Monday, October 25, 2010

Dinner at Home - Feta & Pumpkin Ravioli


yes, another "wonton wrapper" ravioli! These ones were better than my last attempt - I baked some pumpkin and mixed it with feta, garlic and sauted onion to create an absolutely delicious filling! I used a soft feta, so it mixed with the pumpkin beautifully. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dinner at home - Nigella's Kitchen!!

I got the new Nigella Lawson book "Kitchen" so I have been trying some of the recipes!! When my Mum & Dad came for dinner to see our now unpacked new house, I made "Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and potaotes" for the meat eaters.... This was a super easy recipe, which involves throwing everything into a roasting tin and baking in the oven!!
I halved the recipe, since I was only feeding 3 rather than 6. 

( I also cooked some pumpkin and peas to go with)

Nigellas Spanish Chicken with Chorizo & Potatoes

This recipe got the thumbs up from everyone - Janet had the left overs for dinner the next night.

roast vegies & Haloumi

for myself, I made roast vegies with haloumi - I threw potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, onion and halved tomatoes into a roasting tin, sprinkled with oregano and a little olive oil, and put some slices of haloumi on the top, and baked along with the chicken dish.  MMMMM delicious!!!

For desert? Nigellas Chocolate Key Lime Pie! This was a chance to use my new flan tin! Another easy recipe with great results!!! No baking involved here - just whizzing up digestive biscuits, cocoa, choc chips and butter for the base, and beating together condensed milk, cream, and lime juice for the filling. If I made this again, I think I would use chocolate wheatens for the base, to eliminate the need to use choc bits!

Nigella's Chocolate Key Lime Pie

Nigella's Chocolate Key Lime Pie

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Out for Dinner - Coffee Club Village Square


At the end of September I went out with my fellow boot-campers for a meal at the Coffee Club at Village Square.  I had this Mediteranean open grill. I think it was also meant ot come with Olives, but I asked for none, because I am not a fan. This was a tasty dinner of tomato, red onion, feta, pesto and melted cheese on toasted turkish bread! Delicious!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Breakfast At home - haloumi, spinach, tomato & toast


This is the delicious breakfast I enjoyed Saturday morning when I came home from training.  I will admit to having a bit of an addiction to haloumi cheese at the moment :-) .

This is a super easy breakfast to make and I think its better than any breakfast I have ever gotten out at a cafe!

I simply put some sliced haloumi into a non stick frying pan with some sliced tomato and cook until the haloumi is deliciously golden on both sides. When that is done, I move it to the side of the pan and pop in some chopped red onion, once the onion has softened I add some baby spinach leaves and a splash of balsamic vinegar and cook briefly until the spinach has wilted a little. Then serve with some wholemeal toast!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Dinner at home - Pumpkin & Parmesan Ravioli in homegrown tomato sauce


I adapted the recipe from the cooking class and made this Ravioli. Actually I didn't look at the recipe at all. Its easy enough to just make whatever sort of filling you want!!

For this one, I cooked some pumpkin in the microwave, added some sauted garlic and onion and some freshly grated parmesan cheese. I mixed and mashed this all together and placed half teaspoonful blobs into the centre of wonton wrappers which I had brushed with egg wash. I then folded the wrappers in half to make semi-circular ravioli.

For the sauce, I cooked an onion and some garlic in butter and olive oil. To this I added 1 peeled and chopped (homegrown) tomato. I simply cooked this together until the tomato had broken down, adding a little water along the way to loosen the sauce.

After cooking the ravioli in boiling water for probably a couple of minutes (until just done) I tossed it in the sauce and served with a sprinkle of parmesan on the top. DELICIOUS!!!!