Not so fishy cakes

February 14, 2012

The daring cooks February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax and Lis and they chose to present patties for their ease of construction! Ingredients and deliciousness! We were given several recipes! And learned the different types ofbinders and cooking methods to producpour own tasty patties!


Unfortunately some of us can’t remember to take a photo analtered two busy stuffing their face after fast tracking dinner to sit in front of my kitchen rules! I made my salmon patties twice, oncedoor me and a friend for a quick healthy lunch before aiMovie with a nice chickpea salad, and again tonight for me and the boyfriend, who has always held he does not like fish cakes, but obviously does not dislike them enough to know when to tell he’s actually eating them! He’s picky I tell ya. I did tell him what it was after he’d eaten without complaint, he even said his ‘potato cakes’ were ‘quite nice’ .


So I don’thave photos but can tell u the recipe was a woman’s weekly retro classic, minus the dill cream which lookedlovely, but wasn’t in my on hand ingredients, and I had them with mayo or tartare instead. They contained mashed boiled potatoes, skin on and chopped so the skin pieces aren’t too big, crushed garlic,shoppedspring onions, and chives cause I only had two stunted spring onions from hiding under my home grown tomato bush monsters. Then some butter and egg mixed in, andberated Parmesan. Then add some tinned pinksalmon, drained and flaked, salt and pepper and shape and coat in breadcrumbs, lightly fry in a small amount of live oil. They hold better for frying in they are chilled a bit in between but we weregoing to run late for the movie if I didn’t feed us quick. The cakes were yummy fresh off the fry pan and great for sandwiches the next day. I think they weren’t too fiswhich hitch was nice and I think Steve appreciated that….maybe it’s only tuna fish cakes that he doesn’t like. I think they’re more stronger fishy.


Sorry about the lack of photos, I really did eat mine that quickly.


January 27, 2012

Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy scones (a/k/a biscuits) to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!


January 27, 2012


Chinese pork buns

December 14, 2011

Yum yum this months challange was delicious. The marinade for the pork made it tast lovely and it smelt great cooking. It was so nice to eat that we almost ate it all between the two of us before I could save a portion for the pork buns. I will be keeping the recipe, minus the glug of food colouring, and using it in my summer bbq’s on all the meat.

Our Daring Cooks’ December 2011 hostess is Sara from Belly Rumbles! Sara chose awesome Char Sui Bao as our challenge, where we made the buns, Char Sui, and filling from scratch – delicious!

I will post pics of steamed pork buns, I have had these before at yum cha and wanted to see if this would replicate the puffy buns. The pic will be up at the end of the week, when my internet usage renews as my boyfriend did a massive security download thing and left my comp S.L.O.W.

I just steamed them individually in a small steamer over water, and I froze them after the second rise before cooking so I can have the rest for a yum cha party once I get a bigger steamer. 

fresh croissants

September 27, 2011

The Daring Bakers go retro this month! Thanks to one of our very talented non-blogging members, Sarah, the Daring Bakers were challenged to make Croissants using a recipe from the Queen of French Cooking, none other than Julia Child!


I used the recipe early and was really excited to make laminated pastry. Unfortunately I was so quick getting the recipe that I got the version where the flour was double what it should have been. The dough was really dry and wouldn’t come together. I perservered with more water, but I was disappointed with the results and that the recipe was wrong in the first place. I didn’t have time to try again with more butter and the right amount of flour 😦 I would like to in the future.


Here’s a pic of the white choc, then candy coated mini toffee apples I made to share at a house warming. And oooch my first sugar burn. Only little tho 🙂


They looked cute and made me happier 🙂


Warm potato bowl

June 13, 2011

Jami Sorrento was our June Daring Cooks hostess and she chose to challenge us to celebrate the humble spud by making a delicious and healthy potato salad. The Daring Cooks Potato Salad Challenge was sponsored by the nice people at the United States Potato Board, who awarded prizes to the top 3 most creative and healthy potato salads. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) potato has 110 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and includes nearly half your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana!


The potato salad I made was a vegie medley. I steamed the potatoes in their jackets and tossed the chopped up potatoe pieces with asparagus, radish, and pumpkin that had been saute’d in olive oil with garlic and rosemary. I then wanted to make a creamy emulsion of a vinagrette, using avocado instead of any dairy. I used avocado, salt, pepper, olive oil, mixed italian herbs, a small amount of fetta, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar and mashed it all together in a pestle and mortar.  I then mixed it through the warm potato salad and enjoyed. It had a lovely tang and I will be trying to use avocado to make other creamy sauces like over pasta. Do any of you have any other ideas?

fondant figures for friends

June 13, 2011

Here are fondant figures of my friend Cindy and her husband-to-be Tom I made as a hens party gift. Maybe they’ll even get to go on the cake!



and here is the bride]