Roasted Corn Dip

Roasted Corn Dip

This dip is based on the Mexican Corn Salad Esquites, which apparently is a staple market food, sold in a cup and eaten with a spoon. This is my idea of heaven! I wish our local markets would get on board. The original Esquites recipe calls for mayonnaise, which we don’t do because egg intolerance blah blah blah, So! I played around with it and made it allergy friendly, then served it alongside some avocado Pico de gallo and a bowl of corn chips. My advice at this point is to stand back.   Ingredients 2 or 3 cobs of…

Chicken and Leek Pies

Chicken and Leek Pies

Yesterday, we had a deluge of rain. It was cold, and the almost horizontal wind was so strong it pushed a lot of rain underneath our closed windows, which resulted in a damp, unpleasant clean up. Seriously, almost every towel in the house was used to mop up the worst of it. We also had to change rain soaked sheets on the bed before getting the steam mop out to clean up the floors. AND the hot water system broke down. RUDE! We had to boil giant pots of water on the stove so that everyone could have a bath! Seriously, it…

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

Good heavens, we love a fritter in the Casa Chaos! I can put any ingredient in them and they will be eaten. Leftover mashed potato? Too easy. Corn, zucchini, sweet potato, prawns, fresh herbs, chickpeas and/or chicken? Make sure there is enough for seconds. They are super easy and seem to round out the meal nicely with their hint of the frypan. These almost caused a riot at the table recently, so I thought I’d share the recipe. This recipe is easily doubled! Cauliflower Fritters Ingredients 2 cups of steamed cauliflower, chopped into smallish pieces – about the size of a pea? 2…

Egg Free Banana Cake

Egg Free Banana Cake

You might have noticed me talk about my middle child having an egg allergy. Luckily he isn’t anaphalctic, but eating eggs gives him an unpleasantly itchy mouth and if he’s eaten enough, it will come back up again. Gross! This situation is a bit sad for The Gentleman, especially when it is someone’s birthday at school, and he has to go without cake. I played around with this recipe over the weekend, and it’s a winner! The Gentleman loves it, and polished off 4 slices in no time.  Egg Free Banana Cake  Ingredients 2 and a half cups of plain…

Apple Tarts! Easy, quick, tiny apple tarts with cinnamon cream.

Apple Tarts! Easy, quick, tiny apple tarts with cinnamon cream.

So, I made the mistake of showing the following video to Monkey Boy recently, and he was all ‘Oh PLEASE make this for Valentines Day, Mum! You could totally make it! Go on, it will be SO yummy!’ And you know, it’s kind of flattering for him to think I could make this time consuming, complicated dessert, it really is. But he is way, WAY, overestimating the patience I have to spend in the kitchen, or most places, actually. And this time consuming, complicated batch of NINE cookies that look like something the Nyan Cat dreamed about after eating a…

Chocolate Caramel Slice

Chocolate Caramel Slice

Recently The Gentleman turned 10 (I know! How did this happen?!) and he requested this slice to take to school for his class birthday cake. It was the perfect choice for him because A; it’s a delicious crowd pleaser and B; it is entirely egg free, which is a big win for the egg intolerant Gentleman. Also, his teacher loves caramel and a little brown nosing never goes astray.  My mother in law is the queen of making this, however she wasn’t available so I had to roll up my sleeves myself. This was no hardship, because despite having a…

Fancy Little Cheesecakes

Fancy Little Cheesecakes

I spent last weekend at ProBlogger, Australia’s most excellent conference for bloggers, and I have to tell you – QT Hotel on the Gold Coast does the best food. I will post about this in a few days because it deserves it’s own post. Everything was fantastic, especially the amazing deserts. These individual puddings where a show stopper –  Heston Blumenthal type salted caramel crumb popping candy chocolate mousse thingies with a small capsule of essence of butterscotch to inject into the pudding. Can you even? I cannot. I cannot even. Yes, that is a tower of fruit behind it.…

Easy Plum Sorbet

Easy Plum Sorbet

Last week I waxed lyrical about summer stone fruit, and ended up making some sorbet with a few delicious plums before they where all eaten up. Sorbet is so easy to make with or without an ice-cream churn, and it’s fat free! It’s a great way to extend your enjoyment of fruit in season. Ingredients 2 cups of caster sugar 2 cups of water about 1 kg of plums. That’s it! Method Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes to make a light sugar syrup.…

Banana Bread for School Lunchboxes

Banana Bread for School Lunchboxes

This banana bread is actually a cake, but let’s call it a bread OK? That sounds so much healthier. It’s perfect for school lunchboxes, being light and fluffy and fresh and delicious! I make another banana bread (actually bread) that is dense with wholemeal flour and pecans and walnuts, but nuts are just not safe for school, and although I prefer wholemeal, my little ones do not. Banana Bread for School Lunchboxes Ingredients Half a cup of butter 1 cup of sugar (white or raw, your choice) 2 eggs 4 large soft bananas – keep them in your freezer and…