Monday, 29 September 2008

Recipe review

So I've been doing a bit of baking recently, not only for my parents' 30th wedding anniversary celebration which was yesterday, but also just generally over the past few weeks. Unfortunately my camera's batteries ran out yesterday and my camera didn't like its new replacement batteries so I'm waiting on other people's photos to come back to me before I can show you what my mum and I made.

Sweet miso stir fry sauce
From I just made the sauce for a general vegetable stir fry (I didn't use eggplant) and it was a success in tonight's dinner. I replaced the sugar with honey and added a 2.5 cm piece of ginger, 2 cloves of garlic and chili to taste and it was terrific. I was concerned that it was going to be too salty, which is always my concern whenever I use miso paste, but it was fine once it was tossed through everything. I love using miso paste as a base for stir through sauces as it gives a really nice, almost creamy consistency.

Blueberry and almond slice
I have been dying to try this sanitarium recipe for ages but I find it hard to justify baking slices when there are only a few people around to eat it, so I love big occasions (like yesterday) so I can finally try out all of these cake and slice recipes I've always oggled. This slice is very visually appealing, with the little blueberries poking through. It's moist and there's a great contrast between the almond meal base and the berries that burst in your mouth as you eat it. The recipe was easy to follow and no adjustments for time/temperature had to be made. It came out looking just like the picture on the website. The base was made a day ahead of time and still worked out fine.

From Sanitarium

Rhubarb muffins dusted with cinnamon sugar
Ok, ok, soon I will get over rhubarb recipes. I'm almost through the box of frozen rhubarb bits now. In an effort to try to use up the last of the rhubarb, I made these rhubarb muffins for Gib to take to work. Muffins freeze well and are a convenient snack for hungry men at morning tea time. Myself, I found them a little boring. They were very light and fluffy but a bit too sweet for my liking, and reminded me more of cupcakes with rhubarb than muffins. I prefer my muffins to have a more interesting texture, so maybe I'd make it with part wholemeal flour next time and perhaps add walnuts to the mix. That's just me though. Gib's mum loved them as they were and... well... they didn't last very long with Gib.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad
We've actually made this one a few times over the past month, sometimes making the whole thing, othertimes just roasting up the cauliflower on its own with the spices. It has become a favourite and I foresee it will be made many times in the future. We have learned not to go overboard with the lemon because it gets a bit too zesty with the capers mixed in too. A great side dish, I reckon this would go down well at a summer barbeque.


katiecrackernuts said...

That all looks delicious. Ta for the pointer to the Sanitarium site. It's offices are not far from where I work - a big (Aussie, I think) company out of the big city, gotta love that.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your Blueberry and Almod slice looks delicious - that is one recipe I have to try!!