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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Roasted Vegetables



Enjoy this hot or cold...this is so tasty alongside any meat or chicken dish.

1 Zucchini
1 Potato
1 green capsicum
1 eggplant
6 mushrooms
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
150 g pumpkin
Fresh rosemary
Salt to taste
Olive oil to drizzle

Preheat oven at 180oC. Cut all the vegetables same size cubes and place in a single layer in a baking dish. Scatter rosemary and drizzle olive oil all over and sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven (uncovered) and bake at for 1 hour. Can be served hot from the oven or cooled to room temperature. Serves 4.
Quantity can be halved for 2 people.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Amira's Chocolate Fudge Biscuits






When you read this you are going to wanna grab one from the screen and eat it: "Plump rounds of choclate fudge baked into the perfect biscuit with a delectable fudge-like texture. Fresh eggs, cocoa and a generous addition of crushed walnuts complete these biscuits. Each biscuit is half dipped in dark smooth chocolate." If any of you beautiful family/friends decide to drop by I'd love to share them with you over a cuppa. These are Anthony's favourite, he's been wanting me to make them for a while and I needed to wait for a coolish day (and when I've made time for baking) because on a warm/hot day they're hard to roll into balls as the mixture just melts in your hands. They are so morish and they won't last long in your bikkie barrel. Another Dolci D'Amira recipe. ENJOY!

1 ¼ cup castor sugar
1 1/3 cup plain flour
¼ teas salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
125g melted unsalted butter
¾ cup cocoa
¾ cup chopped walnuts or macadamia nuts or a mixture of both

Melt butter and cocoa in saucepan over low heat, stir to combine. Cool slightly then add beaten eggs. In a large bowl sift flour, add salt, sugar and nuts. Pour in butter and cocoa mixture and stir with wooden spoon. Use hands to roll into 20 grams (1 tablespoon) balls, flatten slightly with palm of hands and place in greased or lined trays. Flatten slightly again with fork to make a mark. Bake 180o C for 10 minutes. Once biscuits are cooked and cooled, cover ½ biscuit with chocolate coating.

Chocolate Coating
120 g dark chocolate
20g copha

Place chocolate and copha in heatproof bowl, sit bowl on top of saucepan filled with water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Boil water and stir chocolate and copha until melted.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pasta with Cream & Mushrooms (low fat)


Guess what we had for dinner tonight? Follow this recipe for a scrumptuous low fat meal. If you don't like the low fat concept just substitute the evaporated milk with cream, and don't eat butter for a whole week!

400g pasta(any shape)
Boiling water with 2 teas salt added to cook pasta

Sauce
2 teaspoon olive oil
175g bacon, chopped into pieces
6 large mushrooms, sliced
1 spring onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
375ml can light & creamy Carnation® Evaporated Milk
Black Pepper, freshly grinded, to taste
Parmesan, shaved or grated

Heat oil in fry pan, add bacon and fry until crisp, add mushrooms, spring onion and garlic. Stir until combined and mushrooms are beginning to change colour. Pour on the evaporated milk and simmer until slightly reduced. Turn off heat and set aside while you cook your pasta. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until cooked. Drain and serve pasta with sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese to taste. Yummy Yum and low fat too. Serves 4.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Banana Cake


A moist and soft banana cake made with sweet ripe bananas, desiccated coconut, fresh eggs, full cream milk and a hint of orange essence. I've been making this cake for over 20 years. It's a recipe that is constantly asked for. ENJOY !

AMIRA’S BANANA CAKE

1 cup S/R Flour, sifted
1 teas Bicarb Soda, sifted
¼ teas cinnamon
½ cup sugar
½ cup coconut
¼ cup sultanas, (optional)
½ cup crushed walnuts, (optional)
¼ cup milk
1/2 teas orange essence
2 over-ripe small bananas
2 eggs
¼ cup canola or vegi oil


Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mash bananas with milk add orange essence, stir to combine. Add to dry ingredients. Beat eggs with oil and add to flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not over beat.

Bake at 18OoC for ½ hour.