Tomato Salad

This is a recipe for a tomato salad that my family will be enjoying with our Aussie BBQ on Christmas day.

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Ingredients:

3 punnets of cherry tomatoes

1 bunch of basil

1 block of fetta

8 slices of prosciutto

Directions:

Cut up the prosciutto and lightly fry with Olive oil. Allow to cool. (I don’t drain the oil off as this adds to the flavour of the salad).

Wash tomatoes and cut in half; pop in a salad bowl. Wash basil and tear apart leaves into pieces. Crumble in the fetta.

Add the cooled prosciutto and mix it all together. Now go and EAT IT! YUMMO

This really needs to be made on the day as the tomato sweats if left for too long and although it tastes just as good for leftovers the next day it wont look as good!

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Snack Bags

Jasmine’s class at school are actively trying to reduce the plastic packaging that is being brought into the school, through school lunches.

Children are encouraged to bring food in snack boxes or reusable snack bags, so today we got busy sewing up some snack bags from Dana’s candy bag tutorial.

These are really cute and have a zippered opening which is easy for Jas to open.

We also made some special treats for her lunchbox tomorrow. The children HAVE to eat their brain food (fruit, vegetable sticks etc) before anything else; but are allowed to take a snack outside at recess or lunch after they have eaten their healthy food.

These M & M biscuits came from a recipe over at Joy of baking and are extremely tasty.

These biscuits fit perfectly in Jasmines cloth snack bags, which can easily be chucked in the wash when finished with.

No-Bake Caramel slice

I promised my brother some caramel slice and decided to share the recipe that I use.

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This is a no-bake recipe that I adapted from the good old back of the condensed milk can.

Ingredients:

Base:

250gm pack of plain biscuits

125gms of melted butter

Filling:

1 can of condensed milk

30gms butter

2 Tbsp. of golden syrup

Topping:

150gms of chocolate

Directions:

Process biscuits until they resembles fine breadcrumbs and add melted butter. Press biscuit mixture (firmly) into a slice container, place in fridge.

Melt 30gms butter in saucepan over low heat and add 2 Tbsp. of golden syrup and the entire can of condensed milk. Stir slowly until thickened, 8-10 minutes and don’t forget to lick the condensed milk can clean while you stir!

Layer thickened caramel on the firm biscuit base and pop back in the fridge for about 15mins to set.

Melt chocolate over low heat and put this third layer on the caramel. Smooth all over and let set in fridge for 1-3 hours.

Cut up into slices and EAT. Yummo, oh and share with the brother for payment for his excellent babysitting duties!

Sourdough bread

After 2 failed attempts at making sourdough bread, I decided it was time to ask for some help. My recipes were just not working. It definitely wasn’t my starter as I had been caring for it as if it was a member of the family and it was bubbling away nicely.

I asked my good friends what recipe they used and they gave me a very detailed (Thank you Yas) explanation in the comments section of this post. The recipe comes from the book River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and worked a treat the first time.

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I made this loaf when my mother in law was over and it was a great hit. I really recommend this recipe.

As for my starter; I save about a cup of starter each time and pop this in the fridge, when I need it again I get it out of the fridge and feed twice or three times that day and its awake and ready to use. Easy as that!

Sourdough starter update

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Its Day 5 of my sourdough starter and it seems to be coming along nicely. I’ve been feeding it each morning on a half cup of rye flour and half a cup of water, give a little stir I then transfer it to a clean jar and place back in the pantry.

As you can see above its going through a bubbly stage and apparently this is good; two more days and it should be ready. I cant wait to give it a try!

Chocolate covered strawberries

Once a month Jasmines school has Tuck-shop day where the parents bring a plate of food and then the food is sold to the children at very cheap prices. There are no weekly lunch orders so tuck-shop day is very exciting for the children.

This is a fundraising activity but also a learning experience for the children, as items are sold for as little as 10 cents and the children need to work out what they can buy and how much change they get. They are encouraged not to bring any more then 2 dollars each. The lunch items are sold first and the children can purchase pies, sausage rolls, pizzas or whatever has been bought on the day. And then out come the treats. A few things that I noticed this morning were cupcakes, lamingtons, and homemade jelly cups!                      

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Our contribution to todays Tuck-shop were chocolate coated strawberries, Yum!

In our kitchen

Now that we have tamed our very ancient and some what temperamental oven, we have been having fun in the kitchen this week baking to our bellies are full with homemade nutritious snacks.

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To tell you the truth our cupboards are bare and we really need to go shopping!! We have found numerous ways to cook with Oats, Brown sugar, Wholemeal flour, Nuts, Seeds and butter because that is about all we have left.

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So far we have made Apricot balls which I posted about early last year, apple muffins, which Sally would make for me when I needed that extra boost while breastfeeding my babies and has now become one of our favourite recipes in this house. We have made Sally’s throat scratchers which are really yummy oaty muesli type bars. We have been making wholemeal bread and rolls in the bread maker and tomorrow we have Anzac biscuits in mind. Yum, I can now see some more nutritious cooking finding its way back into this Kitchen!

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(This is Sally’s muffin recipe which Dad wrote out for me on an old envelope)