Showing posts from October, 2010

Apple Crumble

October 30, 2010
Apple Crumble... just out of the oven ... My first attempt in baking this version of  Apple Crumble was last year... and about the same time too ... not happy with end result, I put aside this post in my ' Draft ' folder... It took me a year to do my 'Take 2' photoshoot... I know I am  ...S.L.O.W :) This is one of my many ways to get Mr H Jr to have his fruits.... such a fussy eater when it comes to fruits and vegetables ~ he loves banana, mangoes, kiwi fruits, peaches, grapes and cut up oranges ( very fussy....indeed ). He does not like apples, pineapples, cherries ( more cherries for Miss E and I... Hurrah!!!  ) and the list goes on.... But with this 'Apple Crumble' (inspired from  Janelle Bloom's cookbook), he would be happy to consume at least 2 halves .... and of course with loads of custards poured on top ...almost flooding... and ' drowning ' the apple...  I swear I could almost hear the apple cry ~Help! Help!Help!!


Cauliflower Soup with Cheese Sticks

October 27, 2010
 Cauliflower is cheaper this season too... the cheapest I came across is  69cents per head at one of the grocers... We normally have our cauliflower ~ steam with or without the oyster sauce to drizzle or bake (with lots of runny cheese :))... I wanted to try to make soup (I've tried Brocolli Soup )... and found one in   PeriPlus~Soups and Breads recipe book... I used dollops of Philadelphia cooking cream. The soup is smooth and silky, unlike its Brassica cousin ~ Broccolli! and the  WOW factor would be the cheesy sticks... just like marriage made in heaven...  Miss E and Mr H loved the soup as both went for second helping :) and Mr H Jr ~ he was struggling to finish his bowl... and was secretly hoping that he could finish the cheesy sticks instead... Cauliflower Soup : 600g-750g cauliflower- cut into florets 1 liter of vegetable stock or chicken stock (or 1 liter of water plus 1 Chicken cube stock) 1 red onion - diced salt and pepper a da


Strawberry Jam

October 23, 2010
 Strawberries are cheaper this year... A punnet of 250g could fetch about AUD$1.99 in some supermarkets.. I love to do my shopping at the last hour before closing time...  shopping is not a breeze at that hour... there will be ' millions ' of shoppers... I know.. :) I exaggerated about ' million ' shoppers... but I sure felt like it...with everyone's trolleys in everyone's way... we are suckers for good bargains... It brings back good memories during my 'student days' ... living on a budget ... After an exhausting day running from one lecture room to another... came home ~exhausted and in no mood to cook.. not even to fry an egg!!... :) I'd hopped  (I lied...not hop but walk ..:)) to the nearest supermarket ( that would be Safeway in High Street Kensington~if its still there )... grabbed yoghurt tub for 20p, sandwiches for 60p... and fruits for a song... Came home feeling happy and contented for that day....  We fast forward 20 years


Crispy Skin Salmon with Cha Soba

October 21, 2010
I am an impulsive  shopper ( always happened when I don't have my shopping list with me !!)... if I see things I have not seen or tried before... I'll pick it up... have a quick 'read' and straight goes in my shopping trolley ... then those item/s will ' hibernate ' in my larder/ freezer until I found the mood or a good recipe to go with it... like this Cha Soba and a packet of  frozen Edamame... This is the first time I see 'Green Tea' Soba sold in our local Asian Grocer... fascinated, I bought 2 packets and that was many moons ago ( more than 6 moons ago ). Japanese loves their soba cold ...  Soba is bland compared to udon and I, personally prefer udon than soba... Bingo !!!... Flipping through Donna Hay Spring issue I finally... found the recipe that goes well with 'cold' soba... ~ Crispy Skin Salmon with chilli salt ...   broth and soba are my version ... to make our meal complete    :) A bowl of Cha soba and


Spanakopita Spirals

October 19, 2010
Mr H Jr  is home from his two weeks school trip...  He was tired from the long flight... but still chirpy.. ( psst.. I think he missed us... eventhough he denied it ;) ... )... He brought home a suitcase full dirty laundry... and that kept me busy all weekend ...and I forgot about  my  'Sweet/Savoury Saturday'   post... Anyway... I can't complain as he bought his mommy - her favourite chocolate ~ a bar of Cote D'or Praline, another box of chocolate from French chocolatier ... :)   oopsie... there goes my waistline :( 250g Philadelphia Block cream cheese 150g ricotta cheese 1 egg -lightly beaten 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 150g feta cheese- crumbled 250g frozen spinach- thawed, and squeeze out liquid 6 spring onion - finely chopped 1/4 cup parsley- finely chopped 1/4 cup mint - finely chopped 24 sheets filo pastry 1/3 olive oil for brushing Pre heat the oven to 180C. Beat together Philadelphia block cream cheese, ricotta, egg and nutmeg. Sti


Beetroot, Apple and Carrot Juice

October 14, 2010
I have done baking, roasting and now juicing... the last of my beetroot harvest... :)


Roast Beetroot

October 12, 2010
We harvested about 20 or more beets ~ big and small... next on the menu ~ Roast Beetroots served with roast chicken...  Just to digress... we finally heard from Mr H Jr (who is thousands of miles away from home)...after 10 long days of  'No news means Good news'  ... not directly from him .... but thru his entry in his FB!!  beetroots olive oil salt and pepper balsamic vinegar chopped parsley Sorry...no measurements for any of the above ingredients... its up to your preference..


Beetroot Marble Cake

October 09, 2010
What would you do when you get a good harvest of beetroots? You baked, roast and juice them... and we all be be smiling and showing our ' Red ' tainted teeth   :) While harvesting our beetroots ... I was asking Mr H ... "Do you think I could make some beetroot cake with these?". He replied mockingly..." hmmm... Are you sure? Heard of Carrot cake but Beetroot Cake??Dont think I would fancy that" I was not put off with his answer... instead I was quite adamant to try and bake beetroot cake. I searched and found one. Skimming through the recipe that has a 5 Stars rating... I thought, it would be nice to bake a Beetroot Marble Cake !!! It would be something different... Inspired by the recipe here ... and with some changes in the ingredients... plus the Butter Cake Mix... I was on the ball so to speak :) Outcome : Nobody guessed that it was a 'Beetroot' Cake... didn't have that 'earthy' beets taste. It was a success


Butter Chicken and Menulog Voucher Giveaway

October 07, 2010
This is another Indian dish that we love...  savour it with either Naan , Paratha or rice. I used to buy the bottled spice ~ Patak's and the like... but this time I was adamant to make my own :) found this recipe from one of my cookbooks ... I have most of the ingredients... with exception... I add in fresh tomatoes, tomato soup and light evaporated milk...  The taste? better than the pre-bottled spice, of course :) On another topic....still food related... I have 1 voucher giveaway (AUD10 worth)  ... thanks to menulog.com . This voucher is redeemable in Australia... Browse this  link to find a restaurant near you...  to get your hands on the voucher... just leave a comment on this post by 30th October and I'll pick the winner at random...  __________________________________________________________________________________ Australia's largest restaurant guide (20,000+ restaurants). Order home delivery online (1,000+ restaurants). Menulog Restaur


Pasta, Pesto and Haloumi

October 05, 2010
The mercury is slowly rising towards a warmer weather... Its time to clean the wardrobe and put away winter clothing... and out 'Summer Wear' ! Yay.... but... before I could put on my Summer Clothes... I need to lose few kg... as the result of 'Winter Comford Food' ... I have been having my brisk walking ... not everyday but at least 3 times a week... and last weekend ~ Mr H and I were so busy in our garden... pruning, weeding, planting (heirloom tomatoes, sweet basil, purple basil, meyer lemon) Hope that counts towards reducing my kgs :)...At the moment, the bathroom scale is not my ' BFF ' yet .. And this WeightWatcher Salad will help me in achieving my goals...  ;)  300g pasta shapes 2 tablespoon traditional basil pesto (Leggo) 2 tablespoon lite sour cream 1 small capsicum - sliced thinly 100g snowpeas sprout - cut into 3 parts salt and pepper a packet of Cypress haloumi cheese - thinly sliced  Spray oil in a non stick


Oreo Cheesecake

October 02, 2010
I lost track of time this week... to say that I was busy... not really,  but my kitchen has stop 'smoking' for a couple of days now... I was in no mood for anything at the moment... my mind has wandered off... thinking of days ahead without Mr H Jr ...  We are sending him off to the airport later today for his school trip to Paris and London ... for 2 weeks. Every parents' nightmare, when their children are away for that long and so far away!!! All sort of things came to mind: will he be alright ? does he has enough socks ? will he forget to pack his stuff and not leave anything behind and most important thing... does he has enough money ??? and passport ?... endless worrying... :( He'll be in Paris for a week then taking Eurotrain to London for their last leg of their Social Science and Environment Tour...  so ... if you happen to see 3 teachers running around chasing 30 excited teenagers around Paris and London ... just say " G'day, mate &qu