Saturday, 17 April 2010

ᗧᗣ down under

probably the quickest and easiest biscuits to whip up:
store cupboard staples put to best use:
let's bake some ....


you will need:
85g desiccated coconut
85g oats
100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

heat your oven to 180°c/ gas 4:
line some baking sheets with baking paper:
put the kettle on to boil some water:
add the coconut, oats, flour and sugar into a large bowl:
melt the butter and stir in the golden syrup:
in a small bowl, add the teaspoon of bicarbonate to 2 tablespoons of
the boiling water:
then add this to the butter mixture:
pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well:
put spoonfuls of the mixture onto your baking sheets:
*should make 18 - 20*
leave room for spreading:
bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden:
cool on a rack:
nom ^_^

Sunday, 4 April 2010

☼ let the sunshine in

it's now officially British Summer Time here in the UK
although someone forgot to tell the rain:
so let's brighten up our tastebuds
with an easy peasy one pot vegetarian savoury 
and get them dancing:

caribbean rice and peas:
you will need:
1 large onion ~ chopped
1 butternut squash ~ peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
3cm piece of ginger ~ peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves ~ squashed
225g long grain rice *I use a mix of this and wild rice for bite*
400ml can coconut milk
300ml vegetable stock
420g can black eyed peas ~ drained and rinsed
*optional ~ a red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
heat some oil in a large pan and fry the onion gently:
when onion starts to soften add the garlic and fry for a minute:
add the squash, ginger *and chilli if using* and cook for 3-4 minutes:
stir in the rice so the grains are coated in the oil:
add the coconut milk and stock:
give it a big stir then cover with a tight fitting lid:
 cook over a low heat for 15 minutes:
stir in the black eyed peas and cook uncovered until heated through:
season with salt and pepper to taste:
serve with some snipped chives:
and calypso ^_^