Recipe & Food ideas from our kitchen...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Quinoa & Roast lamb Salad...

Quinoa is one of our favourite grains/seeds to cook with...
This is the base to a salad that we add what ever takes our fancy at the time...

Quinoa Salad...

1 cup Quinoa
2 cups of chook or vegetable stock... I just add a heaped tsp of Chook stock powder...

½ large cucumber, diced
2 sticks of celery, diced
½ large red capsicum, diced
100g of Danish Feta, diced
10 large sun dried tomatoes, slithered
1/8 cup of the tomato marinade
handful of parsley, chopped
small handful of sweet basil, chopped
½ large red onion, diced finely
¼ cup sliced olives

Tonight we added about 300g of cold roast lamb, diced

Bring the Quinoa to the boil in the stock then reduce to a simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
Empty into a bowl & leave to cool.
Add the remaining ingredients once cooled & toss well....

We have added tinned kidney beans, julienne carrot, corn kernels as well as left over cooked meats including thinly sliced Sausages... Makes a great vegetarian salad for guests as well due to the Chicken stock powder we use contains no animal products...

Have a great one all...
: )»

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Afternoon Update 12/1/11

Left: Back door neighbours...

Right: Lawrence Street North Ipswich...



 Lawrence Street North Ipswich...
 Water level on house at East Ipswich
12noon...
Left: Pine street towards Town Bridge...

Right: Fitzgibbon Street North Ipswich: 1974 level was equal to the guttering on the second last house on right of Pic...


 Fitzgibbon Street North Ipswich

Ipswich flood shots.... 12/1/11



Left: Back door neighbours..


Right: Trampoline floating down the river...


Left :Boat moored to house????










Left: ABC day care ½ way down Lawrence St..






Left: View from Bus stop out front looking over river...








Left: House at east Ipswich on other bank...

Right: Looking to East Ippy from Cnr of Pine & Fitzgibbon st...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Comfort Food...

Made up a HUGE batch of Wontons for Short soup & frying tonight with a couple of BBQ pork buns for dessert...
Wontons...
250g minced pork
250g Green Prawn meat
1Tbsp Soy sauce
1Tbsp Chinese rice wine
1Tbsp Oyster sauce
1 tsp Sesame oil
2 Shallot whites
50 Square Wonton wrappers
Blitz all but the Wonton wrappers into a food processor on high until combined
Place a small tsp of mixture into a wrapper then wet the edge of half the wrapper, fold & seal the edges

Wet one corner of the folded edge then wrap the opposite edge to seal on the moistened corner to form what B calls a "Belly button"...
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Place the finished Wonton onto a tray until ready to cook in boiling water for 5 minutes or fry in a HOT Wok/deep fryer until golden brown...

 Left - Boiled               Right - Fried

 


Short Soup...
This is the easiest of soups...
1litre Campbell's Chicken stock
1litre water
1½ Tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tsp Sesame Sauce
3 stalks of Celery, sliced finely
12 large Snow Peas, sliced finely
1 large Kohlrabi, julienned
2 med Banana Chillies quartered lengthways & sliced thinly...

Bring stock, water & Soy sauce to the boil in a pot the simmer
Place desired amount of boiled Wontons into bowl, cover with the veggies
Stir the Sesame oil through soup just before serving
Pour the soup over Veg/Wontons then allow it to sit for a few minutes to heat the veggies through.
Sprinkle the sliced green ends of shallots over the soup....

This was the tastiest Wontons/Short soup combination we have made & is just as good, if not better than any we have bought at a restaurant Me thinks...
Dessert = BBQ pork Buns... These little delights always are a must at any Yum Cha outing along with Egg Custard Tarts...
We have made these before but as Woolworths now sell them they make an all tooooo tempting purchase...





 For munchies afterward we planned to have some Toasted Coconut Rocky road but over did it with the soup & buns...
Rocky Road...
A block & a ½ of Whittaker's toasted coconut chocolate in a bowl over a pot filled with boiling water.
Once melted a cup of Jelly Beans & a 1½ cups of roasted Cashews was then stirred through.
then the mix was spread on a lined try & let to cool in the fridge...


**Wanders off to munch on a small piece of  Rocky Road**

Have a great one all.....
 : )»