Quick Cucumber Pickle

This little gem of a condiment is probably one of the easiest things to come from my kitchen.

It’s so easy even Archie helps to make it – also it’s his favourite thing at the moment so he’s keen to have a stash in the fridge.

This pickle can be teamed with anything. Perfect for adding to burgers, pimping up a curry or stir-fry by adding a freshness. Basically it can make friends with any kind of dish and it will make it taste good.

QUICK CUCUMBER PICKLE

1 cup of white vinegar

1 cup of water

3/4 cup of white sugar

1 pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)

1 telegraph cucumber (sliced)

METHOD

Add vinegar, water, sugar and chilli (if using) to a saucepan and bring to the boil.

Slice your cucumber – not too thin and not too thick.

Once the pickle liquid has boiled take off the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

Add the cucumber.

Cover with a lid and leave to cool.

It’s ready to eat.

You can keep it stored in the fridge for 1 week. Just put the cucumber and liquid into a sterilised* jar.

*To sterlise a jar – Make sure it is clean and fill it with boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Empty and add your contents. Don’t forget the lid. Place the lid in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place on the jar. Remember once you have sterlised the jar don’t touch the inside of the jar or lid.

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Sticky Pork Bao with my Quick Cucumber Pickle.
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Ferrero Rocher Brioche Rolls

I’ve been tutu-ing with my cinnamon rolls AGAIN.

Who doesn’t like Ferrero Rocher?

Well actually my mum doesn’t. She digs chocolate and she loves nuts but it is a cardinal sin to combine the two.

If your like me and love them take the original brioche dough and change up the the filling.

Gooey and rich but not too sweet you will be in heaven.

Ferrero Rocher Filling

150gm Whittakers 65% cocoa chocolate (chopped)

70gm hazelnuts

3/4 cup hazelnut spread (any kind) – I’ve used Nutino. Made in Italy and nowhere near as sweet as Nutella.

In a dry pan toast your hazelnuts until brown and toasty smelling. Eyeball them the entire time they burn QUICKLY! Take the hot nuts and place in a tea towel. Rub to remove the bitter skins and roughly chop the nuts.

Roll out the brioche dough and spread out the hazelnut spread. Sprinkle over the nuts and chocolate.

Roll and follow the original recipe.

Cinnamon Rolls

There is nothing better that hot, sweet and cinnamonny (that’s a word right!?!) buns.

I have been experimenting with a traditional cinnamon roll recipe and this is my version of Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Glaze.

The great thing with the second prove overnight, you look like a baking legend when you rock up at the kindy shared lunch or work morning tea with warm buns!!

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INGREDIENTS

DOUGH

1 1/4 teaspoon dried yeast

160ml luke warm milk

3 cups plain flour

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 free-range eggs

125g butter (melted)

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla paste OR 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

FILLING

100gm butter (softened)

1/2 cup soft brown sugar

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cup of dried fruit or chocolate (optional)

GLAZE

1 1/3 cups icing sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla paste OR 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

METHOD

In a bowl mix together the warm milk and yeast. Leave for five minutes. Make sure your milk is not too hot otherwise you will kill the yeast and your dough will be a dud.

In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar and salt. Melt butter and add to the flour mixture.  Lightly whisk the eggs and add the vanilla paste/essence then add to mixing bowl. Lastly add the milk yeast mixture.  Place a dough hook on your stand mixer and knead until a thick combined dough is made (roughly 8 minutes).  Place in a lightly greased bowl and stand covered in a warm place for 60 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

After it has risen roll out the dough on a lightly floured bench so it’s roughly rectangle shaped and 1cm thick.

For the filling switch from your dough hook to the whisk on your mixer.  Add the softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and beat until light and fluffy.  Spread over the rolled out dough leaving a 0.5cm edge.  Here is where you add any fruit or chocolate. Sprinkle evenly over the filling.

Starting from the longest edge roll into a large sausage. Cut the roll in half then half again. You should then cut those halves into 3.  Making 12 rolls.

So there are 2 ways you can go from here. If baking immediately you can grease a baking dish and place the rolls in all comfy and let them proof again for 45 minutes OR you can place the rolls into a greased dish and place in the fridge covered overnight.  Don’t put the refrigerated rolls straight in the oven. Pull them out of the fridge 15 mins before hand to warm up a bit!

From here both of these need to be cooked in a preheated oven at 180 degrees (160 degrees if your using fan forced) for 20 minutes.  Then loosely cover with foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes until cooked.  Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

In a bowl mix all the glaze ingredients. Spoon the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.

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Happy Baking.

Jx

 

 

Tray Bake Pasta

This recipe has evolved from a stand at the stove gig to a throw it all in a pan gig.

I am all for making good food as easy as possible. I know the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is spend hours at the stove. Bonus ….. even a husband could make this one!!


TRAY BAKE PASTA

4-6 good quality sausages of your choice (head to your butcher for the best ones!)

1.5kg tomatoes OR 1 jar of pasata sauce if you need to sell a kidney for said tomatoes

1 onion (sliced)

2 springs rosemary

1 handful of thyme

1 pinch of dried chilli flakes (omit or pump it up depending on taste)

salt & pepper

2-3 glugs of good olive oil (I use garlic infused for extra flavour)

Pasta any shape/type but remember shapes are a great carrier for sauces (depending on how many you are feeding. I used 1x 500gm packet to feed my family of 5 with left overs).

Parmesan

Fresh basil leaves

METHOD

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Add tomatoes, onions, herbs, chilli, salt & pepper to a large baking dish.

Take each sausage and pull the insides into small meatballs. Each sausage makes 5-6 meatballs.

Give it a big glug of olive oil cover with foil and bake for 20-25 mins.

Uncover and smoosh the tomatoes with a fork (if you have used pasata sauce skip this step).

Bake for another 10-15 until brown.

While this is happening cook your pasta in boiling salted water until done. Drain and keep 1/4 cup of the cooking water.

Add the pasta to the baking tray, add the cooking water and with a wooden spoon chuff up the baked on goodness to make the sauce.

Serve with fresh basil and grated parmesan.

Enjoy!!

J xx

Get your iVac on with Godfreys

Now people I could wax lyrical about the joys of hoovering (vacuuming or luxing depending on where you come from) and housework but let’s face it ……. I bloody hate it.

I am very good at finding essential and must do jobs to get out of it. However the problem is with 3 kids and at this stage no dog (to lick up the crumbs) it doesn’t take long until my house looks like a barnyard.

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In the new pad we have carpet in the bedrooms and rimu flooring everywhere else.  For us it’s a novelty to have carpet and it’s wonderful not having 5+ rooms all with their own dust bunnies!

If you summed up my cleaning style it would be frantic. A quick whip round before visitors arrive.  When Godfreys asked me to try the iVac x10 it seemed to fit perfectly into my cleaning style.  Unplug the battery, whip round the house, empty the dust canister and plug it back it. DONE.

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I love the fact there is no changing from hard floors to carpet.  It flips between both perfectly.  It sucks up everything BUT if you’re like me and have small people you tend to hoover up all sorts.  When you “accidentally” suck up that Lego the iVac x10 stops and lets you get it out before the get into the workings, bejiggering the mechanisms.

It has some cool little accessories that can get into those couch nooks and crannies as well as nailing the cobwebs that hang out on the ceiling.

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Our iVac x10 has a new home in the laundry and at first I thought “ughhhh battery powered, I will have to charge it” but I now have got in the habit of when I have finished using it I just plug it in and it’s good to go for next time.

I never realised how much hoover cords annoyed my until I didn’t have one. It’s so freeing. No finding a plug, un-doing cords and only going so far because the cord won’t reach. I can flick around the WHOLE house in 10 mins now. Now don’t get me wrong I am still not a fan of hoovering but the iVac x10 sure makes it easier!!

If the iVac x10 sounds like your thing Godfreys are having their annual Stocktake Sale which ends on Jan 31st. Online and Instore. Get your hoover on people.

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The crew at Godfreys have been filled with Christmas cheers and have given me a iVac x10 valued at $299 to giveaway to one of you lovely people.

Hit the link below to enter.

http://dgo.nz/LPIJyn3F4579

Good Luck!!

 

 

 

 

Getting Fancy and Festive

Heading into December it’s Christmas party central.  Also we want to look good for Santa when he comes sliding down the ol’ chimney!

The awesome team at Shine On have let me trawl their virtual shelves to find some looks to fit every festive fashion need.

PARTY TIME

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-jumpsuits/products/sass-otis-split-front-jumpsuit-black

This jumpsuit is AMAZING! Jumpsuits quite intimidating if you’re not 5’10 and the size of a twig.  But the slits add flow so you’re less likely to get ol’ camel toe (a notorious jumpsuit issue)!!

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-dresses/products/sass-nolan-wrap-dress

Every gal need a pretty dress. This is it. Feminine and just down right pretty.

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-dresses/products/elm-silhouette-shift-dress-green-julypreorder

COLOUR! Want a dress that is a talking point?  This is it!

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-footwear/products/mollini-lolinas-black-stretch-satin

Holy Moses! These are come hither I am one sexy beast shoes!!

BANGING BOHO

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-dresses/products/madison-square-medusa-embroidered-dress-cobalt

I love this dress. Anything with tassels in my book is fun!

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-footwear/products/anacapri-tresse-sandal-cherry

You can’t beat a good summer sandal.  Dress up or dress down. Skirt, dress or shorts. Anything goes.

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/whats-new/products/fate-rafinne-jumpsuit

3 words. I need this!! The colour is stunning.

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/whats-new/products/miss-lilly-kimocape-tribal-purple

Kimonos are the new knickers.Every girl needs them! Wear them over a dress, jeans or shorts. They will be your best friend this summer!!

CASUAL AS

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/brands-silent-theory/products/silent-theory-twisted-tee-dress-grey-fleck

I have this dress in black and stripes and I get so many comments! Easy to wear, perfect for travelling very forgiving in the pooch department (my problem area!)

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-shorts/products/dricoper-drop-crotch-camo-shorts

Denim shorts. I staple every wardrobe must have. Perfect with that kimono!

 

 

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https://shineon.co.nz/collections/categories-footwear/products/leather-sandal-cheetah-amazing

I live in these Ancapari slides. So comfortable even being so flat. Perfect for when jandals are a bit too casual.

So ladies and gents get your glad rags on and have fun this holiday season!!

J x

 

Drop What??

We all need to wear pants, unless your name is Kimmy Kardashian BUT even Kim like a pant at times.

Now don’t get me wrong I still love a good jean but this winter I have been wearing the shit out of a good drop crotch pant.

You either love or hate the drop. I bloody love them. My mother bloody hates them and continues to comment on the fact. Bearing in mind I have just had my 31st birthday it’s pretty obvious your mother always has an opinion on EVERYTHING!!

Easy to wear. Dress up or dress down. Day to Night. They really are easy to wear AND frigging comfortable.

Stripes, denim and monochrome all feature in this mamas wardrobe.

Here are my favs.

STRIPES

Madame Midi Stripe $109 from Madame Goblin. These are up there with my favourite ever purchases. I love them almost as much as my children. Sometimes more. They also do small sizes for matchy matching.

ELM Lennox $89.95 from Shineon. More a relaxed fix these are perfect for a relaxing Sunday.

DENIM

Luxe Fleur Drop Crotch Jeans AU$99.99 from Decjuba. An extreme drop in the crotch area. Not for the faint hearted. Definitely size down.

MONOCHROME

mumMe Duffle Pant $69.95 from Bam + Boo. No seams and no fading from these bad boys. Bam + Boo are also bringing out also new style with pockets!!

FATE Halston Pant $139.90 from Shineon. Slightly shorter in the leg these pants also the most beautiful fabric. Lil bit shiny and silky. Perfect for the evening with heels.

Luxe Drop Crotch Pant AU$59.95 from Decjuba. You can’t go past a staple. I think I need the grey!!

Happy shopping!!

Jx