Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sandwich Special: Cheddar-Fruit Round

The humble sandwich is often squished into a lunchbox, stashed inside a purse and regaled as the poor cousin to a weekly treat in the food court or at the tuckshop... No more I say!

Today I'm starting a little Sandwich Special.  Sandwiches were always such a specialty when I was growing up and there was no sadness about finding one of my mums sandwiches in my lunchbox.

Hurrah the sandwich I say!

Cheddar-Fruit Round

(makes 4 sandwiches)

  • 185g cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 12 slices of date bread
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into rings
  • 4 canned sliced pineapple rings, drained
  • 1/2 cup coarsely shredded carrots

In a mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese, cheddar cheese and milk until smooth.

To assemble the sandwiches spread one side of 8 of the bread slices (see the recipe for date bread if you'd like to make fresh bread!) with some of the cheese mixture.  Top 4 of the cheese slices with an apple slice.  Top with the remaining cheese-spread slices, cheese side up.  Add a pineapple slice to each and divide the carrot among the 4 sandwiches.  Top with remaining slices.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Date Bread

Date Bread is one of my favourite breads.  Toasted with butter it's delicious.  Matched with salty meats, or pickles in a sandwich, the  sweetness of the dates elevates any sandwich to a delightful experience!

Date Bread

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 90g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a mixer bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light.

Add egg and vanilla, beating until combined.  Stir together flour, salt, soda and spices.  Add flour mixture to creamed mixture with the milk, stirring until blended.  Stir in dates and walnuts.

Pour the batter into two greased and floured bread tins,  Bake at 180 degrees celsius until done (usually around 45-50mins).  Cool slightly and remove from tins,  Cool on wire wrack.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill overnight before slicing.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spiced Prawns, Pawpaw and Curry Mayonnaise

Just returned from travels in Spain and I was reminded of the lovely fresh salads and seafood combinations that I just don't take advantage of enough!

Here's a lovely combination of salad, fruit and seafood which I hope you'll love!

Spiced Prawns, Pawpaw and Curry Mayonnaise


1/2 lemon, sliced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cups of water
375g green prawns in the shell
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon honey
3/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
About 3 cups shredded lettuce
1 small, ripe paw paw, peeled, seeded and sliced

In saucepan, combine first 3 ingredients with water.  Heat until boiling, then simmer 1 minute.

Add prawns and cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.  Drain and cool.  Peel prawns, halve lengthwise, and discard the veins.

In a small bowl, whisk together curry powder, water, cider vinegar and honey until honey dissolves.  Whisk in mayonnaise.

To serve, arrange lettuce or greens, the prawns and pawpaw on chilled plates.  Dollop with mayonnaise mixture to taste.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
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