Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fish and chips

Went to the beach last weekend with this view

SO Decided to go fishing....

And caught Sweep...

Cleaned and filleted

Cooked in Extra virgin olive oil with a little lemon and pepper

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pancakes for breakfast

I was craving for pancakes and we got our hands dirty and tried to make some of our own.
Here's the recipe:

Pancake mixture
1 cup milk
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg

For cooking
Butter or olive oil

For toppings
Extra butter
Golden syrup
Or any jams or fruits

Combine all the pancake mix ingredients together.

Heat a pan on low heat and add the butter covering the pan. Pour a scoopful of the pancake mix. Look for bubbling on top and flip when edges are brown.

Top with butter, syrup and other toppings to taste

For the first effort, it may not look like much but it tasted like pancakes!!

Hopefully it looks better next time.

Monday, July 18, 2011

More midnight munchies

What to eat when watching a movie at home? Cuddled under a comforter with the electric blanket on?

Home made pop corn- microwaved and healthy drizzled with icing sugar.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Keeping the oils flowing

We've been frying a lot these days but using Extra virgin olive oil to do so.

Extra virgin olive oil is said to lower inflammatory markers in the blood, provide antioxidants like vitamin E and beta-carotene, decrease blood pressure and is linked to cancer prevention. Source

Other health benefits include:
reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer and may also increase life expectancy. Source

Try it and you can see and feel the difference!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

You are CORDIAL-ly invited

Most of the time, I drink water. When I'm out, it's either water or fresh orange juice, if you have it. As I like to say, I'd rather EAT my calories than drink it. With that said, there is something that made me change my mind.

cordial [ˈkɔːdɪəl]
1. warm and friendly a cordial greeting
2. giving heart; stimulating
1. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Brewing) a drink with a fruit base, usually sold in concentrated form and diluted with water before being drunk lime cordial

I love it!

Cottee's Cordial in Lemon Barley

I can drink it all day, with every meal and without!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weekend dinner at home

With the parental units out for the weekend, SO's culinary prowess was put to test. This is what we had for tea.


Became this.....Lamp with mashed potato and mixed vegetables (carrots, peas and green beans)

Breaded and cheesy Chicken breast with veggies

MMMMM...more lamb chops with mashed potatoes, carrots and pumpkin

Not bad at all....SO gets the kitchen duties from now on!

All dishes were cooked in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and mixed vegetables were steamed.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Midnight munchies

Up late on a cold Saturday night, had a much needed cuppa to warm the insides.

Decisions, decisions.

I chose the Country cup Cream of Pumpkin.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tuna sandwich version 1

For lunch, i made myself a tuna sandwich. I heart tuna.

Here is what I used: tuna in water, cheese, balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and horse radish (not in picture)

Butter the bread on one side and toast. Mix the tuna, horse radish with the mayo. Season with salt and pepper to taste. On the toast, sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar and spread the tuna mixture. Add the cheese and place another piece of the toasted bread. Cut in half and serve.

Happy Tummy!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chicken Curry Aussie style

Australian tea - means evening tea or dinner
We had creamy chicken and pumpkin curry for tea last night...It's Curry and Rice night...Aussie style!

Made with skinless chicken breast fillet and pumpkin, cooked first in olive then Continental Creamy Chicken Curry recipe base (diluted in water and milk) added in along peas and served with Basmati rice. Serves 4 and very filling.

It's a fairly easy recipe which was taken from the June 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens

You can replace the milk with coconut milk and add other vegetable like carrots and potatoes as well.

For more recipe ideas from Continental, head over to their website or for a different version with the Indian Chicken Curry recipe.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Grilled Kangaroo in Australia

When we say Australia, one of the first things that pops up in your head would be koalas and kangaroos.

The first kangaroo I saw during my last trip out here at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and Craft Gallery

Meet Celine

She is an orphaned kangaroo adopted by the Turners.

And I brought us around this winter to see more kangaroos.

And we got to meet more kangaroos, up close and personal....

The Kangaroo meat was marinated and grilled. And no, it didn't taste like chicken! It tasted a bit gamey and is said to have little saturated fat and high in iron and zinc. Kangaroo meat is now being exported to over 50 countries. (Source: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

To contact the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and Crafts Gallery, you can go to their website or PO Box 299, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Phone +61 8 8553 8228 and fax +61 8 8553 8272 .

Monday, July 4, 2011

Chow- word for the day

chow \CHOU\, noun:

1. Food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.

verb phrase:
1. "Chow down:" to eat; eat a meal, especially the main meal of the day.

The chow callers were screaming that there was one minute left before morning meal formation.
-- James Webb, A sense of honor

It was almost time for the chow-wagon to show-up.
-- George W. Adams, Under the Southern Cross

Chow originates among Chinese workers in California around the Gold Rush, shortened from the pidgin chow-chow, derived from cha, Chinese for "mixed."


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday snack

Spent Saturday afternoon at J's where we ate all day! Best way to spend the weekend, I must say!

Muchies we had to snack on..

A plateful of fruit (pears- high in vitamin C and mandarin oranges)...and a pack of Arnott's Tim tam in White chocolate...

which SO demolished in minutes!

Arnott's is an Australian company supporting local businesses with a product range of biscuit, sweet and chocolate and savoury crackers.

Dessert recipes can be found on the Arnott's website for their delicious chocolates.

You can also go here for pear recipes and click here for mandarin orange recipes.