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  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 500 grams chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

Mix dry ingredients and then add wet and mix until combined.


Place mixture into a lined tin and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees C) for approximately 30 minutes.DSC_1983


PS: This was a big slice and the ingredients can easily be halved to make it smaller.

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These buns are quick, easy and delicious either hot or cold, iced or un-iced.DSC_1977


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon bread improver
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sultanas/mixed fruit/chopped dry fruit
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 ml warm water

Mix dry ingredients and add fruit. Add wet ingredients and then mix until mixture forms into a dough.

Place dough on floured surface and need until smooth.

Here is a picture of the dough on my bench.

Pull off bits of dough and roll into balls and place into either greased or lined tin.

Here the rolls are ready to rise.

Leave the rolls to rise until almost double in size.

Rolls risen and ready to bake.

Place rolls into moderate oven (180 degrees C) and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

When done rolls will sound hollow when tapped.


PS I always take mine out and turn into tea towel and cover until cool.

PPS These can be iced or served plain, whatever you prefer.

PPPS This recipe can be used for plain savoury rolls as well.


Once again these muffins are quick and easy and really delicious.

  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 250 grams white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries (I used frozen)
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Mix dry ingredients and add chocolate chips and raspberries and mix. Add wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees C) for 15 mins then turn around and bake for another 7 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.



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With our weather starting to warm up a bit, it was quiche on the menu instead of stew.

This is such an easy recipe and the amounts I used can be halved to make a smaller quiche.


  • Onions – 2
  • Zucchini – 2
  • Red capsicum – 1
  • Celery – 5 stalks
  • Sausages – 2 dozen
  • Eggs – 2 dozen
  • Milk – 3/4 cup
  • Cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable stock – 2 tablespoons

Chop the vegetables and fry in the olive oil until soft.   Once soft place vegetables in the baking dish. (I used a rectangle casserole dish)

Fry up the sausages and then cut into about 1 inch pieces and then add to the vegetables in your dish.

Whisk up the eggs and add the milk, salt, pepper and vegetable stock.

Pour egg mixture over vegetables and sausages and top with grated cheese.

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees celcius) for approximately 30 – 40 minutes until brown.




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I’m on a muffin roll at the moment, they are so quick and easy to make and I made these for my daughter to take on their ski trip this week.



  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 jar of home canned pumpkin or cooked and cooled mashed pumpkin
  • 2 – 3 bananas
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups cold water

Once again these are so easy. Just mix the dry ingredients, add the wet and the pumpkin and banana and mix until combined.

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for approximately 20 mins.


PS. I used home canned pumpkin from last season, and I have never seen canned pumpkin in the supermarket here in Australia. With this pumpkin you just need to remember to drain off the liquid.


PPS. These muffins would be great iced with cream cheese icing. I didn’t do this because they had to travel about 7 hours .


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I really like this muffin recipe, you can add anything you really like to the basic mixture and change it about as much as you want.

I had some bananas in the freezer (they were on special) and some blueberries, what a great combination. I mixed it up with a bit of coconut cream and they were just delicious and so moist.


  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup berries
  • 1 can coconut cream (400 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

Mix dry ingredients and then add banana and berries and wet ingredients. Mix until combine.  (You may need to add more water).

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees celcius) for approx 20 mins. Check with a skewer to see if cooked.

These muffins are lovely and moist and a great snack idea.


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Now I know that I should have had another coloured vegetable on the plate but this cannelloni was absolutely delicious any way.


I used minced pork that I had left over from making sausages (ran out of skins) so it already have garlic and chive flavouring in it. I did add some rolled oats, we really like mince dishes with oats.


I made the cannelloni sheets myself using sourdough pasta. Actually I was going to make pasta but decided to do something different.

Pasta before rolling out.

So after rolling out the pasta (I used a rolling pin) I cut it into rectangles.


I then placed the mince mixture down the middle of the rectangles and then rolled them up into tubes.


I put a jar of home bottled tomatoes on the bottom of my baking dish and then placed the tubes into it.


You want the sauce to almost cover the tubes.


I then topped the whole dish off with white sauce, you can add cheese on top if you have it. (I didn’t)


Bake in a moderately hot oven (180 degree c) for about 40 minutes.DSC_1809

Serve with salad or vegetables, whatever you fancy.



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I had some smoked sausage left over and I wanted to make something quick and easy for tea the other night so I thought a focaccia would be nice for a change.


I just used my quick and easy bread recipe, this can be made with either white or wholemeal flour.

Ingredients for bread

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of bread improver
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (I use raw)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups warm water (possibly 2 and 1/2 cups)

Add all the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix together.


I then added chopped smoked sausage, sliced mushrooms, chopped homemade feta and some vegetable stock (1 tablespoon)


Mix altogether and then add liquid. You need enough water to mix until a dough, so maybe add a little more if necessary.

Knead dough on floured surface until smooth (this may be a little difficult with the sausages and vegetables added, but you get my drift).

Grease a tray (I used a pizza tray) and press dough into the tray.


Allow to rise until over the side of the tin, approx 1 hour.


Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees C) for approximately 30 minutes.DSC_1776

I then sliced this up like a pizza and we enjoyed it for tea. It was delicious.



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With all the meat in the freezer I was looking for something different to make for dinner. This is something we have made before and it is always a winner.


I used the flavoured pork mince that I had left over from making sausages (we ran out of skins) and puff pastry.

These are so easy. Just defrost the pastry sheets, spread the mince over the top, leaving a gap at the top and bottom of the pastry.


Just remember that I used mince that already had flavour added so you can add any thing you like. My daughter made them and added grated carrot, so garlic, curry, herbs anything that your family likes.

Also you can use any type of mince too like, beef, chicken, turkey, once again whatever your family enjoys.

I even put some BBQ sauce over the mince on some.


Roll them up and then slice with a sharp knife into 1 inch pieces.

DSC_1703Place on a paper lined baking tray and bake for about 30 mins or until golden and brown.

We had ours with vegetables but any side dish would be fine. They are even nice cold the next day for lunch.

The only problem I had with these was that I didn’t make enough.



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When we were getting ready to butcher our pigs a week or so ago I wanted to have a cake prepared for snacks and maybe dessert, and this is what I came up with.



  • 4 cups self raising flour
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 10 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups cold water

Mix dry ingredients, add coconut cream, olive oil and water. Mix until all combined.

Spread in a lined tin and bake for 30 minutes in a moderate oven.

Check to see if it is cooked and then when cold ice with chocolate icing with coconut sprinkled on top.

This cake was delicious and moist, a little crumbly but great with cream.


PS. This is a big recipe so you could definitely halve it if you wanted a smaller cake.