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Anzac Biscuits/Cookie Recipe

Posting this here for safe keeping =)

  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar (Raw, Brown or white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 125g butter, melted.
  • 2 Tablespoons Golden Syrup
  1. Mix all dry ingredients.
  2. Dissolve soda in boiling water and add to melted butter and golden syrup.
  3. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Place in teaspoonfuls on greased slide or press into greased tray and cut into squares while still hot.
  5. Bake in moderately slow oven 160 degrees for 15 mins.


  • Nutties: Add 30g crushed nuts.
  • Rolled oat cookies: Add 30g sultanas or raisins
  • Muesli Biscuits: Omit 1 cup rolled oats, add 1 cup muesli



Cream of pumpkin soup

This pumpkin soup recipe beats mums hands down! Definitely one to give whirl… Its really cheap to make as well, about $3 a serving.


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 6 dinner bread rolls
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg IMG_0025
  • 1kg peeled pumpkin, diced. (NOTE: Be careful in under buying. eg. I bought 1.5KG and only got 900g of pumpkin out of it because of seeds etc.)
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced
  • 1L chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) thin cream


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat, add onion until softened but not coloured. Add pumpkin, potato, stock and spices and bring to the boil (10 minutes or so). Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then blend in batches.IMG_0027NOTE: I didn’t blend because I don’t have a blender, but cooked it a bit longer (40 minutes) and mashed it.


  2. Return soup to pan if you used blender, stir in cream and heat up again.
  3. Enjoy!

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Twix Caramel Chocolate Bar Brownies

This was our desert we made one night after we had a paste sausage dish that can be found here.


  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g cooking chocolate chips
  • 150g cooking chocolate (we used 50g dairy milk chocolate cos it was cheaper)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract (NOT Vanilla Essence)
  • 500g sugar
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3.5 Twix Bars (chopped and crunched)
  • 1.5 Twix Bars cut into quarters

1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Line slice oven tray with foil that hangs over the sides for ease in getting them out (butter/non-stick spray the foil).


2. In a heatproof, medium-bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, heat butter, ALL CHOCOLATES (except twix bars) until melted and smooth; cool slightly. (may take a while)

3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and sugar. Stir the egg mixture into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Cool to room temperature.


4. In a another bowl, sift together flour, and salt; add to batter. Stir chopped Twix bars into chocolate mixture. Then pour into prepared baking pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Place slices of the other Twix Bar onto the top of the brownie batter.


5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached; do not overbake! Let cool completely, then cover tightly and chill overnight. Chilled brownies are easier to cut.

Cooking Tips
*These taste better the second day.
**If it’s a warm day inside your house, you might consider chilling the Twix bars before you try to cut them.

h/t recipe girl



Fancy Pasta Sausage Dish

The other night Brie came over and we cooked up a storm! This was the main meal and you can check out the caramel twix slice we made here.

This is the best meal I’ve had so far that takes no prep and only 15 mins to make! Better yet you can do it on the cheap if you use cheaper assuages or even use hot dogs instead! You may find the sausages a little easy to cut into the smaller pieces if you give them a cook for 2 minutes, then cut them. If you try this recipe and have any other tips let me know!

  • Olive Oil or Butter
  • 6 sausages (we chose gourmet) (plan 1-2 per person)
  • 1 chopped white onion
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)


1 Melt butter or oil in pan. Add the chopped onions and sliced sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and the sausages are nicely browned, 5-10 minutes.


2 Add the sour cream and water, stir until water and cream thickens up and looks like above. (Can take some time)

Serve with elbow macaroni, or favourite pasta. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

Serves 4 people. Or 3 very hungry people :)


h/t simply recipes


Neiman Marcus Cookies Recipe

An email that i got today:

This is a true story. 
Please forward when you finish reading!

A little background:
Neiman-Marcus, if you don’t know already, is a very expensive boutique
shop (they sell a typical $8.00 T-shirt for $50.00)

My daughter and I had just finished lunch at a Neiman-Marcus Cafe in
Dallas , USA . Because both of us are such biscuit lovers, we decided to
try the ‘Neiman-Marcus cookie’. It was so excellent that I asked if they
would give me the recipe. The waitress said with a small frown, ‘I’m
afraid not, but you can buy the recipe.’

I asked how much, and she responded; ‘Only two fifty – it’s a great
deal’I agreed to that, and told her to add it to my bill.
Thirty days later, I got my Visa statement, and the Neiman-Marcus charge
was $285. I looked at it again, and I remembered I had only spent $9.95
for two sandwiches and about $20 for a scarf. At the bottom of the
statement, it said, ‘Cookie Recipe – $250.00’. That was outrageous!

I called Neiman’s Accounting Department and told them the waitress had
said it was ‘two fifty’, which clearly does not mean ‘two hundred and
fifty dollars’ by any reasonable interpretation of the phrase.
Neiman-Marcus refused to budge. They would not refund my money because
according to them; ‘What the waitress told you is not our problem. You
have already seen the recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money.

I explained to the Accounting Department lady the criminal statutes
which govern fraud in the state of Texas . I threatened to report them to
the Better Business Bureau and The Texas Attorney General’s office. I
was basically told: Do what you want. Don’t bother thinking of how you
can get even, and don’t bother trying to get any of your money back’

I said, OK, you’ve got my $250, and now I’m going to have $250 worth of
fun. I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in
the world with an e-mail account gets a $250 cookie recipe from
Neiman-Marcus for free. She replied, ‘I wish you wouldn’t do that.’ I
said, ‘Well, perhaps you should have thought of that before you RIPPED
ME OFF!’ and slammed down the phone.

So here it is! Please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of.
I paid $250 for this, and I don’t want Neiman-Marcus to EVER make
another penny from this recipe!

NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved as this makes heaps)
2 (500 ml) cups butter
680 g chocolate chips
4 (1000 ml) cups flour
2 (500 ml) cups brown sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp. (5 ml) salt
2 (500 ml) cups sugar
500 g Grated Cadbury chocolate
5 (1250 ml) cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. (10 ml) baking powder
2 tsp. (10 ml) vanilla
3 cups (375 ml) chopped nuts (optional)
Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the
butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour,
oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda. Add chocolate
chips, grated Chocolate and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches
apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees (180 C).
The above quantities make 112 cookies. Enjoy!
This is not a joke-it’s a true story.


Chocolate Mint Slice Recipe | Best Famous “Cook” Version

This recipe comes through generations, on my mothers side, who ironically, has a last name of Cook!

I made this last night for a Pot Luck Dinner and it got eaten for Desert, I’ve never seen it disappear so quick, maybe 30 seconds at the most??

Give it a go and let me know how you find it, let me know if you got any questions!

Ingredients For Slice:

  • 1 Cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 125 Grams Butter Melted

Ingredients For Icing:

  • 1 Cup Icing Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
  • Peppermint Essence (Make it smell and taste quite strong)
  • Small amount of Hot water (teaspoons at a time till its not to thick and spreadable)

Steps 1

Mix Flour, brown sugar & cocoa. Add egg, Vanilla & Melted butter.











Step 2

Put into a greased 7” by 11” slice tin, spread it out with a knife and make it even, then bake at 180degrees for 15-20mins









Step 3

While in Oven, mix icing ingredients in bowl, then remove slice from oven when edges have risen and starting to look crisp and ready. Wait couple of minutes after it comes out of oven so it firms up a bit, then ice while still hot.









Step 4

Eat while still warm and soft (YUM) or stick in fridge and eat once firm and cold.