Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hedgehog meatballs at camp

During our camping trip in Hanson Bay, J cooked us a lovely tea of hedgehog.

The first time I heard them mention hedgehog, I thought they meant the animal!!! But apparently, it's due to the fact that the meatballs have rice in them and they tend to stick out the meatballs when cooked, looking like spikes, hence the name "hedgehog."

We had ours with carrots and mashed potatoes on the side.

For a good recipe, you can try this Hedgehog meatballs recipe from Kidspot.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced or grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup hot water
400g can whole tomatoes, diced
500g beef mince
½ cup long grain rice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cumin, ground
¼ cup basil leaves (optional)


Spray slow cooker with oil spray and turn on to MEDIUM.

In a frying pan, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil on medium heat until onion is transparent.

Add tomato paste and stir to combine (it will start to stick to the bottom but that’s OK).

After 2-3 minutes add water to deglaze frying pan. Tip into slow cooker and add diced tomatoes and juice with ½ teaspoon of salt.

In a separate bowl add mince beef, rice, cumin and remaining salt. Use clean hands (or gloves) to combine ingredients.

Split beef mixture in half and then half again. With each of the four portions, split into quarters again, leaving you with 16 portions.

Roll each portion into a ball and place in slow cooker.

Pop the lid on and cook for 5 hours on MEDIUM.

After five hours, remove lid, give a bit of a stir and throw in freshly torn basil leaves.

Put the lid back on and cook for a further 30 minutes.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bobby Flay's Throwdown

What I'm reading....

Bobby Flay's Throwdown.

Been watching him in his different grilling shows but never actually tried any of his recipes but there are few in this book that I would like to cook myself!!

Let's wait and see!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Easy stir fry squid with oyster sauce

M and I tried our hand in stir fry with the squid S caught a few days ago.
We used Egg noddles- around 3 cups for 4 persons

Placed in boiling water for 3 minutes

Squid which was cut into rings and lightly fried in the wok

Around a half cup of mixed vegetables - broccoli, carrots, peas.
Stir fry the veggies in the wok

We added oyster sauce and a little soy sauce - about a tablespoon each and salt to taste.

Then we put back the squid in the wok

Noodles in the bowl

Then add the stir fry

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Port wine

Winter in Australia does get mighty cold and though I am a teetotaler, I have started to like port because it's sweet. This is called Tawny port and usually a dessert wine best with cheese. Add to this a dash of lemonade and I'm good to go.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Marron sandwich

Had a marron sandwich for lunch

The marron was preserved in vinegar and just laid out in buttered toast and drizzled with thousand island dressing.

Marron is a large crayfish and tastes like lobster and is available on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.