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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)

Meat FREE Monday’s – ANY ONE?

does any one else enjoy Meat FREE MONDAYS as much as we do?

it is seriously a family tradition in our house now. We don’t eat any where near as much meat as we used to, and have easily been able to incorporate plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes into the rest of our week.

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these little babies were super easy to make and so awesome for the summer weather.
If your anything like me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the heat – and heat the house up even more.
So when you see a window of cooler weather, switch on that oven and get creative.

Frittatas are awesome and can include any thing! they are all about the eggs, and the veggies are what ever is left over in the fridge or in some cases – whats on special or in season at the market!

in the picture above i’ve made zucchini and corn, but remember the eggs are the star of the dish!
ingredients – method :
2 small zucchini’s grated
1 can of corn kernals drained
1/2 a large onion diced
10 eggs
3/4 cup of grated cheese
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tsp curry powder
mix all ingredients together well (if you have any herbs add them!

I love using my pyrex dishes, and in this instance i used a square one.
baked in the oven on 180 degrees fan forced for 40minutes
Once cooled i cut it into large slices and placed in a container in the fridge.
I sliced them into bite size pieces because they were appealing for the kids. But you could do this for a dinner party dish! top it with a half cherry tomato. you could also place a piece of smoked salmon, capers and dill on top. everything works with a frittata!

Good luck – Leia

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A little health kick to start your week

If you’ve been following on Facebook and Instagram, you would know that Leia really enjoys the healthy food side. Often prepping meals for the weekly lunches or quick dinners! check out what she’s been up to this week.

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she writes-

Being a busy mum, and running around after three kids i often forget about my self and what i grab for lunch might not always be healthy. But by putting an hour a week aside (usually on a weekend) i seem to be able to mix and match ingredients and also use up some veggies that havent yet been used for the week. This week i have made roast pumpkin, quinoa, fetta, rocket salad with added pepitas and sunflower seeds. pictured above. a Thia/asian slaw with red cabbage, carrot, capsicum, baby spinach, parsley, red onion, and a little bit of left over salad leaves. a mixed quinoa salad with cucumber, snowpeas, capsicum, celery, red onion. Each of these salads were divided up into containers with some left over protein – chicken schnitzel and some pulled pork.

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I was also able to prep some roasted eggplant and leek ready for a vegetarian dish this week.

and made some simple fruit pizza’s for the kids to enjoy over the weekend. a real simple concept where you could add just about anything you have in the fridge to the tops of some watermelon slices.

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Simple Roast potatoes! every one loves a good roast potato. so here is my recipe for perfect potatoes every time

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wedge your potatoes, place them in a container or large salad bowl with 2 table spoons of oil, a sprinkle of himilayan rock salt, pepper and what ever herbs and spices you like (just a little bit though) and i always add a couple of crushed & chopped garlic cloves. roast for about 1 hour on 180 degrees.

ENJOY your week guys!