Sunday, 1 March 2015

Tuna Slice

Tuna Slice

I can't remember where this recipe came from, probably from the back of the Pampas Puff Pastry packet! It's something I've been making for my family for years; it's simple, tasty and quick. I like to have one in the freezer for when I'm not in the mood to cook. 



Tuna Slice

Ingredients:

2 sheets Ready Rolled Pastry
180g tuna in Springwater
1 cup grated cheese
1/3 cup chopped shallots
2 eggs

Method:

1. Place one sheet of pastry onto a slice tin lined with baking paper.
2. Combine tuna, cheese, shallots and one egg. Mix well.
3. Spoon mixture onto pastry, press down leaving a 2 cm border. Moisten border with water and place second sheet of pasty on top.
4. Glaze with beaten egg.
5. Bake in moderate oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot.


This is such a simple recipe and served with a yummy salad is a perfect no fuss dinner!



Enjoy,

Toni

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Scones


Scones are something that can be whipped up at a moments notice, I've actually been known to make them even after my guests have arrived as they are simple to make and taste delicious.
There are many variations of the scone recipe; this is the one I prefer.


Ingredients:

   Plain flour, for dusting
 3 cups self-raising flour
 80g butter, cubed
 1-1 1/4 cups milk
 Jam and whipped cream, to serve

Method:

1. 
Preheat oven to 200°C.  This is important,
   as scones need to go into a hot oven.
2. Sift self-raising flour into a large bowl.
3. Using your fingertips, rub butter into
   flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Make a well in the centre. Add 1 cup of
   milk. Mix with a flat bladed knife until
   mixture forms soft dough, adding more milk
   if required. 
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead
   gently until smooth (don't knead dough too
   much or scones will be tough)
6. Pat dough into a 2cm-thick round. Using a
   5cm (diameter) round cutter, cut out 12
   rounds.
7. Place scones onto prepared baking tray,
   1cm apart. 
8. Sprinkle tops with a little plain flour.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden
   and well risen (My oven is fast so I only
   bake for about 15 mins, so keep a close
   eye on them)
10.Transfer to a wire rack.
11.Serve warm with jam and cream.

Enjoy!

Toni

*Recipe adapted from here
*Image from here

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Pavlova


Last Monday was Australia Day so I thought I'd make a Pavlova. Above and below are photos of the finished result, it's a bit lopsided but I like to call it rustic!

I've never made one before so I followed a recipe on Taste for a Berry Pavlova.

Ingredients:

6 eggwhites
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornflour
300ml thickened cream
Mixed berries, to serve
Icing sugar mixture, to dust

Method:


  1. Preheat oven to 120C
  2. Trace a 20cm circle onto a piece of baking paper. Line an oven tray with the baking paper
  3. Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form.
  4. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well until thick and glossy and the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add the vinegar and cornflour and fold with a large metal spoon until just combined.
  6. Spoon mixture onto the prepared tray. Using the traced circle as a guide, use a spatula or pallet knife to shape into a 20cm disc.
  7. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until dry to touch. Turn off the oven and leave with the door ajar to cool completely.
  8. Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream until soft peaks form.
  9. Transfer pavlova to a serving plate. Top with cream, berries and icing sugar. (I added a kiwi fruit and passionfruit because that's what I had in the fridge)


I'll be definitely making this again, I really can't believe how easy it is to make and it left me wondering why I've never made one before!

Toni x

Friday, 23 January 2015

Apple & Maple Pork Chops

This week my husband and I are enjoying experiencing 'Empty Nest Syndrome'. It's weird really not having any children at home and in all seriousness I'm not sure I'm looking forward to the time when it becomes a permanent thing in my life. Anyway right now I'm determined to embrace the positive side, like a tidy house and hardly any washing and ironing and plenty of time for me.

Embracing the me thing has meant a distinct lack of grocery shopping so dinner has often meant a dig around in the freezer to see what I can find. Last night I found pork chops. Now my husband is for some strange reason not a big fan of the humble pork chop (I love them) so I went hunting for a recipe to jazz them up. 

The recipe had to include ingredients I already had at home as remember I'm trying to avoid all forms of grocery shopping until absolutely necessary.

This is what I made:



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    4 (about 800g) pork loin cutlets, trimmed
    1 Granny Smith apple, cored, cut into thick wedges
    1 red apple, cored, cut into thick wedges
    4 French shallots, peeled, quartered
    3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water
    60ml (1/4 cup) Maple Syrup
    1/2 chicken stock cube, crumbled
    Mashed potato, to serve
    Steamed green round beans, to serve

    Method:

    1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. 
    2. Season the pork. Cook for 5 minutes or until browned underneath. Turn the pork.
    3. Add the combined apple, shallot and thyme to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until pork is browned and almost cooked through. Transfer the pork to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
    4. Cook the apple mixture for a further 2 minutes. 
    5.Combine the water, maple syrup and stock cube in a jug. Stir into apple mixture for 2 minutes or until combined. 
    6.Return the pork to the pan and cook, turning once, for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. 
    7. Divide pork and apple mixture among plates.
    8.Serve with mash and beans.


    Cheers,

    Toni


    * Recipe from here

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