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Potato and leek soup and Parmesan garlic wheel

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Potato and leek soup and Parmesan garlic wheel

So my eldest turned 5 on Saturday. We had a full on day celebrating with his friends, and the building Lego. So much Lego!
Have you all seen the Lego Movie? Not to give it away, but my husband is rather like the antagonist… He is trying to make Mr 5 build the sets exactly by the book… And them leave them as they are. I don’t think he understands that is virtually impossible for a 5 year old to do.

After a long day we needed a quick dinner. Potato and leek soup… Tick!

I wanted some bread to go with it, but hubby isn’t a fan of the basic whole meal bread. I quick search and I found this recipe from The Road to Loving my Thermomixer (if you haven’t already come across the page in your internet and Facebook travels)

I’m slightly embarrassed to say the entire thing got entirely demolished! Kids loved it, nan loved it, and hubby loved it.

The only difference we had was some Colby cheese also sprinkled on top. I also didn’t add any bread improver.

A quick rundown of the simple ingredients

Bakers flour
Yeast sachet
Olive oil
Salt
Parmesan cheese
Colby or tasty cheese
Paprika
Garlic cloves

The recipe is really simple. The only adjustments I made were to add about 20mls of olive oil to the dough prior to kneading.

I also let it rise for about 20 minutes. I the rolled it and pit it on tray. I popped it into a cold oven which gave a perfect second rise as the oven came to temperature.

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Buckwheat, Oat and Apple pancakes

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This is a recipe I have come up with. It’s not an exact science, but you end up with a pancake fritter type consistency.

Perfect for breakfast topped with some butter, or as a snack for the kiddies.

My 2 boys can polish off a batch of these in one sitting flat.

Recipe 12 pikelet sized pancakes

3 apples, quartered
1 cup buckwheat
1 cup rolled oats
1 egg
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup soy or milk of choice
Sweetener, add to taste, try sugar, maple syrup or other that you like.
Dash of baking powder.

Method.

1. Add rolled oats and buckwheat. Speed 6, 5 seconds. Pulse until you have a rough powder, a few larger lumps are ok. Remove to a bowl.

2. Add apples to jug, speed 5, 5 seconds. Scrape down sides. You want a grated consistency.

3. Add all other ingredients to jug, including buckwheat and oats. Add milk gradually. You may need slightly more or less that a full cup.

6. Mix for 30seconds, speed 2. Scrape and mix a little more until fully combined.

7. Using a 1/3 cup, pour mix into lightly greased frypan on medium heat. Fry for a few minutes either side. When bubbles start appearing on top flip them.

Remove to paper towel.

Great served straight out of the pan, or can eat them cold later.

They aren’t gluten free as they have oats, but this recipe can be so easily adjusted to suit your dietary requirements. Use soy or almond milk. Leave the egg out and try some fruit purée instead.

Don’t have apples but have pears that need using up? Sure thing, or try an apple and pear mix.

Provided your mix stays together when it cooks, you really can’t go wrong.

Let me know what you think when you give this a try.

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Asparagus, Mushroom & Bacon Quiche in the Bellini (Bikm)

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Tonight’s dinner is a quick and easy one.

I’m a single mum tonight so needed something tasty and easy to prep before the kids get home.

1. Half an onion, speed 5 for 4 seconds.
2. Add 4 slices short cut bacon, speed 5 for 4 seconds.
3. Scraped sides down. Add olive oil and sauté for 4 minutes, speed 1, temp ST.
4. Add asparagus and mushroom. Cho on speed 5 for 2 seconds.
4. Sauté for 2 minutes, speed 1, temp 100.
5. I then added about 1.5 tbsp of self raising flour and cooked for 1 minute, speed 1 temp 100.
6. Add 8 eggs, around 1-2 tbsp sour cream, and I added about 1/3 cup soy milk (avoiding cows milk in this recipe).
7. Mix to combine, about 30 seconds, speed 1.
8. Top with sliced tomato and grated cheese.
9. Cook until set in the middle, roughly 180 degrees for 30 minutes, but keep an eye on it as your oven may differ.

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Burrito wraps in the Bellini Intelli BIKM

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It has been a while between posts, but I am still here. Still kicking and still cooking!

In fact, I was with out my Bellini Intelli for some time, as the jug stopped heating. I’m not sure how or why. I toyed with the idea of upgrading to a thermomix, but chose to save my pennies and get my unit replaced.

So a really quick and easy recipe for you today.

These are burrito style wraps, so we have them with meat of some kind, usually beef mince, chicken pieces or pork strips. Add in some salad, cheese, sour cream, and off you go.

Once you get into the swing of rolling these out and cooking them, they are really simple.

My husband, who is very fussy, even commented how much nicer these wraps are compared to store bought long life packet ones.

So here it is

Ingredients
300grams plain flour
150 grams tepid water
1tsp baking powder
50 grams olive oil
1 tsp salt (optional, I add less, just a sprinkle)

Method
1. Add wet ingredients to jug, then dry (this stops your flour not mixing on the bottom)

2. Mix on speed 6 for 10 seconds.

3. Mix on speed 1, for 3 minutes. Your dough should form a soft ball.

4. Tip dough onto bench. If you have a silicone baking mat now is the time to use it.

5. Grab a golf ball size of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll your dough on your mat til it is as flat and thin as you can get it without tearing.

6. In a nice heavy based non stick pan, dry fry your bread. Turn and cook the other side.

7. Pop onto a plate and cover with dampened paper towel.

Now some tips… If you don’t have a silicone mat (I got one from target for $12), try flour and your bench to roll them out.
They don’t always roll out in a round shape…. DON’T WORRY! They still wrap up just fine and taste exactly the same.
If you can rope a second pair of hands, one of you can roll the dough while the other stands at the fry pan. It’s not essential, just quicker when you have hungry boys waiting for their tea!

So there you are… Any thoughts?
I’m also pretty sure you could use this as a flat bread, for lunches, wraps, maybe even a flat pizza base? Or perhaps use it for dips when entertaining.

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Cinnamon Honey Butter in the BIKM

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Cinnamon Honey Butter in the BIKM

In my search to find suitable recipes for my gifts in jars theme this Christmas, I came across one for Cinnamon Honey Butter.

It appealed to my sweet tooth, so I thought it would be an easy one to try out and gave it a go.

Turned out well and was as easy as I expected! I used my Bellini Intelli, but you could use any processor or hand mixer too.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder

Method

  1. Pour all ingredients into Bellini Intelli jug.
  2. Mix for 30 seconds, speed 3 to combine.
  3. Scrape down sides with rubber spatula.
  4. mix for 1 minute, speed 5 till light and fluffy.
  5. Pour into clean jars, top with lids or plastic wrappers.

Spray your cup with cooking spray before adding honey (it will help it pour out easily)

Piping bag from folded, greaseproof paper.
Fold into square and over itself to form a funnel
Snip the end to pipe it in jars.

Stand your piping bag in a glass to fill.
I actually found it easier to get into jars using a butter knife.

Decorate with a fabric square… easy and no sewing required !

Smoked Salmon Fillet Salad with Bacon, Avocado and Balsamic Roasted Pumpkin

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Smoked Salmon Fillet Salad with Bacon, Avocado and Balsamic Roasted Pumpkin

With a busy weekend behind us, filled with plenty of good food and eating, Sunday night’s dinner was meant to be a light one.

So salad was the winner. Salad is often something that people hear, and you automatically think, oh well that’s got to be healthy! But have you ever been eating really healthily, with lots of salads, and not lost weight? Perhaps it is because you were eating salads like this rip-snorter!!

At the end of the day, a salad is only going to help with weight loss if it is also low calorie, and if that is your aim, then this is not the salad for you… It can still be healthy with lots of great food… but totally caloriffic! 😀

I also don’t know that you can really have a recipe for a salad as such… Really it is just ingredients put together on a plate… Or maybe there is a salad secret I don’t know.

So here goes, my healthy sunday salad that turned into a delicious feast of all types of food goodness that probably don’t belong on a plate together, but were thoroughly enjoyed.

Ingredients

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Shortcut Bacon
  • Smoked Salmon Fillet
  • Boiled Egg (shelled), quartered

Method

  1. Cut and peel pumpkin into cubes. Coat in oil and balsamic vinegar, roast in oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes until soft and golden.
  2. Cook bacon til at your desired crispiness.
  3. Layer salad onto plate, lettuce topped with other ingredients.

If you like, top with croutons and dressing (we used ceaser, but next time I will make my own)

Homemade Pizza Dough

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Are you looking for an easy go-to meal idea, but want to keep it simple? This one is for you my friends!

Homemade pizza dough

Just a quick one from me tonight, before I head off to bed. I won’t say head off for a good night’s sleep… that doesn’t happen with 2 little boys in this house! I know lots of you can relate to that.

We had a hot, pre-summer day of 38 degrees here today. I seem to be making an early start on those easier, lighter meals for tea already and summer isn’t quite upon us yet. I’m all for less time slaving in a hot kitchen with the oven roasting away though, regardless of the temperature outside.

I really don’t know why I haven’t made homemade pizza dough sooner! Maybe having the BIKM made it seem easier, but I’m sure it is pretty simple anyway. It was so nice though… not too doughy like the pizza chain ones. Not too frozen and cardboard-esque like the supermarket ones. (Mind to be careful getting dough out once made, sharp blades… I used a spatula and removed the blade from jug to get it out properly)

The end result was crispy on the edges, I pressed mine about 5mm thick, but if you like it thinner or thicker just shape to your desired thickness.

We also have a pizza stone that lives in our oven… it is great for all sorts of things.

Ingredients

  • 200 gms water
  • 400 gms flour
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 50 gms olive oil
  • tsp salt

Method

  1. In BIKM, add water, oil, and salt
  2. Mix speed 2, 1 minute, temp 37 deg
  3. Add flour and yeast, knead. Speed 1, 1 min
  4. Place dough onto tray (sprayed with cooking spray and dusted with flour)
  5. Cover with glad wrap and tea towel, stand in warm spot for 30 minutes.
  6. Divide dough and shape into required portions,
  7. We topped with tomato paste, mushroom, capsicum, pineapple, ham, chicken, and cheese of course. We cooked in oven on its highest setting on the pizza stone.

How did yours turn out? Any superstar topping combinations?

Rested Dough (this is a double batch)

Topping of your choice

Ready for Eating

Chewy Chocolate Chip Biscuits in the Bellini (BIKM)

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Biscuits in the Bellini (BIKM)

A friend called in for a cuppa yesterday, and I searched and searched for a recipe to make some biscuits to nibble on.

Boy O boy are there some delicious looking biscuit and cookie recipes out there on the internet…

It took me all day to decide. 

After browsing this site all day, I settled on this one, and adapted it for the Bellini Intelli.

Mine look a little different… but they tasted soooo good. Luckily I sent a few home with my friend.. or I am pretty sure I would have scoffed the lot!

Ingredients

  • 160 gm butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I used raw)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees (fan forced), 180 degrees if not fan forced. Line baking tray.
  2. Using blunt stirring attachment, combine butter and sugar in BIKM, speed 3, 1 min.
  3. Increase speed 4, 2 min, til light and creamy and a light brown colour.
  4. Scrape down sides as needed. Add egg and vanilla. Speed 4, 15 sec.
  5. Add all other ingredients (except choc chips). Mix speed 1, 35 sec. Increase to speed 2, 45 sec.
  6. Add chocolate chips, mix speed 1-2, 20 seconds.
  7. At this point I tipped mix into a bowl, gave the choc chips a good stir to combine thoroughly.
  8. Spoon round mixture onto lined baking tray.
  9. Cook for 8-10 minutes (no longer or they won’t stay soft).
  10. Cool on tray then remove to wire rack. Store in airtight container (if they last that long)

In the original recipe, the pictures show a flat biscuit. These ones stayed round and soft in the middle, which I liked.

I left my recipe as I made it, in which I used baking powder. I believe the original recipe uses bi-carb soda, but I liked my results so left it as is.

Lemon Butter in the Bellini (BIKM)

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I stayed at my cousin’s house in the country a few months ago, and her daughter did a lemonade stand. She sold fresh lemons, some walnuts, and her Mum (my cousin) made Lemon Butter.

I’d never tasted nor heard of it before, but O.M.G…. such glorious tasty stuff it was! She did it in the microwave and with a Bamix, and I thought what better to try out than Lemon Butter in my BIKM.

Very spoilt and my cousin sent me home with a carton of their eggs from their backyard chooks. Chickens in my backyard are high on my wishlist along, with upgrading my very sad looking veggie patch.

Armed with fresh lemons from my mum’s tree, fresh eggs from my cousin’s house, I set to work when I was home. In the original batch I made, I also used home churned butter in the BIKM, but obviously that is optional.

I’m due to do a new batch so when I do I will upload pictures.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 100 gms Butter
  • 200 gms Sugar
  • 2 Lemons, Juiced (and zest, optional)

Method

  1. If you would like to use the zest (you will have some bits in your end product if you do), place zest and sugar in jug. Process speed 5-7-9 for 30 seconds. Check, and if there are still large lumps of zest repeat for 10-30 seconds.
  2. Add lemon juice, butter and whole eggs to jug.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes, temp 80 degrees, speed 3.
  4. Check, and if it seems runny continue to cook in 1 minute increments until you are happy with the consistency.
  5. Pour into hot sterilised jars and cover.
  6. Don’t eat it all at once 😀

Sundried Tomato Risotto with Chicken, Mushroom and Maple Roasted Pumpkin

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Sundried Tomato Risotto with Chicken, Mushroom and Maple Roasted Pumpkin

One of the meals I cooked this week and mentioned earlier was this risotto.

For me, risotto is always a winner. You can put anything in it, smother it in sour cream, and usually the little people will eat it, even if the big people (hubby) sook.

So I took a bit of inspiration from this recipe here, but adjusted it with what I had in the fridge and what I felt like eating.

Ingredients (as always with me the quantities are just a rough guide)

  • 400gms arborio rice
  • 500mls chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp vegetable stock concentrate in 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1/2 butternut pumpkin
  • meat from a BBQ chicken
  • maple syrup (I used genuine, not the flavoured syrup)
  • 100 gm sundried tomato
  • 2 cups chopped mushroom
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • romano or parmesan cheese (1/2 cup grated)
  • 100 gm feta cheese
  • big handful baby spinach leaves

Method

  1. Peel and chop pumpkin. Lightly coat in olive oil and maple syrup.
  2. Cook in oven for 20-30 minutes til soft and golden, turn once.
  3. In BIKM, chop peeled onion and garlic. Speed 6, 4 seconds.
  4. Place stirring blade into machine.
  5. Add olive oil, saute garlic and onion 4 minutes, speed 1, temp ST.
  6. Add sundried tomatoes, cook 1 minute, speed 1, temp ST.
  7. Add arborio rice. Cook 2 minutes, speed 1, temp ST. Add wine and cook for another 2 minutes.
  8. Add chicken and vegetable stock. Cook 20 minutes, speed 1, temp 100.
  9. While rice is cooking, add mushroom.
  10. Cook until rice is soft and desired consistency is reached. You may need to add a little more water if it is getting too dry. Stop and give it a good stir and scrape if you need to.
  11. Add frozen peas with 3 minutes to go.
  12. In a large bowl you can cover, place spinach leaves. When rice is cooked, pour into container onto spinach. The heat will cook it.
  13. Place chicken, feta cheese, and romano cheese in with rice. Cover and stand for 3-5 minutes.
  14. Stir to combine, and serve, topped with roasted pumpkin and sour cream if you like it.

I hope you enjoy this, it looks like a lot of steps but it is very simple, just a matter of adding things as it cooks. You could stir the pumpkin through before serving, but I have to leave it separate as husband doesn’t eat it.

I have a Tupperware container I use for putting hot meals like this one into. It is actually two bowls that nest together, so serves as an insulated container for hot and cold foods, or you can pull it apart to have 2 separate dishes if needed, with fitted lids.

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