Saturday, April 20, 2013

Breakfast ideas - bacon & eggs

Little bacon and egg pies

Bacon and egg pies recipe

The crust on these filling bacon and egg pies are made with bread. This is a perfect brunch, light lunch or lunch box filler.



  • vegetable oil spray
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 rashers bacon, diced
  • 6 slices wholemeal bread, crusts removed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp flat-parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. Spray a 6-cup Texas muffin tin with oil and set aside.
Spray oil in a frying pan; over medium heat, cook the onion and bacon until the onion is translucent.
Push the bread into the muffin tin and spoon in the bacon and onion mixture.
In a bowl, whisk together egg, milk and parsley and distribute evenly into the 6 muffin tins.
Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to sit for 3 mins before running a knife around the edges. Serve.


  • When pouring in the egg mixture into the tins, it will overflow and then absorb down into the bread. It seems like it is too much but then is settles and you add the rest.
  • Make these muffins more scrumptious by adding a little grated cheese on the top.
  • Use your favourite bread. I prefer crunchy multigrain for the great texture it brings.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.

Chorizo, Bacon and Egg Pie


1 leek, white part only, washed and thinly sliced
1 organic chorizo sausage, sliced 1cm thick
5 organic/free range bacon rashes
¼ tasty cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
5-7 free range eggs
1 packet filo pastry
200g butter melted


Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
Sauté bacon, chorizo and leek in a pan over medium heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
Grease your selected pie dish and layer with buttered filo pastry. *See tip below*
Spoon half your bacon, leek and chorizo mixture and half your cheese into the base of your prepared pie dish. Break 2-4 eggs over the mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat this step.
Pierce 1 or 2 egg yolks only and allow to spread around the pie.
Fold over any filo pastry that’s hanging over and seal the top with another sheet of buttered filo pastry. Brush the top of your pie with butter. Cut a couple of slits in the top of the pie. Don’t be concerned if it looks a bit messy, once it’s cooked it will look flaky and divine!
Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the pie has risen and can be tapped without it collapsing.
Let it settle for a few minutes, cut and enjoy!!
*Filo Pastry Tips*
Let filo thaw at room temperature for a good 30 minutes before using.
Filo pastry dries out and cracks very quickly when it comes in contact with air. To prevent this from occurring, cover the filo with non-stick baking paper, then a damp tea towel. This will prevent the filo drying out.
Place filo, 1 sheet at a time, on a clean work surface and brush with melted butter between layers. This ensures a flaky result.

Mum's Bacon and Egg Pie


  • 6-8 eggs, slightly stirred
  • bacon rashers, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 packet of puff pastry (or sheets of puff pastry)
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mixed frozen corn and peas
  • Quantity of chopped semi sun-dried tomatoes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (or as per directions on pastry packaging).
  2. Line pie dish with half of pastry (either rolled or sheets); brush a little milk around the edge.
  3. Spread bacon over base.
  4. Top with grated onion.
  5. Pour in egg mixture (retain a small quantity to brush top of pie).
  6. Gently stir in corn/peas plus small quantity of semi sun-dried tomatoes. Sprinkle with pepper (and salt if you want).
  7. Cover with remaining half of pastry. Pinch edges with fingers.
  8. Brush top with small quantity of the egg mixture. Cut two vents in top of pastry.
  9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Minecraft cakes...

I asked for readers' opinions and needless to say I didn't get it :-(

So here is the end result for the cakes I decided to bake for my son's 12th birthday.

Minecraft block cake

 Minecraft TNT cake

and with the left over cake I also made small Minecraft pops...

soooo cute and delicious!!!!

All of these were a huge success and devoured by everyone.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My birthday dinner!

In a previous post I promised that I would put up here any photos I took of my Beef Wellington creations.

Well, needless to say I forgot to take photos until I've started eating, but here is what the Wellington's looked like after a few bites were taken out.

The dish actually looked a bit more appetising when I served it because it also had some green asparagus on the side.

Mind you, anything that could go wrong on the night did.  I arranged the dinner for early Sunday night - as it was a school day the next day.

So everyone came over by 5.30pm as invited.  To begin, I lost track of time and didn't even start cooking until almost 5pm.  I thought, that's plenty of time, but what I hadn't taken into account was that I also had to create a vegetarian version for my only vegetarian friend.

Dinner was finally served around, I think, 8pm and the asparagus was overcooked, the carrots were a bit undercooked and the puddings were almost as hard as rocks.  At least both types of Wellington's were beautifully done and nobody could complain about them!  The entrees of Bruschetta dressed with Balsamic Vinegar were also nice and very tasty.  Sorry I forgot to take photos. :-)

We still managed to have a good night with chatting and catching up and drinking responsibly.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Please vote!

This is very important.  It's my son's 12th birthday party and I offered to bake him a minecraft cake.

Which one do you think I should do?

I think this one is out, since nothing is round in Minecraft!

We've watched the YouTube instructions on this one - and it looks great!

I think this one looks a bit bland and boring!

The cake is needed by Saturday.  His preference was for number 4 and the one in the following YouTube video.

And this one:

What do you all think?  Please leave your voting suggestions in the comments.

Thank you

Upcoming Events in Queensland!

Girls' Day Out

DATE: 23 Mar 2013
VENUE: Brisbane Racing Club - Doomben Racecourse
Hampden Street
QLD 4007

The stilettos and eveningwear will be out in full force when the Search for Miss Universe® returns to Doomben Racecourse for this year’s Girls’ Day Out on Saturday, 23rd March.

Brisbane ladies aged over 18 years can register for the Miss Universe® Preliminary online at .

In addition to the Miss Universe® Preliminary, the Skinny Girl Ultimate Girls’ Day Out precinct will offer racegoers plenty of trackside entertainment throughout the day.

Skinny Girl Ultimate Girls’ Day Out precinct tickets are $45 and include racecourse and precinct entry, 2 beverages including a choice of Skinny Girl Cocktails, lunch, DJ entertainment and a pamper marquee as well as access to the Hunk Bar with male waiters and the Gentlemen to Help who will be prepared for any fashion emergencies with band-aids, hairspray and sunscreen.


St Paddys Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse

Brisbane, 16 March 2013

Celebrate St Paddy's Day at Eagle Farm Racecourse at the St Paddy's Party in the Stradbroke bar at Eagle Farm Racecourse. Get into the Irish spirit with a pint of Guinness, plenty of entertainment and a few shamrocks thrown in for good measure.
Tickets include: Racecourse admission, entry into the St Paddy's Party, a pint of Guinness, a meat pie. 

Check out their website


VIP News

World's Greatest Shave takes place this week.
For four fabulous days Australians will be brave and shave between March 14-17.
Check the latest on our Facebook page.
And the latest fundraising total in your state.

More information can be found at

The above video is not mine; however if this person is genuinely going to shave and raise funds for this much needed cause then please support if you can.  Other participating members and locations can be found on the World's Greatest Shave website (link above).  If you send me any videos I will post both on my YouTube and here.

Thank you

Friday, March 08, 2013

Iron Deficiency

Do you know anyone who is Iron Deficient?

I do and I never realised the implications of not having sufficient iron in the body.

The information below is from the Better Health website.

Causes of iron deficiency

Some of the common causes of iron deficiency in adults include:
  • Inadequate dietary intake – the two types of iron include haem iron (found in animal foods) and non-haem iron (from plant products). The body absorbs haem iron much more easily than non-haem iron. There are many reasons why the dietary intake of iron could be inadequate, including a poorly balanced vegetarian diet, chronic fad dieting or limited access to a wide range of fresh foods – for example, as a result of living in remote areas or having a low income.
  • Blood loss – iron deficiency easily occurs in situations of chronic blood loss. Common causes include heavy menstrual periods, regular blood donation, chronic disorders that involve bleeding (such as peptic ulcers, polyps or cancers in the large intestine) and certain medications, particularly aspirin.
  • Increased need – the adolescent growth spurt, pregnancy and breastfeeding are situations when the body requires more iron. If this increased need isn’t met, a deficiency can quickly occur.
  • Exercise – athletes are prone to iron deficiency because regular exercise increases the body’s need for iron in a number of ways. For example, hard training promotes red blood cell production, while iron is lost through sweating.
  • Inability to absorb iron – healthy adults absorb about ten to 15 per cent of dietary iron, but some people’s bodies are unable to absorb or use iron from food.

Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

  • Signs and symptoms of iron deficiency may include brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, cracks in the sides of the mouth, an enlarged spleen, and frequent infections.
  • People who have iron-deficiency anemia may have an unusual craving for nonfood items, such as ice, dirt, paint, or starch. This craving is called pica (PI-ka or PE-ka).
  • Some people who have iron-deficiency anemia develop restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move the legs. This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in the legs. People who have RLS often have a hard time sleeping.
  • Iron-deficiency anemia can put children at greater risk for lead poisoning and infections.
  • Some signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia are related to the condition's causes. For example, a sign of intestinal bleeding is bright red blood in the stools or black, tarry-looking stools.
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding, long periods, or other vaginal bleeding may suggest that a woman is at risk for iron-deficiency anemia.

Treatment for iron deficiency

Your iron status is easily checked by a blood test.

Treatment depends on your iron status and may include:
  • Treatment for an underlying problem – it is very important that the cause of the iron deficiency is investigated and, if it has a medical cause, that it be treated appropriately.
  • Iron depletion – information on iron-rich foods is given. Another blood test is taken around six months later to check that your iron level has improved.
  • Iron deficiency – dietary advice is given and is closely monitored. Iron-rich foods are encouraged, while foods and drinks such as bran, tea and coffee that can interfere with iron absorption are not recommended. Iron status is regularly reviewed and supplements may be prescribed.
  • Iron deficiency anaemia – the diet is targeted as for iron deficiency and iron supplements are prescribed. It may take six months to one year for the body to restock its iron stores. Your iron levels are regularly reviewed with blood tests.

Iron-rich foods

Iron absorption by the body can be affected by the amount and type of iron consumed, dietary factors that enhance or inhibit iron absorption and a person’s need for iron (when the body is low in iron, it absorbs a higher percentage from food). Absorption of iron from food is about 18 per cent from a typical western diet (including animal foods) and about ten per cent from a vegetarian diet. 

Consult with your doctor for more information about building iron into a healthy diet. Some suggestions include:
  • High-risk groups such as vegetarians, adolescent girls and women athletes need to eat iron-rich foods each day (combined with foods that are high in vitamin C).
  • Wholegrain cereals, meat, poultry and fish are good sources of dietary iron.
  • Liver is an especially rich source of iron, but pregnant women should avoid this source because of its high content of vitamin A.
  • Choose iron-fortified breakfast cereals and breads.
  • Vegetarians who exclude all animal products from their diet may need almost twice as much dietary iron each day as non-vegetarians. Sources include dark green leafy vegetables,such as spinach, broccoli, prunes, dried apricots, raisins, nuts, seeds, dried beans and peas, and iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
  • Vitamin C increases iron absorption, so eat more brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
  • Cut back on the amount of tea and coffee you drink, especially around mealtimes, since the tannins in tea and coffee bind to the iron and interfere with absorption.

Crisp Lemon Calf Liver


12 slice bacon
118.29 ml all-purpose flour
19.71 ml dried dill weed
2 to taste salt and pepper
453.59 g calf liver, cut into bite size bits
88.74 ml butter or 88.74 ml margarine
59.16 ml fresh lemon juice
29.58 ml fresh parsley, chopped
29.58 ml lemon zest, grated

1 Cook bacon until crisp.
2 Drain on paper towel.
3 You may remove some of the bacon fat but leave a generous amount, do not clean skillet.
4 Crumble bacon.
5 Combine flour, dill, salt& pepper in a paper bag.
6 Add liver and coat well, shake off any excess flour.
7 Fry liver in the "bacon" skillet over high heat until crisp on outside but still moist inside (about 4-6 minutes).
8 Remove liver but keep warm.
9 Discard fat from skillet but do not scrape the pan.
10 Over medium heat melt butter scraping in all the brown bits.
11 Stir in lemon juice, parsley and crumbled bacon.
12 Put liver back in the pan to ensure it is hot.
13 Sprinkle with grated lemon and enjoy.

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Causes of iron deficiency in adults include inadequate dietary intake, chronic blood loss (through menstruation or other causes), times of increased need such as pregnancy, inability to absorb or properly use iron, and vigorous exercise. Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia. Treatment includes dietary changes and iron supplements.