Sep 12, 2014

Soy Naan Breads

Asian cultures have known of the benefits of incorporating soy products into their diets for thousands of years.

These Naan breads are really quick to make and are low in fat and calories as well!

Note: Please make sure you buy organic, non-gmo soy flour. Otherwise you may be compromising your health.


My Recipe For Soy Naan Breads

2 cups strong bakers flour (or wholewheat flour)
I like to use Laucke's 'Wallaby' Flour from South Australia
1 cup soy flour
1 tsp dry yeast (or 2 tsp fresh yeast)
1/4 tsp sugar
1 cup luke warm water
Sea salt to taste
1 tsp oil (preferably cold pressed)

Here's How:

Combine sugar, yeast and luke warm water in a jug. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes or till the yeast bubbles.

Combine the flour, soya flour, salt and yeast mixture in another bowl.

Work into a smooth pliable dough. Depending on your flour, if your dough is too dry you may need to add a little more water.

Knead on a lightly floured board for a few minutes until you develop a nice pliable soft dough. 

Add the oil and work it through the dough. Knead for a few more minutes.

Cover the dough with some cling wrap or a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove till it doubles in size.

Take small knobs of the dough (about the size of golf ball), roll them out as thin as you can into oblong shapes on a lightly floured board.

My note: I roll them out first, then stretch them by hand to make them really thin.

They should be around 12cm or so. No need to make them perfect as they are meant to be a little 'rustic'.

Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), add about 1/2tsp oil and cook the naan on one side till it puffs and turns golden brown underneath.

Another little note: If you prefer lower fat, then cook them without the oil.

Turn it over and cook it on the other side till it puffs up and browns as well.

Remove from pan and continue with the rest of the dough.

If you only want a few naan breads, you can put the rest of the dough in the fridge and use it over the next few days to make fresh naan breads.

Enjoy these with your favourite curries or use as wraps for sandwich fillings etc.

Aug 30, 2014

My Veggie Patch

My Veggie Patch

I used to have a small veggie patch when the children were little and we lived in the hills in South Australia.

Here in Queensland gardening is a whole new ball game, as they say.

As we really only have 2 seasons.. Wet & Dry.. I'm still working out when to plant what!

The one thing I know for sure is... as much as I love home grown tomatoes, I will not be growing them in Summer! The fruit-fly just can't keep away from them! It's such a shame, but I'll just have to come up with another way of growing them... perhaps after the heat of summer?

Oh well, fortunately there are loads of other vegetables that can be grown most of the year round.

I live in a sub-tropics so we can grow a lot of our vegetables all year round.  However, it is advisable not to sow seeds directly into the garden beds in winter as they need warmth to germinate. Sowing seeds in seedling trays and keeping them covered indoors seems to be working ok though.

Check out the progression of my veggie patch, starting May 2012...
May 2012
It was the end of Autumn here in Queensland.

July 2012
Middle of Winter.

PS. It's the 30th of August 2014 already!! Time flies when you're having fun... I'll be updating my garden pics later today... I didn't realise it's been 2 whole years since I last uploaded some new pics of the garden.

My veggie patch has shrunk a little as we put up a shed in the back corner of the garden.
Edith xo

Jul 10, 2014

Aranka's Kupus Kifle

Aranka & Magdi in Titel

Kupus Kifle (Serb/Croat) literally means "cabbage rolls". But it is not referring to the use of cabbage, it's referring to the "leafiness" of the pastry. They are more like 'croissants'.

This recipe is from my beautiful cousin Aranka from Titel.

Aranka's recipe is written in Serbo/Croation.

The Recipe for Kupus Kifle:

1/2 liter milk
1 sachet yeast (approx. 7g)
2 tblsp sugar
2 tblsp salt

Mix yeast with warm milk & sugar.
When the yeast bubbles add 1 small coffee cup vegetable oil.

Add salt and mix.

Add 1 kg plain flour.

Knead and divide into 4 pieces.
Rest for 15 minutes.

Mix 250g margarine/butter with 4 egg yolks and 2 tsp salt.

Roll out each piece of pastry and smear the butter/egg yolk filling over it.

Then roll into a cylinder.

Cut in a zig-zag shape.

Brush with egg wash and bake in hot oven.

Mar 6, 2014

Chicken Congee

A few weeks ago we had lunch with the family at the Haoke Chinese Seafood Restaurant, who specialise in Yum Cha. I must say, the food was fresh, carefully prepared and everything we had was delicious.

Among the many delicious dishes, we ordered a bowl of Congee. For some reason, I had never had congee before. It was such a deliciously delicate, mild, yet comforting thick soupy dish. I decided to make my own at home yesterday.

Finding a recipe on the internet was no problem at all, but they all varied in the type of rice to use and the proportion of liquid to rice. So, of course, being my first time at it, I added way too much rice! Mine turned out to be a very thick porridge rather than a soup. I had 6 liters of water to 5 cups of rice. Apparently some people like it that way. It was pretty delicious, but I'd prefer it to more soupy. So next time these are the proportions I'll use.

PS. I noticed a lot of recipes only use chicken and rice. But, as the restaurant added a few vegetables I actually prefer it that way as it makes a more wholesome meal.

Chicken Congee

4 liters water
1 cup jasmine rice
1 kg chicken drumsticks
2 carrots, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp ginger (heaped)
salt & pepper to season


finely shredded spring onion (green only)
coriander leaves
crispy fried shallots
crispy fried garlic
sesame oil
light soy sauce

Put all of the ingredients in a large soup pot and cook for about 2 hours, or until the chicken is tender and the rice has completely broken down.

Or, like me, put all of the ingredients into your trusty pressure cooker and cook for 30 minutes from boiling point.

When the chicken congee is cooked. Remove the chicken legs from the congee. With 2 forks, de-bone them, remove any skin, shred into bite size pieces and return to the pot. Stir the chicken through the congee and you're done.

To Serve Your Chicken Congee

Ladle the chicken congee into deep bowls add some or all of the toppings, and be sure to add a small drizzle of sesame oil and soy sauce as it makes all the difference.

Bon Apetit xoxo

*  Image by Keerati,

Dec 23, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone

Wherever in the world you are, I wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and joyous time with your loved ones this Christmas. xoxo

Mar 1, 2013

Dió és Csokoládés Kuglóf - Walnut & Chocolate Cake

Recipe - Written in Hungarian 
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Dió és Csokoládés Kuglóf - Walnut & Chocolate Cake Recipe

Beat 4 egg yolks with 1 cup sugar.

Slowly drizzle in 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Beat the 4 egg whites to stiff peaks in a separate bowl.

To the egg yolk mixture add: 

2 cups self raising flour - add 1tsp baking powder
1 cup milk 1 cup grated walnuts
1/2 cup grated chocolate

Lastly, gently fold the stiffly beaten egg whites into the cake mixture.

Pour into a greased, fluted ring mould.

Bake in a moderate oven until a metal skewer comes out clean.

The above Kuglóf (Cake) recipes are usually baked in this type of ring mould tin.

If you don't have one, just click on the image and buy one now.

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Nov 15, 2012

Meggyes Piskóta - Morello Cherry Sponge Cake

Meggyes Piskóta Recipe - Written in Hungarian

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Meggyes Piskóta - Morello (Sour) Cherry Sponge Cake Recipe

Beat 6 eggs with 6 tblsp of sugar.

Add 150g melted butter or vegetable oil.

Add 7 tblsp plain flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder.

Place in lined rectangular baking tin.

Arrange a jar of drained morello cherries on top of the pastry.

Bake in a moderate oven until it is golden.

When cooled, slice, dust with some icing sugar and serve.


Meggyes Piskóta - Morello (Sour) Cherry Sponge Cake

Narancsos Kuglóf - Orange Cake

Narancsos kuglóf - written in Hungarian
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Narancsos Kuglóf - Orange Cake

Beat 6 egg whites to stiff peaks.

Add 50g sugar and beat until glossy.

In another bowl: Beat the 6 egg yolks with 150g of sugar and 1tsp baking powder, until light and fluffy.

Add 6tblsp freshly squeezed orange juice and 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest.

Beat for a few more minutes until combined. Combine the egg white and egg yolk mixtures.

Lastly, sift in 150g cake flour, mix until combined. Pour into a greased, fluted ring mould.

Bake until a metal skewer comes out clean.

Fluted ring mould
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Moon Phase Gardening

Moon Phase Gardening

Recently I have started to experiment with 'Moon Phase Gardening' in my veggie patch. Moon Phase Gardening is about sowing & transplanting seedlings according to the phases of the moon.

Contrary to populare belief, this is by no means, a 'new age' concept.  Moon Phase Gardening has been successfully used for many hundreds of years by our forefathers who used the moon as their agricultural planting guide.

Let's face it, besides a lot of them being illiterate, there probably wouldn't have been an abundance of gardening manuals around, even if they could read them!

The basic principles are:

WAXING MOON - During the New Moon & First Quarter Phases
The moon is increasing in light

Best time to plant or sow:  Leafy Annuals (grown for eating stems & leaves of the plant ie. parsley, basil, lettuce etc.) Flowering Annuals, Melons & Grains.

Best time to plant or sow: Fruiting Annuals (grown for eating the fruit or seeds of the plant ie. capsicum, tomato, chillies etc.) Flowering Annuals, Melons & Grains.

WANING MOON -  During the Full Moon & Last Quarter Phases
The moon is decreasing in light

Best time to plant or sow: Root crops such as potatoes, carrots etc. & Perennials (ie. plants that live longer than 2 years).

No sowing or planting during this phase, it is time for the plants to rest. 

*Note: It is recommended NOT to sow or plant 12 hours before or after a moon phase change. 

Moon Planting Guide

For a much more detailed description and some great tips on moon phase gardening, visit the Traditional Moon Planting post on the Aussie Organic Gardening Blog.

Moon Phase Gardening
Tues 13th, day 11  - My newly sown radishes (middle)

I sowed these radish seeds on Friday 2 Nov 2012, in the waning moon phase and they had sprouted and were about 1cm tall by Mon 5th Nov!! That's 3 days.. I've never had them come up that quickly!

It may not be all that impressive to some of you.. but usually my radishes are only just barely sprouting after about 10 days. I like to think the moon had something to do with the rapid growth they had ;)

Moon Phase Calendar

The Moon Connection Website has a great Moon Phase Calendar. Don't forget to change the view so you can see the moon phases in your own hemisphere.

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Nov 12, 2012

Turkey Burgers On The Grill

Turkey Burgers On The Grill

Turkey Burgers On The Grill

Making Turkey Burgers on the grill is so quick & easy!

With lots of fresh salad, you can make it a super healthy meal as well.

Here's what you'll need for your turkey burgers on the grill:

500g turkey mince
1 onion - diced
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 tblsp mild (or hot) paprika
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 egg
4 slices of bread - quickly soak in water and then squeeze out excess moisture
salt & pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix through fairly well... using your hands ;)

There is no need to over-mix, the burgers may become tough as the meat fibre is worked too thoroughly.

Take even chunks of the turkey burger mix and roll between your palms to make a ball, then flatten out.

Place your turkey burgers straight onto a hot grill.

Cook on both sides until cooked through.

Pop your turkey burgers on your favourite bread rolls;

- such as white rolls, turkish bread, lepinje rolls, multigrain or whatever your family likes.

Then.... top with your favourite salad ingredients;

- such as, lettuce, grated carrot, beetroot, tomato, rocket, endive, shallots, spanish onion, dill pickles, pickled onions.. or any combination you like!

You can add your favourite condiment if you like;
- such as, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, bbq sauce, mustard etc.

And enjoy!

PS. When the children were young, just for a bit of fun, I used to assemble all the salad ingredients on a wooden board and they would build their own unique burgers! They used to just love it! Afterall, food doesn't have to be a serious affair ;)

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