Tuesday, November 24, 2009

tuesday and sick - yuk yuk

So i have been running around and have lots to do until Dec 12 - but today i can't get what i need to get done as i'm sick [cough, cough]. If blogs were audible things then i'd have no voice as my is slowly disappearing into nothingness :( so sad... but it does give me a moment to write on my blog - so happy YAY! i'm not supposed to be in today but out getting stuff and sorting stuff - it will need to be added to tomorrows list [mental note add todays things to tomorrows things and the next days things] anyway enough about me and my wimping.

I can use this time to gather my thoughts eg: Xmas is around the corner with December less than a week away. WOW! and i'm Thinking how i can achieve or make a wheat-free xmas cake. I can see it in my head now, gooey, stickey, moist and fruity... well lets hope it comes out as good :) raisins, cherries, sultanas..... cherries. I LOVE CHERRIES. sorry just got stuck there a moment. [drool]  some rice flour and butter, sugar and spices and we should be sorted. So adding that to my recipe index to try - probably a week before christmas.

what is the rest of the world upto? you are probably all working.... good luck with that :)

so anyways - i should go recover. But what to make for dinner with this little energy? - i think baked potatoes, I saw them as an idea on a bloggers page yesterday. Just wash them and grind salt over them and place in the oven at 200 degrees celcius for an hour or soo mmmm don't forget to turn half way. easy as pie - no even easier. please excuse the silly puns i think it maybe my medication [winks]

[cough cough] my throat hurts

Betty Bake

Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Friday - time for Weekend food :) BURGERS mmmmm

So I am finally finished with my major deadlines and my daughters show is over :) YAY! [jumping up and down]. She was a beautiful flower in a ballet piece in a dance show. She loved every minute of being on stage and every night it finished she wanted to be back on stage to dance some more (it ran for 3 nights). Which sounds so lovely and glamorous but running around doing hair (scraped back with gel) and making sure her costume is clean and being on time back stage. took it's toll on bed times and supper routines and with my deadlines i am so happy it is over. Thats not saying i didn't enjoy watching her perform - she was beautiful :)
So I now feel like i'm on holiday, the sun is shining and i still have lots of odds and ends to tie up but it's friday and i just can't shake this amazing feeling of summer and braai and fun :) I think i will make some super delicious lamb burgers tonight with chips - I made them a while back but had no chance to post the recipe... so here it is.
Hope you have a super fun weekend.

Betty Bake


500g Beef or Lamb ground mince
1 medium onion (peeled)
1 clove of garlic (peeled) OPTIONAL
1 - 2 Tablespoons chutney
1 teaspoon worcester sauce
1 free range egg
fresh basil leaves (2 or 3) or parsley
a sprinkle of sugar

In a medium bowl add the mince then grate in the onion on the fine side of the grater. Then finely chop or crush the garlic and add - i didn't bother this time - i only use when i really feel like garlic. Then add ample salt and some black pepper. Mix and add the egg, chutney and worcester sauce. Then add the basil or parsley leaves roughly chopped. Mix all together with your hands and shape into 8 to 10 burger patties. Fry a little piece and test for saltiness - add more if needed and a sprinkle of sugar. Then Fry up your Patties.
Serve your hamburger patties on a nice fresh wholewheat roll and top with a homemade tomato and  onion relish.
*this mixture can also be rolled into small balls and fried for cocktail snacks - serve with a nice sweet and tangy dipping sauce*

4/5 tomatoes peeled (place in boiling water then peel). Finely chop 1 to 2 onions then fry in some sunflower oil until lightly golden and add the peeled and chopped tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, basil and oregano and some sugar. Keep adding sugar until the sourness of the tomatoes has been balanced out. lightly simmer for roughly 20 min. And serve on your burgers.
*Goes nicely on boerewors rolls too.*

Thursday, November 12, 2009

a personal post

So I am stuck infront if the computer until my eyes turn square. I have a gazillion photos to still edit and my right shoulder is sore from clicking with the mouse plus i have run out of milk so I can't make tea. What is a girl to do? I am not allowed to do anything until all these photos are done besides take my daughter to and from school and ballet rehearsals and go to the loo. I am so craving a creamy grilled chicken of some sort and some nicely cooked home veggies or home made food. But i am not allowed to spent time on such things as i will then miss my 2 deadlines!!!! oh darn ..... i guess it back to the rice cakes for me.

I really should get back to work


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

life at the moment

Things i dream of making and then sitting down with a cup of tea

Life is really busy right now and i haven't had a moment to even think let alone bake or cook much - except for the quick pasta or scrambled egg. So please be understanding of the lack of recipes being posted up right now. Running from rehearsal to rehearsal with my daughter while also working on 2 deadlines also doesn't help the time in the kitchen right now.... alas I dream of the rush being over and sitting down to a good cup of tea and nicely baked new invention [sigh]. Well atleast I have something to look forward to - peace and quiet from mid december :) yay! roll on December 14th.
At the moment i think of concoting things like a wheat-free sticky fruit christmas cake and perhaps a date and chocolate wheat-free brownie. I hope to work on these come December 15th. Also will need to look into coming up with a new kind of trifle for Chritmas with either no cake in it or a wheat free cake version. I'm sure the official sampler (the husband) is going to be happy to try all these out.

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