Easy Peasy Cookies with the Kids

cookies 1cookies 2Ok, so they aren’t as easy as the premade Betty biscuits that you can by in the fridge at the supermarket but without the pouring and mixing stage of the cooking where would the fun be! No spoon to lick! Hmmm……

I found this great recipe at Kidspot and it was oh so quick and oh so easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups castor sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Icing glaze:

  • 2 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp glucose syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Food colouring of your choice

 Method:

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.

Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.

Divide dough in half and gather into balls. Flatten them to disks and cover in cling film. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.

On a floured work surface, roll dough to 1/2 cm thickness and cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter or any other shapes that you have. You can even put a lollipop stick in them before you bake so they become cookie pops.

Place on the tray and bake for 13 minutes or until pale golden.

Transfer cookies to racks to cool.

Mix cookie glaze ingredients together and colour to you liking. Cover cookies with the glaze.

Breakfast at Typika

typika 1typika 2typika 4 typika 3typika 5 typika 6typika 7 typika 8typika 9typika 10I was having a read of Rob Broadfields review on Typika last weekend and had to head down there myself.

Beef, for breaky? Really? I had to give this a go.

I arrived with the two kids and let me just say, they are beautiful, I love my kids….. but they refuse to sit still! Up, down, up down, I was exhausted and I hadn’t even had a sip of my long mac. The baby chino’s and countless marshmallows didn’t really help the situation but it’s Sunday breaky and I was needing anything for bribery, not that it was working.

Rayne rocked up not long after so being the good husband that I am I was able to take the kids for a wander and let her relax and have a quick read of the paper……

With long mac in hand and kids in toe I headed off to take a peek of this $800k roasting machine that Rob wrote about. I had no idea what to expect, I mean what the hell does an $800k roasting machine look like anyway? Is it gold plated? Let me just say it was impressive and it definitely looked like a major investment of the Chimbalino group. They will be cranking out some majorly roasted coffee from that monster!

I loved the wall with live micro herbs that lined the inside of the building, although the leaves did prove too much of a temptation for Autumn. “Please don’t pick the leaves honey” is a clear indication to pick so we didn’t last there very long.

I couldn’t go past ordering the Spiced Beef Bendict and let me tell you, it worked! The eggs were perfectly poached and the hollandaise sauce had just the right amount of harissa (harissa is a spice made up of a variety of hot peppers, spices and other herbs).

Rayne ordered the Eggs Benedict and again, the eggs cooked to perfection and I loved the chunky hand carved smoked ham that sat on the toast. A perfect marriage.

The coffee is mild and smooth and the décor is simple and earthy. When I asked where they purchased their water glass’s from I was told the owner brought back most of the decor from America and it was all recycled.

Typika is open Monday till Friday, breakfast till 11 and lunch till 3

Saturday and Sunday breakfast all day.

Have you been? What did you think?

Embers

Kids Chicken and Leek Pies. A fav for watching the footy

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5 chicken thighs diced. I like to dice mine really fine for the kids
1 Leek, sliced half and then thin
2 celery sticks diced
2 carrots diced
Half a head of broccoli (optional)
1 corn on the cob, kernals sliced off
300ml of good chicken stock
1 tbl spoon of corn flour
1 egg white
5 puff pastry sheets

 

1: Preheat the over to 200deg c. Grease 2 muffin tray’s. Each muffin tray should hold 6 muffins.

1: Saute leek in a little butter and olive oil, add the chicken.

2: Once the chicken has browned add all of your veggies. I like to cook these for a bit as I really feel it brings out the flavour

3: Add stock and simmer for about 5 minuets

4: Add corn flour and give it a good stir, this will make the juice thicken slightly. You don’t want too much juice as this will make the pies soggy but too little will make them dry. Set the mixture aside.

5: Cut 3 pastry sheets into 4 squares each. Push these down into the muffin trays to make the base.

6: Divide your chicken mix into the 12 muffin holes.

7: Cut the remaining 2 sheets 3rds, long ways and again horizontal. This will make the lids for

8: Put your lids on the pies and don’t be afraid to push the lids in a little to make the pastry stick together.

9: Brush the lids with you egg white and place in the oven for 20minutes or until the tops of your pies are golden brown. 

I love these, the kids loved these, they are healthy and an all around winner. Let me know if you give it a go. 

If you love it, please share it and make sure to leave your comments below. 

Embers

Happy Pancake Day!

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I love a day that gives me an excuse to eat pancakes. 

Here is my favourite recipe. 

120grams of flour
240ml of milk
2 eggs
Seeds of one vanilla bean
10grams melted butter

Fold all of the ingredients together and let it rest in the fridge for about an hour. 

 

 

 

I love to have them with lemon and sugar! Or nutella and ice-cream for desert if I’m feeling naughty. Comment below and let me know yours. 

Happy pancake day! Let me know how you go. 

 

 

 

 

Cooking with Kids – My Popcorn maker

I would just like to say thank you to Rayne for this awesome gift. I knew I got a ‘family’ gift for Christmas and when I saw the kids go crazy the first time they saw this popcorn maker in action I didn’t mind at all! Get yours from Dallimore’s Homewares in Subiaco. 

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The Embleys in Bali

Recently our Family headed to Bali for a relaxing holiday, and wow, what a spot. Sure, my wife and I had been there many times before but this time to experience it with our two young Children was truly priceless.

The first thing we love about Bali is it’s only three and a half hours flight away which is very important when traveling with little ones who refuse to sit still. The weather is warm, humid at times, but with a pool at the Villa cooling off is as simple as opening a Bintang.

Another great thing about Bali is it’s affordable. The Rupiah at the moment is at an all time high. $10 Aus is equivalent to $1 in Bali at present. There are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from at such cheap prices.

A Must see in Bali now is the Potato Head, it is what Ku Da Ta was ten years ago. Flash, big and set on the ocean. It’s busy and provides great atmosphere for everyone there.

Being a foodie two places I’d recommend are Mamason and Mosaic.

Mamason was amazing. An old warehouse that’s been gutted with the lower floor as a restaurant and the upstairs as a funky cocktail bar. A place you must check out! The food is Thai cuisine, it’s fresh and the flavors are just spectacular. For those who have eaten at Longrain in Sydney and Melbourne, this will impress you just as much.

Mosaic’s Michelin star sister restaurant will blow you away. Now open north of Seminyak in Ubud, it’s somewhere you must try with your partner. It is massive. All I can say is, what a dining experience. The food was a masterpiece, a creation of modern European/Australian food. It was art work, and really nothing here in Perth I could compare it to.

For some good cheap food try Ultimo, Trantoria and Rumours. All located along side each other , they are the cheapest restaurants you will ever eat at with such excellent value for money. A great choice to visit with family, especially if you’re there early and miss the crowds.

Finally, let me recommend the W Hotel, it has to be without doubt, the most impressive place I have seen. Even if you’re not staying there it’s worth a cocktail, or just browse around, you will be impressed!