Slice Onions into rings and pan fry in butter until golden (do not burn); put in a