Monday, September 27, 2010

BBQ chicken

Weelicious is where i first got the idea and a taste for baking more food in my slow cooker! My husband and son LOVE it, they can't get enough, in sandwiches, quesadillas and with rice.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

graham crackers

Graham Crackers. Heard of them. Never tried them, bought them or baked them....until now! It isn't something we have in Australia, but i wish we did! They taste really good....depending on how long you cook them for they can be crunchy like "crackers" or softer like a deep honey flavoured gingerbread type cookie.

A hit in this house! But of course i couldn't just make them in regular standard squares like they are supposed to be, i had to mess around and make them my own! So i pulled out the little crocodile cutter my mum sent me a while back and make "crocodile" crackers!!

The recipe i used came from one of my favourite bloggers, Smitten Kitchen who so far has never let me down recipe wise! Every one used has been a success. And as a lot of you just never know when you try other peoples recipes!!

You can find the recipe @ Smitten Kitchen! Where she gives a great blog entry to go with a fantastic recipe! I made mine without the topping and they were delicious!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

greek style chicken meatballs

I've been looking around for different ways to cook chicken, i love chicken, particularly crumbed and dressed in pyjamas hehe (parmigiana) but you can only have that so many times and you start to crave something new. As you all know i'm a big fan of browsing Flickr AND all the wonderful, creative, inspiring food blogs out there!

So as i was browsing i found a recipe for Spanakopita Meatballs on The Creative Pot and boy was i glad i found this blog and this recipe!

Thanks Tastespotting!

Spanakopita Meatballs
Makes 40 (approx) I managed to get 54 x 1 inch bites!

1 bunch spinach, washed and stalks removed
(i used 250g frozen chopped spinach)
500g (1 lb) chicken mince
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
100g feta, crumbled
1 tsp greek herb seasoning (or use a mixture of rosemary & oregano)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
(i added 1 sachet of Bovril chicken stock powder for seasoning....)

1. Finely chop/shred the spinach
(if you aren't using frozen chopped already)
2. Mix everything together in a large bowl, then form into small balls using your hands.
3. Bake in the oven at 180C (350 F) for about 20 - 30 minutes or until cooked through and browned on top.

Serve with a big green salad and sweet cherry tomatoes. Alternatively, use them as stuffing for pitas with tzatziki sauce and fresh lettuce.

I froze half of the meatballs uncooked ready to bake when needed, as it makes a lot!

These are really delicious!! =) I bet they'd make a great cocktail food on little toothpicks and with tzatziki dip!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

chicken veggie nuggets

These little guys were a huge hit with our son! How cool, star shaped chicken nuggets, the other kids at school were green with envy! So quick and easy to make, and deliciously healthy!

I found the recipe while i was browsing over at Cheeky Kitchen!

Chicken Veggie Star Nuggets
original recipe & idea from Cheeky Kitchen

1lb (500g) chicken mince
1lb (500g) mixed frozen veggies, defrosted and roughly chopped
1 egg
1 sachet powdered Bovril chicken stock
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Salt & pepper
2 cups breadcrumbs

Mix everything together in a bowl.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a large chopping board.
Spread out chicken mixture on top of the breadcrumbs until 1/2 inch thick.
Sprinkle more breadcrumbs on top of the chicken mixture.
Cut into desired shapes.
Transfer shapes to a baking sheet which has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake at 400F for 14-16 minutes, or just until the chicken is cooked through.

We served this with BBQ sauce, DELICIOUS!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

corn cakes

I always loved making fritters of some kind. I'm quite parttial to zuchini & carrot or corn myself. These corncakes are from a recipe i found Quite Curious and am i ever glad i found their blog! Wonderful recipes and pictures and well..go make some of these and start snacking!! =)

Corn Cakes

Recipe from Quite Curious but below is how i made them =)

1 cup frozen corn kernals
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup of your favorite cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of freshly ground pepper

1. Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl just until dry ingredients are moistened.

2. Spoon batter for each cake onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or large nonstick skillet to form 5-inch cakes (do not spread or flatten cakes). Cook cakes 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Turn and cook other sides 2 to 3 minutes.

Makes approx. six 5″ wide corn cakes

Thursday, September 9, 2010

maple syrup butter cookies

Our little man loves maple syrup! So when i saw this recipe in my Women's Weekly cookbook "Cookies & Cupcakes" i thought i'd give them a go!

Maple Syrup Butter Cookies

125g Butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cornflour (corn starch)

1. Preheat your oven to 180C
2. Beat butter, vanilla and maple syrup in a small bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in combined flours.
4. Spoon mixture into a piping bag or cookie press and pipe shapes onto a lined/greased tray about 3cm apart.
5. Bake for around 12-15 minutes, until just golden brown.

*Personal Note: I left the second tray a little bit undercooked for softness, just as they started to brown i took them out. We call them "pancake cookies", tastes liek you have been eating pancakes with butter and maple syrup on!!

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