Saturday, September 15, 2012

Caramel Popcorn

Last week we went to a country show and my boy tried caramel popcorn for the first time. He LOVED it. When I told him I thought I could make it his eyes lit up like the fireworks we watched that night! So tonight, I found this recipe on and made some. It is soooo good! We've packed some to take to the movies tomorrow.

Makes 14 cups

Get This -

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup popping corn

  • Caramel

  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • Do This -

    1. Line a tray with baking paper. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 pieces of popping corn. If corn slowly turns around in a circle then oil is hot enough.
    2. Add remaining popping corn. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. When corn starts popping, shake saucepan gently. Remove from heat when corn stops popping. Transfer to a large bowl, discarding any unpopped corn.
    3. Make caramel: Combine butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Bring mixture to the boil. Boil, uncovered, without stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden.
    4. Remove from heat. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and stir until popcorn is coated. Spread over prepared tray. Set aside to cool. Break into pieces. Serve.

    Friday, September 14, 2012


    Pikelets are great for a Sunday breakfast, or morning tea when someone drops in.
    Some people like them with sugar sprinkled on top. *gag*
    My kids like them with honey or syrup.
    I quite like them with jam & cream.
    But being a savoury person, my favourite topping is butter and grated Romano cheese!

    makes 25

    If you can remember "1", you will always remember this recipe!

    Get This -

  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Melted butter, to brush, plus extra knobs to serve

  • Do This -
    1. Sift flour and sugar together into a bowl with a pinch of salt.
    2. Whisk milk and egg together, then add to dry ingredients, whisking until smooth.
    3. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat and brush with a little melted butter. Drop level tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and cook for half a minute or until bubbles appear on the surface.
    4. Turn over and cook other side for 1 minute until golden.
    5. Allow to cool and serve with butter, and whatever else takes your fancy.

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    Chilli Con Carne

    Serves 2 - 3

    Get This -

    250g mince
    1/2 medium onion
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can red Mexican Chilli beans
    salt, pepper & chilli flakes to season
    avocado or guacamole, sour cream and coriander or spring onions to serve

    Do This -
    1. Saute onion until soft.
    2. Add mince and stir until browned.
    3. Add tomatoes and can of beans.
    4. Season to taste with salt, pepper & chilli flakes.
    5. Mix well and simmer for 10 - 15 mins.
    6. Serve with rice, pasta, tacos or jacket potatoes.
    7. Add avocado or guacamole and  a dollop of sour cream on top.
    8. Finish off with some fresh coriander or sliced spring onions.

    This one is almost too easy, that's why I love it! :)