Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tomato Relish Recipe

We have had a great yield of tomatoes this year, they have done really well.  Luckily I was able to have enough extra to make two lots of my fave tomato relish.  This is the recipe that my Grandmother used and we all love it.  It's a very simple recipe with the main star of the show being the tomato of course!

Tomato Relish

Makes about 4 x 350ml jars

1.5 kg tomatoes, blanched, skinned and quartered
4 onions, quartered
2 tbsps salt
2 cups brown sugar
2 1/4 cups malt vinegar
1 tbsp dry mustard powder
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsps plain flour
1/4 cup malt vinegar

1. Put tomatoes and onions into a non-metallic bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and leave for 12 hours.  Drain off liquid formed.
2. Put the tomato and onion mix, sugar, and first measure of vinegar into a large saucepan or preserving pan.
 3. Boil gently for 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently.
 4. Mix mustard, curry, flour and second measure of vinegar to a smooth paste.  Stir into relish.  Boil for 5 minutes.

 5. Pack into sterilised jars.  Let them cool and enjoy!

Store in fridge after opening.

Get the printable version here.

This is by far one of my favourite tomato recipes.  Do you have a favourite relish, chutney or tomato recipe?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My New Home Office

I have been making a few changes lately and one of those is my make over of my new home office.  Our house is quite small and there wasn't really anywhere for me to do any officey type things, so I scoured the internet and found some very interesting ideas and one that appealed to me was the home office in the cupboard (I've also made a board for this on Pinterest) so I set about creating a little space in the current linen closet (what I did with the linen to come on a later date).  I had this design for a while but couldn't for the life of me keep it organised and tidy.
As you can see the desk space was very limited and the storage space was awkward and soooo hard to keep organised.  Back on Pinterest and internet I went searching for inspiration, and it gave me a great idea to have the desk the other way around so it was the length of the cupboard.  I called in my Mr and told him my idea, he took a look and some measurements, then in a weekend I had this!

There's still a few touch ups that need to be done, but so far I'm very impressed with my Mr's handy work and it's so much easier to keep tidy and organised. I love it!

What is your home office like? Do you have trouble staying organised?  If you do then I have a fantastic giveaway at the moment don't forget to enter! Click here to enter.

Linking up with Jess at Essentially Jess for IBOT today

My First Giveaway!

In celebration of my awesome new home office which you can read about here, I'm excited to announce my very first ever giveaway!!! 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pancake Recipe

I was just experimenting with some food today and came up with a pretty yummy recipe for buckwheat pancakes.  Here is the recipe, feel free to try and even add your own twist to it :)

Buckwheat Pancakes:
1 Cup Organic Buckwheat Flour
2 Tbsp LSA Meal
1 Tsp Baking Powder
3 Sticks of Natural Sweetener (I used Natvia)
1 Egg
Splash of Milk (as needed)
Coconut Oil for cooking
Honey or Golden Syrup for topping

1. Place the buckwheat flour, LSA meal, baking powder, and sweetener together in a bowl.
2. Add the egg, mix together, then add the milk and mix until it forms a batter consistency.  Leave for 1/2 to 1 hour for the mixture to thicken, stir and add more milk if needed.
3. Heat the coconut oil in a fry pan, then spoon in the pancake mixture, flip when the pancake starts to form bubbles on the top.
4. Serve with honey or golden syrup or whatever else you have on hand or feel like.  Enjoy!

P.S: Even my fussy little eater Master E loved these 'cakes' ;)