Saturday, June 21, 2014

Foods as big as my head...

I do love a good self-portrait with oversized or weird looking vegetables from our garden.  It's like I use the scale of my head to show everyone how big something is! Not that you really know how big my head is...

So I thought I would share some of my selfie gems...

Self portrait with fennel... This is some seriously large fennel from our veggie box!!

Selfie with a very large fennel....

Hello curly pepper!! Grown by @elgatogrande

with a curly long pepper...

The giant gherkin!!!

With what I thought was the largest gherkin ever!!!!

This beer is bigger than my head!

and it isn't just vegetables!  How about a beer that is as big as my head?


Oh and of course, this mustard that is huge!!!

I truly can be quite the dork....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Macaron, Macaron, Macaron... in Hong Kong!!

Macaron madness!!

For some reason, I've been on a bit of a macaron addiction of lately.  There is a little French bakery near my work that fulfils my sweet needs during my lunch breaks.  I love some of the more unusual flavours that people are doing in macarons.  I had a black sesame flavoured one the other week that very much rocked my world!!!

Drooling over macarons!

The one thing that I have noticed in Hong Kong is their love for all things French... there is even a major French festival here!  Naturally with their love of frenchy stuff, there are plenty of stores filled with the beautiful coloured goodness of macarons.

Macaron store!

While window shopping in Hong Kong, I was enticed by the Laduree window.  It's sugary goodness, the pastel colours - they were totally calling me.  An entire counter full of beautifully coloured macarons awaited!!!

Macaron madness

We decided upon a box of 8... which was about $25AUD... not exactly cheap but we did have fantastic service and some free chocolate testing as well!  Also, the packaging and branding is absolutely beautiful... you are definitely buying into the brand.

Macaron madness

We selected...
  • Orange blossom
  • rose petal
  • salted caramel
  • pink pepper
  • liquorice
  • raspberry
  • the Marie Antoinette
  • chocolate, coconut and marshmallow
Totally decadent, totally delicious and totally worth it!!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Raspberry and Coconut Slice

Raspberry coconut slice

One of my favourite slices and sweet treats was Raspberry and Coconut slice.  I loved how the raspberry jam became like toffee along the baked edges and the crunchy coconut on top.  This is a slice that isn't particularly pretty but man it tastes good!!!

2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of caster sugar
125 g cold butter cubed
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup raspberry jam (I used a raspberry and pomegranate one)
2 cups of shredded coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Grease and line lamington pan (24 x 29 cm).
  2. Process flour, 1/2 cup sugar and butter in food processor.  It should look like bread crumbs.  Add 1 egg and the vanilla and process to form a dough.
  3. Press dough into the base of the pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and spread the jam over the warm base.
  5. Whisk 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of sugar together.  It should become lighter and sugar should dissolve a bit.  Stir in coconut.  Spread this mixture over the jam.
  6. Bake for a further 25 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool in the pan before cutting and serving.
Raspberry and coconut slice

Enjoy the crunchy and sweet goodness!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Protein Ball Snacks

Food stuff

I've been reading about everyone and their 'protein' snacks and thought that I would give them a go.  I also wanted to find some delicious and easy snacks to take to work for both my husband and myself.  The recipe that I decided to use as a base was from Damy health, who always has pretty delicious recipes.

So here are my first attempt at Protein Balls!

1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup of pecan nuts
1/3 cup of shredded coconut
1/3 cup of almond butter (like peanut butter but made from almonds only)
3 tablespoons of wheat germ
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
2 scoops of protein powder (mine was a chocolate flavour)

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together.  You may need to add a bit of cold water to help it along if your dates are a little dry.  Once the mixture is chopped and into a consistency that is a little like cookie dough, you can roll the mixture into smallish balls and place in an air tight container in the fridge.  This recipe makes about 12 balls for me.  You can also roll them in chopped nuts or coconut for extra crunch too!

They taste pretty delicious!  Just remember not to eat too many at once!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Croissant in a Jaffle?

Yep, day old croissant with jam in the Jaffle maker? Genius!!!!

As many of you are aware, I'm a little bit obsessed with my Breville Jaffle Maker.  I adore it!  I'm a big fan of a breakfast jaffle, usually consisting of bacon and eggs or some other type of savoury filling.

The other day, we had some croissants that were starting to get a little old and dry.  They weren't looking too appealing.  I thought, "I wonder if it could be revived in the Jaffle maker?" The answer is YES!!

I sliced the croissant in half, added a little butter and some raspberry jam and them popped in the Jaffle Maker.  The result is a buttery, crispy and sweet pastry.  Added with some vanilla cream and you've got yourself a sweet breakfast treat.

Really, is there anything that you can't put in the Jaffle Maker?!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homemade Celery Salt...

Homemade celery salt

We have been inundated with celery in our veggie patch and we have been trying to find new ways to use ALL of the celery.  My wonderful husband made this batch of celery salt, which I thought I would share with you all.  It is super easy and uses the leaves of the celery.

How to:

  1. trim leaves from celery
  2. wash well and spin in a salad spinner, you need to get them super dry.
  3. Pat dry with paper towel.
  4. lay on a tray, lined with baking paper in a single layer.  You don't want them over lapping otherwise they won't cook.
  5. bake in a low over (about 150 to 170 degrees Celsius) for about 3 to 5 minutes.  You want it dried out, not brown!
  6. you will need to do a few batches.  Add the dried out celery leaves to equal amount of flaky sea salt.  Store in an air proof container.
How easy is that?!  So what can you do with this delicious salt now?  Well you can add to your food as per usual, add to savoury items when you add salt or try it on boiled eggs like I did!

Boiled eggs with homemade celery salt

Give it a go!  It's a great way to use up those final last leaves on the celery and adds great flavour.  Yum!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pomegranate Sour...

Just whipped up some Pomegranate Sours for a Saturday arvo... Recipe will be on my blog!

I've been a little obsessed with sours lately.  That frothy foam can transform a basic drink into something pretty special.  I also love pomegranates for the warmer months so I thought I would try my hand at a pomegranate sour!

240 oz pomegranate juice (such as POM)
180 oz of Belvedere vodka
60 oz of lemon juice
30 oz of simple syrup
30 oz of egg white (about the egg white of one egg)

Like any sour, add all the ingredients with ice into a cocktail shaker.  Shake! Why do we shake?  Well we need to combine and froth the egg white and chill the liquid.

Pour into chilled martini glasses or a short glass.  This recipe makes 2 cocktails.


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