Cooking disaster class: Tomato & Chilli Jam (with a rather tasty burger…)

Cooking in our house has been quite limited since my gastric sleeve surgery, however now I’ve hit the 7-month mark I’m able to eat more variety and quantity (about half a “normal” size meal) and have started to crave “real” food again. Earlier this morning I had the urge to cook something, and decided to use some forgotten tomatoes I found in the fridge to make a tomato & chilli jam to go with some rather nice-looking Wagyu beef burgers I purchased in this week’s shopping. It’s not something I’ve made before, and I was a bit short on ingredients, so I checked out a few recipes on the web and came up with this concoction. Ingredients: 400g tomatoes, roughly chopped (I used 2 small punnets of grape tomatoes) 2 small brown onions, finely chopped 4 tablespoons “Gourmet Garden” hot chilli stir-in paste (I didn’t have any fresh chilli) 2 cloves of garlic…

Anyone for ice cream?

Another day, another American fast food employee is fired for doing something disgusting, and then being dumb enough to let it hit social media – this time at Wendy’s (not the Australian company). He obviously doesn’t have sensitive teeth…I wonder how easy it is to breathe through that much ice cream? (via That’s Nerdalicious and others)

Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict

Now this isn’t something I’ve tried to cook, and as tempting as it looks I wonder how long I’d live after eating it. Basically we have a dish of doughnut, chocolate brownie, melted Cadbury Creme Eggs and buttercream frosting with a “side” of cake cubes fried in butter. Wow. If you’d like to try making this, you can get the full recipe here. (CakeSpy via SeriousEats)

Ice Cream Bread – does it work?

You may have read about “magical” ice cream bread recently – or maybe you’ve heard of it before? I stumbled across it here, and followed the trail to a recipe here. The idea is that you simply mix ice cream with self raising flour, bung it in the oven and you get sweet, delicious bread. Sceptical? So was I… This recipe from The Hungry Housewife says to use two cups of ice cream to one-and-a-half cups of self raising flour, mix and bake in a loaf tin at 350F (about 175C) for about 45 minutes. Apparently full-fat ice cream works best, and you can use any flavour you like, so I decided to try it with Bulla Cookies & Cream. Yum. So, ice cream and flour in a bowl…  …mix it together when the ice cream has softened and it forms a gloopy (grey) paste. Put it into a loaf tin (I…

Cooking Disaster Class – Heston’s Chilli Con Carne

Since we finished our kitchen renovations a couple of months ago, I’ve had the intention of spending most of the Christmas break cooking. So what would be a suitable dinner for the middle of a run of 40C days? – chilli con carne, of course. In the past I’ve used a quick recipe from Nigella Express, but I wanted to try something new (and use the new cast iron pot I picked up in the boxing day sales) so I hit the web and found this interesting recipe from Heston Blumenthal on the website of upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose. Recipe: Heston’s rich chilli con carne with spiced butter Serves: 4 Ingredients For the chilli: 6 tbsp olive oil 450g Aberdeen Angus minced beef (10% fat) (I used premium supermarket beef mince) 1 large onion, diced 2 whole star anise 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 green chilli, deseeded and…