Salt and Sichuan peppered squid with lemon aioli

I finally got my first squid for the year, it is so tasty when fresh! My Husband has recently got a new (old) fishing boat, we are so lucky where we live to be able to get so much fresh food. I didn’t catch any the day we went but he got a few when he was fishing for carp a few days later.

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This salt and pepper flour is great with oysters and other fish too, here we had some boar fish.

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4 squid tubes (and legs if you like them)

2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Sichuan pepper (or ground white or black pepper)
Oil for deep or shallow frying

 

Lemon aioli
1 egg
350 ml oil
10 ml white vinegar
2 lemons
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper

To make the aioli: blend the egg, vinegar, juice and zest of the lemon, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then slowly add the oil in a slow drizzle.

Clean the fresh squid by removing the head and guts and pulling all the skin from the tube, remove the cartilage and flaps.

Cut the squid tube into squid rings about 1 cm thick or score by cutting the tube down one side so that you can open it and lay it down flat. Make incisions halfway through the flesh side of the flat squid tube on angle 5ml apart and then slice the squid tube into 2cm pieces. Put flour and salt and pepper into a plastic bag and give it a shake then add squid and give it a good shake so that all the tubes are covered.

Pan Fry over medium heat in a heavy based pan with a light covering of oil turning regular until golden brown and cooked or Deep fry in oil 170 C for approximately 2-3 minutes and drain for a minute serve with the aioli

 

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And Pink eye chips are the best, great with the homemade Aioli too!

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Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

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Stephanie baking Scrolls

This is Stephanie cooking the scrolls from my book, The Real Food for Kids cookbook, we did use the thermomix to  mix the dough but she measured all the ingredients into the bowl.

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This is the ‘warm spot’ steph picked for the dough to rise! she cracks me up!

 

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for soft bread you can leave the dough to rise a few times, knocking back in between rises, and use warm water (not hot it will kill the yeast)

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Stephanie has rolled the dough out into a large square (kind of??!) and spreads butter over 2/3rds

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then vegemite over the same 2/3 rds  (?) and sprinkle with some grated cheese

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Steph loves cutting!

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Yummy lunch of freshly baked scrolls. The rising time takes a while, but if I am home anyway for the day, they really do not take much time to make. Having the scrolls wrapped and frozen to pull out to defrost for a busy morning actually makes packing the lunches in the mornings a lot easier!!

There are heaps of different filling ideas your kids will enjoy creating their own, pizza scrolls are always a hit!

Like this? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

Sesame and oregano lavosh crackers

These tasty little bickies are a very fun cooking project for kids. Kids love rolling out the dough and cutting it into shapes to bake, will keep them engaged for hours… well at least 10 minutes. I will try them soon with bacon, different cheese, herbs and spices. They are great for kids lunch boxes and snacks. Also great for adults to serve with your favourite cheeses and dips and super easy.
2/3 cup wholemeal flour
2/3 cup plain flour
4 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ cup warm water
Topping for baking: Olive oil and sea salt
Turn oven on to 170 C.
Mix all ingredients in the Thermomix knead for 2 minutes or mix in the blender or mixer until it is a smooth dough. Rest for 10 minutes and roll out to 3-4 ml, you can do this through the pasta maker and cut into shapes, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, and bake until golden brown and cooked through.

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Have fun making them with your kids!

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

Minestrone soup

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Serves 8

1 litre beef stock ( Make your own https://eloiseemmett.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/stocks/)
2 onions
2 cloves garlic
3 medium carrots
2 stalks celery
tablespoon basil
teaspoon oregano
2 rashers bacon
400 grams tomato
400 grams cooked kidney or cannellini beans
200 grams small pasta
salt and cracked pepper

Heat a large pot on the stove with a dash of olive oil, add the peeled and finely diced onion, crushed garlic and finely diced bacon, celery and carrots and sauté for about 3 minutes or until soft. Add the herbs tomato and stock and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the pasta until cooked (add any other vegies you might like to here, peas, green beans, corn) and add the cooked beans and season with salt and pepper.

Serve topped with a little parmesan with some garlic pizza bread

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

Maggie and Stephanie nori rolling cooking tutorial

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 This is the second cooking tutorial to go with my book, The Real Food for kids Cookbook. Steph (4 years old) is a Pro nori roll roller! we don’t bother with the sushi mats, ours always look very homemade! Its fun for the kids to make and a good and easy change from a sandwich for the lunchbox.

step one: press your cooked and cooled sushi rice over 2 thirds of the nori sheet step 2: put your chosen fillings in the middle step 3: roll and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to soften.

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Kohlrabi, spinach, fetta and bacon fritters

2 kohlrabi
2 spring onions
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons self raising flour
50 grams of fetta cheese
handful of spinach
tea spoon tarragon
teaspoon basil
2 rashers bacon (optional)
1 egg
Grate the kohlrabi, chop the onion, crush the garlic, shred the spinach, slice the bacon into thin strips and mix all the ingredients together.

Fry large spoonfuls in a pan over a low heat for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden and cooked through.

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Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

Apple balsamic pulled beef

This is another easy recipe for the slow cooker using a economical cut of beef, its really delicious and my kids loved it too! I served it on a warm sunny day with wraps and a honey mustard broccoli salad but it would be great in winter with mash or cous cous to soak up the sauce. It would work fine with stewed apple too so another great way to use some of the frozen stewed apples you might store for winter.

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 small apples
2 bay leaf
2 big sprigs rosemary
2 large sprigs thyme
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 cup veg/beef stock
1 cup white wine
800 grams oyster blade steak
1-2 Tablespoons cornflour (optional)

Brown the steak in a hot pan, finely chop onion, garlic, herbs and apple and put them in the slow cooker with all other ingredients and cook on low for about 6 hours until the meat is falling apart. Depending on what you are serving it with you may like to thicken it up with a little cornflour mixed with water and then mixed in with the sauce, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. I thickened it when I served it in wraps with a honey mustard broccoli salad and a soft goats cheese but I probably wouldn’t bother thickening it if I was serving it with mash, cous cous or polenta that would soak up the sauce. DPP_440

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!