Classic Beer Aussie Damper Recipe

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I’ve written a few other recipes for damper (here and here). My last one was from the Aussie Griller web site, and this one is too …

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain white flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 60g melted butter
  • 1/2 bottle of beer
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F)
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Kneed the dough to form a ball for about 4 – 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  4. Flatten the dough ball, brush on a bit of milk and dust it.
  5. Place in on a floured baking tray.
  6. Place it in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
This looks like another one that I’m going to enjoy trying out …

Classic Beer Damper Recipe

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Cheese, Bacon and Chives Damper Recipe

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Previously I have written up the damper recipe that I usually use. I’ve experimented a bit with that base recipe by adding different herbs to it, but this cheese, bacon and chives damper recipe by the Aussie Griller looks delicious.

Here is how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain white flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 60g melted butter
  • 200ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Handful diced bacon
  • Handful shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbs chopped chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C (400F)
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Kneed the dough to form a ball for about 5 – 8 minutes until it’s nice and firm
  4. Flatten the dough ball, brush on a bit of milk and dust it.
  5. Place in on a floured baking tray.
  6. Place it in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Cheese, Bacon and Chives Damper Recipe

I can’t wait to try this one and I have subscribed to the Aussie Griller YouTube channel as well so that I can try out more of their great recipes.

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Baked Ground Beef Wellington

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Jamie Oliver - Jamie's Food RevolutionI recently borrowed another cook book from our local public library, which I reckon is the best place to check out new cook books. The book I borrowed was Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals and had some pretty good recipes in it. The version of the book that I borrowed was the international version titled “Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24-Hours“.

So far the favourite recipe that I tried was the Baked Minced Beef Wellington. It was surprising easy to make, and tasted great! Everyone in the family wants me to make it again…

Whole Baked Ground Beef Wellington

I found a recipe online that was very similar to Jamie Oliver’s recipe. Like I said, I am definitely making this one again.

Sliced Baked Ground Beef Wellington

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How to Make the Perfect Omlette

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I am a bit embarrassed to say I have always had a hard time making omelettes. Most of the time they would turn out more like scrambled eggs than an omelette. Lately though I have finally been successful in making a good omelette thanks to watching this video by Jamie Oliver

Since watching that I have finally been able to make a three egg omelette that actually looks and folds like an omelette. I add a bit of milk to my eggs, rather than doing straight eggs like Jamie Oliver does, and with the size of pan that I have three eggs seems to be the perfect amount for it to be easy to flip at the right moment.

My wife prefers the size of a a two egg omelette though, which is a bit trickier to flip as it is thinner by the time it is ready to flip, but so far they are turning out much better than they used to before I watched Jamie’s video.

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Home Made Non-Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe

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A few years ago I started to make my own Eggnog and haven’t been able to drink the store bought stuff since. Making it can be tricky as it is very easy to over cook it, and if you do you end up with scrambled eggnog, which is gross. We actually did that the first time we tried to make eggnog and it took us 5-years to work up the courage to try again, but we are glad we did…

Ingredients:

  • 6 2/3 cups of milk
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 8 x beaten egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • dash of nutmeg

You can also substitute in 2 x cups of cream for 2 x cups of milk if you prefer a thicker eggnog. I have also tried 3 cups of half & half cream in place of 3 cups of milk with good success.

If you want an alcoholic version of the eggnog recipe you can substitute 2/3 cup of rum in place of 2/3 cup of the milk.

Directions:

Stir together 4 cups of milk with the 2/3 cup of sugar and egg yolks over low heat. You will want to stir constantly so that none of the egg starts to cook on the bottom of the sauce pan (trust me, you don’t want this to happen). You want to warm the mix until it just adheres to the spoon. If it starts to boil or overcooks just throw it out, otherwise it will be like drinking scrambled eggs…

As soon as the eggnog is warmed transfer it to a sink full of icy cold water and cool it for at least 2-minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the remaining 2 2/3 cups of milk and the vanilla (you can substitute the 2/3 rum in for 2/3 of milk at this point). Cool for at least another 4-hours before enjoying.

Serving:

I usually pour my eggnog on to a couple of cubes of ice and then drink sprinkle some nutmeg on top and you are set to have some eggnog that crushes anything I have ever bought from the store.

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My Review of A&W Coffee

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Many of the fast-food outlets including A&W, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. are starting to upgrade the quality of their coffee, finally. I have yet to have one that comes close to what you might get from a speciality coffee place like Starbucks, Second Cup or Tim Hortons, but they’re trying…

Yesterday I got some coupons in the mail that included two free coffees from A & W. I don’t think that I have tried their coffee before, so this morning on the way home from dropping the kids off at school I thought I try it out.

My first thoughts when I got the coffee into the car was what that it actually smelt quite good! That is of course a good first step towards a good cup of coffee.

When I got home I had a chance to try to coffee and to be honest, it didn’t live up to the smell. The coffee wasn’t as hot as I would like and since I have my black with no sugar I know that it wasn’t the milk that cooled it off.

Also, the coffee was bland. The smell was stronger than the taste. I wouldn’t say that I hate the coffee, but I also wouldn’t say that I like the coffee. If I got it for free I would drink it, but it’s not a coffee I would pay for.

The best “fast food” coffee that I think you can get is still from good old Tim Hortons. Surprisingly the second best fast food coffee I think is McDonald’s, especially when they give it away for free.

A & W Coffee Nutritional Information

One thing that I find interesting about A & W coffee is the nutritional information:

Most coffee that I’ve seen has a calorie count of 0, but A & W coffee has 5 calories in it. By contrast a Tim Horton’s coffee has 0 calories. I have also never seen black coffee with no sugar that has carbohydrates or sodium in it! This makes me suspect that it’s not just ground coffee that I’m buying, but that they have added other “flavour enhancers” or junk to the coffee.

I have one more free coffee coupon that I’ll probably use, but A & W coffee isn’t something that I can see myself paying for…

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Recipe for Calzone and Home Made Pizza Pops

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Tonight we tried something a bit different and decided to make our own Pizza Pops.

The good thing about this recipe is that it is very easy to make and is a good meal to be made with the kids. My kids were all for it tonight, until their eight-week old brother was brought out for some play time. I very quickly lost my co-cooks.

So, back to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 2 x Packs of refrigerated pizza dough (I used Pillsbury pizza dough crust as it was on sale)
  • 1 x large grated carrot
  • 4 x slices of ham, cut into small pieces
  • 1 x small can pineapple chunks
  • 1 x cup grated cheese
  • 4 x tablespoons BBQ or pasta / pizza sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400F (375F if convection)
  • Unroll the pizza crust dough on a floured surface and roll them flat
  • Cut each of the the pizza crust dough in half
  • Put 1/4 of each of the ingredients in each half of the cut pizza dough
  • Fold the four halves in half and press down on the three edges to seal the pockets
  • Place the four pizza pockets on a non-stick baking tray
  • Put the baking tray in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes, until the crust is baked

And that’s it. Only about 30-minutes from start to finish for this recipe.

Each pizza pocket feeds two kids or one adult. This recipe has very quickly become a new family favourite.

I think that next time I might try this recipe from Pillsbury.

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Help Prospective Mothers in Papua New Guinea

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The Mommyhood Memos Bloggers for Birth KitsSometimes it’s amazing how much you can help, through something so little…

In rural Papua New Guinea one in seven women die in childbirth! Yep, that’s right, 1 in 7 women die in childbirth! That’s a shocking statistic to say the least. To give birth to a child a mother has a 15% chance of dying, can you imagine?

A friend of mine, Adriel Booker, in Australia works with YWAM Ships, a ministry that is currently working on delivering medical help into Papua New Guinea. She is a Mom, blogger and fellow YWAMer who has a strong passion for helping other mothers in need. To help expectant mothers in Papua New Guinea she has started a program called Bloggers for Birth Kits to help reduce maternal mortality in rural Papua New Guinea.

The way to help is so simple that anyone can do it…

For as little as a $2.00 donation you can purchase a Birth Kit. The Birth Kit is very simple, but according to the Birthing Kit Foundation can greatly help to reduce the incidence of infant and maternal mortality and morbidity. The kit includes:

  • 1 plastic sheet to provide a clean birthing surface
  • 1 bar of soap for clean hands during the birthing process and to clean the umbilical stump
  • 1 pair of plastic gloves for clean hands
  • 1 sterile scalpel blade to cut the umbilical cord
  • 3 cords / pieces of strong string to tie the umbilical chord
  • 5 gauze squares to clean the baby and mother

The kit is simple, yet effective. Adriel made up her own (which you can watch on the video at the bottom of this post), but I think the most effective way for us to help is to donate.

If you do want to help with this great project, and for only $2.00 who wouldn’t want to help, you can read more about it at Bloggers for Birth Kits.

This post was originally posted on my personal blog at Help Prospective Mothers in Papua New Guinea – Bill Hutchison

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Australian ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

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History

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps whose soldiers were known as ANZACS. The biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers overseas because the ingredients did not spoil easily and they kept well during the long travel on boats to reach them.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaped cup rolled oats
  • 1 heaped cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp. boiling water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 125g butter

Instructions:

Mix oats, coconut, plain flour and sugar together. Stir in melted butter. Mix golden syrup, boiling water and baking soda together. Combine with butter and dry ingredients. Place teaspoons of mixture on a greased tray and lightly press down with a fork.

Oven Temp: 140 C / 284 F (convection), 170 C / 338 F (non convection)
Bake Time: 15-20 mins.

Note: Pull out of oven before thoroughly cooked if you prefer a softer style biscuit, as they will harden slightly upon cooling.

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Make Shift Roasting Rack

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Tonight’s dinner plans for a BBQ rotisserie ham got a bit messed up by rain, yes it’s raining here in Calgary in January. A bit hard to use the BBQ in the rain.

I figured that I would bake the ham as that is a common way for people to cook hams. The problem that I ran into though is that I do not have a roasting rack yet for the bottom of my roasting pan.

After racking my brain for a few minutes, and even considering using our baking cooling racks which didn’t end up fitting, I came up with this idea…

I took the forks from the rotisserie and stuck the in the sides of the ham, leaving the bottom tongs on the forks under the ham so it would be elevated slightly.

It’s not elegant, but it works…

The ham is roasting now and I’ll be doing an orange glaze on it for the last half hour of roasting.

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