Saturday, 23 January 2016

Pastry Topped Beef & Vegetables

It's summer here but I much prefer comforting winter foods and I love pastry of any kind! this dish combines both, I cooked mine on the stove top but I'm sure a slow cooker to stop heating the kitchen too much would be ok

1 kilo stewing beef  cut in cubes
2 onions chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 can diced tomato
1/2 cup beef stock
sprig rosemary finely chopped
puff pastry sheet
mash potato to serve

brown beef in batches & set aside. in same pan add onion & cook until softened, add carrot and cook about 10 minutes. put beef back in along with tomato, stock and rosemary. salt & pepper to taste. cook on low heat approx 2 hours or until beef is tender. just before it's ready heat pastry sheet until golden, serve on top of stew with mash potatoes.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Chinese Style Chicken And Corn Soup

I love soup yes even in summer though I do try not to have it in excessive heat. this chicken & corn soup is on the table in no time at all and it's delicious. hope you try it

1 litre low sodium chicken stock (homemade or bought)
spring onions (small bunch) chopped
1 can creamed corn
approx 1 cup corn kernels  (fresh, frozen, canned, it is your call)
finely chopped parsley
1 small cup shredded cooked chicken
1 beaten egg
small piece ginger
dash soy sauce

heat some oil & butter in saucepan and gently fry spring onion and ginger add corn kernels and cream corn and stir until fragrant. put in stock and slowly bring to boil adding cooked chicken & soy sauce continue to simmer until hot. beat egg in small dish and while on low simmer add mixture to soup, remember to stir soup while you add egg,  mix  until small ribbons form. turn off heat, add parsley and serve!

Monday, 14 December 2015


Damper is an Australian bush bread and because it contains no yeast can be made up in no time at all. in under an hour (approx 45 minutes) you can have fresh baked bread and it's delicious warm with butter oh and I love jam on it :)

450g (3 cups) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
80g butter, chilled, cubed
185ml (3/4 cup) water

Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the water to the flour mixture and use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until the mixture just comes together, adding 1-2 tablespoons extra water if the mixture is a little dry. Use your hands to bring the mixture together.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Shape into an 18cm disc and place on tray. Use a sharp knife that has been dipped in flour to mark 8 wedges on top. Dust the damper with a little extra flour (can glaze with milk if liked)  and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the damper is cooked through and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Serve warm with butter.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Red Beef Curry

I've said before how much I love curries and this Thai red beef one is a favourite.  you can of course buy the curry paste but it's fun to make your own (recipe follows)

500gr lean steak strips (mine were from rump)
1 onion sliced
1 red & 1 yellow capsicum sliced
small tin coconut milk
jasmine rice to serve

for paste
small red onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass
2 teaspoons chopped coriander root
1 teaspoon galangal powder
2 teaspoons chili flakes (dried)
!/2 teaspoon shrimp paste
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 dried kaffir lime leaf
2 teaspoons hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3 teaspoons peanut oil

blend ingredients into a smooth paste.

heat pan and add 1/4 cup curry paste, heat until fragrant. add meat and fry until browned slightly. add onion and continue to fry approx 5 minutes. put in both capsicums and cook until meat is tender and veg is cooked, stir in coconut milk and heat gently. serve with jasmine rice (its better if curry is a bit saucy)