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This is another thing I love about Chile: Empanadas. I’d love to have one right now…

Even though empanadas now come in all flavours my ultimate favourite is one of the most traditional types, the Empanada de Pino which is made with meat, onion, egg, black olives and bunch of spices. Yum!

One of the many things that I love about Chile are their delicious hotdogs or what they call a ‘Completo’. I absolutely love them! Too bad I can barely fit one in my stomach at a time, otherwise I would eat a tonne of them!

This is one of the many Completos I had while I was In Chile just recently.  

I think I love them even more because I only ever get to eat them once in a couple of years!

A good Chilean Completo has plenty of avocado, Chucrut (which is like pickled cabbage), tomato, mayo, mustard and maybe a little bit of chilli or Pebre (Chilean hot sauce). Just delicious!

 

This breakfast looks amazing and I think I might have to try it! I think I will try it for lunch though, as I really like to have a light breakfast. I enjoy feeling light in the mornings but I don’t mind having a heavier more filling lunch and this would be perfect!

These are Indian style scrambled eggs which sounds very exotic but I get the feeling that it would be delicious.

Ingredients
Eggs
Onion
Ginger
Chilli
Turmeric
Cumin
Coriander
Tomatoes

Lightly beat the eggs in a mixing jug or bowl with a fork until combined. Add the milk and beat again, put to one side.

Heat the oil in a non-stick pan, and add the onion, ginger and chilli. Stir every now and then – the onions should start to take on a little colour and the ginger smell fragrant.

Add the turmeric (if using), cumin and coriander, stirring to coat the onions – heat through for a minute to cook the raw edge off the spices.

Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan, cook for a minute before pouring the egg mixture into the pan too, with a good pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Stir occasionally to ensure the egg cooks but remains fluffy.

Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it?

Recipe from: OxNosh

Hope you are having a fantastic Australia day! I’m enjoying a lovely BBQ with the family :)

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I saw this delicious recipe the other day and felt like I should make this at home.

I like to eat home-made meals since I find that is a great way to keep my weight under control. I find that when I eat out on a regular basis I immediately gain about 3 kilos! For me that’s a lot! I have a small frame so 3 extra kilos seems to show a lot!

So here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
1/2 tablespoon butter
4 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
2 ounces spinach
1 tablespoon dill (chopped)
a touch of butter
3 eggs (lightly beaten.
1 ounce feta (crumbled)

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a small pan.
2. Add the mushrooms and sauté until golden brown.
3. Add the spinach and sauté until wilted.
4. Add the dill and the mixture aside.
5. Melt the butter in a small pan.
6. Add the eggs and spread them out to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
7. Cook the eggs until the top is almost set.
8. Place the mushroom mixture and the feta on one half of the eggs.
9. Fold the uncovered half of the eggs on to the spinach mixture.

Recipe from: Closet Cooking

So I can finally tick another item on my 31 before 31 list (link) which is item number 5 where I had to make my very first dessert. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but if there is one thing I truly enjoy eating is my mum’s Leche Asada. And since I love it so much I decided to attempt making it myself.

Ingredients:
8 eggs
1 litre of milk
Vanilla extract (1 tea spoon)
Ground cinnamon (1/2 to 1 tea spoon depending how much you like cinnamon)
1 cup of white sugar

So we’ll start by making the caramel first.

It’s best to make it in a pot which is non-stick to avoid the caramel sticking to the pot. So first you wet the sugar, just a drop or 2 of water. Then put the pot with your sugar on the stove and set to medium/high heat. Leave it there until it starts to dissolve and turns golden and then you can start mixing it. Once it’s nice and golden pour the caramel mixture in the container where you’ll be baking your dessert and try covering the entire base of your container. Then let the caramel set and we’ll start preparing the milk mixture.

So get your hand held mixer and beat your egg whites until you get a nice hard consistency. Once you have done that, add your egg yolks one by one and continue mixing.

Warm up your milk and add the vanilla extract and the ground cinnamon. Then mix your milk with your egg mixture slowly, one large spoon full at a time.

Once the milk mixture is ready, place it in the container where you have the caramel. So you’ll end up having the caramel in the bottom of the container and the milk mixture on top of that.

Warm up your oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Then turn the temperature to 180 degrees and put your delicious milk mixture in the oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes you’ll have the most delicious dessert, at least in my opinion….

This is the mixture before it goes into the oven

This is what it looks like after it’s been in the oven

This is the finished masterpiece!

As you can see, I made mine very thin but that’s because the container I used was quite big so the mixture spread over a bigger surface giving me this flat dessert. I would recommend you actually use a smaller container with a deeper base so you end up with a thicker dessert, which in my opinion, is a lot nicer.

In the last few days I’ve been enjoying eating the most delicious mangoes for morning tea. Even though I really like them just as they are I think it would be great to try something a little different. I thought maybe I could try making something like this…. It looks delicious!

For the Salad:
2-10 oz. bags of baby spinach
2 mangoes, peeled and cut into a medium dice
2 avocados, peeled and cut into a medium dice
4 scallions, sliced
1-2 heads of Boston (or butter) lettuce
½ cup toasted pine nuts

For the Dressing:
1/4 cup raw or regular sugar
¼ cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon vegan (no anchovies) Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons poppy seeds, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, lightly toasted
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
grated zest of one orange
½ teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 cup light olive, grape seed or canola oil

Mix sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, mustard powder, orange juice and zest together with a wire whisk. Slowly add the oil while whisking the mixture briskly to emulsify.

Before assembling the salad, taste the dressing, adding more salt, if needed. Chill dressing before serving.

When ready to serve the salad, mix in dressing to taste. Save extra dressing in fridge for at least one week. Toss and top with the toasted pine nuts.

Serves 6-8

Recipe from: Delicious and Kosher.

In doing my research for my previous post I found this jelly bean ring. This ring would be perfect for the type of people who need to carry their own supply of sugary treats wherever they go. Great idea!

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Speaking of interesting flavours… The previous post actually reminded me of the time when I was caught eating potato peels under the table. I was only a few years old then, so I now tend to eat better foods than that!  I knew mum wouldn’t let me eat it so I hid under the table to eat dirty potato peels. I remember thinking they were quite nice… I guess my tastebuds have never been quite ‘normal’ since childhood. What strange things have you eaten?

Image credits: martoonphotos

At work we had a big glass jar full of jellybeans that someone won in a jelly bean guessing competition. I’ve never been a big fan of sweets and lollies but I enjoyed having a couple of jelly beans in the afternoons. As you probably already know, jelly beans come in all sorts of colours and flavours but there is one flavour in particular that has got me completely intrigued. There is a green jelly bean that tastes quite strange to me and I would describe it as a subtle combination of dirt with lemon flavoured dishwashing liquid.

Now you might wonder if I’ve ever tried either of these ingredients, and I must confess that I have. I’ve had plenty of dirt especially as a child. As for the dishwashing liquid, I don’t remember ever deliberately tasting it but I swear I can taste it just by smelling it. Anyway, despite my description sounding rather unfavourable, I must say that I really like it! Weird I know, but the flavour is quite interesting…

What weird flavours do you like?

Image credits: mylittlepixels

How many calories do you think this iced chocolate with a tonne of cream on top would actually have?

It’s Sunday so it doesn’t matter!

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The 18th of September is Chile’s national day and to commemorate the day all the girls got together (my mum, my sisters and I) to make some empanadas which is a traditional Chilean dish.  Empanadas are basically our version of the meat pie. For us in many ways it’s really an excuse to eat some delicious empanadas and get together with the family. It was lots of fun and really delicious :)

One of my favourite sauces at the moment is Pebre, which is a delicious Chilean style sauce. For some reason I’ve been craving it a lot lately and I even feel like having it for breakfast (although I have not tried it yet).  So in case you’ve never had it and are dying to try it, I’ve decided to share the recipe with you (or at least my version of it) so here it is!

Ingredients:

  • 1x Coriander bunch
  • Fresh tomatoes or a tin of tomatoes. Around 800grms.
  • 5x shallots
  • Chillies. It’s up to you how many you use. I’ve used green and red chillies to make the sauce this time. Sometimes I like to use Jalapenos as well.
  • Garlic. And once again it is up to you how much you would like to add. I’ve used a clove of garlic this time.
  • Salt, pepper and oil.

First, blend your tomatoes using a blender. You can blend them lightly to leave the tomatoes a little chunky if you like.

Then, chop up all your ingredients: shallots, chillies, coriander and garlic. You can chop them up as finely as you like. I personally like it a little chunky so that it has some texture. 

Finally, mix all your ingredients in a bowl and add some salt, pepper and oil. And you are ready to enjoy! I like to have it when I cook Mexican inspired meals, hot dogs or anything else for that matter!

It is my absolute favourite sauce right now :)

Have you ever heard of Spoonachos before? In case you haven’t heard of them before, they are spoon shaped nachos! I came across them a few weeks ago and I thought it was a great concept and it makes so much sense! What do you think?  

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One of the nicest things about living close to your family is being able to spend more time with them and eating delicious food together. A few days ago we had a delicious barbecue at my parent’s house, just look at this meat! Yum!

My dad marinated the chicken overnight and cooked it in the coal barbecue which we all seem to like a lot more than the gas barbecue. It gives the meat such wonderful smoky flavour!

There is something truly wonderful about planting something watching it grow and being able to enjoy it at your dinner table. My parents love their garden and they enjoy growing their own vegetables. Last year they planted some green beans in their backyard and we’ve enjoyed some lovely salads.

I can now tick off one of the items from my 31 before 31 list (Now I only have 30 more to go!). One of the things on my list was to do an Easter egg hunt with the family and last Friday we had our egg hunt. I know traditionally is on Sunday but I was going to be away so the only time I had to do the egg hunt was on Friday. Anyway, I think it’s a good idea to start eating your chocolates as early as possible. Would you agree?

This was one of the many chocolates the Easter bunny got for us this year.

I think my parents were a lot more enthusiastic than my 16 year old nephew. He though that buying the Easter eggs would be a lot easier than looking for one! Despite not getting much support from him, the rest of us had a good time and enjoyed being little kids again.

These were some of the many Easter eggs I got to enjoy. I’m sure my waistline has expanded a few centimetres more in the last few days… and I still have some more Easter eggs lying around… So much eating to do!

My mum made the most delicious fried fish on Good Friday.

Just looking at these pictures makes me hungry…

Good Friday was definitely good! Hope everyone had a great time too!

Easter is approaching fast (can you believe it?) and to help you get in the mood for Easter I decided to show these beautiful Easter cookies. I love them!

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