cooking with kids

Spaghetti Boscaiola

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Ingredients

400g spaghetti

4 rashers bacon

400g  mushrooms (mixture of button and Swiss brown works best)

40g butter

2 cloves garlic

2 shallots

400ml thickened cream

1 sprig parsley

80g Parmesan to serve

Serves 4

Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil with 1Tb salt added to water.
  2. Finely chop mushrooms, bacon, parsley and shallots. Crush garlic.
  3. Place butter into a non-stick fry pan over a medium heat and allow butter to melt.
  4. Add bacon, garlic and mushrooms and cook for 6 minutes.
  5. Cook pasta as per packet instructions.
  6. In the final 4 minutes of the pasta cooking, add cream to the mushroom mixture and allow to thicken on a low heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Finely chop parsley.
  8. Drain pasta add to cream sauce, toss through to ensure all pasta is evenly coated.
  9. Serve on individual plates with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley

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Lemon Cheesecake cups – gluten free

Are you looking for spectacular dessert for this weekend’s entertaining? Try these gluten free cheesecake cups, guaranteed to impress.

You could get creative with flavors, or make it a little boozy with some limoncello.

This cheese cake recipe tastes even better than it looks.

Lemon curd cheese cakes

Base

1 cup almond meal (toasted)

100grams butter melted

3TB brown sugar

Filling

100grams cream cheese

100ml thickened cream

100grams marscapone

1tsp vanilla bean paste

¼ cup castor sugar

1 whole lemon, zested (save ¼ tsp for the garnish)

Garnish

4Tb lemon curd

¼ tsp lemon zest

  1. Place almond meal into a fry pan over a low heat and toast until golden brown.
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan, add butter to almond meal mixture until a paste forms.
  3. Remove 1Tb of the mixture and set aside, divide the remaining into 4 and place into the bottom of 4 glasses, I used tumblers today, this looks great in martini glasses, bowls, fun wine glasses, and gently press down.
  4. Beat the cream until soft peaks form, add the remaining filling ingredients, beat until well combined.
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 and place onto of the base in the 4 glasses.
  6. Allow to set for a couple of hours. Seal 1Tb of left over base mixture for the garnish.
  7. Just before serving, place a tablespoon of lemon curd, a pinch of lemon zest and a pinch of left over crumble mixture on top of each cheesecake.

 Serves 4

Steamed sticky date puddings

These delicious puddings can be made from start to finish in 25minutes without compromising flavour !

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Make 12 muffin sized puddings
1 cup dates
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
30 grams butter (softened)
1/4 white sugar
1/4 brown sugar
1egg
3/4 self raising flour
Preheat combination steam oven, steam oven or steamer to full steam.
1. Cover dates with boiling water.
2. Cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes.
3. Add egg, whisk together and flour.
4. Drain dates, add bicarbonate of soda, add to mix and whisk.
5. Spray a silicone muffin tray with canola oil, place onto a biscuit tray, divide mixture evenly.
6. Place into oven, cook for 12 minutes.
While cooking prepare the sauce
Caramel sauce
300ml cream
1cup brown sugar
30 grams butter

1. Place ingredients into a small saucepan, on a medium heat bring to the simmer.
Serve puddings warm, swimming in caramel sauce


Follow me on my wonderful adventures, sourcing the best produce, using the best ingredients to make the most marvelous of dishes with a pinch of fun and travel on the side. I am passionate about using my combination steam oven so you will find loads of recipes you can use in a combination steam oven.