It has been an AGE since any activity has taken place on this blog. I managed to keep it up for 2 years straight, week in week out, but I’m afraid I have let it slip over the last year. To be honest, I’ve still been keeping very busy with food photography. But lately it’s been for a client, not for the blog and there’s not enough time in the day for both, so unfortunately it’s been the blog that’s suffered. so I hope to FINALLY share some of these photos with you and link to their site over the next couple of weeks
So, what else has been going on in my life… not that much to be honest. Seb and I did head down to Tassie two weekends ago to visit his new one week old niece Scarlett. She was tiny and just perfect and we can’t wait to head back down in June to see her again (and also to go to Mona’s Dark MOFO festival). We’re yet to decide on what to buy tickets to so if anybody has any suggestions, by all means, let me know!
Anyhoo, I don’t want this to be an essay, so I think I’ll get straight to the point. I’m finally sharing these pancakes I made a while ago. They. Were. So. Delicious. Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Yoghurt. Please do yourself a favour and make them for Sunday breakfast THIS WEEKEND.
I guess this post will come to you all a little late in the day (I really need to get my act together) but HAPPY AUSTRALIA day to all my fellow Australians. It’s been a while since I posted but I thought Australia day would be a good time to get back into the swing of things.
This year has been busy so far as we’ve just recently moved house. Yes, unfortunately we had to vacate the first house we moved into when we arrived in Melbourne. We loved our sweet little home and I have so many fond memories from there and so many amazing food creations came out of that kitchen. However, to help me get over the move, we found a beautiful new house to move into, in the same suburb. I’m now well and truly over the old house, and am quite happy being a complete home-body over this long weekend! It’s also been a good time to test out the new kitchen.
So I thought I’d test the oven this long weekend with a traditional Australian recipe – the Lamington. I had planned on changing up the recipe slightly but time just got away from me (not particularly because I was busy but because of my favourite past time – procrastination). So, these are just some straight up, nothing fancy, super tasty, lamingtons (although I have still been dreaming of my Nutella Lamintons I made on the blog – recipe found here).
Also here, I thought I’d just share with you some snaps I took while I was away in Tassie over the Christmas/holiday break. We went took a bit of a drive up the east coast to camp at Coles Bay and do the walk into Wineglass bay. This would have to be my most favourite places in the world. I’ve seen a lot of beaches on my travels and I still don’t think any other place is quite as clean and beautiful as Wineglass bay. Stunning. There’s also a great wine region on the drive up to Coles Bay that we popped our heads into called Miltons. We stopped for a quick wine tasting – they’ve got a really great Pinot Grigio. Augh take me back. And now look – it’s Australia day already.
Happy Australia Day again.
The stunning Wineglass Bay
Coles Bay at sunset
Coles Bay at sunset
Miltons Winery – East Coast Tasmania
175g self raising flour, sifted
1 rounded tsp baking powder
3 eggs, at room temperature
175g butter, softened
175g castor sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tbsp butter
2 cups coconut flakes
1. Preheat oven to 170ºC .
2. In a large bowl add sifted flour and baking powder, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and butter and mix well until combined.
3. Lightly grease the pan and divide the mixture evenly (I used a pan with small rectangular shapes or place it into one large square pan). Place it in the oven for 15-20 mins depending on the size of the pan. You should be able to smell the cake when it’s ready and the tops should be golden brown. Remove from the oven when cooked and cut into bite size pieces once cooled.
4. It’s best to leave the cakes overnight (normal recipes use day old sponge cake) so the cake is a little firmer. Next mix the cocoa, icing sugar, water and butter and stir until smooth. Pour the coconut into a small bowl. Take a fork and insert it into the cake half way and spoon the cocoa mixture over the cake, then dip it into the coconut to ensure it’s completely covered. Repeat with the remaining cake. Let sit for an hour or so to ensure the moisture sets back through the cake.
5. Best enjoyed on Australia Day after a delicious BBQ!
I can’t believe it’s been four months since I posted here. I’ve practically deserted the blog but it hasn’t been just for the hell of it. A few big things have been happening behind the scenes here. I look forward to sharing a bit more with you in the next few weeks but here are the top three things that have taken up a lot of time/effort/mental capacity:
1. A few months back I had to reapply for my job as I was a contractor and the job was made permanent. The good news is that I was successful! Thank goodness. A massive weight off my mind.
2. I went away on holiday for three weeks to Vietnam and Bali, which was just incredible. The food, the weather, the people. I have never eaten so much incredible food in my life – big call I know, but true. I promise there will be more on this at a later post. I’m STILL working on the photos, two months later. I haven’t had a chance to get around to them…
3. ..because I’ve had some food styling/photography work that I’ve been busy working on in my spare time. I’ve been doing this work when I’d normally be photographing/writing for my posts here, so I haven’t had time to do both. :( Something’s got to give and unfortunately, it was the blog. A girl’s gotta have a little R&R time!
Anyway, onto the recipe! I’m really excited to share this one with you because it’s something I’ve grown up with but very few people have heard of. I’ve been wanting to post it here on the blog for a while. I photographed it a few months ago but it’s been sitting on the bottom of my to do list – sorry. I’ve mentioned it to a few of my chef or foodie friends but nobody ever knows what I’m talking about. So, I thought it was a bout time that I share this with everyone here…
My Grandmother, Mémé Doule is originally from Menton, which is the last town on the French Riviera before you pass the boarder into Italy. From one point in Menton, if you look one way you can see Italy, and if you look the other way you can see Monaco and Nice. It’s a pretty sweet spot to holiday too. My family would always make the train trip to the next Italian town for the amazing fresh fruit and vegetable, cheeses,cured meats, coffee – and the list goes on – at the big market. Anyway, this recipe for Socca is a traditional street food that’s served all around the region, especially Nice and Menton, all the way to Genoa.
When I was little, I’d visit my Grandparents on weekends where my Mémé Doule would cook us a delicious lunch. There are a handful of recipes she’d make for us and this was one of them – Socca. Normally if you buy Socca in Nice, it’s usually served as is. At home my Mémé Doule would always serve it with an amazing green salad – seriously, her salads are incredible – and soy sauce, which is very unconventional but weirdly really nice. I thought I’d serve it here with some delicious caramelised onions, kalamarta olives and roasted tomatoes. It’s almost a bit like a bit of a mish-mash between the French pizza called Pichade* and a Pissaladière. The good thing about Socca is it’s gluten free; it’s made from chickpea flour. It’s a great alternative to use as a pizza base – and takes half the time to prepare too.
Anyway, I’m glad I’ve broken the dry spell with a spin on one of my favourite childhood foods. I miss you all and I’m so glad I’m back from the dead!
*Also another traditional recipe from Menton)
Socca with Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelised Onion
1 cup (130g) chickpea flour 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (280ml) water 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
300g cherry tomatoes 800g white onions cut finely 2 tbsp thyme ½ tsp white wine vinegar ¼ cup kalamata olives, pipped and cut in half salt & pepper olive oil basil to serve
1. Mix together flour, water, salt, cumin, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil and let rest, covered at room temperature for two hours.
2. Meanwhile to cook the topping, place tomato halves onto an oven tray and drizzle some olive oil and some salt and pepper. Place into a preheated of 130°C and roast for 25 minutes. They shouldn’t be completely dried out when you take them out.
3. In a large fry pan, heat up a good glug or two of olive oil and add the onions to the pan. Add thyme, salt, pepper and cook on high heat stirring for about a minute. Reduce the heat to low and let the onions cook for a further 20 minutes. The onions should be a light golden colour. Once onions are cooked, add vinegar and stir through. Place off to the side until the socca bases are ready.
4. In a large, heavy based oven tray, pour a good glug of olive oil and place in the oven at 180ºC. Leave the pan in the oven until it’s hot and the batter is ready. Carefully pour the batter into roughly 14cm circles and return to the oven.
5. Bake until the socca is firm and beginning to blister and turn a golden colour on the outer edges. Cook the remaining of the batter the same way, adding a little extra olive oil each time to prevent sticking.
6. Once all socca bases are cooked, pile the caramelised onion on top of each one and pile on the olives, roasted tomatoes and a small sprig of basil. Return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes just before serving to ensure it’s served at the right temperature.
Merry Christmas everyone! Festive season is well and truly here – and I’m loving every minute of it. I’m a Christmas freak if you haven’t figured that out already! I’ve even discovered a radio station on our digital radio called ELF radio, playing Christmas carols 24/7. Amazing!
This weekend we went to a big Christmas BBQ, which was a great excuse to catch up with friends. I’ve been so busy lately, I feel like I’ve hardly seen anyone. Anyway, the lead up to Christmas is a great excuse to get everyone together before we all disperse off to our little pockets of the globe.
In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d make a gingerbread house to take to the BBQ. Now this take a little planning and foresight, as I don’t have much time of an evening. You really have to make it over a few nights – it took me three! The first night I made the cookie dough. The following night I cut out and baked the walls and roof, and the final night was spent doing the fun bit, decorating. Let me tell you, it’s not for the feint hearted; my right hand had cramped from icing for a few straight hours. BUT all in all it was TOTALLY worth it. It was a hit at the party, in all it’s two-story-Amsterdam-style glory! Damn it was cute!
I made my first gingerbread house two years ago – which you can see over here. I also recently shared it on instagram. It was then that somebody told me that it’s tradition to smash it with a rolling pin? Not sure how much fact there is in that, do you know? Anyway, as I made the damn thing, I get to SMASH it! Let me tell you, it takes quite a few whacks to demolish it – quite the sturdy feat of architecture. You can see the image below at the point of impact! Well, I guess you’ll have to wait another two years to see my next one (every year is a bit too much me thinks!).
Are you going to try your hand at making one this year? Let me know if you do! I want to see photos!
ps. I’ve also included some photos of us from a couple of weeks ago in Tassie finding the perfect Christmas tree!
3 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 185g butter, chopped 1/2 cup golden syrup 2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg whites 3 cups icing sugar
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine flours, ginger, cinnamon, sugar and butter. Mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. Whisk golden syrup and eggs together in a jug and add to the dough mixture until it just comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until well chilled.
2. Roll dough, 1 portion at a time, between 2 sheets baking paper until 5mm thick. Remove top layer baking paper. Using cardboard cut-outs as a guide, cut shapes from dough.
3. Line 4 baking trays with baking paper. Place gingerbread on trays. Bake, 2 trays at a time, for 15 minutes or until firm. Cool on trays.
3. Make royal icing: Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar, beating constantly until thick.
4. Once gingerbread has cooled pipe and decorate the walls and roof. Once decorated, use icing to join the walls to the plate & the walls together (you may need an extra hand or cans of food to hold until icing dries). Use icing to attach roof to walls, using cans to support roof (to prevent it from slipping off walls) until icing dries completely. Use any sweets to finish decorating! Have fun!
Christmas is just around the corner folks! Crazy – I know but it’s true. I’m super unorganised at the moment in practically every aspect of my life: with the blog, organising the wedding, work, so I haven’t even thought about Christmas baking. In fact, I’m trying to be super healthy this year (especially with the wedding around the corner) so my baking will be very limited this year – booo. In saying that, we’re going to a big Christmas BBQ this Saturday so I’m planning on baking to my hearts content (get it out of the system) and everybody else can eat it for me. Happy days!
I just love baking. I’ve got a few ideas running around the top paddock, but for now I’ve got this little brekky’ recipe for you. Granola is one of my favourite treats in the morning. It’s pretty special when people make their own home batch for you too. This is a super healthy version, it’s not too sweet but contains all the nutty goodness you’d expect from a delicious granola. Pop it in a nice big jar with some pretty ribbon and you’ve got yourself a lovely homemade gift from the kitchen. Christmas can’t get much better than that!
Also, just a quick reminder that the Adeline & Lumiere Christmas book is available for sale over here at my Etsy store. It’s only $25 and makes a perfect stocking filler for the one you love, a colleague’s kris kringle, or heck, just a little something something for yourself! It’s also available to buy in-store at the Hill of Content Bookshop, a new shop called Melbournalia (I want everything in there) and in Dymocks Hobart.
1. Preheat oven to 150ºC and line two trays with grease proof paper. Put the dates into a medium size bowl and cover with 1 cup of boiling water. Let sit for 20 minutes to soften. After this time, add dates (keep the water) to a food processor and blitz until smooth. Add the water a little at a time and stir by hand until combined.
2. Place rolled oats, quinoa, pepitas cinnamon and almonds into a large bowl. Pour the date mixture over the top and stir well until it has coated all oats and quinoa. Spread the oat mixture out over the two trays and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
3. Stir the granola then place back in the oven for a further 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, add coconut and crasins then let cool. Store in an air tight container and consume within two weeks.
Busy busy busy…and it’s only going to get worse with the silly season fast approaching! Yes – the festive season is hot on our heels, only 5 weeks away. GULP! So with that in mind, I’ve been busy arranging a reprint on the Adeline & Lumiere Christmas book. Last year I was so busy designing the book, arranging the printing, sending them out, it was all a mad rush to ensure everybody had them before Christmas. To make a brand new book was a little bit too much for me this year, so I thought I’d just reprint the book as it was so popular. I’ve added the book on Etsy so you can buy your copy of the book —> here! <—- At just $25 each, they’re the perfect present for Kris Kringle or just a stocking filler. I’m hoping to have a few stockists in Melbourne & Hobart but I’ll let you know on my social media channels so keep your ears to the ground. JUST so you remember what the book looks like, I thought I’d pop a couple of pictures in of the page layouts.
Delicious Fruit cake!
Hmm! I’m still pretty chuffed with it – even a year on!
Anyway, now on with the usual recipe. With the impending holiday season filled with naughty eating I thought I’d try to be very healthy over the next couple of weeks. This week is a delicious salad filled with wholesome nutty brown rice to fill you right up, with deliciously roasted pumpkin and capsicum with fresh pomegranate. I swear, anything with pomegranate sprinkled over the top just makes a dish go from zero to hero. Fact. Together I’ve added some pomegranate molasses which I think really makes this dressing. Try this salad this weekend by it’s self for lunch or with a bbq – either way it’s a perfect healthy feed.
Roasted Pumpkin, Capsicum & Pomegranate Salad
Feeds 2 as a main meal or 4 as a side salad.
1 cup brown rice 700g pumpkin 1 red capsicum 1 handful baby spinach 1 pomegranate1 tsp cumin 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil salt & pepper
1. Cook the brown rice according to the packet instructions. Once cooked, place in a large salad bowl
2. Dice the pumpkin into cubes and pace on a well oiled tray. Sprinkle cumin and season with salt and pepper. Cut the capsicum in half and place in the same baking tray if it fits (saves on washing!). Roast for 30 minutes on 200ºC or until golden brown and the capsicum skins are blistering. Remove from the oven and once cool, peel the capsicum skins off and cut into thin strips. Place all ingredients into the same large salad bowl as the rice.
3. Meanwhile, add the chopped parsley and handful of spinach leaves. Cut the pomegranate in half. Squeeze any excess juice into a small jug and remove the pomegranate seeds into the salad bowl. In the same small jug with the pomegranate juice, add the pomegranate molasses, red wine vinegar and olive oil and mix well.
4. Toss all the salad ingredients together and pour the dressing over the top.
Well things have progressed slowly with the wedding plans, although I’ve still got a lot of the essential things that need doing. You know, just things like caterers, buses and accommodation… but THE dress has been bought! It’s amazing and I love it. Yes! Unfortunately you’re all going to have to wait until March to see it. Don’t worry, I’m sure it’s going to come around really soon. Gulp. So much to do!
Righto, as you may (or may not be aware) today is the MELBOURNE CUP! It’s the race that stops the nation. (C’mon number 5, 6 or 17 – I’ve spent up a big fat $2 on each of you!). Anyway, it’s a day of fancy frocks, facinators, French champagne and fast horses – so I thought I’d better arm you with the bestest’ most delicious boozy drink to make at your Melbourne Cup party – too fun! This is a lovely (slightly sweet) fresh drink that would be perfect on a nice warm day (which today is supposed to be (in Melbourne anyway – fingers crossed). So, pop down to the shops, pick up some strawberries (they’re in season), a lime and a wine. Blitz it all in the blender then pop it in the freezer before your guests come around.
I highly recommend you give it a go. It’s something a little different for your Melbourne Cup party, or for any one of your summer BBQs.
Strawberry & Mint Riesling Slushie
2 1/2 cups strawberries juice of one lime 750ml Riesling or another sweet wine 2 tbsp sugar a handful of mint finely chopped
1. Set one cup of Riesling aside.
2. Place all other ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Pour the mixture into an ice tray (I used a mini loaf tin which worked perfectly) and freeze for a minimum of four hours.
3. After the mixture has frozen, place it back in the food processor with the remaining cup of Riesling and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately in glass with a cute paper straw!
I think marmalade gets a bit of a bad wrap. I used to go through phases when I was a kid but generally I quite liked it, just as long as it wasn’t the bitter kind. A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d try my hand at a mandarin marmalade. In fact I actually tried to make it twice, both times with no luck at all. Silly mistake, but the first time round, I’d forgotten it was on the stove. It cooked for too long and almost turned to burnt toffee! Thick and impossible to spread. My second attempt I actually ruined a cast iron pot… I don’t know what my problem was, but mandarin marmalade wasn’t my thing. However, I was dead-set on trying to make some sort of preserve with our delicious citrus fruit before it’s all out of season.
Nothing is without reason though. Whilst making the mandarin marmalade I’d discovered that it was better to blend the fruit before adding it to the pan. I thought I’d apply this knowledge to my simple orange marmalade to ensure a super smooth consistency. The one thing I disliked when I was a kid was discovering a big chunk of fruit in my jam. I can’t say it was smoother than a non-blended marmalade but the texture, for me, was perfect!
So, it may not have been the most ground breaking recipe but at least I learnt something – and that is what cooking is all about.
Now I’m interested, do you guys like marmalade? If not, perhaps you should give it another go?
Ps. I have a very special recipe coming up shortly. Watch this space!
Sweet Orange Marmalade
6 Valencia oranges or other sweet variety of orange
600g white sugar
1. Wash and peel oranges and put the skins to the side – you’ll need them later. Place the flesh of the orange in the food processor and blitz until smooth. Place the orange juice in a large heavy bottomed pan on medium heat with 3 cups of water.
2. Once the orange juice starts to boil place the sugar in the pan. Meanwhile take the skin of the oranges and cut into super fine slivers. Place about 50g of the chopped peel into the pot and let cook for about an hour. Place a small saucer in the freezer – you’ll need this to check when it’s almost ready
3. After an hour, place a small spoonful on the frozen saucer. When the marmalade is ready it’ll be a good thick consistency.
4. Next you’ll need to sterilize your jars. Wash both the jars and lids in hot soapy water and rinse them thoroughly. Place them in a preheated 140ºC oven for 10 minutes right side up. Ensure the jars aren’t touching each other and in the last 5 minutes place the lids in the oven as well. I don’t like to leave the lids in for too long otherwise the rubber seals in them melt!
Serve on thickly sliced bread with lashings of butter. So simple but so delicious.
I’m the sort of person if you tell me I can’t do it, I’ll give it my all to prove you wrong. This was also the case when I was about 16. It was my Grandfather’s birthday and I wanted to make something nice. Mum had mentioned that he had fallen in love with the profiterole since living in France. So with this I decided to make a mini croquembouche for him. Mum had warned me: ‘they’re hard to make, my oven isn’t good enough, they’ll surely ruin, it’ll be a waste of time’ but this only fueled my determination to make the best goddamn croquembouche a 16 year old could make! That was it – I had set my mind to it. Mum was happy to help out. Now don’t forget, this was the late 90s, before the days of Googling for a good recipe if you didn’t have one. Luckily for me Mum found a recipe in her old French cooking book and translated it for me so I could get cracking on my mega-creation. This book was the real deal.
As it turns out, my choux pastry was perfect and I nailed the custard! I filled half the batch with coffee and the other half chocolate. I covered them all in toffee and oh my… they were delicious. I’ve never seen a smile so wide on my Grandfather’s face.
I’ve been meaning to make these little guys again, ever since starting the blog two years ago. Although these are eclairs, they’re essentially the same thing (plus I had my mum’s vintage eclair tray that I’ve wanted to use!). These are sooooo good for a special occasion (as it turns out I had a birthday party I could take them to) but I wont lie – it’s a bit of a process, but it’s definitely worth it. This is the first time I’ve made a salted caramel version so I slightly altered my original recipe. I hope you enjoy them!
What’s your favourite French pastry? I have another favourite that comes a close second to these which I hope to bake for you soon ;)
Makes about 20-24 10cm long eclairs.
120g butter 1 cup water1 cup flour, siftedsalt4 eggs – lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Bring butter and water to boil, remove from heat and add sifted flour and salt. Return to heat, all the time beating mixture until it forms one ball and leaves the sides of the saucepan, roughly 3 minutes.
2. Place pastry into a mixer and beat until it cools to a luke warm temperature. Then slowly add in the eggs until it’s all thoroughly incorporated. Place the pastry into a piping bag and pipe 10cm lines onto a lined baking tray (or you could make mini versions). Let cook for roughly 30 minutes or until golden brown.
1/2 litre milk 60g flour1 cup sugar1/4 cup water1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk – lightly whiskedpinch of salt
1. Place 3/4 cup of sugar and the water into a heavy based saucepan. Let the sugar boil for 8-10 minutes or until the sugar turns a caramel colour. You should also be able to smell once it has caramelised. Take the pan off the heat and place the base in some cold water. This will stop the sugar from burning. Add the milk a little at a time and then place back on the heat on low. Keep stirring, the caramel will harden but then soften and melt as the milk warms up.
2. In a separate bowl mix the remaining sugar, flour and salt. Slowly add the eggs whilst beating the mixture to prevent lumps. Add this to the pan of milk a little at a time and just keep mixing for 2-3 minutes! If all else fails and the mixture becomes lumpy you can always bamix it. (I did!) You’ll need to get rid of all the lumps as this may cause issues when piping into the pasty.
3. Place the custard into a piping bag. Create a small hole in the end of the pastry and poke the nozzle into the end and pipe! Hold the eclair and you should be able to feel when it’s full.
150g soft dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons of golden syrup
50ml of double cream
1. Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cream and whisk together. Bring to a steady simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before drizzling over the top. Sprinkle with a little salt
** These are the quantities I used. I actually doubled the initial choux pastry recipe I used but only made a single batch of custard (I didn’t quite have enough milk at the time to make two). I found the custard filled almost all the choux pastry casings but I did have piping bag problems (it went everywhere) and thought it may be enough after all. Please let me know how you find the quantities. Please email me with any questions.
A couple of weeks ago the friendly people at KitchenAid were kind enough to send me the Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer attachments for my beautiful stand mixer (her name is Roxy and she’s a treasure). I bought her about 2 years ago when we’d just moved back to Australia. I was living back at home at the time and had a little extra disposable income, so I just went out and bought one. I figured the sooner I bought it, the more use I’d get out of it, and that was that. My pride and joy sits on our kitchen bench and always twinkles at me whenever I walk out in the morning. I was so excited when KitchenAid offered me the attachments as I hadn’t even thought about the extra bits and bobs you could get for it. I can already tell I’m going to get a lot of use out of the meat grinder. I wont ever have to buy mince meat again – and now I’ll know exactly what goes into it.
I also know EXACTLY what has gone into these delicious homemade Pork, Apple and Caramelised Onion sausages. I think it makes them even more appetizing too. This is the first time I’ve made anything like this and I totally winged it. I was a little nervous at first so I watched a few youtube videos to learn the basics. There are a few small things I would now do differently if I were making them again. It took me a little longer than I first anticipated, but I really enjoyed the whole process and I reckon I could whip up a batch in no time at all now. Life skills I tells’ ya! It’s good to challenge yourself with small culinary hurdles, and this was most certainly one of them. I would, however, say that the hurdle was more mental as these delicious homemade sausages aren’t actually that hard to make – just give yourself a bit of time first time round! I served mine with gourmet mash – that’s what we call it at our house. It’s not really that gourmet, just good ol’ buttery delicious mash packed full of veggies and garlic. More of a smash than a mash. It’s so good, especially with fresh bangers!
As you may or may not have noticed, this year I haven’t been as regular with the frequency of my posts and I do feel terrible. I’ve mentioned it a few times, I know, but I thought I’d tell you that I’ve decided to scale the posts back to once a fortnight. I’m sure you can all appreciate the time it takes to cook, style, photograph, clean (or coax others to clean for me) and write the blog. I’m finding it a bit hard to fit in other things I need to do on the weekend – like plan a wedding! Don’t worry, I’ll have more time after early March – du dum da dahhhh.
BTW – I haven’t been paid for any of these comments. I only ever write about products and goods I think are worth writing about.
PS: For all my Aussie readers, these bangers would make for an impressive treat at this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final BBQ… just saying!
Homemade Pork, Apple & Caramelised Onion Sausages
500 g free-range pork mince pork 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 small Granny Smith apples, grated handful parsley and oregano 1 tsp mustard powder 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp seeded mustard 1 tsp salt
1.5 meters of natural castings
1. Add a large bowl and all sausage making equipment into the fridge to let them all chill. It’s best to keep all meat and appliances cold so the fat in the sausages doesn’t melt. Clean hands are also essential so wash them regularly. Rinse sausage casings and let soak in fresh water whilst preparing the meat.
2. Add to a hot, well oiled pan the finely diced red onion and cook on low heat until golden and translucent, roughly 15 minutes. Then add sugar, a pinch of salt and balsamic vinegar. Let cook until the onions become sticky and thick. Set aside and let cool.
3. Once the onions are cool in the chilled bowl add all ingredients apart from the casings. Lightly mix everything through but try not to overmix. Drain the casings and pat dry with paper towel.
4. Attach the KitchenAid meat grinder and add the meat mixture into the feed and turn the mixer on. Placing it through the grinder will ensure everything is mixed properly and chopped finely. Once the mixture has been through, then attach the sausage stuffer and slide the casings over the long tube. Place the meat mixture into the top of the grinder again and turn the machine on. Once the meat starts coming out of the nozzle help steer it out and also keep feeding the meat in the top. It is easier to have someone help you at this stage. Once all the meat has been squeezed through, turn the mixer off and trim the casing. Separate the long sausage into normal sized portions and twist 3 or 4 turns one way and then twist the next link 3 or 4 times in the opposite direction. Watch this video to see how the pros do it and extra tips.
5. With a sterilized pin prick the casings to expel any trapped air. Hang sausages and let them dry for an hour or so before refrigerating. They will keep in the fridge for up to one week or place them in the freezer for up to 6 months. OR cook and enjoy them straight away!
6 medium potatoes, peeled an chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped handful of green beans, trimmed 1 cup of peas 4 cloves garlic 1/2 tbsp butter 4 tbsp milk salt and pepper to taste
1. Add potatoes and carrots into a pot of boiling seasoned water. Let cook for about 8 minutes then add beans and peas for the last two minutes.
2. Once all veggies are cooked, drain and roughly mash with a potato masher. Add butter, garlic and milk a little at a time until you’ve reached the correct consistency. Add salt and pepper and serve with your well cooked homemade sausages.