This Week in My Kitchen

It’s been a relatively easy week but I’m ready for a nap.

 

That’s an issue of B12 deficiency though not my week.

 

I spent a lot of my spare time napping this week but I did get to go see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I enjoyed it. There were a few bits though that I felt were pointless or silly but overall it was a nice instalment.

 

We seem to have slightly dropped our trivia game but we still have fun and really that’s the whole point. Really these things are a bit of luck as you just can’t know everything.

 

I’m working on catching up on Master Chef. We don’t have any TV’s plugged into an aerial so I always end up having to catch up later. I’m quite enjoying the new season though as always it makes me feel like I should try harder in the kitchen. I really enjoyed their home cooking week.

 

Now onto the food

 

This Week in My Kitchen

 

Saturday – Carbonara

I knew I wanted rice or pasta and since someone had mentioned cheese wheel carbonara earlier that day I had Carbonara stuck in my head. I’ve never made a Carbonara before but it was actually pretty easy and I’m glad I have a recipe to hand now.

 

Sunday – CBGB – The Cougartown

Continuing on our CBGB Sundays this time we made The Cougartown, Baby spinach and vintage cheddar and something extra. I’m not giving away our secret recipe but it was delicious.

 

Monday – Coconut Chicken Curry

This was a packet base I had in the cupboard and it was quite tasty. It was probably some sort of Korma, to be honest. It came together pretty easily and that’s what I was after so I was happy.

 

Tuesday – Beef Stew

I know I did this last week but as I had an appointment to go to after work I knew the slow cooker was the way to go. All I had to do was make some couscous when I got home and dinner was ready. This time I used cider and stock as the base so it was a bit soupier but still delicious.

 

Wednesday – Bacon & Onion Pasta

This turned out better than I expected. I used up the leftover bacon in the fridge and fried it up with an onion and it made a very tasty pasta dish. I mean you can’t really go wrong with bacon and onion. I chucked in whatever grated cheese I could find and that made it a little more like a sauce rather than just pasta and bits.

A little bit on the side

 

Bacon & Onion Jam

I made this to go on some cider scones but I didn’t get around to making the scones. Fortunately, it keeps and it will go quite nicely on Scones or toast when I get around to it.  

 

Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

I wanted to bake something and muffins were the easiest choice with what I had. Also, they are probably the best for taking to work of the options I had in mind so that’s a bonus. I usually have a stash of choc chips and frozen berries so that was the obvious choice for flavours. I’ll probably be making more (different flavours) soon.

 

Banana & Bacon Croissants

Always delicious. I even managed not to burn the sugar this time. I have some ideas I want to play on this concept but for now, it makes for a lovely Saturday brunch at home.

 

More Pumpkin Soup

Same same as last week but this time I remembered that I had homemade chicken stock in the freezer. The stock makes a big difference to the flavour of the soup and this one was meatier. A smaller batch though this time so it, unfortunately, won’t last as long.

So that’s it for this week in my kitchen.

 

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Lil

This Week in My Kitchen

 

It’s been another wonderful week in our crazy house.

Yesterday morning was no exception to that and really rather the best example of life here.

Our morning featured a delicious breakfast, classic tunes, dancing around the kitchen and laughing ourselves silly.

 

That generally is life around here and for that I am grateful.

 

I’m also very grateful for my family. It’s been a bit of a rough week and a bit on the facebook memories as it’s 2 years from my run in with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. I really do appreciate all the love people put out there for me though and it’s a good reminder of how far I have come from there. But especially at this time of year, I’m grateful for all that my family did for me (and have done for me my whole life).

 

Onto something a bit happier,

 

This Week in My Kitchen

 

Sunday – Crazy Hat Party – Pizza & Loaded Garlic Bread 

My sister took over the dinner prep and decided it was time for another theme night. We donned our craziest hats and a night of fun began. It all started with some frozen pizzas and garlic bread and with the help of some bacon and carbonara sauce, it became a good time. This was our second household adventure into loaded garlic bread and it was an all round success. Stay tuned for more GB adventures to come.

 

Monday – Apricot Chicken

A meal we can all agree on. I just use a packet mix and threw in a few extra veggies. Something simple for a Monday night.

 

Tuesday – Beef & Red Wine Stew

I love making stew and I’m always happy when stew weather rolls around. I did this one up in the slow cooker before work and left it to do it’s thing. There was a wonderful moment when I got home and I could smell dinner as soon as I got out of the car. Paired with my favourite lazy side dish, couscous, It made for a particularly easy Tuesday night.

 

Wednesday – Paella

I think this is going to be a semi-regular meal on the menu. We all like seafood and the recipe I have found is super easy and quick. Not so traditional but the flavours are there. I did forget to buy chorizo so I subbed in some bacon and it still turned out quite flavoursome.

 

Thursday – Stir Fry

My sister took the reigns on this one as it’s one of her favourite dishes. We don’t get to have it much as one of the housemates doesn’t really like it. I quite like a stir fry so I was glad we found the chance for it. I also did up a cheese plate for pre dinners just because I wanted to.

 

Friday – Breakfast for dinner

This one was also not me. My housemate decided to take a crack at the dinner game as it was getting late and none of us had eaten. After a search of the fridge dinner for breakfast for dinner became the clear option and I once again got to sit back and watch as dinner was made for me. I also successfully managed to eat it with only a knife for cutlery.

 

A Little Bit on the Side

 

Mother’s day Brunch

For this one Mum and Dad came to us as and we cooked them a lovely brunch. We had zucchini and halloumi fritters, bacon, and balsamic cherry tomatoes. It turned out quite well though I’m sad to say I slightly undercooked some of the fritters. I also got us some nice coffee which we are continuing to benefit from.

 

Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

It’s soup season and when I asked the house what sort of soup they wanted the consensus was Pumpkin. I decided to add sweet potato to the mix as they looked good at the shops. Really it was quite easy, I just roasted everything for an hour or so then pureed the roasted veg with some stock. It actually turned out quite amazingly. It somehow had a citrus flavour to it which was awesome.

 

Banana Bread

After flicking through a food mag I’d left on the kitchen table it came up that I should make banana bread. Fortunately, we had some bananas in the freezer so it all came together relatively easy. This then lead to some wonderful banana bread french toast yesterday morning. I don’t think there is much left at all after that.

 

Balsamic Tomato Toast

Last weekend as I was typing up my post I decided to make a snack. There wasn’t much in the fridge at this point so I went with toast, ricotta and some balsamic cherry tomatoes. Had I had some fresh basil it would have been absolutely perfect but as it was it hit the spot.

So that’s all from my kitchen this week.

 

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Until next time

 

Lilz

This Week in My Kitchen

So this one is more like these weeks in my kitchen but it was Supanova time so you will have to forgive me.

Though it’s not yet reflected in the menu the cool change is really setting in. It’s lovely and I much prefer cooking for this weather.

Not so great when wildlife decide they want to come hang out in places you don’t want them though. I had to gently case a pigeon out of my room on easter Monday. I decided It wanted to relax in the craft corner but I wasn’t having that.

Two weeks of our lovely Irish visitor, two full on weekends at Supanova and a weekend of celebrating the anniversary of my sister’s birth, a multitude of public holidays and its almost back to normal this week.

So back into the swing of things.

These weeks in my Kitchen

Sunday 16/4 – Steak & Salad

We’d had a big lunch and it was only my sister home so we decided to splurge and get a nice steak. Just had a packet caesar salad with it. I love a good steak so it was lovely.

 

Monday 17/4 –  Chicken Tray Bake

A lovely lazy meal to round out a nice long weekend. Chopped up some chicken and whatever veg I could find, threw it in a pan and covered it with a honey mustard dressing. Served it with some rice. Not a lot of effort needed.

 

Tuesday 18/4 –  Loaded Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese is one of my go to’s for a Tuesday night and sometimes I like to add some leftover roasted veg. Though for this one I’d actually pre-roasted the veg especially for it. I pureed the veg and mixed it through the pasta to heat up before adding the cheese.

Wednesday 19/4 – Crumbed Chicken & Salad

It was essentially a Chicken Schnitzel. I bashed out some chicken breasts and crumbed them in a mix of breadcrumbs and crushed up potato chips then shallow fried it. Turned out quite well. Served it up with some salads from packet mixes as I wasn’t feeling like spending to much time on sides.

 

Monday 24/4 – Burgers & Fries

After being away all weekend I wanted something reasonably simple. Burgers are just prep work. Made some patties then just collected and chopped any other items needed. Put it all out on the bench and let everyone make their own. Just remember, always put the chips in the oven first or they will never be ready in time.

Tuesday 25/4 – Rosemary Chicken & Cheats Potato Bake

This one was a bit of a twist on a Jamie Oliver recipe. I marinated some chicken with a little oil and chopped rosemary then just pan-fried it. The potato bake had potatoes, onions, bacon, cheese and a tiny bit of cream and came together in about 10-15 mins.

Wednesday 26/4 – Sausage & Potato Casserole with Braised Veg

Roughly chopped potatoes and bits of sausage mixed together and covered in cheese then baked. It was a bit of an experiment and it came out quite tasty. I have some ideas to work on it but I’m pleased with how it came out. I braised some frozen stir fry veg in a Worcestershire-based sauce.

 

Monday 1/5 – Pasta

Up there with one of the worst pasta dishes I’ve ever made. I was not mentally prepared to cook and the lack of effort was obvious but it was edible and filling. Lessons learnt, always start a sauce with some onions and stick to the basics when you’re tired.

Tuesday 2/5 – Chicken & Chorizo Hotpot

Chicken and chorizo are brilliant together. This hot pot was tomato based and had Morrocan flavours to it. Carrots, capsicum and onions made up the veg portion and it went down well with everyone which is good after Monday’s mishap.

Wednesday 3/5 – Chicken Korma

I literally spent 20mins at the shop trying to work out what to make. This is what comes of trying to make everyone happy. I ended up just grabbing some chicken and a jar of Korma sauce. It all turned out fine in the end and that’s the important bit.

 

Monday 8/5 – Asian-spiced Meatballs and Garlic Broccoli

After spending most of my money on the weekend, this week became a creative challenge to use up what I already had in the house. I had some beef mince so I settled on meatballs and as I had broccoli in the fridge I decided to go with Asian flavours. It all came together quite well.

Tuesday 9/5 – Chorizo & Spinach Pasta

A much better pasta dish fortunately as we had extra people around for dinner as well though in the end the chorizo flavour was lost. On a side note, it was a grand final night at trivia and we came 8th for the season which is pretty good really.

Wednesday 10/5 – Parmies

I got a night off cooking as one of my housemates (we’ll call him Rogan) cooked enormous chicken parmies for us. I was weak and only made it through half of it but on the upside, It made for a great lunch on Friday.

Thursday 11/5 – Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

This was an easy choice as it came down to what was in the freezer. I had pre-marinated and frozen some chicken a few weeks ago and I always keep a few bags of stir fry veg in the freezer just in case. My sister is much better at making stir fry than I am but I didn’t do too badly this time though the portions were a little small.

A little bit on the side

Mums Fabulous Easter Roast

Mum made a fantastic roast pork for Easter lunch followed by some choc mint mouse filled easter eggs. We almost had to roll home we were so full.

Ham Cheese Banana Croissants.

We first had these at my Grandmas for Boxing Day Breakfast and we’d been meaning to make them again. With a long weekend up our sleeve, I finally found a morning to make some for my sister and I. Definitely will make again.

Baked Brie

I’ve always wanted to make one and I finally did. It was as delicious as expected. I’ve now made one with marmalade and one with raspberry jam and rosemary.

French Toast and Baileys  French Toast

I got up early for my sisters Birthday and the day of her party to make french toast for breakfast. I mentioned the second time that I thought about putting some Baileys in the mix and was met with disappointment that I hadn’t so on Tuesday I decided to make Some Bailey’s french toast for dessert. The flavour was only subtle but is was good. It’s definitely a recipe I’ll be working on.

Raspberry Galette

Due to the small portions on dinner on Thursday I decided I should pull together a desert. Restricted to what I had in the house I went with Raspberry Galettes. Puff pastry, raspberry jam and frozen raspberries. I was quite impressed with how it turned out. I usually manage to stuff up puff pastry.

 

So thats the last few weeks in my Kitchen. Hopefully now I’ll be back to my usual weekly posting to keep you up on the goings on of my kitchen.

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Lil

This Week in My Kitchen – Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

I hope you are all enjoying this fabulous long weekend.

It’s a Beautiful Saturday morning in my Kitchen.

It’s cool enough that our stroll to check out the markets was pleasant and not exhausting.

I didn’t sleep in but I don’t mind. There is plenty of time for that still this weekend.

That’s the Beautiful thing about Easter. There’s plenty of time to get things done.
Including some kitchen adventures.

 

So here’s what’s been happening…

This Week In My Kitchen

Dinners

 

Sunday – Apricot Chicken

I love to cook from scratch but that doesn’t mean I don’t like using a good meal base now and then. Sunday was a day that I was not feeling particularly inspired so a meal base it was. I, of course, tweaked it to our needs but it was ultimately a nice easy option. Well until I managed to cut and burn myself in the process but both those were from me doing silly things.

Monday – Lamb in a tomato sauce

My sister does not eat lamb so as she was not home for dinner on Monday night I took the opportunity to cook it for everyone else. I served it with a ratatouille-style sauce and some cheesy Polenta (or Yellow stuff as we now call it).

Tuesday – Bacon & Zucchini Pasta

Pasta is often a go to on a Tuesday night as it’s quick and easy to cook for a crowd. With Tuesday night being our trivia night dinner numbers can fluctuate so flexibility is key. I Always keep a bag of pasta (usually Dinosaurs) in the cupboard and this week I put together a sauce with bacon, zucchini and pesto.

 

Wednesday – Pork and Root Veg Mash

I wanted some sort of steak and pork steaks were what met my budget restrictions. I got inspired by some recipes I’d seen online and made a root vegetable mash with potatoes, Sweet potatoes and carrots. Also served it with some mushrooms and capsicum (which seems to be the house’s current favourite vegetable). For dessert, I made this delicious bread and butter pudding. I made it because one of my housemate’s favourite things are Hot Cross Buns (she’s been buying them since February). In the process, I found out that she also loves bread and butter pudding.

Friday – Seafood Paella

Apparently, you have to have seafood for Good Friday. So we did. Chorizo is seafood, right? But seriously I found this recipe and it came together beautifully. It definitely makes enough for four and as two of the housemates have gone away for the weekend I’m looking forward to the leftovers for lunch. I made a variation on This bread and butter pudding for dessert because I really enjoyed the one on Wednesday. It was delicious but I think I liked Wednesdays one better.

 

Other Things

Breakfast on Sunday was a classic,  pancakes and bacon.

 

For Sunday lunch I made a mixed cheese Mac & Cheese. We literally just used up the various cheeses in the fridge and it was glorious.

 

I am trying my hand at making some preserved lemons but I will have to wait a few weeks to see how they turn out.

 

For my works mid-month morning tea on Thursday I made Hot Cross Bun Toasty bites inspired by the Coles Mag. Yes, I got quite inspired by the Coles mag this week but really that’s what those things are for. 

 

Yesterday and this morning’s breakfast what Chocolate hot cross bun french toast. Neither my sister or I are big hot cross bun fans really but the chocolate ones make for some good french toast. The way you cut them matters though and I think I’ve now got the hang of it for optimal egg soaking.

That’s about it for this weeks kitchen adventures.

 

I might make some brownies a little latter but we’ll see where the day takes me.

 

In any case, I hope you and yours have a lovely Easter weekend.

 

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Lil

This Week In My Kitchen

Finally, a cool change has arrived.

This is the sort of weather I like, the sort of temperatures where you can wear a jumper in the morning and/or afternoon.

There was a lovely moment in our house the first morning this happened as we each came into the kitchen and our first comments to each other were on the cool change.

So with this new cool change, I decided to try something new.

A weekly blog on what I’ve made this week.

This one is less about details and more about a general overview but maybe it will give you some dinner ideas or baking inspiration.

In our house, I usually cook dinner Sunday – Thursday with Fridays and Saturdays being fend for yourself nights. I’m not always the greatest at meal planning in advance but I feel that often leads to some creativity. I do jot down meals or meal ideas on a note on the fridge so I can keep track of what I thought earlier in the week or what I need to use up.

Dinners this week:

Sunday: Slow Cooked Chook.

I slow cooked up a whole chook in an Asian-inspired broth and served it with rice and some stir fried veggies. Bonus I got some great chicken stock to boot.

 

Monday: Chilli Con Carne Meatballs.

This one is straight from Jamie Olivers 15 minute meals. It only took me about 20 minutes to pull it together and I changed his bulgur to cheese polenta. Will definitely be putting this on on the list again sometime as it was quick easy and delicious.

Tuesday: Honey Mustard Wings.

Tuesday night is trivia night so I normally have something that is quick to prep or something I can pre-prep and someone else can put it in the oven earlier. Wings are one of my go to’s as they are easy to make for a small crowd (we often have a few extras at dinner) and I can pre-prep them in the morning or the night before. I served the up with some honeyed carrots and roasted sweet potato & onion. I needed some greens and that’s noted for future.

Wednesday: Baked Fish.

This one is always easy to put together and is a little bit of a variation on my Fish in Foil. This time I used an Asian-inspired sauce and cooked the fish with Asian greens and some other veg.

Thursday: Full English Breakfast.

By far my favourite meal of the week. This one was suggested by one of my housemates and it was an excellent one. I looked forward to dinner all day. Bacon, Chipolatas, Hash Browns, Eggs, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Baked beans and toast. This one is definitely getting on the menu again.

So that was dinner but what else did I get up to?

Admittedly not much this week.

On Wednesday I made dessert. I used this recipe to whip up some pudding mix then made everyone some chocolate pudding (and now I have a few packets of the mix for other nights too).

A couple of mornings I made French toast . I always forget how easy it is, especially when I cook it in the sandwich press.

And Lastly, I have been working on a mug cake mix recipe. I’m hoping to share it soon after some more experimenting/testing.

So that’s it for this week in My Kitchen.

I’m hoping to be back to posting more on my Kitchen adventures on Facebook and Instagram in the next week or so. Be sure to keep an eye out.

I’m also hoping to have some more recipe blogs up soon.

Lil

Lemongrass Ginger Pork Shoulder

I love rainy days.
I’m not sure why. Possibly because it is a good excuse to have to stay inside. Or maybe it’s the hope for cooler weather.
The only problem with rainy days is I tend to just want to curl up on the couch and watch a movie or read a book. While there is nothing really wrong with that when I don’t have much on it does mean I tend get a bit lazy. Yes this was meant to be up on the weekend but the lovely rain washed away the determination to get it finished. I did at least get the recipe and photos done.

It didn’t help that I’ve also been watching Project Runway and have gotten myself caught up in it. I’ve never been a fashion person so I’m not sure where my fascination with the show has come from. I’m doing a terrible job of working out who’s going to win the challenges but that’s half the fun.

Dinners lately have been a lot of baked chicken and a lot of pasta dishes as they are generally easy to throw together. Bonus of pasta is also that it tends to work out reasonably cheap. So it was nice to do something a little different. I was actually able to pick up the pork shoulder for reasonably cheaply and I had enough to split it into two meals.

Pork

1 Kg Boneless Pork Shoulder
4 tsp Crushed Lemongrass
4 tsp Crushed Ginger
4 tsp Lime Juice
1 tsp Ground White Pepper
2 splashes Soy Sauce

Served with:
Mixed roasted vegetables
& Pear and fennel Salad.

For the Pork

Mix together lemongrass, ginger, lime, and pepper into a paste.
Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper then cover in the paste.
Place in the bottom of the slow cooker and splash soy sauce around the pork.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Slice to serve.

For the Roasted Mixed Veg

Roughly chop veg into even sizes. I used Sweet potato, Onion, Carrot, pumpkin and parsnips.
Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper and toss to cover.
Bake at 200 C for one hour.

For the salad

Cut the tops off one bulb of fennel and keep for another day.
Thinly slice the bulb of the fennel.
Slice a pear into strips and toss with the fennel.
Crumble over some cheddar and dress with a little lime, soy sauce and olive oil.

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Lil

Zucchini & Eggplant “Pasta” 

I was a little slack and missed posting last week. So now I have two weeks of updates. Realistically not much has happened either week so it’s still not much.

In trivia, we are being consistent. We’ve now scored 76 for the last 3 weeks. The main point is though that we seem to have fun no matter how we do with points. Last week was the season’s grand final and we placed 16th overall. Our aim is to beat that next season and as we’ll be playing all the rounds this time we should be able to do that.

I found out that there are a few cafes nearby that are actually 24/7 which is useful to know. Not that I usually need a cafe in the middle of the night but you never know when you might need some hot chips or a decent coffee. It’ll come in handy at some point I’m sure.

Last Friday we finally had our housewarming. Fortunately, everyone was reasonably well behaved and the clean up was pretty easy. The only real problem was the heat but there’s not much we can really do about that. Most people just opted to hang out in the (small) backyard where at least they could catch a slight breeze.

This week has mostly been sorting out my meds so I can be less tired and chillin with the housies. On Friday night we played some classic Mario Cart on Nintendo 64 which was a nice way to end the work week. It mostly consisted of us swearing and insulting each other, in a friendly way of course.

On Tusday we took up the challange and succeded in having pancakes for every meal in honnor of pancake day. I did fail to post a picture of our dinner pancakes but they did exist and they were delicious. You can see the Breakfast and lunch pancakes on Instagram.

This week was also the start of the NRL season and my team (the Sharks) managed to draw the first game of the season. We lost but then again we lost the first game of last season too and that ended well for us. I actually watched the game which is something I haven’t really done in a while. I also got to eat mozzarella sticks which turned out awesome and were delicious. With a few tweaks, you may see the recipe up here in future.

So onto this weeks recipe. I made this for our house a few weeks ago and it seemed to go down well. It’s a nice change from regular pasta and generally, makes me feel better about the days when I don’t have enough/any veggies with dinner. The other benefit is it can all be cooked in one pan as you don’t need a separate pot for the noodles.

Pasta

3 zucchinis

1 eggplant

Sauce

3 rashers bacon

1 small onion, diced

250g mushrooms, sliced

1 cup white wine

100g Sour cream

2 tsp dried oregano

How To:

There are a few ways you can make your veggie “pasta”. If you have a mandolin that’s the easiest way to slice up the zucchini & eggplant. You can use the thin blade for thick “pasta” or the small dice blade for thin spaghetti-like strands. If you don’t have a mandolin you and just use a veggie peeler to get thin strips and cut the strips up for thinner “pasta”. Of course, if you have a spiralizer that works too.

Once you have reduced your zucchini & eggplant to noodles place a large frypan on a medium heat. In a few batches, cook the “pasta”  until the zucchini become a little translucent and the eggplant browns slightly.

remove the cooked “pasta” from the pan and set aside in easy reach.

In the same pan brown the onions and bacon together. add in the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are cooked through.

Add the white wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Add in the sour cream the stir through the oregano. allow to simmer for a few minutes then add the zucchini and eggplant back in and stir though. Allow a minute or two to heat through then its ready to serve.

Optional: You could also add some shredded BBQ chicken if you wanted a little more meat in the dish.

As usual, let me know if you give it a go and send me a picture of how it turned out. You can find us on Instagram and Facebook or just leave a comment below.

Lilz

Salsa Three Ways

Summer is certainly at its peak, as it always is around my birthday.

This week has had it’s ups and downs but the heat has stayed consistent.

Despite the heat, my boot was lovely. I’m grateful to the people who made the effort to come out and celebrate/commiserate with me. My Sister and Mum catered so of course, the food was excellent. We had some epic fivesies, Bahn Mi and an assortment of slices and brownies. The Pallet looked absolutely fabulous and was just a lovely place to chill. Sunday was a little rough but realistically that was self-inflicted.

Fortunately, I recovered enough on Sunday to cook a nice pork roast for dinner. I’m excited to be living with enough people that roasts may become a regular menu item. I also managed to turn the leftovers into a lovely pasta dish the next night.

In trivia, we improved again (just) with a score 1 point higher than last week. We had fun though and really that’s more the point.

As the summer heat hits hard I thought I’d share with you a lovely summer side dish. Salsa Is quite versatile and really you can kind of mix and match it to your tastes but here are three versions I’ve put together for you to try out.

All three of these recipes have similar ingredients but each one has a different dominant flavour. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Pineapple Salsa

5 slices tinned pineapple

1 tomato

½ cup Corn Kernels

½ Small Red Onion

¼ Cup Mint leaves

⅛  Pickled Jalapenos

 

Dice pineapple, tomato, red onion, & Jalapenos.

Gently mix together with corn kernels.

Finely slice the mint leaves and stir them through.

 

Mango Salsa (our family favourite)

1 Small Mango

1 Tomato

½ Small Red Onion

¼ cup Mint Leaves

 

Dice Mango, tomato, & red onion.

Finely slice the mint leaves.

Gently mix together taking care not to break up the mango.

 

Capsicum Salsa

½ Capsicum

½ cup Corn Kernels

½ Small Red Onion

⅛ cup Pickled Jalapenos

½ cup coriander

 

Dice Capsicum, red onion, & Jalapenos.

In a frying pan lightly cook the corn kernels until some are starting to brown.

Gently mix together with corn kernels.

Roughly chop the coriander and stir through.

 

Pretty simple.

The important part is the dice. To get the balance of flavours in each bite you really do need to make sure you chop the ingredients into small pieces.

As I said earlier salsa can be quite versatile but that’s not only in flavour. You can serve it up a few different ways to keep it interesting. Our family favourite is to do up a double batch of mango salsa and serve it with grilled chicken. It’s usually one of the first things to go on the menu when Mangos come into season.

Any of them go well in place of (or alongside) a salad at a barbeque for a little extra sweetness you could also BBQ the pineapple before dicing it.

This week we made all three and made up a taco platter for an easy lunch. We served them up with some tortillas, avocado, sour cream, extra pickled jalapenos, lime wedges and some bbq chicken. We could have easily fed 6-8 people.

So I hope you enjoy these salsa recipes. Once you try them feel free to have a play around with the recipe. If you do give it a go leave a comment here, send me a picture on the facebook page or tag me on Instagram @thegammiecreative.

Lilz

Matcha & White Choc Chip Brownies

This last week has been lovely.

The weekend was spent in good company at my last ever Rover camp as a youth member. We got to relax at The Pallet and even went on an adventure to IKEA. Overall it was a wonderfully relaxing weekend though I feel I probably should have got more done around the house.

In our household adventures. We participated in our second week of trivia and did a little better.  Unfortunately we came last. We also went out and saw a local performance of Rent. That’s one of the benefits of the new house. We are close to a lot of cool stuff.

Thursday was my last night at Rovers. I ran a Firefly night where we watched the episode “Out Of Gas”. I quizzed the crew on their Firefly knowledge and I made bao for us to eat. We finished the night by capturing the whole crew in a selfie.  It was sad to be saying goodbye to that routine but the friends I’ve made will stick around.

When thinking about it all it’s made me a bit sad to be leaving Rovers. It has been a big part of my life for 8 years and I have grown as a person through my experiences. I’ve also made a lot of good friends and I am grateful for that chance.

So to counteract the touch of sadness that accompanied my week, I needed a pick me up.

I needed to bake. I needed brownies.

So today’s recipe is another variation on my Brownie recipe. It’s quite similar the first recipe I put up. I really like the flavour of Matcha and I find the White chocolate goes wonderfully with it.

Matcha white Chocolate “Brownies”Brownies stages

200g White Chocolate

125g Butter

1 cup White Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Plain Flour

2 Tbs Matcha

75g White Choc Chips

In the top of a double boiler melt the butter and white chocolate.

Once melted take off the heat and mix in the sugar.

Once slightly cooled mix in the eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together 2 tbs of flour and the choc chips.

Add the Flour and Matcha to the wet mixture and Stir to combine.  

Stir through the white choc chips to evenly disperse them.

Pour Mixture into a lined square tin.

Bake for 30-45 mins or until just cooked through.

Serve warm with ice cream or allow to cool and enjoy.

A New Year and A New Kitchen

Happy New Year!!

I know it’s a bit late as it’s February but It’s the thought that counts right?

So far I’ve already had a busy (but overall good) year.

It started off at our national Rover Scout camp, The Moot, where I had an absolute blast and made a bunch of new friends. The Moot was an amazing two weeks of activities and good times. It really kicked my new year off right.

The rest of the month has been filled with packing and moving into a new house. It’s been an exciting but stressful adventure. For the record I hate moving but sometimes it needs to be done and the results can be worthwhile.

The new house is great. I have some awesome new housemates (as well as my fantastic sister of course) so I’m definitely looking forward to our new house adventures. Also on the upside I have more people to cook for.  The only minor down side is that the stove is electric and I have to get used to a new oven. I will of course work around that.

Now that’s all settling down it’s back to doing what I enjoy most, Cooking good food and sharing it with my friends.

 

So what’s in store for this Month?

  • Another variation on Brownies
  • Veggie ‘pasta’
  • A couple of Summer Salsa recipes

 

I’m also hoping to put up plenty of pictures of the delicious food I’ll be making for my housemates and some of our new house adventures over on my Instagram and Facebook page.

If you have anything else you particularly want to see me attempt drop me a line either by commenting or sending me an email to lilz@thegammiecreative.com

It’s a new year, It’s a new kitchen and I’m looking forward to sharing my new adventures.

Lilz