Sunday, 22 February 2009

Clementine Cookies

I had a fit of baking last night: we are doing some fundraising at work for the Australian bushfire appeals. I did a giant batch of anzac bikkies. I finished the anzacs at about 2am but by then the baking bug had bit me and I found myself searching through my cupboards for ingredients to make something, anything more!

My eyes fell upon the net of clementines in the big fridge (ie, on the balcony, which during winter becomes my second fridge). Grand. I would make something from them. Grand. umm... what??

From this 2am dilemma sprang this invention:

Clementine Cookies

2 dessert spoons of finely grated clementine rind
2 egg yolks
125 g butter
1 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons clementine juice
2 and a half cups self raising flour

Turn your oven onto moderate (approx 170 degrees C) to warm up.

Beat the egg yolk, butter, rind and sugar until fluffy. Add the flour and then drizzle in the juice until it comes together into a dough. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth.

Take dessertspoons of the mixture and roll into balls. Press onto baking trays that are either lightly greased or have silicon paper. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned and allow to cool on the tray. Once cool ice and decorate - make up an icing with clementine juice and icing sugar.

This recipe makes about 60 biscuits.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Brie and Asparagus Quiche

Surprisingly, because it isn't the season for them, there were bunches of asparagus in the shops this week, and at a pretty reasonable price. No I didn't do terribly immoral things by buying asparagus from the other side of the world... no, these had a pretty ok carbon footprint having come from Spain.

So... what to make for a winter dinner with friends, using this delicious vegetable? I know...

Brie and Asparagus Quiche

1 cup cream or sour cream
1 bunch of asparagas (500g)
200g brie
salt & pepper
3 eggs
300g shortcrust pastry

  • Roll out the pastry and line a ceramic or glass quiche dish.
  • Lay out the asparagus and tuck slices of brie between.
  • Mix eggs & cream till nicely blended. Season with salt and pepper
  • Pour egg mix into the quiche dish
  • Bake in an oven at 200 degrees C for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned.
  • Serve warm or cold as you like... delicious!