Red Pepper Pesto Puffs

Sorry, but I just couldn’t resist the alliteration in the recipe name =)

Here at sistersizzle we like to encourage a spirit of enterprise and discovery. In that spirit, and with a pantry full of seemingly random ingredients, this sizzling sista set out to create, to invent and inspire!

I should probably add here that we’re not experts in creating recipes so our language is pretty simple and our understanding of the whole process is pretty naive. All we know is we put it all together, and we like it!

Ingredients:

1 roll puff pastry
3 oz minced beef
2 oz classic basil pesto
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tbsp rosemary
1/2 tbsp sage

Method:

1. basic assembly. that is, mix all the ingredients together (except the puff pastry of course).

2. pan fry meat in hot pan. there’s absolutely no need for oil/cooking spray/ butter. it’s also helpful to break apart any large clumps of meat while it’s cooking.

3. while waiting for the meat to finish cooking, roll out your puff pastry in very lightly greased pan and cut into desired number of squares.

4. preheat oven to 200C.

5. when the meat is done, spoon into the centre of the pastry squares reserving the majority of the space around the edge for folding.

6. get creative with it! fold your puffs into the desired shape. i did two like ravioli by placing one square over another and pressing them together at the edges with a fork or finger. others i did as a flute or as little dumplings!

7. bake for 15 mins or until pastry is just brown enough.

8. enjoy!

Lasagna : Food as Hospitality

Lasagne just seems to be the perfect ‘welcome to my home’ dish. It’s hearty as it’s made up of layers and layers of meat, cheese and veggies; it’s warm as it’s been baking for quite a while and usually served straight from the oven! It just says “I’ve been slaving all day over a hot stove BUT you’re worth all the effort it takes!’

It’s also quite easy to ‘accessorize’- a couple slices of garlic bread and a green salad go perfectly with lasagne. Not only do the flavours work together perfectly, but altogether they create quite a lovely looking plate!

Although I’ve tried a couple different lasagne recipes, and even tried my own, I still haven’t settled on a favourite. I’m wiiiiide open for suggestions though and I’m hoping some of you guys can help me out! Suggest a lasagne recipe and we’ll even feature it on sistersizzle!

Otherwise, what’s your ‘go-to’ dish for welcoming people home?

A Bachelorette’s Dinner

… or breakfast, or lunch 🙂

Sometimes, the time, motivation and ingredients needed to compose an elaborate meal are lacking. When I find myself in these situations (and it does happen often), I reach for recipes that have 5 or less ingredients. One such recipe is a small cheesy rice dish that is both fun to look at and tasty!

First I place some rice in a bowl (made with a rice cooker of course ;))  

Next, I add bits and pieces of cheese over the rice. Grating is sometimes done but that means I have to clean my grater 🙂

Microwave for 30 seconds

Garlic and Onion  powder come next followed by red pepper flakes and black pepper  – this step can be done before microwaving

Warm Dinner is ready – perfect for a rainy day.

Sometimes I add some meat and vegetables to the dish but the bottom line is that I am done in 15 minutes or less.

What dead simple dish do you prepare when there is little time?

Smiling Raspberry Loaf

Every time I look at a slice of this bread, a bright smile ripples across my face like lightning tearing across the night sky! It’s true, smiles are contagious!

This bread’s got a million dollar smile and a taste to match!

As you know, this week we decided to create our own recipes. This was not as innovative as the idea suggests. What we in fact did was adapt an existing, tried and true recipe with a few additions or subtractions of our own! It was all a matter of mathematics really!!

So what did I do? Well, I had lots of delicious raspberry topping left over from the cheesecake we made a few weeks ago and decided to give it second life! I used this Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake as a base recipe and basically poured half the batter into the loaf tin, then spooned a layer of raspberry topping in a straight line down the middle, and topped it with the remaining batter! The effect, well, have a look at the pictures and see for yourself!

Additions/Subtractions/Substitutions:
1 cup yogurt of your choice instead of the milk (I used mango, passion fruit and papaya)
1/4 cup lemon juice straight into the batter, yum!
no glaze

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Banana Ginger Chocolate Bread with Carrots and Walnuts

At sistersizzle, we try a new recipe almost every week. This time, we agreed to “invent our own”. Introducing Banana Carrot Ginger Chocolate Bread. In retrospect, this recipe is by no means adventurous, but to someone who had never combined these ingredients, it was quite exciting.  I modified Chef John’s Banana Bread recipe to include

  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  •  just a touch of ginger (about 1 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (a bit less than Chef John calls for)

It is delicious and, unlike my new york cheesecake, is half gone after just two days. Enjoy!

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