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Hot cross bun fudge bites – recipe!

now common, who doesn’t like makin a special treat for friends and family at easter time? And who doesn’t mind licking the spoon when you make something super sweet and delicious? Well I don’t make fudge often, as it is soooooo full of nasty ingredients that will make my thighs even bigger than what they already are… But I’ll make it for my friends, so that I can feel skinny, while they stuff their faces full of it!!! Hahahaha



Delicious Easter Hot Cross Bun Fudge is super easy to make and here’s how.

Ingredients:

1 can condensed milk

100g butter

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons golden syrup

1/4 teaspoon chinese 5 spice

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup sultana

1/4 cup currents

Method:

Mix your butter, sugar, condensed milk and golden syrup in a large glass bowl. Mix it well and place in the microwave for 10minutes on high. Every 2 minutes take it out and stirr it! If you miss this step it will burn and have gritty dried bits when you mix it together.

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after your 10 minutes in the microwave add your spices, sultanas and currents. Mix through well.



Finally grease proof a square baking tin, or line it with baking paper if you like. Smooth it as best you can, like below.



Refrigerate it for at least 1 hour and cut into bite sized pieces. 

Delicious! 

Asian chicken salad with crispy dried shallots



This was one of the salads we were making and selling, that I had for lunch today in writers week at the adelaide fringe festival. It was the BOMB! Delicious fresh flavours, that had great texture throughout. Delicate soft rice noodles with gingery poached chicken, thinly crisp slaw topped with crunchy fried shallots.

This is a recipe where you make as much or as little as you need, so I have put the ingredients below but you add more of the flavours that you like the most.

Recipe:

Cooked rice noodles

Poached chicken

Thinly sliced cucumber (minus the seeds)

Thinly cut carrot

Shredded cabbage

Mint leaves

All tossed together

Dressing:

1/2 cup Lemon juice

1/2 cup fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

A few coriander leaves chopped

1 hot chili

1 crushed/diced garlic

A pinch of ginger 

Mango & Pretzel Bliss Balls? Say what!

okkkkk so you should know by now if your following on my Instagram account – the_middle_ingredient_leia   That I LOVE creating and inventing new crazy flavours and combinations! It’s all about texture and trying new ingredients, and exposing our 3 kids to nutrition and flavour!



So here we have used Premium Choice branded, dried mango and linseed meal! They have been great supporters in seeing me try new products and creating goodies for them to share with others who like using their health foods – and well, because they are a south Australian Buisness I want to show my support for small local businesses.

Okkkkk so your all saying HURRY UP Leia give us the recipe.

Well it’s simple, all you need is:

1 bag of dried mango

3/4 cup linseed meal

1/2 cup coconut (either shredded or decicated)

Blend or food process or thermomix or even stick blender!! If you have one of these gadgets you can make these balls. BLITZ — BLITZ — BLITZ & BLITZ some more.

Crush some pretzels, I did mine in a zip lock bag and crushed them with a heavy rolling pin. But seriously this should be easy, so do what ever you can think of to get them a bit crumbly and on tiny pieces! Trust me it will work 👍

Using a spoon scoop a bit smaller than a golf ball into the palm of your hand and roll as best shape into a ball as you can.

Roll into the pretzels. I had trouble getting a LOT to stick, but I tried my best and some was better than none. And to be honest any more and they would just be a big giant pretzel! Let them set in the fridge and go slightly hard before eating. 

They should store well and for a long time in the fridge (if they last that long)

Lime crisp cookies

who doesn’t like a crunchy cookie!?

Combine that with Lime, and you have a “WOWZER” of a combination

There is something about limes and coconut in our house – the kids love it, and mum and dad love it! Seriously can’t get enough. Now I’m kicking my self, knowing I should have made them coconut and lime. Oh well, next time!!!



Now this batch/recipe will make LOTS! Depending on stage size your after. So you may want to halve it and try them first and see if you love them as much as we do. But seriously, you know you will love ’em so just make the whole lot hahaha…

Recipe

1 1/2 lime zest

1 1/2 lime juice

250g butter

1 3/4 cup caster sugar

1 tspn vanilla

1 egg

(Mix the above ingredients well)

2  3/4 cups SR. Flour

METHOD:

Roll into small balls and press onto a tray. These are a very buttery crisp cookie, so will spread far on your tray. Give them space between each other. Bake in a fan forced 180 degree oven for 15 minutes. they will look soft when they come out, but will harden and go crunchy after cooled. Totally the type of cookie you are going to want to dunk in your cuppa!!! Or to accompany your green tea 👌

Vanilla milkshake protein balls

Seriously could you snack on anything healthier??!!

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These babies have been a favourite in our house this past week! Even the kids have wanted them for lunchbox treats.
Recipe: (equal amounts of dry ingredients*nuts*grains – dried fruit/liquid)
Using a food processor or thermomix
Grind your cashews and peppitas and place in a bowl to the side.
Place medjoole dates in the food processor and approx 1 tsp of honey. Until all blended well and smooth.
Add 3/4 of your cashew and peppita mix back to the blender, along with a sprinkle of desicated coconut and chia seeds. Mix well.
Add vanilla bean seeds. Mix well.
Add the rest of your cashew and peppita mix and mix well.

In a bowl have some sesame seeds, scoop small balls out of the blender and roll in the palm of your hands then roll in the sesame seeds.

Seriously if you can get these to last more than a week – HALF YOUR LUCK!
I made a large batch and they all went like hot cakes in a few days

Spiced nectarine slice with coconut oat crumble

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This is how simple the cooking is in our house! Mix together your own recipe in 10 minutes with what you have in the pantry!! The recipe is very versatile, any plain cake batter you like and add some 5 spice, ground cloves and cinnamon. Poor into a lasagne dish or if you have a long shallow cake tin (something you would cook brownies in) Peel some nectarines and slice them, press them into the batter! Crumble comes after.

But here is my exact recipe, for those who don’t feel confident with making your own batter and crumble.

1 1/2 cup brown sugar
250g butter
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
(Whip these ingredients)
Add
2 cups plain flour
2 cups SR. flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp mixed spice
(Mix all together)
Add
1 cup of lemonade
(Yes I insist lemonade)

Poor into your baking dish.

Peel 8-10 nectarines (depending on size) slice them up. Press them in to your batter – you will get your fingers slightly sticky from the batter.

Cook on 180degree fan forced oven for approx 50minutes.

Now to make your crumble:
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of dedicated coconut
40g soft butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
Mix together well.

When cake is cooked, but still slightly soft on top place the crumble over the top. Bake for a further 10minutes.

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Fruit Water CRAZY!

Doesn’t every one love a thirst quencher??

OH MY GAWD, if you love fruit and love being healthy then this is definitely one for you! and its sooooooooooooo simple. All you need is an empty bottle and some chopped up fruit. i love buying what ever fruit is in season, especially when its local and fresh produce – you can really taste the LOVE of home grown fruits.

So here are some of the most recent fruit combinations i have made:

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Strawberry and kiwi fruit – watermelon and cucumber

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mint and nectarine – strawberry and mint

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peaches

these combos could be anything you choose, or anything you have on hand! its an easy way to flavour your water with out cordials or artificial flavourings.

you can fill them up a few times through out the day and they will continue to infuse the water. probably not as flavoursome as the first time you fill it up, but its certainly a kick of flavour you didnt have with just plain water.

HAPPY WATER FRUITS guys!

Mango + Toppings = OH MY GAWD

SUMMER IS COMING!! YAYYYYYYY

So it is literally around the corner. Are you ready for all the yummy seasonal fruits?

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Lets start topping our Mango’s to make a delish healthy snack! its super easy, and you can use anything you really love, or what ever you have in your pantry. the list is endless! when i say anything i really mean anything. You can use, nuts, seeds, grains, yoghurts, sauces as in chocolate, caramel, even passionfruit pulp!

on this occasion i have used:

1 Mango

2 teaspoons of greek yoghurt

2 teaspoons of coconut flakes

1 teaspoon of freeze dried pomegranate seeds

and a sprinkling of cinnamon

How do you eat it? i hear you ask! ~ the answer is simple… with a spoon

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Such a delicious snack, no longer do you need to eat a plain ol’ mango! why not add your favourite toppings.

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5 years – BEST of the BEST desserts

So a little birdy told us that Eggless Dessert Cafe was celebrating their 5th birthday – and in celebration they were holding a standing ONLY night with $5 everything!

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The favourite of the night
Pictured above – moroccan cheesecake, white chocolate cheese cake with rose cream, topped with pistachios, pomegranate and Persian fairy floss
Breath taking, delicious. Creamy texture with an amazing base. This combination was a huge HIT when it was first released and was voted in the top 10 desserts by the general public.

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Time to party!!

So the line up was a long way into the carpark… We arrived at 7.15 for an 8 o’clock open time. The anticipation was killing us!
But when they opened their doors it was a smell of incredible things to come.

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dessert nachos
Made up with these awesome crispy puffed rice crisps, topped with strawberries, chocolate sauce, toasted hazel nuts, avocado mousse and vanilla ice cream.
Every mouthful was like you were eating something new an refreshing with every bite.

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vietnamese banana bread pudding drizzled with a to die for salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

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alcoholic durianmisu made with durian mascarpone cream, durian sponge cake, with toasted coconut.

As we’ve said before, if you’ve never been to Eggless Dessert Cafe – YOU SIMPLY MUST! It is just one of those places that is fun to visit because they’ve thought of the unthinkable.
Well done on reaching 5 years guys! Many more to come I’m sure XXX big love

L’Atelier Gourmand – Wayville

WOW what an impression! this place blew me away the first time i visited. and then made even more of a statement the next half a dozen times i went and even took the family.

Dan the man, seriously thought the platters were amazeballs because of the variety.

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coffee is delicious, smooth and is done by a good barista who knows what they are doing when it comes to heating the milk correctly. nothing worse than burnt over cooked milk.

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A breakfast fit for two sisters : Great service, friendly and well prepared food with top quality ingredients.

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french toast, topped with a hazel nut toffee!

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vegetarian breakfast all stacked up on top of a bed of mushrooms and spinach.

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