Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yo Yos

  • 6 oz (170g) plain flour
  • 2 oz (60g) sugar
  • 6 oz (170g) butter
  • 2 oz (60g) custard powder
Lemon icing:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • Small knob butter
  • 1 lemon

In a mixer,  blend all the ingredients. It will first become a series of crumbs, keep going until it forms a smooth, glossy, yellow dough.

Get your yo yo sculpting implements. Using a teaspoon, scoop into small balls, roll between your hands and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Indent the biscuit tops with a fork.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 160 degrees.

Mix the icing ingredients, adding more sugar until a stiff icing is formed.

Once biscuits are cooled, glue together with the icing. As good as your Nanna makes!

Tuna Patties

(makes about 15 medium size patties)
425g can Tuna
5 spring onions – finely sliced
½ cup finely sliced eschallots (French shallots) or brown onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
½ cup chopped Italian parsley
6 medium potatoes
1 large egg, beaten
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1.       Wash and peel the potatoes. Quarter and add to a pan of boiling water and bring back to the boil. Cover and simmer gently until just tender (8-10 minutes). Drain and mash coarsely and add to a large bowl.
2.       Add the tuna, herbs and onions to the potatoes and mix by hand until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3.       Make a well in the centre of the mix and add the beaten egg, then mix until combined.
4.       Form into patties about 50mm in diameter and 15mm deep and arrange on a dinner plates – about 8 to a plate
5.       Microwave each plate on high – uncovered – for 5 minutes. This will set the patties. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before finishing the cooking.
Finishing ingredients
1 egg, beaten
Cornflour, seasoned with a sprinkling of sumac, chilli, salt and pepper
½ cup sunflower oil for shallow frying                                                 

Dip the patties in the egg wash and then lightly coat with cornflour. shallow fry in hot sunflower oil until golden. Drain the patties on paper towels.
Serve with a tossed salad, peas and lashings of Worcestershire sauce.

Spanakopita (spinach pastries)

  • Wash bunch of spinach thoroughly (soaking it in water to eliminate the sand)
  • Chop the spinach very finely & sprinkle it with salt
  • Once the salt has extracted some of the moisture, squeeze the spinach dry with fists
  • Chop up fresh spring onions finely & add them to the spinach
  • Crush in mild Greek fetta (or ricotta) cheese - several handfuls
  • Mix in 2-3 eggs
  • Add salt & pepper
  • Layer filo pastry in a greased pan, brushing every 3rd sheet with olive oil
  • After ~ 8 sheets (or until sufficient), place the filling on the pastry without placing olive oil on that top layer
  • Finally repeat a mirrored layers of pastry on top of the filling
  • Cook in 180 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown

Potato and Silverbeet Salad

Potatoes      Cut to your preferred size or use tiny potatoes straight from your garden. Boil and cool.

Silverbeet                           as much as you like
Pickled Peppers                as much as you like
Anchovies                           a couple
Capers                                  a few
Nutmeg                               a pinch
Lemon                                  a squeeze
Pepper                                 a bit

Fry it all up in a little olive oil up then set aside.

Fry some more anchovies and mix with;
Mayonnaise                       a little
Yoghurt                                a lot

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Mammoth Prawn Pasta

    Prawns (larger and fresher the better)
-            Chopped/torn Basil (fresh)
G     Garlic
-           Tomatoes
-           Olive oil
-           Fresh spaghetti
-           Cracked pepper
Marinate the prawnies overnight in some beautiful olive oil, cracked pepper, little lemon juice (optional, if you haven't got time – it’s delish without marinating them too).

In boiling water, blanche the tomatoes + peel.
Fry garlic in olive oil.
Dice into bite size pieces.
Put prawnies in with garlic and oil for a short while until cooked. Gently stir in diced tomato and leave in until tomato is heated (not long or tomatoes go soggy).
When heated, take off heat + stir in basil (keep some to garnish).
Garnish with basil

A bit of murray salt is an essential accompaniment. Fresh fetta is an optional extra you can sprinkle on at the end.

Ambul Thiyal (Sri Lankan Sour Fish Curry)

500g firm fish steaks cut into chunks
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1/4 cup vinegar
1 med onion chopped
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tsp salt
6-8 curry leaves
1 piece lemon grass or 2-3 strips lemon rind
cinnamon stick
generous shake of spices :fenugreek, pepper, chilli powder
1 1/2 cups water
generous slug of oil

Soak the tamarind in the vineger until soft, mix well so there are no lumps.
Put all ingredients into a pan and mix well. Keep for 45 mins.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until fish is
cooked and gravy is thick.(DO NOT STIR) Shake pan and turn fish
pieces carefully once or twice during cooking.
Serve with white rice, and other accompaniments such as pol sambol, dahl, poppadoms and chutney.

Haloumi Pasta

haloumi - several large pieces
1 tin of crushed tomatoes
1 bunch of coriander
1 onion
1 teaspoon turmeric
0.5 teaspoon cumin
0.5 teaspoon chilli
slug of olive oil
pasta spirals
salt, pepper to taste

Chop haloumi into rough pieces. Mix spices in olive oil and coat haloumi in mixture. Leave in fridge for at least 30 mins (can be overnight).

Finely chop onion and fry in a little oil. When onion is softening, add haloumi and fry until browning and soft. Add tinned tomatoes and half chopped coriander. Simmer.

Cook pasta until al dente. Toss through the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with remaining fresh coriander and serve with wedge of lemon.