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Sweet, yet healthy – Lemonade

You don't have to sacrifice taste or face the wrath of your PT/family/friends to have that cup of lemonade!

Sweet tooth? On a diet? No problem!

Ingredients:

  • Stevia

  • Water
  • Lemons/lemon juice

Directions:

1. If you are using lemons, squeeze them to extract the juice.

2. Add about 1 tbsp of stevia to 2 tbsp of lemon juice to 4+ tbsp of water (adjusting sweetness/concentration to your taste). I.e. the ratio for stevia: lemon juice: water should be approx. 1:2:4 or 1:2:5.

3. Enjoy guilt-free!

Tip: To save fridge space, don't add water until just before you want to drink it.

 

Bulgogi + Cheese Gozleme

The BEST of Korea and Turkey! XD

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

Japanese Curry (with a secret ingredient to blow you away!)

Want to know how to make a *killer* curry? o.O

Read on… XD

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Ingredients:

  • Golden Curry Mix (choose one of the below) – 5 little cubes
  • Carrots (About 2 medium)
  • Brown Onions (About 1 large)
  • Potatoes (About 2 medium – brush potatoes are good)
  • The Secret Ingredient: Apple (1 large – sweeter is better; try Pink Lady) – YES, YOU HEARD ME! GO ON AND TRY IT! YOU’LL NEVER GO BACK!!!
  • Cubed/Diced Beef (about 200g)
  • 1 large bowl of hot water
  • Rice to serve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mild version

Hot version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Peel and cube EVERYTHING. Apple included!

Preferably very thin small slices for the onion…

2. Melt five little cubes of curry mix in 1 large bowl of hot water and set aside.

2. Stir-fry onions first. Next beef. Next potatoes. Then carrots. Finally apple.

3. Pour in curry mixture.

4. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. No salt or pepper required.

Simmer, simmer, simmer…

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Add some rice and perfect-o!

Add some rice and perfect-o!

 

 

OmuRIce

Omelette + Rice = OmuRice

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (x 2)
  • Carrot (1 *very* small)
  • Asparagus (4 spears)
  • Mushrooms (1/8 cup)
  • Onion (1 small)
  • Shredded Parmesan (1/4 cup)
  • Cooked rice (1 cup)
  • Olive oil ( 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • Pieces of ham (bacon or other deli meat can be substituted)
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Dice the carrot, broccoli and onion and set aside separately.
  2. Crack 2 eggs and whisk until smooth. Season with a pinch of pepper and salt. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour egg mixture into a large flat, round fry pan with 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pan. Try to make a nice round shape with the egg as it sets.
  4. Flip the pancake-like egg in the pan so that both sides are cooked *quite* well. Set aside on separate plate.
Egg pancake - for OmuRice

Egg pancake in anticipation of fried rice to make it complete!

5. In a separate pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then first the carrot, then the onion and finally the asparagus and mushrooms. Stir-fry until cooked through.

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6. Add the rice and ham to the vegetables and stir-fry until golden-brown at edges.

Ham and rice added. NB: I used mixed grain rice - hence the colour. White rice works just as well and looks prettier but this rice is kind of healthier... >.>

Ham and rice added. NB: I used mixed grain rice – hence the colour. White rice works just as well and looks prettier but this rice is kind of healthier… >.>

7. Give a good stir for about another minute or two. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Place the egg pancake in a rounded bowl so that it lines it.

Careful, now...

Carefully lining the bowl with the egg pancake…

9. Add the Parmesan into the egg pancake bowl.

Now for the cheese...

Now for the cheese…

10. Add the fried rice to the rounded bowl and compress.

Now comes the rice...

Now comes the rice…

Be sure to flatten the rice with a spatula so that it is tightly packed.

Be sure to flatten the rice with a spatula so that it is tightly packed.

11. Flip the rounded bowl upside-down onto a flat plate.

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Now all it needs is...

Now all it needs is…

 

 

 

Some garnish completes it!

Some garnish completes it!

12. Serve with tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce or any (if any) condiment of your liking. Enjoy!

Tip: A sprig of something green makes it even more appetizing!

Bon Appetit!