Tuesday, November 22

Three Milk Cake

Tres Leches (Three milk cake)

9 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon lime or orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract/aroma

1 can condensed milk (397g or 14 oz)
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz or 354ml)
1 can of cream.. I'm going to assume either slagroom or something of the sort would work, maybe kookroom. I think to measure you could fill the can of condensed milk. I believe they are the same sizes at home.

3 egg whites
250gr sugar
a touch of vanilla extract

Beat egg whites until white and fluffy and set aside.

Beat egg yolks with sugar until you get a cream mixture. Add lime zest and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, mix in the beaten egg whites.

Add flour slowly, in folding motion.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a big pyrex pan with butter and flour so it won't stick, pour cake mix in and bake for 45min or until a knife comes out clean.

Once done, stick a fork all around the cake.

Blend all three types of milk in the blender and pour over the cake.

Beat 3 egg whites until fluffy and add sugar. Use this to cover the cake and sprinkle the top with cinnamon.

Refrigerate until cold.
You will have 3 leftover egg yolks, mom suggests making flan with them, lol. :P But I'm sure you'll manage to find something to do with them!

Monday, November 21

Meat Loaf

900g minced beef
2 onions, peeled
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 celery stalk
4 slices of stale white bread
3 eggs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (optional)
3 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
12 streaky bacon rashers

1. Place the minced beef in a large bowl and set aside. If you don’t have a hand blender or food processor, you will need to chop all the vegetables finely by hand, but the easiest way to make a good meatloaf is to chop them into rough chunks, then put them in a bowl and blend them together with a hand blender.
2. Crumble in the bread and add the eggs, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, chilli flakes, if using, coriander and mixed herbs. The mix should be quite sloppy and wet.
Make sure your hands are clean, because I believe the best way to make meatloaf is to get your hands into the mix. Pour the chopped vegetable and bread mixture into the mince and combine well.
3. Once the mixture is completely blended, shape it into 6 oval meat loaves, about the size of a balled up fist. Wrap each one in streaky bacon by crisscrossing 2 rashers over it, then place on a baking tray. Alternatively, you can line two 900g loaf tins with bacon rashers, then press the meatloaf mixture into them.
4. Place in an oven preheated to 180oC/Gas Mark 4 and bake for 40 minutes for the small loaves or 1 hour for the larger ones. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Tuesday, November 15

Quick Cheddar Loaf

Quick Cheddar Loaf from Ella Zuidema-Piepers
500g flour (patisserie patent bloem)
250ml butter milk
1 packet Dr. Oetker's Backin'
125ml sunflower oil
1tsp salt
2 eggs
250g grated english cheddar
2tbsp honey

Combine dry ingredients and cheese in a large bowl. Set aside. Beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer until blended (I do this by hand). Add to cheese mixture and stir until combined.

Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 200C for 45-50 minutes or until done. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove loaf from pan to cooling rack.

*Breads made without yeast slice better made a day in advance.

*Delicious served with chili con carne, salad, or soup.

Monday, November 14

Lemon Bars

These are so easy to make
  • For the base:
  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 75g (3 oz) icing sugar
  • 175g (6 oz) butter, softened
  • For the lemon filling:
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g (11 oz) caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons icing sugar for decoration
  • Preparation method

    Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 45 mins
    Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease a 23x33cm baking tin.
    Combine the base ingredients and pat dough into prepared tin.
    Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until slightly golden. While the crust is baking, whisk together eggs, caster sugar, flour and lemon juice until frothy. Pour this lemon mixture over the hot base.
    Return to the preheated oven for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dust the top with icing sugar and cut into squares.

Buckwheat Flour Banana Blueberry Bread

Recipe from Pepper Plate

Buckwheat Flour Banana Blueberry Bread


1/4cup oil or melted butter
1/4cup buttermilk
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2cup sugar
1/2cup mashed ripe banana
2 1/4cups buckwheat flour
1/4tsp salt
1/2tsp almond extract
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2cup chopped nuts


1.In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add oil or butter, buttermilk, vanilla, almond extract, banana and sugar. Beat well.
2.Sift together buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture. Mix well.
3.Stir in nuts.
4.Pour into a small 3 1/4 x 5 3/4 inch (9 x 20cm) loaf pan.
5.Bake 50 – 60 minutes 180 degrees or until cake tester comes out clean.

Thursday, November 10

Cinnamon Rolls


Serves: 12
  • 15g (1/2 oz) dried active baking yeast
  • 7 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 450ml (16 fl oz) warm water (45 C)
  • 800g (1 3/4 lb) plain flour, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 dessertspoon ground cinnamon
  • Preparation method

    Prep: 1 hour 30 mins | Cook: 30 mins
    In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and 7 tablespoons sugar in warm water. Stir in salt and half of the flour. Beat mixture for 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and oil. Stir in the remaining flour, a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
    When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together remaining sugar and 1 dessertspoon cinnamon; set aside.
    Divide the dough into twelve equal pieces. Take each piece of dough, roll into a log and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Then roll up the log into a pinwheel. Place the pinwheels in a lightly greased 23x33 cm (9x13 in) baking tin. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
    Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until golden.

    For a delicious addition, add sultanas to the cinnamon and sugar mixture just before you make the dough into pinwheels.

Tuesday, November 8

Lemon Cake

A very light lemony cake


  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
    1 box instant lemon pudding
    1 tsp lemon extract
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 cup sour cream
    zest of 1 lemon
    4 eggs
    2 cups flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup milk (I used whole milk)


    Cream butter and sugar thoroughly (about 5 minutes in electric mixer on med-high speed). Add pudding, extracts, lemon zest and sour cream and mix thoroughly. Beat in eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Mix 1/3 of the flour mixture into the batter until completely combined. Add 1/2 the milk and mix completely. Alternate flour and milk, combining completely after each addition, ending with the last 1/3 of the flour. Prepare pans and bake at 350 until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is beginning to brown. Single layer 8 or 9″ pans should take about 25-30 minutes. Also makes awesome cupcakes!

Wednesday, October 26

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies


225g/2 sticks/8oz butter, at room temp

100g/4oz natural cane sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling

325g/12 oz flour

pinch salt
1Tbsp dried lavender buds


1.• Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the flour, salt and lavender and mix until combined.
2.• Bring together into a ball with your hands and shape into a flat disk. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes.
3.• Once chilled roll out the dough so that it’s 3/4cm/1/4 inch thick. Cut out into small rounds (mine are 2 1/2 inches) and place spaced out on baking trays. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar.
4.• Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they feel sandy on top and have the slightest hint of colour on the edges. Allow to cool on the tray.

Friday, October 21

Carrot Cake

This in my opinion is the best carrot cake recipe, i make it often and never had a complaint yet...recipe HERE

Friday, July 22

Bacon and Egg Bread

Recipe from Kayotic Kitchen
(before making this see comment at bottom of recipe)
2 1/3 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp honey
4 hard boiled eggs
6 oz bacon
2 tbsp melted butter

Boil your eggs for 9 minutes straight and let them cool off completely. Startle them with some cold water.

I’ve used my stand mixer for this but you can also do this by hand, if you’re brave enough. Combine the yeast and warm water—warm but still comfortable to touch.

Pour in 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp honey. Alternately you could use 1 tbsp granulated sugar.

Normally I would have used 1 1/2 tsp salt. But since we’ll be adding bacon as well, I opted for 1 tsp.

This makes big part of the flavor: 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. It won’t make it really spicy, it will just add a kick and loads of flavor.

Let the machine spin to combine it all and add 2 cups of flour. I gave the dough a 6 minute cycle.

After that I sprinkled 1/3 cup of flour on my cutting board and kneaded the dough by hand for a few extra minutes.
Form the dough into a ball and place it in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours. I usually store it in my oven. Let the dough rise twice when using active dry yeast.

Now you have plenty time to fry up some bacon!
Lightly butter a 10” round baking dish.

Peel and chop the eggs.

Crumble up the bacon. Nice and easy.
Once the dough has risen…

…it’s time to get back to work.
Flour your cutting board and roll the dough into a round big enough to overlap the sides of the dish by an inch or 2. Drape the dough over your rolling pin (like you would a pie) and transfer it to the baking dish. Fit the dough into the pan and gently push it down with your hand.

Place the chopped eggs around the edge leaving the center of the bread free.

And top with the crumbled bacon.

For the sake of photography I added a pinch of dried parsley. Feel free to add it as well or leave it out.

Fold the outer edges of the dough over filling. Don’t bother trying to do it perfect, a rustic look is prettier!

Nuke 2 tbsp butter.

Brush the butter all over the dough.

Until it looks all shiny and pretty. Let the dough rest for a while now giving you the chance to preheat your oven to 400F (200C).

Bake the bread for 20 to 25 minutes at 400F (200C) until golden brown and sounding hollow when tapped on.
Let the bread rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting it. You can eat this bread warm, luke warm and cold.

Absolutely fantastic bread! It hit all the rights spots and my guys loved it!

Serve for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, whatever you want. Heck, you can even bring it to a picnic or potluck and be the hero of the day!

Monday, July 4

Mediterranean vegetable flan

ready made pastry or this one,
225g/8oz plain white flour
pinch of salt
125g/4oz butter, diced
45-60ml ice cold water
45ml/3tbsp olive oil
1 red onion sliced
1 red pepper chopped
1 yellow pepper chopped
1 courgette sliced
1 crushed garlic clove
chopped fresh thyme
2teaspoons dried oregano
225g/8oz ricotta cheese
25g/1oz parmesan, freshly grated
2 eggs
150ml/.25 pint double cream
salt and pepper
25g/1oz pitted black olives
You can tweak or pimp these ingredients any way you like, depending on seasonal or personal tastes. Bake the pastry base in a 25cm/10" loose bottomed (ooer!) flan tin. (usual pastry procedure, chill etc) prick the base and cover with foil/baking beans or however you prefer to do it. (200deg/190/400F) then lower temp to 190/180/375. In a fry pan, stir fry all the veg ingredients in the olive oil until lightly golden then drain them on some kitchen paper. In a bowl beat the ricotta, parmesan and eggs together and stir in the cream until evenly blended; season generously. Spoon the veggies into the pastry case, scatter some olives on top then pour the ricotta mixture over. Bake for around 25 mins, until risen and firm. Serve warm or cold with a tomato/basil salad.

Friday, July 1

Susan's Cajun inspired Quinoa dish

75grams of dried quinoa per person (Bulgar works well too)

125grams of lean bacon diced (I like the cajun one from Jumbo)

1 chicken flavored bouillon cube

1/2 a medium sweet onion, diced

1/2 paprika (bell pepper) diced. I use red for a bit of color

1/4 cup corn kernels (I actually just put in a handful)

1/2 can (or more if you like) of drained kidney beans

Water. Enough to cover the quinoa in the pan.

generous shaking of your favorite cajun seasoning (I use Fiddes Payne)

* diced chile. This is optional depending on how much heat you like. I often forget it

squeeze of lemon juice

small amount of oil (I use a smoke oil)

*option. You can also use grilled chicken pieces in the dish if you want


First, measure the quinoa and set aside. Cut up other ingredients and have ready to the side.

In a thick bottom pan (with lid) such as a dutch oven (braadpan), put over medium to high heat and add oil.

When oil is glistening add bacon pieces and cook thoroughly. You can also add the onions and peppers at this time to brown them.

Then, add the quinoa and stir constantly for less than a minute. This starts the cooking of the grain.

Add water until it just covers the quinoa. Add bouillon cube and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add lid to pan. Cook for 5 minutes before adding other ingredients.

After the quinoa is partially cooked, remove lid and add beans, corn kernels, seasoning. Put lid back on and continue cooking for about another 5 minutes (depending on package instruction for the quinoa)

Check to see if the quinoa grains are tender and that the water has been absorbed. Add a splash of lemon juice and taste to see if it needs more seasonings, etc.

Serve warm or cold. We like it as left-overs as well.

Beer Pancakes


  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the egg, beer and melted butter; stir with a whisk just until blended - a few lumps are okay.
  2. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot surface for each pancake. When bubbles appear on top of the pancakes, flip, and cook until browned on the other side.

Thursday, June 30

Susan's Polynesian shrimp fried rice


  • 1 cup small cooked shrimp (prawns)*
  • 8 rings canned pineapple, drained and retaining juice
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 white, sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 green/spring onion, white and green sections
  • 2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon minced/crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger**
  • 3-4 cups cold cooked rice, scented jasmine or basmati if possible
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons light soy sauce or sweet soy sauce***
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, or to taste (Indian curry powders, such as Madras, are also good for a kick)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh small peas
  • 1/2 cup cubed, cooked ham
  • Sugar, to taste (omit if using sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and chopped (optional)****
  • Garnish as desired (see the recipe directions for suggestions)
  • small amount of toasted, shredded coconut for garnish
  • small amount of toasted, sliced almonds for garnish
  • salt & pepper to taste


Day ahead:
  1. The day ahead, I pre-cooked the long grain rice and put it in the refrigerator in a sealed bowl over night. Cold rice is easier to cook in the wok later and gets less sticky.
  2. I also quickly pan-fried the shrimp (about 2 minutes)
  3. I lightly toasted 1/4 cup shredded coconut (cool, then store in a sealed bowl)
  4. I lightly toasted 1/4 cup sliced almonds (cool, then store in a sealed bowl)

Day of:
  1. Peel and chop the onion. Put in small bowl to the side.
  2. Mince/press 2-3 cloves of garlic and put in a small bowl.
  3. Grate the fresh ginger and add to the bowl with the garlic. Put to the side.
  4. Cut the shrimp in half if desired and put into a bowl to the side.
  5. Cube ham and add to the shrimp bowl.
  6. Cut the pineapple rings into small wedges. Add to shrimp/ham bowl and put to the side.
  7. Wash/dry and grate the carrot and put into a medium sized bowl.
  8. Wash/dry the bell pepper, remove the seeds and cut into bite-sized chunks. Add to the bowl with the carrots and put to the side.
  9. Wash and finely slice the green onion. Put in a small bowl.
  10. Add the curry powder to the green onion bowl and put to the side.
  11. Next, arrange your small bowls in the order of which you will add them to the wok. This makes life much easier.
  12. Heat a wok or large, deep frying pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add the oil, rotating the pan so that it coats the bottom and sides.
  13. When the oil is hot and shimmers, add the onion. Stir-fry for 1 minute. The onions will soften and begin to look opaque.
  14. Add the garlic& ginger and stir-fry for about 30 seconds only. You do not want to burn the garlic.
  15. Add the saved pineapple juice.
  16. Immediately after juice, Add the red bell pepper, peas, and carrots. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes. The vegetables will start to cook.
  17. Add the pineapple, ham, and the shrimp. Stir-fry briefly.
  18. Add the rice, and cook for about 2 minutes, continually stirring and tossing until it becomes shiny.
  19. Stir in the soy sauce.
  20. Stir in the green onion, curry powder and sugar. Taste and adjust the seasoning and salt/pepper to taste, if desired.
  21. Serve hot.

*Use whatever size shrimp/prawns that you like. Make sure that they are deveined and shelled. If large, cut into pieces.

**Freshly grated ginger really works the best. I keep a ginger root in a freezer bag and grate directly while frozen.

*** Depending on where you live, different types of soy sauce are available and still can be used. If you are using a light soy sauce (ie Kikkoman type) then omit extra salt. If using a sweet soy sauce, omit the sugar. If you are using a mid-sweet/salty soy sauce season to taste.

**** The jalapeno is completely optional. Also, you can substitute any chile that you want. If you want it hotter, you a hotter chile and keep the seeds. If you don't want it spicy, omit the chile.

Garnish Suggestions: toasted coconut, crushed peanuts, and/or fresh mint sprigs or cilantro. While the coconut and almonds may sound a bit odd to some, they really do work in the dish and add another layer of texture and flavor.

Tomato Pistou

100 gr.(good quality) sun-dried tomatoes in oil reserving oil for later *
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 twig fresh rosemary
  • 1 twig fresh thyme
  • 4 leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 spanish pepper
  • small pinch of seasalt or 1/2 as much table salt salt.
  1. Put all ingredients into the food processor and blitz until everything is chopped very fine and well mixed.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste
  3. Add a bit of the oil from the tomatoes
  4. Serve with slices of fresh baked crusty bread as a spread.

Wednesday, June 29

Strawberry Scones

  • 1 cup hulled and finely diced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus a little for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • A lemon, for zest
  • 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon light cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat your oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, using a few spots of butter or cooking oil to stick it in place. Set the baking sheet aside.
  2. Place the diced strawberries on several sheets of paper towel to absorb their juice. Meanwhile, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Zest half of the lemon into the ingredients, taking care to remove just the outermost skin and not the white pith.
  3. Cut in the butter with two butter knives or a pastry blender until the flour-coated pieces are the size of peas. Add the strawberries, tossing them gently with a fork to coat them.
  4. Make a well in the mixture. Blend the 1/2 cup of light cream and the vanilla extract in a measuring cup and pour them into the well. Using as few strokes as possible, gently stir the dough until it forms a ball. Let the dough sit for 1 minute.
  5. Clean and flour your hands and dust your work surface with flour. Place the dough on the floured surface and knead it gently three or four times. Transfer it to the large baking sheet and pat it into an 8-inch circle. Using a lightly oiled pizza cutter or a serrated knife, cut the dough into 8 wedges, as you would a pizza. Use a small spatula or pie server to carefully separate the pieces, leaving at least an inch between them.
  6. Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining tablespoon of light cream, then sprinkle the surfaces with sugar. Bake the scones until the outsides are crusty and starting to brown, about 18 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then slide the parchment and the scones onto a wire rack to cool for another 20 minutes before serving.

French toast with confit figs & vanilla ice cream


  • 6 large figs
  • shot of port
  • shot of liqueur
  • shot of white wine
  • 100 gr. sugar
  • 8 pieces stale, crustless white bread
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • sugar for garnish
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • pats cream butter
  • 1 star anise
  • pinch of salt
  • Vanilla ice cream
  1. -In a Medium tolarge (non reactive pan) add liquers, sugar, vanilla pod, anise together and warm gradually to dissolve all sugar.

    -add figs and make sure that the figs remain in an upright, standing position. Make sure that the liquid covers the figs so that the flavors are absorbed.

    -Allow figs to cook until soft.

    -In a medium mixing bowl, add eggs and milk, and a pinch of salt and whisk until lightly frothy.

    -With a metal cooking ring, cut out large circles from each slice of bread.

    -Put each circle of bread through the egg mixture (both sides) and remove from egg mixture. Set aside on plate for frying.

    -In a small, flat bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together for dredging. Set aside.

    -In a large frying pan, melt a pat of butter and fry the french toast rounds until crispy and golden on the outside.

    -Remove each french toast round when done and dredge through the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

    -Center the french toast round in the center of the plate. Place a fig center atop the french toast round.

    -Place a scoop of (good quality) vanilla ice cream next to fig on french toast round.

    -With a spoon, spoon a bit of the syrup from fig pot over the ice cream, fig, and french toast.

    -Serve immediately.

-Serves 6

Moist Yellow Cake

Recipe from Susan
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! I have yet to make a bad cake with it and simply love the velvety texture of it.



* 3 cups (330 g) cake flour

*1 Tbsp baking powder

* 1/2 tsp salt

* 1 cup (8 oz or 230 g) unsalted butter, room temperature

* 2 cups (454 g) granulated sugar

* 5 large eggs

* 2 tsp vanilla extract

* 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz or 300 ml) buttermilk


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and line with parchment paper two 8x2-inch (20x5-cm) pans. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Cut up the butter into 1-inch pieces and place them in the large bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment or beaters. Beat for 3 minutes on MEDIUM-HIGH speed until the butter is light and creamy in color. Stop and scrape the bowl. Cream the butter for an additional 60 seconds.

4. Add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the eggs one at a time.

5. Reduce the mixer speed. Stir vanilla into the buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Mix just until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix for 15 seconds longer.

6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a knife. Lift up the pan with the batter, and let it drop onto the counter top to burst any air bubbles, allowing the batter to settle.

7. Center the pans onto the lower third of the oven and let bake 45 to 50 minutes or until the cake is lightly brown on top and comes away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Note: Let the cake cool in the pan. Storage: Double wrap the cake in plastic wrap. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Cheese & Onion Pie

This is a fabulous pie from the Hairy Bikers i make it regular recipe HERE

Hairy Bikers Meat & Potato Pie

This is a large pie but, the quantities can easily be halved and its delish.....
For the pie filling
  • 2.75kg/6lb braising steak, cut into cubes

  • 3 medium onions, chopped

  • 2.75kg/6lb potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks

  • 1 tbsp beef extract

  • 4 tbsp gravy granules

For the pastry
  • 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 125g/4½oz margarine, cut into small cubes

  • 25g/4½ oz lard (crisco or trex), cut into small cubes

  • 125ml/4fl oz cold water

  • 1 free-range egg, beaten

  1. For the pie filling, put the beef and onions into a large, lidded saucepan and season with salt. Pour in enough water to cover the contents of the pan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, put cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 2½–3 hours, or until the meat is tender.

  2. Meanwhile, for the pastry, tip the flour and salt into a bowl, and add the cubes of margarine and lard. Using your fingertips, rub the fat into the flour until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs, and no large lumps of fat remain. Add the water and mix with a cutlery knife until the pastry begins to come together. Add more water very gradually if needed. Knead the dough lightly, shape into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until the beef mixture is cooked. (Alternately, blend the flour, salt, margarine and lard in a food processor until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs. With the motor running slowly add the water through the funnel, until the mixture starts to come together.)

  3. Once the meat has been cooking for two hours, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  4. Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and set aside.

  5. When the meat is tender, remove the pan from the heat. Ladle some of the liquid from the meat into a jug to cool. Mix together the gravy granules and meat extract, and gradually add to the cooled liquid, mixing in thoroughly. Pour over the meat, and heat gently until simmering. Once simmering, remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

  6. Remove the pastry from the fridge. Cut a small amount of pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured work surface to a 3mm/⅛in thickness . Cut the pastry into thin strips. Dampen the rim of a 28 x 38cm/11in x 15in pie dish with water, and line the rim with the strips of pastry.

  7. Strain the meat and onions, reserving the sauce. Spread the meat and onions in an even layer in the base of the dish. Layer the potatoes on top of the meat and onions. Pour the reserved sauce over the filling, until just below the top of the potatoes. Reserve any remaining sauce.

  8. Roll the remaining pastry out on a floured work surface to a 3mm/⅛in thickness, and cut to the size of the pie dish. Brush the strips of pastry on the rim of the dish with beaten egg, and place the pastry lid on top. Press the edges to seal, and brush the lid of the pie with the remaining beaten egg. Cut a few slits in the lid of the pie to allow steam to escape.

  9. Cook in the preheated oven for 50–60 minutes, or until the pastry is golden-brown and the filling is bubbling inside.

  10. Serve the hot pie with the reserved sauce on the side.

Tuesday, June 28

Japanese Salad

This is from Suzie
1/2 C. Olive oil
1 TBSP sugar (splenda)
3 TBSP wine vinegar
4 TBSP soya sauce
1/2 Tsp pepper
2 packs soup mix from Ramen package
1/2 C. Almonds toasted
2 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/2 C chinese noodles
2 packages of Ramen noodles
3 dhallots
2 C bean sprouts
Med size cabbage shredded
Toss all together + Enjoy!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe from Jane Leong
"Mix All Together Chocolate Cake" recipe, it is really easy and the kids love them. 1 cup plain flour (135g) sifted, 4 rounded (heaped) tablespoons cocoa (sifted), 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 cup caster sugar (225g) about 120g butter (softened), 1/2 cup milk, 2 eggs at room temp, bit of vanilla essence. Put all ingredients in a bowl and beat until combined and smooth. Put in the patty pans and bake at 180c for around 18-20 minutes. Good luck!..hope it works??

Bread Sauce

Recipe HERE


Recipe from Caroline
My favorite recipe comes from mama cherri's soul in a bowl cookbook: 225 gr. butter, 225 gr. plain flour, 225 gr. yellow corn meal, 1 tablespoon baking power, 1 teaspoon salt, 125 gr. caster sugar (optional but better if you add it, cornbread should be a little sweet), 2 large eggs, 475 ml milk (preferably full fat but semi skimmed is also good) - Set the oven to 180 C. Put the butter in a 23 cm round or square baking tin and place in the hot oven to melt (I just melt mine in the microwave), Remove once melted. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the center. Add the eggs, milk and melted butter, stir with a wooden spoon, working fast so the butter doesn't harden. Pour the mixture into the warm baking tin, place in the oven and bake for35-40 minutes until risen and golden brown. Serve immediately - with butter (and jam or honey).

Caroline's Hot Sauce

‎2 dried new mexican chili peppers, 1 dried ancho pepper & 1 dried chipotle pepper. Dry roast the peppers in skillet till just browned (slightly roasted). Remove from skillet and soak for 40 minutes in 1 1/2 cups luke warm water. Remove stems from peppers and put peppers and the water they soaked in into a blender with the following ingredients: 2 garlic cloves pressed, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp packed brown sugar, 1 tsp lime juice (lemon also ok as substitute), 1 tsp vinegar (I use apple cidar vinegar for the extra taste) & 1 can tomato blocks. Puree in blender then transfer to jar. Keep refrigerated! It's that easy :-)

Garden fresh tomato pie

4 eggs
2/3 cup of milk
2 green onion, sliced
2 tablespoons of a chiffonade of basil
Couple pinches of chopped parsley
Large pinch of kosher salt
About 8 turns of the pepper grinder
1 overflowing cup of shredded mozzarella
3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
Homemade or store bought pie crust
Place the uncooked pie crust in a glass pie pan, turning the edges under and crimping them. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Set aside.

Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with two layers of paper towels. Slice the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick and lay them out on the paper towels to drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt and cover with another layer of paper towels. Let sit while preparing the other ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk until well blended. Add the green onion, basil, parsley, salt and pepper and mix well. Add 1/2 of the cheese and all of the bacon; stir and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Depending on the size of the tomatoes, reserve about 10 of the prettier slices for the top. Chop up the remaining tomato slices and add to the egg mixture; stir. Pour the egg mixture carefully and evenly over the tomato layer; carefully smooth out. Around the outside edges of the pie, line up the remaining 10 sliced tomatoes, slightly overlapping them.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top. Add a rim of aluminum foil or a pie shield around the edges of the pie to prevent it from over browning. Return to the oven and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until center is set. (Times are estimates as ovens vary.)
Remove and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Carols sour cream waffles

1 3/4 cup flour (i do either gluten-free mix or 5-granenmeel)
1 T sugar (i use brown)
1T baking powder
1/2 teasp salt;
8 T unsalted melted butter;
1 cup melk;
1/2 cup sour cream;
3 large eggs....
fresh fruits, jams, syrups, yoghurt, whatever you want your topping to be...

Grandma Mac's Waffles

2 cups flour
3 Tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsps. sugar
1 Tsp. salt
3 eggs separated
1 1/2 cups milk
6 T. melted shortening (I use oil as this is an old recipe before vegie oil I think)

Beat the egg whites stiff, combine the dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix together eggs, milk and oil. Add to dry ingredients just to mix through but don't beat it just make sure in is blended. Then fold in egg whites.