Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Basic Waffle Recipe

Basic Waffle Recipe

2 cups flour
Pinch salt
4 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups milk
Oil to spray waffle irons

Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
Mix flour and salt, and then whisk egg yolks into flour gradually, finally adding milk gradually until you have a nice thick, smooth consistency.

Spray waffle irons with oil, and pour mixture in.
Cook as directed, according to your waffle iron instructions.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cranberry and Spinach Salad

Cranberry and Spinach Salad


1 TBSP butter
3/4 cup blanched and slivered almonds
1 pound spinach (or silver beet)
1 cup dried cranberries
2 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
1 TBSP poppy seeds

1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsps minced onion
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil


In a medium pot, melt butter. Cook and stir almonds in butter until toasted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, toss the spinach with the toasted almonds and cranberries.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar and oil. Toss with spinach just before serving.

It's usually at it's best 24 hours later.

*Can also substitute cranberries with blueberries for variation.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pisang Goreng (Fried Banana)

When I was living in Indonesia Pisang Goreng was one of my favourite treats.
I was so thrilled when a friend sent me the recipe. I tried it out and it's perfect. It takes a little bother but if you have a wok, it should be easier.

Pisang Goreng

1 1/4 cups flour
2 TBSP sugar
1/4 TBSP Vanilla powder
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
2 TBSP butter, melted
1 tsp rum flavouring
4 ripe bananas
2 cups oil for frying

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and vanilla.
Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, egg, melted buter and rum flavouring.
Mix until smooth. Fold in banana slices until evenly coated.
Heat oil in a wok or deep-fryer to 190 degC.
Drop banana mixture by tablespoon into hot oil. Fry until golden brown and crispy, 10-15 minutes.
Remove bananas from oil, and drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

Moroccan Roast Vegetables

Moroccan Roast Vegetables with Lemon Pepper and Mint Dressing


1 tsp Select Seasoning lemon and pepper, 60g
2 red capsicums, desseded and ccut into wedges
500g pumpkin, peeled and cut into chunks
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 Eggplant, cut into chunks
3 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP Select Moroccan Seasoning
2 Courgettes, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed

Lemon Pepper and Mint Dressing

1 cup Greek yoghurt
1 tsp Select Mint Flakes
1 tsp honey

Preheat the oven to 200degC.
To prepare the dressing, combine all the ingredients and set aside.
Place the capsicums, pumpkin, onion and eggplant in a roasting dish. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the Select Moroccan seasoning. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

Add the courgett slices and asparagus and cook for a further 15 minutes, or until the vegtables are tender and golden brown.

Drizzle over the Lemon Pepper and Mint Dressing and serve warm or as a salad.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Raspberry and Greek Yoghurt Smoothie

For lunch today we were cooking up pies. It was the last thing I felt like. Then I remembered that a couple of weeks ago I had bought a bag of frozen raspberries with the intention of making smoothies sometime when I felt like it.

This recipe is kind of thrown together, but my first mouthful had me swooning. It's delicious. Perfection.

Raspberry and Greek Yoghurt Smoothie

About 1 cupful of frozen raspberries or more if you like it like that.
2 heaped tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt (I used lite)
2 tablespoons of Mossop's Pohutukawa Honey

Blend it all together. I think the pohutukawa honey contributed to the flavour considerably. Mossop's honey is a local honey here in the Bay of Plenty, but I think it's available nationwide.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Warm Lemon Sauce

This is a really quick and easy lemon sauce which is perfect for desert. I needed this one night when I had some old fruit cake that needed using up, but I hated to throw out. And we only had 1/2 bottle of milk in the fridge - truly and honestly we need to invest in a cow, the way my children guzzle down the milk! So custard was out of the question - and a lovely warm lemon sauce was the next best option, and this is perfectly delicious.


 1/2 cup sugar
1 TBSP cornflour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
1 TBSP grated lemon peel
2 TBSP Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon butter


In a pot, combine sugar, cornflour and salt. Add boiling water. Cook until mixture is thick and clear. Add in lemon peel, lemon juice and finally butter.

Serve over steamed pudding or icecream.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mushroom and Bacon Spaghetti

I got this recipe off Here is the original.

And I've already made it 2 or 3 times. The sauce in this is scrumptious and I think it is my husband's current favourite. Sorry for the horrible photo - it's always nighttime when I want to take a picture of the food, and my camera is not so good on night-light.

Mushroom and Bacon Spaghetti

6-8 rashers of bacon, cut into pieces
3 spring onions, sliced and diced
250grams of your favourite mushrooms
1/4 tsp lemon zest
Large handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
300-500ml of cream
1/2 cup white wine (less if you don't like it swimming)
Grated parmesan

Fry the bacon in a little oil and cook until crispy. Add spring onions and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the mushrooms with a knob of butter.

Cook the spaghetti with a pinch of salt and a dash of oil.

Into the bacon mix grate in the lemon zest and add the basil. Stir to combine then pour iin the cream and wine and simmer until ready to eat. I let it reduce for 5 minutes or so. Remove rom the heat and add the parmesan and basil garnish.