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Because I always find myself looking for a recipe.

150g butter
3/4 cup sugar (brown if available)
1 cup nut meal
3/4 cup plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
200g chocolate chips
 1/2 cup+ nuts (walnuts or pecans?)

Oven at 180, cook for about 14 minutes. 
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Oven at 180oC

90g butter
3/4 cup sugar (I think we eventually did half this)

- melt in double boiler, stir until well combined.


120g currants
90g cranberries
90g figs (~7)
120g slivered almonds (inclined to think we doubled this)
40g pecans (think we doubled this too - probably 100g)

Chop cranberries and figs (~ currant sized), mix fruit and nuts all together, and toss with

2tbs of flour (30g)

Take pan off heat, stir in
pinch of salt
2 tbsp double cream

Stir all together, make into little biscuits, or a slice, or whatever seems to work. USE SILICON BAKING MATS. The sugar/butter combination forms a penetrating, potent cement in conjunction with baking paper.

Aldi 40% 200g block + 2 x 70-80% 100g blocks seems to be the right ratio of chocolate (1:1).



Trying to have a kid put on further hold since the ectopic in November; did our karyotyping bloodtests today. + 6 weeks.

Quiche!

Mar. 14th, 2011 10:23 pm
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Two quiches, less than ten dollars. Around four serves each, but need to be piled with veggies. I always forget that the quiche is the protein, and needs other stuff too.

With the pastry, used puff, because that's what we had, and the shortcrust at the supermarket was 'vegetable oil', not butter. And I read vegetable oil as PALM OIL.


Need:
2 sheets pastry
300mL cream
4 eggs
300mL milk (and a little more)
2 carrots
2 small onions
4 short cut bacon rashers
~2 cups shredded cheese

Salad and/or veggies on the side

Do:
Preheat oven to 180oC
Dice onion, carrot, and bacon
Cook onion, and bacon in same pan, add carrot once onion is going translucent
Fork four eggs, cream, and milk.
Place pastry in pie dish
Put half the bacon mix in the pastry
Cover with half the cheese
Pour in half the egg mix
Bake for around 30 minutes - it should 'rise', and have a lovely golden brown top.
Serve with veggies.
Nom.
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Tarte Tatin.

A number of sources, in particular http://www.famousfrenchdesserts.com/tarte-tatin-recipes.html

I used 4 apples and made 8 nice small slices for a standard pie dish. I did slightly more than one layer of apple, and I think two or three good layers would have made for more pie, and more awesome.

CARAMEL
~80g butter
3tsp water
3/4 cup sugar (I had castor)


PIE
Butter base puff pastry. Indeed, I buy it frozen.

4 apples for 1 layer, so maybe 8 and 12 for 3 and 4 layers.
Apparently you're supposed to use Granny Smith, I don't eat them so don't have any going soft either. I had some royal gala and three golden delicious apples.
Citrus juice to keep the apple good while making caramel. Especially lime/lemon.


STEPS
Peel, core, slice apples. Mush them in lime juice so they stay looking fresh. Make a pretty pattern on the base of the dish. Remember you'll be turning it upside-down, so while the bottom ought to be pretty, the top doesn't count.
Make caramel using the sugar and water. Boil hard until the colour turns golden, swirling the pan rather than stirring.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.
Make sure it's a good consistency (maybe add some more water and boil a little longer).
Put the pie on a heat-proof surface, and pour over the caramel.
Bake for ~40 minutes on ~180'C.
Defrost the pastry/roll it out on the bench.
Cover the pie, and bake a further 20 minutes. (Or whenever the pastry is cooked and golden)
Turn the pie onto a serving dish.

FFD says to serve with creme fraiche. This sounds nice, but I'm used to using it for savouries. I think I'd go with mascarpone, vanilla cream, or straight up thickened cream.

It was EXCELLENT
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We can use vinegar to kill the stinging weeds in the 'garden'. Huzzah! No need to support big evil parent of Roundup.
It's not selective, but I don't think there's anything there (other than the trees) we want to save.

Bündner Gerstensuppe

Finely chop all solid ingredients.
1 onion
1 seel
2-3 medium carrots
1-3 stalks celery
1/2 smallish celeriac (celery root)
2 medium potatoes
150g smoked speck/bacon. I used proscuitto. I dislike speck intensely.

1 bay leaf (don't be chopping this!)
100-150mL cream. I used 'thickened'.
knob of butter OR some olive oil. I see no need for both.
About 2 litres of chicken or vegetable stock.
100g pearl barley.
Ground salt and pepper

Seriously easy to make.
Chop everything.
Put into pot.
Stir.
Nom.

Or, broken down:
Heat butter/oil in pot, add onion and leek, cook gently for 10 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, celeriac, bay leaf, and meat. Turn the heat up a bit. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 minutes.
Add the stock, barley and potatoes. Simmer gently for an hour (or longer). Add water sometimes if it reduces too much. Stir occasionally.
Remove from heat, and add the cream.
Serve.



I cooked these during the hour it was simmering.

Pesto muffins
Some proscuitto. I dunno. Four palms worth of slices?
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder ( I really need to figure how this is different to baking soda/bi-carb soda)
2 eggs
1 large cup milk.
100g cubed fetta cheese
Small 1/2 cup pesto.

Mix dry ingredients and make a well.
Crack in the eggs, add the milk. Fork to combine.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Mix together.
Put into muffin tins, about 3/4 full. (Grease or line these first)
Bake at 190oC.
10-15 min for mini muffins (makes approx 30)
20-25 min for cup-cake sizes (makes approx 20)




 

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Based on a recipe here.

For two people, with one portion over (ie, three portions)
6 really big tomatoes
1 cup rice
6 mushrooms
2 small carrots
1 green capsicum
onion
garlic (I forgot to add it, but I think it'd be pretty good)
meat (I used pork, I think chicken would work, but I don't like it) about 200g?
chicken stock (or vegetable...)
herbs (I like Italian flavours, Of course, we forgot we have a massive topiary rosemary bush growing until after we adde dried rosemary. Oops.)
cheese for grating over the top (apparently tasty/cheddar/mozzarella was called for, we had grana padana.)


Cut hats out of the tomatoes, and compost them. Scoop out the insides without peircing the shell (I did make a couple of small incisions, but they seemed not to matter too much. Cutting something finger-sized out might make it hard for the stuffing to stay in.) Keep the insides and the juices.

Get a cup of water/stock on to heat, and add the rice, herbs, and tomato entrails Cook the rice. (You may need more water)


Chop the veggies and meat up into smallish pieces. Soften the onion, add the garlic and meat (if it needs cooking), and cook most of the way through. Add the rest of the veggies and fry until mostly cooked.

Stuff the tomatoes with about a large teaspoon of rice each, and put them into a baking tray with sides of around one inch. Put the rest of the rice in the baking tray. Pour the veggie/meat mix over the top, ensuring that the tomatoes are filled up. Cover with grated cheese.



I actually liked the veggie/meat/rice/cheese mix better OUTSIDE of the tomatoes. It seemed cheesier and *better* somehow. Next-time I might chop the tomatoes finely instead.

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