Whole lotta wanting


I want to be one of those bloggers who has consistently awesome posts.  You know the ones I mean.  Where the kitchen looks cutely messy in the pics and the food is healthy and delicious, with clear instructions and measurements, ah and generally they plan their posts and therefore have photos and other exciting things.  Unfortunately that is not how I cook.

An approximation of a recipe for the chicken burgers I cooked tonight

Burgers

  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup whole grain flour
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan
  • an undefined further measure of whole grain flour

Prep your sourdough starter by taking it out of the fridge and leaving overnight in a warm spot.

Add 1 cup warm water and 1 cup whole grain flour, mix gently – at this stage don’t worry about lumps, the yeast seems to sort it all out.  Leave in a warm spot 12-18 hours.

Mix in flour until you have a gooey dough.  You want it just holding it’s form, but still really wet – took about 1.5 cups of flour for mine.  Leave in a warm spot to double in size (it’s quite cold here today, so I popped mine in the oven at its lowest setting for an hour).

Punch down, add more flour until it resembles a dough. Leave to rise again.

Punch down, shape to desired form, I made 6 buns.  Leave to rise yet again. Sprinkle with cheese and herbs.

Cook in an oven at 200 degrees for about 40 mins.

(You could buy buns, however these were awesome)

Patties

  • 150g chicken mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 50/50 mix of breadcrumbs and whole grain flour

Mix together the first 3 ingredients, then add the crumb/flour mix in small amounts until you reach the right consistency.

I’d like to say shape into 2 patties, however I would describe the mix at this stage as chicken glue, so spoon half the mixture into a hot oiled frypan, in a patty-esque shape, and then repeat with remaining mix. Cook in fry pan.

The Finished Product

2 Buns, halved through equator

2 patties

1 tomato, sliced

Rocket

Snow pea shoots

2 slices aged cheese

2 Tbsp onion jam (see recipe here)

Mayonnaise

Beetroot

Combine all ingredients into the classic burger style eating format – may I suggest the order of starting from bottom: bottom of bun, cheese, patty, onion jam, salady things, Mayo, top of bun.

Enjoy with gusto.

I’m the Easter Bunny


Can't talk,I'm doing quality control on the chocolates that were hiding in the garden. Think I have contained them all

I had a teacher at school and we used to often while away Maths classes singing silly songs, one of which was about the easter bunny.  Now I have the only line I can remember, which is “coz I’m the easter bunny”, stuck on repeat in my head.

If anyone has any annoying songs about the easter bunny they’d like to share let me know!

Here goes my promised update on the goings on of Easter.

White Rose

Pink Rose

Snapdragon?

Yellow rose

variegated leaf plant - just love the trio of colours

A collection of floral tributes, I went out into the garden the other day and was taken by the range of colours, shapes, textures

Bananarama

and interplay of light that I found there. I seem though to have taken lots of roses, so another time I shall have to delve into the more tropical aspects and the bright shininess that they throw out.

I also promised you a look at my ultra artisan hot cross buns.  I made them to this recipe  but used a combination of spelt and whole grain flour, a mix of dried mango, cranberry and blueberry, and molasses instead of sugar. I have now discovered that you need quite a light-hand when working with spelt flour as the gluten is not as durable as when using standard flours.

Hot Cross Lumps

They came out looking rather lumpish, and were pretty heavy.  However the flavours were amazing, and I’m pretty impressed with them for my first sourdough cooking experience. Just don’t judge me too harshly!

We had a great time over the long weekend, my sister Amy came up to visit and we had heaps of fun.  Went to visit Australia Zoo, where Steve Irwin’s dreams live on.  The midday show they do is awesome, with input from the birds, crocs and elephants.  Also spent a lot of time looking at kangaroos, Cassowary, Tigers and a screed of other creatures.  The zoo is awesome, however the new Africa section lets the side down a wee bit, but I think they still have a bit of work to do on it. We also had a couple of swims at the beach – Cotton Tree and Noosa, and a great lunch at the Surf Club at Noosa. Gra and I got a night off when Amy stayed in to babysit max and we went to the RSL here, it was really nice, though a rather interesting decor!

Yo homey, I have easter eggs in my bag, check it.

A boy's gotta accessorize

Feeding the crocs

Black cockatoo

Max and Amy watching the show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chillaxing with the roos

Isn't he cute?

Little monkey in the garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just for a comparative note, this is Brutus, a massive croc we saw on the Adelaide River near Darwin.