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Im 30 yrs old very happy married to a wonderful man (Nathan) i have a 7yr old son (Lochlan) and one on the way! We live in a town called Davistown. Im an aussie that use to live in the states! But have recently returned back to Australia! And im VERY passionate about cooking and my family!

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

~Beautiful Bread~

So have you ever made your own loaf of bread? From scratch? And realised just how delightful it is? After all the hard work you put into it and then taking the time to wait for it to rise then bake? I know it takes sometime but when i first started doing it i know that once i pulled out that piping hot loaf of bread out of the oven NOTHING else mattered! All that hard work was WORTH every minute specially once you slice of the first piece of bread when its still hot and you spread some butter on to it and it just oozes and melts across it! DIVINE i tell ya! It really is worth making your own bread these days because YOU know what goes into your bountiful bread! I have put so many things into my bread dough mixes its so much fun! And along with that its so much healthier for you when you do venture out and add goodies like grains and sometimes even cheeses and herbs!

This loaf pictured here is a whole wheat, wheat germ and steel cut oat sandwhich loaf! It made such beautiful slices of toast!

~Hearty Italian Soup~

This is a recipe i came up with sunday evening when i realised my son and hubby where on their way home and hey we dont have anything in the fridge they can heat up for dinner! So i ran to the fridge,freezer and pantry and here is the list of things i grabbed!

Fresh Green Beans
Green Peppers (Capsicum)
Ground Fennel
Dryed Basil
Frozen Pesto Cubes
Home Stewed Tomatoes
Homemade Tomato Juice
Homemade Stock (think it was chicken)
Heavy whipping Cream
Italian Sausage Mince or Links
Olive Oil
Sour Cream and Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese for garnish!

~As per usual everything is to taste~

Remove skin from sausage if using sausages, heat pot with oil once hot and thinly diced onions and garlic saute for a few minutes then throw in your sausage, peppers and mushrooms cook until the sausage isnt pinkish anymore! Drain the mixture if you like as sauasage is pretty fatty! Once you have drained it add your fennel and basil and mix well, add a couple cups of stock at this point and mix well let the soup sit and simmer for about 15-20 mins. Now add 1-2 cups of water to your soup at this point you will want to add your green beans :) let the soup cook another 20mins stir it through out this time. Add about hlf and cup to a cup of heavy whipping cream depends how creamy you want the soup to be, keep in mind this is NOT a thick soup at all! The longer it cooks the tastier it gets :)

The bowls of soup you see pictured are garnished with sour cream and freshly grated parmesan cheese!


No recipe for these delish breads :) just some pictures so you all can see wat i was talking about in a previous post about Curry please check it out if you havent done so :)