Bananas are one of the easiest fruit to get your hands on which is great for cake making. Sometimes the kids don’t eat them and they get squished, brown in their school bags or the fruit bowl. Over ripe brown bananas are the best for banana cakes as they get a little sweeter. One of my top berries is blueberries fresh or frozen and they go insanely good with bananas. We were wanting to change the humble banana cake up slightly so I added some blueberries and finished with the easiest vanilla cream cheese icing. The man of the house is very happy he has a sweet treat going into the lunch box this week.
We brought a large crown pumpkin for $3 the other week and I have been wanting to try and utilize it in more recipes just than soup. Also been thinking of fun easy ways to get the family to … Continue reading →
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 lemon, zest
1 cup fresh rocket
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/4 red capsicum, fine dice
1/2 zucchini, julienne slice
5 basil leaves, rough rip
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
Pinch salt and pepper
1. Season steak both sides generously with salt and pepper, rub in garlic and worcester sauce, leave to sit for 5 minutes for meat to take on flavours.
2. In a bowl combine all remaining ingredients apart from balsamic, lemon and second measure of olive oil.
3. Toss together gently, over mixing with bruise the greens.
4. Rub steak both sides in first measure of olive oil, heat fry pan nice and hot.
5. Sear steak 3 minutest each side for a medium rare finish. Rest steak for 5 minutes, this relaxes the meat and retains the juices.
6. Dress salad with balsamic and lemon zest and a good seasoning of salt and pepper, slice steak against the grain.
7. Serve your salad on a plate topped with your juicy seared steak.
Fresh quality ingredients straight from the Otago Farmers Market to my kitchen bench.
Jams and Preserves
Jams and preserves are perfect ways to hold on to and eat delicious fruit and vegetables when not in season. From pickles, chutneys to jams and sauces the possibilities are endless. One thing I have just started really getting into. Yesterday I made mixed berry jam and a few weeks ago I made Heirloom Green Tomato and Ginger Chutney. I think I have the preserving bug and what a great one it is to have!
Rhubarb, Vanilla bean and Granny Smith apple jam on the go today. Rhubarb and Granny smith apples from The Otago Farmers Market in #gigatowndunedin .
Omega Plum and Green apple Jam
Quince and Cranberry Jam
Check back later for the finished products and achievable recipes that anyone out there can make.