Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Day 55 - Kitchen Sink Cookies

You all know I don't really need an excuse to bake, but really, if I did, being broken into would probably rank as a good one. These cookies are big, fat, juicy chunks of comfort, only improved by being consumed with a big, hot cup of properly brewed tea.

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups choc chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts (optional)

- Preheat oven to 160C
- Cream buter and sugar
- Add eggs and vanilla
- Add dry ingredients
- Drop tablespoons of mix onto lined baking tray
- Cook for 15 to 18 minutes
- Cool slightly and eat eat EAT.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Day 54 - Honey soy chicken wings

Hah! From running behind to getting ahead of myself. I marinated the wings and froze them - tonight, at friggin' 9:30pm, I've cooked rice and wings, so all Mum has to do tomorrow night is reheat and cook some broccoli to go with them.

It alleviates the guilt just a little.

Day 53 - Corned beef

This comes back into high circulation in winter. We're certainly not in winter yet, but I saw some nice pieces of corned beef at Woolies the other day and thought "oooh, white sauce and cauliflower." That's right, corned beef, the perfect excuse for calorie laden vegetable dishes.

1 piece corned beef - about 1.5kg
1 onion, cut into chunks
1 carrot, cut into chunks
a few peppercorns
2 bayleaves - fresh or dried

- place beef and other ingredients in a pot in which the beef is snug
- cover with cold water
- bring to the boil
- reduce to a simmer, and cook for 1.5hours
- let rest in water while you do the rest

- cut into chunks and cook
- blend in blender with loads of butter, salt and pepper and milk

- I cook this in the same pot as the potatoes, just adding later in the cooking process

- because you definitely need greens with corned beef. Green beans are also good.

parsley sauce
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
good handful of parsley, finely chopped
large teaspoon horseradish cream
- melt butter - a large nob - in saucepan
- add onion, garlic, parsley and cook off until onion is cooked
- add a big tablespoon of plain flour and cook out
- add milk, stirring to get rid of lumps - adding more until it thickens and you get a good consistency.
- add horseradish cream to taste. Season.

* it's impossible for me to give accurate quantities here as it varies every time. But you won't get away with using less that about 2 cups of milk.

DIVINELY comforting.