Party Pies Without a Party!

I have just ordered a new pie maker from Betta Electrical and it hasnt turned up yet so Ive had all these ideas ripping around for pie insides and no pie maker to try them out on! I couldve always made oven pies but that defeats the point of having brought a pie maker I think! Anyhow, my mum in law, Jude, champion that she is, lent me her pie maker that makes 4 party pies in less then 5 minutes. I was in seventh heaven and off I went.
I decided to make some chicken and vege pies, cause theyre my faves and cause I had 2 chicken breasts left from last nights tea. My pie filling was basic and simple to make and could easily have been used in an oven baked pie too. Here it is!

CHICKEN & VEGIE PIES

1packet puff or shortcrust pastry. (I always use puff cause shortcrust seems too heavy to me unless its homemade & I had no butter to make my own)
2 skinless chicken breasts cut horizontally through the middle & then cubed into about 2cm cubes.
1carrot, peeled and diced finely
1onion peeled and finely diced
A handful each of frozen peas and corn kernels
2T creamy chicken soup mix
1T chicken gravox mix
1c water

Firstly, I made the filling by frying up all the diced chicken till lightly browned. You may need to do this in 2 batches so you dont stew it, like I had to cause my oven is piss weak!
When its all browned, add the vegies and then mix the gravox, soup mix and water together to make a thick liquid. Add that to pan and thicken slightly. Simmer for a couple of minutes and set aside to cool a bit.
Get the pie maker hot and using cutters provided – or in my case, a plastic wine glass and a plastic drinking cup cause Jude’s pie maker cost only $14 and didnt come with cutters. Obviously they dont add them in for that low price..(:O)
Cut circles for bases and lids out of pastry using wineglass & plastic cup.
Place bases in pie slots and press down gently. Fill bases with filling and then put your lids on. Press pie maker lid down for about 3/5 minutes depending on how crisp you like your pies and continue till the filling is all used up. Enjoy!

Note: If you dont have a pie maker, use muffin trays or mini pie dishes and press the lids to bases after filling. Bake for 10/15 minutes on 180 or till crispy.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Well, here we are again! Almost back to school time for us in WA. I have decided that each week I am going to make 3 kids lunch box ideas, just to vary what theyre eating and cause I get so over making sandwiches everyday and I cant imagine they’d be fun to eat for the tinlids either! Well, I couldnt eat the same crap for 40 weeks of school!!!
So Miss Lily and I pored over our cookbooks and found a list of ideas to try out. This is what we came up with:

LUNCHES
-Mini cheese & bacon potato halves (kinda like stuffed potatoes, but only halves)

-Chip crumbed chicken drummies or marinated chicken pieces and a salad on the side.

-Chicken and corn turnovers..little golden parcels of pastry full of chicken and corn filling..yummo!

-Traffic light sambos – bread columns with cherry tomato spots, gherkin spots and cheese spots.

-Mini Hawaiian pizzas

-Homemade pies made in my new pie maker with leftovers

-Homemade sausage rolls – an old fave but always a winner!

-Homemade chicken nuggets and salad.

-Pinwheels with different fillings. A couple of our faves are pizza where I just put everything Id normally put on pizzas, into my food pro and whizz till its a thick paste and then spread over puff pastry sheets and roll, then cut into skinny rounds and ovenbake; ham & cheese, which is just grated cheese over strips of ham & cheeseymite – quick and super easy!

-Rice paper rolls and an asian style slaw.

-Cold rissoles and salad – my kids are all suckers for cold rissoles and its always a fight to get them before the kids, so they’ll be a big hit!

Last but not least, another family fave, homemade zucchini slice.

Another list Lily and I made, was for recess ideas. I always put at least 2 pieces of fruit or vege in their lunchboxes and they do ‘Crunch & Sip’ so they need fruit chunks for that, but I always like to add a homemade treat as well.
Some of our faves are:
-Melon shapes, cut out with bikkie cutters for something fun, rather than just chunks of fruit.

-Cake pops that I make in my cake pop maker, which is super fast and I end up with heals of them from just one mixture.

-Fruit kebabs – your choice of fruit chunks skewered on wooden skewers. Cut the points off the ends of the skewers after you thread the fruit so they dont become schoolyard weapons. I’d hate to write this up as a suggestion and then find out someones kid lost an eye at school or something..hahaha!

-Cupcakes or muffins – always topped with a fruit juice based icing or fruit muffins so its a little bit healthy.

-Grisini sticks with choc dip – buy or bake little grisini sticks/breadsticks from your local shop & serve with a small tub of nutella or some other paste to dip them in.

-Mini meringues – I always find Im making batches of meringues or pavs with leftover egg whites from other recipes. Add a natural or unnatural food colourings for something a little more fun. I use the unnatural colourings cause I cant stand the flavours of the natural ones, but feel free to use whichever floats your boat!

All recipes will be available on my blog as I make them, plus photos to show what theyre meant to look like, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!
Cheers till then..=)

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ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE!

Hey all..
Just a quick post tonight to say sorry about the promise of chocolate cake that still hasnt come…I am getting there but spent most of today packing for 6 people for 2 weeks..and that takes some doing!
Tonight we cooked up one of our fave teas..Steak Kilpatrick! This is an old Newdegate Hotel fave of both mine and my husbands, and it was a 1st time treat for our workman Mark. He’s a kiwi and apparently they dont do Kilpatrick in NZ, or parmigana as we found out a while back.
Here are the recipes for both..

STEAK KILPATRICK
4 scotch fillet or porterhouse steaks
3 rashers bacon diced finely
3T woosty Sauce (worcestishire)
1c grated tasty cheese

Fry steak to your liking and while its cooking, combine the diced bacon & the woosty sauce.
When your steak is cooked, sprinkle some of the bacon over the top of it and then top with grated cheese.
Place under the grill until the cheese melts and browns off.
Serve with steakhouse fries and salad

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LIVIN THE DREAM

Hey all…
Well today I had THE best sleep in in ages, which I really needed! I have been influxed with constant thoughts and ideas for my home and my mind has been in overdrive to the point that I have been catching only a couple of hours sleep per night…not cool when your running a farm and trying to keep up with 4 super active little people! Anyhow..feeling a million times more amazing today and I started a list of inspirational home thoughts and ideas on my ipad so I can write them down instead of frying my brain with them! So far its over 5 pages long…thats a lotta inspiration to hang onto in my head, plus the farm book keeping, which is a mammoth task & the day to day running of our home!
So I started the day at about 9:30am and kicked off with my morning coffee kick – pretty well regulation for me! – and ran some mail down to the mail box (2kms away from the house), went for a walk with the dogs and watched the kids in their new pool for half an hour. Did the morning chores – washing, dishes and sweeping the loungeroom floor & then it was lunchtime. Had the family, plus the workman and my mum in law Jude and bro in law Rob all here and hungry. Jude and Rob had brought along some lunch but I had to feed the rest of the gang, so salad sangas it was for them and me. After they left to head back to work and off to town, it was time for me to get onto bakefest day 2! First came cornflake bikkies and then cheese and chutney sausage rolls.
The cornflake bikkie recipe can be found on the side of the cornflakes & I add sultanas to mine, but its personal taste on that one.

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The sausage rolls I make just as a basic mince, using all sausage mince, a finely diced onion, 2 pieces bread, mixed herbs and garlic & an egg, then I add whatever I feel like adding at the time. Sometimes I do pizza flavour so I whizz up all types of pizza toppings with 2 T tomato paste and add that to the mince, or like today I added 1/2c grated tasty cheese & 1/2c chutney. Play around with the basic mix and add things to your liking. They pretty much only need the mince, an onion finely diced, bread or breadcrumbs and an egg to make the basic sausage roll recipe.

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I didnt get around to baking the chocolate heaven cake today so that will happen tomorrow! Look forward to that..its fiddly but delishiosa…full of flavour and its so moist and yummy and covered in rich dark choc ganache, its a bit of a treat and comes in really handy for birthdays!
Till tomorrow then guys xT

B DAY

Well today was my very own B Day..Bakefest! We are off to stay in town for 2 weeks in our camper trailer at the Caravan Park for swimming lessons on Monday so I am baking to keep the kids fed and happy & because I then know what they’re eating! I cranked into gear this morning after my morning coffee fix, headed to my lovely neighbours for coffee and to get some eggs and also scored 4 buckets of yummo fresh from the tree plums!

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Came home & got straight into the baking! Firstly came Grandma Walter’s Lemon Coconut Slice, a BIG hit with the young & old alike.
I love this recipe cause the majority of it is made in the trusty food processor!
GRANDMA WALTER’S LEMON COCONUT SLICE
1/2c condensed milk
250g pack granitas
1c dessicated coconut
125g butter
1T grated lemon rind
Crush granitas and stir through lemon rind and coconut. Slowly melt butter in a small pan with butter. Pour over bikkie mix and combine. Press into a lamington tray and chill till hard.
LEMON ICING TOPPING
1 3/4c icing sugar
15g butter
3 T lemon juice
2 T coconut
Spread this over the top of the cooled base and sprinkle with coconut!
For the food pro, chuck the granitas, lemon rind and coconut in the and whizz till fine crumbs. Pour melted butter/ condensed milk in and whizz to combine. Whack that into the lamington tray. When chilled, combine all icing ingredients except coconut, in the food pro, whizz till thickened and spread over he base. Sprinkle coconut over the top.

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Then I cooked a triple batch of my faves, Choc Chips or Toll House Biscuits! If you acnt read the recipe in the photo, let me know and I’ll add that one for you guys!

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I have a hate of baking biscuits cause I hate waiting for them to bake, so I whacked up an anzac bikkie slice..just like the bikkies but on a grand scale – think triple batch in big slice tray!

20130110-170017.jpg I dont know anyone who doesnt love a good anzac biscuit and so far, I havent had any complaints about this slice version either! I quite often bake it just cause its quick and simple and the ingredients are always in my pantry.
The recipe for this one is 1 c each of oats – NOT quickcook, sugar & plain flour; 3/4 c of coconut; 2 T golden syrup; 1t bi carb; 2 T boiling water & 125g butter. Combine sugar, coconut, oats & flour in a bowl. Meanwhile melt butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat. Boil kettle and mix boiling water with bi carb soda. Pour butter/golden syrup mix over dry ingredients and then for the fun bit..add the bi carb/ water mix to the butter & golden syrup..wait for it to do its cool eruption and then stir to combine. Press gently into a lined slice/ lamington tray & bake for about 15 mins at 180 degrees. Cool and then cut into slices or slabs..whichever takes your fancy. ENJOY!
Last for the day was rocky road..everyones fave! I melt 4 blocks of milk plaistowe chocolate, but any melting chocolate is good, in a big pyrex bowl over water on a saucepan. Big hint here…get any water in the chocolate mix and you may as well ditch it cause it wont melt, so be super careful not to get any water in the chocolate! At all!!!!
While thats melting, combine whatever you like to add to rocky road. The choices are endless & completely optional! I always do it kid friendly so mine consists of 2 packs of mini turkish delights, a pack of mini mallows, a pack of crushed nuts ( the ones you use on banana splits!) & a cup of rice bubbles for some added crunch. Mix all that together in the base of a big baking tray & once the choc is melted, very carefully pour the chocolate over the other ingredients and stir gently to combine it all so everything is coated in chocolate. Whack that in the fridge – or the freezer if your impatient! – until it sets hard. Bust it up into chunks and share the rocky road love..

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Tomorrow is the chocolate cakes and cornflake cookies, plus some sausage rolls..another big hit! Seeya then!

NO ONE EVER LEAVES THE SOAK HUNGRY!

Tonight after a long day in town, we hit the Gibson Soak Hotel for a quiet counter meal..with 21 adults & 24 kids…how quiet was that gonna be??? The “Soak” as it is fondly known, boasts that no one walks out after a meal, not feeling chock a block full! The way Im feeling right now is blimped out! The meals are GINORMOUS and the best quality..just absolute soul food! My choice for the evening was Avocado Chicken..a chicken breast, butterflied and stuffed with sliced avo & camembert cheese, wrapped in bacon and drowned in a chilli mango sauce..foodgasm right there n then! Delish from go to WHOA! Other devine morsels on their menu read as Lamb Shanks with Garlicky Potato Mash, coming complete with their own mini sized cast iron camp oven; choice of rump, scotch fillet or t-bone steak with sauce – garlic, mushy, pepper or diane & all kindsa fishy things in bulk quantities! Ever get the chance to go there for a feast (and oh…it SO will be one!) do it..should be on everyones bucket list or list of things to do before you die! Situated 15kms north of Esperance on the Kalgoorlie/Norseman Hwy and set under magnificent Moreteon Bay Fig Trees, the hosts Phil & Di Waddington would love to see you there & always have time for a yarn! They also have a coffee machine so you can grab a latte and a decadent dessert – think choc mud cupcakes, BACCI cupcakes, apple & apricot crumble pies – chill out under the shade of the beautiful figs and ponder the world going by around you…and honestly..NO ONE EVER LEAVES THE SOAK HUNGRY!

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This is what Ill be doing tomorrow while I wait for my baked delights to cool/cool/set etc! Off to Red Dot to get a heap of new containers/jars/boxes etc to organise this mess! Wish me luck..I may need it!

STOCKIN UP THE LARDER!

Hey all…
So sorry I still have no recipes or foodie pix to show off…my house is literally like Mother Hubbard’s super empty cupboard today! I dont even have the makings of a decent sandwich going on in my kitchen! Thankfully my awesome bro inlaw, Rob, is stepping in to play caterer today..cold pizza for the workers! Cheers Roberto!!! In saying that, the girls and I are off to town today so the foodstocks will be totally replenished by this arvo…and tomorrow I begin the bakefest of the century..catering for my tribe for 2 weeks in town at Swimming Lessons…where theres twice as many kids that eat twice as much food and literally INHALE it after a morning of swimming!!! Cant wait to bring you some of my tried and tested recipe marvels to feed an army…hang in there! Tomorrow is the DAY!
And in case you cant wait till then..heres a little sneak peak of a sweet treat I made for our Cascade Bookclub Windup..Chocolate Heaven Cake..with some cake pop baubles!

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WELCOME!

Hello there fellow foodies! Welcome to my new blog, SweetTreatsnEats! By creating this blog, Im hoping to take you on a bit of a culinary journey with me, through my kitchen and into the soul of foody heaven! I love to bake and create dishes to feed my family and our friends! Nothing gives me more pleasure than feeding people and knowing they are satisfied because of the hearty country style foods I make and serve them. Heres to good food, health and happiness..please follow me on this tour of taste, sight, smell and savour the flavour with me..enjoy  Tash x

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