Chinese congee

Chinese congee is poor man’s food. You just need some rice, some seafood or meat and water. Oh, and you’ll need sesame oil and pepper for the end. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and its easy to do as shown here. I got the video from Taste of Asian foods


Chocolate cake for World Chocolate day

World Chocolate Day is on the 7th of July and I know that we can’t all be together. This is an annual event and last year I had great fun celebrating it at San Churro with their free hot beverages. So I was thinking of a simple chocolate cake that you can make at home. The cake that I was thinking of was the chocolate mud cake which is cheap, yet satisfying.

And you don’t even have to leave home to make this and enjoy your day. People these days are bored of being stuck at home.

Recipe by Nichomecooking

The day is all about chocolate which we all love and love to share with people.

Even though there is great sadness in the world and we all can’t be together, we can still enjoy chocolate from the comfort of our own home.

I enjoyed a brownie outside in support of a favourite cafe Wolf and Hound. We should all do our part in supporting our favourite cafes.


Nasi Lemak

I have helped to make Nasi Lemak on numerous occasions at Hari Raya. Nasi Lemak is a Malaysian dish that has spicy sambal, hard-boiled egg, coconut rice, pandan leaf, nuts, dried anchovies. Some Nasi Lemak also includes fried chicken or curry.

Video courtesy of Taste of Asian food

You can buy the dried anchovies from many Asian grocery stores

You can make the sambal the day before. What we would do is slice the chili and then pickle it until soft. But if you are lazy you can also buy it from Asian supermarkets.

The nuts are just your roasted peanuts.

Then you cook your rice and your egg.

Enjoy your nasi lemak!


The bakeoff trend: how long will this last?

We were inspired by NPR’s article to write our own.

During lockdown we baked a lot of things as people had time on their hands to do so. Some people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic so they might not have enough money to buy bread. We think this will last a while.

The New Daily says that the demand for flour has gone up and so has the cake mixes.

They were faced with the mandatory task of making breakfast, lunch and dinner when all the restaurants were shut in March.

Just before lockdown in Australia, the supermarket shelves were empty of baking products as people panic bought. Now that the restrictions are easing the baking shelves are full again. The other day I went to the supermarket needing to buy sugar and there was lots of sugar left. If I went during the panic buying season there would be none left.

Now that the lockdowns have eased people are contemplating whether to dine out or not due to the cleanliness of places. Hence baking is here to stay.

Just this week I heard that there was a second wave of lockdowns in Melbourne. I wonder if people will do more baking during that time at home. Its also school holidays in Australia so there might be a bit more baking action going on!


Penne pasta with tomato and bacon

This recipe is part of the $120 food challenge.

I love a simple pasta dish for dinner. Now you can use the penne pasta that you got in your Woolworths box or you can buy penne pasta for $2 at Woolworths and Coles. You can use the canned tomato sauce from the box if you like. You’ll also need some bacon.

Now you cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet.

This recipeis from Inspired cooking

Enjoy.


How to make bread at home

Now that we are all in lockdown and for some of us we may have lost our job as well. We may not have the extra money for bread every day. A loaf of bread costs about $4-$7 depending on the brand. And then depending on how many people live in your house you might finish that loaf a few days later and need to buy another.

So you might want to make your own at home

You will need yeast, flour, bread mix, milk and water. Oh and for those that love raisin toast dried raisins. A bread maker will come in handy. Perhaps you were given one last Christmas and never got around to using it? Well now heres that chance.

A packet of bread mix will set you back by $3.50-$16 depending on the brand that you buy. We love Lauke’s bread mix and you can make multiple loaves of bread.

Deep South Texas has this recipe below.

Do give bread making a go. It should be a lot of fun.


Easy vegetarian frittata

This Frittata is perfect for four people and it includes potatoes and eggs. There is no meat in this and it can be a perfect side dish with meat. This recipe would be great for the Coles Cook with Heart campaign which aims to reduce the risk of heart disease.

This recipe was from Coles website as it was a part of the cooking challenge

Ingredients

  • 6 baby Red Royale or baby white potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (120g) frozen peas
  • 8 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 80g goat’s cheese, crumbled
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad

Method

STEP 1

Heat a greased 20cm (base measurement) ovenproof non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add one-quarter of the potato. Cook for 1 min each side or until light golden and tender. Transfer to a plate. Repeat in 3 more batches with remaining potato.

STEP 2

Meanwhile, cook the peas in a medium saucepan of boiling water until tender. Drain well.

STEP 3

Lightly whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Season.

STEP 4

Preheat grill on medium. Arrange half the potato over the base of the frying pan. Top with half the peas and half the goat’s cheese. Continue layering with the remaining potato, peas and goat’s cheese. Pour over the egg and gently swirl the pan to cover the potato mixture. Cook over medium heat for 6 mins or until almost set.

STEP 5

Cook under grill for 5 mins or until just set. Cut into wedges. Serve with salad leaves.


Easy Apple pie using the pie maker

Now that we are all stuck indoors and with not a lot of takeaway going on, I wanted to bring this easy Apple pie recipe.

We have this pie maker at home which is from Sunbeam. It was given to us as a gift one Christmas but we never got to use it until now. We used their recipe which is listed here. It is so easy to do.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg granny smith apples, peeled, core removed, roughly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground all spice
  • ¼ cup plain flour

Method

  1. Place all ingredients; expect flour, in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir occasionally for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft.
  2. Remove some sauce from the pot and combine with flour. Add back to the pot, stirring constantly, until all flour is combined.
  3. Bring back to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Place apple mixture in a clean container and allow to cool to room temperature before making pies.
  5. Heat up your Sunbeam Pie Magic Family Pie Maker. Place base pastry in the pie maker, and fill with pie filling. Cover with a pastry top, and close your pie maker. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

Waffles

You can make waffles as part of Live below the line if it is plain or if its not you can do it as part of the $80 basics box which includes flour and milk.

Milk if you buy it for $1 can be a part of your Live below the line. And it also calls for one egg. You can make a few of them. Here you’ll need a waffle maker and you can buy them at Harvey Norman or Kmart! You’ll just need to follow the instructions on the box. Here is one simple on from Easy Breakfast recipes on Youtube

If you want you can add anything on it after you made it such as jam or nutella or just plain sugar.

Bon Appetit


Pasta with just tomatoes and salmon

This recipe is for Live Below the line challenge.

This recipe can do about 3-4 meals for one person. You need one can of salmon and one tomato as well as one thing of spaghetti.

You can buy homebrand spaghetti which is about $1-$2. A can of salmon homebrand is about $1.50 and a tomato depending on when you buy it is under $1. If you buy them at the market is a lot cheaper. You can use whatever pasta you have at home.

Tomatoes are full of vitamins and potassium which is good for you. Salmon has the good fats that you need as well as lots of protein.

We used this recipe to cook our one which is from Cooking with Napolina on Youtube

Bon Appetit