Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lazy Daze.....


Ahhh, it's been such a relaxing day today.
 The past week has seemed really busy, so i have been grateful for a relaxing day of baking, eating and sitting down with the family to watch a film. Today was Isabella's first time watching Jumanji, lol. She really loved it, and i enjoyed sitting and watching it again. The last time i saw it was when i was 11...so it was a bit weird to be watching a film with my daughter, that i had watched when i was little! 

This week I bought a new cookery book, and I love it! It's called   

I've made 3 things from it up to now. They are: peanut butter cookies, cherry, marzipan and struesel cake (tastes like a cherry bakewell), and vanilla cupcakes with raspberry frosting. I've never baked so much from a book within a week. The recipes are easy, tasty and different! 


This was the amazing cherry streusel cake. I'm going to call it bakewell, because that's what it tastes like and that's my obsession! lol. I made it with a spelt flour crust instead of all purpose, and brown rice flour with almond meal for the filling again, instead of all purpose.

This was Isabella's way of setting the table, it was so cute! She decided to put the flowers like that too.

Our little raspberry cupcakes.

{Because it was a lot of recipes to type up, I'm a bit lazy about it! If anyone wants a particular recipe, just mail me and i'll most likely send the recipe back to you that day!}.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Eyes Like Blueberries


Hi everyone! 
I hope you all had a great easter weekend! :) Ours was low key. We did church and then came home and lazed about (as you should).

I've really been enjoying reading everyones posts on easter/spring. There have been some gorgeous pictures too!
I had a whole meal planned for yesterday, in the end i didn't make the lamb or beef that i thought i would. Didn't end up making a festive cake treat either! In the end i made a salad with these veggie burgers-which in my opinion are the best ever. I cannot stop eating the ingredients as i make them. Again, only 6 came out of this batch! :(  We also had some French bread with some tzatziki sauce. Loved the meal and i decided to make some blueberry muffins.


Bella and i LOVE blueberries and we especially love them in cakes! I also call her blueberry eyes (reason for the title,lol). She has big, blue eyes-nuff said!


I got this recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow's book My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness . I love this book and the recipe's inside.  But, i was a bit dissapointed with this particular recipe. There seemed something lacking. They were a bit on the bland side. Still tastey, but if i would make muffins with blueberries, i'd stick to my usual little blueberry cakes . 



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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

French Toast with Challah

This recipe was really quick and easy to make (unlike the challah, lol). So, i'm really glad i made it.
Sorry for the poor picture quality. It's really annoying me that my camera won't work so well anymore and the fact that it is always either 'out of focus' or the colour quality is off.  Oh well.


The recipe for the french toast is from the cookery book My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
I was curious to find out what she actually ate,lol. Turns out, it's quite similar to the way we eat (or try to eat) in our house. I really love the selection of recipes and there are some great salad dressings and healthy dessert versions. Pretty pictures and a bit of biography to go with it all. A keeper for me! 

Recipe
1vanilla pod or tsp vanilla extract.
2 large eggs
1cup milk (any kind of milk you like. If i use almond milk, i will usually add a tsp of olive oil to it.)
8 slices of challah or brioche 
2tablespoons salted or unsalted butter
1tsp coarse sugar
banana, peeled
powdered sugar, for serving
maple syrup, serving

Slice the vanilla pod in half lengthwise. Use top of paring knife to scrape out all the beans. Place the beans in a bowl with a tsp of hot water, and mix. Crack the eggs into bowl and whisk to blend.
Whisk in milk. Dip bread into egg mix, coating each slice on both sides.
                           Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over med high heat and add as many pieces of challah as can fit comfortably. Sprinkle top of each piece with tiny bit of coarse sugar. Cook about a min or 2 longer, or until the second side is browned. Remove toast to plate and repeat process until all pieces are cooked.
Thinly slice banana over French toast and dust all with the powdered sugar and serve with lots of maple syrup! 


:)

Challah


{I'm having issues with my camera so i found this first picture off google.}

A few days ago i was blog surfing and i came upon a recipe that, again, i just HAD to try. CHALLAH (pronounced halla).

I had never heard of this before, but apparently it's is a traditional Jewish egg bread eaten on Shabbat and Jewish holidays (except passover, when leavened bread is not allowed).  

I had followed a recipe here http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/09/best-challah-egg-bread/ . But think when i make it again, i may follow this, the recipe looks less complicated and i think the amounts of yeast and water in the first link are a bit off? I also may look up how to braid it properly because mine turned out to be a hot mess! lol.

It still turned out tasty and my real reason for making this is because i heard it was good for french toast. Ha!
This recipe also made me realise that i really hate my kitchenaid, and that it is nothing but a huge space waster! I didn't even get to 4cups of flour before it started to be a weakling about everything. In the end i just dumped out the dough and kneaded it the manual way. Pff.
It really did make good French toast. I only had a little taste of this (i still try to eat wheat/gluten free). But my daughter loved the French toast i made of this and ate it all up. 
The recipe i followed made two loaves and so i sliced one up and froze it in slices and the first one is just about gone.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Baked Raspberry Custard

Hello, it's me again, lol. 


I was browsing a few blogs yesterday and came across this unusual recipe. I had never heard of baked custard before, and i was intrigued!

Well, today i made it. It's not wheat free, i was unsure about how it would turn out if i used rice flour, and i didn't want to waste the last of the eggs!

It turned out to be a consistency of Creme Brulee, but it also had a cakey texture to it. I only tried a little bit of it and i found it to be delicious. My husband and daughter kept asking for more and it is half gone. So I'm thinking it is a keeper of a recipe!

The best thing about it though-the smell! It smelled amazing! I kept sniffing at it. The berries and the buttery sugar smell was sooo nice and comforting.
I'm thinking that this is probably more of a winter time dessert, but if you put some fresh whipped cream or ice cream with it and top it off with some more berries, it can easily be spring/summer!


I also made a really tasty turkey lasagna, i will have posted the recipe to that before i do this one :P 

I've not been able to find my camera for near to a month and so now i have finally found it, it's not working the same! Typical. Hope everyone is doing well and is having a happy spring so far :)

Turkey Lasagna with Goats Cheese and Basil

This sounded so tasty, i just had to make it. I've since made it twice and it has become a firm favourite in our house!


This particular recipe i got from the recipe book Recipes Worth Sharing. From what i've read and gathered from the book, it is a collection of recipes and stories from America's most-loved community cookbooks. 
I really like this book, my only problem is that there are no pictures! I would have loved some pictures and a bit of description before a recipe. But really, there are so many wonderful recipes in here and they're so easy to make. There is a wide selection of meals as well as desserts too.



I've sectioned the recipe in a different way than it was in the book, i found this layout easiest to follow as there are a lot of ingredients.



It might seem complicated , but it's really not!  This recipe will serve 8. But i section the left overs off and i freezer bag 'em and keep them in the freezer until we want some more. 


Red sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1cup chopped onion
1garlic clove, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (i used just under a pound package)
1 (28ounce can crushed tomatoes in puree (i found and used a 28ounce can of tomato puree at the supermarket and just used that)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/4cup fresh parsley
1/2cup basil leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 pepper , ground
Heat olive oil in large skillet over med heat. Add onion and cook for 3-4mins or until soft. Add garlic, cook for 1more min. Add turkey, cook over med low heat for 8-10mins or until brown and crumbling, stirring often. Stir in tomatoes and paste, 2 table spoons of parsley, basil salt and pepper and simmer for 15-20mins, oruntil thickened. 


Place 8ounces of lasagna noodles(i used brown rice lasagna noodles) in very hot water and let stand for 20mins ( i did this whilst the red sauce was simmering). 


White sauce
15ounces ricotta cheese (the one i got was in a big tub in teh supermarket in the yoghurt section , lol)
4ounces goats cheese crumbled
1 1/4cup parmesan cheese
1 egg lightly beaten
1pound fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced ( i didnt use 1pound of this, i just used one ball of it because i had it in the fridge, but i thought it could also do without, so i would say it's optional)


Combine 1cup parmesan and allthe rest in a bowl(aside from mozzerella if using), add some salt and pepper and a tiny bit of parsley if you want. Mix until well combined.


Layer red sauce, pasta, mozzarella (if using),white sauce and then red sauce, pasta, white sauce ect, till it reaches the top. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top and bake at 400F  for around 30mins.

There are lots of ingredients but all the cooking flows really well and it will be really nice! Portion out the rest and you can freeze them and just defrost it whenever you like. I usually defrost in micro for about 6mins and then cook it for 2mins, or until really hot! 

There was a lot of the red sauce left over when i had finished layering, so i left it to cool down and then freezer bagged that also and put it in the freezer for when we need a pasta sauce.

The first time i made this lasagna, i used normal lasagna sheets, second time i used brown rice ones (wheat free). They both came out tasting the same. So it wouldn't alter taste.

Friday, March 25, 2011

New website coolness

So i found this cool website the other day and i thought i'd share!



It's called Emails By Address and you can basically leave a message for anyone anywhere on the map of the world and everyone and anyone can see it! I thought it was quite interesting to share. I think it would have been a great idea for anyone in Japan that could manage internet access in anyway to let family and friends know they are ok.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Prayers For Japan...



There are no words, I cannot imagine what it is like for the people there at the moment. My prayers are with them...

Better yet...


{images off google}
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