Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Choc Chip & Walnut Cookies

I haven't made biscuits (cookies) in such a long time. these delicious choc chip & walnut ones made me wonder why I waited

125gr soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
110 gr caster (fine sugar)
100gr firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
260gr self raising flour
130gr choc chips
60gr chopped walnuts

beat butter, sugars and essence until smooth, then add egg and mix to combine.  sift flour and add with remaining ingredients.  roll mix into small balls  and place approx 4cm apart on greased trays.  bake in moderate oven for about 15 minutes or until golden, keep checking.  cool on trays and enjoy.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014


I can't claim these as being authentic but they are my version of the delicious greek meatballs I had as a child in the 70's & 80's while visiting greek neighbours :)

about 750gr minced meat  ( I used approx 450gr beef and 300gr lamb)
4 slices bread soaked in milk
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 grated onion
dried origano (greek preferred)
tble spoon fresh chopped mint
cinnamon to taste
grated zest of half lemon
1 beaten egg
salt & pepper to taste

squeeze excess moisture from bread. add mince and following ingredients. mix together and form in balls roughly golf ball sized. allow to firm in fridge for about half an hour before frying until browned and cooked through. serve with tatziki dip if liked.  delicious and so easy!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Green Chicken Curry

As I've mentioned I love curries! recently I made this green chicken curry which was a hit with the family.

approx 750gr chicken diced (I used a mix of breast and thighs)

small onion chopped

red chilli chopped fine (I like heat so left the seeds in)

red capsicum diced

1/4 cup green curry paste

baby spinach leaves

400ml coconut milk

heat  pan and add curry paste cook stirring until fragrant then add onion and stir until it begins to soften. add chicken and cook for about 10 mins then add remaining vegetables and chilli (excluding baby spinach) cook a further 5 mins then add coconut milk  and simmer until chicken is cooked. just before serving add spinach to heat through.  serve with jasmine rice

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Beef Quesadilla

Granted these are not pretty to look at but they do taste good.

no real recipe I just fried some beef mince and drained off excess fat. then I added finely chopped onion, small tin kidney beans and some spices (cumin, coriander and chilli powder to taste. I also added about 1/4 cup mild salsa and cooked together for approx 10 minutes.  spoon the mix onto one half of warmed tortillas then top with cheese. fold in half then fry until golden. serve