Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls

*Vegemite is an acquired Aussie taste, but this is another simple, much-loved recipe in my house that is great for snacks and lunchboxes- Bella 🙂 *

vegemite scrolls

4 sheet puff pastry-thawed

1/4 cup Vegemite

3 cups grated tasty cheese

1 egg- beaten

 

1.) Preheat oven to 220 degree Celsius. Line three baking tray with baking paper.

2.) Place pastry, one sheet at a time, on a cutting board. Spread vegemite over pastry evenly. Sprinkle cheese over vegemite.

3.) Starting with the side closest to you, roll up pastry. Be careful not to roll too tight.

4.) Cut each roll into 5 even pieces. Place each scroll, cut-side up, onto baking trays. Allow room for spreading. Brush the top of each scroll with beaten egg.

5.) Bake for 15-20 min or until pastry is golden and cheese is melted.

6.) Allow to cool on tray for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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Cinnamon apple muffins

*This is not a personal recipe. I found it on http://www.taste.com.au but it was a big hit in this household! – Bella 🙂 “

apple muffins

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

300g (2 cups) plain flour

1T baking powder

2t ground cinnamon

150g (3/4 cup firmly packed) brown sugar

2 medium Granny Smith apples- cored, peeled and chopped

125g (3/4 cup) seedless raisins

125g butter or margarine melted and cooled

2 eggs- lightly whisked

185mls (3/4 cup) milk

 

1.) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Prepare about a dozen muffin pans.

2.) Sift the plain flour, baking powder and cinnamon together into a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, apples and raisins until well combined.

3.) In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter/margarine, eggs and milk until well combined.

4.) Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir with a large metal spoon until just combined.

5.) Spoon mixture evenly into the muffin pans

6.) Bake muffins for  20min or until golden and cooked right through.

Paper snowflakes- kids crafts

paper snowflakes

Folding methods

I’m sorry, this blog has been sorely neglected. I realise that Christmas (and New Year’s for that matter) is long over and almost forgotten already…but there are still countries experiencing winter…so paper snowflakes are still  a great craft to do with your children (or store the idea away for next Christmas)

My kids and I had a blast creating these snowflakes to decorate our house for Christmas. This project lasted for hours!! We made teeny-tiny ones…and very large ones….our glass sliding door looked fantastic!!!

Use coloured paper for a more eye catching effect!

Use coloured paper for a more eye-catching effect!

Share your own recipes

I love cooking.

Well…usually! We all have those days where we can’t be bothered being in the kitchen. Work, family….life…makes us exhausted, and we don’t really feel like standing in the kitchen for ages to prepare meals.
Those are the days I turn to packet mix cooking, or heat up meals. Even the greatest of cooks would be lying if they said they haven’t had those experiences/days as well!

I find cooking therapeutic at times. Recently, when I started to cook my children’s dinner one night, I decided to make some of my Fruit and Veggie cakes, then thought “I have a hankering for some choc-chip cookies!” (which ended up being a packet mix recipe)
My husband wasn’t impressed that the kitchen, which he had just cleaned, was looking like a bomb site within minutes! But, hey, a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen.

messy kitchen

I am still queen of the packet mix, but I love to test new recipes.

Do you have a recipe that you are famous for, or a proud of? I would love to hear from you!

You can email me at bellasblog@hotmail.com or go to the At home with Bella Facebook page, and share your recipe. Photos preferable but not required. All work will be published in your name.

Can’t wait to hear from you!
Bella 🙂

Shepherd’s pie

This is one of very few recipes that is a hit with my entire family.

Just remember, I am a “throw together” cook, so some of the measurements may not be quite exact…so feel free to add more or less.
I also add thing like sweet chilli sauce (if my kids aren’t eating), barbeque sauce, and whatever herbs are on hand. 

Get creative with this recipe!

Bella 🙂

Not a picture of my recipe...will later edit with a personal picture :) http://michellepicker.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/shepherds-pie/

Not a picture of my recipe…will later edit with a personal picture 🙂
Original image: http://michellepicker.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/shepherds-pie/

Shepherd’s Pie

500g mince (I use beef)
1 large handful of diced bacon

1/4 onion, chopped

1 cup veggies (I use peas, corn and carrot)
1T minced garlic

1T parsley
gravy

Topping:

5 large potatoes, cooked (I prefer to steam mine)

butter and milk for mashing

2 handfuls of grated cheese

paprika

 
1) Brown mince, onion and bacon until thoroughly cooked.

2) Add vegetables, simmer for about a minute (longer if vegetables are fozen)
3) Add enough gravy to cover mixture. We like lots of gravy, which makes it quite runny, but can be thickened with extra gravy powder. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

4.) Pour meat mixture into a large casserole dish
5) Mash potatoes with butter and milk. Add one large handful of cheese to potato mixture and mix well.
6) Spread potato topping evenly over the meat mixture. Sprinkle remainder of grated cheese on top. Season with paprika as desired.
7.) Bake in oven until cheese turns golden.

Bella’s Fruit and Veggie Cake

My two eldest boys are picky eaters, one more so than the other. They don’t eat many vegetables (if any!) and not much fruit.

I have had to start being sneaky, trying to find ways to hide fruit and veggies. This recipe has proven very popular in my household. It is great as snacks, or for lunch boxes.

Bella 🙂

Bella's fruit and veggie cake
Bella’s Fruit and Veggie Cake

1 carrot, grated
1/2 small zucchini, grated

Large handful baby spinach, finely chopped

2 apples, grated

1 pear, grated

2 eggs

40 ml oil

1.5 cup Self raising flour

60 ml milk

1) Combine all grated fruit and vegetables in a large bowl. Add eggs, combine thoroughly.
2.) Add milk and oil to bowl, mix thoroughly. Slowly sift flour through mixture in parts.

3) Add more flour or milk to reach desired consistency (the thicker the mix, the denser the cake)
4.) Pour mix into a large, grease cake tin, or separate into muffin tins.

5.) Bake at about 160 degrees celsius until golden and cooked through.

Simple French Onion Dip

I love to throw parties! Chips, dips, lollies….complete banquets of finger foods.

This very simple dip recipe leaves me more time to prepare other foods, or socialize. It can be quickly whipped up if you have last minute guests arrive for a few drinks.

Best thing, it only takes about two minutes to prepare!

Bella 🙂

french onion dip

Simple French Onion Dip

300g sour cream

35g French Onion Soup packet mix (I prefer to use Continental brand)

1.) Mix sour cream in a bowl until smooth.

2.) Gradually add soup mix to the sour cream, mixing thoroughly . I like the flavour strong, so I tend to use the whole packet, but you can make it to your liking adding more or less dry mix.

3.) Allow to set in fridge for about ten minutes, but this isn’t essential.

 

If you are feeling creative and want a bit of flair, add some finely chopped chives on top.