Grilled Halloumi its simple, tasty and looks an sounds fancy! what more could you want? I pair it with a sweet potato hash browns, Grilled tomatoes and basil leaves. Delicious!
1 block or packet Halloumi
300g Sweet Potato, grated
1/2 Teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
Oil for frying
Place the sweet potato, eggs and seasoning in a bowl and mix well. Heat a little oil in frying pan over medium heat. Cook ¼ cups of the sweet potato mixture for 2−3 minutes on each side or until they are golden and crispy. Drain on Paper towel and keep warm. Using the same frying pan add a little more oil if needed. Slice halloumi cheese into wide, 1 cm thick slices. Place slices in frying pan for just a few minutes on each side (about 2-3 minutes), until lightly browned and gently crisped( Be careful to not overcook it as it will go rubbery) Halloumi cheese is best served immediately.
A tasty Easter bun decorated with the traditional cross. You can add fruit or chocolate bits to enhance your bun.
4 Cups Plain Four
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Sultanas
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Mixed spice
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Cream yeast with 1 Tablespoon of each sugar and flour, add lukewarm milk and mix well. Cover and stand in a warm place for 10-15mins or until mixture is frothy.
Sift remaining flour, salt, sugar and spices together. Rub in butter, add beaten egg, sultanas and yeast mixture mix into a dough. Stand bowl covered with a clean teatowel in a warm place for 40mins or until dough has doubled in size. Punch down dough, turn out onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Cut dough into 3 equal pieces, cut those into 5 equal pieces to create 15.
Pre heat oven to 200'c. Knead and shape into buns and place onto a lightly greased 18x24 tin, stand in a warm place for 10-15mins or until buns reach the top edge of tin.
Sift 1/2 Cup of plain flour, Mix with 1/3 Cup water into a paste. Fill mixture int a piping bag with a small hole cut across the corner. Pipe crosses on each bun.
Bake in a hot oven for 15-20mins. Remove from oven and serve .
Note: To make bun look glazed brush over a glaze made of 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 Tablespoon Gelatin and 1 Tablespoon Hot Water.
A creamy simple pumpkin soup that's extremely easy to make. This recipe is from my year 10 cooking class and its my go to recipe on a cold winters day. Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of warm soup? I also serve mine with extra cream, feta and crispy bacon shards to add some texture.
350g Pumpkin ( I use butternut)
1 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock
1/4 Teaspoon ground Ginger
1 Medium Onion
2 Tablespoons Cream
Peel pumpkin and cut into 5cm pieces. Peel and finely chop onion. Place all ingredients, except cream, into a saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil, Stirring once or twice. Once boiling turn heat down to a simmer and cook until pumpkin is soft. Cool slightly then place in a blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and reheat soup. Stir in cream and serve hot.
A tasty treat where the flavor options are endless. I first had these at a BBQ in Australia. My mother in law had brought them and from then i was hooked. I make them all the time for my daughter and she loves them as well. They are so simple to make but ridiculously tasty!
2 Sheets Puff Pastry
150g Bacon Bits
200g Cheese (This can be any cheese you like, i use a mix of Parmesan and Cheddar)
80g Passata (Or a good Tomato pasta sauce)
Oil for frying
Pre heat oven to 180'c. Layer a large baking tray with baking paper.
Heat oil in a small frying pan on a medium heat. Add bacon bits and fry until golden n crispy.
Spread passata over one side of each of the puff pastry sheets. Sprinkle cheese over sauce (save some cheese for putting over the top before putting in oven). Evenly scatter the cooked bacon bits over cheese. Roll up pastry and cut each log into 12 slices, layer slices with the filling facing up on the covered baking tray. Sprinkle over remaining cheese.
Bake in oven for 20 mins or until pastry is puffed and golden.
A simple tomato salsa on crisp bread, my go to party dish. Whenever i need to bring a share plate for a gathering this is it. I love bruschetta so much that if i go out for dinner i must try it. Ive prob tasted over 50 different types, this is still my favorite, and it's mine own recipe.
6 Ripe Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 White Onion, diced finely
1/4 Cup Basil leaves, shredded
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (Brown or White)
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bread to serve (I use Bruschetta Toast from the supermarket)
Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over top when serving (optional)
Place all ingredients (except bread) together and mix well. Chill for 20 mins in the fridge to marinate. Serve on warm crusty bread.
A mouth watering, tender beef fillet with a flavorful sauce of red wine. When my husband an I go out for dinner this is what we order, so it was only fitting i learnt to make it.
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
4 Beef Filet Steaks
2 Onions Halved & Sliced
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
200g Mushrooms, trimmed
2 teaspoons Tomato Paste
2 teaspoons Plain Flour
1 Cup Red Wine
1 1/2 Cups Beef Stock
Preheat oven to 180'c. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Season steak with salt and pepper and fry for 2 minutes each side. Transfer to a baking tray and place in oven for 5mins. once cooked remove from oven and let rest.
Heat remaining oil in the same frying pan over a low heat. Cook onions for 5mins until softened. Add garlic and mushrooms and stir for 1-2mins. Stir in tomato paste and flour. Add wine and let cook for 1min, add stock and bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for 5-6mins or until well reduced, season. Remove from heat and add steaks to just warm back thru. serve
A healthy version of chicken nuggets that my daughter loves! These nuggets contain just a few ingredients, so you know exactly what your children are eating. I mince my own chicken so its just pure chicken but you can buy chicken mince as well if you don't have a mincer.
2 Large chicken Breasts or a packet of chicken mince
1 Tablespoon All purpose seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 Cup Plain Flour
1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
Mince chicken Breast, add seasoning to the chicken and mix well. Season well with salt and pepper. Shape into chicken nugget shapes and place in fridge for 15mins.
In a container whisk eggs together. Coat nuggets each with flour then, dip in beaten eggs coating completely, transfer to breadcrumbs and coat well.
Once nuggets are bread crumbed cook either in a preheated 180' oven for 20mins or until cooked or deep fry until golden brown and cooked thru.
you can pre cook the nuggets until almost cooked and freeze them for later (let them cool a little before freezing)
You can add all different spices, flavorings and herbs to you chicken mince for you tastes. For adult nuggets add liquid smoke and sweet chili sauce or for a real treat add cubed cheese for that ooey gooeyness!
A spin on an old classic the Caramel slice this tart will get your guests talking. A sweet treat the whole family will enjoy and if their anything like mine, will get you to make over and over again.
150g Granita biscuits (Arnotts brand)
75g Butter, melted
120g Macadamia nuts
395g Can of condensed milk
2 Tablespoons Golden Syrup
50g Butter (extra)
250g Block of milk chocolate (cooking chocolate)
Grease a large tart tin and line the base with grease proof paper.
Place biscuits into a food processor and process until fine crumbs. Add melted butter and mix until well combined. Press biscuit into tart tin and press down firmly and evenly to create the base. Place into the fridge to set (approx 1 hour).
Around 10 mins before the base is set place the golden syrup, condensed milk and 30g butter into a saucepan, cook over a medium heat for around 10mins or until mixture thickens and is caramel in colour. Remove from heat and add macadamia nuts, stir until combined and spoon mixture evenly over biscuit base (this needs to be done quickly as the caramel will start cooling and going hard) place back in fridge and let set for 1hr.
10 mins before caramel is set place chocolate and remaining 20g butter in a heatproof bowl (make sure no water is in the bowl or touches the bowl at any time, this will separate the chocolate) place over a pot of gently simmering water and let the steam melt the chocolate, using a metal spoon stir until chocolate has melted. Pour chocolate over set caramel and smooth over to coat over the caramel evenly. Place back in fridge to set for around 15mins. Serve
Note: /you can melt the chocolate by placing it in the microwave and stiring every 15 seconds until melted.
3 Cups Self Raising Flour
80 Grams Butter, cubed
1 - 1/4 Cups Milk
Jam and Whipped Cream for serving
Preheat oven to 200'c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Using your fingertips rub butter cubes into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the centre and add 1 Cup milk. Using a butter knife mix until a soft dough forms (you can add more milk if needed). Knead dough until smooth (but try not to overwork it).
Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat down until its around 2cm thick. Using a dough cutter cut out circular shapes until all dough has been used (you can pat dough together to create more). Place on baking tray and sprinkle with a little flour. Bake for 20-25mins or until scones are golden and well risen.
Once baked you can serve hot or cold with jam and whipped cream.
Note: you can add any flavourings you like at the mixing stage.
These little balls are delicious by themselves or served with mashed potatoes or a simple salad. You can flavour the meat mixture with whatever you like to suit your taste. I mince my own meat by you can just use pre brought chicken mince.
2 Chicken breasts (or a packet of pre brought chicken mince)
1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
1 small chopped onion (optional)
2 Tablespoons Italian herbs seasoning
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
1 Chicken stock cube (optional)
Salt and Pepper
1/2 Cup seasoned flour
2 Eggs beaten
1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 Cup Tomato Pasatta
2 slices Ham (optional)
1/2 Cup Cheese (I used cheddar) grated
Pre heat the oven to 180'c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Using a mincer mince the chicken breast using a course mix blade. Add breadcrumbs, onion, seasoning, liquid smoke and a crushed stock cube and mix till well combined. season with salt and pepper. Roll mixture into bite size balls ( I got 15 balls out of my mixture). Take one ball cover in seasoned flour and once fully covered transfer to the beaten egg mixture cover completely and transfer to breadcrumb's. once covered set aside. Repeat with all remaining balls. Place balls onto baking tray and bake in oven for 20mins or until golden and crispy and chicken is cooked.
Once cooked remove from oven, place a piece of ham on top of each ball and a heaped teaspoon of tomato pasatta, top with cheese and place back in oven for 10mins or until cheese has melted.
Serve hot or cold.
Note: You can deep fry the balls instead of baking them just place them in the oven to melt the cheese.
Mum of 2, Wife of a Fifo worker and lover of delicious, creative food.