Monday, 27 August 2007

Almond Recipes

With all this Almond activity I thought I should supply a couple of recipes to help you get through those wonderfully Australian and pesticide free gems!
Leilani's Almond Milk
1 cup almonds (soaked overnight and rinsed well)
4 cups water
2 dates
Blend up until smooth and strain through a nut bag (or strong fine mesh material)

Catherine Nel tell me she likes the fibre in it, so she doesn't strain it. Both ways are deliciously light and creamy.

Almond Bread
serves 12

3 egg whites
3/4 caster sugar
1 cup plain flour
1 cup almonds (not blanched)

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
Spray a bar tin, 8cm x 24cm.
Beat egg whites until peaks form.
Slowly add sugar, beating well in between each addition.
Continue to beat until hard peaks form then fold in flour and almonds.

Pop mixture into tin and cook for 30 mins, it should resemble a cake.
Cool for 15 mins in the tin. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Unwrap and cut into fine 2mm slices with an electric knife or a sharp knife.

Spray a large tray and place the slices onto tray and bake at 100 degrees until bread is golden and crisp.


Thursday, 23 August 2007

Spring Hill Beef

Here are some pics of the Beef hamper that came from Simon Philp's farm in the Southern Highlands.

Delivered to my door in a freezer back and packed with ice.

I must say the T-bone steaks were the biggest and tastiest I'd had and the sausages actually taste real!

Even when I've defrosted some mince for frying, the texture is ... well, "fluffy". It smelled liked tasty steak!

It's made me realise that I don't think I've ever eaten really fresh meat before.
Even from my freezer after a few weeks it tastes so FRESH in comparison to the packets of supermarket meat that has been gassed, coloured and adulterated from the word go.
Even my local butcher (to which I'm very loyal) doesn't have meat that tastes the same.

VERDICT: Grass Fed and Stress free is definitely an amazing taste! Well worth it - thumbs up!

If you'd like some flyers/info let me know and I'll give you some. Feel free to order direct using "the co-op" name or through me is fine too.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

How Delicious! How Exciting! easy :o)

I found a very pathetic looking broccli at the end of the garden that survived. Lucas will have that for his dinner since it's pretty tiny and won't get any bigger.

Now is the best time to get seed raising mix and trays and get planting. EDEN SEEDS have a fantastic range of quality seeds and some really fun varieties.

Here we have Purple Dragon Carrots, Jefferson Cucumber and Chocolate Capsicum.Aren't they great! I've had much better success growing purple carrots than the regular ones and I always get a really big crop of cucumbers - they're so easy to grow! Even in pots.

Carrots go direct in the ground in between rows of onions or shallots (don't fertilise carrots, just use plain old soil). No fuss with these guys, just thin them out when they are about 6 weeks-ish so the strong ones have room.

Cucumbers and Caps need a handful of lime added to the soil (as well as a bit of manure), they like pretty neutral soil. Bunch up lucerne around these to keep the moisture in.

Lettuce are easy in seed trays (as the seeds are so tiny and might get washed away). Though I've been known to just chuck them on the garden and had marvelous results with this Mesclun Mix.

JUST HAVE A GO! Have lots of fun, and get some really strange varieties so the kids (and adults) stay interested.

Purple runner beans are still my favourite :o) I'll be doing them again this year.. oh! and peas, love peas.