Extra oranges

Silly me bought a 3kg bag of oranges when there was still half a bag at home. My husband likes to juice his orange every morning so we go through a few.

Those extra oranges of course can be frozen. I like to peel and quarter them before I freeze chunks as I find the skin is a bit soft/weird to take off when defrosted, this is my choice you may be ok with it. Same with lemons, limes etc.

My preference is to gently simmer the whole orange. Sit whole oranges (skin and all) in a pot, cover with water until the orange just floats. Place on the stove on a low to medium heat until reasonably constant small bubbles appear in the water. You may have to turn the heat down it depends on your stove, you don’t want it boiling just simmering. Leave for 10-20 minutes or until skin and orange is tender to the touch. Top up with water if need be. Don’t be in a rush a few mins over won’t destroy it.

Take out of water and let cool for a few minutes then cut in quarters picking out any seeds and white stringy bits from inside. Biltz the quarters skin and all in a food processor or blender. Cool. If doing 3 oranges divide into 3 zip lock bags and freeze.

A single portion is enough to mix in with the milk then into a vanilla cake mix to make an orange cake (you can add a little Cointreau if you like) or mix into the milk with a chocolate cake mix to make a jaffa (choc orange) cake. Ice with vanilla icing with orange zest or chocolate icing with the zest. That little bit of acid in the orange is enough to give the cake a nice light lift. Half an orange portion is enough to make orange pancakes once again mixing in with the milk.

Does this boiling method work with other citrus I don’t know I’ve not tried it, if you do let me know your results.

My nut and seed squares experiment

I always encourage experimentation with my recipes and today I was no different in trying something a little bit different.

The experiment was on my nut and seed squares, not so much as an experiment as a slight switcheroo. Who knew that adding a table spoon of coconut flour instead of desiccated coconut could have such an affect. Well the coconut flour sucked the life out of my 1 egg white so had to add another.

Forming this recipe into biscuits (cookies) to bake instead of a slice/squares is how I mostly bake this , they are a nice and nutty snack.

I think if I was to add coconut flour instead of coconut again I’d have to make as the squares and add that extra egg white.  It’s a little denser with than without. They’re still good, just different.

My lesson learned =  coconut flour really absorbs liquids. I’ve not had a play with  it before.

Chocolate pudding log

We have a dessert here in Australia called  Choc ripple log, which is Chocolate ripple biscuits (by Arnotts) sandwiched together with whipped cream and laid in dish.  It’s then covered in more cream, smoothed out into that long log and topped with grated chocolate.  There are many variations on the use of other biscuits or will I use  coffee or liqueur to  dip them in sort of like a tiramisu.

While I was ferreting around in my pantry the other day I found a chocolate pudding mix. Upon checking out the back to see how much milk I needed for the pudding,  I found a recipe for something similar to the choc ripple log using the pudding instead of the whipped cream. I had no biscuits.

My version of this is ….

Beat 1 pudding packet with 300ml thickened cream.

Finding chocolate cake in the freezer I sliced it into strips then spread with pudding mix. It was easier to spread when cake was still semi frozen.

The spread strips were  sandwiched together and fit into a serving dish then spread with more pudding mix over the top. Cover in sprinkles, coconut or grated chocolate. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours. The cake does not need to soften like the biscuit version.

Cut and serve with fruit and cream or ice cream.


The tidy up.

Our house is by no means perfect it is after all a lived in house that has grown 2 boys, has 2 dogs with hair who even though spend their time outdoors still manages to get hair all over indoors, grass gets tracked in, spills happen and even a few dust bunnies find their way in, but it is a clean house.

On the whole though it’s vacuumed a couple of times a week, it’s swept during the week, it’s mopped during the week and it’s pretty tidy.  Generally we are a tidy bunch.

Do you panic clean when you know your family or friends are coming to visit for an event (Mums day, Dads day, birthday,  Australia Day etc) even though you know your house is tidy? I used to until I decided that my floor was perfect before the visitors but was a mess of all the above things and then the food/crumbs that were dropped and some walked on and ended up on odd places.

These day I don’t stress about it unless I find a bunch of dust bunnies that snuck in when I wasn’t looking, they seem to collect near the skirting boards on the floor tiles,  grass or dog hair that collected near the dust bunnies.

The floor, I sweep/mop/vacuum when everyone has gone home and hubby has done the dishes (a job he does) and I have that floor to myself and then that becomes then one less job for me to do  during the week. I can’t go to bed and leave a mess.

On the whole I’m a take me as I am for drop in visits, though sometimes I over think things and I get in a panic lol.



Chickpea Patties

I like taste of Falafels but  for me they are a little dry, I feel the need to break/crumble them up and smother them in Tzatziki, yoghurt or mayo. This is my version that is thinner and no so dry, a great quick snack or as a meal.


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