Recipes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Goodies...

First up, Cherry Ripe Balls...

https://www.ohsobusymum.com.au/cherry-ripe-balls/

I saw this recipe in Facebook and when I went to buy the Cherry Ripe bars, they were on special for .99c each (1/2 price)! Winning!

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I'm not sure if Cherry Ripes are an Aussie thing or if they are available overseas but I'm sure you have an equivalent...

Break them into pieces...

Add in a packet of biscuits and cocoa...

Process until you have a fine crumb...

Add in the can of condensed milk...

Roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and roll in coconut.

Oh so yummy!

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This next recipe might be just a family recipe because I haven't seen it anywhere else...

Years ago, when I was a small child, Arnott's made a darker Malt Biscuit but it hasnt been available for years now.

I use these ones now...

...but I add some cocoa and malt powder to replicate the taste...

Lolly bananas are the other strange ingredient to this roll... Do they have these in the US and UK?

On a sheet of Gladbake kitchen paper, shape the mixture into a long roll - it will make 2-3 10 inch longish rolls. The sprinkle with coconut and coat all sides, under and over. Transfer the roll onto some cling film and wrap tightly, keeping the roll in shape. Wrap in foil and refrigerate until needed (in my case, I taste tested an hour later - ha)!

This should keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks easily but I bet it won't last that long.

Looks pretty on a plate when you cut it.

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I am also doing a chocolate peppermint version using Choc Ripple biscuits... ~

... and Crown mint lollies...and a slosh of brandy!

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MALT ROLL

125gms butter

1 big tablespoon golden syrup

1/2 tin condensed milk

1 packet malt biscuits

1 tablespoon cococa powder and malt powder

10 lolly bananas, chopped up

1 cup mixed fruit (plus 10 glace cherries for colour)

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Process the biscuits to a fine crumb and tip into a large bowl. Add in the cocoa and malt powder, mixed fruit, cherries and lolly bananas.

Shape into a log, sprinkle and coat with coconut, roll up in gladwrap and refrigerate.

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These goodies will find their way to my friends and family next week - they have much less calories when gifted away! :)

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Oh, Christmas tree....

My tree is finally up! I was nearly not going to put it up as we are not home for Christmas this year but my girls insisted...

I have lots of baubles...

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i also made bread rolls this morning...

I could tell it was a good batch by the way it rose up to the top of the bowl...

I was right!

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I dropped off some of those scones I made to my florist earlier in the week (she's always doing arrangements for us at late notice) and in return she gave me this bunch of liiums. They had blown so she couldn't use them in arrangements anymore. Must be frustrating having to throw flowers away...

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Not sure what the rest of the day holds...it is 33-34C outside so I have the fan going now and am thinking a nice cuppa is in order.

Might post some pics of the tree lit up later.....

...and here they are!

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Cheers - Joolz xx

 

 

 

Northern-style Chicken Cacciatore...

This is a recipe from Beth at Babymac for a lovely, easy dish which cooks in the time it takes to roast some potatoes...

http://www.baby-mac.com/2013/07/just-call-me-bev-chicken-cacciatore/

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...as Beth explains, this is not a tomato based cacciatore, but more Northern style. The lemon and olives gives it a nice flavour pop!

First, get some potatoes roasting in the oven - just a little olive oil, salt and pepps on them... High heat to get them crispy!

Assemble the ingredients - I used speck as it's quite rich - bacon is fine too. Nice big green olives, use your favourites.

I happened to have a frozen cup of chardonnay which was leftover - now that rarely happens! Hang on, that NEVER usually happens!

I trim my chicken thighs - I hate all that fat.

So here is everything ready to go. Follow Beth's recipe, it such an easy dish. The only thing I did was sprinkle a tablespoon of plain flour near the end to gloss up and thicken the sauce.

No prizes for plating up and my beans were a bit over-zapped but no matter. Delicious dinner!

Enjoy - Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tortilla boat quiches...

Now, you must excuse me, but I cannot remember where I saw this idea to use these tortillas...

Let me know if it was you and I will gladly give you credit - because they turned out really great!

Eight in a pack means there are leftovers and some to freeze! Quiches are great for using up tired vegetables that may be lurking in your fridge crisper...

This is what I put in my quiches....

Grated zucchini ...

Spring onions or plain onion...

Fresh corn taken off the cob...

Grated carrot...

I was given some kale at our WW meeting so that went in. Baby spinach is good too!

Bacon or ham...and I also like mushrooms but I totally forgot to get some.

I put all those things in a bowl them zap them in the microwave for a few minutes to just start them cooking...

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I mix up 6 eggs, 1/4 cup cream, a slosh of milk and a big tablespoon of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of chicken stock powder and salt and pepps.

Add this to the veg/bacon and mix well. Now add a good handful of grated cheddar cheese. Mix well. (Use more or less cheese to suit yourself)

Divide the mixture between the 8 shells and top with slices of cherry tomato and a bit more cheese.

Bake for approx. 30 minutes in oven at 180C, keeping an eye on the shells so they don't burn.

Serve with a simple salad and a vinaigrette dressing. These can be made during the day then re-heated for dinner - easy and delicious!

I can imagine Christmas leftovers going into these little boats - turkey, cranberry quiches, ham and roast veggie quiches, chuck it all in!

Cheers - Joolz xx

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