Polenta Chips

Hi there,
Here’s a recipe for delicious polenta chips. Great as a snack or for a light meal. Feel free to have them on their own or as I like them, dipped in aioli. You can add in spices, garlic or herbs to give a bit of variance. Personally I like the garlic and oregano combination that is in the recipe below. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 cups polenta
2 cups vegetable stock (I quickly made this myself by just boiling some water with a chopped onion, potato, garlic and rubbed sage)
2 cups water
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano
2 fat cloves of garlic, crushed
Cooking spray

Method:
1) In a large pan bring the water and stock to a rolling boil.
2) Whisking constantly, add the polenta in a steady flow.
3) Reduce the heat and cook stirring constantly until really thick. Be careful and keep a very close eye on the polenta.
4) Stir in the cheese, butter, salt, oregano and garlic.
5) Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
6) When the polenta is really thick, pour into a square dish lined with cling film.
7) Allow to cool down. When cold it will be set and very firm.
8) Heat the oven to 200C bake while the polenta is cooling down.
9) When cool turn the polenta onto a chopping board and cut into chips.
10) Arrange chips on a baking tray lined with foil and sprayed with oil. Coat chips with spray oil.
11) Bake for 20-40 minutes or until crisp and brown. Turn over and spray again if necessary.
12) Serve hot with aioli if you so desire.

Enjoy,
Ally

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Peach Sorbet

Hey,
This I have to say is one of my favourite desserts/snacks/foods. It’s ridiculous that I don’t eat it more especially considering that it requires exactly one ingredient. Yes, one. Its insanely easy and you should make it immediately.

Ingredients:
1 tin of peach slices
Method:
1) Using a fork, or your hands, pick out each peach slice and put into a slot in an ice tray.
2) Spread the peach out evenly.
3) Now, pour a little juice into each slot, filling them up. Once again this needs to be even.
4) Put in freezer for a good couple of hours or until the peach/juice has frozen into cubes.
5) Place the cubes into a food processor or blender and blend until the sorbet is a smooth consistency.
6) Eat immediately or put back into the freezer in a freezer proof container and eat ASAP.

Hope you enjoy eating this as much as I do,
Ally

Granny Smith Apple Cobbler

Hi there,

Sorry its been a while. Life has been pretty hectic recently with production at school etc etc. But anyway here’s a recipe I made last night, it’s not mine, it comes from Bite magazine and is absolutely delicious. Try it immediately and eat as much as possible, I mean it’s got fruit in it, so it can’t be too unhealthy….

Ingredients:
1kg Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1cm thick
1 Lemon, zest
1 Cinnamon stick
1tsp Vanilla essence
1/2 cup Caster sugar
250gms Flour
1 pinch Salt
1Tbsp Baking Powder
60gms Butter
1 Egg, beaten
75mls Milk

Method:
1) Heat the oven to 200C
2) Put the apples, zest, cinnamon stick, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the sugar into an ovenproof dish. Mix well and spread into an even layer.
3) Put the remaining sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and butter into a bowl. Use fingertips to massage the butter into the dry ingredients so that the mixture is like coarse breadcrumbs.
4) Stir the eggs and milk into the mixture until well combined but don’t beat or the topping will be tough.
5) Place small spoonfuls of the mixture side by side (like a cobbled effect) to cover the apple mixture. Don’t leave any gaps. Sprinkle with extra sugar, place in the oven and bake 25 minutes.
6) Cover and cook a further 20 minutes or until the apples are tender and the top cooked and browned.
7) Remove from the oven and serve with whipped cream if desired.

Hope you like it,
Ally

Pork and Pineapple Stir fry

Hey,
Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. But here’s a recipe for a really delicious stir fry that has both a sweet and sour factor to it. Hope you like the recipe.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
500gms Pork Schnitzel
1 capsicum, sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 onion, diced
200gms pineapple, cubed
1 fat clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup sliced mushroom
4cms grated ginger

Method:
1) Heat oil in wok.
2) Add pork and onion. Cook until the onion is soft.
3) Add vegetables, pineapple, garlic and ginger. Stir fry for a couple of minutes or until vegetables are cooked but still firm.
4) Serve with white rice.

Enjoy,
Ally

Raw Fish Salad

Hi there,
This is a recipe I made just yesterday, it’s a bit different, but really delicious and I would advise you to give it a chance. Its not at all unsafe to eat raw fish, anyway make this and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Also credit to Bite for the image, I forgot to take one myself.

Ingredients:

500gms fresh, boneless, white fish.
2/3 cup lime juice
1/2 red onion, medium
1/2 red capsicum
2 tomatoes
2 spring onions
1/4 cup coconut cream

Directions:

1) Dice fish into 2cm cubes. Place in a non metal bowl and mix with lime juice. Cover and chill in fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes. The acid of the lime will “cook” the fish turning in an opaque colour.
2) While the fish is marinating, prepare the remaining ingredients. Finely dice the red onion, capsicum and tomatoes. Thinly slice spring onions.
3) When ready to serve mix the fish, coconut cream, spring onions, red onion, capsicum and tomatoes together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ally

How I Met your Mother

Hi there,

This was quite possibly one of my worst binge watches of all time. It happened a couple of months ago and at one point, it was so bad that I used up all my data just so I could watch an episode on my phone while walking to the supermarket. There was also staying up until 2am nearly every night and probably risking my life by watching episodes on my phone while in the bath.

Typically I don’t go for the twenty minute comedy with a laugh track because theres not overall plot and its often hard to really get into the characters. I’m more of a forty minute drama gal normally but ‘How I Met Your Mother’ managed to entrap me for all of its twenty two episode long nine seasons, even the terrible ninth season which has the worst ending I’ve ever seen in television.

Still, watch it, the torture that is the series finale is manageable because of how great the first eight seasons are. The characters are amazing, trust me you’ll be watching this in three weeks like I did. Watch it and love it!

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Ally

Thai Green Curry

Hey,
This is a simple recipe I got from Healthy Food Guide for a Thai Green Curry. Its delicious and so quick to make, which is why I really enjoy it. The evaporated milk is to replace coconut milk so you can substitute either into this dish. Enjoy!
Ingredients:
1 cup white/brown rice
Oil Spray
2 Tablespoons Green Curry Paste
500gms chicken diced and fat removed
375mls light evaporated milk
4 cups frozen vegetables
2 cups cooked potatoes in chunks
Method:
1) Cook rice according to packet directions.
2) Meanwhile, spray with oil and heat a large non stick frying pan. Once hot add curry paste and chicken. Stir fry for 5-6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
3) Add milk, vegetables and potatoes. Simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes until heated.
4) Serve with rice and garnish with basil if desired.
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Hope you like the recipe,
Ally

Stewed Apple

Hey,

So this is just a quick recipe for a done up version of stewed apple. The only real difference is that it’s cooked with a cinnamon stick and has mixed spice added in but it makes it taste amazing! Hope you like it. 

Ingredients:

10 apples sliced thinly 

1/4 cup water

1 cinnamon stick

1teaspoon mixed spice 

Method:

1) Place apple in saucepan with water and cinnamon stick.

2) Cook over a low heat for an hour or until apple has turned into stewy consistency.

3) Mix through the mixed spice and serve!

Hope you enjoy the recipe

Ally  

 

Fresh Lemon Loaf

Hi there,
So this is a recipe for a lemon loaf, I have posted a lemon loaf recipe before BUT this one doesn’t have yoghurt and is equal if not more delicious. Anyway an excellent way to use lemons and its a super easy loaf. This isn’t actually my recipe, all credit to the Edmonds Cookbook.
Ingredients:
125gms butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
Glaze:
1/4 cup lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
1/4 cup
Method:
1) Preheat oven to 180C
2) Cream butter, sugar and lemon rind in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
3) Add eggs ad beat well.
4) Sift in dry ingredients stirring in alternatively with milk
5) Pour into a greased 22cm loaf tin.
6) Bake for 45-50 minutes or until loaf springs back when tightly touched.
7) For the glaze stir lemon juice and sugar over a low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
8) Pour glaze over loaf and allow loaf to cool down.
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Hope you enjoy,
Ally

Shameless

Hey,
So in continuation of my new TV segment, I thought I would share a bit about ‘Shameless’ one of my more recent watches and definitely one of my best. It’s five seasons of pure chaos but somehow it all works together to create a show that’s not so serious and ‘real life’ that you stop watching but not so fictional it’s off-putting. Based on the original UK version, the US is for once tons better at least judging from what I’ve heard and from the trailers I’ve seen. The main characters have some seriously great development and it has a diverse cast any liberal would be proud to watch. It deals with some serious issues but is funny enough that the Emmys define it as a comedy.
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Personally I love Fiona, especially in the first three seasons as she does kind of fall apart in the fourth and fifth but there’s enough going on with the other characters that you don’t feel like the show’s lost momentum. From some of the stuff I’ve read online, and I have to say I kind of agree, the fifth season wasn’t as great mainly because the writers have put certain characters into a corner where there’s not much interesting about them. However I’m feeling like there’s a lot of hope for the sixth season because the cliff hanger at the end of the fifth means things are probably going to really heat up.
So seriously, watch this show! It’s amazing to binge watch because you will seriously feel like you are a member of the crazy Gallagher family. And even better there’s a sixth season due to be released in January 2016 which means there’s room for heaps more drama.
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Ally