Crusty Bread Rolls

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Crusty Bread Rolls

A great crusty roll ideal for workday lunches.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 gm Bread Flour High Grade
  • 8 gm Salt 8g = 1 tsp
  • 2 tbsp Wheat Gluten optional, but can improve the texture.
  • 340 gm Water Lukewater – no hotter than 40c
  • 4 gm Instant Yeast 4gm = 1 tsp
  • 6 gm Sugar 6gm = 1 stsp

Instructions

  • Always weigh the ingredients. Cup sizes and teaspoons can vary
  • Mix the sugar with the water. Once dissolved add the yeast and allow to activate for 10-15 minutes. If it doesn't bubble and foam your yeast is no good. Get new stuff.
  • Once activated mix with the combined, flour, salt and wheat gluten. Mix in a stand mixer with dough hook for 10 minutes. If mixing by hand you must still mix for at least 10 minutes
  • Oil a large bowl. After 10 minutes mixing turn the dough out into the oiled bowl. Flip it over so both sides are oiled and shape into a ball. Cover and leave in a warm place to proof for at least 1 hour. It should double in size.
  • After first proof, turn it out and then reform into a ball. Return to oiled bowl and leave to proof for another 30 minutes.
  • Grease a large baking tray wityh lard, butter or shortening.
  • After the second proof, turn out the dough onto a floured worktop, and knock the dough back, and form it into a ball.
  • Divide the dough ball into 6 or 8 equal pieces, and form them into small balls, place them, evenly spaced, onto a floured bench, dust lightly with flour, cover them with a dry light weight cloth and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • After the 5 min rest period, gently roll each dough ball into an oval shape, and place them onto the prepared baking tray, make sure there is plenty of room in between them, dust lightly with flour and cover with a light-weight dry cloth, allow to proof or rise, for 20 minutes.
  • When there’s only 10 minutes left on the proof, preheat your oven to 200°C and place a heavy tray on bottom shelf.
  • When the proofing time is up and the oven is up to temperature, use a baker’s blade or Lame, and carefully score the top each roll,
  • Add a cup of ice to the tray at the bottom to create steam. Place the tray of rolls in the middle of the oven, and set your timer for 16 minutes, if you want a darker crust, add a further 2 minutes, at a time, until you reach the desired colour. Spray the oven walls and rolls with water to create more steam before closing the door.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Sausage Rolls

Yummy pork sausage rolls with carrot and onion. Run a seam of BBQ sauce for self saucing sausage rolls.

 

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Sausage Rolls

Pork based so not as heavy as beef. Make self saucing by running a generous ribbon of bbq sauce before rolling.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Whole Carrot cut into quite small cubes
  • 1/2 Whole Onion cut into small cubes
  • 4 Rashers Streaky Bacon cut into 1cm strips
  • 500 gm Pork Mince
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 50 gm Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary finely diced
  • 2 tsp Thyme finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Parsley finely diced
  • 1/4 cup Apple rough grated
  • 4 Sheets Puff Pastry

For the egg wash

  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 1 tbsp Milk

To Garnish

  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds Black look cool

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200c
  • In a fry pan over medium add the olive oil, carrot, onion and cook until it turns soft. Add the bacon and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the bacon starts to turn crispy (don’t make it too crispy though as it will continue to cook in the oven). Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl combine the mince, egg, breadcrumbs, herbs and cooled bacon mixture and mix until combined.
  • Cut one third off the sheet (discard). On the 2/3 part of the sheet pastry sheet, lay out one quarter of the mince mixture and form into a sausage shape along one edge of the pastry.
    Brush the other edge of the pastry with the egg wash then roll up the pastry into the sausage rolls. Cut in half and add to a baking tray lined with baking paper seamed side down.
    Repeat with the other three sheets of puff pastry.
    Run a generous seam of bbq sauce the full length for self saucing sausage rolls.
  • Brush with the egg and top with sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until deeply golden.
    Serve with tomato sauce and enjoy!

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Anzac Biscuits

The classic New Zealand biscuit

Crispy or chewy, bake slightly longer for crispy or slightly shorter for chewy.

 

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Anzac Biscuits

Servings 36 biscuits
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut
  • 200 gm Butter
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Boiling Water

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 180c. Cover 2 baking trays with baking paper
  • Melt the butter and golden syrup together. Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water. When butter is melted stir through the baking soda and water mixture. It will foam up.
  • Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Scoop up golf ball size amounts and place on a baking tray. Once all mixture is used, flatten slightly with a fork so they are all the same thickness.
  • Bake until golden brown for about 15 minutes. Bake slightly longer for crispy biscuits.
  • Allow to cool on a rack then place in an airtight container.

Blueberry & Lemon Muffins

These are really nice muffins. The recipe is super easy. One container for dry ingredients. One for wet

Don’t over mix or they will be dense n tough.

 

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Blueberry and Lemon Muffins

Makes 12 large muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Muffins
Cost 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 each Egg
  • 1.25 Cups Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup Blueberries This recipe is for frozen, if using fresh increase milk to 1.5 cups

Instructions

  • Mix the dry ingredients, then add the well mixed milk, egg and oil
  • Add the zest, lemon juice and stir through
  • Add the blueberries and stir through
  • Put in 12 large muffin cups
  • Bake 15-20 minutes @ 180c until a knife put into the muffin comes out clean
  • Cook and enjoy

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Martys Granola

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Martys Granola

An easy to make baked granola with nuts and fruits. A citrus tang helps cut through the sweetness of the honey. Great for a quick breakfast, on top of ice cream or just for snacking.
Keyword breakfast, granola
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats I use wholemeal
  • 2/3 Cup Puffed Rice Rice Bubbles, Rice Pops etc
  • 4 tbsp Sunflower Seeds Shelled kernels
  • 4 tbsp Buckwheat
  • 2 tbsp Slivered Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Shaved Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 3 tbsp Oil Coconut or any light flavourless oil
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 1 Pinch Salt Large pinch helps bring out flavour
  • 1 zested Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Currants
  • 1/2 Cup Cashews Crack the bigger bits with a knife
  • 2/3 Cup Dried Cranberries Cut them up roughly with a knife
  • 1/2 Cup Freeze Dried Raspberries Break them up a bit

Instructions

  • Mix the oats, rice pops, sunflower seeds, buckwheat with the oil and honey. Add the salt and mix.
  • Spread on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 for about 10 minutes as they grains brown up slightly stir them up
  • Add the sliced almonds, coconut and lemon zest. Give a stir and bake for another 10 minutes till the grains are lightly toasted. Stirring occasionally to give an even toast.
  • Pack down about half the tray lightly with back of spoon. When set these can be broken up a bit to give nice crunchy clusters.
  • Once fully cold, break up some of the clusters. Add the currants, cashews and cranberries.
  • Store in an airtight container. Will keep for a couple of weeks.

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Life Hacks – 1: Toothpicks for cleaning.

As I get older I’ve picked up a few wee life Hacks along the way which can make those harder jobs just a little bit easier. You probably already know some of them but I’m going to post a series of them for posterity. 

Toothpicks.

Those tricky wee cracks n crevices that seem to collect grime and gunk. Well just grab a wooden toothpick snap it in half and use the snapped part like a small brush to scrape the grime out. For smaller gaps use the sharp end. 

 

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to get the gunk out and how much cleaner everything will look. 

Chicken Satay Skewers

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Chicken Satay Skewers

Delicious grilled skewers marinated with spices.
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Chicken Thighs Boneless and Skinless
  • 25 each Bamboo Skewers Soak in water overnight to prevent burning

Satay Marinade

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 2 stalks Lemongrass white parts only
  • 2 cloves Garlic peeled
  • 6 small Shallots peeled
  • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Honey

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken into strips. Set aside
  • Blend all the marinade ingredients in a food processor, add a little water if required
  • Combine the cut chicken and marinade. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight or minimum 6 hours.
  • Thread 3-4 strips onto each bamboo skewer.
  • BBQ or grill the chicken skewers 2-3 minutes each side until the meat is fully cooked and the surface is nicely charred. Brush with some oil while grilling.
  • Serve hot with the peanut sauce (seperate recipe)

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Best Peanut Sauce

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Best Peanut Sauce

Authentic spicy peanut sauce. Goes great with the chicken satay recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Peanuts Dry roasted, unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • 0.25 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Water
  • 0.5 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2.5 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce, Sweet Use the thick sweet stylle

Spice Paste

  • 4 whole Chillis, dried desseded and soaked in warm water
  • 3 Cloves Garlic peeled
  • 4 small Shallots peeled
  • 1 Stalk Lemongrass Cut into three strips
  • 0.5 Inch Galangal buy frozen from chinese supermarket, just grate it frozen

Instructions

  • Crush the peanuts till fine in a food processor.
  • Chop the spice paste ingredients corasly and blend in a food processor till very fine. Add a few tbsp water to help blending.
  • In saucepan heat the oil on medium and add spice paste. Add two of the strips of lemon grass. Fry until aromatic and smell spicy.
  • Add ground peanuts, water, tamarind, salt, palm sugar, coriander powder and sweet soy sauce. Stir to combine well.
  • Reduce the peanut sauce on medium-low heat, stir continuously for 5-10 minutes or until the peanut sauce thickens to your desired consistency, or until the oil and the peanut sauce separates.
  • Let cool to room temperature and serve with satay chicken.

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Sams Favourite Meat & Vege Glaze

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Sams favourite meat & vege glaze

It's a real simple glaze for roast veges and meat. It's got sugar in it so works best when not cooked too long. Baste while cooking for a sticky gooey deliciousness.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup or use your favourite bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce I use Kikkoman but a nice sweet thick soy would work
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil Any light oil will do
  • 1 tsp Garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar Any vinegar will do really

Instructions

  • Combine all and mix well. Slather over meat and veges before roasting
  • baste a few times during cooking
  • Brush the pan juices and thickened sauce over food and grill until caramelised and gooey. Yummo

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IKEA Meatball Recipe

In the spirit of COVID-19 IKEA have released the recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs.

Here it is. Enjoy

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IKEA Meatball Recipe

In the spirit of being kind during COVID-19 IKEA have released their famous Swedish meatball and cream sauce recipe
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 500 gm Beef Mince
  • 250 gm Pork mince
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic Crushed or Minced
  • 100 gm Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 Tbsp Milk Use full fat / blue / whole milk not low fat stuff
  • Salt & Pepper Generous serve

Cream Sauce

  • 1 dash Olive Oil
  • 40 gm Butter
  • 40 gm Plain Flour
  • 150 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 150 ml Beef Stock
  • 150 ml Cream Thick / Double Cream
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Instructions

Meatballs

  • Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper
  • Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover, and store in the fridge for 2 hours. This will help them hold their shape whilst cooking.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C with a fan) and cook for 30 minutes more.

Cream Sauce

  • Melt 40g of butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of flour and stir for 2 minutes. Add 150ml of veg stock and 150ml of beef stock; continue to stir. Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp dijon mustard.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow sauce to thicken.

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Easy Roast Chicken & Bacon Pie

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Easy Roast Chicken and Bacon PIe

A easy make chicken and bacon pie with a creamy sauce. Family favourite
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Precooked Roast Stuffed Chicken Supermarket hot birds are great. Let them cool overnight before use
  • 6 Rashers Streaky Bacon
  • 3 Sheets Flaky Pastry
  • 1 Packet Maggi Cream of Chicken Cuppa Soup Mix
  • 1 Cup Water - Boiling
  • 1 Cup Baked beans Drain most of sauce

Instructions

  • Once the chook is cold remove all the meat from the bones. You want a range of sizes for the chicken bits. Cube up the stuffing.
  • .Fry up the bacon, Get it good and nicely well done. Chop up roughly once cooked
  • Spray oil a 10x10 square baking tin. Cut Once sheet of pastry in half and use this and one other sheet to line tin. Seal edges by squeezing together
  • Put the chicken in the pastry lined tin. Dot the stuffing over top and the baked beans then spread the chopped bacon around.
  • Mix the soup mix with a cup or so of boiling water. Pour the soup mix evenly around the pie. Cover with last sheet of pastry. Seal edges well. Cut a slit in the top to vent steam.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes depending on oven. Fan bake for a bit then classic bake so the pastry doesn't get burnt. Once baked remove from oven and let stand for 5-10 minutes.

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Pan Seared Lamb – Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients

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Pan Seared Lamb - Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients

Pan-seared lamb with fresh basil, tender new potatoes and green pesto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Lamb Leg or shoulder butterflied
  • 750 g New Potatoes baby spuds
  • 250 g Frozen Peas
  • 5 sprigs Basil Fresh is best
  • 2 tablespoons Green Pesto

Instructions

  • Halve any larger potatoes, then cook in a pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes, or until tender, adding the peas to the party for the last 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, rub the lamb all over with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  • Starting fat side down, sear the lamb in a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat for 15 minutes, turning regularly until gnarly all over but blushing in the middle, or use your instincts to cook to your liking. For larger pieces of lamb you may need to finish it in an oven.
  • Remove to a plate to rest, then, with the frying pan on a low heat, make a liquor by stirring in a splash of water and a little red wine vinegar to pick up all those nice sticky bits, leaving it to tick away slowly until needed.
  • Drain the potatoes and peas, tip into the liquor pan, pick over most of the basil, add the pesto and toss it all well.
  • Serve with the lamb, sliced thinly, then pour over the resting juices. Pick over the remaining basil leaves, and tuck in.

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Sticky Teriyaki Aubergine – Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient.

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Sticky Teriyaki Aubergine - Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Aubergine
  • 1 Bunch Spring Onions
  • 2 Whole Chillies 1 Yellow 1 Red etc
  • .25 Cup Peanuts Roasted Unsalted
  • 50 ml Teriyaki Sauce

Instructions

  • Put a 26cm non-stick frying pan on a high heat and pour in 250mls of water.
  • Halve the eggplant lengthways, quickly slash the skin of each half a few times and place skin side down in the pan, then season with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Cover and cook for l0 minutes, or until it boils dry and begins to sizzle (listen for the change in sound).
  • Meanwhile, trim the spring onions. Cut the whites into 3cm lengths at an angle and put aside.
  • Deseed the chilli and finely slice Iengthways with the green part of the spring onions. Place both in a bowl of ice-cold water and put aside to crisp up.
  • When the eggplant starts to sizzle, add l tablespoon of olive oil, the white spring onions and the peanuts to the pan, stirring regularly.
  • After a few minutes, add a splash of water, drizzle in the teriyaki and reduce to a medium heat.
  • Turn the eggplant, jiggle the pan and let it get sticky for a few minutes, then serve sprinkled with the drained green spring onions and chilli and a few peanuts scattered over the dish.

Google Home Commands That WORK.

SO I’m compiling a list of commands I’ve used with google home that are confirmed to work. It’s starting out small and hopefully will grow large.

Sanity Check: Commands can and do change as Google updates and generally screws round with the Google Home app. I’ll try keep a status and last confirmed date but hey things change.

I use a simple setup. I’ve got a Google Home mini, a bunch of chromecasts and some of the last available Chromecast Audio’s which are a great way to add an old but awesome set of speakers with an analog or optical input and turn them into a cheap Sonos type speaker that you can add to speaker groups or use as a single set of speakers.

“Hey Google. Play the latest episode of Aly & Fila on the Kitchen Stereo

Hey Google. Louder.

So here are some things you can try on your Google Home while you listen to some awesome music.

Hey Google. Whats the Time.

Hey Google. Whats todays weather

Hey Google. Whats tomorrows weather.

Hey Google. How hot is it.

Hey Google. Turn on Kitchen Television

Hey Google. Turn off Kitchen Television

Hey Google. whats the time in Denver Colorado

Hey Google. Tell me a limerick

Hey Google. Add Milk to my shopping list

Hey Google. Whats on my shopping list

Hey Google. Show my photos on living room tv.

Hey Google Play Aly & fila on all speakers

Hey Google Change to Channel One on Kitchen TV

Hey google Turn on Kitchen Lights

Hey Google Turn on all lights

Hey Google Turn on Kitchen heat pump