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    Talking Recipes! Share Your Favourites...

    Thought I'd share a couple of quick naughty treat recipes with you - as money was a bit tight over christmas I made up batches of these and gave them to friends as gifts - and boy did they love them!


    Chocolate, Sultana and Shortbread Squares

    25 mins preparation, 2-3 hours chilling time

    250grams Dark Cooking Chocolate
    ¼ cup Golden Syrup
    75grams Unsalted Butter
    100grams Shortbread Biscuits (eg Paradise Shortbread) crushed roughly
    125grams Sultanas

    Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Break chocolate into pieces in a heat proof mixing bowl. Add golden syrup and butter. Set bowl over pan of barely simmering water, being careful not to let the base of the bowl touch the water. Stir until melted and remove from pan. Stir shortbread and sultanas into chocolate mixture, spread over greaseproof paper to thickness desired. Chill in fridge 2-3 hours. Peel paper off and chop into squares.

    Note : these melt very very quickly, so keep in the fridge, or freeze and take out some at a time - I put greaseproof paper between layers so they didn't stick to each other.



    Spiced Nuts

    Makes approx 1 ½ cups

    ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    ¼ tsp allspice
    1/8 tsp nutmeg
    1 ½ TB water
    1 ½ cups nuts (or combo of peanuts, cashews, walnut halves etc)

    Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

    Combine all ingredients except nuts in a shallow microwave dish, heat uncovered 1 ½ minutes stirring occasionally. Add nuts, stir until coated, heat uncovered for 4 minutes or until mixture starts to harden slightly. Spread over greaseproof paper and allow to cool.

    IF there are any not eaten keep in fridge.


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    I have a few favourite food blogs whose food I often make:

    For the love of cooking
    The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Ree Drummond
    These in particular are good: The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Ree Drummond

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    Hubby's favourite dinner:

    Chicken and Parmesan Alfredo Pasta
    (Serves Two)

    Ingredients:
    300ml of Thickened or Double Thick Cream
    220g Grated Parmesan Cheese
    3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
    250g Fettuccine Pasta
    2 Chicken Breasts (Approximately 600g)
    1 tsp Salt
    Pepper to taste
    Grated Parmesan to serve

    1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add a splash of oil to prevent the pasta from sticking, then cook the fettuccine until cooked well.

    2. Cut the chicken into thin strips and brown in a frying pan, once cooked through place to one side.

    3. Place the cream into the same frying pan and bring to the boil. Gradually whisk in the grated parmesan until it has dissolved into the cream. Add the salt, Pepper and chopped parsley and stir until well combined.

    4. Drain the pasta very well and toss in the cream sauce. When the pasta is thoroughly coated, add the chicken and keep tossing until the chicken is coated as well.

    Serve as hot as possible!!

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    Brown Sugar Shortbread

    Ingredients:
    1 Cup Butter
    1/2 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
    2 Cups Sifted Flour (1 Cup Plain, 1 Cup Self Raising)

    Mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in flour until smooth. The dough will be stiff. Refrigerate dough, covered, for several hours. It gets hard. Roll dough on floured board 1/3 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets of 150 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove and let cool on racks.

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    Scotch Shortbread

    1 Cup Soft Butter
    ½ Cup Sugar
    2 Tablespoons Sugar
    2 ½ Cups Flour (Add ½ at a time)

    Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in flour about 1/3 at a time. Mix well with hands. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut. Bake at 150 degrees 20-25 minutes.

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    Spinach & Chicken Bake

    2 Chicken Breasts Diced
    1 10 Ounce Pack Frozen Spinach
    ½ Cup Fat Sour Cream
    ½ Cup Mayo
    ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese
    1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
    2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

    Season chicken breast the way you would like and cook as you normally would. I usually season mine with some Mrs. Dash and a little garlic powder, then bake it with tin foil over it for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes without tin foil.

    When chicken is done, you can start the cheese mixture. Mix sour cream, parmesan cheese, light mayo, mozzarella, and garlic powder in medium bowl.

    Once chicken is cool enough to handle, cut into small pieces (2 cups worth) then pour into medium bowl. Drain 10 oz package of frozen spinach, then add to chicken and mix together.

    Once spinach and chicken is mixed well add HALF the cheese mixture. Mix well. Then pour the chicken, spinach mixture into round pan or dish and pack down. Take remaining mixture and spread over the top.

    Place in oven for 45 minutes at 350 degree's. Makes about 6 one cup servings

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    Marscarpone & Fig Jam Cookies

    ½ Cup Unsalted Butter
    1 ½ Cups Sugar
    1 Large Egg
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    ½ Cup Mascarpone Cheese
    2 ¾ Cups All Purpose (Plain) Flour
    ½ Teaspoon Salt
    1 Cup Fig Jam or Any other Jam

    Beat together the butter and sugar until light. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the mascarpone cheese, and beat until smooth. Sift together the dry ingredients, and fold them into the butter mixture, mixing just until combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place sheets of parchment paper, or silicone baking liners on two cookie pans. On a lightly floured counter or board, roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Using a blunt round object like the end of a wooden spoon, create an indentation in the center of each cookie. Place the cookies 2 inches apart, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or just as the cookies begin to color. While still warm, use the spoon to redifine the circle, and then carefully spoon a little jam into each cookie. Let sit at room temperature until the jam is set. Store in an airtight container.

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    I think I'll leave it there for tonight and post more tomorrow

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    I love fresh and easy stuff in summer and tzazika is a classic - and the way I may it is it either a dip or just to be eaten in a bowl.

    Ingredients
    1kg greek yoghurt - I use the lite one
    1 continental cucumber - or 2 lebanese - so long as the skin is good - leave it on
    3 cloves of garlic
    lemon
    salt

    Method

    Put yoghurt in a bowl
    Dice cucumber and add it in
    Crush the garlic and chop it up - add it to the mix
    Squeen half a fresh lemon and mix

    Doesn't last that long in the fridge - but here it doesn't get a chance to go off lol

    Just put it in an airtight container in the fridge or everything will smell of garlic

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    btw its simple to make and the cost - if you have to buy all the ingredients is about $8 - you can probably do it cheaper than that too

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