Walnut Honey Yoghurt Apple Loaf

Walnut Honey Yoghurt Apple LoafThe Mopp has embarked on a refined-sugar eating plan to help support a friend.  This has created quite a challenge in the kitchen as I now am baking dairy-free, refined-sugar free treats.  I like challenges and am having fun discovering a whole new world of recipes using honey.

This recipe is adapted from Cultures for Health Nutty Honey Yogurt Zucchini Loaf.  As it contains yoghurt, it isn’t dairy-free so the daughter has missed out this time.  However, with the nuts included, she’d have turned her nose up at it anyway, so no loss there. Continue reading

Lunch Time: Pasta Salad with Gusto Tart Apple Syrup, Almonds, Chorizo & Goat Feta

Gusto’s Chorizo & Feta Pasta Salad
Running around town picking up supplies, I sneaked in a visit to our local Vetro (a Mediterranean food shop) to pick up a bottle of Gusto tart apple syrup.  I always have their sweet apple syrup in the pantry but I wanted the tart syrup to make a caramel slice with an apple enhancement.  As caramel slice is already very sweet, the tart syrup is a better option than the sweet syrup, hence my dash into the shop.  I had to dash for if I linger, I end up with a basket full of other goodies and that is a killer for my grocery budget (not because they are expensive but rather than I am spending my grocery budget on food we don’t need leaving less (mmm, more like no) money for food we do need.

Each bottle of Gusto syrup comes with a teeny tiny leaflet of recipes and ideas on how to use the apple syrup.  Among the recipes included is an Apple Syrup Cake – the recipe can also be found here and here (Bachology Lynda has made the cake and included a glowing review and a lovely picture).  It sounds and looks like a great cake and I am interested in trying to make a dairy free version. Continue reading

Cookbook Review: Recipes from my French Kitchen

Recipes from my French Kitchen – Allyson Gofton
Published by Penguin NZ
Recipes from My French Kitchen

NZ food writer Allyson Gofton and her husband Warwick relocate their children Jean-Luc & Olive-Rose to rural South-West France for a year.  The idea behind the move was to experience a different culture and help the children learn a second language.  Allyson has written an honest account of their year and shared the experience in Recipes from my French Kitchen.  The resulting book is more than a recipe book – it allows the reader to learn about the lifestyle of rural French villagers from Caixon – a small village nestled beneath the Pyrenees. Continue reading

Spiced Apple & Walnut Cake

Apple & Walnut Cake
I received a cool little cookbook, Sweet treats to share, to review (read the review here).  As I do, I found the apple recipes and got out my pinny.  We had Annabelle White’s Sicilian Apple Cake for Sunday night pudding tea (more on that some other time) and that was as far as I had got.  The review was a little overdue but I needed to bake something else from the book (I forgot to photograph the Sicilian Apple Cake before it was scarfed).
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Pork and Apple Burgers with Chilli Sauce

Apple goes with ….. Pork

Pork & Apple Hamburger PattyWe’ve had a bit of a run on meals with pork this past week.  Pork is one of my favourite proteins and it pairs extremely well with apples.  Mopp invited his friend around for the evening on Friday night and wanted to make sure I cooked the right food.  Friday night is our home-made takeaways night (occasionally we have bought takeaways but not too often as feeding six adult-sized humans gets a little pricey).  Sausages & home-made chips were out, home-baked spicy chicken was out….. Continue reading

The mishaps & misadventures of Raspberry Jam Slice

The mishaps & misadventures of Raspberry Jam Slice

Raspberry Jam Slice
The Anster likes to go tramping (aka hiking) and often organises a weekend trip away with one or both of our boys. The last trip he organised was a during a very disorganised time for me, so he had to visit the supermarket to buy some ‘post-tramp’ snacks suitable to leave in the car (therefore not chocolate in case the day was a stinker and the snacks melted into a globby mess).

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Apple Banana Chocolate Muffins aka ABC Muffins

ABC Muffins
ABC Muffins

One of the very first cookbooks I bought for myself was the big & bright red ‘Best of Alison Holst’.  The book has faded to a dull pink and looks like a visit to the book doctor is in order for some binding support.  Everything is a bit loose and saggy from regular use. There are recipes in that book that we return to time after time as they are tasty, easy and use every day ingredients: Potato & Egg Casserole, Pineapple Macaroni & Cheese.  The Pasta with Instant Sauce is our go-to recipe when making tea seems too hard, but going out for takeaways is harder still.  Check out the Holst online website for more recipes – the lazy lasagne is also a regular in our house. Continue reading

Baked sausages with apples, onions, raisins & cider

Diana Henry: Baked Sausage with Apples, Onions, Raisins & Cider

Baked sausages with apples, onion, raisins and cider
Sometimes, beginning a day of hard work in the office, dinner is the last thing on my mind.  Other times, the whole week of meals are planned out in advance.  Yesterday was not a planned type of day.  2 packs of six sausages had been retrieved from the deep freeze and were thawing, awaiting some inspiration.

Waiting for Mr L to have his golden surf-locks to be trimmed, I browsed through pinterest to find something interesting for dinner.  I happened upon the following recipe Baked sausages with apples, onions, raisins and cider and decided that tea was sorted.

It wasn’t until today when I searched for the source of the recipe that I discovered the recipe belonged to Diana Henry.  It shouldn’t have surprised me as I have several of her books on my “want list” due to the delicious looking food she creates.

I used Calvados apple brandy and Badger Apple Wood Cider.  The recipe has been saved in our “to be made again” folder as it was better than delicious.

 

 

 

Apple & Lemon Torta

Italia |Simple recipes from the Italian Cook School – Jo Seagar

I  don’t believe I am alone when I admit that I don’t often make a recipe as it is written.  I use the recipe as a guide, and substitute flavours here and there.  Sometimes with success and other times not so but during the process I learn a little more about what works and what doesn’t.  And so if I had been making this recipe – it may not have been such a wonderful ending to our dinner.  We had invited guests to eat with us, and I was in charge Continue reading