Thursday, August 29, 2013

Super simple onion rings

Ok so I confess onion rings would appear reasonably high on the "fried foods I shouldn't eat" list for me.
I'm not that big on hot chips or French fries but I do love an onion ring...I also adore a potato scallop but thank goodness I've never been tempted to make my own.
Now onion rings may not be super good for you but they are pretty simple to make and they are very inexpensive as well. If you're having a group of people they're a great side dish with burgers or even as a snack with a drink.
These ones aren't battered just dusted in flour so they are a little bit healthier.
Simple Onion Rings
3 large onions, sliced, rings separated.
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon of paprika
1. Soak sliced onions in milk for about 30 minutes. (Longer won't hurt). This step takes the bit out of the onion so they get that slightly sweet flavour.

2. Heat oil in a pan, or a deep fryer till hot. (We used canola oil in a saucepan)
3. Meanwhile combine flour, S&P and paprika in a bowl.
4. Drain the onion slices and drench in flour.
5. Cook in batches in the hot oil until golden.
6.  Drain on absorbent paper. Season to taste.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time to kick-start the blog again

Time to kick-start the blog....
I just checked and I absolutely can't believe I haven't blogged since March. How is that even possible. I mean, I knew it had been a little while but that is ridiculous.
I guess I've been busy with work and my writing. I write my own novels and I did recently release the 3rd one. Be sure to visit my writing blog if you want to read about that.
Meanwhile I have of course been cooking. I was only thinking today that I really go through phases where I try new things and then fall back on faithful old friends/recipes.
A few weeks ago I realised I had a gift certificate to use up so I went and bought myself a couple of lovely cookbooks. Including this one which I have made a couple of things including Tupperware Chorizo.

Now I have to say it didn't taste exactly like regular chorizo but it did taste super yummy.
I then used it in the recipe from the book Chorizo Carbonara which was very yummy served up with a green salad.
I also added some to some beef mince for meat balls. And I added the rest into some beef and made two delicious meatloaves.
It was yummy and fun to experiment with something different. I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging about my cooking adventures now that spring is almost here. I have some really fun things I want to make.
And here is a picture of the birthday cake I made for my daughter's 13th birthday. I found this on Pinterest and it was the easiest cake ever - so much easier than Dora the Explorers Backpack or the Australian Women's Weekly Princess Castle.
If you like to cook and haven't joined Pinterest you should totally look into it.