Wednesday, 28 May 2014

※ Home Made Croutons

4 tablespoons butter (I used Lescure butter)
1 clove garlic, minced
12 slices French bread cut to desired thickness I do approx half a cm each

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add bread slices, and toss to coat. 

Spread on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp and dry. 

Check often to prevent burning.

Monday, 26 May 2014

※ Lemon Coconut Slice!

  • 80g of butter
  • 250g of condensed milk (about ¾ cup)
  • 250g of plain biscuits
  • 1 cup of dessicated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Grated lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1¾ cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Extra coconut for sprinkling
  • yellow food dye (I used about 3 drops)


Crush biscuits, add coconut and lemon rind and juice.
Melt butter, add condensed milk, pour onto biscuit mixture.
Mix thoroughly, press into a shallow tin, lined with paper.
Mix icing sugar, juice and rind, food coloring together and spread on top of biscuit mix. 
Sprinkle with extra coconut. (if so desired)
Put in the fridge to set.

※ American Cooking - (An Australian Take) Brownies / Pound Cake With Chocolate Sauce

Friday, 23 May 2014

※ Look at these morons

Trying to get their paws on these delicious Ritz crackers (of course the smoky bacon flavour)
These crackers are amazing with French onion dip. The pugs unfortunately have to eat them plain. (they were very happy to do so!)

Friday, 16 May 2014

※ Favourite Family Recipes (tips and hints)

Quick tips and hints:
  • Jacket potatoes (how to cook quickly)
  • Cheese
  • Grilling
  • Butterfly cakes
  • Rind
  • Chewing gum (how to remove)
  • Cleaning the refrigerator
  • Fried rice
  • Stews and casseroles
  • Butter
  • Registration label 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

※ Blessed & Lucky Peanut Butter Nut Spreads

Tried these new nut butters with English muffins for afternoon tea today. My favourite would have to be the maple, I am a sucker for anything maple. I found the honey on the sweeter side but would be delicious on pancakes or as a filling for chocolate cupcakes.

I was glad to read all of their ingredients are GMO free & vegan friendly for my vegan buddies.

It is so smooth and easy it is to spread.

They come in three very tempting flavours:
  • Peanut Butter Nut Spread With Cinnamon Spice
  • Peanut Butter Nut Spread With Maple Bliss
  • Peanut Butter Nut Spread With Sweet Honey

I am going to bake a batch of my peanut butter cookies with the"Maple Bliss" variety (recipe below) For some friends tomorrow. Will report back the result.

Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • * 3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • * 1/2 cup (105 grams) light brown sugar
  • * 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
  • * 1 large egg
  • * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • * 3/4 cup (185 grams) peanut butter
  • * 2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used Fleur de Sel)

OPTIONAL 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (I used salted) 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 - 3 minutes). Beat in the peanut butter. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the peanut butter mixture and beat until incorporated.

Fold in the chopped peanuts & chocolate, if using. (If the batter is too soft to form into balls, place in the refrigerator for about an hour or until firm.)

Roll the batter into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet, placing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the tines of the fork that has been dipped in white granulated sugar, make a crisscross pattern.

Bake the cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container, for about a week. Freeze for longer storage.

Makes about 40 cookies.

Adapted from Joy of Baking

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

※ Home Made Play Dough Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes or less

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Food colouring

Mix all ingredients together in 1. a medium sized saucepan.
2. Stir over heat until dough is pliable.
3. Allow to cool and store in a well sealed plastic bag or container.

4. If adding food colouring you may do it in the first stage. (I added it after and kneaded it through as I wanted 4 colours) I used wax paper so I dint mess the bench and disposable gloves. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.
I've gotten many comments asking about sticky dough, so please just keep cooking a bit longer and it will work!

The pugs want to eat it!

※ Oh my goodness! These look sensational.

Gourmet marshmallows in unusual flavors.

WONDERMADE Made in Orlando, FL

Neapolitan Marshmallows

Equal part chocolate, vanilla and strawberry our Neapolitan marshmallows are three layers of pure taste sensation!

And check out these...

Lavender, sweet wildflower Honey, berry-packed Strawberry and luscious Carrot Cake. 

Shipping is really reasonable (to Australia) I may have to place an order..... hmmm now which flavours to choose?

Saturday, 3 May 2014

※ Favourite Family Recipes (Tips and Hints Part 2)

Some tips and tricks for the household:
  • Minted melon balls
  • Instant peanut butter
  • Rum balls
  • Wooly Wash Recipe
  • Play dough recipe
  • Cooking Hint

Thursday, 1 May 2014

※ Favourite Family Recipes (jams and pickles)

Scans complied from a little book picked up from a second hand shop for 50 cents

Some great recipes and household tips. 

Today's scans are:
  • melon and dried apricot jam
  • dried apricot jam
  • lemon butter
  • grapefruit, orange and lemon marmalade
  • lemon and dried apricot marmalade
  • tomato relish
  • apricot chutney

A scan of the cover.