Saturday, 30 May 2015

Scrambled eggs

Is there anything more versatile than eggs? Cooked in a variety of ways for breakfast or a snack and added to all manner of dishes sweet or savoury.  The perfect fast food in fact.

Sunday morning breakfast is generally a laid back affair, including more than one pot of tea and numerous slices of toast. Breakfast is generally on the front verandah come summer or winter (in winter we have the cafe blinds down and the outside gas heater on making it very pleasant).

Breakfast always includes eggs in some shape or form and simple scrambled eggs is one of my favourites. I now cook my scrambled eggs in the microwave, which is so quick and eliminates the necessity of scrubbing saucepans.

What to do…….
  • In a microwaveable utensil crack 4 eggs and whisk until they froth a little.
  • Add 1/4 cup milk approx. and whisk to combine.
  • Cover the utensil and cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Give another little whisk and cook for a further 40 seconds or so until there are no runny parts.
  • Whisk gently just to break apart before serving.  
  • Add garnish of choice - having no parsley I added a few sprigs of thyme
Some people like the added condiment of ground pepper and HP Sauce!!
This makes a good size serve for two, with brekky on the table in a couple of minutes.

Had all good intentions of joining with Belleau Kitchen for the May challenge but missed the deadline. However, there was a good roundup of egg dishes - have a look here for egg dishes in abundance.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April 2015- Melbourne
This year was the Centenary of the ANZACs, marking 100 years since Australia and New Zealand's involvement in the First World War. We remember not only the original ANZACs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but also, more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women. 

For more than a decade the school were I work has been affiliated with the Malaya and Borneo Veterans. This year was my very first ANZAC Day March where I  watched our students proudly carry the banner and flags and joined with the Veterans in the march along St. Kilda Road, up to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. 

Feberation Square Steps
It was cold and wet but that did not deter our students, our veterans and the thousands of people who lined St. Kilda Road to honour our armed forces and veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, our freedom and our way of life. 

Handmade Poppies line both side of
St. Kilda Road,  Melbourne
Malaya & Borneo Veterans Luncheon

Handmade poppies lined both sides of St. Kilda Road and the steps of Federation Square. Our textile students contributed 100 handmade poppies to this display and were very happy to have been part of the "5000 Poppies Project. Afterthe march we were privileged to join the Malaya Borneo Vets at lunch where we listened to their stories funny and sad. 

So why do we make ANZAC biscuits, especially at this time of the year? ANZAC biscuits received their name during the First World War, when biscuits were made without eggs so they would keep longer for the soldiers. See Recipe here


April 25 is also the anniversary of the passing of my grandmother in 2003 aged 96, RIP Isabella Langley.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Take-away Breakfast

My kitchen at the moment is on a health food kick.  Here is a quick filling breakfast that can be prepared easily the night before and be ready to run out the door to work when time is tight.  

In a small screw top jar put 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds and fill 2/3rds with milk, coconut milk or almond milk. Give it a good mix or shake. Overnight in the fridge the seeds swell to become pudding like. I topped my jar up with vanilla soy, which made it lovely and sweet.

Chia seeds are high in protein, fibre, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s, putting them into the "superfood" category.  They are often used in weight loss programs because they make you fill full for longer. 

However, never eat them dry as this can cause difficulty swallowing as the seeds expand they can block the oesophagus.

Chia seeds can be added to muffins or smoothies or sprinkled on yogurt. 

Go on give them a go, a nice alternative to porridge or bircher muesli.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Chicken Schnitzel with Cucumber and Dill Salad

I have not been one to cook a lot of fried food and definitely not with the added calories of breadcrumbs. But after all the Christmas leftovers were used up and we were still in holiday mode, I enjoyed some time pouring over my new Christmas cookbooks and these chicken schnitzels by Annabel Karmel from her book Annabel's Family Cookbook, caught my eye. 

The cucumber salad accompaniment topped off a lovely balance of flavours too.

This dish turned out to be quite inexpensive, quick, easy with not too many ingredients which  hit the spot nicely on all fronts.

Ingredients (plenty for 2 - could feed 4 for a light lunch)
2 skinless chicken breasts
50g plain flour
2 medium eggs beaten
100g white bread
11/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
30g grated parmesan cheese
Some vegetable oil
Salt and Pepper

What to do……
Put the chicken on a board cover with cling film/glad wrap and hammer using a rolling pin until quite thin.
Slice each breast in half.
Put flour in a shallow dish
Whisk eggs in a separate bowl
To make the breadcrumbs - tear the bread into pieces and put in a food processor with the herbs and the cheese, process until it forms crumbs. Tip into a shallow bowl. 
Lay the chicken in the flour and cover both sides and then dip in the egg and season and then into the crumbs, press firmly on both sides.
Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan
Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side (in batches if required) then set aside.

In the meantime make the cucumber salad.

1 cucumber
1 1/2 tbsp freshly chopped dill
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp light olive oil

What to do …..
Top and tail the cucumber
slice in half lengthways, then into thin half moon shapes.
Place in a bowl with the dill.
Mix all the dressing ingredients together and put over salad
Serve the hot schnitzels beside the cold salad.

Lovely! and not too fattening after all the christmas over indulgence. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Just before we say goodbye to 2014 and welcome in 2015 let me wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Don't know where this post disappeared to - but is here now!