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Crunchy Mama Vegan Lasagne

September 21, 2016
vegan, dairy and gluten free lasagne

Crunchy Mama Vegan Lasagne

Yesterday I posted a picture on my Instagram page of a vegan lasagne I kind of made up on the spot.

Who knew it would be so popular – I have had so many requests asking for the recipe so I decided to quickly write it down so I can share it with you all. Sorry if it seems rushed…because it is.

Quite a few years ago, ok back in my teens, I was a vegetarian/ wannabe vegan (wannabe simply because non-dairy cheeses back then were unheard of) so I am very familiar with the ‘crunchy’ lifestyle. People immediately tend to think of rabbit food but in actual fact I found it made me a more adventurous budding young cook and I surprised my family quite a few times with divine earthy creations.

These days I am slowly embracing the lifestyle again but more towards a pescatarian diet. I want my children to have the healthiest possible start to life and for me that begins with proper nutrition. At the supermarket I spend 3/4 of the weekly shop on fresh fruit and veg alone, and it raises a lot of eyebrows at the checkout. “Wow, that’s a lot of fruit and veg!” Is that really so strange? Yes I agree it can be expensive to buy healthy food but that is a small sacrifice I’m willing to make. It’s called priorities!

On a whim I decided to put my skills of master chef disguise to the test to see if this full blown vegan meal would get eaten and not picked apart to see what the hell I had put in there.

I partially made it in my thermomix, only because I made such a huge batch it would simply not all fit in at once. I really love not having to chop up anything anymore, such a time saver. #mumhacks

If you don’t have a Therminator you are going to have to cut the vegetables by hand. You can also use the same béchamel recipe but you will have to make it in a saucepan, and stir baby stir!

Basically you can put whatever you like or have to use up including left over roast vegetables which would make such a great flavour.

So here’s what I did, hope you love it too!

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Culinary

9 Vegetarian Meals across the Globe

May 5, 2016
vegetarian meals from across the world

9 vegetarian meals across the globe

Last month I teamed up with 8 other bloggers from right around the world to create a special post sharing traditional vegetarian meals from our respective countries.

You may not know this about me but I was a vegetarian for 8 years and pescatarian for 2, throughout my mid teens and early twenties much to the inconvenience of my mother.

Back then vegetarian options were little to none, and people thought it meant eating lettuce each night for dinner and or starving.

Not so.

Here is a beautiful selection of traditional vegetarian meals, drinks and sweets from as far away as India, USA, UK, Jordan, South Africa, Korea, Russia, Hawaii, and of course mine from right here in the land down under to show you that choosing to be vegetarian does not have to be flavourless and boring!

The clever lady who put this idea together is Priya from the blog Cookilicious, where you can find the full post. I definitely recommend you check out her website because she has so many other amazing mouthwatering recipes!

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Culinary

Anzac Biscuits

April 6, 2016
anzac biscuits, recipe

Anzac biscuits

Talk about organised!

Anzac Day isn’t until the 25th of April this year so I am getting in nice and early with my recipe that I am sure you are all going love. As you are probably aware this is a very traditional Australian biscuit dating back to the first world war.

anzac day

Anzac floral wreath

But did you know that they were originally known as an Anzac wafer or tile? The biscuits were included with rations instead of bread as they were made with ingredients which were less likely to ‘spoil’ and therefore had a longer shelf life that kept well during naval transportation. There are even stories that soldiers used them to ground down into a type of porridge! After the war they were still very popular because the ingredients were quite affordable in such hard times.

This is my families recipe, which is a pretty standard representation of most recipes out there, however I like to change the way I cook them to enhance the flavour and texture. For this recipe I have made the softer, chewier version (= less crumbs to clean up after my children discover them!) but for myself I prefer squashing them very flat and baking them for 5 – 7 minutes longer to get a lovely thin crunchy golden brown biscuit.

Either way they are very extremely bloody good, and the cookie jar has been totally raided at my house already.

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Culinary

Best Banana Bread Blog

March 14, 2016
banana cake, best banana cake recipe, easy banana cake, banana,

Best Banana Bread Blog

Listen up lovely readers…this is the only Banana Bread recipe you will ever need so be sure to save it and then share the love around!

I’m about to spill some family secrets here because this makes the most delicious, moist and flavoursome cake that smells so divine and I’d love to share it with you all.

Besides, If I’m going to be getting fat by eating so much damn cake, then you should be too. 

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Childish, Culinary

Mini Finger Buns

January 18, 2016
finger buns

Hello lovely readers and welcome back to the blog for 2016!

I have really enjoyed some time out during the festive period with my darling diamond family; Yay for our long hot Australian summer holidays! We have been jetty jumping, spending time at the beach, visiting family and friends and of course enjoying the playground circuit crawl. Although we usually have to burn the children’s clothing afterwards…playgrounds are bloody filthy!

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So now it’s that time where we have to think about getting back into routine and reality. It won’t be long now until school and kindy goes back, so I thought I would start off my blog with a cute yummy treat that will fit perfectly into little lunch boxes. I have road tested these on my children and they were a big hit to say the least. I actually used chia seeds as sprinkles on theirs, and depending on your school, kindy or day care food policy you might need to do the same. For photography purposes today I used the traditional 100’s and 1000’s as well because they look so visually appealing and fun!

I made these using my Thermomix because it’s so easy to knead the dough, so easy I don’t have to do anything at all!  Of course you can still make it using exactly the same recipe in the old fashioned way if need be.

Mini Finger Buns

290g luke warm water

5 tsp instant dried yeast

560g white bakers flour

pinch salt

2 tsp bread improver

50g sugar

40g melted butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place all ingredients into the mixing bowl in the order listed here and combine for 30 seconds on speed 3. Select dough function, set for 9 minutes and then go put your feet up! Once finished place dough onto your thermomat or in a lightly oiled large bowl and cover with a clean tea towel for about 20 minutes.

Buttercream Icing

I used the basic cook book recipe for this but found it to be way too sweet (besides the Fournado is hyped up enough on fresh air alone!) so I cut back the sugar. Mill 90g raw sugar for 20 seconds on speed 10. Using the butterfly whisk, add 60g milk, 250g soft butter and a splash of vanilla. Whisk for 3 minutes on speed 3. This will give you a super fluffy whipped icing, the best I have honestly ever made. It will keep in the fridge for quite some time.

I found these cute silicone bread moulds at Kmart for about $10 and they are great for achieving the desired shape. Just be careful not to over fill them…on my test run we had humongous loaf sized buns. Eeek! I worked out by using 60g of dough per mould it makes a perfect serving size.

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Roughy roll into sausage shapes with your hands making sure there are no air bubbles trapped inside, then press evenly into the moulds and right into the corners. Bake for 15 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.

Once completely cooled ice with buttercream icing and sprinkle with chia seeds or 100’s and 1000’s!

Makes approximately 18 buns and they can be frozen before icing.

Culinary

Savoury Scrolls, the Diamond way

October 28, 2015

Another one of our families favourite foods to snack on right now… the best part is that the combinations are endless! Again these are made in the Thermomix and I love that I no longer have to knead dough. Such a time saver! Thank fluck for technology…I would have failed miserably as a 50’s housewife. If you don’t have a ‘Therminator’ you can easily adapt this recipe I’m sure, but I can’t be arsed looking for that conversion method right now. #sorrynotsorry

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Culinary

Diamond Balls

September 21, 2015

If you are anything like me you’re constantly thinking of recipes and snack ideas to feed the never ending hunger that (my) children seem to have. You also want to feed your children relatively healthy choices without too much sugar, additives and numbers. Yuk!
Shop bought snacks are fine but I prefer to make as much home made food as possible.
I have been fine tuning this recipe for a while now and I have found the perfect balance with no sugar. Win! Continue Reading…