Monday, July 28, 2014

Dinner Meal Plans - week commencing 28 July 2014

My Mum who has been helping us with our dinners during the weekdays had to have surgery on her spine recently. Whilst she is recovering for the next few months, my hubby and I have taken over the kitchen to prepare our evening meals. As we both work full-time, we need to think, plan and prepare on the weekend for our weekday dinners. Once our meals are planned, next is to do some shopping.

On the menu this week:
  • Chinese style pork chop; stir fry baby bok choy and rice
  • Pasta with chorizo and prawns tossed with rocket
  • Pan-fried mirror dory with sweet potato mash and steamed vegetables
  • Stir-fry beef with peppers tossed in noodles 
Only four meals as we usually eat out on Fridays.

I have been planning meals for the last four weeks. I have a spreadsheet which lists down meal ideas and I also source from the internet or Facebook for inspiration. The meals must be quick to put together to ensure dinner can be put together after work. On weekends, we might also prepare the ingredients before hand like making meatballs for pasta, marinating meats for stir-fries. 

Do you plan your meals? Share your ideas please.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Mac's Homemade Gozleme

We love spinach and cheese gozleme in our home. We usually buy them for breakfast at the Frenchs Forest Organic Markets on Sundays. Gozleme is a savoury Turkish pastry that is cooked over a hot flat plan (griddle) similar to a crepe. You can get gozlemes with a variety of fillings - spinach and feta (our favourite), spinach, cheese and beef, beef and cheese, chicken and cheese etc. There are not too many ingredients needed to make gozleme, yet we pay $8 each.

I came across this recipe from Baby Mac which seemed easy and quick - always good for lunch at home on weekends and holidays.

I made a slight twist to Beth's recipe. I added crumbled feta cheese as well as the haloumi.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sugee Cake

This sugee cake recipe is from Aunt Abby who is an elderly friend of my Mum. I've known Aunty Abby since I was a young girl in primary school. Aunt Abby was a lovely, friendly lady whom we met through our church in Malaysia. She always had a smile and her sugee cake was one of the best around. Aunt Abby always made sugee cake at Christmas as gifts for friends.

Sugee cake is a buttery cake made with fine semolina, almond meal and many many egg yolks (10 in total). Certainly not a cake for those who are conscious of what they eat. Yet, a small piece with a cup of tea is simply perfect.

I have converted the recipe below to metrics but also left the imperial measurements.

240gm caster sugar (8oz)
170gm sugee (fine semolina) (6oz)
57gm almond meal (2oz)
283 gm butter (10oz)
1 tbsp brandy
10 egg yolks
4 egg whites
57gm plain flour (2 oz)
1 tsp baking powder

  1. Heat oven to moderate temperature 160C (120C for my oven).
  2. Line base of a 9 inch square baking pan and grease the base and sides of pan. (optional: dust the pan with a little flour)
  3. Cream butter and ½ quantity of sugar.
  4. Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar
  5. Beat the egg whites till stiff.
  6. Fold in sugee to the butter and sugar mixture, then fold in the egg yolk mixture.
  7. Lastly, fold in the almond meal, flour, brandy followed by beaten egg white.
  8. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake for 45 mins till inserted skewer comes out clean. Top of cake is golden brown. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then cool totally on wire rack.

You can use the remaining egg whites in an omelette or meringues.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Bacon Cheese and Corn Muffins

A savoury muffin for the coming week's lunch-boxes.

3 rashes of bacon, diced

1 3/4 cup self raising flour

2 cups grated tasty cheese

1 1/2 cups milk (I substitute with 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 cup buttermilk)

1 egg

60gm butter, melted

1 1/2 corn, remove kernels from cob (125gm corn kernels)

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

dash of cracked black pepper

pinch of salt (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to moderate heat about 160-180C. 

  2. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with baking cups. Alternatively, you can grease the tray. I find it easier to use the paper cups to minimise washing.

  3. Sift flour into a bowl, add in the grated cheese, smoked paprika, bacon, corn kernels, salt and pepper. Mix to combine.

  4. Slowly add in the milk, melted butter and beaten egg. Mix quickly and lightly together. 

  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin holes.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

  7. Cool on wire rack.
Muffins can be freezed. Just reheat in microwave when ready to eat.