Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fruity Bread/Muffin/Cake!!!

This is one of the staples in our household - I always have to make double because Cam gets rather addicted to it! You can make it as a cake, as muffins or as a slice and it is equally delicious!

60g butter or vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
60g honey (the original recipe calls for 125g honey, but I find that is way too sweet)
1 egg, beaten
125g carrots or apples (or a mixture), grated
2 bananas, mashed
90g self-raising flour (I use brown rice flour or wholemeal plain flour with a teaspoon of baking powder)
60g sultanas, dried cherries or apricots
1tsp lemon or orange zest, grated

  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Cream the oil/butter with the honey
  • Beat in the egg
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix well (add extra flour, if necessary, until a spoon stands upright in the mixture)
  • Turn into your baking receptacle of choice and bake until golden brown (about 45mins)
 It will keep for about 4 days in an airtight container or freeze it for later use! Yum!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

San Choy Bow

So this isn't really a classic kiddies dish, but my two LOVE it. They wolf down every last morsel and I usually end up topping them up with leftovers from my plate. Here's my recipe:

Small cos or iceberg lettuce for cups
Udon noodles (optional. I don't have the noodles but hubby & the girls like them)
500g beef, turkey or chicken mince
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1 cup carrot, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas (cooked as per packet instructions)
1/2 cup spring onions
2cm piece of ginger (minced)
1 garlic clove (minced)
2 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if you can't get tamari)
2 tbsp mirin
1 tsp fish sauce
Coriander for garnish

Optional extras:
Ground peanuts for topping
Water chestnuts

Fry onion. ginger, celery & carrot for 5 minutes.
Add mince and fry until browned.
Add peas & garlic & fry for another minute
Add sauces and fry for another few minutes.

Once heated through either serve with lettuce cups or on top of noodles.

This is such a simple dish and so tasty. I used to make it with oyster sauce & sweet soy sauce, but really it is just as nice with the tamari & mirin and you are using much more natural ingredients without all the added sugar. Give it a bash - you will love it!!