Just a little ole working gal, who loves food

Monday, April 29, 2013

BBQ Cheddar Studded Meatloaf

Growing up I was never a fan of meatloaf. It was boring, usually dry, and just tasted like a meatball without the spaghetti and sauce. When my husband came home with a kilo of medium ground beef I decided I would put an end to boring meatloaf and make it extra delicious!

In a frying pan add 1 tsp of Olive Oil, 1 Small Onion finely chopped, and 3 cloves of Garlic Minced. Saute until the onions JUST start to brown. Set aside to cool for a few minutes

In a large bowl combine the following:
2 1/2 Lbs of Medium Ground Beef
6 Strips of cooked and cooled Bacon, Chopped
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup Ketchup
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Worsheshire
2 Tbsp Sirachia (Cock Sauce)
1/2 Cup cubed Old Cheddar
1 Tsp Each Kosher Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder
and your Sauteed Onions and Garlic.

Form the combined meat mixture into loafs and place on a foil lined baking sheet (I drizzled olive oil on the tin foil as well). Bake in a 350F oven for 15 Minutes.

After 15 minutes baste your meatloaves with some BBQ sauce. I used a sauce my husband had made that he refuses to give me the recipe for. I do know it contains Ketchup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Sugar and Whiskey..the rest is "Spices". Throw the meatloaves back in the oven for 15 more minutes at 375F. Remove from the oven and cover with tinfoil for about 10 minutes to rest.

Slice and serve with some steamed veggies. Perfect Sunday Dinner for us!! And it was not dry!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

We had a breakfast for dinner night a few weeks ago and my  Husband requested pancakes. So I decided to make them extra special this time around (and this is soooo easy to do!!)
In a bowl partially melt 2 tablespoons of butter. You don't want it hot and watery...just at that point where its about to melt. Add some brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until it forms a thick paste. Set this aside.

Make your pancake batter (1 Cup Flour, 2 Tsp baking Powder, 1/2 Tsp Salt, 1 Cup Whole Milk, 1 Egg, 1 Tbsp Canola Oil). Whisk your batter until just combined.

I have a lovely flattop grill that i like to make pancakes on. Pour out your batter on the pre-heated grill or pan and allow to cook.

 Pour the prepared butter/sugar/cinnamon mixture into a small zip lock bag and cut off one of the corners. Once you see some bubbles and they start to pop swirl on some of the butter sugar mixture as seen above.

now flip your pancakes.

Once they are cooked through and you flip them back over on your plate you will have a lovely cinnamon bun swirl! Awesome for kids breakfasts!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Want to see a pretty dessert that only takes 4 Ingredients? Ready?
You will need about 6 Lemons. Right now Lemons are in season so they are super juicy and really huge too!

Chill your mixer bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Remove from the freezer and add 2 cups of whipping cream. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spoon out into another bowl and set aside.

In the same mixing bowl cream 2 bricks of room temperature cream cheese with 3/4 cup granulated sugar.

Add the juice of the 6 Lemons (about 3/4 - 1 cup)

Once mixture is nice and smooth add the zest of 3 of the lemons.

Fold in your prepared whip cream. Lightly combine using a spatula.

Pour into cute little cups and garnish with more lemon zest, lemon slices and a raspberry. A very refreshing summer dessert or in my case..a perfect dessert for a fish main course!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dark Chocolate Panna cotta

This is one of those recipes for when you are having a dinner party and are crunched for time for dessert and need to make it ahead of time. Its easy, not too sweet and delish!
Take 1 Package (about 1 tbsp) of unflavoured gelatin and mix it with about another tbsp of water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.

In a saucepan, heat 1 Cup of Homo Milk over medium heat. Scrape the seeds from a vanilla bean and add them, as well as the whole vanilla bean into the milk. Add the gelatin mixture and allow the milk to come to a simmer. Once gelatin is combined in the milk, remove the vanilla bean and remove from heat. Set aside.

In a bowl microwave 5 oz of good quality dark chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it is thoroughly melted.

Slowly pour the hot milk mixture over the melted chocolate and whisk to combine. Add about a 1/4 cup of heavy cream, whisk some more and strain through a sieve to remove all the bubbles.

Pour the chocolate mixture into ramekins and cool to room temperature. Once cooled refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

Top with fresh whipped cream and shaved chocolate!