Thursday, 30 October 2014

Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey

Frozen Yoghurt Bark... I don't know who invented this but I'm very grateful for it! I have seen so many amazing variations on the internet and the options are just endless, I made this Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey and whatever I had at home, and you can do the same using fresh or frozen fruit, dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, cacao nibs or anything else you have on hand.

I really love including my kids in the kitchen, and this is one treat they can pretty much do themselves (apart from chopping up the fruit). They are also rewarded with a really delicious treat. 


Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey
Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Omelette with Sauteed Red Peppers and Dill

I remember the standard canteen menu when I was in primary school. I used to get so excited to go to school so I could order a Vegemite roll and flavoured milk (hehe). My parents spoke little english in the first few years and we only had Vietnamese food at home. I had no idea what a jar of Vegemite looked like or where to buy it, only that it was so yummy and that I could only get it at school.

Fast forward to now, and also being in another country, I am so impressed with my kids canteen menu. Being an International school in Vietnam, the menu caters for many backgrounds and includes a Western, Asian, Gourmet, Vietnamese menu and also a salad bar that changes daily. So when the Canteen Chef put on a cooking lesson for the parents on omelettes, I was interested just to go and check it out.

Omelette with Sauteed Red Peppers and Dill
Omelette with Sauteed Red Peppers and Dill

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lacto-fermented Cucumbers (Pickles)

This was the first time I tried fermenting cucumber and I am so happy I did it. The cucumbers I found in Vietnam are a little different than the Lebanese or European cucumbers I was used to back in Australia. They have a tougher skin but are really sweet which I thought would work well fermented. I never came across pickling cucumbers or maybe I didn't actually look well enough, so I never tried fermenting cucumbers as I wasn't sure if it would work with the Lebanese variety which were my favourite (if anyone knows, please tell me!).

They turned out so yummy, I didn't add any flavouring such as dill or mustard seeds. I left them plain, so I could eat them with any dish and not have any strong flavour overpower my food. It just worked out really well that I first tried them with my omelette stuffed with red peppers and dill! ahhh it was so delicious! This is just my preference as it also helps my kids try them out when I leave them plain, it just tastes a little sour and crunchy. Feel free to add any herbs or spices but just remember the fermentation process magnifies the flavours greatly, so if you are using garlic, 1-2 pieces would be enough.

Lacto-fermented Cucumbers (Pickles)
Lacto-fermented Cucumbers (Pickles)

Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie

I am missing my mum's white kitchen bench back home, that's where I took this photo... I finally got my camera and mac setup and found this refreshing Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie on my memory card! I was making this during the Aussie winter after my dad harvested his home grown ginger and we had close to 1.5kg of fresh organic ginger to use up.

I was so busy packing and sorting for our move to Vietnam I actually forgot about it! oops! So glad I found it, I am suffering from a mild cold and a good dose of Vitamin C and ginger is just what I need, combined with the refreshing crushed ice and sweetness from the Goji berries. This Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie is adapted from the fresh fruit shakes I used to get back home near my mum's house. It's a must for anyone visiting Cabramatta (or Vietnamatta ;), fresh fruit is crushed with ice and sugar syrup (I usually ask to leave the syrup out). 


Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie
Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie

Friday, 3 October 2014

Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks

Living in Vietnam, it's so wonderful to see all the different fermented foods available, the cook at my children's school even makes and serves naturally fermented kimchi! Even so, I am finding it hard to fit in 2-3 serves of fermented foods to my children, mainly my 6yo who needs it most with all the health issues he has had. He can also now tell when his body is needing some extra probiotic doses of fermented veggies if we end up eating out too often and missing our home made meals. So I made a batch of fermented carrot sticks which we could zip lock up and take this out with us when we eat out and also pack in his lunch bag. This version is much quicker and simpler than the grated version of fermented carrots I have here so if you are short on time, and want to include more fermented foods in your diet, give these a try!

Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks
An easy portable probiotic rich fermented food for the kids - Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks