Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Mandarin Salad

I love this light and refreshing salad either on its own as is or its delicious stuffed into pitta. as well as the mandarin its also good with crisp apple slices. it takes just a matter of minutes to make. am sending it to spices ect for the 15 minute cooking event.

Ingredients (serves 4)
2 x 310g cans mandarin segments, drained
( I used fresh mandarins, as many as liked)
1 large red capsicum, deseeded, thinly sliced
2 large carrots, coarsely grated
60g mixed salad leaves, trimmed
3 shallots, trimmed, sliced
2/3 cup (90g) walnuts, chopped
1 tbs sesame seeds, toasted
1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs red wine vinegar
2 tsp honey
3cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
Place the remaining ingredients into a large serving bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently to combine.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Coconut & Lime Syrup Cake

I'd seen this cake in a food magazine ages ago and seeing as I love limes, love coconut I put it aside to make later, (as it turned out it was way later) having picked up some limes on a whim while out shopping yesterday I decided the time was right to make it. glad I did as even tho perhaps it doesn't look much, its gorgeous and will be made many times again! this is my entry for Bookmarked Recipes a fabulous weekly event started by Ruth and this week hosted by Divya at Dil Se

Ingredients (serves 8)

125g butter, chopped
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
1 1/4 cups desiccated coconut

Lime syrup

3 limes, rind finely shredded, juiced
1/2 cup white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and line a 6cm deep, 22cm (base) springform cake pan.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat (see shortcut). Transfer to a bowl. Add eggs and milk. Stir until combined.
  3. Combine flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl. Add milk mixture. Stir to combine. Spread mixture into pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Make lime syrup Combine 1/2 cup lime juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until syrupy. Stir in lime rind.
  5. Pour hot lime syrup over hot cake. Allow cake to cool in pan before releasing side of pan. Cut into slices and serve.

Chocolate banana muffins

I love muffins, so quick and easy to mix up and always delicious.  try these chocolate and banana muffins, you will love them! linking to ...