Over the last two weekends I have participated in a bushwalking course and helped cater for a medieval feast. In the next few weekends I am camping with a bunch of mates, going to Melbourne and The Gold Coast Supanovas and marching in an ANZAC day parade. Suffice to say I am a busy person at the moment. This is one of the reasons I have moved my posts to Monday. I am hoping It will give me a little extra time to get myself sorted out each week (especially when it comes to taking photos).

Todays post was Inspired by two of the afore mentioned activities. Couscous is a regular side dish at the medieval events I attend and it makes for a super simple light weight (for hiking) meal of its own. Its also very versatile and extremely easy to make.

And so I present you with couscous three ways as a side dish, As a meal and as a breakfast. Couscous is an ugly food for photographing but is delicious anyway.


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For all three recipes the method is the same.

1. Place the couscous in a heat proof bowl (preferably 1 with a lid) then add the water.

2. Cover the bowl and allow steam for 2-3 minutes.

3. Stir through with a fork to break up the couscous.

4. Stir through the rest of the ingredients.

5. Enjoy

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The ingredients for each are as follows:

As a Side dish (serves 4) 

1 cup Couscous

1 cup of boiling Water

3/4 cup Raisins, Sultanas or Dried Cranberries

1/4 cup toasted Pine Nuts (optional)

1 tsp Veg Stock powder (or 1 stock cube)

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As a meal (serves 1)

1/3 cup Couscous

1/3 up boiling Water

1 small tin of flavoured tuna

1/4 cup Sultanas

1/4 cup Almonds

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As Breakfast (serves 2) – Serve with Yogurt

1/3 cup Couscous

1/3 cup boiling Water

1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice (I use saltines and cranberries)

1/4 cup nuts of your choice (I use almonds or pistachios)

1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground Cardamon

1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg

2 tbs of Honey (or to taste)

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Finally we have internet!

It took 3 week but we survived. just.

So what did I do on our first weekend with internet?

I went on a bushwalking course. Yer, out in the bush, without internet.

And to top it off it rained most of the weekend.

Despite the rain I was a really great and informative weekend.

I brushed up on my navigation and light weight camping skills and met some cool people who’ve done (and do) some amazing stuff.

Todays recipe is Dried fruit and nut fritters.

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1 1/2 Cups Self Raising flour

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Powdered Milk

40g Sultanas*

30g Almonds & Dried Cranberries*

1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Ground Cardamon

1 Egg

1 cup Water

* I use the small pre-packed snack boxes of sultanas and almonds & cranberries for convenience.

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Put all dry ingredients in a bowl then add wet ingredients.

Mix together with a whisk until smooth.

Place a frypan over a medium heat and spray with oil.

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Scoop 1/4 cup of mixture into the fry pan and allow to cook for 2-3 mins. bubbles should be appearing and popping on the top and the bottom should be easy ti lift with a spatular.

Flip over and cook other side for 1-2 mind or until browned.

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Repeat spraying the pan between each one, until you’ve used the mixture or you have enough fritters.

Excess mix can fe kept in the fridge for 1 day.

Serve with butter and/or honey.

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This week I though I might post a bit of whats been going on on my Instagram over the last month. The Gammie Creative Instagram is used for more then just our weekly posts. It shows off things Ive been working on. things I may have made but have yet to write about and some general goings on of the Gammie Creative (and co.) and also some general food porn.

My First Instagram post was this photo:

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Flat Bread, for which you now have the recipe.

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My Delicious Breakfast one morning

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A preview of the meringue kisses

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My dinner one night, a few of my friends had been complaining that I was posting too much sweet stuff they couldn’t have.

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Chunky Rosewater Marshmallows

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An apple pie rose made my Ronnie G

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The Rock out the back of our new house where we were having afternoon tea

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My new (and bigger) Kitchen Finally all unpacked

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Some Delicious Banana Bread fresh from the oven. Banana Bread is my favourite thing to make with over ripe bananas.

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My first experiment for a new recipe, Milo Cookies

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The result, and some marshmallows. Still need to work on the cookie recipe but they were nice.

So that was this months photos. If you’d like to follow the Instagram look for @thegammiecreative. Tag me if you’ve made something delicious and I may put the photo up next time.

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So all the moving is all done and now we are in a new place surrounded by boxes.  The First rooms to be unpacked were of course The Ben’s study and the kitchen. This has made a rather large dent in the pile of boxes in our living room as these are probably the rooms with the most of our stuff in them. I’m very excited to get back to some cooking especially now I have a bigger kitchen to work with.

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Now the biggest problem is that our internet is not working so we are running off our mobile internet and that is starting to wear thin. Telstra have promised they will have resolved it by the 19th of March but thats still 2 weeks away.

So todays recipe only comes with a few pictures.

Don’t worry though its a really easy recipe.

 

You need

1 Cup SR Flour

2/3 cup Water

2 Tbs Garlic salt

Mix together the dry ingredients then add in water bit by bit until the mixture becomes a dough. If you add to much water then you can add more SR flour to bring it back to the right consistency.

Split the dough into 4 and roll each piece into a ball then roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface into a 5-15m thick round.

lightly oil a fry pan and place over a medium heat.

Once warm place one of the dough rounds into the pan and allow to brown. You will see the dough puff up a little and my form some bubbles in the middle.

When one side is browned flip over and brown the other side.

When both sides are browned remove from pan and place to the side. Repeat for each round until all done. Oil pan between each one.

 

I like to eat them with sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and.or kewpie mayo.

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Sorry there is no new recipie this week. B and myself are moving house this weekend so I have not had the time to put together a post.

Regular programming will continue as usual next week.

Lil