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Meal Plan {16.09.2013} + Bacon & Egg Pie

One of my favorite pies is Bacon & Egg Pie, as such I am reposting the recipe, as it is on the menu this week.

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1 sheet Pillsbury Pie Crust
5 eggs (lightly beaten)
1/2 onion (diced)
4 slices Canadian bacon (diced)
salt and pepper
1/4 cup frozen peas (optional)
1/2 cup grated cheese

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. Unroll the sheet of pie crust, cut out the 4 circles – you may need to re-roll edges to get the 4th one. Place each into the pie dish.
  3. Place the chopped onion,  bacon and frozen pies on the bottom of each pie crust.
  4. Add the egg mixture, salt and pepper over the top to cover the filling (~3/4 fill). I stir the ingredients slightly.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on the top
  6. Place in the oven for 30 mins or until the egg is cooked through
  7. Take them out of the oven and let stand and cool for 5 -10 mins
  8. Serve with either ketchup or a tasty tomato relish (my preference ;-) )

NOTE: The egg will rise to look like a mountain – don’t worry as when it cools it will deflate slightly.

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DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Out for dinner
Sunday Toast + Banana+ Peanut Butter Soup
Monday Raisin Toast Toasted Sandwiches
Tuesday Berry Spirulina Smoothie Meatball + Spinach Pasta Bake
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana + Walnuts Beef Tips + Salad
Thursday Berry + Spirulina Smoothie Chicken Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Bacon + Egg Pie

New Pouch + Meal Plan {09.09.2013}

 

I was so lucky in our pouch swap….look at my new pouch, with the fabulous Melody Miller Typewriter fabric !! I love the grey corduroy on the bottom as well. My partner made this large pouch from the  Noodlehead open wide zipper pouch tutorial. Great, isn’t it? I am a very happy camper 🙂
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Look at that cute pocket in the inside 🙂Pouch_Swap_Typewriter_inside

I already know that this week, my schedule is going to be kind of chaotic at work…for instance between 1-5pm today I had 8 meetings…totally crazy. So, this week I want to keep our meal plan simple.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Fish Burgers
Sunday Toast + Banana+ Peanut Butter Spaghetti (GF) Bolognese
Monday Fresh Orange Lightening Muffins Fruit Salad
Tuesday Berry Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Frittata
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana + Walnuts Chicken Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Thursday Berry + Spirulina Smoothie Spinach + Pasta Salad
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Black Bean Vegetable Burgers + Homemade Fries

I hope to get a few hours of sewing in when I get home at night this week. I would like to finish 1 chair bag (which is an order), and a paper piecing block (which I am testing).

 

Menu Plan {02.09.2013} + Triple Berry Trifle

I am definitely enjoying the long weekend (Labor Day here in the US) and did not realize how truly and desperately I needed the day off :-). I have had a pretty productive weekend and will have some posts to show for the upcoming week, but I must say I am most happy with getting back in the kitchen and cooking/baking. It had been a while, and I decided to prep some of the items in our weekly meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Gulguph (favorite German bakery) Grilled Chicken + Beef tips + Corn cobs+ Salad
Dessert: Triple Berry Trifle (see recipe below)
Sunday Left overs Slow Cooked Beef Bourguignon + Egg Noodles
Monday Breakfast Egg + Coffee Meatball Pasta Bake (with gluten-free pasta)
Tuesday Berry + Banana+ Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Frittata
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Taco’s
Thursday Bircher Muesli Vegetable Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Salad + Zucchini Corn Fritters

The dessert on Saturday night was due to us have friends over for a BBQ/grill. The two desserts I remember growing up, that represented summer in New Zealand, were a trifle and a pavlova. For the BBQ, I decided on the trifle but with some upgrades to it. I must say it was a splurge and a keeper!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1-2 Sponge cakes ( I used about 1 & 1/2)
  • 1/2  frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/3 cup marsala wine (madeira wine or sherry could be substituted)
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 4 oz fresh raspberries
  • 3-4 oz fresh blueberries
  • 2 1/4 cups custard
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipped)

Take sponges out of the oven and let cool (if you would like my recipe for the sponges then let me know). You can also use store-bought.
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While the sponges are cooling, make the berry compote. In a small – medium pot place put in the blackberry jam, marsala wine, frozen berries, slow heat until the jam is incorporated into the sauce and the berries have softened. Take off the heat and place on the side. IMG_8447

At this time I would also make the custard, which you can do two ways – with custard powder or by making an egg custard from scratch (let me know if you want this recipe, I know custard powder is not always easy to find in all grocery stores). I was a little lazy this time and used 2 1/4 cups of milk, 3 Tbsp of custard powder, 3 Tbsp sugar. Follow the directions for the custard powder and slowly heat until thick. Take it off the heat put cling wrap (glad wrap) directly on top of the custard to stop the custard creating a skin, as it cools.

Back to the sponges….cut the sponges in 1 to 1/2 inch cubes. Use ~ 1/2 the sponges and place randomly at the bottom of a glass dish, make sure you cover as much of the bottom, as possible, in a single layer.

Using a ladle, spoon 1/2 the berry compote evenly over the sponge.IMG_8451

Place 1/2 of the sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries over the compote layer.IMG_8454

The last of the first layer is the custard. Using a clean ladle, place 1/2 of the custard (about 1 cup) evenly over the berries. In the picture below my custard is still warm, as it needs to still be  spreadable/able to be poured.IMG_8456

Repeat all 4 layers again. Top with the whipped cream and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours. You will have plenty of left overs, serves at least 12. Refrigerate the left overs as they will be great up to 4-5 days.

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Let me know if you try it. Is there a favorite summer recipe you enjoy from your childhood?

Chocolate Roulade (Chocolate log)

For my son’s 6th birthday cake, he requested a rectangle with circle ends….I translated this into a Chocolate Roulade (or a Chocolate log). So, here is the first chocolate log I have made. I will add one note, to avoid cracking when rolling the cake you need to roll when straight from the oven.

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Ingredients (original recipe from New Zealand Edmonds Cookbook)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Icing sugar (confectionary sugar)
  • Strawberry jam
  • 4 oz Strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 – 1 cup cream, whipped

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick. Sift cocoa, flour and baking powder together and add to the egg mixture. Add butter and water.

Pour mixture into a 20 x 30 cm sponge roll tin. Bake at 190 degrees C (375 F) for 10-12 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

When cooked turn out onto cookie paper (grease-proof paper), that is lightly coated with icing sugar. Spread the strawberry jam, strawberries and whip cream over the cake. Roll from the short side using the paper to help. Leave the roll wrapped in paper and refrigerate (to prevent cream from melting).

When cold sprinkle with additional icing sugar (powdered or confectionary sugar) or ice with chocolate butter icing. Slice and serve.

 

Tips + Boone Hall Plantation, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina (Part 1)

Charleston has been amazing so far. We had a great day today, discovering must go places…two of the food/beverage places were kind of ordinary from the outside but phenomenal food/coffee and service.

  • Sunrise Bistro – about the only breakfast place on Johns Island. The service was warm and friendly. Food was delivered to the table in a timely manner, and it was correct. The coffee was amazing, I had roasted coffee with taste of pecans…mouth watering even now when I think about it. We all enjoyed our meals of kids french toast, a breakfast sampler (ham, eggs, potatoes, french toast) + Smoked Salmon Bagel. Price was very reasonable – under $25. http://www.sunrise-bistro.com/
  • Southern Brews Coffee – a drive thru coffee stop. We arrived at 4:15pm, but unfortunately it closed at 4pm. You won’t believe this but the manager came to the drive thru window and still served us as we were visiting. I got an Iced Nobel Prize Latte (which is english toffee and vanilla flavored) and the hubby got a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. It was delectable, I might have to go back tomorrow and try one of their Blended drinks with the cream on top 🙂  http://www.southernbrewscoffee.com/
  • Oh and that coffee I liked at Sunrise Bistro was by King Bean Coffee Roasters based in Charleston. They are selling the beans at Whole Foods in Columbia and Mt Pleasant only. They did not have the Southern Pecan Flavor but I did pick up a Brazilian (Decaf), Plantation and Columbia.

The main part of today, we spent at Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. I would again definitely recommend it, there was so much to do….a coach tour round the plantation, cafe with homemade ice cream, house tour, and slave quarters with a history of slavery and freedom. My favorite parts were the longest avenue of oaks, and the gardens.

Below are photo’s of the natural surroundings of Boone Hall Plantation. I am splitting my photos across two posts. The next post will be of Boone Hall’s buildings and structures on the property. Enjoy!!

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Amazing foliage BooneHallPlantation_Plant

Tidal salt marshBooneHallPlantation_SaltMarsh2

Fresh water lake (with alligators)BooneHallPlantation_FreshWater

House gardensBooneHallPlantation_Gardens1

 

 

Heavenly French Toast

Of course, while on vacation, we have more time to do things like make french toast for breakfast, go sight-seeing and hopefully get some reading and sewing in. For some reason though, I am falling behind in my replies to comments but I plan (and promise) to catch-up tonight. Maybe I am falling behind due to that craving of French toast???

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 4-6 slices of toast bread
  • butter
  • 2-4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Lightly beat the eggs and milk together (I use a fork or a whisk). Pour mixture into a flat square/rectangle dish. Place the bread in the dish, leave each side for a few seconds (no more than a minute) to evenly coat the bread and let it soak in. Turn the bread over with a fork and coat the second side. The bread should soak up most of the egg mixture.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Sprinkle some of the sugar mix onto a plate. Carefully take a slice of bread out of the egg mixture and place on the sugar mix to coat. Repeat with second side.

Place about a 1/2 tsp butter in a warmed skillet. Spread the butter to evenly coat the skillet. Place the coated bread in the skillet, once browned and sugar is starting to caramelized use a fork to turn the bread to caramelize the other side.

Repeat with all slices of bread. Serve immediately with maple syrup or whipped cream or a fruit compote (blueberries or raspberries works well). I also like to add caramelized banana’s on top with a Tbsp of maple syrup.

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We have also been sight-seeing in downtown Charleston, as mentioned yesterday. Above is the Old South Carriage Company we used yesterday for the tour around Charleston. Below, is an amazing little Inn, close to the old market city – I just love that mustard color exterior. Charleston_Inn

Unique architecture can be found all over Charleston, but the most common characteristic is the Single House, a style from the English row houses…look at the privacy door. It is just a door to the Piazzas (veranda’s). They are so quaint and definitely contribute to the historic nature of the Charleston.Charleston_SingleRowHouse

Then of course there are the mansions which have been used in all kind of period films and now selling for $4 million USD on average.Charleston_Mansion Charleston_Mansion2 Charleston_Gates

We couldn’t believe the number of churches – Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, Unitarian….and moreCharleston_Church

So that is what we do when we have that extra time….what things do you take time doing while on vacation??

 

Meal Plan {07.07.2013} + Pillow Swap recap

Remember last month, we had a pillow swap and I made Sea Spray pillow. My partner loved her pillow, and since I was not able to attend she picked up my pillow from my swap partner – Sarah from Stitching and Bacon. Here is my wonderful woodpecker pillow, I so love, sitting in my sunroom:
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My favorite part is the backing Godzilla fabric, which is cool 🙂IMG_7794

Now onto our meal plan for the week, we played a little flexible this week so you will see some repeats this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Smootie Sandwich
Sunday Bircher Muesli Moroccan Lamb (Grilled)+ Cheese Cauliflower Bake + Wheat Berries
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Frittata
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Thai Green Curry + Brown Rice
Wednesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter zPizza
Thursday Bircher Muesli BBQ Chicken + Grilled Vegetables
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Cook out with Friends

Most of our vegetables this week are from the garden, which made it a very short list for the week.

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Bread (TT)
  • Frozen Banana /Berries (TJ)
  • Fruit for snack (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Cheese (TT)
  • + Additional Cook out
    items
  • Lamb Shanks (BJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Wheat Berries (WF)
  • Cabbage (our garden)
  • Broccoli (our garden)
  • Carrots (our garden)
  • Cauliflower (our garden)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Thai Green Curry (TT)
  • English Muffins (TT)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.