Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vege Burgers for a crowd (make ahead)

What do you do when your husband is turning 60 and you are having 30 people for a party and only one of them is a vegetarian?  Make vege burgers of course!  I made a large batch of these the day before the party, and simply re-heated them in the oven just before serving.  They were such a hit I had to grab some for the vegetarian in the family!

This  recipe will only serve about 6-8, so if you are making for a crowd just multiply it.  The choice of vegetables can be varied, but I would always put in zucchini, and make fresh breadcrumbs if you have time - the blender will be on the bench anyway.  You can substitute oats for breadcrumbs if you like, and you could add some Panco to the flour if you want them really crisp.  I have not tried it, but I am sure you could put some lentils into the recipe if that takes your fancy.

 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Stevie's fabulous make ahead Christmas dessert.

A friend of mine made this for Christmas and apparently it was a real hit!  Its also kid friendly.  Unfortunately she lives too far away from me to drop in for coffee, but she was kind enough to post the recipe.

 Its so easy, mostly its an assembly job. The ingredients are Australian brands, but I'm sure other countries have similar.  You could add some honeycomb into the honeycomb mouse.  Assemble the day before for best effect.

And, Stevie tells me she adds some Bailys to the adults bowls for added effect!  Personally, I think you also need a glass on the side.




First
Make a Betty Crocker packet mix brownie (use salted caramel).  
Allow to cool.
Make Chocolate ganache  (recipe here)
Make honeycomb mousse (Coles - its in the dessert isle in a black packet - just whisk I cup milk with packet and chill for an hour).

Layer in a trifle bowl:
brownie pieces, 
bought chocolate double (thick) custard, 
Baileys custard with malteasers in it.
honeycomb mousse
Keep layering, then on the top  dollop with some chocolate ganache and top with fresh cherries on serving. 

Enjoy! and thanks Stevie. 



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Best Chocolate Cake.

Why re-invent when you can use what is already there?  I never thought the best chocolate cake would be so easy - just put in a food processor and go for it but trust Nigella to figure it out!  I never want to loose this recipe, so it's going on the blog. Just follow the link below to Nigella's site for the full domestic goddess version.
 
I have to confess, this is Nigella's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, only with the addition of a little coffee.  I love coffee in a chocolate cake as it rounds our the flavour.  But this is definitely the BEST chocolate cake I have found.
 
You can use a teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a tiny bit of water if you have no espresso. You can substitute golden syrup in the frosting if you cannot find corn syrup.  You must use the best quality cocoa powder possible.
 
I have cooked this in 3 tins and converted it to a black forest cake by not frosting it - Just sprinkle a bit of cherry brandy on the cake once it is cooled, use cherries and cream for the filling and top with cream and chocolate. It was a great success.
 
Here is a picture of Nigella's cake:
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Roasted Snapper with with leeks and olives

My son made this recipe and loved it!  This is made with snapper, but you could make it with any white fleshed fish fillets, or even a cutlet like blue eye.  Use the BEST olive oil you can afford as it will make a difference to the dish.  Also, sourdough is preferable, but you could use any bread.  Do not cook the leeks at too high a temperature.   Simple and delicious.




Monday, June 6, 2016

Easy Carrot Cake

This is a moist carrot cake that can be cooked in one large round, or two small round cake tins.   This is the easy, no fail recipe.
 
Make a cream cheese icing to finish it off if it is a special day, or just sprinkle with icing sugar if not. Use the cream cheese icing to sandwich cake together if making 2, and for a topping, simply make a dark caramel with about 1/2 a cup of sugar, pour it over some nuts.  Leave to cool and the process in the food processor, and sprinkle the top of the cake.
 
You can add candied ginger, nuts or dried fruit to the mixture (use about 1/4 cup) if you like.
 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Coffee panna cotta for two

This is adapted from a Nigella recipe, (who else?)  and uses Mackenzies gelatine sheets, so if you are using any other brand you will need to adapt it.  Take a look at the recommendations on the packet, and work out what you need for 240ml of liquid.  (or 250 and cut a bit off one of the sheets!) There is just enough for a romantic dessert for two. 
 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Huli Huli Chicken.

So, I love HuliHuli Chicken in Hawaii, actually I love Hawaii!  Huli means to flip.   Here is an easy marinade for chicken anytime.  You only need to marinade for an hour or so, but as long as you like.  Best done on a BBQ, adjust the chili to our liking.


Mix the marinade:
1/3 cup tomatoe sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup sherry - or white wine, or brandy, or whatever you have
2inches ginger grated
3 cloves garlic grated
chili sauce or chili flakes to your taste (try a few glugs of sauce first off)
juice of 1/2 lime

Marinate the chicken while the BBQ heats up.  While cooking, turn constantly and  brush chicken with extra sauce.
Serve with lime to squeeze over the top (this does make a difference!).