Friday, May 29, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I am lucky enough to be part of a group of 8 ladies that get together every second month and have lunch. Not just any lunch anywhere, we take turns in hosting the lunch. The host prepares the whole lunch and chooses recipes that are new to her. They could be from a latest cooking magazine, new cookbook or just something they have always wanted to try, and copies of the recipes are made for everyone.
Last Friday it was my turn. It was so much fun all getting together. It was even raining, so as we are all partners in broad acre cropping enterprises, we could all have a drink and toast the first rain of the season. Whilst our husbands were off preparing machinery and seeding with their packed lunches of sandwiches, we enjoyed the menu below.
warm garlic and rosemary olives with parmesan
prosciutto and stracchino rolls
zucchini, raisin and pine nit crostini
quince paste with a selection of cheeses
baked meatballs with tomato and tamarind sauce
pilaf with currants and cashews
tiramisu ice-cream cake
coffee, tea and chocolates
Everything worked well. Most of the recipes came from the April and May issues of Delicious and the olives were from a Donna Hay magazine.Everything I will definitely make again except the olives, they were ok but I have a better recipe for a similar dish. Next time I will have to take pictures.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Eggless Chocolate Cake
Mix the following together in a large bowl:
3 cups plain flour, sifted
2 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp salt
In a jug whisk the following together vigorously:
2 cups cold water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla essence
Pour the liquid mix over the dry mix and combine thoroughly. Pour into a greased and lined lamington tin (approx 20cm by 30cm) and bake at about 170* for about an hour- depending on your oven.
It is Emmeline's first birthday on Saturday so we had a nice morning tea with a few friends over to help celebrate today as the next few days will be a bit busy.
Emme appeared to enjoy the cake. If I haven't already, I will blog the cake recipe as it is an eggless chocolate cake that is really easy, surprisingly fluffy and moist, and only requires staples that are usually in the cupboard. We have some good friends who are anafelactic to egg, so this recipe is the one I tend to use most these days when we have kids around. `