Friday, 31 January 2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

※ Pies & Pastries Cook Book - (SCAN)

Today's Scanned Recipes are: 
  • Apricot Bars
  • Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
  • Lemon Snow Bars
  • Pecan Caramel Triangles

Apricot Bars

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Snow Bars

Pecan Caramel Triangles

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

※ Australia Day Food Ideas

Australia Day is coming up.... Sunday, January 26th 2014 
Now what food do we make for a gathering? What is typically Aussie?

What comes to mind:
  • Meat Pies
  • Damper
  • Laminations
  • Pavlova (yes I have heard it originated in NZ but it is still in the Aussie repertoire) 
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake 
  • Anzac Biscuits
  • BBQ Prawns
  • Trifle
  • Vanilla Slice
  • Lamb Cutlets
  • Roast Leg of Lamb
  • Mini Lamb Pies

The Taste website have a fab collection of recipes here to get you inspired.

The SBS website has a more contemporary approach but some fantastic ideas here.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Friday, 17 January 2014

※ Flour less Orange Cake (Gluten Free)

A favourite in our household. A little time consuming (2 hours to boil the oranges) but otherwise really easy to make.

  • 2 large oranges
  • 250g raw sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 250g (1 1/2 cups) ground almonds
  • 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Dash Vanilla extract
  • Two tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • Thick cream, custard or yoghurt, to serve 

Place the oranges in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2 hours, adding more water when necessary to keep the oranges covered. Drain and cool slightly. Preheat oven to 180°C.

Butter a 25cm spring form pan and line the base with non-stick baking paper.

Place oranges whole into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. (some recipes say remove pips etc before

Beat eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Combine almonds and bicarbonate of soda, vanilla and maple syrup and fold into the egg mixture with the pureed oranges until well combined.

Pour into the buttered and lined pan and cook for 1 hour or until cooked through and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

※ Miss Tuxford's Cookery for The Middle Class (RANDOM CLIPPINGS)

The following scans were found inside the book when I bought it.

Not sure what this one is for? There is no method listed.

Yo Yo Biscuit Recipe

A Feast of Mushrooms

Sweet or Savory Pastry Recipe

Xmas Plum Pudding

Swiss Roll

Honey Crisps

Coconut ???? Cake

Orange Cake

Chocolate Cake

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

※ Miss Tuxford's Cookery for The Middle Class (SOUP)


Scans below:
  • Lentil Soup
  • White Haricot Soup
  • Potato Soup
  • Cauliflower Soup
  • Velvet Soup
  • Pea Soup
  • Brown Vegetable Soup
  • Tomato Puree
  • Kidney Soup 
  • Ox Tail Soup (Thick)
  • Ox Tail Soup (Clear) 
  • French Soup 
  • Mulligatawny Soup
  • Celery Soup
  • Fish Stock
  • Fish Soup
  • White Stock
  • Tapioca Cream
  • Sago Cream
  • Brown Stock
  • Consomme or Clear Soup
  • Consomme A La Colbert
  • Consomme Julienne
  • Consomme A La Royal
  • Chicken Broth
  • Mutton And Barley Broth
  • Hare Soup
  • Sheep's Head Broth

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

※ Miss Tuxford's Cookery for The Middle Class

I picked up this up at an op shop in Geelong quite a few years ago. 
Fantastic find and as the scan below shows it cost me 50 cents. It is Fragile, loose at the spine and browned with age. The book is missing the cover and you can tell was so well loved. There is a treasure trove of handwritten recipes on loose sheets of paper inside too as well as clippings from newspapers of the time and modern ones too.

I will do some scans over the coming weeks, there are some fantastic staple recipes which hold up so well even today. There are some horrendous meal ideas too. (So stay tuned for a laugh!)

I will tag all posts scanned "Miss Tuxford"

Tomorrow will be the first lot and the category is "SOUP"

A brief blurb: "A very interesting recipe book from 1937 aimed at middle class ladies who were catering on a budget and who had a new fangled gadget, an automatic gas cooker.
The book contains loads of recipes for dishes popular in the 1920's - 30's but also has numerous adverts for products of the time. Most you will recognise, Hovis, Bird's Custard and Hartley's jam, it is surprising how many of the products are still in common use today about 75 years later. In addition to the recipes there is a 'Table of Foods in Season', and sections on 'Household dinners', 'Cooking with Gas' and 'Hints when using cookers automatically controlled'. 

I have the 7th edition. Details are:  | Miss Tuxford's | cookery | for the | middle classes | (7th edition). | (Including a few vegetarian dishes.) | Useful hints on gas stove cooking. | By | Miss H. H. Tuxford, M.C.A., | Diplomee Board of Education, Gold Medallist, etc. | One shilling nett. | By post, 1/3.  Southbourne, Bottesford, Notts:  

Monday, 13 January 2014

※ Little Creatures: Geelong Brewery

Little Creatures: Geelong Brewery

Corner Fyans & Swanston st, Geelong, Victoria Australia


Monday - Tuesday: 11am – 5pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 8am – 9pm
Sunday: 8am – 5pm

I am still to check out this place but have heard good things....
The menu looks good and although I am not a beer drinker it would be a nice place for a catch up with friends out of town.


EATS: I like the sound of the Pizzas and BBQ Lamb ribs!

※ Horrible! Tests reveal supermarket pies not even one-third meat

My home made shepherds pie

Why home made is so much better, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE EATING!

Pies sold by the big supermarket chains barely exceed the minimum government standard of 25 per cent meat, according to results from Australian Laboratory Services in tests commissioned by Fairfax Media.

'They just meet the regulatory requirements to call it a meat pie. It's a disastrous choice from a health point of view, and if you're overweight, it's the worst thing to choose.''

"A Woolworths spokeswoman said its pies contained 25 per cent frozen muscle, while the chicken nuggets contained 48 per cent chicken breast."

"The government standard for meat pies is 25 per cent ''fat-free flesh''. Fat-free flesh is described by Food Standards Australia New Zealand guidelines as being the skeletal muscle of a slaughtered animal, and can include animal rind, fat and connective nerves, blood, blood vessels and, in the case of poultry, skin."

That actually makes me feel ill!

Read more at the link below.
Source: THE AGE

My home made shepherds pie

Store bought pie, can you even call it a "Meat pie" ?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

※ How Great is This Idea!

Put Everything In A Travel Snacks Kit! 

Turn a tackle/craft box into your own personal wonderland of snacks.


※ Food Prep Sunday!

Next weeks lunches production line. 

MEALS: (Left) Spanish style beans / (right) gnocchi with pancetta, rocket, fresh basil and pasatta. 

SNACKS: Cashews and rice crackers. #elleskitchen 

Friday, 10 January 2014

※ Jake's Easy Tiramisu Ice-Cream Recipe

Here is an oldie, the photo would be 5 - 6 years old. I totally forgot about it until I saw this old photo. Jake made this for me and it was amazing. Putting it here so I can make it next time we have company. 

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons Tia Maria (coffee liqueur)
  • 1 x 400g tin condensed milk (full cream)
  • 600 ml cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 12 sponge finger biscuits (Savoiardi)
  • 1 dash of vanilla extract 
  • Small amount of chocolate to serve (grated) 4 squares or so will suffice. 
  • Berries for serving (optional) 

Combine coffee, water and Tia Maria and 1. set aside until cool.
Combine condensed milk and cream and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer
until thick.
Beat in half the coffee mixture.
Combine remaining coffee mixture with milk and brush well over both sides of the
sponge biscuits.
Line a 20 cm square cake pan with foil and spoon half the cream mixture into the pan.
Top with biscuits and remaining cream mixture. 

Freeze until set.
Garnish with grated chocolate and fresh berries. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

※ We eat a lot of pizza

Was sorting thorough my archives and decided to make a compilation.

Store bought BBQ chicken - used to be a favourite

Home made

Home made Mini pizzas - pre cook

Home made Mini pizzas - post cook

Miggy wondering where his pizza is?

Home Made

Store bought

Store bought

Home Made - with a cheats store bought pita bread base

Home Made: Margarita

Home Made

Home Made

Home Made

Home Made : Elle's Kitchen: ※ Potato & Feta Pizza

Home Made : Elle's Kitchen: ※ Potato & Feta Pizza