Crispy Kale Chips

Kale chips

After our first visit to the Gasworks Farmers Market in Albert Park, I decided to see what all the hype was about in terms of kale and what could be more easier than baking some kale chips!

– 1 bunch of kale ($2)

– 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

– a sprinkle of salt

1) Preheat oven 2) Cut away the leaves from the thick stems 3) Tear leaves into bite sized pieces 4) Wash and dry thoroughly 5) Drizzle leaves with olive oil and a little salt 6) Place leave on a tray lined with baking paper and bake for 15-20mins or until leaves are a little brown on the sides.

Serve straight from the oven!

Transparent Moment!: Ok so they’re not as easy as I thought! Firstly I forgot to dry the leaves after washing them (they still turned out crunchy!). Then I didn’t have any baking paper so I used foil, and then I burnt one whole tray!! – and it wasn’t even the tray on the top (see the last photo below!). I’m no masterchef but the ones that did work out were great! Super crunchy and a great way to get your serving of greens 🙂

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Spiced Tofu Stir Fry

Looking for something quick and tasty to cook for dinner? I found this recipe in a vegan recipe book when I was looking for some dishes to cater for a couple of friends who have chosen not to eat animal products. To my delight, it is a really easy dish to cook and is super tasty! – I love the combination of maple syrup and lime juice!

P.S Sorry I wasn’t able to take my normal step-by-step photos as this weekend I cooked 6 batches for a birthday party and was rushing to get it all cooked and ready to go.

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Spiced Tofu Stir Fry

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp caster sugar

275g tofu

4 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 bunch spring onions sliced

1 red capsicum seeded and sliced

1 yellow capsicum seeded and sliced

generous 3 cups of muschroom, halved or quartered, if necessary

1 large zucchini

115g green beans

50g pine nuts

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp maple syrup

good pinch of cayenne pepper

salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

1. In a bowl, mix together the cumin, paparika, ground ginger and caster sugar with plenty of seasoning. Cut the tofu into cubes and coat the cubes in the spice mixture.

2. Heat half the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Cook the tofu over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally (take care not to break up the tofu too much). Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper.

3. Add the remaining oil to the wok or pan and cook the garlic and spring onions for 3 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and cook over a medium heat for 6 minutes, or until they are beginning to soften and turn golden. Season well.

4. Return the tofu to the wok or pan and add the pine nuts, lime juice and maple syrup. Heath through and serve immediately.

Let me know how you go if you end up trying this dish! The original recipe stated 2 tsp of cumin but it was a little overpowering for me so changed it to 1 tsp.

Happy Monday everyone!! 🙂

(The aftermath – my dirty stove!)

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August Catch up’s #3!

Excited for my third catch up of the week, I drove straight from work to the Hillside area. After being work colleagues for over 5 years, Loz, Ags & I have managed to stay in touch, catching up to hear about the happenings in each other’s departments in one of Australia’s biggest financial bodies. I learned a lot from these ladies when we first started our careers in the corporate world, and years on our conversations have moved from being about management, leadership & training, to babies, holiday & honeymoons.

Whilst Loz cooked us dinner, we read Dear Zoo to baby & he LOVED Aggie’s animated storytelling! It brought back memories of pop-up books & storytelling before bedtime & how it’s the simple things that can bring a smile to someone’s face 🙂 We kissed bubba goodnight & he went off to dream land whilst we had a lovely home cooked meal – chicken cacciatore.

To Do!:

– buy some classic children’s books like Dear Zoo

– buy Save Our Sleep – apparently it’s a great book that will help both baby and parents get some valuable shut-eye time 🙂

What are some things you have on your “To Do” list after catching up with friends?