Showing posts with label olive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label olive. Show all posts

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Olive Loves Making Things Too

Hello friends!
I hope you're enjoying your weekend! We're off to the Castlemaine Arts Festival today in Central Victoria. We have our fingers crossed that they weather is kind to us!
So, if you read my blog, you already know that I really do love making things... yes? Well it runs in the family :-) Sometimes I have a little helper, Olive, and she loves to making things as well! Here you can see a very excellent necklace that she made using polymer clay and neon builders twine :-) Pretty clever, hey?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Olive, Feta & Rosemary Mini Muffins - Gluten Free & Fructose Friendly

Hello friends!
I have been busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen lately and I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the recipes here :-) I often get asked for the recipes to my little treats, as it seems even now folks are still having trouble finding nice, easy, cheap, fast recipes that cater for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance, celiacs disease, and fructose malabsorption/intolerance.
So here is a quick easy recipe for some delicious savoury mini muffins that can be enjoyed on their own or as a side to a tasty soup or hearty stew with lots of sauce to mop up :-)

Olive, Feta & Rosemary Mini Muffins - Gluten Free & Fructose Friendly 
2 cups gluten free self raising flour **
50g butter
1 egg
100g feta cheese, cut into 1cm cubes (or smaller)
1 cup milk (you can substitute with soy milk)
1 cup chopped, pitted kalamata (black) olives
1-2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary (can substitute with dried rosemary)
cracked black pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven 190C (170C for fan forced). Grease mini muffin tray (I used Olive Oil cooking spray) Sift flour into bowl. Melt butter, allow to cool slightly then beat egg into melted butter. Add butter & egg mixture, olives, feta, milk, rosemary & pepper to flour. Mix to just moisten (don't over mix :-) Three-quarter fill greased mini muffin tray.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden on top and when muffin springs back when gently pressed. 
Makes about 35-40 mini muffins. Serve warm!

**If you have no dietary restrictions this recipe works just as well with regular wheat self raising flour as well :-)

If you're not going to serve your muffins warm from the oven, simply zap them in the microwave for 10 seconds to warm them through, they're much more delicious warm!

I like to take these along to gatherings/parties/picnic/BBQs etc where guests are asked to "bring a plate" as they travel well, almost everyone can enjoy them and because there always seems to be an abundance of sweet treats when everyone brings something to share :-)

Just remember that not all of the ingredients in these muffins will be suitable for everyone with a dietary restriction, so if you're unsure, ask whoever you're making them for about each ingredient :-)
Enjoy! :-)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Two Little Visitors

Hello friends!
Today I had a lovely surprise :-) These two lovelies arrived on my doorstep and we got to play all afternoon :-)
Puppy likes to chew EVERYTHING... so we did a lot of our playing outdoors. Chew away pup!
We took lots of photos, made some little films, jumped over/on/through/off things, puppy chewed EVERYTHING in sight, we chased each other...then we weeded the driveway... even puppy helped. As soon as he saw us pulling weeds out he decided he liked the idea of that and pulled out a bunch of weeds too... Maybe we should hire him out for gardening services?

When was the last time you had fun surprise visitors? Share in the comments :-)