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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boo!!! and other things!

After yesterday's complaints by Fly Boy and Guitar Hero that there was "nothing" to eat in the house I decided to make things a bit easier for myself and spent most of the morning baking.  First up good old Bacon and Egg Pie!  I know I have given you the recipe for this before, but I haven't worked out yet how to find that post again without going through all of them, so for the time being, I will just give you the recipe again.
 Next I moved on the a Bacon and Vegetable Frittata.  The recipe is called Individual Frittatas but I decided to be lazy and make it as a slice.  Kids liked it so it worked!

3 (600g) Desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 cm pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 lean rashers of bacon chopped
4 green shallots or handful of chives chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup grated cheese
8 eggs
Preheat oven to 180°C.  Grease 12 ½ cup capacity Texas muffin pans and line with baking paper if desired.  Cook potato in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender.  Drain.  Set aside for five minutes to cool. Transfer to a bowl.  Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook stirring for 4 minutes or until slightly browned.  Add the shallots or chives and for stirring for 1 minutes.  Add bacon mixture, peas and cheddar to potatoes and toss to combine.  Spoon into prepared muffin pans.  Whisk eggs with fork and pour over potato.  Bake in oven for 30 minutes until just set.  Set aside in pan for 5 minutes to cool slightly before turning onto a wire rack.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


2 sheets reduced fat frozen puff pastry
1 medium onion diced
100 Philadelphia Light cream for cooking
8 eggs
150g middle rasher bacon
Skim milk for brushing

Preheat oven to 220C.  Lightly spray the pie tin with oil and use to cut pastry lid.  Line with second sheet of pastry.  Spray frying pan with oil and place over medium heat.   Gently sauté onion for 3-4 minutes til softened.  Meanwhile mix 4 eggs and cooking cream together till combined.  Add onion to egg mixture and pour into pie plate.  Layer bacon over egg mix and crack remaining eggs over bacon.  Gently layer pastry lid on top and seal edges with a fork.  Lightly brush pastry with milk.  Pierce top with a fork.  Bake for 40-50 minutes until pastry is golden and puffed.

My final effort was a Mars Bar Mud Cake - this was for Fly Boy to take with him to Bible Study.  I was glad to see most of it leave the house - way too tempting!
400g butter
400g good-quality cooking chocolate, chopped
½ cup cocoa
2 cups caster sugar
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups SR flour
3x 60g Mars Bars chilled chopped

Preheat oven to 160°C.  Grease a 4cm  deep, 22.5cm x 28cm (base) slab pan.  Line with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang at both long ends.
Combine butter and dark chocolate in a large heatproof microwave safe bowl. Microwave uncovered on a medium high for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring every minute or until almost melted. 
Add cocoa and whisk until smooth.  Add sugar and mix well.  Add one third of the egg and stir to combine.  Repeat with egg in two batches.  Sift flour over chocolate mixture.  Stir gently until just combined.  Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Sprinkle with Mars Bars and press in slightly.   Bake for 60 – 65 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre has moist crumbs clinging.  Cool completely in pan.  Cut into squares.

The last dish I made really doesn't count but it is the one my boys (yes, my 15 year old boys) fight over the most - Jelly!!!   I have decided that tomorrow I am going to buy some more and make about ten cups of it to save the fights!
 And this is who was eating it and this is what happens when I try to get a photo of him - hmmmm.

Needed a quick little something to add to my sister-in-law's birthday parcel and decided to make a travelling tissue holder.  Why didn't I think of making these before?  Such great little gifts!
I found a tutorial Here and this is the result.
I will send her two - one for her handbag and one for the car.  The other two will be put away for future gifts.

Next I moved on to this - Sneak peak only!!!

And finally I dug out these.  Hence the BOO!! in my heading.  Considering we don't have Halloween over here who knew I had so many Halloween fabrics!  Just as well!
I finally managed to get the time zones right and was able to connect with Bruce's wife Barbara by phone and we had a long chat.  I asked her what I could make for her seeing as I had made something for Bruce and their daughter.  She reminded me of a Christmas Tree wall hanging I had given her years ago while we still lived in Connecticut and said how much she loved it so I could always make her something else like that.  I suggested a Thanks Giving version and she was happy with that but I am also planning a Halloween one and will work up to an Easter one and a patriotic one as well but first things first.  I will try and get the Halloween one done before my gorgeous husband flys

I have worked out something for the Halloween wall hanging and am now planning what I will do for the Thank Giving one...watch this space - well maybe what this blog!

Till next time........happy stitching!


  1. I didn't realize you didn't have Halloween over there! There are a lot of people who wish we didn't have it over here. Kids love the thought of getting candy door to door and some of us love the chance to do some outrageous decorating. I love the bright, colorful fabrics.

  2. mmmm everything looks yummy. I love making the tissue holders they are so much fun and easy. Your halloween fabrics are great I just love the bright fabrics.

  3. Yummy! I would love for someone to do all the cooking for me. The tissue holders are such a great idea for Christmas. I think I will make them and some tea bag holders for my sisters this year.


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