Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cookies, curries and other stuff...

I had a busy day in the kitchen yesterday. Biscuits, bread rolls, apple galettes, 2 salads and hasselback potatoes - phew!
I tried a new biscuit recipe which I found here at a new to me blog.

These are County Boy's Sultana, Oats and Choc Chip Biscuits...
They are crunchy but chewy at the same time and quite delicious! Thank you, Jo for sharing your hubby's recipe.
I also made bread rolls using my new Kenwood mixer that I got for Christmas (I blew up my Breville mixer just before Christmas). These rolls have half plain white flour and half wholemeal flour and I added in sunflower seeds, pepitas and linseed. Delicious!
I made these lovely Apple Galettes - squares of puff pastry, brushed with apricot jam, topped with apple slices, brushed with more jam then sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 190C, may vary a bit, just make sure underside is cooked and pastry has puffed.
Scrummy with a dollop of cream!
This is another salad we love - Rocket, pear, walnut and parmesan
Rocket, 2 handfuls
2 pears, skin on, cored and sliced
1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
1/2 cup walnuts
~ the dressing (put all in a screw to jar and shake)~
100 mls of walnut oil (or I used good olive oil)
50 mls balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
~ to assemble~
Arrange washed, spun leaves on a nice plate, layer and mix parmesan, pear and walnuts through rocket then drizzle over some of the dressing. Keep refrigerated until serving. Best made just before eating so pears don't go brown.
We had a lovely dinner of steak, rocket salad, carrot salad and hasselback potatoes with my fresh crusty bread rolls and the apple galettes for dessert.
We made a nice Massaman beef curry last Thursday. I used this recipe from
Nice and fragrant with just a small kick of heat - I used a mild Massaman paste.
My sister-in-law gave me these lovely cotton pyjamas, my new lounge suit! I took this pic the other day but I am about to hop in them now!
This is my new baby, although I think it will get dubbed 'The Beast' ! It is a Kenwood Major Premier. It has a huge mixing bowl and many attachments. It also came with a glass blender jug which fits on top and a mincer which attaches to the front of it. I will also order the icecream bowl sometime later.
It mixed up the dough for the rolls with ease and I also mixed the biscuits in it too. I need to find a good ginger fluff sponge recipe to try.
So, things happening tomorrow...
  • Walking at 6.15 am (weather permitting)
  • Juicing at 7.00 am (apple/orange/carrot/celery)
  • Book into Tuesday yoga class if it has resumed
  • Zero alcohol day
  • Consume 2 pieces of fruit and one raw carrot during the day
  • Breakfast - 1 slice wholemeal toast with spread, cup of coffee
  • Drink at least 2 x 600mls of water
I really want to be under what I weighed in at at Weight Watchers on 18th December when we resume on 22nd January. No more trifle/desserts, no chocolates (taking them all to work for the staff to eat!), no eating at all times of the day when I feel like it! Good food in moderation! I wonder how I'll go?
We are empty nesters again as Kirby left to head back home today. It was lovely to have Bri home for her placement month up to Christmas and then Kirby for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year. I must say, I am pooped!
Cheers - Joolz xx


  1. So glad I had already eaten , so much good food in this post, I wanted it all! Looking forward to returning to work tomorrow for the one reason of stopping me eating all day!!

  2. Im loving all those recipe ideas. Love the new mixer x

  3. I'm really interested in your Kenwood mixer. I had no idea you can do so much with them. Love the jammies.

  4. KitchenAid is "the" mixer of choice here in Canada, but recently I have seen the Kenwood one advertised and must say it looks really nice. You always have such lovely food photos and recipes on your blog. The cookies look yummy.

  5. I was reading about Hasselback potatoes a couple of weeks back as I saw them made up on some US blogs and thought they looked like something different to make. It has been a bit too hot to experiment though during our Qld heatwave but they are on my 'To Do' list on a cool day.

  6. I'm a firm lover of the Kenwood Mixer. I've had a Kenwood for over 30 years and I wouldn't be without it.

    Fantastic recipes again. The apple galettes look great! I've made something similar with pears, brushed with apricot jam and served with zabaglione. Really yummy.

  7. We make that salad here also, tis a good one. I love your new jammies. 'The Beast' is going to see plenty of action this year I imagine.

  8. It's wonderful you could have the girls home for so long. Good luck at WW, you have a good plan in action. I bet the staff love all the treats :)

  9. Oh, all the delicious food, YUM, YUM, YUM. The beast sounds like an excellent name for your new kitchen mixer. Personally I love naming things, gadgets, cars, bikes. My mum named her best walker James her outside walker Jeeves. Hehe.
    Anne xx

  10. What's not to love about cotton pj's and pretty ones too? I have had a Kenwood that was given to us as a wedding present 26 years ago. It still goes like the day it came out of the box and isn't showing it's age (unlike me lol).

  11. A lovely lot of cooking from your house again Joolz. Good luck with your new regime, hope you achieve your goals xx


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