EGG RINGS

I’m always looking for different ways to present my eggs and I saw this one, one day when I was looking at recipes and just fell in love with it. All that is required for this is a capsicum and eggs. Such a simple idea and fantastic presentation that is all edible and less washing up :) got to be pleased with that.

If you have any suggestions of what else you could use as egg rings please let me know I would love to hear about it.

ANGEL FOOD CAKE

It’s a very special day today for us here at Lucas Lifestyle, It’s our babies 10th birthday. That’s right people we now have all our children in double digits. Not only is it our babies 10th it’s also her grandfathers 70th in 2 more days. So celebrations  galore was to be had for the whole day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  cup Sugar

1 cup Gluten free SR Flour

½ tsp xantham / gare Gum

½ tsp salt

1 ¾ cup egg white

1 ½ tsp cream of tartar

 

  • Preheat your oven to 175 degrees.
  • Place the Sugar into the TM bowl and grind for 30 sec / speed 7.
  • Place the Butterfly into the TM bowl and then add the flour, salt and gum and aerate speed 3 / 30 sec.
  • Carefully place your flour sugar mix into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • You now have to clean out your TM bowl but please do this with a dry cloth to get all the flour out so that it doesn’t contaminate the egg whites.
  • Insert the Butterfly into the TM bowl, followed by the egg whites, water and cream of tartar. Beat with the MC off 50 degrees / 3 -5 min / speed 4.
  • You now need to place half your flour mixture to the TM bowl and combine 20 sec / speed 2.
  • Add the rest of the flour and repeat the process until all combined
  • Carefully transfer the cake mixture into your ungreased spring form tube pan. Run a butter knife carefully through the batter to release any trapped pockets of air. Smooth the top with a silicone spatula. The pan will be nearly full.
  • Bake your cake at 175 degrees for around 30 to 40 min or until lightly brown on top and you skewer comes out clean. Your cake should springs back when pushed gently.
  • Once cooked take it out of the oven and place it upside down and raised up from your bench and allow it to cool for around 1 hour. Remove from pan and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • It is now time to eat all your hard work. ENJOY :)

 

STEWED APPLES

Stewed apples are so versatile. You can have them for breakfast, as a snack during the day (in lunchboxes), and even for desert.  I love to have mine with custard, and at any time of the day or night.  Stewing apples are a good way to use the apples that are left at the end of the week before you put fresh ones in the fruit bowl from you shopping.

 

4 Apples

½ cup sultanas

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

1 – 2 MC of water

 

  1. Cut the apple into approximately 1cm cubes and place them into the TM bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook 90 degrees / 20 min / speed 1.
  3. The amount of water that is added is dependent on how much juice you would like to have at the end and how juicy your apples are.  It really is to your own preferences.

 

MAYO

I know this recipe is in the everyday cooking for every family but I have a friend that loves my mayo but she doesn’t own a Thermomix. So I thought I would put it up here so that she can make it in her food processor. The recipe in the Thermomix book sais to separate the egg and then add the white in after the oil and once the mayo is thick. I found this step not necessary, as using the whole egg in the beginning works just fine :)

 

1 – 2 Cloves Garlic

1tsp Mustard

1 Egg room temp

1 tsp Apple cider vinegar

Salt and pepper

250 g Grapeseed oil

 

  • Place the garlic into the TM bowl and chop for 5 sec / speed 9. Then scrape down the sides.
  • Insert the Butterfly, then place the egg, mustard, salt and pepper and vinegar into the TM bowl and mix 1 min / speed 4.
  • Now you need to set the TM to 4-6 min / speed 4. Turn the TM on and slowly add the oil to the lid of the TM bowl with MC on.

GLASS JUICER

I just adore school fetes, lawn sales and op shops. There is always so much to see and plenty of bargains to be found. So while we are here in Goolgowi NSW we attended my nephews’ school fete. As I was pushing my other little nephew I came across a White Elephant stall (like a lawn sale) that had lots of little bargains the thing that caught my eye was a glass juicer which I ended up getting.  50 cents and it was still in the packet what a bargain.

So what I would like to know is what would be your best kitchenware bargain that you have ever picked up second-hand?

HAIR CHALLANGE PART 5

31st October 2012

 

Not much to report back about this week, everything is coming along nicely. I am noticing that my hair isn’t getting as oily as it had been. So I think my body is adapting to not using any harsh chemicals. I do want to announce though that I have a convert for the ‘no poo’ in my house. I haven’t pressured anyone to come on board with what I’m doing, but my husband thought he would give it a go and from what I can gather he likes it. Its only early days for him (2 weeks in) but all is going well. The next step is to see if our 3 girls would like to give it a try, not going to be holding my breath for this to happen, but maybe once they see how good my hair looks they might give it a crack. :)

PRESENT IDEAS

Do you get stuck for present ideas for your family and friends?

Maybe this will help you out a little!!!

Presents don’t have to expensive or mass produced, sometimes we just need to give that special someone something from the heart. What better way to do it than with something that you have made yourself.

OK let’s get down to why I’m writing this post in October instead of December when everyone is looking for Christmas present ideas. It really is quite simple…. I have a special friend who is turning the BIG 40. What do you get a friend who has most things and loves everything pink? Yes of course pink BPA free containers filled with Lucas Lifestyle treats. :)  Sterilised glass jars would also be great containers to put you treats in.

In the photo below I have made Almond butter, Cashew butter, Coconut butter and mayo.

I’m also testing out some natural body products and if they work well I will post them.

Happy birthday my dear friend I hope you like your Lucas Lifestyle treats xxx

HAIR CHALLENGE PART 4

24th October 2012

 

I have a little confession to make…. Just a little one, nothing big or bad……. I WASHED MY HAIR!!! Yep you read correctly I washed my hair but not with Shampoo which makes this only a little confession. I washed my hair with Bi – Carb soda and gee am I impressed with the results. My hair wasn’t moving forward in this challenge and it wasn’t going backwards either, I just needed something to get rid of the extra oil. While reading a lot of peoples blogs about the ‘no – poo’ a lot of them used Bi – carb soda as their shampoo and Apple cider vinegar as their conditioner. So last night of I went to the shower with 1 tablespoon of bi – carb in hand and washed my hair. Any excess oil is now gone. I have to admit that Bi – carb is the best shampoo that I have ever used, my hair still has a natural shine and isn’t all blow away ish. It also didn’t get knotty which is one of the best points about this challenge. I hate having knotty hair and it hurts when you brush it but since undertaking this challenge I haven’t been getting knotty hair which in turn would mean less breakage. Sounding like a win, win situation to me. :)

ZUCCHINI SLICE

While staying in my friend’s backyard in Maroochydore I have been taught this wonderful recipe and am keen to share it with you all.

2 zucchinis cut into chunks

1 carrot cut into chunks

1 onion quartered

1/2 cup GF self-raising flour

3 eggs lightly beaten

Feta cheese (I use Sheep)

Method:

  1. Place the carrot and then the zucchini into the TM bowl grate 2 sec / speed 9.
  2. Once grated remove from TM bowl and squeeze all the juice out. (this can be done with a nut milk bag or in a strainer)
  3.  Place onion in TM bowl and chop 1 sec / speed 9.
  4. Place all the veg into a bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well.
  5. Put your mixture into a greased oven proof dish and cook for 40 min / 180 degrees or until cooked through and golden brown on the top.
  6. Allow to cool for around 15 min / ½ hour. Enjoy

Squeeze the juice from the zucchini and carrot is very important for if you don’t your slice will be to moist and end up as just hot slop :)

HAIR CHALLENGE PART 3

16th October 2012

 

Well the last 10 days have been a little stagnant for any moving forward of my hair status.  There have been no real improvements in the look and quality of my hair, which is a little flattening but on the bright side things haven’t gone backwards either :) . I’m still washing my hair in warm water and massaging my scalp as I do.  I have read that it can take up to at least 6 weeks for your hair to adjust to not having chemicals washed over it every few days, so I will plug on with it and see where we end up after 6 weeks.  If any of you have any suggestions or have tried the No – Poo please leave your thought. Till next report in, take care.