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Home made beef jerky

August 23, 2010
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Home made beef jerky

I have developed a slight addiction for jerky in the recent years (I blame Stud) and having bought some for my desk the other day, I was saddened at reaching the end of my packet. “Mmmmm jerky” I said to myself which in turn made me even more sad. “I wonder if I could make jerky at home” was my next thought as there wasnt time for another 7-11 run before my train home. So I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about and trying to research jerky recipes. I soon found out, you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all so figured I would just wing it. I went past the butchers on my way home who now knows just to let me be when it comes to my random requests. “What are you making this time?” was his first question. Proudly and with a smile of a...

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BBQ Pork Ribs – Slow cooker style

August 23, 2010
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BBQ Pork Ribs – Slow cooker style

Stud and I bought some pork ribs a little while back from the butcher and I had been waiting for a chilled out Sunday that it would be perfect for. That Sunday finally came so after defrosting the ribs, I placed them in the slow cooker, slathered them in the best Chinese BBQ sauce on the planet, added a little beef stock for moisture and put the slow cooker on low. After a shopping trip, a stop by at a friends house and having someone over for afternoon cake, our ribs were pretty much done (I love my slow cooker!). All that was left to do was take off the skin, fry until crispy, and steam some Choy sum and beans to go with. It was literally that easy. The BBQ sauce in question is actually written in Chinese so I am unsure of the brand, however here it is...

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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

August 17, 2010
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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

One of my girlfriends came over recently for a girlie catch up as she had just got back from overseas. I was excited to see her and excited to cook for her but didn’t want to have to spend ages in the kitchen for dessert. So I made this tiramisu a few hours before and let it set in the fridge while we gossiped for hours. It was so simple and tasted fab, and was only 217 calories! Ingredients 2 and a 1/2 tablespoons orange liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau (I didn’t actually use the liqueur as I didn’t have any at home so I flavoured the coffee with a little vanilla bean paste) 120ml strong black coffee 20g Maya Gold chocolate (Green & Blacks) 2 large eggs, separated 40g caster sugar 200g light cream cheese 150g 2% fat Greek yoghurt 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, plus extra to dust 12...

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Bagels

August 4, 2010
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Bagels

I have a slight bagel obsession. They aren’t massive in Australia (well not near me anyway) which makes me a little sad as the only ones I have access to locally, are the ones you would buy in Woollies for $5 a packet. Don’t get me wrong, when these are all I can get, I am more than happy to go with them however on a trip to London a few years ago, I truly experienced what true bagels had to offer and cant wait to go to the home of the bagel soon….hint, hint Stud. I had never tried to bake bagels myself as I was well aware of the art form it can be and figured little ol’ me wouldn’t cut it. Not completely true. I found a recipe from Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess and realised it wasn’t as hard as what I had...

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Every Day by Bill Granger

August 4, 2010
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Every Day by Bill Granger

Oven Baked Chicken & Asparagus Risotto A lazy Sunday night dinner called for Bill Granger. His meals are so simple yet packed with flavour. I would really suggest everyone – even those culinary challenged – try this recipe as you just chop, fry, and bake. All in the one heavy based pan. Done! Ingredients 2 tbs olive oil 500g chicken breast cut into thin strips 1 finely chopped onion 1 garlic clove crushed 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest 250g arborio rice 750ml chicken stock 175g asparagus sliced diagonally 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, extra to serve Salt and pepper to season Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat half the olive oil in a large flameproof casserole dish on a high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden. Remove and set aside. Add remaining olive oil to the casserole and cook onion until soft. Add the garlic and lemon zest and...

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New Year Recipe Resolution

August 4, 2010
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Hi my name is Nic, and I’m a cookbookaholic. Many moons ago I would rather starve than eat anything remotely exotic. These days I try and go for things on a menu that I haven’t tasted and find rather intriguing. My journey started January 1st when I made it my New Years resolution to cook at least one recipe from my ever-growing cookbook population. As of this morning, my recipe resolution tally stand at one. I know what you’re thinking – yes, yes, it’s July. Go easy on me; I’ve been working my way up to it. It also makes it quite a hard resolution to follow through on when I keep buying more books. I really do have a problem. At this rate our next house will need a library! Ooooh a library would be awesome! Must tell stud.

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Operation Recipe Cull

August 3, 2010
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Not only do I have a cookbook fetish, I am also slightly addicted (ok slightly might be an understatement – I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and cant wait until the beginning of the month when I can get more MoRe MORE!!!) to recipe magazines. I had taken over majority of our old bookcase with magazine holders galore and needless to say Stud was getting a little over it. Commence “Operation Recipe Cull” (ORC)!! ORC began about a year ago and entails me going through every magazine I own, slicing out the ones I will actually use (or just look really tasty) and putting them all in A4 binders. I have grouped all of them by type (entree, veggie, pasta/pizza, beef, chicken, you get my drift) and have reduced my obsession to only 4 folders. I started with one folder so I guess this is another bookcase take-over but at...

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Adults-Only Snickers Tart

July 29, 2010
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This is up there with one of my all-time favourite desserts. It’s so more-ish that my thighs are still screaming at me! As are that of my friends and family. I ended up having to give the rest of it away so that I wouldn’t eat it. It’s like it spoke to me. Screamed at me actually. I’m scared to make it again. But here for you is the Adults-Only Snickers Tart adapted from Epicurious.com Ingredients Crust: Non-stick vegetable oil spray 1 1/4 cups plain flour 5 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, diced 1 large egg, separated 2 (or more) teaspoons ice water Filling: 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar Pinch of salt 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/3 cup honey 1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 1 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup creamy (smooth) natural peanut butter (made with only...

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Thursday night throw together

July 29, 2010
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The day before our fortnightly shop I was pressed for inspiration and had some chicken and mushrooms to dispose of. Not wanting to do the regular creamy chicken and mushroom dish, I went hunting for a recipe that both Stud and I would like and wouldn’t be too overpowering. Exhibit A…… Chicken, Chilli and Mushroom pasta (Serves 4)  Ingredients 30g butter or margarine 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic crushed 500g chicken thigh fillets 250g fresh button mushrooms, quartered 425g can diced tomatoes 1/2 cup red wine 1 tablespoon chili sauce 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp dried oregano salt and pepper to taste 500g pasta (you choose your favourite) boiling water 1 tablespoon chopped parsley grated Parmesan cheese to serve  Method Heat butter and oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft. Add chicken and fry until golden...

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Mediterranean layered meatloaf

July 29, 2010
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My stud loves meatloaf. It’s in one of his all time favourite dishes so I came up with this recipe a little while ago which makes the boring meatloaf a little more interesting and eventually had the chance to make it on a lazy Sunday. Normally I would put some grated veg and diced onion through my meatloaf but as this one is layered with fruit, veg and cheese, I left it out and served with steamed veg and peas. Ingredients 500g pork mince 500g chicken mince 2 eggs 1 cup breadcrumbs (may need more depending on feel of mixture) 2 tbs Italian herbs 2 time sprigs (stalks removed) 3 carrots 1 capsicum ¾ block feta 12 cherry tomatoes Method Preheat oven to 130 (degrees Celsius). Line two baking trays with foil and spray with oil. Chop cherry tomatoes in half and place on one of the prepared baking...

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