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Grapefruit Cake [23 Jul 2007|10:10pm]

Grapefruit Cake

4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
1 dsp oil
2 eggs
6 oz self raising flour
juice from 1 grapefruit

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, then oil and juice. Beat well. Add flour. 175°C for 25 minutes.

Works OK for cupcakes, too.
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[24 May 2007|09:27pm]

Crockpot Apple PorridgeCollapse )

We had leftover Crockpot Apple Porridge, so I used it to make Porridge Buns. I added a big wallop of cinnamon, and they came out so delicious. Breaking them open when warm was like a big puff of donut-scented air. They are so simple to make.

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We also have the bucket-o'-feijoas dilemma that so many of us Kiwis face at this time of year. I've just made a batch of Feijoa Bran Muffins.

Feijoa Bran MuffinsCollapse )

Currently baking is a Feijoa Loaf, which I haven't made before. Will be interesting to see how it comes out. It was too small for my (large-ish) loaf tin, so use a small tin if you have it.

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simple chicken [05 Jan 2007|11:43am]

[ mood | happy ]

Last night I in this order

Put a table spoon of rice oil in a small roasting dish (actually a old square cake tin)
I added a handful of baby button mushrooms halved
5 whole cloves of garlic
3 chicken breasts
2 roughly chopped fresh tomatoes
A dash or two of Masterfoods Sumac
A dash of Masterfoods chilli flakes
A dash or two of Masterfoods Herbs de Provence
I covered the dish in tin foil and cooked at 180 for half an hour (till chicken juice was clear)
Then for the last 10 – 15 minutes of cooking I took the tin foil off
And served with lettuce, carrots and spring onions, to which my son sprinkled Masterfoods lemon pepper to.

It was good enough for me to share with you

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[29 May 2006|07:55am]

I decided to use my standard banana cake recipe to make banana cupcakes.

Irene's Banana CakeCollapse )

They came out absolutely scrumptious, much nicer than the banana cupcake recipe off the web I used last time. Especially mounded high with chocolate icing...

See?Collapse )
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Porridge Buns [03 Apr 2006|05:11pm]

[ mood | full ]

Porridge BunsCollapse )

I know the concept sounds unappealing, but they are sweet, moist and wonderful!

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[28 Mar 2006|06:20pm]

I just made these cute wee mince baskets (with homemade wedges and salad) and they are GREAT. Bubba loves them, too. It's just a different way of serving that tomato mince mix that everyone seems to make.

Last night we made mustard roast beef, from the Babies and toddlers section. We all enjoyed it!

The whole site is worth a look around :)
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Ambrosia [24 Mar 2006|03:29pm]

I make this at every family thing - so simple, so yummy :)

1kg yogurt - I use berry flavour for colour
500ml whipping cream
2 cans fruit salad
1 bag fruit puffs
1 bag marshmallows
any extra fruit - I usually use grapes, bananas, or pineapple

This is WAY nicer if you let the marshmallows soften first, so I mix them with the fruit puffs and the yoghurt the night before serving it, and refridgerate.
The next day, whip cream and add to yoghurt. Drain fruit and mix in.
Easy as that!!
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Its grocery shopping time again [16 Jan 2006|03:41pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Do you ever get to the point where you run out of meals ideas to prepare for the family?
I'm looking for ideas

Name me your favorite home cooked meal and if it needs a recipe please add it :o)
Thank you

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Chocolate Toffee Bars [16 Dec 2005|02:01pm]

Chocolate Toffee Bars

8 oz butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour
1 cup walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. 180°C for 15-20 minutes.

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They are SO fantastic. They have a wonderful texture.
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Muffins [13 Dec 2005|06:17pm]

Those of you on my friends list will know that I'm working on a recipe book for my family for Christmas. However, I have far fewer muffin recipes than anything else, and would like to even it out a bit.

Please leave a comment with your favourite muffin recipe! It would be very much appreciated.

(xposted to jexia)
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Truffles [06 Dec 2005|08:12pm]


4 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp cocoa
4 Tbsp milk
12 Tbsp milk powder
8 Tbsp sugar

Place butter, sugar and milk into pot and heat until the butter and sugar are melted. Add to the milk powder and cocoa. Stir in vanilla. Allow to cool a little then roll spoonfuls in coconut. Set in fridge.

Add sultanas or walnuts to the mixture.
Form the truffle with a caramel chocolate in the centre.

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Tasty Chickpeas [01 Dec 2005|08:06pm]

This recipe is so simple, but so delicious.

1 can chickpeas (or cannellini beans)
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1/2 tsp salt

Drain and rinse chickpeas or beans. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add spices. Stir for a little bit. Add chickpeas. Fry until the skins start to go a wee bit crispy, they're going a bit brown, and the spices are coating them.

If served with rice (and veges), makes a good cheap meat-free meal.
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Gingerbread cookies [04 Nov 2005|03:32pm]

Easy gingerbread cookies


125g butter or margarine
2 tablespoons golden syrup
185g sugar
1 egg, beaten
315g self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger


• Grease oven tray
• Melt butter and golden syrup in saucepan, then add the sugar and the egg.
• Lastly, add the sifted flour, salt and ginger. Mix well.
• For gingernuts, drop in teaspoonfuls on to tray. For gingerbread men, mould into shape or use cutter, and make faces with currants and peel.
• Bake at 165 ° C until a delicate golden brown, approx. 10-12 minutes.

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[26 Oct 2005|09:35pm]

I'm going to make chocolate cupcakes for Xander's birthday. Anyone got a favourite recipe for them?
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THE best chicken casserole ever [19 Oct 2005|08:02pm]

This recipe is famous in my family. It makes the best chicken casserole EVER.

Size 8 or 9 chicken
1 packet Maggi mushroom soup
1 1/4 cups cold water
1/2 cup cream
1 Tbl sherry
salt & pepper
4 slices multigrain bread
small onion
plenty of parsley and fresh herbs
butter (not sure how much- couple of big tablespoons?)

Cook chicken in microwave in an oven bag for 25 - 30 minutes.
Bone out chicken and put in casserole dish.

Mix soup and water and bring to the boil for 2 minutes. Cool. Add cream, sherry and salt and pepper and pour over chicken.

Toast the bread. Whiz the toast into breadcrumbs with the onion and herbs. Melt butter and bind into topping.
Sprinkle thickly over chicken.

Cover and cook for 30 mins at 180 degrees, or until heated and bubblnig right through.
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Paprika Drumsticks with Pan-Baked Scones [17 Oct 2005|08:56pm]

Paprika Drumsticks with Pan-Baked SconesCollapse )

Fan. Tas. Tic.
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Mini Steamed Puddings (microwave) [15 Oct 2005|09:55pm]


Jam or Golden Syrup
50g butter
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup milk


Lightly grease 4 coffee mugs and put a large spoonful of jam or syrup in the base of each.
Melt butter in a bowl, add sugar and egg, beat well.
Beat in milk.
Sift in flour and baking powder and mix well.

Spoon evenly into mugs and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
Stand for 1 minute then tip upside down on a plate.
Serve with cream.
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Failproof Pavlova [15 Oct 2005|09:46pm]


4 egg whites
Pinch baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 Tablespoon cornflour


Preheat oven to 180°C
Beat eggwhites until stiff.
Add baking powder & beat again.
Gradually add sugar (still beating).
Mixture should be glossy and thick.
Beat in remaining ingredients.

Pour onto a lined tray and shape until it's nice and round.
Turn off oven.
Put in oven and leave in with the door shut until the oven is cold.

Decorate with cream and fruit =)
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Simple Biscuits (made with Instant Pudding) [15 Oct 2005|09:24pm]


6oz butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 packet Greggs Instant Pudding mix (i used chocolate but apparently butterscotch is good)
3 Tablespoons cornflour
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder


Beat butter & sugar, then beat in egg, then instant pudding mix. Sift in flour, cornflour & baking powder and mix well. Knead if necessary.
Roll into small balls & press with a fork.
Bake for approx 10 mins at 190°C (375°F)

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THE BEST PUMPKIN SOUP EVER [02 Jul 2005|10:13am]

[ mood | sick ]

Again i have no set measurements for this. but this is how i make it.
1 whole pumpkin ( size depends on much people you have to fed)
Around 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
" of crushed garlic
" of mild curry
Around 2 tablespoon of chicken stock
about a cup of cheese sauce

Cut pumpkin into small chunks put in a large like a stock pot, cover with water not to much. And then add all the brown sugar, garlic, curry and chicken stock, you add more or less depending on what you like. cook that till it boils and simmer till pumpkin is cooked. DONT tip water out, mash everything together. then add cheese sauce. simple. doesnt take very long at all.
And it always tastes better the next day - dont know why.
Hope you like. everyone in my family LOVE IT.

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