Banana Bread with buttermilk

Banana Bread with buttermilk

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups sugar

100g softened butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp Bi-Carb soda (baking soda)

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 mashed ripe bananas

Method

Preheat oven to 150ºC

Using a mixer if you have one, cream butter and sugar until you have a light fluffy yellow mixture

Add 1 egg at a time, mix well after each egg

Mix the baking soda and buttermilk together and add to the mixture

Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture

Add the vanilla and mashed bananas

Mix well

Lightly grease a loaf tin and lay baking paper inside

Pour mixture into tin and tap a few times to get the air bubbles out

Bake in the oven for 90 minutes (test with skewer or knife)

Let the cake cool for 20 minutes before removing from the tin

Slice and enjoy!

 

 

Gnocchi & Sausage Bake

Gnocchi & Sausage Bake

This recipe is so perfect for winter, it really is comforting and very tasty. You can manipulate the spiciness to suit your taste. I use a mix of normal pork sausages and Italian sausages, the Italian sausages packed a punch so I probably didn’t need to add extra chilli…but I did. It was a nice heat! I grabbed a mixture of fresh herbs from the garden…it needs that hit of freshness.

Ingredients

1 tbs olive oil

1 large onion, finely diced

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

handful of fresh thyme and sage – leaves chopped

4 pork sausages

4 Italian sausages

500g potato gnocchi

200g light cream cheese

200mls vegetable stock

zest of 1 lemon

70g parmesan cheese, grated

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C

In a large frying pan heat oil, add chilli, onion, herbs and cook for a few minutes

Add the garlic

Squeeze the sausage meat out of their cases into the pan, break the meat up into small pieces

Fry until the meat has turned golden – about 10 mins

While the meat is colouring, cook the gnocchi in a saucepan of simmering water – they should only take a few minutes. Once they float to the surface, drain and add to the sausage mixture.

Stir in the cream cheese, stock and zest – coating the mixture well.

Add in half the parmesan cheese

Pour in to a large ovenproof dish, sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese on the top

Cook in the oven for 10-15mins until golden on top

Serve and Enjoy!!

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Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters

Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters

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You can be as creative or boring as you want with this recipe.

Substitute any vegetables and spices you don’t want or have available with something else that will taste good!

Great for breakfast and brunch, I cooked them for my girlfriends and served with a range of yummy foods shown below.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 red onion (finely diced)

2 grated zucchini (grated)

1 tin sweet corn kernels

1 pkt halloumi (half in mixture, half to serve with)

1/2 bunch corriander (finely chopped, stems and all)

half a small red chilli (no seeds)

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

salt & pepper

1/2 cup of vege oil

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Method:

You can take the easy road and put all of the  ingredients in a blender and be done with your mixture.

However, I prefer to dice everything up…this gives your fritters more texture.

Mix together flour, baking powder, milk and eggs

Dice up half the halloumi and add to mixture

Add in all other finely diced and grated ingredients

Mix in spice, season well with salt and pepper

Heat some of the oil in a frying pan

About a tablespoon of mixture makes a good sized fritter

Shallow-fry for 1-2 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel

Serving suggestions

I served with bacon & avocado salsa, cream cheese & smoked salmon and halloumi

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You can replace the milk with buttermilk and the halloumi with feta or another delicious cheese.

You could make gluten free by using a different flour

Use different fresh herbs that you have available – thyme, parsley etc

And be creative with using a different spice if you do not have smoked paprika in the cupboard

Its all about the flavour with these fritters

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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 30mins

Ingredients

1 1/4 Cups warm water

1 Package of active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

3  Cups bread flour (can use plain, bread flour will make the crust crunchier)

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Teaspoons salt

1/2 Teaspoon sugar

Method:

 Run your bowl upside down under hot water, until it’s warm

 Put warm water in bowl

Sprinkle in the dry yeast

Sprinkle in the sugar

Set mixture aside for 2 minutes

Put in olive oil & salt

Mix gently with a wooden spoon

Slowly stir in your flour (this bit is a good workout…push through the pain)

As you pour in your last cup of flour, use your hands to mix…don’t knead too much, but make sure ingredients are incorporated.

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Mixing the dough

Make your dough into a ball, put a damp cloth over the bowl, and put it to sleep in a warm corner for 30-45mins….until its doubled in size

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Leave the dough to rise

Once it has doubled in size, punch it down

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Once dough has doubled in size…punch it down

Take dough out of bowl and place on flour dusted counter

Knead til smooth and make into two balls

  Roll out your dough ball into your preferred size pizza base

 Lightly dust your baking sheet or tin, place the pizza base on and pinch the edge up for your crust

 Leave the dough for 5-10mins at this stage, it will plump up a little more

 Top the pizza as you like and bake at 200°C for 30mins (keep your eye on it as every oven is different)

Serve, eat & enjoy!

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Anchovy, Mozzarella & Chilli Oil
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Pepperoni & Mozzarella Pizza
Honey & Thyme Crusted Lamb Cutlets

Honey & Thyme Crusted Lamb Cutlets

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I found these in a Donna Hay cookbook…they are super easy, quick and delicious.

Depending on the size of the lamb cutlets, I usually serve up 2 or 3 per person.

 Ingredients

 12-15 Lamb Cutlets

 2 Cups Fresh Bread Crumbs

 1 Tbs Thyme Leaves

 60g Butter

 1/4 Pine Nuts

 1 Tbs Honey

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C

Process the breadcrumbs, mix through the pine nuts, thyme leaves & season with salt and pepper

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Combine the butter and honey with the dry ingredients, make sure all of the crumbs are now moist

Spray a baking tray and lay out the cutlets

Place about a tablespoon of the mixture on top of each cutlet and press down so that it’s compact (easier to do this with your hands)

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, rest for a few minutes before serving.

I usually serve these with grilled asparagus and roast potatoes

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Braised Butter Beans in Olive Oil, Capsicum, Oregano & Tomato

Braised Butter Beans in Olive Oil, Capsicum, Oregano & Tomato

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Olive Oil

2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed

2 x 400g tins of  Tomatoes

2 x 400g Butter Beans, drained

5 slices roasted Capsicum – jar, sliced

1 Tbs chopped fresh Oregano

2 Bay leaves

Method:

Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a medium saucepan

Cook garlic for a few minutes, add tinned tomatoes and bay leaves

Put the lid on and simmer for 15mins

Stir in the butter beans and capsicum and simmer for 10mins

Remove from heat, season, stir through oregano – Serve!