Saturday, 27 May 2017

Cream of Chicken and Vegetable Soup



Thank you to Lawrence my wonderful Godson for my beautiful Soup Cup for my Godmother's Day present. I love it!  💗

Soup weather is what it is at the moment.  I tend to make a pot of soup at least once a week.  What we don't eat I take to work for lunch.

I have always loved the tinned variety of cream of chicken soup and wondered if I could make one that would rival or better the tinned variety.

This one went down well with Scott who is not a huge soup person (unless its Tomato soup then he is all over it).

I used the left overs from a roasted chicken with this, you could use a BBQ chicken from the shop or poach some chicken for this, if your going to poach it use the chicken stock from this recipe make it do double duty and you will get more flavour.

1 medium potato, peeled and diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 leek, quartered and sliced
2 - 3 cups chicken meat, shredded
50 gm butter
1/4 cup plain flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
2-3 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper


Dice your carrot and potato to as small as you like, the smaller the quicker this cooks.


Make sure you wash your leek when chopped.


Melt the butter in your pot and saute the veg for about 5 minutes, remember to stir or the veg will stick.  Add your salt and pepper.


Add the flour and stir through, cook for 5 minutes constantly stirring to prevent the flour burning.


Add the milk and cream and stir until the flour is all combined and no lumps.  Add one cup of the stock and bring to a simmer.  Cook on a low simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the veg are cooked.


Add the cooked chicken to the soup.


At this stage you add more stock to the pot to thin the soup down to your desired consistency.  Heat for a further 10 minutes to ensure the chicken is heated through.  Remember to taste and adjust your seasoning.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


I love chocolate chip cookies of any kind!  I try and keep some in the freezer to pull out and cook fresh when I am in the mood, nothing beats a still warm, gooey cookie after dinner with a cup of tea or coffee or even a scoop of ice cream!

These cookies freeze brilliantly and are so nice with the white chocolate chips in as well as dark chocolate chips, you could swap out for milk chocolate if you wished.

150 gm butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
250 gm white chocolate chips or chunks
250 gm dark chocolate chips or chunks


Cream together butter and both sugars.


Beat until pale approx 8 minutes.


Beat in vanilla and egg until combined or approx 5 minutes.  Stir through sifted flour and baking powder until combined.


Stir through the chocolate chips.


Scoop onto cookie sheet with your cookie scoop or a tablespoon measure.  At this stage you can freeze for later.

Bake in 180C pre heated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until brown around the edges.


These keep for up to a week in an airtight container.



Enjoy!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Apple Turnovers


Happy French National Apple Pie Day!  I sure did not plan this but, Hey, I will claim it!

So to celebrate *giggle* we are having a good old fashion Apple Turnover!

This is such an easy and quick snack or dessert to make.  Three ingredients most people have some of them in the freezer and cupboard.  5 minutes work 20 minutes cooking and the longest time is to wait for them to cool a little before you stuff your face!

We used to get these at the local bakery and I tell you these are better.  If you make your own puff you can even freeze them uncooked and bake them later.

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
1 can apple pie filling
1 egg
sugar to sprinkle


Open your can.


Beat your egg.


Defrost your pastry.  Your now setup to make these little beauties!


Cut each sheet into 4 squares.


Place a dessert spoon of apple filling on each square.


Brush beaten egg lightly on 2 sides of each square.


Fold the pastry over to shape a triangle and gently press the edges together.  Place on a baking sheet and brush the top with beaten egg and then sprinkle sugar over.


Bake in a 220 C pre heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes just watch them at the end to ensure they don't burn.


Allow to cool and serve with whipped cream.  These can be eaten warm or cold.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Pear, Ginger and White Chocolate Cake


I think I have told you before that I love cooking shows,  my new fave is a show called My Life In France with Sarah Sharratt.  It is a great look at rural France and local ingredients and recipes.  This cake is based on one by Sarah but changed up to allow me to eat it.

It is Pear season here in Australia and I love finding new ways to use fruit and keep things interesting.  These can be made as one large cake, in Texas muffin tin size for desserts or as cupcakes for the family through the week.  Great addition to the kids lunchbox.  It is also easy to change up if you are baking for dairy or nut intolerant family members.

150 gm butter, room temperature
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1 cm ginger grated or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pears, cut into cm cubes
1 cup white chocolate chips


Peel and dice pear and place in cold water with a squeeze of lemon, this stops it going brown.


Beat your butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


Make sure you drain and dry your pear, it won't be fully dried however you don't want a soggy cake.


Beat in your eggs individually, beat for 2 minutes between each addition.  Beat in flour.  Scrape the sides to make sure it is all combined.


Gently stir through the pear and chocolate chips.


Scoop into a buttered and floured texas muffin tin.  Bake at 180 C, if baking as one cake bake for 50 to 60 minutes, if in texas muffin tin for 30 minutes and as cupcakes for 20 minutes,


Allow to cool.


Dust with icing sugar.


Serve warm with hot custard or ice cream.


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Anzac Slice


As I am writing this post I sit hear eating a piece of this slice.  Scott loves Anzac's of any variety and in any form, chewy, crunch he will eat it!  This slice is soooo easy and quick to make and you can have it chewy or crunchy, it just depends on the cooking time, less for chewy, more for crunchy.

I originally saw this recipe on the Create Bake Make blog by Lauren.  This is such a fantastic recipe and one that will be made regularly here, not just around Anzac day.  Thanks Lauren!

110 gm rolled oats
150 gm plain flour
130 gm light brown sugar
70 gm desiccated coconut
125 gm butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda


In a mixing bowl place your coconut, oats and flour.


In a saucepan place your butter, sugar and golden syrup.  Heat until the butter is melted over a medium heat, stir until sugar is dissolved and butter is fully incorporated.


Remove your pan from the heat and stir in the bicarb, stir in, you will find that it froths up and doubles in size quickly.


Pour the butter mix over the dry ingredients and mix together.


Make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.


Press into a lined baking tray.  Bake in a 180 C pre heated oven.  To achieve a nice chewy slice bake for 20 minutes, for a crisp and crunchy slice bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool in tray, it is easier to cut while still slightly warm.



Watch it disappear!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Spanakopita Triangles (Spinach and Ricotta Triangles)


I don't follow all traditions of the religious kind, however, Good Friday is a Meat Free kind of day.  I go to the fish market first thing in the morning and pick up a couple of nice fresh fish and we normally have homemade fish and chips.  

This year I also felt like a tasty but lighter lunch so I mad some Spinach and Ricotta Triangles.  The Greek's got it right with the good old Spanakopita.  Cheese, spinach and crispy, crispy pastry.

You can make this in many ways, as a pie or in triangles or in a coil shape.  Any way you make it this is a great light lunch or snack and makes a great school lunch box addition.  You can freeze these uncooked as well.

500 gm ricotta cheese
100 gm Parmesan cheese, grated
100 gm tasty cheese, grated
250 gm frozen spinach
1 egg
filo pastry, from the fridge not freezer
100 gm butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind


In a mixing bowl place your three cheeses.


Add the Egg, salt, pepper and lemon rind.


Mix together.


Make sure you squeeze the liquid out of your spinach when defrosted.


Mix through the spinach,


Make sure that you keep your filo under a damp tea towel to ensure it doesn't dry out.


Place one sheet of pastry on your bench and brush with melted butter, lay the second sheet over the top.


Slice the sheets into 3 strips.


Place a dessert spoon of the spinach mixture at one end of each strip.


Brush the strip with butter and then fold on corner over the filling to form a triangle.  Fold the triangle over itself to the end to form a triangle package.


You may need a little extra butter to stick the pastry end down.


Place your triangles on a lined baking sheet and remember to cover with a damp tea towel to ensure they don't dry out.  At this stage you can refrigerate for later, bake or freeze.


When ready to bake just brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.


Yum!


Bake at 200C for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve.