Recipes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turtling...

I forgot to record my weight for Wednesday 15/10/14 - at Weight Watchers it was 77.10 kgs - same as last week. I am what we call a 'turtle'! Slow and steady ...

My home scales said this ... 75.80kgs (first thing in the morning, in bras and knickers). I have work to do!

And my job is not made easy when you are invited out to the best Wagyu steak restaurant in South Australia - and its in our backyard!

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Nose to the grindstone!

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Think Pink ...

...for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Well, that was an epic morning of biscuit decorating!

I also made a batch of pink Melting Moments...

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Do you think they look like boobies? ;)

Then there was a lot of pink icing thrown around the kitchen!

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Then the packaging...

Tying all those fiddly bows with long fingernails is tricky!

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I am sure Bianca's Pink Day will be a success! I need to put my feet up now and have a cuppa!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Butter cookies for a cause...

My niece, Bianca, owns a hairdressing salon in our town and on Thursday she is holding a 'Pink' day for Breast Cancer Awareness month...

She asked me if I'd like to make some cookies to sell and giveaway to clients throughout the day. Of course, I said yes!

I had to bake them last night as we have a staff function on tonight and are going out for dinner...

They turned out perfectly, now I just need to ice and decorate them this morning and get them delivered this arvo when I go have my hair trimmed!

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I printed off a whole heap of pink ribbon tags and labels on photo paper ...

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I screen shot a lot of things on my ipad then the page can easily be found in my photos.
Here is the link to KatrinasKitchen - there are recipes galore!

http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/2011/12/best-sugar-cookie-recipe-and-kitchenaid_28.html

i'll be back later with the finished cookies!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Melting Moments ...

I first posted this recipe back in July 2009 ...

Here is the link to the recipe. Back then I used to roll them into balls and flatten them with a fork but now I pipe them for better effect.

http://simplyjoolz.blogspot.com.au/2009/07/melting-moments.html

Also, a tip - really beat the butter and icing sugar well - until it is whipped pale and thick. This will give you light, crunchy, buttery biscuits...

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Savoury casserole chops ...


I found this recipe on Facebook recently. It is a slow cooker recipe but I did it in my Le Creuset dutch oven in 1 and a 1/2 hours. I dusted the chops (I had 8) with plain flour and browned them in the pot on the stove top, then poured the sauce over the chops, bringing it up to a boil then put the lid on and placed in the oven at 180C. I stirred it and flipped the chops over a couple of times and seasoned with salt and pepper too. Another thing I added, and you might find it strange, a handful of raisins or sultanas and .... a banana!  Once tender, we had them with mashed potato, carrots and peas. Delicious!
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Nice comfort food after the chilly day we had - it got down to 10C at lunch time which is crazy seeing it is meant to be 32C on Sunday. No wonder everyone has the sniffles and flu.
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This afternoon I will be busy making iced, pink sugar cookies (similar to those above) for a Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser that my niece is having at her hairdressing salon. There is also a Girls Night In function being held in town but unfortunately I can't make that. Originally, a group of girls got together (about 15 I think) and had a night in someone's loungeroom, playing games and wearing pink and being silly - a few years later and it's grown into a function where about 150 ladies have a rollicking night out, raising $000's for the cause.
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Isn't this rose stunning?  Its from my sister's garden...
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Off to work now then the cookie factory will be in full swing this arvo!
Cheers - Joolz xx


Monday, October 13, 2014

Lunch for the sisters...

I put on a birthday lunch today for my two sisters, Marilyn and Janine, whose birthdays were yesterday and tomorrow . We met in the middle.

I made Melting Moments to have with coffee afterwards...

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I made possibly the best lasagne I've ever made! So yummy with a tossed salad. It was a fun afternoon...we had bubbles too!

As with my other two sisters, I made up a tray of my goodies - Rocky Road in a Jar, apricot jam, steak spice rub, gardeners sugar hand scrub, choc pistachio fudge, barbecue sauce and cucumber pickles, some nice tea and a small notepad...

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rhonda's Recipes ...

The recipes I use is from Rhonda Hetzel's Down to Earth blog ...

 

http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/making-pickled-beetroot.html

With the beetroot, I like mine a bit sweeter so I used 1/2 cup sugar instead of 2 and 1/2 tablespoons...

Rhonda suggests storing the cucumber pickles in the fridge but all of my lid seals 'popped' down so I think they are safe in the pantry until opened. Likewise with my beetroot. I turned the jars upside down for an hour then when I turned them over and touched the tops, they 'pop' sealed.

Do have everything ready before you start - pickling liquid and spices assembled, jars sterilized, lids ready, small jug and funnell for bottling, clean cutting board and knife, clean and clear space to work. When slipping the skins off the beets, wear disposable gloves so your hands don't stain. Removing the skin is the best, fun part as you reveal the lovely shiny beet underneath.

I love the pickles with cheese and biscuits (not at the moment due to my 'healthy eating' plan)... and the beetroot is just lovely, much better than bought stuff! Give it a go!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

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