Recently my sister in law and I tasted someone’s home made jerky and that was it, we bought a second hand dehydrator so we could make our own. The idea is to share the dehydrator but I have to admit it hasn’t left my house yet! It’s fantastic for making beef jerky which disappears at a rate of knots in our house and if any is left makes a great lunchbox filler. It also freezes well for later, or would do if it wasn’t eaten so quickly. I’ve also dried apples, pears and strawberries which are delicious snacks. The banana, oranges and mandarins didn’t go so well, will have to have another go at those sometime and try for a better batch. I’m looking forward to the summer when there will (hopefully) be an glut of tomatoes and the sun drying can start…mmm… This is the recipe for the non spicy Hawaiian Jerky made for the non chilli heads in my family.
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1 tsp ground ginger
-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 garlic clove, crushed
-1/4 cup pineapple juice
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1 kg beef, sliced into 0.5cm strips (I used a “round” joint from the butcher)
-In a sealable container combine all the ingredients except the meat. Stir to mix well. Slice meat and place into marinade. Mix well so meat is covered in marinade. Cover tightly and leave for 6-12 hours in the fridge.
-Drain marinade and place the meat slices onto the dehydrator sheets in a single layer. Dehydrate at 60C (High on the Snackmaker) for 6-8 hours, turning the meat after 4 hours.
-Allow to cool and then test by bending. Jerky should crack when bent but not break and there should be no moist spots.
-Keep in an airtight container or freeze and enjoy!
How to use up thirty quails eggs? After hard boiling, frying and poaching, I used up the remainder of the quails eggs by making scotch eggs. Easy, delicious and they last a few days in the fridge. Great for lunch boxes and snacks. I bake mine in the oven rather than deep frying as it’s much healthier.
Hard boiled eggs, chickens or quails!
Sausage meat (I buy my favourite sausages and squeeze the sausage meat out of them.)
One egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 180C. Flatten out some sausage meat in the palm of your hand and mould it round to encase the hard boiled egg (if you use wet hands then the sausage meat doesn’t stick). Roll in egg and then breadcrumbs. Repeat until all your eggs are covered. Place on a baking tray and spray with olive oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Eat hot or leave to cool and enjoy later.
Winter is definitely here in Perth. Just the right time for a warming winter soup. I tried this roasted pumpkin soup recipe of Mary Berry’s this week as I’m addicted to “Bake Off” at the moment! Roasting the vegetables initially concentrates the flavours. It is delicious and highly recommended!
One butternut pumpkin, peeled and cubed
One onion, chopped
One red pepper, chopped
Two carrots, peeled and chopped
Some chopped fresh ginger, about a tablespoon
Drizzle of honey
1-1.5L chicken stock
Salt and pepper
Heat oven to 175C. Place pumpkin, onion, pepper and carrot in roasting tray and drizzle over some olive oil. Mix well. Roast in oven for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with ginger and drizzle with honey and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and put all the veggies into a saucepan (or thermomix). Add 1-1.5L chicken stock and some salt and pepper and cook for a further 10 minutes (100C speed 2). Check vegetables are soft and then puree until smooth. Season further if desired to taste. Eat with some crusty fresh bread…….
I took a visit to one of our local markets yesterday and stumbled across some quails eggs. I had to buy them as they looked amazing! The seller said to hard boil them and eat them in a salad. They have a thick membrane under the outer shell but otherwise are similar to chickens eggs, albeit a much smaller version. Had lots of fun trying them out in various ways, hard boiled, fried, poached……will try some mini scotch eggs later……recipe to follow…..
This is a quick and easy slice, ready in under 30 minutes…..
1 cup SR flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup coconut
1/2 cup Milo
120g butter, melted
Combine all dry ingredients. Mix in butter and egg and stir well. Press mixture into lined slice tray. Bake at 180C for 15-20 mins. Enjoy!….