Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

The tree at my MIL's house, where Hubby, Georgi, chucky and I are staying.



I think I have finally got the bug! Christmas is tomorrow and I have been busy wrapping presents,  painting my nails and already eating! This is the little ones first Christmas and mine as a mother. I am super excited. I know she can't open presents but I wrapped hers anyway, and I have been reading her Christmas stories :D

I Wanted to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas, filled with laughter, booze, food and gifts.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my little blog, it really means a lot to me.

Leah xo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Last 3 Weeks




I have been feeling totally uninspired about blogging recently. I think it is mostly due to my feeling a little down, and over it!

See I have moved back to Sydney, with my hubby and little G, after a few years of moving around NSW and the ACT. This was meant to make everything better, but has failed dismally….

I stupidly thought coming back home would be a cure all for my loneliness. I feel worse now than I did before. Maybe it is cause I feel so ridiculously unsettled, and I’ve have had to move in with the In Laws…..!

Now, I wish I could say that it was wonderful and that we all get along. But I almost always feel like the weirdo outsider, that eats weird food and does all these weird things. I'm appalled that no one here eats tahini???!!! What is wrong with these people!!!! It is all meat and confit vegetables. I make my own stuff to eat, but I am constantly looked at like the skinny, which I certainly am NOT, underfed freak, who likes vege’s with their original colour, and not always tasting like chicken! Oh the joy’s of living with a European family….!

I am feeling so deflated before my most favourite time of the year, and I'm not too sure how to get out of this funk yet. I know I need to get out of this house. My Christmas spirit has left me, for the first time ever. The sad thing is, I know it’s my first Christmas as a mum. I can’t seem to muster the joy I usually feel this time of year. And after being put down so many times, I'm starting to think I'm a crap mum too now.

Hubby and I are waiting on the word, from his employer, about when and where we are going to move. This. Wait. Is. Killing. Me.

I desperately need to find MY place, where I belong, with my little family of coarse. Preferably with a little garden, so I can have tea and whatever I have baked in the sun. Oh and a place where my little Chucky would be welcome. Who the heck knows what is around the corner…..

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chicken Bacon and Mushroom Pies




I love a pie. Whether they are sweet or savoury, there really is nothing more satisfying than the smell of a pie baking in the oven.
I thought it was time I get my pie baking butt off the couch, and bake, before it becomes way to hot to even think about pies!

I love to make my own pastry and have always used the same pastry. I have one for savoury and one for sweet. I just adapt them slightly, depending on what filling they will have. And yes I know that you are supposed to chill this and not handle it too much. But I just don't have the time anymore to fuss too much in the kitchen.

I made these before we had to pack and move. We ate a couple straight away, and I froze the rest. We have since eaten them all, so I can confidently say these freeze really well! Great for when you can't be bothered to cook....or have a baby gripping you koala style!




Makes 6

Dough

2 cups flour
80 grams butter, you can add more butter, up to 150 grams, but I prefer not too
2 tablespoons sour cream
cold water

Put the ingredients in a bowl, except the water, add the water a small amount at a time just to bring the dough together.

NB: I don't often chill the butter and rub it through till it resembles breadcrumbs, and then chill the dough, cause I have no time. I just bring a dough together and cross my fingers it works. By adding the sour cream it makes the dough much more forgiving, so you can roll it out and use it straight away. I only set it aside in the fridge, wrapped in plastic if i'm using it later.

Pie Filling

1 small red onion chopped fine or sliced, depending how you like it in pies
1 clove garlic chopped
2 whole celery stalks diced including leaves
1 med carrot diced
2 rashers bacon diced
500 grams chicken, I like to use thighs, but you can use breast. Cut into small bite size pieces.
8 mushrooms chopped roughly
1 tablespoon vegetable stock powder
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 glass white wine

Method
1. Cut the dough into 6 pieces, then trim a 1/3 off each piece (for the lids) and put that aside in the cling wrap, so it doesn't dry. Roll them out to fit the pie tins. Blind bake them for about 20 minutes until it takes on a little colour. Set them aside to cool.
Filling
2. Fry the onion and garlic in a very small amount of oil, until softened. Then add the celery, carrot and bacon, fry until softened.
3. Add the chicken and mushroom and fry until cooked.
4. Next add the vegetable stock powder and flour. Cook this for a little just to fry off the floury taste. It will be thick so keep watching so it doesn't burn. Then add the wine. I also added about 1 cup water to loosen the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until it thickens slightly. This takes about 20 minutes. Then set this aside to cool.
5. Fill the pastry shells with the chicken, bacon and mushroom filling. Roll out the pastry lids to fit the pies. Stick the lids down with a little beaten egg. Then brush the tops with the egg. Bake the pies for about 30 minutes in a 180C oven.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Frittata



I am always desperately trying to make healthy and quick meals for hubby and I. I hate the idea of having takeaway, (expect we have taken to a fish and chip shop here they do incredible prawns all super fresh. You can watch them haul in fish off the marina, straight into the back of the shop!!!) 

So for us it is a lot of super sized salads, my favourite thing in the world. You can put whatever you want in a salad! L.O.V.E them :D

But recently I have wanted something a little more, “dinner” like. Bring in the Frittata. They are so easy to whip up whenever you can during the day, and then serve them hot or cold! GENUS!

This makes one large frittata. Usually I will only make a small one using only 3 eggs, but cause we were moving soon, I wanted to throw in whatever I had in the fridge/freezer.








5-6 eggs depending on how much is in the frittata 
1-2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons grated romano cheese
2 teaspoons massel vegetable stock powder
3 large mushrooms cooked and sliced, I like to fry mine with a sprig of rosemary, olive oil, garlic, 1/4 small red onion and white wine
2 small potatoes boiled or microwaved then cubed, I use a mixture of both sweet and white potato
3 small pork sausages cooked and sliced
6 kalamata olives, pitted
1 zucchini steamed or microwaved, then sliced 
8 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
¼-1/3 cup frozen corn and/or peas

Use a fry pan with a stainless steel handle. 
Preheat your oven to 180C fan forced.

Mix the eggs with a tablespoon of water, sour cream and the romano and set aside.

Fry the potato, in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. Just to have them a little crispy and coloured. Next add the rest of the ingredients, including the vegetable stock powder to the pan, season to taste.

Then add your egg mixture. Stir this for a moment, just to get the eggs slightly cooked and set on the bottom. Cook this on the stove for about 5 minutes.

Put the frittata in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Make sure to watch it so it doesn't burn. I like to then leave it to cool in the pan, it makes it so much easier to slice. 

This even freezes well!!! Like is said earlier GENIUS!!!