Saving a Failed Mozzarella
Jul01

Saving a Failed Mozzarella

Yesterday I had my first go at mozzarella using this recipe. Unfortunately the curds wouldn’t set. I believe it’s due to using tap water which is chlorinated and this stops the rennet from working. If there is anything I cannot abide it is waste!  So what did I do?   Well I tried to scoop as much curd as I could out without too much whey but it was very small dots of curd. With this I tried to continue the heating and...

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Cheese Making
Jun19

Cheese Making

The next step in my education about cultured / fermented foods is cheese making! I have ordered some supplies on Ebay today and cannot wait to get started. I have done a lot of reading and it really doesn’t seem very hard. I will start with a soft cheese, feta and mozzarella and then progress to some hard cheeses. I am excited to try different flavours in cheese similar to the wasabi and native pepperberry ones we have been...

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Making Sourdough Breads
Apr29

Making Sourdough Breads

Recently I have been learning how to make sourdough bread. Sourdough is easier on the digestive system and cheap to make. It also has an amazing flavour and texture.

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Homemade Sauces
Mar03

Homemade Sauces

It is easy and economical to make your own basic sauces and condiments. We have been adding a lot of these basic sauce recipes lately. You can make your own sweet sauces such as chocolate or caramel sauce and boiled custard. Salad dressings and savoury sauces are also easy to make. When you make your own sauce it is usually much healthier and cheaper than the store bought stuff. You know what is in the sauce and can allow for your own...

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Cooking Shows
Jan28

Cooking Shows

This is my list of cooking shows currently on tv in my region, Sunshine Coast, Qld. Times may differ for other areas. If you notice an error or change please comment below. Every weekday 6.30 am Good Chef Bad Chef (Ten) 7am Huey’s Kitchen (Ten) 7.30am Kitchen Wizz (kids show on Go) 10.30am Alive and Cooking (Gem) 1pm Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield (Ten) 2.30pm Alive and Cooking (Win) 3.30pm Ben’s Menu  (Ten)...

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Slow Cookers
Jan27

Slow Cookers

Slow cookers are a great addition to your kitchen appliances, having a myriad of uses. They can help to save time and money. Slow cookers are also energy efficient and can turn tough cuts of meat into tender goodness. So many uses Apart from producing tasty and nutritious stews and soups in winter there are many other ways to utilise your slow cooker. It can be used as a food warmer, keeping one part of a meal warn while you prepare...

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Cooking with Kids
Jan20

Cooking with Kids

My niece and nephew came over again yesterday so we did some more cooking. We made some fantastic choc chip cookies. These were a great choice as there is plenty for them to do easily. They did the measuring, mixing and rolled balls of cookie dough. Of course the cookies weren’t all uniform in size but that doesn’t matter. Seeing the excitement on their faces as they watched them spread, crack and brown was fantastic. And...

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Cooking With Kids – Spaghetti
Jan13

Cooking With Kids – Spaghetti

I looked after my niece and nephew yesterday morning and wanted to cook something with them. I hadn’t decided what that would be until I found that Mum would be back to pick them up at lunch. I asked them if they would like to make spaghetti. Not the packet stuff in some water but real spaghetti noodles. They got excited about that. I mixed up an egg pasta dough, which is simply one egg to 100 grams of flour. The dough needs to...

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Leftover Tuna Mornay Pancakes
Jan10

Leftover Tuna Mornay Pancakes

We had tuna mornay with penne last night for dinner and I saved the leftovers (much to Mr Poodle’s disgust). This morning we are having pancakes. I mixed up an eggy pancake batter of 1/2 cup sr flour, 1/2 cup milk and one egg then mixed in the leftover mornay and penne pasta. Fry up the pancakes and serve with chili sauce: voila!

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Leftover Lover
Jan05

Leftover Lover

I am a self confessed lover of leftovers! I hate waste, especially with food. Our poor dog, Teddy, hates that I love leftovers. But he still manages to get plenty of scraps.

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Australia Day Recipe Ideas
Dec31

Australia Day Recipe Ideas

Here are a few recipe ideas we have picked out for Australia Day. Australia Day Recipe Ideas Nuts and Bolts Honey Roast Lamb Garlic Prawns Pineapple Fritters Pavlova Lamingtons Anzac Biscuits Meat Pie Easy Rissoles...

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Budget Recipes and Cheap Cooking Ideas
Dec16

Budget Recipes and Cheap Cooking Ideas

Many of these recipes are ones my mother cooked for our family when I was young. We had a large joint family- three of his, two of hers and two of theirs so the grocery budget was always stretched to the limit. Many of them went on to being favourite foods I cooked for my kids, especially when I was studying at university and on a tight food budget again. All of these recipes are in our submitted recipes section of Aussie Cooking....

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Cooking substitutes
Dec10

Cooking substitutes

Cooking substitutes, foods to substitute in recipes due availability or dietary needs. Low Fat substitutes: Lard – Olive oil, Canola oil, sunflower oil Salad Dressings – Oil and vinegar, lemon juice Full fat cheese – low fat cheese; ricotta, cream cheese, Jarlsberg, cottage cheese Full- fat ice cream – frozen yoghurt, sorbet 1 egg – two egg whites Low Carbohydrates substitutes: Balsamic Vinegar – Red wine vinegar Brandy – Brandy...

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Cooking terminology
Dec10

Cooking terminology

Cooking terminology that differs between Australia and other countries The US or international term is on the left and Australian cooking term is on the right. All-purpose flour – Plain flour. Flour that has no rising agent in it. Argula – Rocket Aubergine – Eggplant. A large, purple-colored fruit related to tomatoes. Baking soda – Bicarb Soda (bicarbonate of soda). Bell Pepper – Capsicum Boullion Cubes...

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Japanese Home Cooking – Beyond Sushi
Dec10

Japanese Home Cooking – Beyond Sushi

In general, the Japanese people are very healthy and live longer than any other culture in the world. Why is this? Many people attribute it to the way they eat. But if you think that all Japanese people eat is sushi you couldn’t be more wrong. Japanese home cooking is simple, healthy, and delicious. While some of the ingredients may seem exotic and intimidating, rest assured that anyone can cook wonderful delicious Japanese...

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How to Choose a Barbecue
Dec10

How to Choose a Barbecue

Choosing a barbecue means spending money on something that you are going to be using on a fairly regular basis with high expectations for the end result. So it’s important to make the right decisions early on in order to avoid disappointments later. Not All Barbecues are the Same In fact, if you are relatively new to them, you could be forgiven for thinking that there is a bewildering array of all shapes and sizes, each with its...

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Mutton Dressed As Lamb
Dec10

Mutton Dressed As Lamb

One of the more shady practices of unscrupulous butchers, including those to be found in many supermarkets, is to label young mutton, also known as hoggett, as ‘prime lamb’. It’s not just that there is a difference in flavor, succulence and tenderness, there is also a considerable price difference at market as any struggling sheep farmer will tell you. In other words, we are being ripped off by paying too much for...

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Creating a Healthy Easter Basket
Dec10

Creating a Healthy Easter Basket

With the rate of childhood obesity on the rise, try something new. This year, buy healthy snacks instead of lollies and chocolate. You don’t have to sacrifice flavour, either. Low-calorie or low-fat doesn’t mean it has to taste bad. This is one time that toys are okay. All kids would agree you can never have too many toys. An Easter basket is about getting a special treat. No one said those treats had to be edible. Small hand-held...

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Cooking with Love in the Kitchen
Dec10

Cooking with Love in the Kitchen

Even though you may not spend much time cooking in the kitchen, wouldn’t you like to treat your love to an easy, delectable and romantic dinner? A special meal is not just about food- it is about the effort and meaning that goes into it. These ideas will make it easy for you to create a memorable meal for Valentine’s Day, or any other time when you want to show someone your love. Remember when you made a homemade card for...

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Simple Steps To A Happy Valentines Dinner
Dec10

Simple Steps To A Happy Valentines Dinner

Everyone wants to have a Valentines that is a special occasion and the good news is you can create that ambiance at home without taking the whole day doing it. After all, what makes Valentines Day so special is spending time with the one or ones that you love. There are many ways to accomplish a nice Valentines evening, so please don’t feel restricted to the following suggestions. These are just some simple idea’s to help put a little...

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