Saturday, August 29, 2009
1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup milk
1. Combine condensed milk and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously.
2. When the mixture begins to thicken, add rice and milk.
3. Continue stirring over heat for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
6. Sprinkle icing sugar, coconut or chocolate sprinkles on top.
Serve chilled. The consistency will be thick and creamy.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
These spring rolls are great for a summer lunch because you serve them cold. They're also much healthier than fried spring rolls.
8 spring roll wraps
50g tin of shrimp, cooked and shelled
3 lettuce leaves, shredded
4 teaspoons minced coriander
1 small cucumber, grated
1 carrot, grated
1/2 an avocado
1. Place one spring roll wrap in cold water until it is soft.
6. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.
Makes 8 Spring Rolls.
Go to Tammy's Recipes for more yummy things to make.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We have a teddy bears' picnic:
Teddies reading books:
Teddies playing instruments:
A teddy bear birthday party:
And a teddy bear Christmas:
I'm so happy with how they look! To find out what worked for everyone else this week go to We Are That Family.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This is our apartment balcony.
We went on a whale-watching tour and saw some whales....
My second favourite place is Breckenridge, Colorado. I went there for a holiday when I was living in Kansas about ten years ago. It was summer time so there was no snow but the little village had lots of adorable shops and beautiful picnic areas. I didn't own a digital camera at the time and my photos would look terrible scanned in here so you'll just have to go to the link to see what it looks like. Or even better, go there yourself. You'll love it!
Ah, I've had so much fun looking through old photos and walking down memory lane. I really hope we get to go back to all of these places one day.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It's freezing cold and drizzling with rain here today. We're not going to playgroup because Baby Bee still has a cold so we're just going to stay inside and snuggle up all day. I've got a loaf of fruit and spice bread baking in the oven, warming up the kitchen and making the house smell yummy and I might just have to make some hot chocolate to have with it for morning tea :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
If you click here you can see a cute, little video review from Sugar Pie Farmhouse of a Pyrex pie dish, which is what I used to make this pie in.
My husband couldn't come with us because he had to work so I made him his own little apple pie the night before so he didn't miss out :)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I have to say also that I only found Katie's blog a couple of weeks ago and she is just the sweetest girl. I left her a comment with a question and she sent me back two long emails with so much information. She's a busy mama of two little ones so I really appreciated the time she took to help me.
Monday, August 3, 2009
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
Put all ingredients into the blender and mix. Serve in a tall glass.
6 fluid ounces fruit juice
2 tablespoons cream of coconut
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 ripe banana
6 large ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until the ice is crushed and the mixture is thick. Serve in tall glasses with a straw. Sprinkle ground nutmeg or cinnamon on top and garnish with fresh fruit.
3 litres of fruit juice
1.25 litres lemonade or soda water
1.25 litres ginger ale
800 grams tinned fruit salad or diced fresh fruit
fresh mint leaves (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together in a large glass bowl and serve cold.
3 glasses of yogurt (use a glass you will serve the lassi in, to measure)
1 glass of crushed ice (measure as above)
1 glass ripe mango pieces or pulp
Sugar to taste/unsweetened fruit juice or pulp
a dollop of thick cream for each glass (optional)
Put the yogurt, mango, ice and sugar/juice/pulp in a blender and blend till smooth.
Pour out into glasses, top with a dollop of cream.
Frozen Fruit Smoothie
1/2 cup orange juice (or other juice)
1 large banana
1/2 can peaches, drained
1 cup whole frozen strawberries
1/2 cup pineapple, drained
Whirl in blender until smooth. Makes two big servings. You can add your own variations, such as fresh peaches, papaya, or coconut milk for a tropical taste. The essential elements are a banana, the whole frozen strawberries, and some juice.
Strawberry Ice Cream Soda
crushed fresh strawberries
strawberry ice cream
more berries for garnish or cherries
For each ice cream soda, put a heaping tablespoonful of strawberry jam and a heaping tablespoonful of crushed fresh strawberries in large (16 ounce size) glass. Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and a big scoop of strawberry ice cream. Fill up to 2/3 full with soda water, then add another big scoop of strawberry ice cream. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a garnish of chopped berries, if desired. Serve with straws and a long iced teaspoon.
1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries, thawed
4 cups milk
1 pint (2 cups) strawberry ice cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
In an electric blender, combine half of the strawberries, milk, ice cream, and lemon zest. Blend at high speed for 1 minute; transfer to pitcher or tall glasses. Repeat for second batch. Strawberry smoothie recipe makes about 8 cups.
It can add such a nice touch to serve cold drinks with colourful ice cubes, so I have included some ice cube recipes below.
Strawberry Ice Cubes
Servings: Makes 1 to 2 trays
1 lb strawberries, halved (3 cups)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth; strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large glass measure. Freeze in ice-cube trays until solid, at least 4 hours.
Add 2 or 3 cubes for a glass of lemonade.
Lemon Ice Cubes
1 medium lemon
1 qt. cold water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Cut each lime into 1/4-inch-thick slices; cut each slice into 4 wedges. Stir together 1 qt. cold water and 1/4 cup lime juice. Fill each compartment of 3 ice cube trays evenly with lime juice mixture. Place 1 lime wedge in each ice cube compartment. Freeze 8 hours or until firm. Makes 42 ice cubes
Watermelon Ice Cubes
1 large watermelon
Cut watermelon into workable pieces. Remove the seeds and the rind. Puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pour the puree into ice cube trays and freeze.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Since we're at the end of July there's only one month left of Winter. Which means that Summer is practically here!! Okay, so that's a bit of a stretch but it's been a really long winter :) Anyway, I've been thinking about some foods that I love to eat in Summer. Here are some great Summer recipes for dinner.
BBQ or Grilled Shrimp
This is a simple recipe involving olive oil, paprika, garlic salt, seasoning and lime. Alternatively, shrimp can be marinated in a Cajun or teriyaki sauce before being placed on the skewers. It can also be nice to add some pineapple, tomato and red pepper chunks to the skewers.
This recipe explains how to make the tandoori sauce from scratch. My mum makes the best tandoori chicken wings and drumsticks I've ever tried and she just buys the sauce ready-made in a bottle. She marinates the chicken in the sauce for a couple of hours then bakes it in an baking dish for about 40-50 minutes at 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). If you want to make the recipe from scratch without all the ingredients, use 1 cup plain yoghurt, juice of one lemon, 1 tablespoon tandoori paste, 1 clove crushed garlic and a pinch of salt. Mix and pour over the chicken, marinate then cook.
Fish and Chips
My favourite recipe for fish batter is to mix 1 cup of flour, 3 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 3/4 cup water. Cut the fish into pieces, pat dry, dip in batter then fry in a fry pan with oil for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
My husband is the best chip maker in our house. He peels and cuts some potatoes and fries them in some oil. Just before taking them out of the pan he sprinkles them with salt or chicken stock powder. Yum!!
This is a yummy recipe for a hamburger beef patty. I like to add cheese, tomato, a pineapple ring, some beetroot slices and ketchup to the bun as well.
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
Served cold, these healthy alternatives to spring rolls are a delicious starter or main course. This recipe includes a dipping sauce.
This is a delicious and simple recipe for a very healthy meal.
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