Monday, January 30, 2017

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

I love a good slow cooker recipe whether it's Summer or Winter and this one will not disappoint.  It's a matter of putting your ingredients in and turning it on which is great with sports starting up soon in the evenings.  I've made this before with the beef coated in the cornflour (corn starch) and I have stood at the stove browning in batches. This recipe is so much easier and the meat is so tender.  We all loved it.

SLOW COOKER MONGOLIAN BEEF

INGREDIENTS
1 kg of skirt steak (or flank steak)
1/4 cup of cornstarch (corn flour)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon mince garlic
3/4 cup of Soy Sauce
3/4 cup Water
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup of grated/julienne carrots
1/2 capicum (optional...I added this as extra veggies)
2 Onions sliced
Green onions (sliced for garnish) I also stirred some into the pot 5 minutes before serving
Rice (for serving)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice onions and carrots.
  2. Slice spring onions/shallots and set aside for garnish.
  3. Place olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, onions and carrots into slow cooker and stir ingredients.
  4. Slice steak into thin strips and place in a ziplock bag with the cornstarch (cornflour) and shake until all pieces are coated.
  5. Place into slow cooker and stir until meat has been coated in sauce.
  6. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours until cooked throughout and tender.
  7. Serve on a bed of rice and garnish with spring onions.



Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Easiest Bread Rolls ever

It's been a while since I've baked any bread and yesterday decided I would make bread rolls for lunch today.  You need to start these 3 hours before you want to eat them but in total it took me 10 mins to measure ingredients and mix in the Thermomix then 1 hour rising and 5 mins to shape the rolls and that's it ...just another 45 mins rising time on the tray and then bake them.  These are the best bread rolls ever..... a little bit crusty on the top and so soft and fluffy in the middle.  Whilst this recipe is done in the Thermomix I also have the instructions to make them from scratch.  If you ever want to make your own bread seriously this is your recipe.  You could make it into a loaf of bread if you wanted to rather than rolls.  I've written about it previously and here is the link to the recipe.  You must try and make these as they are so easy and turn out perfectly every time.  This is a lot simpler than any sourdough recipe (in my opinion).  I know this is not sourdough but if you want to make bread give this recipe a go.

This is the proved rolls ready to go into the oven.  

Fresh out of the oven.

OMG...so yummy..........and it's so easy to look like a professional baker with this recipe.

Lunch today ham rolls.....my kids love these rolls.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Around Here 2017

Around here we have taken down the Christmas decorations and are still very much in holiday mode although the heat is taking it's toll and you don't feel like doing much when it's so hot.  I've taken the kids to a nearby park a couple of times which they love to get out of the house.  We also had a lovely day trip to Rainbow Bay and the water was so lovely.

This park is loads of fun for the kids.

Glad my 13 year old still loves going to the park.  

This one loves any outdoor activity.

Chilling out on holidays with You Tube videos.

Chilling out in her room where she made a chubby house with sheets and is watching a DVD on her new portable DVD player that Santa got her.

At Woollies shopping for a new kettle with me.

Keeping cool in the hot weather.

Sienna has lost 2 teeth in two weeks....she's getting richer by the day.

I made some mini quiches for New Years Eve get together with my family.

Our family Christmas Cake is made by my Mum and my sister.

James got these fabulous speakers with water in them that when the music is played the bubbles go up and down and light up...they are really cool.