Sprouted Rye Chocolate Balls
Jun27

Sprouted Rye Chocolate Balls

These healthy snack treats are made using a sprouted rye bread, moist enough to mix and roll into balls for a treat during the week. This particular blend from Pure Life Bakery is much more suited to this recipe due to the moist nature of the bread. The only other wet ingredient in this recipe is some coconut oil to help with setting when refrigerated.     Ingredients 150g sprouted rye bread from Pure Life Bakery 150g date...

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Salami Pizza Scrolls
Mar18

Salami Pizza Scrolls

These are made using a gluten free puff pastry which is purchased from the freezer section. Yes, I often cheat with packet items. This brand is the “Coles” variety, and it isn’t great but is quick to work with. Look for other brands at your local gluten free fair and try them out. I’ve had some great ones, and some terrible ones, but it is worth the testing because when you find a good one you can make a wide...

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Chunky Chilli Salsa
Jan21

Chunky Chilli Salsa

The garden is currently producing more chilli’s than anyone can eat, and because Drew is the only chilli fan in the family he’s left with the task of eating almost all of them. Much to his delight! I prepared him a chilli salsa recently as a healthy after dinner snack and an easy breakfast. The colours of the fresh ingredients are inspiring and this keeps for several days due to the vinegar, if kept in the fridge in an air...

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Bacon & Zucchini Pies
Jan11

Bacon & Zucchini Pies

These are a great healthy way to grab some protein and vegetables first up. With bacon, eggs, zucchini, carrot and tomato these handfuls can be eaten on the way to work but they have far less garbage in them than a fast food breakfast … and lots more nutrients! The recipe is a slight variation on a traditional zucchini slice and can be made as muffins or baked in a loaf tin to make a slice. Ingredients 2 x zucchini 2 x carrots 4...

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Pesto
Sep08

Pesto

This is the classic pesto recipe with Basil and Pine Nuts, but cashews and almonds make a great substitute with a little extra oil. Ingredients 2 cups Basil, tightly packed 1 cup pine nuts ½ cup olive oil Salt & Pepper Garlic Light = 5 cloves Mid = 10 cloves Extreme = 20+ cloves   How to make it Peel garlic, wash basil Put everything in the blender Blend, scrape, blend, scrape Serve! Tips & Alternatives Add spinach or any...

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Almond & White Chocolate Cupcakes
Nov09

Almond & White Chocolate Cupcakes

Served with a creme cheese butterscotch frosting, these cupcakes are a decadent treat that could be served as dessert. The chocolate leaves are simply melted chocolate painted onto a shiny, clean leaf … chill then peel the leaf off gently to leave a chocolate leaf behind. Ingredients 120 grams of butter 150 grams SR flour (substitute gluten free SR flour mix) 150 grams sugar 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped almonds...

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Roast Chilli Dip
Oct07

Roast Chilli Dip

Drew loves chilli so I whipped up a healthy, preservative free dip for him to enjoy with crackers over the xmas period as an alternative to all of the cheesy, dairy based dips we’d been eating. This dip is so simple to make with practically no preparation time required. We picked some chilli’s from Mum’s garden, they’ve had so many that they are a little sick of them so Drew gets a handful every time we visit....

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Sour Cream Crackers

These are great crackers to serve with a good Blue or Camembert. Ingredients 1 3/4 cup Plain flour 1/4 cup S.R. flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 30gm butter 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup water Method Sift flours and salt together Rub in butter till crumbly Add sour cream and water, mix carefully till combined Knead lightly on floured board Divide into 4 pieces Roll out till fairly thin Add desired topping and roll into pastry so it is embedded...

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Butterscotch Biscuits

A delicious caramel like biscuit, full of crunch Ingredients 4 ozs butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg vanilla essence 2 cups S.R.Flour castor sugar for rolling Method Cream butter and sugar till soft and light, add egg and a few drops of vanilla essence Mix in flour well Small balls then lightly roll in sugar Place on greased oven trays and lightly press with a fork Moderate oven for 12 minutes or till light...

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Coconut Meringues

The word meringue puts the fear into most of us but this recipe is almost foolproof.  Remember that any failure can be crushed over ice cream or set into chocolate!! Ingredients 2 egg whites, remember with meringue there can be no yolk in the whites at all 1 1/2 cups coconut 1 cup icing sugar vanilla Method Beat egg whites till stiff, add sugar gradually and beat till thick Stir in coconut and a few drops of vanilla Place spoonfuls...

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Honey Biscuits

This recipe takes quite a lot of butter , but as there is no eggs it counteracts the cost, the taste of honey makes it a beautiful biscuit Ingredients 250 gm butter 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups S.R.flour 1 1/2 cups Plain flour Method Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy Add honey, vanilla and flours and combine well Small spoonfuls onto greased trays Moderate oven 10-15 minutes or till...

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Jam Drops

A lovely light biscuit, use any jam you like. Ingredients 4 ozs butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups S.R.flour (substitute gluten free SR flour mix) 1 egg, beaten vanilla essence jam, strawberry works best but any flavour will do Method Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy Add egg, vanilla essence and four Small spoonfuls onto greased tray Put a small dollop of jam into the centre, not too much as it will run over the edge and burn...

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Coconut Drops

A classic, the coconut  drop. Surprisingly, they taste sweet and coconutty. Ingredients 100 grams butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cups S.R.flour 3/4 cup coconut Method Cream butter and sugar till smooth add egg and beat till creamy add flour and coconut alternately till mixed place small teaspoonfuls on greased trays and bake in moderate oven 10-15 minutes till light...

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Powder Puffs

This is not their true culinary name but when Nana made them, her children thought they looked like her powder puff that she applied her make up with, they were called Powder Puffs from then on. A light and fluffy little cake filled with cream. Ingredients 125 gm butter 110 gm castor sugar 1 egg 50 gm Plain flour 35 gm S.R. flour 100 gm cornflour 35 gm custard powder Vienna Cream filling 60 gm butter 120 gm icing sugar 2 teaspoons...

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Buttery Biscuits

Look, we don’t mess about with names around here. This recipe has  lot of butter so we call them buttery biscuits. That way you can’t be surprised when they turn out buttery! Also beware that this doesn’t make many cookies so you may want to double the recipe. Ingredients 8 ozs butter 1 cup castor sugar vanilla essence 2 cups  plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder cherries or almonds Method Cream butter and sugar till...

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Hildas Ginger Biscuits

These would have to be one of my favourite biscuits, our great Aunty Hilda was still baking well into her 90′s so we would be served a plate of these with our cup of tea on visiting days.  Unless you are going to make lots of batches it’s more economical to buy the condensed milk in the tube and not the tin, but a double batch of these is never a bad idea, or you could use the rest to make some rocky road fudge....

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