Homemade Pepperoni Pizza w/ ricotta-tomato base




























Pizza is so savory and easy to make. If you have never attempted to make it from scratch don't be intimidated. I hadn't before either and look how mine turned out! Its simpler than it seems and once you try it you can say goodbye to major pizza chain and hello to homemade-pizza-goodness!!!


Pizza Dough

1. 3 cups of flour
2. 1 sachet of yeast
3. 1 tbsp of salt
4. 1 tsp of caster sugar
5. warm water
6. Canola Spray

In a small bowl combine your yeast, water, and sugar. Cover this mixture and allow to sit in a warm place. Place your flour & salt in another bowl. Once your yeast begins to bubble add it to the flour-salt mixture and mix well. Use your hands to help the dough take form. Spray the dough with a bit of canola spray on all sides and then toss in a bit of flour. Place in a bowl & cover for 25 minutes to allow it to grow in size. Using a rolling pin and your hands shape your pizza base.

Topping

1. Tomato sauce
2. Ricotta spread
3. Hungarian salami ( thinly sliced)
4. Mozzarella
5. S&P
6. Oregano

In a bowl mix tomato sauce and ricotta. Spread a thin layer on your base. Season with S&P and oregano. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and add your salami. Cook until base is crispy and cheese has melted.

Enjoy!

First Official Pie Off & a #recipe for Chicken Pot Pie




So if you've been following me on my social networks you probably saw me tweeting and/or posting about an upcoming pie off! Well we did it this weekend and had so much fun. The pie off was just a friendly competition between my partner and I.  Rules were simple make a pie from scratch with out the help of any recipe (except for a bit of inspiration).



Firstly, let me say if you have not invested in a mini pie maker....you need one in your life STAT.  I love our little sunbeam pie maker. Makes perfect little pies every time...






My partner made a steak, onion, and mushroom pie while I opted for my take on the classic chicken pot pie. A mini pie maker really makes pie baking so simple. Before we knew it we had 20+ pie and it only took us about half an hour!

I say if you have a bunch of guests over this is your go to meal. Or if you want to pre-make a bunch of lunches just make a few pies and pop them in the freezer!

I'll share my recipe for Chicken Pot Pies with you now, and allow my hubbs to post his recipe later :)


Chicken Pot Pie 

Ingredients:

1. Chicken broth
2. Parsley
3. Onion
4. S&P
5. Chopped mushroom
6. Diced chicken breast
7. Supreme Chicken gravy
8. 1tsp All Spice
9. Chicken Salt
10. Oregano
11. Puff Pastry
12. Peas and Corn
13. diced Carrot
14. Diced potatoes

In a saucepan boil your potatoes until tender but not falling apart. In another large saucepan add your diced onion with a couple tablespoons of oil. Cook until they begin to become translucent. Add your various spices and stir until they become fragrant. Add your chicken and toss them in your spices. Pour in your chicken broth and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat a bit and let some of the bubbles subside before placing in your chopped carrot. Place the lid or a plate over the pot and allow to cook for 15-25 minutes or until your chicken is cooked, and your carrot is tender. Drain the chicken broth from the pot. Add your canned peas, corn, and chicken gravy. Stir the mixture until warm.

Now you are ready to assemble your pie. Take a cookie cutter and cut two circles from your frozen puff pastry. Make a incision on one of the dough circles starting at the center of the dough and going to the bottom ( the radius of the circle)-




























This is the bottom of your pie. Place this circle in the pie maker, and scoop a good spoonful of your mixture on top of this. Place your remaining circle on top and close your pie maker. Cook until golden brown. Enjoy!

We have plans to do another pie off. Its so easy and fun. Our pie maker serves as a source of good food and entertainment :)


What are your favorite pie recipes?




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Salmon BLT: Tips for cooking a crispy salmon fillet


























This isn't very complex at all! As long as you know how to cook a salmon fillet and bacon you've got this in the bag.

I cooked my salmon on low to medium heat and made sure to flip until I got this nice golden color on both sides.

Slapped some japanese mayo on a bun, lettuce, salmon, some crunchy bacon, and tomatoes...and you have your Salmon BLT!

It may be simple but that doesn't make it any less delicious! We paired it with some chips and my favorite bundie guava juice and you have a yummy summer (or anytime of year really) lunch!


My tips for cooking a nice crispy skinned salmon fillet: 

1. Sprinkle with sea salt before cooking
2. Cook skin side down
3. Do not over cook! Cook for around 5 minutes but it really depends on how thick your fillets are.
4. Test the flakiness of the fillet with a fork to make sure it is ready!

Bell pepper-bacon-egg-cheese breakie sandwiches!

We were experimenting a bit in the kitchen one morning and created these delicious breakfast sandwiches. I don't really get into breakfast cooking but I might start... I usually opt for the standard bacon, eggs and toast.

Don't get me wrong a classic breakfast is delicious, but I thought my fiance might appreciate a bit of variety...

And so bell pepper-bacon-egg-cheese breakie sandwiches were born! ( I should think of a better title for this...  any suggestions?)

The key is simply making sure you cook your bell pepper until it is tender. Not that big a bell pepper fan? You don't have to cut it as thick as I did :)

Want to try it out? Heres the recipe:






























Ingredients

1. red and green bellpepper
2. mushroom
3. shredded cheddar cheese
4. cooked bacon
5. eggs

Heat a tbsp of oil in a skillet. Place a slice of bell pepper in the skillet and let it brown slightly on one side before flipping it. Crack an egg in the center of the bell pepper and allow it to cook until the egg white is completely cooked & the bell pepper is tender. Sauté some mushroom in the remaining oil.

Sprinkle shredded cheese on your bun ( you can microwave to melt the cheese or if you want your sandwich toasted place it in a lightly greased skillet) - Place bacon on top of the cheese, mushroom, and finally your bell pepper- egg. Serve and enjoy your colorful breakie!

We are having a #pieoff this weekend so I'm on the look out for some yummy pie inspirations! Let me know if you have any ideas for us :)


NSW bushfire emergency & how you can help #nswfires #bushfires

As many people know there are a number of un contained fires burning in the Blue Mountains and West NSW area..


























Hundreds of homes have been lost...

From news it seems as though things are getting worse with fears that several of the fires might possibly merge into one large fire. My partner and I are planning a trip to Sydney around Christmas/New Year's so we are planning on helping out with the recovery effort.

To my absolute disgust I learned that there was looting going on in the effected areas. People leave there homes accepting the fact that it might not be there when they come back..only to find their homes intact but all there personal belongings gone. Of course it is a blessing to still have a home but the fact that these low lives would prey on people on the brink of losing everything....

One story that really tore me up was of a family who was out at the time the fire started to take their home. They didn't get to grab anything...no photographs...nothing. They begged the firefighters to let them across the line to save their family pet but it was too dangerous and he perished. You could see the heartbreak on their faces and it was impossible to not feel for them. I couldn't imagine how hard that would be to deal with. The thought of all my memories burning would be too much to handle.

Please keep NSW in your thoughts & prayers at this time. 

If you are concerned about the welfare of family and friends, please contact the Police Information Centre on1800 227 228.

If you would like to donate to the relief and recovery effort click here

And for more info on how you can help go here

Chicken Parm Meatballs w/ a Ricotta and Mozzarella center



























Who doesn't like a good chicken parm? This is a neat twist that everyone will enjoy. I got the idea from Pinterest!

Thank God for Pinterest.

Oh the hours I've wasted scrolling through the pages of yummy foods...

I'm in a great mood at the moment. I've just finished one of my last midterm exams (Physical Science Survey) and I made an A. It was a 100 questions of balancing equations and I felt completely drained after. Then I remembered I had leftovers of this delicious recipe I'm sharing today and I perked back up after a bite.

My partner said the Ritz Crusted Cheddar Chicken was one of his favorites the other day....well this is one of mine! :)

Check out this simple, cheesy, crunchy recipe below:


Chicken Parm Meatballs w/ a cheesy center

Ingredients:

1. Ricotta
2. Mozzarella
3. 2 cups of breadcrumbs
4. White meat chicken mince
5. 1 cup of Milk
6. 1 tsp Salt
7. 1 tsp Pepper
8. Cooked Spaghetti
9. Marinara Sauce



Directions: 

Step one: In a large bowl mix your chicken, salt, pepper, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, and milk. Mix together, but don't over mix. 

Step two: Take the mixture and form them into balls. Stick a finger down the center and fill with mozzarella and ricotta. Form it back into a solid ball. 

Step three: Roll the balls in your remaining breadcrumbs. 

Step four: Deep fry your chicken balls until cooked through and golden brown. 

Serve with Spaghetti covered in marinara sauce and chopped parsley to garnish. 








Tips: Make sure the heat isn't too high so that the mince doesn't cook all the way through before your breadcrumbs have well and truly browned.

You can use shredded mozzarella like I did. It works just as well!

Enjoy!

Ritz-crusted cheddar chicken






















This crunchy ritz crusted chicken tastes delicious in this easy to make creamy sauce. After having it for the first time the other night my partner even told me this was one of his favorite recipes! Goes well with a loaded baked potato and steamed carrots. You can never have too many yummy chicken recipes!





























Ritz-crusted cheddar chicken

1. 4 chicken breasts
2. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3. Milk
4. Cream of Chicken
5. 2 tbsp Sour Cream
6. 2 tbsp butter
7. Crushed pack of ritz crackers
8. Salt and Pepper
9. Chopped parsley

Directions:

Place milk in a small bowl. Crushed Ritz in another small bowl, and shredded cheddar cheese in a small bowl. Take your chicken breast and dip it in the milk, roll it in the cheese, and toss it in the breadcrumbs. Place coated chicken breasts on a greased baking tray and bake until the juice from the chicken runs clear and the chicken is golden brown. Put your cream of chicken into a saucepan on medium heat. Add sour cream and butter and stir until it is dissolved. Serve warm over your chicken and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Tender Flash Fried Squid


























Squid is a quick & easy appetizer that compliments most meals.

The key to getting them tender is getting your oil super hot and cooking them quickly!!!

A nice marinade adds a nice kick as well. We had these yummy rings with a Salmon BLT for lunch over the weekend.

Check out my recipe:

Ingredients:

1. 2tbsp Lemon- Garlic Paste (for marinade)
2. Salt & Pepper
3. All purpose flour
4. Chopped parsley

*aioli for dipping

Cut your squid into rings and place into a small bowl. Place your Lemon- Garlic paste in the same bowl and mix until the rings are well coated. Place bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes. Put your flour in another bowl. Take out your squid and toss them in the flour. Heat a skillet with a few inches of oil to medium-high heat. Fry your squid turning until they are golden brown on both sides. Place on a plate and season with S&P and chopped parsley. Serve with aioli. Enjoy!









Weekend Wrap Up: Ocktoberfest
















So I actually won something...

I know?! I was shocked too.

And I won something I was actually interested in winning! You see Urban List has these occasional "Forward a Friend" email contests. All you have to do is forward their newsletter to a friend and you go into the draw to win whatever prize they are giving away that week. A few weeks back I was skimming through the newsletter and saw the "forward a friend" thing and just went ahead and forwarded it to my fiance not even really entertaining the thought that I might win. And I did!

See this goes to show... you never know! After I won I had the urge to buy a lottery ticket :/


So I won two tickets to Ocktoberfest Brisbane ! We went on Saturday and had so much fun. We brew our own beer so we hardly (never) buy beer.

We decidedto fully immerse ourselves in the Ocktoberfest experience and forked over the cash for a few beers. We cringed as we handed over $10 for a beer.

Overall it was a nice experience. We were tempted to get the Pork Knuckle plate but became very intimidated once we saw the size of the thing. Its HUGE. Looked very yummy and a popular dish at the festival but we wanted something travel size so we could walk around and take photos! We settled on some yummy sausages. I got the cheese Kransky and my partner got a herb-peppery sausage. We both agreed the Kransky was the best and even went back for another before the end of the day!

I loved seeing all the beautiful, colorful dirndls.

 A lot of people who wore dirndls weren't aware of what their dirndl was telling the world! The way you tie your dirndl signifies your relationship status. I think it goes... if you tie your bow on the left you are single....on the right you are taken...and in the back you are a widow or waitress.

I saw a lot of widows and/or waitresses on Saturday.

Brisbane Ocktoberfest is still on this upcoming weekend! Make sure you get your tickets before the fun ends!

TJ's Pizza House #review

If it's a Saturday night in Brisbane and you are looking for a cheesy, hot, & insanely delicious slice of pizza...

Well, I have found the perfect spot for you. 




























We usually just go for Pizza Hut or Dominos... I mean you can get a pretty good deal at these two establishments and the pizzas taste....edible. 

Sometimes you want that authentic, traditional, cheesy pizza stacked with fresh ingredients. 

They don't have some uniform assembly-line esq method at TJ's Pizza House in Greenbank. You even get the added pleasure of watching your pizza being made right in front of you! 

What really sets this pizza place apart from the others for me is the 18 INCH FAMILY PIZZA. Its huge. The slices are the size of a dinner plate... I eat one slice and I'm full. If you are having a little get together with 8 of your closest friends one pizza would be enough, haha. This pizza gets the gut seal of approval.

For $30 bucks you can get a 18 in family pizza (half and half like the one pictured is an extra $1) , garlic bread and a drink. 

The trouble with venturing out and trying new pizza places is the risk! You pay a little more for a pizza at an independent only to find its dry and lacking flavor. I hate DRY PIZZA. This is a problem I have run into often when trying independent pizzerias. I am happy to say this was not the case with TJ's Pizza House. 

Check it out for yourself! 

Pork roast leftovers = Pork nachos



























So, we made a beautiful pork roast for dinner a few nights ago! Check it out here.

The next day, we had a BUNCH of leftover pork meat - no crackling...because we munched all of it away- Turns out pork roast without the crackling isn't very interesting... So I decided to brainstorm some dinner ideas for the pork....it took me all of two seconds to decide on pork nachos.


We absolutely love nachos, like burgers there are endless possibilities to the different combinations you can create with nachos. I know...I know they may not be the healthiest dinner meal...but come on who would turn down a plate of nachos?

Pork roast nachos 

1. Pork meat
2. Taco seasoning
3. Green onion
4. Cheddar Cheese
5. Diced tomato
6. Cooked Rice
7. Avocado
8. Sour cream
9. 1tbsp of oil
10. Tortilla chips- ( I like to take a white tortilla, cut it up like a pizza, and then lightly fry it in oil until golden brown)



Pre-cook your rice- I love rice on nachos! Put your oil into a skillet and heat it up. Place your leftover pork (or uncooked if making from scratch) in the skillet and season with taco seasoning to taste.

** If you are using leftover pork don't cook for too long. You are really just reheating the pork and adding a bit of flavor. If you are cooking from scratch then cook the pork all the way through.

Place your tortilla chips on your plate. Place a few spoonfuls of rice on top, then some pork. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and microwave until cheese is melted. Top with avocado, diced tomatoes, a spoonful of sour cream and green onion to garnish. Enjoy!




























What do you like on your nachos?

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Cherry Almond Scones by My Sweet Sanity. Cherries and Almonds are own of those flavor matches made in heaven, they're absolutely perfect for each other. These scones look so good, perfectly risen, with a light and creamy glaze. Delicious. 






Caramel Apple Layer Cake by Say it with Cake. Well fall is certainly here and it's bringing all kinds of great dishes with it, including this amazing cake. I love that there are four perfectly even layers coated in caramel with a frosting that's wrapped in nuts. This would make for a great alternative Thanksgiving dessert!






5 Tips for Better Product Photography by The Handmade is Better Blog. Living in a small ranch on a shaded lot, I feel like I'm in a constant battle for lighting when it comes time to photograph my blog posts. These are some great tips, and I'm definitely going to looking into getting one of those awesome mini reflectors. 






Pallet Scrap Wood Planter Box by The Pin Junkie. This has actually been a project on my to do list for quite some time and seeing how nice and rustic this one looks, I might just have to make mine this weekend. This is such a sweet and simple centerpiece for fall, and if you have some old pallets lying around it makes this pretty much FREE!




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Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath by Implausibly Beautiful. Yay! It's officially October so I am officially okay with anything to do with Halloween, including this glam wreath. I love anything with purple and sparkles. This is the perfect decoration for the season.  






Asian Quinoa Salad by The First Year Blog. I love Quinoa. I can't help but say it like that commercial when that guy cooks a Quinoa burger on the grill, HA! If you haven't seen it, I'm sorry. Quinoa can take on so many different flavors and works in a variety of ways. This Asian inspired salad looks delicious!






Cork Decor by DIY Budget Girl. I have a vase full of wine corks and it is overflowing! I have been looking for something to make with them that is decorative at the same time. This is perfect. I love that you can use any text you want and it makes a great gift too! 






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