Sunday, May 31, 2009

To Die For Choc Brownies

To Die For Choc Brownies

You will need...

8 oz of softened butter
5 1/2 oz plain choc broken into little pieces
8 oz of self raising flour
4 1/2 oz of caster sugar
4 eggs beaten
2 3/4 oz of pistachio nuts chopped
3 1/2 oz white choc roughly chopped
icing sugar for dusting

Then you need to...

Preheat oven 180°C. Lightly grease a 23cm baking tin and line with baking paper. Place the choc and softened butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of water. Stir until melted, leave to cool slightly. Sift the flour into a separate bowl with the caster sugar. Stir the beaten eggs into the choc mixture then pour into the flour and sugar and beat well. Stir in the nuts and white chocolate, then pour mixture into tin and spread evenly. Bake for 30-35 mins or till firm to touch around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 20 mins. Turn out onto a wire rack, dust with icing sugar and leave to cool completely. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Delish Seafood Laksa Recipe

Delish Seafood Laksa

Serves 4

You will need...

200g white fish (I used Perch)
Handful of scallops
1/2 red capsicum cut into thin strips
1/2 green capsicum cut into thin strips
2 carrots cut into thin strips
1 cup bean sprouts (which I omitted this time because I didn't have any)
1 cup of pumpkin chopped
3 or more depending on taste teaspoons of massaman curry paste - (I made my own recipe below)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon of imitation coconut essence
1 x 375ml can of evaporated milk (I made my own)
600 ml of vegetable stock
1 1/2 cup of noodles - vermicilli, singapore etc


In a large fry pan or wok, heat a teaspoon of oil add massaman paste and heat through. Add vegetable stock and stir. Add pumpkin and carrots and simmer to cook through for about 10 minutes. Add all other ingredients apart from the evaporated milk and leave until all vegetables, noodles and seafood are cooked.

Mix evaporated milk and coconut essence and add to wok and mix.

Leave for 5 minutes on a light simmer then deal into bowls.


Massaman curry paste:

in a food processor add the following ingredients

2-3 teaspoons of chilli (in jar)
3 tablespoons shallots
3 teaspoons garlic
1 stalk lemongrass, white part only
2 cloves
1 tablespoon fresh coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
5 peppercorns
slurp of oil

Blend all together. I used the entire amount of this, but I love the flavour - you can use as little or as much as you like. Thanks Mawghan for your fab recipe, dinner tomorrow is now sorted.

Vegetarian Phad Thai

Vegetarian Phad Thai

Step 1

300 grams firm Tofu
2 tbl soy sauce
2 tsp minced bottled ginger
Rice flour for coating
Olive oil or peanut oil for frying

Carefully slice Tofu into 2 cm squares. Soak in soy sauce and ginger. Set aside for 20 minutes. Do not over handle as the Tofu will break up. Carefully coat in rice flour. Gently fry coated Tofu in heated oil, turning until golden brown. Set aside in a low oven to keep warm. Reserve the marinade and add to the marinade below if desired.

Step 2 (Omit if vegan)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Heat a wok or non stick frying pan over high heat and add a little oil to coat the bottom and side. Add the egg and swirl to form a thin omelette. Cook until just set. Roll up, slice thinly and set aside in a low oven till required.

Step 3

1 onion, cut into wedges
2 cloves garlic, crushed or 2 tsp bottled chopped garlic
1 red capsicum, finely sliced
6 spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
½ cup chopped coriander leaves
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tbl lime juice
1 tbl soft brown sugar
2 tsp sambal oelek
2 cups bean sprouts
½ cup chopped roasted peanuts or cashews
oil for frying

Heat oil, add the onion, garlic and capsicum and cook over a high heat until the onion softens. Add spring onions and coriander leaves. Mix together the soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and sambal oelek, pour over vegetables.

Step 4

(If the noodles are softened too early, they will clump together and are difficult to separate)

200 gram packet of flat rice-stick noodles

Add the rice noodles to a saucepan of boiling water. Simmer 3 minutes. Drain into a colander.

Step 5

Add noodles, bean sprouts, roasted nuts and toss well to coat in sauce. Add sliced egg and Tofu, gently stirring to avoid breaking up. Serve, garnished with some coriander if desired.

Serves 4 generously

Thank you Nean for this recipe you are a STAR, I have made this twice now and everyone adores it!

Choccie Rainbow Balls

Choccie Balls

You will need...

200g good quality milk/dark/white chocolate melted
200ml Cream
1 tbsp butter
100's and 1000's / cocoa powder to coat

Then you need to...

Melt chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl till smooth and glossy.Stir in cream till well combined and pour mixture into a wax-paper lined cake tin/ tupperware. Leave to set in the refrigerator for approximately 12 hours overnight. Remove gently and slice into squares/ roll soft mixture into balls. Coat generously in 100's and 1000's or cocoa powder. Store in refrigerator in lidded container.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Delish Zucchini Relish Recipe

Zucchini Relish

4 lbs small zucchini
1/2 lb small white onions
1 qt cider vinegar
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp celery seeds
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp mustard seeds

Cut unpeeled zucchini into thin slices, like cucumbers. Peel onions and slice thin. Place vegetables in a large stainless steel or glass bowl. In an enamel or stainless steel saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and pour over vegetables. Let stand 1 hour.

Pour vegetables and liquid into a stainless steel saucepan. Return to heat, bring to a boil, and cook 3 minutes. Pour into hot, sterile/dry jars. Cover tightly and refrigerate. Keep in fridge.

Dark Brown Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub

You will need...

2 tbs. olive oil
1/4 dark brown sugar

You will need to...

Mix into a paste then rub into hands or feet for 5 minutes. Rinse well. You will not believe how smooth and silky your skin will feel, great for the face also - avoiding delicate eye area.

Sleepy Time Lavender Sweet Dream Pillows

Lavender Sweet Dream Pillows

Sleep pillows are designed to be placed under your pillows to induce sleep and "sweet dreams." The pillow may be made out of any soft fabric and decorated with lace, ribbon or personalized with embroidery. The sleep pillow should be constructed to be quite flat, even when filled with the lavender, so that it will fit comfortably under your pillows. Stitch an inner casing from muslin or other tightly woven fabric for the scented mix, so that the sleep pillow may be easily removed for laundering.

Safe Snail Repellent

Safe snail repellent - sprinkle sawdust around the plants, snails will not crawl over as it sticks to them and is safe for pets and young children.

Tea Is Especially Good For Roses

Tea For Roses

Save your left over tea and tea leaves from the tea pot as a fertiliser for your garden. Tea is especially good for roses, azaleas, violets, hydrangeas and even parsley and passionfruit. Loosen the soil and sprinkle the leaves around the base of the plant.

Wicked & Rich Choccie Mousse

Choccie Mousse

You will need...

200g plain chocolate
6 eggs

Then you need to...

Melt broken chocolate pieces over a bowl of hot water - cool. Separate eggs and add the yolks to the chocolate. Whisk the egg whites until firm but not overly stiff. Fold whites into the mix trying not to lose too much air. Put into individual serving dishes and refridgerate for 3 hrs before serving.

Decorate with whipped cream swirls, berries or chocolate curls - delish!

Mimi's Homemade Worcestershire sauce

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

A recipe from my dear friend Mimi

2.5 litres white vinegar
75 gms brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 dessertspoon salt
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 heaped teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 jar treacle

Mix all ingredients together in a large pot or bowl and stir until salt is dissolved.

Add 2 whole lemons chopped (including skins)

Stir every day for 6 days, strain and bottle.

Will mature over the next two weeks, and keep well for up to a year.

Eliminate Fat From Stews and Soups

Ice cubes will eliminate the fat from stews and soups. Just drop a couple of cubes into the pot and stir; the fat will cling to the cubes. Then simply discard the cubes before they start to melt. Or alternatively wrap the ice cubes in paper towels and skim over the top.

Nana Style Quick Mixed Budget Currant Loaf

Budget Currant Loaf

You will need...

1 cup of currants
1 cup of cold black tea
2 cups of self raising flour
Pinch of salt
Scant cup of sugar

You then need to...

Mix the tea, sugar and currants together in a bowel. Let this stand for 3 hours and stir occasionally. Sift the flour and salt and stir into the currant mixture. Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake in a preheated 180C oven for approx 50 mins (depending on your oven time may vary, so check from time to time whilst baking)

Nana Style Banana Nutloaf Recipe

Banana Nutloaf

You will need...

1 cup of sugar
1/4 lb butter
2 eggs
3 or 4 bananas
4 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of soda
Chopped walnuts
1 3/4 cups of plain flour
pinch salt

Then you need to...

Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs, bananas mashed in the milk to which 1 drop of vinegar has been added, soda in warm milk, flour, salt and nuts. Bake in a preheated 180C oven in a greased cake tin for approx 40 mins.

~Mands! Recession Chicken Pie

I really love my good friend Mand's chicken pie recipe because it really is all about using up leftovers and recycling them into a whole new delish and tasty meal. The whole family will love this one!

Roast Chicken & Veg Pie

Ok ~ I am sure everyone has their favorite. I like this because it only uses what is about, leftovers, one pot (and one microwave bowl). Decide if you want a creamy chicken or gravy style chicken.

You will need...

About a cup + of left over roast chicken meat (and you can add stuffing too - and the gravy)
All the left over roast veggies
Plus / or frozen pies, corn kernels / peeled & diced/chopped carrot, broc, cauli, beans, any other veg to pad-out further (about 1-2 cups worth all up)
About 60-80g of butter
Plain flour
Milk (1-2cups) OR sour cream (3-4 big soup spoon scoops) OR chicken/veg stock (1 cup should do) OR gravy (gravox and extra water will do too)
Salt, pepper, other herbs & flavours (I often add mustard & garlic powder; mixed herbs if no stuffing)
1 - 1.5 cup water (boiled, to microwave extra veg ~ warning now : don't throw out the veg water, you want it in the pie)
Pastry / pastry sheets - which ever floats your boat.

The you need to...

In the microwave or on the stove, boil the frozen & fresh veg - pop aside, don't drain.

Nice big pot, melt the butter toss in all the former roast veg & chicken. On and off the heat for a bit now:

Good helping of plain flour over the lot (say 2-3 heaped soup spoons) and mix/ combine thoroughly until all flour is mixed with buttered chicken & veg.

On to the hotplate, pour the veggies and the water in and combine (if you didn't need extra veg - a cup of veg stock or milk can go in here)

Mix to the consistency you want the pie - it does need to be stiff for the filling - using either more stock/water/gravy or milk/sour cream depending what sauce you've got going.

Allow to cool a little.

Pie case

Me, I like to have the top and bottom on my pie ~ but this works just fine with only a pie top. And - make or 'fake' - what ever pastry takes your fancy or is in the freezer.

Put it together, bung it in a preheated hottish oven - usually around 220C is set here - 20 mins (or until golden and brown pastry catches your eye)

Sit, cut, drool and eat.

Here's one I made earlier!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Antique Finish To Table Linen

Antique Finish - Table Linen

To give an antique look to white or cream lace doilies, tablecloths or runners, soak them in cold strained black tea for about an hour. Iron while still slightly damp.

To Remove Candle Wax From Its Holder

Removing Candle Wax

To clean a candle holder most especially a glass one, place it in the deep freezer for one hour. The wax will chip off more easily.

Cous Cous and Feta Stuffed Roast Pork

Tonight's dinner :]

Cous Cous and Feta Stuffed Roast Pork


70g (1/3 cup Cous Cous)
125 ml (1/2 cup boiling water)
80g Feta - crumbled
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind

Directions - stuffing

Place Cous Cous in heat proof bowl. Pour water over, cover and set aside for 5 mins. Using a fork separate the grains. Add the feta, basil and lemon rind season with pepper (No salt as Feta can be salty) Stir till combined.


Rolled loin of pork with string removed
2 tbs Olive Oil
1+1/2 tbs Sea Salt


Place Pork rind side down (this has been scored when I bought it) Place stuffing along the centre (in the ditch bit) Starting from the thick end roll up firmly to enclose the filling. Tie with unwaxed white kitchen string. Don't tie too tightly or the pressure may squeeze stuffing out. Place Pork rind side up in baking dish
Drizzle over the oil and rub salt in.


Roast for 35 mins at 230°C or till rind crackles, reduce temp to 200°C. Roast for a further 1 to 1+1/2 hours (depending on size of your pork roast) I did baked veggies and Gravy with mine.

The tang from the lemon rind just sets this off to a T. Do not scrimp on this. Enjoy and thanks. (Recipe kindly originally posted at our forum by Terhi)

Quick Delish Easy Cheesecake

Delish Easy Cheesecake

You will need...

1 cup of apricot puree or puree 1 tin of apricots (minus liquid)
1 tin of condensed milk
1 dessertspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon brandy
crushed teddy bear biscuits and melted butter to make a base
Grated chocolate

Then you need to...

Mix fruit puree, condensed milk, lemon juice and brandy together. Crush teddy bear biscuits and mix with melted butter to make a base. Press the biscuits mix into a greased/lined pie dish. Pour the prepared cheesecake mix onto the biccie base and sprinkle with grated chocolate or choc curls. Leave in fridge to set.

Delish Butterscotch Bananas

Butterscotch Bananas

You will need...

60g butter
85g soft brown sugar
125ml cream
60g pecan nuts (chopped)
4 large ripe bananas

Then you need to...

Combine butter and brown sugar in saucepan, cook over low heat, stir occasionally for about 6 minute or until thick and smooth. Stir cream into sugar mixture and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Peel and cut bananas into quarters. Add chopped pecans to the sauce and mix well. Place bananas onto serving plate, pour sauce over and serve. A scoop of ice-cream or dollop of cream goes will with his dessert.

Sugar and Spice And All Things Nice Bath Mix

Sugar and Spice Bath Mix

You will need...

1/2 cup of baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Then you need to...

Mix together all ingredients until well blended. To use: Add 2 tablespoons of the bath mix to a warm bath of water. Store in a pretty vintage glass lidded jar.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spectacular Roses


I do adore roses and I miss my cottage style garden that I had whilst living in Melbourne. Up here in tropical, humid Queensland I have had no luck growing them sigh! Do you have any photo's of spectacular roses that you have grown in your garden? Why not drop me a line via email saying hi and attach a few of your best rose photo's. I would LOVE to see them and I could post them right here on my blog for us all to enjoy :]

Blue Sea's Bath Salts Recipe

Blue Sea's Bath Salts

You will need...

1 cup epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
4 drops blue food coloring
3 drops Jasmine fragrant or essential oil
4 drops vanilla
2 tbs. glycerin

Then you need to...

Combine dry ingredients, mix well. Add color and scents one at a time. Keep stirring until mixed well. Break up any clumps and keep mixing until you have a semi-fine powder. Add glycerin and mix well. Place in a pretty lidded vintage clear crystal or glass lidded jar/container.

Nana Style Tea Cake

Tea Cake

You will need...

6 oz SR flour
3 oz sugar
Pinch of salt
1 egg
2 oz butter
4 tablespoons of milk

Grease a cake tin lightly and pre heat oven to 180C. Sift the flour and salt. Cream the butter and the sugar, add the egg and beat well. Add the milk and the sifted flour. Pour in cake tin and bake for 20-25 minutes. Whilst still warm brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnnamon mixed with sugar - delish!

Clever, Art/Crafty Forum Members

Our forum has so many arty/crafty and down right clever members. Today I will feature some of the handiwork by forum member AngrySnail - her Seraphina Shawl and also her Christmas Star Rug (gotta love that forum name...great visual, an angry snail hey! hehehe)

ACOTM Forum Winner

This months winner of our forums "Artist/Crafter Of The Month Awards" is Joey with her fabulous nappy cake!

The Winner OF Recipe Of The Month In Our Forum

Creatingme's Chocolate Mud-Style Cake - tis very light, but very chocolatey and just plain YUM and ever so easy to make.

1 1/2 C SR flour - sifted
3 tbsp cocoa
1/2 C white sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 C water
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp white vinegar
6 tbsp oil (I used canola)
1 tsp bicarb. soda
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together using a whisk or electric beaters for 2 minutes.

Grease and flour a baking tin. Put mixture into a round or ring tin. Bake 35-40 mins for a round tin, 20-25 mins for a ring tin at 180 C.

I finished with a ganache icing - equal quantities of melted dark chocolate and cream whipped together and lavished generously over the cake. Top with cream and/or ice cream - you're being very wicked with this recipe, why not go the whole hog.

Charles William "Bud" Tingwell

Bud Tingwell

3 January 1923 – 15 May 2009

Bud was an Australian film, television, theatre and radio actor. Bud was one of the veterans of Australian film. He acted in his first motion picture in 1946 and has appeared in over 100 films and numerous television programs during his acting career that spanned many years. He was a much loved, talented Aussie actor who will be missed by many. Here is a lovely photo of "Bud" with my gorgeous cousin Kaye, taken at an awards dinner not that long ago.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Recipe For Caramels


You will need...

1 tin condensed milk
2 cups sugar
60g butter
2 dessertspoons of golden syrup
2 tbsp of honey
vanilla essence

Then you need to...

Place all ingredients except vanilla into a saucepan. Stir continually over low heat for approximately 20 minutes. Stir continually or the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan. When the mixture is a good caramel colour and thick add the vanilla, stir in and then pour into a greased shallow tray. As the mixture cools, mark into squares. When cold cut into pieces and wrap.

Raisin Fudge Recipe

My partner Heartpoet's Raisin Fudge Recipe

You will need...

340g of dark choc chips
1 cup of chunky peanut butter
3 cups off small marshmallows
3/4 cup raisins


In a saucepan melt chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat. Fold in marshmallows and raisins and stir until marshmallows melt. Pour into a 18cm x 28cm slice tin. Chill till firm. Cut into squares.


Delish Baked Peaches

Baked Peaches

Tinned peach halves, drained.
1 cup sweet crushed biccie crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup of soft brown sugar

Grease with butter a baking dish and layer peaches, biccie crumbs and sugar till all ingredients are used. Melt the butter and pour over. Bake in a preheated 170C oven for approx 30 minutes. Serve warm with custard or ice-cream.

Serendipity Sunshine Cake

Serendipity Cake

2 tablespoons of butter (melted)
2 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of milk
Pinch of salt
1 cup of SR Flour
Finely grated rind of 1 large orange

Place all of the ingredients into the mixmaster and beat for 5 minutes. Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated 180C oven in two small sandwich tins. Ice with orange/lemon or lime icing.

Apricot Ice Cream Pie Recipe

Ice-Cream Pie

1 tub of vanilla ice-cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups of sweet plain biccie crumbs
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup apricot jam

Mix biccie crumbs, butter and sugar till well blended. Press this mixture into the base and sides of a cheesecake tin/pie plate and refridgerate. Stir the ice-cream till slightly softened and press into crumb lined tin. Swirl the jam through the ice-cream and place pie in freezer to set. Decorate with shaved chocolate curls

Delish Budget Nana Style Biccies

Delish Homemade Biccies

You will need...

1/4 lb butter
2 oz of castor sugar
6 oz SR Flour
3 tablespoons of condensed milk
1 heaped dessertspoon of cocoa

Then you need to...

Cream the butter with the sugar, add the cocoa, condensed milk and flour. Roll into balls and flatten with a fork. Bake on a lightly greased biccie tray in a preheated 180C oven for 10-15 minutes. Great for the lunch boxes!

Old Fashioned Snowballs


You will need...

2 cups of sugar
2 cups of boiling water
1 oz of gelatine

Then you need to...

Boil the sugar, water and gelatine together for 20 minutes then beat till white and stiff. Put away on a plate to set. Form into balls and dip in cocoa that has been mixed with milk and then roll in coconut.

Minty Fresh Herbal Bath Bags

Minty Fresh Herbal Bath Bags

You will need...

1 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried mint (chop up finely if it's fresh)
1 cup fresh bay leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. almond extract

Then you...

Mix ingredients together then place in a mesh bag such as cheesecloth. Place under hot running bath water. All that is then left to do is light some candles then sit back, soak and enjoy!

Herbal Shower Bags

Herbal Shower Bags

Used in the shower, when there is no time to take a relaxing soak in the bath.

You will need...

2 parts oatmeal
2 parts dried herbs
1 part grated soap

Next you...

Place ingredients inside cloth muslin bags and seal and use as a replacement washcloth. Bliss!

Bathing Beauty Black Cherry Bath Salts

Black Cherry Bath Salts

You will need...

1 cup of rock salt
1 teaspoon liquid Glycerine
1/2 teaspoon cherry fragrance oil
Red food colour

Then you...

Stir the rock salt and glycerine together. Next add fragrance oil and colouring. Stir really well until the colour and fragrance are evenly distributed. Spread salt on waxed paper on an old clean biccie tray and allow to dry completely - overnight is a good idea. Package and store in a clean/dry pretty clear glass lidded jar and tie a homemade card with a ribbon to the jar with the instructions: Use a 1/4 of cup salt per bath, then soak, relax and enjoy!

Parmesan Walnut Loaf Recipe

Parmesan Walnut Loaf

You will need...

3 cups plain flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
1.75 cups milk
1/3 cup light olive oil
1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a large loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cheese, baking powder and salt. In a small mixing bowl, stir together egg, milk and oil. Add egg mix to flour mix, stirring JUST until combined (batter will be lumpy). Stir in 3/4 cup of the nuts. Turn into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top.

Bake in a 180C oven for about 50 -55 minutes or until skewer tests done. Cool in pan for 10 mins. Remove loaf from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.


Vegetarian Shepherds Pie Recipe

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

Tasty and economical!

You will need...

30ml olive oil
1 onion diced
3 garlic cloves
3 stalks celery diced (and heart)
3 bay leaves
6 sprigs thyme
1 tsp Carroway seeds
Sprig of rosemary
200g mushrooms diced
2 tbls tomato paste
1 can diced tomtatoes
300g brown lentils (soaked for several hours overnight, simmer from cold in just enough veggie stock to cover & cook till just soft, do not drain)
100g green beans sliced into 1cm pieces
2 carrots diced
1 litre Veg stock or water
25 ml red wine vinegar
1 tbls Lemon zest
1/3 bunch parsley chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Mashed potatoes:
500g potatoes
Salt and white pepper
80g butter
100ml Milk
½ cup Parmesan

Then you will need to...

Heat the oil in a large frypan and add the onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes.

Add the celery, carrot, carroway seeds, rosemary, bay leaves and thyme. Saute for a few minutes.

Add red wine vinegar then add tomato paste and diced tomatoes and cook out for a few minutes. Season to taste. Add lemon zest , beans, sliced mushrooms and cooked lentils in the stock they cooked in.

Simmer until most of the liquid has evapourated. Season to taste, remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Pour into a baking dish and top with mashed potatoes, sprinkle with parmesan and bake until golden brown.

*For mashed potatoes, boil them in salted water until soft. Drain off water and dry in the pan before mashing with butter, milk and salt and pepper.

Home Warming Present Idea

Assemble the makings for a winter soup from the farmers market: assorted suitable vegies, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, stock cubes, pasta/barley or rice. If you want to give them a pot too, present the items inside. For friends who don't cook, make the soup and give it to them ready-made in the pot. Don't forget to include the recipe also (laminated is good)

A Lovely Present Idea For A Friend That Loves To Bake

For a friend who loves baking pies etc, fill a gorgeous straw hat with seasonal apples from your local farmers market (the number of apples that could fit in a hat was used by some farmers as an indicator of how many you'd need for one large pie) and tie up with a big pretty floppy ribbon. They then have the bonus of a sun hat for gardening with also.

Frozen Egg & Honey Facial Mask

Just the thing for during those hot summer months....

Frozen Egg & Honey Facial Mask (Smoothes and Moisturizes)

You will need...

1 egg
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tbs. honey

Then you will need to...

Beat the egg in a small bowl. Add the coconut oil and honey slowly, beating until it's the consistency of mayonnaise. Spoon mixture into a clean cardboard paper roll, sitting upright in a small bowl. Set in the freezer overnight. To use, peel away the top of the cardboard roll and smooth the frozen stick over your face. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Keep the stick covered with plastic wrap and freeze between uses.

Aunty Nean’s Black Forest Cheesecake

Black Forest Cheesecake

My darlin Stu has just phoned me from work with the news that there will be a morning tea held at his work tomorrow and staff are to bring a plate. He has pleaded with me to make Aunty Nean's Black Forest Cheesecake for him to take. Think he is out to impress as this cheesecake is lick ya lips delish to the max!Aunty Nean’s Black Forest Cheesecake - this is an absolute treat and serves 10 approx.

Biscuit Base

250 gram packet of plain biscuits - I use Arnott's NICE, crumbed - Can do this in a food processor or inside a plastic bag with a rolling pin
125 grams butter melted
2 tbl good quality cocoa - I use Woollies Home Brand

Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Press into the base and sides of a greased 22 cm to 25 cm spring form tin.
Bake 10 minutes at 160°C.
Allow to cool in fridge.


Step One:

Drain the juice from a 425 gram can of pitted black cherries - reserve the cherries for later use
1 tbl cornflour
2 tbl caster sugar

Combine these ingredients and stir over a medium heat until it comes to the boil.
Set aside to cool in the fridge.

Step Two:

2 x 250 gram blocks of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 tbl gelatine, dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water, allow to cool
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tlb lemon juice
300ml thickened cream, whipped

Beat cream cheese and sugar using an electric mixer until smooth.Add the gelatine mixture and lemon juice. Beat until well combined. Fold in the whipped cream.

Final Assembly:

Spoon half the mixture into the prepared biscuit base.Place the reserved whole cherries evenly over the cream cheese mixture.Top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Pour over the thickened cherry juice topping, then lightly swirl through the mixture. Refrigerate overnight.

Serve with whipped cream and a few canned seedless black cherries.

Thai Coconut, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup Recipe

Thai Coconut, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup

You will need...

2 tbl olive oil
500 grams kumara (red sweet potatoes), peeled and cubed
2 x small potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbl any medium red curry paste (recommend Panaeng Curry Paste)
1 litre vegetable stock
2 x 165 ml cans of coconut milk
juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp dried crushed chillies
6 dsp red lentils
100 grams baby spinach leaves
salt and black pepper to taste

Then you will need to...

Heat oil, gently saute the onion, garlic and ginger. Add cubed potatoes. Saute for 5 minutes or until lightly golden. Add stock, coconut milk, lime juice, lentils and chilli. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until potatoes are tender. Remove half the cubed potatoes and place in a bowl. Using a kitchen wizz stick, puree the remaining soup. Return the vegetables to the pot and add the spinach leaves. Serve after spinach has wilted slightly. Season to taste.
I came by this recipe at our website's forum, Nean had posted it in our ROTM section and I am making it again for tonight's dinner and serving it with crusty bread rolls made using my breadmaker.

Serves 4-6

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Repair Cracked & Chapped Feet

Dry Feet?

Repair cracked and chapped feet by covering them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, then wearing cotton socks while you sleep.

Stove Top Chicken & Leek Pie

Dydee's Stove Top Chicken & Leek Pie

2 Teaspoons olive oil
2 leeks, white and pale green part only, washed, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Meat of 1 medium cooked chicken (400g)
180g feta cheese, crumbled
30g parmesan cheese, grated
8 sheets fresh filo pastry (from the refrigerator section from the supermarket)
40g butter, melted
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in non-stick pan that has a well fitting lid. Cook the leeks for 5 minutes or until soft but not brown.

Place in a bowl and wipe out pan with paper towel. Combine parsley, chicken and cheese with the leeks and stir well. Season well with salt and pepper.

Take 4 sheets of filo, brush each with combined butter/oil mixture; layer together and push down into pan.

Take the remaining 4 sheets, brush with butter/oil mixture; layer together and place at right angles on top of first 4 layers in the pan to form a cross.

Place the filling into the pastry shell and spread evenly.

Fold the overhanging edges in & over to totally enclose the filling.

Brush lightly with melted butter.

Place pan on stove top, covered over medium heat; cook for 10 minutes or until lid is hot & the pie base is golden brown. Invert pie onto chopping board, slide pie back into sauté pan and cook for a further 5-10 minutes on a low-medium heat or until the pastry is browned.

Homemade Air Freshener Spray

Combine 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp lemon juice or a few drops of essential oil of orange or lemon and 2 cups of hot water in a new plastic spray bottle then shake and use like any other air freshener.

What Local Wildlife Do You Have Visit Your Garden?

What local wildlife do you have visit your garden?

We have and abundance of local wildlife visit daily/nightly!
Possums by the dozen, bush turkeys, frilly neck lizards and other varying types, a variety of birds including a murder of crows, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets and many more, snakes - green tree and others, lovely little green tree frogs and also cane toads, beautiful tropical butterflies and so much more....