Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Satay Turkey Meatloaf

Hello my lovelies!

As you know, I was challenged to make some meals with Crozier's Turkey mince, and this time, I made a turkey meatloaf and served it with a brown rice and quinoa salad.  It was delicious!

Here's what I did:

Satay Turkey Meatloaf

500g free range turkey mince
1 small onion, diced
1/2C fresh breadcrumbs
2Tbsp peanut butter, I used a smooth one
1Tbsp soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in a bowl
Form into a loaf shape and place in a baking dish
Bake at 180C for approximately one hour.

*If you like, you can brush a small dollop of BBQ sauce over top about half an hour before taking out of the oven.



Brown Rice and Quinoa Salad

1C brown rice and quinoa mix
corn kernels
capsicum
sun-dried tomato feta

1Tbsp lemon juice
1Tbsp soy sauce
2Tbsp olive oil

Cook brown rice and quinoa according to packet.
Chop capsicum and add to bowl with corn
Drain rice and quinoa and add to the bowl
combine sauce ingredients and mix through the salad
Add crumbled feta before serving.

And there you have it!  Two fabulous dishes to enjoy with your family.
Don't forget to check out Crozier's Turkeys website.  They're the only Free-range turkey farm in New Zealand :)

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Enjoy the rest of your week and happy cooking!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Turkey Meatballs!

Today, I was given a challenge to come up with a recipe using turkey mince from Crozier's Turkeys - the only truly free range turkey farm in New Zealand!  Of course, I jumped at the chance.  As most of you know, I always cook a turkey in the festive season, and the turkey's from Crozier's are amazing!  I even got the chance to take a walk around the farm and see them roaming in the paddocks.  Very cool.

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Anyways, here's what I made:

Turkey Meatballs

500g turkey mince
1 small apple, grated
1/2 red onion, grated
1tsp nutmeg
small handful of parsley, chopped
season with salt


In a bowl, combine the above ingredients and mix until combined.  I like to get in there with my hands to make sure there are no clumps of anything.



Using damp hands, form small balls - I got 21 out of this batch.  Set on a plate and place in the fridge to firm while you prepare the salad.



Salad

Iceberg lettuce, washed and sliced
Capsicum, diced
Tomatoes, diced
Avocado, diced
Carrot, grated
sunflower seeds

I dressed this with a raspberry vinegar.



In a frying pan, heat a small amount of coconut oil (1tsp or less) on a medium/high heat.  Add meatballs to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until browned.  Serve with salad and roast potatoes.



If you think this recipe sounds like something you'd like to try, make sure you head over to Crozier's Turkeys page and give them a like, grab yourself a pricelist and purchase from these fantastic free range farmers!

Anywho, I hope you enjoyed this recipe :) Happy cooking!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Birthday Cake

Hello again!  Yes, I know, two posts in one day!  Crazy!

So, today was my daughter's birthday party, and you know what that means - cakes!  Now, if you have followed me for a while, you will probably recall that I seem to have a tendency to have birthday cake disasters.  This time is no different!  Though, I did manage to make them look alright in the end.

Now, my daughter chose cupcakes that looked like ice cream sundaes.  I realised that the candle we had bought was too large for a cupcake, so had to make both cupcakes and a large cake.  No big deal, right?  

So, this is what happened:
First of all, I made the cupcakes.  Just normal chocolate cupcakes, from a recipe that I've used several times.  When I spooned the mix into the cases, I realised that they wouldn't rise high enough for what I needed, so in my infinite wisdom, I decided to add a marshmallow into the centre of each one.


The problem with this, as I quickly remembered after I'd put them in the oven, is that when you heat marshmallows, they expand and then deflate, creating a crater.


Ok, so that was a bit of a fail, but I soon remedied it by placing another marshmallow on top before icing.


To make these look like ice cream sundaes, I melted white chocolate buttons, and slowly poured a dollop over the top, smoothing it around to make it look like ice cream.

Once that had set, I then melted some dark chocolate buttons, and placed a blob in the centre of each cupcake, allowing it to run a little.  I added sprinkles and an M&M to the top.
I think they turned out pretty cute, don't you?

Cuteness aside though, there may have been a tad too much chocolate, because they were a touch hard to bite through!  Oh well, I know for next time!

As for the cake.  I had high hopes for this.  I had picked a silicone cake mould in the shape of a rose, because it had the right shape to make the top of the sundae.  It also, however, had a lot of ridges in the pan, which apparently did not want to let go of said cake.  This is what it looked like:

I know what you're thinking - delicious!  Right?  Lol
As you can probably tell, it's a red velvet cake, so instead of white chocolate, I made a cream cheese icing - just because it would be wrong not to.

For anyone who hasn't made this before, you use around 1/4C cream cheese, 1/4C softened butter and around 1C icing sugar - I also like to add some lemon essence or lemon zest.

I had forgotten to buy another piping bag, so I did the old trick of cutting a corner out of a bag and using that.  I got about 3/4 of the way through before the nozzle came squeezing out and I had to rejig my bag to a different corner.  By this stage I had quite a lot of icing on my hands.
Once I managed to get that finished, I again melted some dark chocolate and poured on top - take my advice, don't do it as thick as I did - not the easiest to cut!
Before the chocolate sets, add sprinkles and M&M's or whatever you are using to decorate.  I also took this moment to stick the candle in - also probably not my best idea as it became stuck in the chocolate.  I know, I'm such a pro!
Anyways, I think it turned out alright in the end:

Anywho, I hope you've enjoyed my little ramblings, and perhaps I've inspired you to try and make your own ice cream sundae cakes :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and Happy Cooking!

Pulled Pork

Hello my lovelies!

Anyone who is on my FB page will have seen that I was making jam and pulled pork the other day, so I thought I'd jump on here and share my recipe with y'all :)

This is the first time I have attempted pulled pork, so I did some research and took bits from several recipes to combine them into my own one!  Let me tell you, the house smelled divine!  
I used my slow cooker, so it was hassle free, and by the end of the day, the meat just fell apart.  I didn't use a bone in roast, but a pork belly, so the fat fell off and the meat was perfect.

Here's what I did:

Heat a pan to medium high and sear the edges of the roast.  (From what I've seen, a lot of people use a shoulder roast, but I really loved the belly - it looked like it might not have a lot of meat on it, but believe me, there was plenty.)

Place meat in slow cooker on low.

Using the same pan, add a diced onion and a clove of garlic, crushed with a splash of Olive Oil.
Add 
1/4 C cider vinegar
1/4 C tomato sauce
1/4 C shiraz or any other red wine you have handy
1 Tbsp cranberry jelly
1/2 C water
1/3 C brown sugar
1tsp chinese five spice
salt and pepper to season

Simmer for five minutes before pouring over the meat in the slow cooker.
Cook for around 8 hours, turning occasionally.

When ready to serve, use tongs to pull it out - I needed to use two sets to get a hold on it - and place on a chopping board.  Using forks, start to pull the meat apart.

I then added it back into the cooker to coat in the sauce before serving.


We just had this in some buns with some new potatoes on the side.  It was delicious!  Definitely a make again :)

I'm off to prepare for my daughter's birthday party!  Have a fantastic weekend and Happy Cooking!