Saturday, May 23, 2009

Great Grandmother Bentsen’s LIVER PATE

Yesterday I made som of my Great grandmothers Liver Pate
it keeps well in the freezer
50gm Butter
90gm Plain Flour
600 ml Milk
Melt butter and whisk plain flour into butter over a low heat.
Slowly add milk while whisking and make into a White Sauce.
keep aside to cool.

1/2 kg Chicken liver.
Soak in mixture of milk and water 50/50 for
½ - 1 hours,
Rinse liver in plenty of fresh cold water.

Put 1/2 kg Ham Bits or Bacon
1 chopped onion and liver
through the meat mincer with the fine holes plate TWICE.
Then mix with the white sauce and
2 eggs
pepper to taste (approx 1/4 teaspoon)
NO SALT ham is salty as it is!!!!!
Blend altogether
Pour into foil trays with lids or soufflé containers.
Can be frozen.

Place pate in a baking dish with 1/4” of boiling water
In a preheated oven -
225c for fan forced oven or 240c for ordinary ovens
Bake for 45 minutes.
Water will evaporate throughout the cooking process.
After baking time is complete test with a cake tester if
after insertion the cake tester is clean cooking is complete
if not cook for a further 5 minutes and repeat the test.
For the Microwawe convection:-
8 minutes at 300 then 1 minute at 150

The finished product and the flavour was exquisite we had
some with Sundowners

Friday’s Dinner
Pork stir fry with home grown garden vegetables and steamed brown Rice

The Fresh harvest for the stir Fry
young yellow wax beans,
3 hot Bell pepers
Fresh Ginger and some
Thai Spinich

I went out to Robins Kitchenware shop a few days ago to buy a new knife sharpening steel, the old on had had it a long time ago.
The new one is diamond dust impregnated and should last a life time
It is a vast improvement on the old one it dos an excellent job.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The green harvest of Pawaw's hope they Will ripend!!!
The reserected tree

The daily harvest:- Bulls horn Capcicum, Very sweet
Hous wife Stringless beans brought to Aus in the 1880 s
first stringless beab to aust.
Had a busy day in the garden, managed to get my Paw Paw tree upright again with the help of
3 steel stars posts and tried the, support it looks good.

The snails and slugs have found the lettuces and silver beet after all the rain.

I Mixed 1 part of brewed coffee to 5 parts of water, a good heavy spray of the mixture to any vegetables susceptible to slugs and snails and the Caffeine kills them,
and leaves the garden with the aroma reminding me of a up marked coffee shop

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Onions I transplanted last week is doing well

Not a lot to report to day, we have had wild weather and very heavy rain for the last 36 hours I measured 240 millimeter (close to 10 inches) and 90 kilometer winds to go with it there is a lot of localized flooding around.

My pride Paw paw fell over with the weather,
The weather should improve tomorrow and I will attempt to rise up the pawpaw tree as there is a lot of small fruit which will develop in the next 6 months.

I picked 2 Cucumbers and 2 ripe PawPaws and about 30 green once that I have placed in a dark place down the shed, I hope they will ripen!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just about to add the Lemon juice and the Bolignaise is ready to serve
The harvested vegetables for to nights Dinner “Spaghetti Bolognaise”
Just before the much needed rain started.

A goods splash of extra virgin Olive Oil into the stewing pot.
add ½ teaspoon of minced Garlic Chopped Fresh Thyme and Rosemary
A chopped Onion and cest of ½ Lemon
2 finely chopped medium hot Bell Peppers
Turn on the heat and cook till fragrant, add ½ kg minced Pork
And brown while constantly stirring.
Once browned add 250 gr. of good Italian tomato paste and ½ teaspoon Oregano chopped Italian Parsley and 200 ml of Red Wine. Some fresh ground Pepper and a little Salt to taste
Simmer gently for ½ hour stirring from time to time.
Add the juice of ½ Lemon and adjust with some more red wine.

Serve on a bed of freshly cooked Whole meal Spaghetti
(need to boil for 30 minutes) in plenty of water.

Sprinkle with grated parmesan Cheese and grated tasty Cheddar.

And Italian side Salad: - Chopped lettuces fine Onion ring small cubed tomatoes and plenty of Kalamata Olives garnished with chopped parsley
Bon Appetite

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friday Dinner, creamy chicken soup.

I got the butcher to skin and quarter an Organic free range chicken

placed the chicken in a large stock pot with the tops of 2 leek and a bunch of Italien parsley and 6 whole pepper corn, a twig of fresh thyme as well as the whole vegetables:- 2 carrots 2 sticks Celery a small parsnip and a small Swede 2 medium potatoes and 1/2 large sweet potato peeled and cleaned

just cover with cold water, bring to boil and simmer till chicken is don and tender,

meantime lifting the whole out vegetables as they are cooked.

lift out the chiken and peal the meat of strain the soup, chop the leek in to fine slices and steam for 3 - 4 minutes in a little of the stock in the stock pot.

process the Potato, sweet potato , carrot, parsnip and Swede in the blender with some of the stock and return to the stockpot with the Celery chopped to medium bits as well as a small tin of Edgels Kidney beans and a small tin of kidney beans and 1/2 cup of thickened cream and the meat from thr chicken

bring close to boil and season with salt and pepper, serve with crusty wholemeal bread and cold butter

very Delicious

The finished creation Creamy Chicken Soup served with crusty home baked 100% wholemeal bread and Butter

Transplanted onion seedlings a couple of days ago, there was 2 days for planting root crops according to the Moon Calender.

i have planted 2 Rowe's 100 millimeter apart on either side of the trickle irigation pipes, also did the same the leek seedlings, the Onions and Leeks will mature late spring, I will then lift out the onions when the tops had died down, the leeks will stand on over summer and we will harvest as needed