Munch on Australian Vegemite and Cheese Scrolls

Tea is incomplete without a tasty snack. Whether you want to enjoy evening tea with your soul mate alone by the bedroom window or with crazy bunch of friends, a good coffee/tea with a yet tasty snack is always welcomed by millions. Let’s enjoy something from the land of Australia today. Vegemite and cheese scrolls are all delicious and delight and brings smile even if the budget is tight. Agree or not? The best part of this snack is that it can be popped into office lunch boxes or enjoyed over and again with high tea. Moreover I am very fond of crazy snacks recipes. Let’s try the following delight.

Australian Vegemite and Cheese Scrolls

Australian Vegemite and Cheese Scrolls

Australian Vegemite and Cheese Scrolls

Ingredients:-

250 ml Milk,

Salt to taste,

Pepper to taste,

Vegemite to taste,

250 grams Self Raising Flour,

30 grams chopped cold Butter,

55 grams grated Swiss Cheese.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat the oven to 200 D.C. Grease with butter, a medium sized baking tray.

2. Add flour, butter and seasonings in a food processor blend until it resembles fresh breadcrumbs.

3. Now add milk. Mix until combined. Tip the dough out on a slightly floured bench top. Roll into a 30 x 45 cm rectangle.

4. Spread Vegemite and top with grated cheese generously . Roll into a log. Cut into 2 cm slices. Place onto a greased oven tray.

5. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or at room temperature with hot tea or coffee.

There's Nothing Like Australia

There’s Nothing Like Australia

Enjoy!


Rebel Wilson and her Love for Pavlova

Rebel Wilson, the 28 year old Australian actress, writer and a stand-up comedian, flew home for celebrating Christmas with her family. Neither did she prepare turkey nor honey glazed ham, but was seen munching on the traditional Pavlova or ‘Pav’. This is well portrayed on social sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The recipe has a crunchy and crisp outer-shell and is soft and moist from inside. The texture makes me crave for it right away. I love authentic recipes. Hope you enjoyed Chocolate Lamington.

Yummy Pavlova

Yummy Pavlova

Did you know that Pavlova has a historical significance? Pavlova is a dessert. It is named after a famous Russian ballet dancer called Anna Pavlova, when she visited Australia. There is yet a long story behind this. Pavlova makes a great summer dessert in entire Australia and New Zealand. Different fruits added to this recipe, give a colorful topping thereby making the dessert yummier. So let’s celebrate Australia day with authentic Pavlova.

Rebel Wilson enjoying Pavlova

Rebel Wilson enjoying Pavlova

Ingredients:-

16 Egg Whites,

2 diced Kiwi fruits,

A pinch Cream of Tartar,

300 ml thickened Cream,

1 1/2 cups Caster Sugar,

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract,

250 gm diced Strawberries,

Mint leaves for Garnishing,

1 tablespoon Icing Sugar mixture.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 120 D. C. Line a baking tray and baking paper. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks are formed.

2. Now add caster sugar. Beat until the sugar dissolves. Then add cream of tartar. Beat for 1 minute.

3. Spoon mixture onto circle. Using a spatula, shape into a circle as shown. Make furrows. Bake for 1 hour or until firm. Turn off oven.  Allow to cool.

4. For the cream, using an electric mixer, beat cream, icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.

5. Place the cool pavlova on a serving plate. Top with cream mixture, mint leaves and fruits as shown. Serve.

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

Enjoy Australia Day!

Enjoy Traditional Aussie Meat Pie on Australia Day

My neighbor’s little daughter came running up to me and was singing the song, ‘I am Australian’. The song is jam packed with intense meaning. This reminded me that Australia Day is approaching. Hope you liked my blog, Chocolate Lamington, which is also a traditional Australian cake. Today I’ll serve you with classic and spicy Aussie treat. I am very fond of meat recipes. The yummilicious Aussie Meat Pie is a small pie, filled with ground beef, onions and gravy. It is mostly topped with tomato sauce to compliment with the crazy crust. Vegemite is also used in the recipe. Vegemite is delectable Australian spread that is made from used brewer’s yeast.

Aussie Meat Pie

Aussie Meat Pie

Meat pie is considered an iconic food in Australia and New Zealand and is served for sure on the auspicious Australia Day. Even after lot of innovative goodies coming up every year, the pie continues to have top ranking in the heart and mind of millions. These traditional pies make a delectable party and picnic food as they are simple to make and easy to serve. Meat pies are popular in different cuisines example Nigerian, British, Lebanese, Australian. The ingredients, method and flavor vary from place to place. Here it goes…

Ingredients:-

1 beaten Egg,

3/4 cup Beef Stock,

3/4 cup Tomato sauce,

1 tablespoon Cornflour,

1 teaspoon Vegemite,

1 tablespoon Olive Oil,

1 chopped Brown Onion,

1 tablespoon Barbecue Sauce,

500 grams minced Lean Beef,

2 sheets thawed frozen puff pastry,

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce,

2 sheets thawed frozen Shortcrust Pastry.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook until soft. Add minced beef. Cook for 4 minutes. Stir until brown.

2. In another bowl, mix cornflour and 1 tablespoon of stock to form smooth paste. Add the remaining stock. Now add stock, sauces and Vegemite to the mince. Bring it to boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Cool the mixture.

3. Preheat the oven to 220 D. C. Place a baking tray into oven. Grease the pie pans.

4. Cut circles from shortcrust pastry as desired. Fill with the beef mince. Brush the rims with water. Cut circles from puff pastry. Place over meat. Press to seal. Trim the rest. Brush with egg and then season.

5. Place pies onto hot tray. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy the meaty treat.

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day!

Celebrate Australia Day with Traditional Chocolate Lamington

Australia Day, falling on January 26, has become nation’s largest annual public celebration. It brings together Australians from all walks of life. Make sure to grab your spot along the streets of Australia to cheer the bulk parade participants. It’s the national day and ultimate time to celebrate with classic and traditional dishes. Australia has a rich variety of food and drinks. Last year, I shared with you Australian Cocktails and I’m so glad that everyone loved to dance with those drinks.

Yummy Chocolate Lamington

Yummy Chocolate Lamington

This time I’ve come up with the traditional dessert called Lamington. Lamington are squares of sponge cake that are dipped in melted chocolate and grated coconut. Lamingtons are usually made up of stale cake. I have used fresh cake. So the trick is to freeze it. After this, dip the lamination when it is slightly frozen. Though I am equally fond of strawberry and raspberry flavor, this time I tried Chocolate Lamington. You can also add in strawberry cream in between the cake as I have done. 

For the Cake:-

3 eggs,

1/4 cup milk,

1/2 cup sugar,

1/4 cup cornflour,

3/4 cup self raising flour,

3 teaspoons melted butter.

For Icing:-

1/2 cup milk,

3 1/2 cups icing sugar,

1/3 cup cocoa powder,

2 teaspoons melted butter,

2 cups desiccated coconut for coating.

Preparation Method for Cake:-

1. Preheat oven to 180 D.C. Now grease and flour a square shaped cake tin. Take a bowl. Beat eggs, sugar, butter and milk in it. Sift this mixture in flour and cornflour mix. Mix until well combined.

2. Pour the mixture into the greased tin. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Bake time is 25-30 minutes.

3. Allow to cool. Cut into smaller squares. Place in the freezer until it begins to harden, for 1 1/2 hours, uncovered.

Preparation Method for Icing:-

1. Stir butter, milk and cocoa powder, together. Then stir in the icing sugar.

2. Dip frozen cake squares into icing mixture and then into grated coconut.

3. Place on baking paper and allow to defrost. This must take 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.

Australia Day Parade

Australia Day Parade

Enjoy Australia Day!