Friday, August 29, 2014

Campfire Cooking at its best!

We recently took a 4 week road trip through areas of Australia (yes, mid winter)

We travelled Sydney-Warrumbingles-Lightening Ridge-Charleville-Longreach-Alice Springs-Kings Canyon-Uluru-Coober Pedy-Lake Eyre-Flinders ranges-Sydney.  Some camping, some hotels. Lots of driving!

When we were camping in the Flinders Ranges, after a particularly long day the fellas were so knackered they went to bed before dinner. This left the Hubby and I with lots of leftovers, and we already had the following days meal planned.

So..voilacamp breakfastwe called it a “Cowboy” breakfast to make it more enticing than leftover dinner!. Consisting of chopped butterfly lamp, leftover cooked veg (potato, carrots & peas) all heated up together then some eggs cracked in.

What a hit!

What do you do with your leftover dinners?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Moreish Madelines

On Sundays, if I have the time, I love to bake. There is nothing more satisfying that the smells of something wafting from the oven.

Today I thought Id give some Madeleines a go.You do need to have a Madeline tin, which is not something that all people have in their cupboard. Luckily I am a collector of random shapes and sizes of tins so just happened to have one in the cupboard.  

4 eggs
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/4 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
180g butter melted and cooled

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Put sugar and eggs in a bowl and beat with electric beaters (or in your electric mixer bowl) for about 10 mins or until very pale and thick. Sift the baking powder and flour over the egg mix and beat on low speed until cool. Add the melted butter & lemon zest and continue beating until combined.
Grease madeline tin  and spoon approx 1 heaped teaspoon into each hole - dont overflll as they wont keep their shape. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until golden.

Ideal served warm with a nice cup of tea (or packed up in a lunchbox!)


Monday, August 25, 2014

Sporty Saturdays

Thank goodness we are nearly at the end of the winter sport season! 

Having two boys playing at different ovals at the same time can be a bit of a juggle, especially when the Husband is working. Last weekend was actually a lovely overcast but not too cold morning. I love watching the boys come together and have fun while they train and warm up. All that I needed to make it the perfect morning was a really good cuppa and a slice of cake!

Bring on Summer though...looking forward to some lazy Saturdays.


Friday, August 22, 2014

family tasting plate for dinner

Well, hello there Friday!

I don't know about you, but at the moment I get to the end of the week and don't have much brain space left for cooking.

Meal planning helps with this (alot!) and something thing else that can be really good for a Friday night is what we call a tasting plate.

Basically it's a collection of smaller bits & pieces - corn with lime, cracked pepper & pecorino, grilled holumi, baby beets, dips, toasted flat bread, green beans with prosciutto - you get the picture  - all laid out on a large board or on the table, for everyone to pick a choose what they feel like, a little or alot...the perfect way to finish off a long week!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

books, books, so many books

If there is a word for cook-book addiction - then I am sure that I am the embodiment it...or at least, the embodiment of a (hopefully) recovering one.

At last count we, well, lets just say, we had an enthusiastic abundance of cook books, as well as countless magazines, tear sheets and web sites book-marked. The cook-per-recipe-purchased ratio would be very low - but I guess that, like many others I know, the time spent consuming of food publications far out weights the consumption of food itself! I love that my cousins wife has a pinterest board called "recipes I will pretend to make".

Pinterest is a great starting point for find new recipes - lately, with an eye to turning my back on the blustery chill of winter, I have noticed I am pinning lots of salads - I definitely have an eye on the coming change of season!


Monday, August 18, 2014

well, that was one good trip!

OK, so no, we didn't go to New York for almost 2 years, as the lack of blog posts may have led you to think!
We did have one fantastic trip though! 
The sites, the sounds, the food and the people all lived up to expectations - from cosy lunches at Freemans on a rainy afternoon, to Shake Shack Burgers and fries. Union Square markets and Smorgasburg, the deli's, the bars and the food carts, we well & truly ate our way around NYC!
The thee stand-out would have to have been:
Mary's Fish Camp for the most perfectly  seafood meal I have.ever.had
Taim for amazing fluffy falafel, immaculate salads and the best fries on the face of the earth (truly!)
The Rusty Knot, this kooky little bar we found, that looked out over the Hudson, that had cocktails I can still taste and the now famous (in our house anyway) Fish Po' Boys.
Needless to say - can't wait to go back!