Cookie Monster

I scored the recipe for some delicious cookies. They are just like Mrs Field’s cookies! (Awesome!). My sister in law gave me the recipe and even made me some! (Double awesome!).

So that’s all…. I have the recipe…. HA! As if, here it is:

Ingredients:
1    Cup of sugar
½   Cup raw sugar
½   Cup butter
½   Cup margarine
2    Eggs Beaten
2    Tea spoons vanilla
½   Tea spoon milk
½   Tea spoon water
2¼ Cups flour
1    Tea spoon salt
1    Tea spoon baking soda
Choc Chips (as desired)

Method:
Mix sugars, butter & margarine together.
Add eggs, vanilla, milk & water – Mix well.

Mix in flour, baking soda & salt.
Mix in choc chips.

Form dough into balls and chill in fridge for 1 day. Or not, I mean who thinks of making cookies the day before you want them? I don’t think I could wait another 15 minutes let alone a whole day!

Put dough balls on ungreased baking paper & flatten.

Cook at 325°F or 160°c for 12 – 15 minutes.

My sister in law has also made these cookies with macadamia nuts and white chocolate. To die! I was thinking about making them with m&m’s and peanut butter. Scrumptious!

Enjoy!

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Number 8 Restaurant & Wine Bar at Crown

My husband and I dined together with his cousin and fabulous girlfriend at Number 8 restaurant and wine bar at Crown Casino over the weekend. It was delicious and super ah-maz-ing!

We don’t tend to visit really nice restaurants often. We usually go to places where the food is fantastic, but the actual look of the restaurant isn’t the reason that we go back.

Number 8 was gorgeous to look at featuring high ceilings, river and city views and the food was scrumptious! The table settings were gorgeous with candles on either end that made the room glow. It was a bit squishy, but then again it was a Saturday night and very busy. The wait for our meals wasn’t long and the service was very good.

Another highlight of Number 8 is its extensive wine list of 888 wines, which has won numerous awards. This makes sense now – when we received the wine list it was seriously like the bible. The wine list definitely meant business!

 

What we had:

Complimentary warm bread with dip – the capsicum dip was sooo good!
Sautéed spinach with roasted pine nuts $7.50.
French Fries – $7.50.
Cocktails – $17.00.
VB Beer – $7.50.

Me
Main: Free-range Bendigo chicken breast, organic white polenta, herb salad, spiced jus – $37.50. (The jus was incredible! Cooked to perfection.)
Dessert: Vanilla crème brûlée – $15.00. (Massive portion. To die!)

Husband
Entrée: Hervey Bay half shell scallops, salt roasted beetroot purée, nasturtium leaves, lemon dressing – $25.00. (My husband couldn’t get enough of this. The beetroot purée was out of this world.)
Main: Roasted Portland lamb rack, rosemary crust, maple roasted baby carrots, lamb jus – $42.00. (Could not fault this dish. Delicious!)

Cousin
Entrée: Slow-roasted high country pork belly, watercress, Puy lentils, hazelnuts and glazed pink lady apples – $24.00. (Amazing.)
Main: Grilled Moreton Bay bugs, preserved lemon butter* – $49.50. (Sadly, the butter was a little burnt. Otherwise, delicious.)

Fabulous girlfriend
Main: Handmade ricotta gnocchi, fresh tomato, basil, Jingilli olive oil – $31.00. (Delicious.)
Dessert: Vanilla crème brûlée – $15.00. (To die.)

Notice how the girls always skip the entrée so there is room for dessert! I’m glad I did though, the Vanilla crème brûlée was beyond and I will definitely go back again just for the dessert! I still cannot believe I couldn’t finish it all.

We really did have a lovely evening. Although the dishes were not huge, they were very tasty. As I explained to my husband, this is the kind of restaurant you go to for the taste, not to get full.

If you would like to check out this restaurant, the details are below.

Number 8 Restaurant & Wine Bar at Crown Casino
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006
(03) 9292 7899
www.number8atcrown.com.au

Baileys Chocolate Truffle Balls – Yummo!

These Choc truffle balls are delicious and so easy to make. Don’t be scared to get your hands dirty!

Ingredients:
1 Can condensed milk
1 Packet marie biscuits or teddy bear biscuits
1/2 Cup Coconut
2 & 1/2  Tablespoons Cocoa
2 Tablespoons vanilla essence
Extra coconut to roll balls in

Method:
– Finely crush Marie biscuits.
– Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
– Mix condensed milk and vanilla essence together and pour over dry ingredients.
– Add a splash of baileys if desired.
– Stir well.
Roll into balls and cover with coconut.
Refrigerate.
Enjoy!

David & Camy’s Noodle Restaurant

I went out with my sister and friend on Saturday night. My sister recommended this chinese place in Box Hill called David & Camy’s Noodle Restaurant so we decided to check it out. 

It is a little chinese place that isn’t much when you walk in – but the food is AH-MAZ-ING! It is also so cheap! We ordered 15 steamed pork with chives dumplings (that’s right – 15. Yum!), plate of noodles (HUGE!), plate of broccoli with oyster sauce (HUGE! – can’t forget the vegies!), 7 pumpkin cakes (DIE!) and drinks. Total $34.50 and we split it between the 3 of us. That is absolutely crazy cheap! 

It was so delicious I will definitely go back again.  

David & Camy's Noodle Restaurant

David & Camy’s Noodle Restaurant
590 Station Street
Box Hill, VIC. 3128
Phone: 03 9898 8398 

Enjoy! 

Love Kirst xx

I Love…. Baking!

My husband does most of the cooking in our house. Ok, so he does all the cooking in our house. I heard him telling someone a while ago that he thought I didn’t like handling raw meat and that’s why I can’t cook. I don’t exactly like to handle it (who actually does?) but if I have to do it I will. So I never corrected him and I’ve never had to cook! Good deal, right?! 
Despite this, I actually love baking. I have become the person who brings desserts to our little soirées. My mother in law asked me to bring something along for Christmas day. I have always loved and have always been a little bit scared of the new york style baked cheesecake. I found a recipe on bestrecipes.com.au submitted my Marlene that didn’t give me too much anxiety and away I went. It turned out better than I expected and was an absolute hit! 
 
 

  

New York Style Baked cheesecake Recipe: 
Serves 8 
Preparation time: 15 to 30 minutes 

Ingredients
 
Base:  
250 g plain sweet biscuits 
125 g butter, melted 
Filling:  
375 g cream cheese 
3/4 cup caster sugar, plus 1 tablespoon extra 
3 eggs 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1 cup sour cream 

  

Method: 
1. Base: Crush biscuits and mix well with melted butter. 
2. Line 20cm spring pan and press biscuit mixture firmly onto base of pan and refrigerate. 
3. Filling: Beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy. 
4. Add the 3/4 cup of caster sugar and beat well. 
5. Add 1 whole egg, 2 egg yolks, sour cream and lemon juice and beat well. 
6. Beat the egg whites until peaks form and then beat in the tablespoon of sugar. 
7. Fold in the egg whites through the cream cheese mixture. 
8. Pour into the base and book at 140°C (fan forced) or 160°C (not fan forced) for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Leave in the oven with the door open for an additional 15 minutes before removing. (This can help to avoid it cracking). 
9. Decorate as desired.  

I used McVitties digestives biscuits as they crumble a bit better. You can get this at the supermarket. I also added a dash of vanilla essence to the mixture. Just before I served it I added a heap of fresh strawberries on top and drizzled strawberry topping all over.  

Bon appetite! 
Love Kirst xx