May 27, 2009

Whoops, I didn't follow the recipe...

This recipe came about when I decided to try a new cookie recipe, but didn't follow the instructions. I was supposed to cream the butter and sugar together, but before I realised what I'd done, I had already thrown the sugar in with the flour. Good one. Anyway so I decided to keep going and just see if they would turn out any good. I'm not normally a crispy cookie lover, but these are surprisingly good. My husband says they get better with age (he finished the last cookie a few days after they were made).

Crispy Oat White Chocolate Cookies


1 cup plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Bi-carb soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
140g butter, slightly softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
A few handfulls of white choc chips


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Sift together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and table salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix in oats.
  4. Melt butter however you like to melt butter (I used a small bowl in the microwave).
  5. Add butter and beaten egg to flour/oat mixture. Mix together, then fold in choc chips.
  6. Roll tablespoons of dough, place on baking tray and press down slightly. Leave room for cookies to spread.
  7. Bake until cookies are deep golden brown, about 10-12 min. Cool on the trays.

May 21, 2009

Choc Chip Cheesecake Cookies

This recipe was recommended by kate pickle on Twitter. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try it. I made mine with white choc chips, because, you know, I'm a white chocolate fiend. Just like Laura :). I wouldn't say these cookies taste just like cheesecake, but they are still scrumptious.

Choc Chip Cheesecake Cookies


225g butter
225g cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together.
  3. Add eggs, cream cheese, and vanilla extract and beat until well-incorporated.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour with baking powder and salt. Add by cupfuls to the wet mix. Mix by hand to combine.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking tray.
  7. Flatten each cookie if you want a flatter cookie, as you can see from my photo, they didn't spread much at all. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Do not over-bake or they'll taste less cheesecake-y. Cool on trays.

May 15, 2009

Bill's Dhal

Hey, I know this isn't baked, or sweet, but it was still yummy, and I guess that's what I ultimately want to blog about: yummy recipes. It's just that most of my yummy recipes are baked, and sweet. Anyway, I'm posting something different for a change.

Whenever I see the word "dhal", I always think of old ladies that say things like "Thanks Darl". I don't know why. I guess it's because of the way we say "darl" in Australia, it really does sound the same as "dhal". Anyway, moving on.... This recipe is adapted from Bill Granger's Dhal recipe in his book "simply bill". I am rather partial to lentils so this appealed to me right away. The other good thing about it is that you can change the flavour if you feel like something different (I made it the way it is in the book the first time round, but the next time I added diced chicken breast, frozen chopped spinach & chicken stock, and it was still really good!). Best of all, this is really very easy to make. I can pretty much make it without needing to look at the recipe now.

We served this with homemade naan bread the first time, but I forgot to take a photo, and I think naan bread is better fresh from your local indian takeaway place/restaurant, so I won't post the recipe for the naan bread I made. The second time I made it, my husband decided that it would go well with the cornbread I had made the day before. I will post the recipe for the corn bread some other time soon.

Dhal is not the most appetising thing to look at, but here's a photo anyway. And I can assure you it was very tasty.

And here's the recipe:

2 Tbs olive oil
1 red onion, finely sliced
2.5 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3 garlic cloves finely sliced
1 large green chilli, finely chipped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cumin
250g (1 cup) red lentils
1 tbs lime juice

to serve:
small handful fresh coriander leaves
naan bread

  1. Heat a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil.
  2. When hot, add the onion, ginger, garlic, chilli, salt and cumin and cook for 10 min, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the lentils and 750ml (3 cups) of water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20min until the lentils have dissolved.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir through the lime juice.
  5. Top with coriander leaves and serve with naan (or cornbread...)

May 8, 2009

New blog design...

I've been thinking for a while now that I wanted to change my blog design. White was all good, clean and uncluttered, but I guess a little boring without any header image or anything. I could have made a header image I guess, but I thought I might try something different.

I don't feel like there's really that much choice when it comes to the standard Blogger Templates, but I never seemed to have the time to look into free templates, and certainly not enough time (or skill) to make my own template. Today, that changes. I have the day off! I found a free template that I liked and have spent the morning fiddling with it. Edit: Went out for a few hours then came back to play around with this more. I like it much more now than I did before. Anyone willing to give some feedback? Do you like it/hate it?

On another note, if you read my blog through Google Reader, the design doesn't even matter, as the design is not shown when you read through Google Reader, you only get the text and images. I'm not sure if this is the same with other Readers.

I'd still like to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment :)

May 4, 2009

Pear, Banana & Cinnamon Pikelets

Sorry, but there are no photos of this one, as the pikelets were all scoffed down too quickly for me to get a shot. When I spied this recipe in my favourite food magazine (Super Food Ideas), I knew I wanted to make them as soon as possible!

These pikelets are delicious. We served them with thick and creamy pasionfruit yoghurt which went down fabulously. Not your traditional pikelet accompaniment, but delicious just the same. These are great as a morning tea or afternoon tea, (well, really, I would eat them any time of day. Even as lunch if the opportunity presented itself!).

Pear, Banana & Cinnamon Pikelets

Makes approx. 16 pikelets


1 cup self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp caster sugar
3/4 cup skim milk
40g butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 large ripe banana, mashed
1 large ripe pear, cored, finely chopped
cooking spray

  1. Combine flour, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Combine milk, butter and canilla in a jug, and add to flour mixture. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Stir in banana and pear. Stand for 10 min.
  4. Spray a non-stick fry pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Spoon tablespoons of batter into pan. You can cook about 4 at a time. Cook for 1 to 2 min or until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn the pikelets over and cook for another 1 to 2 min until cooked through.
  5. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. Serve with pasionfruit yoghurt.