Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cookbook 5 : Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett - Honey Banana Loaf

If you wish to purchase, please do so.  It is available at Glee Books (based Glebe and Dulwich)  or Booktopia :

Honey Banana Loaf

3 Ripe Bananas - mashed
1/2 cup Apple Puree
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Honey
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Flakes
1/2 cup Organic Sultanas
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Bicarb Soda
3 Tbsp Quinoa Flakes
3 Tbsp Fibre Cleanse
1/3 cup Honey-Roasted Museli (plus extra to scatter across the top)

Grease and flour to prepare your cake tin.  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Place the bananas and apple puree in the mixer bowl and mix to a runny paste.  Next add your eggs one at a time and mix well.

Add in your Coconut Oil and Honey and mix through the banana mixture.

Next add in the Coconut Flakes, Sultanas, and then the whole wheat or spelt flour with Bicarb Soda. Mix well.

Combine the Quinoa Flakes and Fibre Cleanse into your mix, keeping your mixer on a medium speed.  Finally sprinkle in the Museli and stir through with a spatula.  Pour your mixture into the prepared pan.

Place the cake pan into the oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cookie Parade : Dessert Buffets & Candy Bars - Made to Order

As you can see I have been quite quiet on the homefront, well on the blog, recipe baking has been on the low this past 18 months.  On the other hand its been crazy busy on the work side of things.  Business is growing every week, we outgrew the house where my business is based and 5 months ago we had to get an external storage facility to move out all the partyware.

Did you realise that I can cater for all your party setup needs?  Cookie Queen Kitsch'n specialises in Dessert Buffets and Candy Bars. I thought I would share some recent Party Setups and Tables, I was recently blogged by Little Wish Parties on their blog promting the Cars setup I did which was amazing.

For a quote just send an email to :

I would have to say this "You Are My Sunshine" setup has been deemed my fav of 2015, it was fun, cute, perfect colour combo to work with.  It all just tied in beautifully together.
Personalised Backdrops with design and printing are $108 each.  A personalised backdrop sets off any table beautifully, it also doubles as your party theming and decoration as it is 1000mm x 1600mm in size.
Custom Desserts to match any theme are available.  Featured here are Lemon Meringue Pushpops with a Pink Sherbet Topping.  Followed by Strawberry Marshmallow Pudding Pots.  Also featured on this table setup were:
Raspberry Jelly Pots, Passionfruit Jelly Pots, Lemon & Coconut Cupcakes, Sunshine Cookies, Personalised Chocolate Bars, Cotton Candy Swizzle Sticks and a Candy Bar.

For a Winter Boys Party we recently had a fantastic Soccer Star Party.  This backdrop is available for hire.  The setup was done at the Five Dock Indoor Sports Centre on Queens Rd.  The Candy Bar which included Soccer Gumballs doubled as the guest take-home favour bags which the kids fill themselves.
The setup included:
Candy Bar, Pushpops (centre in stand), Marshmallow Pops, Choc-Coated Oreos, Cupcakes (by Kake Krumbs), Personalised Chocolate Bars and a Cookie Name Plate.

Marshmallow Pops

Personalised Chocolate Bars & Choc-Coated Oreos 

Pushpops - Vanilla Cupcake with Lime Raspberry Frosting

Have you got an upcoming event?  Send me an email for a quote today for a fabulous Dessert Buffet or Candy Bar.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Delicious Donna Hay's Cauliflower & Parsley Crocquettes

It was creeping up to Good Friday, and I always spending Good Friday craving meat so to not have that happen this year, I planned well in advance a recipe that I really wanted to try, so instead of craving meat I couldn't wait to try this new recipe I found.

I will heed warning now, that this took alot longer than I anticipated to make, it was fiddly and alot of steps for a small dish of 12 small croquettes. Next time I would also try a more neutral oil to cook the croquettes in, as I found that they soaked up alot of vegetable oil and it over took the fresh taste of the vegetable flavours.

Cauliflower & Parsley Croquettes

200g Cauliflower
250g Potato
1 cup Parley - chopped
1 cup Parmesan Cheese - grated
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese - grated
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Slices of Bread
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup Flour
Vegetable Oil - for frying

Place the slices of bread into the food processor and run until fine breadcrumbs. Set aside.
Take the potatoes and peel, dice and boil in a small saucepan until soft (about 15 minutes in boiling water).  Drain the potatoes and place into a heatproof bowl and smash with a fork until fluffy.

 Dice up the cauliflowers and pulse in the food processor.
 Then place the potato, cauliflower, parsley, cheeses, olive oil and 1 of the eggs into a large mixing bowl.  Using a fork or your hands mix the ingredients together thoroughly until it has formed a thick paste consistency and it is able to form shapes easily.
 Taking a small handful an approx size of 2 tablespoons into your hands and form a small oblong shape, pressing firmly together in a cylinder shape.

 Continue to do this until you have done this to the entire mix.  I got 14 croquettes.  Prepare your next stage, take 3 small bowls and place flour in one, crack 2 eggs into bowl two, and breadcrumbs onto the third.

Using these bowls, take the first croquette and dunk into the bowl flour and coat well, then straight into the bowl of egg and coat the entire croquette and finally straight into the breadcrumbs.  Then carefully place the croquette onto a clean dry plate.  Continue process until all of the croquettes are done.  Place the plate of croquettes into the fridge to firm the and set coatings for about 20-30 minutes minimum.
 To commence the cooking, place a large frypan on the stove top and put in the vegetable oil to heat, filling about 1/4 to 1/3 of the pan.  Test oil has heated by dropping in a piece of bread and it if crackles its ready if nothing happens its not.

Place all the croquettes into the pan.  Cook turning as each side goes golden so it cooks evenly and no sides overcooks.  This takes about 10-15 minutes.

Place onto paper towel to drain the excess oil before serving. Enjoy with a mayonnaise or aoili.

Thank you to Donna Hay for another delicious recipe for us all to enjoy.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Welcome to 2014! Happy New Year!!

Ring in the New Year!

I am starting out this new year with a bang, and hopefully one that continues throughout the coming year.  I am hoping to Blog 3 times per week now that I am a WAHM with a 4yo (who is starting preschool net week), and running my business from home which I found to be thriving in the 2nd half of 2013!

My 3 posts per week I am planning them to be :
  1. A traditional post of a foodie creation, a love, a challenge or a hot recipe I want to try.
  2. An Honest & Healthy Recipe - creating or replicating a 'healthy' creation to inspire you.
  3. A business post from something I have done from my WAHM biz - Cookie Queen Kitsch'n.

This year with juggling a few things in my day to day life I have decided to make my Blog Posts more achievable, and last year with the cookbook challenge I had an epic fail in the blogging department.  I just stretched myself too thin, and I didn't cook as much as I use to, with my partner cooking a lot, and a lot of easy meals of sausages & 3 veg or pre-prepared meals (takeaway). Putting on a lot of excess kilos in the process.  So I am hoping that this year's Blog will help me shed the kgs and get our family eating plan back.... for some reason Im the only one who put the pounds on though!
Here is flashback of my 2013 in photos, where I enjoyed 3 major family holiday trips (Great Ocean Road Trip in Victoria Australia), Cradle Moutain, Bechino & our Road Trip in Tasmania, and our 4 day Romantic Getaway in Fiji, plus all the work for my wonderful customers. 2 Standout Buffets with my daughter's 4th Birthday and my surrogate Sister in Law's Baby Shower, plus some other snippits.