Monday, 9 November 2009

No Pastry Lemon Tart

You gotta love a lemon tart that doesn't require you to make pastry! This came from a good friend of mine, she knew I loved lemon tart!

4 eggs
75gm plain flour
1 cup castor sugar
1 cup coconut
12gm butter, melted
1 cup cream
180ml milk
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Whisk the eggs in a large bowl
  • Gradually whisk in the plain flour and then remaining ingredients until well combined
  • Pour into a greased pie dish (25cm)
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until set
  • Serve warm with strawberries and cream

Oprah's Turkey Burgers

Well I was watching Oprah the other day (not something I do often) and she had her show "my favourite things for summer" and they made these fabulous turkey burgers that apparently came from Mar-a-Lago, the restaurant at Donald Trumps hotel!
I really don't care where they came from they are really good. Just a warning though don't be tempted to put in too much lemon zest it can become a little overpowering!

1/4 cup thinly sliced spring onions
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
3 apples, peeled and finely diced
1 tbsp oil
2kg ground turkey breast
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp black pepper
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 lemon, juice and zest
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fruit chutney

  • Saute the spring onions, celery and apple in the oil until tender, allow to cool
  • Place the turkey in a large bowl and add the sauteed items and the remaining ingredients
  • Shape into round balls, and refrigerate fro 2 hours (at least)
  • Grill in a pan or better still on the BBQ
  • Serve plain, with more fruit chutney or on a bun! Yum!!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Fruit Mince Bites

These are great for just a little taste! They would be a great addition to your Christmas Goodies Platter! And a great use of the Fruit Mince we just made!


250gm Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/3 cup Caster Sugar
2 cups Plain Flour
1/3 cup Rice Flour
1 tsp Lemon Rind
2/3 cup Fruit Mince

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter, vanilla, 1/2 cup of sugar, and the lemon rind until light and fluffy
  • Add the sifted flours and mix well
  • Press 1 level tablespoon of mixture into each hole of a 12-hole greased mini muffin pan
  • Using your finger make a hole in the centre of the mixture and spoon in 1 teaspoon of fruit mince
  • Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until shortbread is golden
  • Stand for 5 minutes before removing
  • Serve dusted with icing sugar

Fruit Mince

My good friend and fellow cooking lover has given me this great recipe for Fruit Mince and it is just in time to lay it away for Christmas so you can have some really yummy fruit mince pies, tarts or anything else you might use fruit mince for!
So visit Pacifictonz and get cooking Christmas is only 51 days away! By the way it's a shame you can't smell it, it is devinely boozy!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Bread Crumbs!!

Well it's that time of the year again and I thought I would show you exactly how I spent my Sunday afternoon! Yes they are piles and piles of breadcrumbs! It is of course Pudding Day on Cup Day and I asked Russell to drop in and get me two bags of day old bread from our local bakery to crumb. I think I seem to forget each year exactly how much stale bread a 20kg flour bag can hold! So I have spent the last two hours crumbing and bagging all the bread crumbs for The Pudding, and Dad's Diabetic Pudding and the Cranberry Stuffing Balls I make for Christmas. It is a great feeling though reminds you that Christmas is not that far away at all, and I am glad of that I love Christmas time! I am also very organised this year with only two Christmas presents outstanding and the rest bought and wrapped sitting in my lounge! Ah now do you feel inadequate?? Don't I just love to be organised! It makes me feel good and gives me more time to do what I love.......Christmas cooking! Roll on pudding day!

PS - it turned into 9.5kg of bread crumbs, and I here you say "That's a lot of Cranberry Stuffing Balls!"