Thursday, 20 December 2012

※ All Ready For Christmas.

Ready for Xmas now.

Puddings are steamed, I ordered my groceries online to be delivered Xmas eve. (No hope in hell I am going near any shops between now and Tuesday)
My lovely mother in law is getting me fresh produce the day before. (I'm so lucky)

I've written the menu plan and delegated certain aspects to different family members. All that work and the food gets eaten in no time at all! Well worth it I say. The one day of the year where I think it is okay to over indulge on the good things in life.

Just got to get up early to put the lamb roast in the oven at 6am Christmas morning so it can cook for 5 hours then rest for 1.

Hope you all have a lovely day whatever you get up to.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say to everybody thanks for your support in 2012.

Especially big thanks to all those who bought soaps recently which helped out Saffron on The Hill.

I have a few great ideas I'd love to turn into a reality in 2013 and am really excited.

Lots of Love

Els (and her assistant Miguel the pug)




Sunday, 16 December 2012

Saturday, 15 December 2012

※ Day 15/30 Lunch

Day 15/30 Lunch. Left overs from last nights pork belly dinner. #whole30

Friday, 14 December 2012

※ Day 14/30 Dinner

Day 14/30 Dinner: Slow cooked pork belly with a balsamic reduction (5hrs) with cooked red delicious apples. Slow cooked tomato, sweet potato, watercress and red capsicum with Dijon and red wine vinegar dressing. 

※Day 14/30 Lunch

Day 14/30 Lunch: Smoothie; coconut milk, raw cocoa, hazelnut butter, banana. #whole30

Thursday, 13 December 2012

※ Day 13/30 Dinner

Day 13/30 Dinner: Bolognaise on sweet potato mash. Sprinkled with dehydrated onion, black pepper and hand torn fresh basil. #whole30 #pug 

※ Day 13/30 Lunch

Day 13/30 Lunch: sweet potato, beet root and parsnip chips, raw broad beans,** bacon, red capsicum, macadamias #whole30 not the healthiest of lunches but I'm exhausted.

**I later realized these are not allowed on the whole30 

※ Day 13/30 Breakfast

Day 13/30 Breakfast. Leftovers from dinner.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

※ Honey-Caramel Popcorn (repost)


 


INGREDIENTS 
(Makes 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup popping corn
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 60g butter, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  •  250gsm bag Cashews or nuts of your choice.

METHOD
Grease a 5cm-deep, 21cm x 30cm (base) baking pan.

Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at long ends.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 pieces of corn. Oil is hot enough when corn turns slowly in a circle. Add remaining corn. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Shake saucepan gently when corn starts popping. Remove from heat when corn stops popping.

Transfer to a large bowl add the nuts of your choice. Discard any unpopped corn.

Place honey, sugar, vanilla and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 6 to 7 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.

Bring to the boil. Boil without stirring for 5 to 6 minutes or until light golden. Working quickly, pour caramel mixture over popcorn.

Stir to combine. Spoon into prepared pan. Set aside to cool completely. Break into pieces. Serve.

original post : http://www.elliluca.com/2011/12/honey-caramel-popcorn.html

※ Day 12/30 Dinner

Day 12/30 Dinner: BBQ chicken skewers, lemon, garlic and oregano & peri peri. With a salad of spinach, tomatoes, cucumber and red capsicum with a Dijon and red wine vinegar dressing.

※ Day 12/30 Lunch

Day 12/30 Lunch: left overs, steak, tomatoes, sweet potatoes with pancetta and onion, peas with Dijon.

※ Day 12/30 Breakfast

Day 12/30. Breakfast: poached egg with home made dried tomatoes, baby spinach, sweet potato mash with peri peri mayo, crispy bacon & cawston rhubarb and apple juice. Short black with a dash of coconut milk.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

※ Day 11/30 Dinner

Day 11/30 Dinner: Eye Fillet drizzled with wasabi infused olive oil and seasoned with salt & pepper. Sweet potatoes cooked with onions & prosciutto. Green peas. #whole30

※ Day 11/30 Lunch: Smoothie

Day 11/30 Lunch: Smoothie: coconut milk, 100% dagoba organic cacao powder, banana. #whole30

※ Christmas Pudding (adapted from Nigella Lawson)

Now waiting till Xmas day to boil again for 3 hours. I plan on serving it with custard.



Ingredients


  • 150 gram(s) Currants
  • 150 gram(s) sultanas
  • 150 gram(s) Prunes (scissored into pieces)
  • 175 ml port
  • Strip of orange peel cut finely (I used scissors as I was using them for the prunes anyway)
  • 100 gram(s) Plain flour
  • 125 gram(s) white breadcrumbs(I used panko)
  • 150 gram(s) suet
  • 150 gram(s) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 lemon(s) (zest and juice)
  • 3 medium egg(s)
  • 1 medium cooking apple (peeled and grated)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) golden syrup or molasses 

Method

Put the currants, sultanas and scissored prunes into a bowl with the Port, stir mix then cover with clingfilm and leave to steep overnight or for up to 1 week.

When the fruits have had their steeping time, put a large pan of water on to boil, or heat some water in a conventional steamer, and butter your heatproof plastic pudding basin (or basins), remembering to grease the lid, too.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the remaining pudding ingredients, 
Add the steeped fruits, scraping in every last drop of liquor with a rubber spatula, and mix to combine thoroughly.

Scrape and press the mixture into the prepared pudding basin, squish it down and put on the lid. Then wrap with a layer of foil (probably not necessary, but I do it as I once had a lid-popping and water-entering experience when steaming a pudding) so that the basin is watertight, then either put the basin in the pan of boiling water (to come halfway up the basin) or in the top of a lidded steamer (this size of basin happens to fit perfectly in the top of my all-purpose pot) and steam for 5 hours, checking every now and again the water levels.

When it’s had its 5 hours, remove carefully and beware of steam burns and, when manageable, unwrap the foil, and put the pudding in its basin somewhere out of the way in the kitchen
On the big day, rewrap the pudding (still in its basin) in foil and steam again, this time for 3 hours. 
Eight hours combined cooking time might seem a faff, but it’s not as if you need to do anything to it in that time.

To serve, remove from the pan or steamer, take off the lid, put a plate on top, turn it upside down and give a tap to help unmould. Serve with custard or icecream.


The kitchen inspector approves.

※ Day 11/30. Breakfast

Day 11/30. Breakfast: egg cooked in home made taco spices on sweet potato mash. Steamed baby spinach, chorizo & Wessex bacon. #whole30

Monday, 10 December 2012

※ Day 10/30 Dinner

Day 10/30. Dinner Mexican spiced beef with baby spinach, capsicum, tomatoes, with sweet potato mash. #whole30 

※ Day 10/30 Breakfast

Day 10/30 Breakfast. Left over steak with home made tomato sauce, baby spinach, mashed sweet potato, baby Roma tomatoes & bacon. Oh and the breakfast inspector. 


※ Day 10/30 Lunch

Day 10/30 Lunch: baby spinach, mixed olives, baked pumpkin, red onion, baby Roma's, shredded Portuguese chicken breast. #whole30

Sunday, 9 December 2012

※ Soaps for Saffron - SOLD OUT!

Thanks everybody for your orders, I didn't anticipate they would sell so fast.

That it a small step in the right direction to help out Saffron on The Hill. 

All orders will be be posted out tomorrow.

Els 







※ Day 9/30 Dinner

Mother in law cooked and I didn't want to take a picture with everybody over. I felt like a dork. I had grilled eye fillet and steamed greens and carrots.

※ Day 9/30. Lunch

Day 9/30. Lunch. Mango, banana orange smoothie with coconut milk. #whole30

※ Day 9/30. Breakfast

Day 9/30. Breakfast: Fried egg, baby Roma tomatoes, baby spinach, chorizo, bacon and sweet potato mash. 


Saturday, 8 December 2012

Friday, 7 December 2012

※ Day 7/30. Dinner: Slow cooked beef

Day 7/30. Dinner: Slow cooked beef, sweet potato, parsnip, carrot and peas. In my home made tomato sauce. Served with cauliflower mash. #whole30

※ Day 7/30 Lunch. Coconut milk smoothie.

Day 7/30. Lunch; smoothie, coconut milk, raspberries, mango & strawberry.

※ Soaps for Saffron & Lip Balms.

Soaps for Saffron are on sale now.

 Buy 3 and shipping is only $1.80 

 + DON'T FORGET FREE SHIPPING ON ALL  BALMS AND GLOSSES ONE WEEK ONLY

40% of each sale donated to  Saffron On The Hill Dog Rescue Inc

It is a Not-For-Profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes dogs. Many of dogs that come into their care each year require special medical attention, special dietary needs and extra special TLC

Soap is free from Parabens and any other Synthetic Preservatives It is free from Sulphates & any other harsh chemical Surfactants Its high glycerine content makes it gentle on the skin and gives it a pleasant, low irritant lather. It is hypoallergenic and biodegradable. Suitable for all skin types and excellent for very sensitive skin & those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis & problem skin

Made from 100% Naturally saponofied vegetable oils.

Current Scents:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Spearmint
  • Orange
  • Unscented
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa, Honey & Vanilla


INGREDIENTS (may include):
cocoa powder, honey, maple syrup, vanilla beans, spearmint oil, orange oil, orange rind, coffee, rose petals.

$5 each with $2 from each bar to Saffron on The Hill

Below is what each fragrance looks like. I have made two designs in each scent, pug body or head.


 

※ Day 7/30 Breakfast

Day 7/30 Breakfast. Fried egg, sweet potato with pirri pirri mayo, chorizo, bacon, baby Roma tomato.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

※ Day 6/30 Dinner Chicken Shashlyks

Day 6/30. Lemon & herb chicken Shashlyk and tomato & perri perri.


※ Day 6/30 Lunch, post workout meal.

Day 6/30. Lunch: sweet potato, bacon, steamed green beans & cherry tomatoes.

※ Day 6/30 Breakfast Chorizo Scrambled Eggs

Day 6/30. Chorizo scrambled eggs with shallot, oregano, fresh basil, dehydrated garlic, peppers, smoked salt. Steamed asparagus. Home made tomato sauce.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

※ Lip Balm / Gloss Sale On This Friday (7th December)


* Gift packs not included in "Free Shipping Offer" or International shipping

E-mail me for a quote for international orders. The average is $6.60 postage on "4" tubes posted to America.
 
Store currently closed for maintenance while I get ready for the Sale + Pug soaps will be available too on Friday.
PLEASE NOTE:
If you are buying any soaps or anything else please do two transactions as freight is now calculated by weight to save you money.



※ Day 5/30 Lunch. Leftovers.

Day 5/30. Left over pot roast, sweet potato mash, olives, baby spinach and Dijon.

※ Day 5/30 Dinner Italian Infused Burgers

Day 5/30. Italian infused burgers with home made tomato sauce no sugar so good! Salad with sweet potato chips, baby spinach and baby Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar as a dressing. #whole30

※ Day 5/30 Breakfast

Day 5/30 Poached egg on Essex bacon, perri perri mayo with sweet mash potato. Cherry tomato with fresh picked basil.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

※ Day 4/30 Dinner Thai Infused chicken burger.

Day 4/30. Thai infused chicken burger with homemade lime mayo. Sweet potato cooked with rosemary and pancetta. Baby spinach & truss tomatoes with red wine and Dijon dressing.

※ Day 4/30 Lunch Perri Perri Chicken Salad.

Day 4/30. Lunch: left over perri perri chicken on a rocket, with olives a boiled egg, carrot and olives. Dressing red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard.

※ Soaps for Saffron

40% of each sale donated to  Saffron On The Hill Dog Rescue Inc

It is a Not-For-Profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes dogs. Many of dogs that come into their care each year require special medical attention, special dietary needs and extra special TLC

Soap is free from Parabens and any other Synthetic Preservatives It is free from Sulphates & any other harsh chemical SurfactantsIts high glycerine content makes it gentle on the skin and gives it a pleasant, low irritant lather. It is hypoallergenic and biodegradable. Suitable for all skin types and excellent for very sensitive skin & those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis & problem skin

Made from 100% Naturally saponofied vegetable oils.

Current Scents:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Spearmint
  • Orange
  • Unscented
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa, Honey & Vanilla

If I have time I will also add coffee & rose.


INGREDIENTS (may include):
cocoa powder, honey, maple syrup, vanilla beans, spearmint oil, orange oil, orange rind, coffee, rose petals.

Soaps will be available in the shop Friday 7th December. 

$5 each with $2 from each bar to Saffron on The Hill

Below is what each fragrance looks like. I have made two designs in each scent, pug body or head.


 


※ New Labeling For Lip Balms

I wasn't happy with the last batch of stickers and decided to try something new. 
I think these look a lot better on the tubes than the aqua (round) stickers.
We will be having a SALE on Friday with special prices on balms and glosses. (So check back soon.)
Depending on time I have this week there may even be new flavours. 





※ Day 4/30 Breakfast

Day 4/30. Poached egg on sweet potato. Essex bacon and asparagus.

Monday, 3 December 2012

※ Day 3/30 Dinner Home Made Nandos

Day 3/30. Home made Nandos extra hot. Rocket, red capsicum, olives, sweet potato fries with perri perri mayo.

※ Day 3/30 Breakfast Beef hash aka Bubble & Squeak

Day 3/30. Beef hash aka bubble and squeak. Made with left over beef from last night. Green beans, shallots, mashed sweet potato, fresh garlic clove and a rasher of bacon. Drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Drink: short black with a dash of coconut milk.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

※ Day 2/30 Dinner Slow Cooker Beef

Day 2/30. Slow cooked beef (8 hrs) cooked in beef stock, shallots, garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, rosemary, thyme and smoked sea salt. Served on mashed pumpkin with wasabi infused olive oil. Sides; cherry tomatoes & steamed asparagus. #whole30



INGREDIENTS

¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
4 small potatoes (180g), unpeeled, halved
375g (12 ounce) piece unpeeled pumpkin, cut into 4 wedges
8 baby onions (200g), halved
375g (12 ounces) baby carrots
750g (1½ pound) piece beef blade steak
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 clove garlic, crushed
500ml beef stock
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

METHOD

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in large frying pan; cook potato, pumpkin and onion, in batches, until browned all over. Place vegetables in 4.5-litre (18-cup) slow cooker.

Heat 2 teaspoons of the remaining oil in same pan; cook beef until browned all over. Remove beef from pan; spread with combined mustard, paprika, rosemary, garlic and remaining oil.

Place beef on vegetables in slow cooker; pour over combined stock and vinegar. Cook, covered, on low, 8 hours.

Remove beef and vegetables from cooker; cover beef, stand 10 minutes before slicing thinly. Cover vegetables to keep warm.

Season to taste.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

※ I Love Coconut Water.

It's so refreshing and delicious.
I think Miguel wants to try it.
This one is pretty nice, it's infused with hibiscus.


※ Day 1/30 Lunch

Day 1/30. Chicken broth with shredded left over chicken from last night. Uncooked carrot, Thai basil and Vietnamese mint. 
15th October 


※ Slow Roasted Pork Belly

Dinner / Day 1/30. 

Slow roasted pork belly, cooked on a bed of onions. Roasted Dutch carrots. Coleslaw made with red onion, carrot and purple cabbage, Vietnamese Mint, Thai basil and whole egg mayo. #whole30

Will post up the recipe when I get a chance. (I'll add it to this post)

UPDATE: LINK to recipe: http://www.elliluca.com/2013/01/pork-belly-twice-baked.html