Breakfast

Rolled omelette sidedish Gyeranmari 계란말이

 Adapted from Maangchi

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Ingredients

3 large eggs, ½ ts salt, a pinch of sugar, ½ chopped medium size onion, onion flakes, ground pepper, Jarlsberg cheese, nori sheets, olive oil, Korean zucchini (finely shredded).

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Directions

  1. Crack 3 large size eggs and put it into a bowl.
  2. Make egg mixture by adding and beating these ingredients: ½ ts salt, a pinch of sugar, ½ chopped medium size onion, onion flakes, ground pepper
  3. Heat up a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and spread a little olive oil.
  4. Cook the onions and the zucchini. Add to the egg mixture.
  5. Pour about ⅓ of the egg-onion-zucchini mixture on the pan and spread it thinly by tilting the pan.
  6. Layer cheese and nori over the egg pancake.
  7. When it’s cooked, lift the right side edge of the omelette and roll it with a spatula from right to left.
  8. Repeat this step of 4 and 5 until the egg mixture runs out.
    *tip: To make nice yellow rolled omelette, lower the heat and cook it slowly
  9. Make a long rectangle box shape by cooking 4 sides.
  10. When the omelette cools down, cut it into bite size and serve it with rice.

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Savoury Muffins

Adapted from Kat Carter's Kitchen
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Makes 8-10 medium sized muffins

…A celebration of cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2.25 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 Tbsp cumin
  • 1.5 cups of grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped feta
  • 1 egg
  • .75 cups milk
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • .75 cups of any of the following: roast vegetables, sundried tomatoes, red capsicum, parsley, pesto (today I used sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and green chillies)
  • black pepper
  • topping: relish of choice (i like to use anathoth tomato relish), sliced tomato, sesame seeds

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200°C and grease muffin trays.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, cumin and pepper in a large bowl.

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3. Toss through grated cheese and feta.

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4. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs and milk together.

5. Add to dry ingredients along with 1.5 cups of vegetables.

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6. Divide between muffin tins and top each one with a spoonful of relish, some sliced tomato and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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Bananarama [Cake]

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Adapted from Butter Yum’s recipe

Makes one 8×8-inch pan (double recipe for a 9×13 pan)

Ingredients [Cake]:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I substituted this with 1 x 200g tub Jalna Greek yogurt + juice 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup mashed super ripe banana (about 2 regular ones – I used 3 lady fingers).
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Ingredients [Frosting]:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste* (I used vanilla essence because I had none :()
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Directions [cake (easily mixed by hand)]:

1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190.5C) (see note below).

2. Mash bananas and set aside.

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3. Cream together sugar, sour cream, egg, and 2 tablespoons softened butter.

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4. Add mashed bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

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5. Add flour, salt, and baking soda; mix well.

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6. Pour into pan or cupcake/muffin tray that is greased/lined with baking paper.

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7. Bake at 375F (190.5C) for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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8. Cool completely before frosting.

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Directions [frosting]:

1. Cream butter and confectioner’s sugar together until smooth.

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2. Slowly add the heavy cream; stir until smooth.

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3. Stir in the vanilla bean paste until fully incorporated. (I used vanilla essence.)

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4. Spread on cooled cake or serve with warm cake.

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Note – Bake at 350F if using a glass pan.  Recipe doubles well to fit in a 9×13 pan.

*Here’s the general rule for substituting vanilla: 1 vanilla bean = 1 tablespoon vanilla powder = 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste = 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract.


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IMG_20150606_183552308_HDR*Everyone* had seconds!

 

How to Make a Heart-Shaped Egg

 

Taken from Anna the RedHow make a heart shaped egg <3

[How to make a ❤ shaped hard boiled egg]
– Egg
– Milk carton or any juice carton (cut open, washed well and dried)
– Chopstick (round one is ideal)
– Rubber bands

Step 1: Cut milk carton and fold it in half lengthwise.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

This is all you need. (besides an egg) The milk carton is about 3″ X 8″.

Step 2: Make a hard boiled egg.

Step 3: While the egg is still warm, peel the egg and put the egg on the milk carton, place a chopstick on the center of the egg, and put rubber bands on the both ends.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

If you don’t have a round chopstick maybe you can put a skewer inside a straw and use it. (If you use a disposable chopstick, the middle part of the heart will probably look funky.)

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Make sure the egg is freshly boiled and warm. Otherwise the egg might break from the pressure.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

It’s hard to see but you want the chopstick to dig into the egg.

Step 4: Leave it for about 10 minutes. (Keep the egg in the fridge if it’s summer time.)

Step 5: Take the chopstick off and cut the egg in half.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Hard boiled eggs are so soft, smooth and easily modified.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

It’s cute as is.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

But the heart shaped yolk makes it even more adorable! Also every pair is very unique, so no other pair is like it! Kind of romantic, isn’t it?

How make a heart shaped egg <3

You can put them in the bento just as they are.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Or you can cut the bottom of the egg to make them stand.

Bulgogi + Cheese Gozleme

The BEST of Korea and Turkey! 😄

Adapted from Phoodie’s Spinach and Feta Gozleme recipe

MAKES 4 (1 per person is a light lunch)

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Ingredients [Gozleme Dough]:

  • 2 cups (250g) Self-raising flour
  • 220g full fat natural greek yoghurt OR 2 tubs of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt (170g each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • Later – oil of your choice

Ingredients [Bulgogi + Cheese filling]:

  • Canola oil spray
  • 1 cup spring onions (diced)
  • 3 cups Marinated Bulgogi (I used Costco’s but Woolworths is fine too!)
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • *Optional BUT recommended – > Lemon Wedges (to serve)

Directions [Gozleme Dough]:

1. Place yoghurt in a bowl.

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2. Whisk it up with a fork so that it becomes “flat”, add salt and mix some more.

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3. Slowly add the flour, whilst stirring at the same time until it combines to yield a firm and only ever so slightly sticky dough.

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4. Once combined, knead on a surface lightly dusted in flour and then form into a ball.

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5. Place in a bowl and cover with cling film, Leave to rest for 15 minutes.

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6. After 15 minutes, take it out of the bowl and cut it into four quarters.

7. One at a time, roll out the dough quarters. You want to get it paper thin, thin to the point that it is ALMOST see through.

*Tip: When rolling dough out, be sure to flour both sides so that the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling pin OR the table. Another good thing to do is oil your hands by wearing kitchen gloves and spraying a bit of non-stick cooking spray onto them and then massaging the oil in so that your ‘hands’ are essentially non-stick! 

Directions [Bulgogi + Cheese Gozleme]:

1. Stir-fry the marinated bulgogi with the canola oil or whatever oil of your choice (i.e. coconut or olive) until cooked through.

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2. Stir in the spring onion and set aside to cool.

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3. Add about one large handful of the cooked bulgogi and spring onion mixture to the dough should have been rolled out (step 7 above).

4. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

5. Fold over and seal edges using the end of a fork, or just your fingers is fine.

6. Slam the little baby into a hot, oiled pan (I used the oil from my marinated feta but olive is just as good).

7. Flip it when golden and cook the other side.

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8. Cut with a pizza cutter, kitchen scissors or knife and serve with lemon wedges!

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My mum is always the first in line to taste-test!

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Tradtional Turkish Pancake

Alternative fillings:

Beef Filling:

  • 400 grams beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Peri-Peri Chicken Filling:

  • 400 grams shredded chicken seasoned w/ peri-peri sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup continental parsley/spinach
  • 1 cup crumbed feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Italian Filling:

  • 200g salami
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes OR jalapenos
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup cooked leek OR spinach OR some vegetable of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Makes about 3 dozen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder (I like Moccona)
  • 1 tbsp boiling water
  • 227 g (8 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions:

1. Dissolve espresso powder in boiling water. Set aside to cool to tepid.

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2. Beat butter and confectioners’ sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is very smooth. Beat in vanilla and espresso, then reduce mixer speed to low and add flour, mixing only until it disappears into the dough. Don’t work the dough much once the flour is incorporated.

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3. Fold in the chopped chocolate or chips with a sturdy rubber spatula.

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I used chocolate-covered coffee beans because I couldn’t find my chocolate chips ==’.

 

4. Using the spatula, transfer dough to a gallon-size zip-loc bag. Put bag on a flat surface, leaving the top open, and roll the dough into a 9 x 10 1/2 inch rectangle that’s 1/4 inch thick. As you roll, turn the bag occasionally and lift the plastic from the dough so it doesn’t cause creases.

 

Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans - Bought from Costco

Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans – Bought from Costco

5. When you get the right size and thickness, seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or for up to 2 days.

 

6. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C).

7. Put the plastic bag on a cutting board and slit it open. Turn the firm dough out onto the board (discard the bag) and, using a ruler as a guide and a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch squares.

8. Transfer the squares to the baking sheets and carefully prick each one twice with a fork, gently pushing the tines through the cookies until they hit the sheet (okay, I didn’t poke the cookies and they’re fine).

9. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point (I didn’t do that either – I bake one sheet at a time). The shortbreads will be very pale–they shouldn’t take on much color. Transfer the cookies to a rack. If you’d like, dust the cookies with confectioners’ sugar while they are still hot.

10. Cool the cookies to room temperature before serving.

We all need coffee!

Cornbread w/ Whipped Honey Butter

Adapted from Cooking Classy’s recipe

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

Cornbread:

  • 1 cup cornmeal (Polenta)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Whipped honey butter for serving, recipe follows

Whipped Honey Butter:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Cornbread:

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cornmeal and buttermilk until well blended, allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.

4. Add melted butter, applesauce, honey and sugar to cornmeal mixture and whisk until well combine. Stir in eggs. Stir in dry ingredients and whisk just until combine and no longer lumpy.

Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce

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5. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 dish and bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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6. Cool about 5 minutes before slicing.

7. Serve with whipped honey butter.

Whipped Honey Butter:

1. In a mixing bowl,using an electric mixer, whip together all ingredients until light and fluffy about 2 minutes.

*Alternate method: add in a bit of cinnamon and hint nutmeg for a delicious spiced version.

Yay for corn of all types!