Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Meatball and baked pumpkin curry

This is warm, cheap and so so good.  You can buy beef mini meatballs from the supermarket, which makes this extremely easy to put together,  Woolworths supermarket sell Ingham chicken or beef meatballs and you can buy two packs for $10 - the chicken ones work great in this recipe.
I prefer to make my own meatballs, then I know what's in them!  (500g minced beef, one large egg and half a cup quick cook oats - mix well and roll into small balls) but so long as you're happy with the provenance of the meat go with bought ones. Likewise you can buy a $4 packet of diced pumpkin at the supermarket too...or cut it up yourself.   once everything's swimming in its mellow sauce, no one is going to be asking questions.

  • 2 teaspoons Red curry paste
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • olive oil
  • 30 Mini meatballs (approx 500g)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground ginger
  • 400 ml Coconut cream
  • 400 g can Chopped tomato
  • 350 g diced pumpkin or butternut
  • 1 cup liquid Chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoon Honey
  • fresh coriander
  1. Heat your oven to 180oC
  2. Putt the pumpkin on a tray and drizzle with olive oil - bake for 40 mins.
  3. While the pumpkin is baking, make the meatballs
  4. Heat the red curry paste and vegetable oil in a large wide pan; when it starts sizzling, add the meatballs, turning them in the red oily mixture till they are browned.
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon and ginger over the meatballs and fry for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes , then the stock and honey.
  7. Take your pumpkin from the oven.
  8. Stir in the baked pumpkin.
  9. Serve with rice and decorate each plate with some chopped coriander.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Fairy Bread Cookies

 These sweet little cookies have a terrific basic dough recipe that is great if you roll it into
ball shapes and press your thumb in and a drop of jam, or like this with a
simple icing on top and hundreds and thousand sprinkles!! 
makes 24 medium sized cookies
You will need:
120gm unsalted butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 egg
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 1: Dough
 Preheat your oven to 170oC and line two cookie sheets / baking trays with baking paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (i use my mixer)
add the egg and mix till combined
add the flour and vanilla
Knead the mixture to form a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 mins.  Clean up while you are waiting.
Step 2:  Roll
 Using a rolling pin, roll the dough evenly on a clean floured board or between two sheets of baking paper until it is about 1/2 a centimetre thick (5mm)... my grandmother's old rolling pin - love it
Step 3:  Cut
Using whatever shape you have or like, cut out your cookie shapes and pop on to your prepared trays.
Leave a bit of space between them as they will grow.
Step 4: Bake
 Place in the oven and cook for about 5 minutes or until ightly golden.  Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool.
Step 5:  Decorate
When they are cool, ice each cookie gently.  I have put my icing recipe below...
this recipe sets firm so it's great for icing cookies or something you want to decorate with lollies etc.
As you ice each cookie, gently press it into the hundreds & thousands to cover the icing.  Set back on the rack for icing to set.
 and there you have them... 24 delicious soft, buttery "fairy bread" cookies.
Basic Icing:
1 cup pure icing sugar
1 teaspoon room temperature butter
1 tablespoon milk
Mix all together till smooth.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Julie Goodwin's - Lemon Diva Cupcakes

Not my recipe but made these today.  So lemony and delicious!!!  Hooray for Masterchef winner first season Julie Goodwin!

Lemon Diva cupcakes - makes 12
100 g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup (165 g) caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
finely grated zest of 3 lemons
2 eggs
1. cups (200 g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk

125 g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (300 g) icing sugar mixture
11/2 tbs lemon juice
yellow food colouring (optional)
yellow liquorice allsorts, to decorate

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan-forced). Line a 12-hole medium muffi n pan (1/3 cup capacity) with paper cases. Using electric beaters, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and
creamy. Mix through the lemon zest.

2 Add the eggs one at a time, beating well a er each egg. Gently fold through the fl our and milk in two alternate batches. Divide the mixture evenly among the paper cases.

3 Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and springy when touched. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

4 To make the icing, use electric beaters to beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the icing sugar a little at a time, beating constantly. Add half the lemon juice and beat until well combined. Add the remaining lemon juice a little at a time, and tint with food colouring if you like. Using a 1 cm fluted nozzle, pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes. Decorate

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Craft Fair Chocolate Pretties

For something a little bit different for your craft stall or fair why not individually wrap little chocolate bars.  These are made from Hershey Miniatures (not a good idea to use for school events as Hershey's include peanuts in their chocolate.... or label that they include nuts).  You can use Lindt minis or even Cadbury Furry Friends.
Simply wrap the little chocolate with a collar of pretty scrapbook paper, add a ribbon and a little bit of sparkle.

Fairy Wand Tutorial

We have our school spring fair in about a months time and I am busy making crafts for my stall.  We will be having home made fudge, cookies and of course fairy wands along with other goodies.  I HATE ugly fairy wands and hate even more terrible ones made of cardboard.  We want fairy wands that are solid and strong and BEAUTIFUL!!!  Here is my tutorial for a wand that costs only about $2.50 to make.  It makes a terrific seller for craft fairs or school fetes.

Wooden stars are available at most craft/hobby stores for about $2...Okay - I guess my wands only cost about $2.50 each because I already have LOTS of craft supplies, paints, brushes, glitter, sparkly jewel thingys, ribbons, glues etc. Just use whatever scraps you have or I guess your stars will cost more :(

Step 1:  Paint your wand
Paint everything, both sides, the edges and the stick and leave to dry

Step 2:  Trace your star onto pretty paper
THIS is the trick to making your fairy wand extra extra pretty.  If you just painted the wand and glued on sparkly things it is BORING. 
Draw around your star onto a pretty paper (scrapbook paper is awesome)

Step 3:  Cut out the paper star
Cut out the paper star a bit smaller than your pencil marks.

Step 4:  Attach the paper to the wooden star

Using double-sided tape, glue, or whatever you have, stick the paper star on.

Step 5:  Seal the edges with glitter glue
Using a coordinating colour of glitter glue, seal along the edges of the paper.  Add glitter glue anywhere on the paper you think would look pretty and also use it as glue and to decorate.

Step 6:  Decorate
 This is the most fun part.  Use whatever you have, particularly sparkly stuff!  Cover your star with pretty jewels, sparkles, butterflies, flowers, the more the merrier.  Put dots of glitter glue on top of them to add more sparkle.
Let your star dry completely then finish it off with a coat of MOD PODGE gloss to protect it and tie on some matching ribbons.

Have fun and you can create some beautiful beautiful fairy wands!