A long absence, lentils, pineapple

October 26, 2005

I have been.. neglectful! Away! (understatement of the century). While I have been away there has been lots going on. LOTS. I will even blog about it all, at some point. And so many new recipes tried, all which I intended to blog about. Very little craft actually done, but many new ideas floating about. My fabulous scarf swap scarf has arrived and needs to be photographed this weekend. Parties have been catered and hosted. Guests have stayed, for weeks, and commemorative artwork produced. It has been a very busy few weeks.. or so..

Anyhoo, lets pretend no time has passed and skip to my plans for tonight. If I blog about them in advance, I might remember to document how I go and photograph the results! For I am trying two new recipes tonight.. A lentil and onion dhal type shindig from my "wok it" recipe book and Simply Recipes' Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a pal at work's birthday tomorrow.

Here's hoping there both excellent. I'm going to make some mods to the lentil recipe, after the first few steps you simmer it in a lidded pan for ages.. This always puts the fear of burning in me, so I am going to try doing this step in the rice cooker after spraying it with some non stick spray. I reckon it's going to work a treat.

I have never ever ever had success cooking lentils before, but this time I've even gone out and bought ghee (clarified butter) instead of just substituting oil like every other indian recipe I've ever made.

So the odds are surely in my favour!

And the cake, well, it looks so good and my peep is a real pinapple lover so I am not worried at all. Plus, it's a surprise, so if it doesn't work out - well I just won't give it to him! Gee I'm all heart..

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Chinese Food Recipes

October 06, 2005

Steamed Lemon Chicken - Chinese Steaming Recipes
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/poultry/r/steamlemonchix.htm

red cooked chicken - make with thighs
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/poultryrecpz/r/redcookchicken.htm

spicy soy sauce chicekn - is it the same as above
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/poultryrecpz/r/spicysoychicken.htm

bourbon chicken marinade
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chickenrecipes/r/bourbonchicken.htm

bang bang chicken
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/szechuanpoultryrecipes/r/bangbangchicken.htm

beef with tomatoes
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/beef/r/beeftomatoes.htm

Four Happiness Pork
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/boiledpork.htm

mushu pork
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/mushupork.htm

Asian-Style Roast Pork Tenderloin
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/asianroastpork.htm
Update: I tried this, with some modifications. I used the sauce ingredients as a marinade for some pork and veg that I stir fried. I added two teaspoons of minced chilli and salt and pepper. It was good, I will make it again, I overcooked the pork though and may use chicken thighs next time.

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Some good Ideas for Toast

August 30, 2005

I have just spilt hot coffee in my lap and on my keyboard! The price I pay for wanting to update my blog. Anyhoo, here is a link to some great toast ideas from stephanie alexander

Update: I made the chorizo and beans idea.. Instead of rubbing the toast with garlic I added a finely diced clove when adding the tomatoes, cos I was going to be taking half into work the next day and would not want to rub the toast there.. It was quite good and better the next day, so will make again for lunches one day. I used a whole chorizo not half.

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This is really a food blog at the moment! Biscotti

August 19, 2005

This weekend I'm making biscotti. I'm going to use one of the recipes from my best recipe cookbook but vary the filling. I'll post the recipe if it's any good. I've done a bit of research, because I want to slice them really thin and have come across this tip:

To avoid crumbling if you want to make very thin biscotti (for the second bake), you can wrap the whole baked dough loaf and freeze it overnight. The next day, a serrated knife will cut thin slices. This technique is especially useful when the biscotti contains whole nuts.

I found heaps more info on this page http://ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/biscotti.html

Update: These were ok but not great. Not recipe-post worthy. And I could only get about half of them into whole slices, even slicing quite thickly, so I won't bother with the overnight freezing next time.

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Some more recipes.. soup etc

August 15, 2005

hearty vegetable soup with dumplings


italian style lentil and bacon soup


maeve's favourites

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Pita Crisps

August 08, 2005

Note to self, to make some pita crisps on the weekend for snacking. My trainer has recommended doing this several times and I keep forgetting! Just spray or brush with oil and sprinkle on some herbs then bake in oven and break up afterwards (must confirm that actually).

Would be nice sprinkled with some salt and eaten with tomato salsa methinks.

Update: These were great. I broke them up first, then sprayed with oil and put salt and pepper on top. I will do this again definitely.

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Some yummies I'd like to make soon

August 04, 2005

Especially for Mashu-san, these chocolate fudge brownies.

Update: I made these! I added choc chips without reducing the sugar content which was probably a mistake, but will definitely try this recipe again. Read more about it here.


In memory of D's excellent white chocolate and cranberry biscotti she sent us all the way from Perth last christmas, that were gobbled up in hours, these ones from epicurious (just read the reviews!!)

This blog is all food at the moment! That's what happens when you decide to try and lose a bit of weight which I am currently doing.. Oh well.

I have been very slow in making progress on the knitting front recently, hopefully this weekend I'll get some done. Actually this weekend I really should get started on my scarf swap scarf. I have so many different ideas it's hard to come to a final decision!

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Spinach Gnudi with Tomato Vodka Sauce

July 29, 2005

I just found this great looking recipe, Spinach Gnudi with Tomato Vodka Sauce

Apart from looking extremely yum, it makes me remember that I had a chicken linguine in tomato vodka sauce when we last visited Perth and went out for a celebratory dinner with D and A, and it was really really outstanding.. So I must try this.

It looks like a great site too so I intend to investigate further!

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Stuffed Eggs

July 14, 2005

Haven't made these yet but intend to.. recipe from M's mum, he loves them!

Stuffed Eggs...
Most of it is to taste, so you'll have to play with the quantities.

Cut the hard boiled eggs in half and scoop out the yolk. Mash the yolk
in a bowl with a fork until crumbly. Add lemon pepper, parsley, english
salad cream, curry powder and a dash of white wine. Stir together,
should be thickish consistency. Pipe into egg whites, add a sprinkle of
parsley and spanish paprika on top.

Add the curry in a bit at a time as some people do not like it to taste
so curryish.

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Honey Joys! More cooking stuff to investigate

June 06, 2005

http://www.grandpapencil.com/activity/recipes.htm

Came here for honey joy recipe (called honey jumble here) but looks like it will be good to investigate when I have some time.

Oh, and this one too

http://www.brookvale-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/PROJECTS/Cookbook/Cakes/Cakes.html

there's a whole cookbook here! contributed by families from the school.. Great, tried and true! Can't wait to investigate.

And crafty things to investigate:

http://www.bhg.com.au/display.cfm?objectid=3E34AC7C-4020-425A-9BA9E6D879C84147

But have to look at each letter individually to see what's in there. Sigh!

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More great recipes inc calzones

June 02, 2005

yum recipe and Lesson.. More recipes in extended

BRAISED CHICKEN WITH GREEN PEPPERS AND TOMATOES

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/232089

CROSTINI WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA AND ANCHOVY SAUCE

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/232079

CLASSIC SALTIMBOCCA (thin veal, easy)

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/232087

CHICKEN SAUTE WITH PAPRIKA SAUCE ** easy

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/104151

CHINESE STYLE STEAMED FISH ** rates highly

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/102986

VEAL SAUTE WITH MERLOT PAN SAUCE

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/103007

PASTA WITH MEATBALLS IN BALSAMIC TOMATO SAUCE

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/107279

CRUNCHY CHICKEN IN GREEN SAUCE

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/107283

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Onion Relish

May 29, 2005

Thanks to Matt and Kieran for this recipe which comes highly recommended. Perhaps one for next weekend???

Update: I made this. Glaring errors in recipe include suggesting it will make 500ml (more like 2L) and that you need to cook it for about 1h and 3/4 - more like five.

Still I'm just bitter cos it wasn't great. Not unpleasant either, my only alteration was to add a bit of chilli because it was so supersweet, but all it did was make it end up being really sweet with a spicy aftertaste, which could be great but in this instance wasn't..

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Bleach Pen Project to make and some new recipes

I would like to get a bleach pen and have a go at doing some designs on clothing or fabric after seeing this and not taking any notice but then sitting up and really noticing once I saw this!

But I've never seen a bleach pen and so did a google within australia and so far I have found this USA food store. I've often thought it would be great to have an american friend who I could have stuff shipped to and have her pass it on with american supplies that you can't get here, like koolaid - perhaps this is another solution. I haven't looked at it much yet but I imagine it's a store in australia where you can get US stuff. Like, a bleach pen.

Cooking for engineers Lemon bars
http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article.php?id=33


GRILLED ITALIAN SAUSAGE WITH WARM PEPPER AND ONION SALAD

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/232162

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choc chip cookie Variation - smarties on top

May 27, 2005

Mgood friend Andrejs has just purchased me a lovely cookie with smarties arranged on top (so cute) and I am writing this note to remind myself to try this variation with my basic recipe.

Note: As I learnt last time, need to cut down the sugar a bit if using m&m s or smarties instead of choc chips.

Update: I have edited this recipe to reflect what I actually do rather than how I first received it.. You can find it here.

Oh you know what, I've got the recipe right here.. I'll put it in extended entry and can put some more comments later [Note I got this recipe from someone else and have nothing to do with the kitten part]

Just heard about shapelle! Upsetting. Not that I really have any reason to think I know the truth, but it certainly seemed there was a good chance she was innocent.

Biscuits for the masses:


Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour
Makes: 80

Ingredienties: la la la:

500g butter
1 ¼ cups castor sugar
400g can nestle sweetened condensed milk
5 cups self-raising flour
1 kitten
250g packet nestle white choc bits
250g packet nestle milk choc bits
150g Blackwood rainbow choc chips

1. Preheat oven to 180. Grease and line 4 baking trays


2. In a very large bowl, cream butter, sugar, 1/2 kitten and nestle condensed milk together using an electric mixer until light and creamy in texture.


3. Add sifted flour, white choc bits, milk choc bits, remaining kitten, rainbow choc chips and mix well until combined. Using 1 tablespoon o mixture roll into balls. Place onto the prepared trays and flatten slightly with a fork, leaving plenty of room for spreading.


4. Bake 14-16 minutes or until light golden. Allow to stand on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


5. Eat them profusely.


6. Oh, and you can get that ‘freshly cooked biscuit’ tasted by sticking them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. CIAO.

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mmm, yum, red velvet cake

May 26, 2005

MMM yum, look what bloglines has just shown me that I absolutely must make!

Found over at angry chicken which must be one of my favourite blogs! And the picture there looks even better. Yum!

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New Sites - Fete Cooking & Bath Milk Making

May 11, 2005

Fete Recipes

Bath Product making inc milk bath

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Things I must cook soon!

May 08, 2005

Just realised I can edit entries - so would make sense to keep long list of things I want to make, rather than post and post and post!

Sweet Stuff!
Mars bar slice for everyone at work
(Update: made this May 15. 3 60g mars bars microwaved with 75g butter and 1 tablespoon golden syrup till soft and stirred through, add three cups rice bubbles, press firmly into slice tin and add melted chocolate on top, refridgerate until firm). Was good but not great - would prefer to eat the mars bar on its own myself. Would consider skipping the golden syrup next time and was hard to get a thin enough layer of chocolate on top - check other recipes, I think some might use copha. Also, from tasting it I was thinking that adding some salt to it would really do the trick - just a pinch or two

Dinners!
Nikki's Symply Delicious 4 Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

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Dutch Almond Fingers

Michael and I had these great dutch almond fingery things from safeway this weekend. At first I wasn't sure if I liked them, but after a few more bites - YUM!

I'd like to make something similar. Haven't done a lot of research but so far have turned up this Women's weekly almond finger recipe

which could be useful.

Update: the women's weekly recipe was no good. The uncooked mixture tasted very nice but once cooked became ordinary. Also, my two piping bags were broken in the process! the physics of the thing was just, undeniably, flawed.

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The coolest gift from your kitchen

April 21, 2005

http://www.allhomemadecookies.com/recipeindex/cookiesinajar.htm

how cool is this - recipes to make "cookie mixes in a jar" to give as gifts. Awesome!

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anzac recipe

for my reference as much as anyone's, this was the recipe I used.

Ingredients
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour (ie no raising agents)
1 cup sugar (white or half white, half brown)
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
4 oz / 125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water

Method
sift flour and mix with sugar, oats and coconut.
Melt butter and golden syrup together in saucepan. when well combined, stir bicarb into boiling water, then add to butter mix.
Add everything to dry ingredients, mix well.

For 1 tablespoon sized cookies (Recipe makes 12) bake for 20 mins at 140 degrees fan forced, 160 degrees not fan forced.

Cool for five minutes on baking tray before moving to cooling rack.

Variations!

Bake a tiny bit less (and I would venture, add a little more water, say two teaspoons) if you want them soft, a teeny bit more if you want them crispy. In fact I'd add the extra water no matter what - these stayed kind of round as there was not enough liquid to hold the mixture together if squished flat..

And you could add stuff too!

(added later)
Made these a few days later with a little extra water and half white/half brown as opposed to all white the first time. They came out TOTALLY different, so I must have done something else differently the first time - SR flour instead of plain perhaps?

Michael liked the first batch best, I thought the last batch were the best. Made a batch using a different recipe in between, main difference was more oats, they were good but the worst of the three lots! Nonetheless they were all super good and loved by those who munched on em, so this is a keeper of a recipe!

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It's been a while.

April 20, 2005

So I'm not so good at this whole blogging thing! But today I am going to totally blog! I've just taken a bunch of photos and stuff and I am going to put them up.

Things to show off
- my new overlocker
- clapotis number two started
- new jean greenhowe knitted toy books
- new bendi shade card and leftover clapotis yarn
- finished french market bag, and pictures in progress
- Local lincraft closing down, stock totally gutted but was able to pick up a couple of bargains at 75% off today

and since I was taking photos, some cooking I'd just done! and some tops I'd just bought! All to be found in the extended entry so click-ez-vouz!

French Market Bag

french market bag from knitty. Modified the pattern significantly using 8mm instead of 4.5 or something like that specified in pattern. Shrunk the pattern down 4/5 in terms of stitches, but with much bigger needles it's come out much bigger of course. I used two strands of cosy wool held together, colours from stash (leftover from the cancelled kyoto!). It probably used eight ish balls all up.

All was going incredibly well and it had only taken less than a week when I got to the handles I wasn't paying attention, miscounted significantly (so I think I counted correctly then subtracted 20!) and everything went horribly wrong. So I ended up just casting off everything I could where I could (I won't explain the detail but it left me with millions of ends to weave in later).
I ended up just sewing a simple handle of my own design and making a knitting basket.

As my first felting experiment using yarn from stash, I'm happy enough. Considering Bendy rustic in one colour (probably red) and a considerably different shape for the next one, and I'll be doing it very soon me thinks. On the felting note, it was as simple as it sounds. Put in lingerie bag. Put in washing machine with a towel. Wash, and check every 10 minutes! I ended up having it in about 30 minutes. Next time, I'll err on the side of shrinking too much as it does stretch a bit when you are stuffing to the shape you want.

Stuffing it was probably the hardest bit - would be much easier if you had something the right shape to just let it dry on. I didn't, so I put clothing in lots of plastic bags and used them all to stuff it. It took two days ish to dry, longer than I expected..

anyway here's some photos.. starting, pre felting, and finished!

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New overlocker!
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I uhmed and ahhed after this for a long time and then finally bought it. $399 reduced from $599 in the janome sale. Haven't used it much yet though I have wanted to but been very busy. I am sure there will be lots to come v soon. Threading it was an extremely arduous task.

Clapotis # 2 started on Sunday

Not much to say yet. The yarn arrived from brooks farm last week (actually i think it was the week before). The colourway is beautiful, mostly browns and pinks (does not look at all like this picture) and it is very soft. I was not planning on getting started immediately, but with FMB off the needles so quickly and me yet to decide on yarn for the next, it's started! I am wearing clapotis # 1 practically every day at the moment and love it more every day.

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Baking

This afternoon I cooked, and since I had the camera out.. I made Nikki's Zuchini slice (rechristened bacon quiche) .. I made 4/5 of the standard recipe as I only had 4 eggs, and it all fitted perfectly in my blue flan dish I bought during a xmas visit to Perth a few years ago, when I wanted to make a lime tart.

That was for our tea with a nice big greek salad, and I also made a big lasagne for tomorrow nights dinner. And, some anzac cookies. I looked on the web and found heaps of very similar recipes, will add a link to the one I used a bit later. I just made one batch as a test - will probably make a double or triple batch this weekend [anzac day!] to send in to my and michael's work. After we munched on a few and I gladwrapped some for Elizabeth our cleaner who is in today, M took the rest to work.

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Jean Greenhowe Knitted Toy Books

I ordered these from the shearing shed in Canberra. I really wanted them! Will have more to say about them once I get onto a pattern or two.

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Lincraft haul at 75% off

So they are closing down my local lincraft. They finally put some stuff on sale but that was after getting rid of all the yarn and fabric (must have found a buyer to take the whole lot) they had hardly anything left. But, today I did find the following for less than $15 all up! dpns in 5 and 6.5mm, a sewing book I had coveted but wasn't willing to pay $40 for, and some google eyes to use for my knitted toys in the future.

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More Shopping

I also bought some generic wash and wear tops from suzanne gray and two new belts from army surplus. Yay!

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New shade card from Bendi, leftover yarn from clapotis # 1

Was very exciting to receive this new shade card from bendigo wollen mills. I love bendi, that's where my alpaca was for clapotis # 1. This is how much yarn I had left over from two balls - quite a lot. I think I will make a matching hat. Just a plain one - not the clapotis hat over at that blog I can't think of right now..

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