Breakfast Bread

My gorgeous friend Kate recommended this yummy breakfast bread to me after she made it for her husband on Father’s Day. So on Sunday I decided to make it for my family. Once again I didn’t have all the ingredients the recipe called for. I did have the ingredients needed to make the base and some leftover bacon, tomato, fresh basil, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. 

Ingredients needed for the base (You can find the full recipe by Donna Hay here)

  • 1¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar
  • ⅔ cup (160ml) warm water
  • 1½ cups (225g) 00 flour+, plus extra, for dusting (I used 1/2 cup wholemeal flour & a cup of plain flour)
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling

I turned my oven to 220 deg C. Then following the directions I mixed the yeast, caster sugar and warm water in a bowl and placed them on our coffee machines the mug warmer for 5 mins.
Using my new food processor and the dough blade I mixed the flour, salt, olive oil and yeast mix together to make the bread base. Once it was combined I turned it out onto a lightly floured chopping board and kneaded it for 5 mins until it was smooth and elastic. Put it in a glass mixing bowl, covered it with a clean tea towel and placed it on the coffee machine mug warmer (my warm place) for 20 minutes.

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While it was doing its thing I washed and dried the food processor bowl and lined a pizza tray with baking paper. Chopped up leftover bacon, tomato, fresh basil and mushrooms. I also used this time and my food processor to quickly shred the cheddar cheese. 

Once the dough was ready I flattened it to size and rolled up the edges. If you don’t have a baking dish like Donna Hay recommends you will have to roll the edges so the egg doesn’t spill off the bread. 

Then I cracked 2 eggs onto the base, carefully spread the toppings evenly over it and then placed it in the oven for 16 minutes (Donna Hay recommended 12-14 but it took 16 for ours to golden up.

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Please excuse the phone photos.

Everyone loved this breakfast treat. Next time I think I might add some herbs to the bread base.

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Homemade Beef Burgers

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On Friday after my food processor arrived I was itching to make something for dinner using it. I had roughly 500 grams of beef mince in the fridge, fresh young garlic and fresh parsley in the garden. After searching beef mince recipes ideas online I decided that homemade burgers with quick bake fries would be perfect.

I have never made beef burgers before so I really needed a recipe. After quite a bit of searching I found two recipes; one by Jamie Oliver and one by Donna Hay. I couldn’t decide between them so I mixed it up and did a bit of both and this is what I came up with.
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Ingredients:
500 grams Mince beef
Handful parsley
Garlic clove
Pepper 
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 slice of bread crusts removed
1 egg
Olive oil

Tomato
Lettuce
Cheese
Bacon 
Hamburger rolls
Chilli Jam

Directions:
1. Put garlic and parsley in the food processor and whizz it together.
2. Add the slice of bread and whizz it up.
3. Add pepper, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, egg and a splash of olive oil. Whizz them together.
4. Place mix in a bowl with the mince and mix it together.
5. Divide into 4 portions and shape into patties.

*please excuse the poor quality photographs.
6. Fry up bacon and transfer to a bowl.
7. Slice up cheese and tomato.
8. Use the pan to fry up the patties, resist the urge to squash them flat. 
9. Prepare the buns and spread chilli jam (or your preferred sauce) onto the bun and assemble the burger. 
10. Serve with fries and enjoy 🙂

Strawberry Cointreau Cocktail

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I had a punnet of strawberries in the fridge that needed to be used and a mini bottle of cointreau so I decided to make a frozen cocktail. Unsure of what to add I turned to google. I found a few yummy sounding recipes which required sugar syrup. I have been trying to cut down on sugar so I skipped this ingredient. Here is how I made it:

I hulled the strawberries and placed them in the bowl then added a few good handfuls of ice. Next I squeezed in the juice of one orange and whizzed it all up. After taking out enough icy strawberry mix for my boys I added a good amount of cointreau and whizzed it in. The orange juice and cointreau made it sweet enough for my liking but if you are used to really sweet drinks and food then maybe add some sugar syrup. 

Enjoy, we sure did 😉

Pure Dairy free Banana Ice-cream

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I had some frozen bananas in the freezer and remembered a friend of mine used frozen banana to make a dairy free ice-cream. All I had to do is drop the bananas in and whizz them up. It made a very creamy banana dessert. Next time I might freeze some coconut milk and add that because it was a bit too banana flavoured for my liking.

*Thought I should add some friends have suggested one could add berries or vanilla extract to make the banana less overpowering.

I have a food processor!

I have been dreaming of a Thermomix for years and just making do with my limited kitchen appliances in the hope of magically one day being able to afford one. Something always comes up… anyway I digress.

For a very early birthday present my wonderful mother bought me a large and totally awesome food processor. It arrived on Friday and I have been dying to post about it ever since. 

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It is a Phillips Jamie Oliver 1000W. It has a 3.4 L bowl and 8 different accessories so that you can slice, beat, juice, knead, chop, cream, crumble, cut, fold, mash and mince. I am loving it. 

So far I have used it to make orange juice, pure banana ice-cream, CADA, breakfast bread, crispy garlic chicken strips, salad, cocktails, butter, chocolate buttermilk muffins, creamy cauliflower pasta sauce and beef burger patties.

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Thanks Mum. 🙂

I don’t love breastfeeding | The Leaky B@@b

I don’t love breastfeeding | The Leaky B@@b.

Love this post. My friend shared it with me today and I felt the need to share it with you. It is a very honest post and if you are planning a family, have one on the way or are struggling with breastfeeding please read it. 🙂 You always hear stories of how wonderful breastfeeding is and some even say how it feels wonderful… Well that is not the case for everyone. Everyone is different and it is okay to feel indifferent towards it. We all have different feelings towards breastfeeding. That is our right as human beings and as parents. Some might struggle with it  and others don’t. Some, like I did with my first, might feel that there is something wrong with them for not loving it. I certainly felt so many mixed feelings in the early days of feeding my first. It was not easy. I was overly critical of myself and wondered if their was something wrong with me.

For me breastfeeding is what I thought and felt was best for my babies so I just did it. I focused on the positives. It really helped to focus on how beneficial it was for my baby and how it made my baby feel. There have been some wonderful bonding moments along the way. While it may not feel natural it really is the most natural way to feed a baby. It worked for us.

What I am getting at is, if you don’t LOVE breastfeeding that is okay. If you do love it, that is just great.

I am not telling you to breastfeed and I’m not judging you if you choose/chose not to. Everyone has different life experiences, thoughts and feelings. At the end of the day you just have to make a educated choice on what you want to do and just do it.
Cheers, Danni

Take 2

After sick kids, a sick man and getting sick myself I fear I let the ball drop.
I’m picking it back up today but first finding motivation.
Not feeling like I could be bothered at all today so I’m dreaming of skinner, fitter days.

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This next one is so true, this is about ME!

 

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We all have weaknesses and some like me have many. Focusing on fitness and drinking more water this week.

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