Sunday, January 25

Lazy Sundays..

Today has been really just recovering from the heat of the last couple of days - had one of those de-hydration headaches-from-hell this morning so my hubby was heroic and let me sleep in, until of course he got restless and decided there were things he needed to do (like mow the backyard, yes agreed!)

Finished off the lamingtons - and they aren't as 'spong-y' as I would have liked them. I ended up using double the sponge mixture and had enough of the icing mixture and coconut to cover them. I'm guessing if my sponge had risen as much as I would have liked, that wouldn't have been the case. They do look and taste the real deal though. All ready the fridge for tomorrow - Australia Day.

My culinary success for the day was making beef and bean chilli and serving them on soft tacos and mini-nachos-style for dinner tonight. No taco mix for me - I did this from scratch, tastes delicious and also means you can control the chilli or 'hotness' content for the kids. It was a huge success and I think I might actually make the spice mix up for a couple of batches next time and keep one in tupperware in the pantry for a quick-fix dinner. You could also use this with chopped zucchini and refried beans instead of the beef if you wanted to go vegetarian/vegan.

Liss' Taco Seasoning
1tb plain flour
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 stalk fresh oregano, chopped or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano if storing

Liss' Chilli Con Carne
1 tb olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1/2 clove garlic, finely diced
1kg lean beef mince
1 x Liss' taco seasoning
1 cup water
420g can red kidney beans, drained
420g can diced tomatoes
3tb tomato paste


In a large frypan (preferably with high sides) fry off the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the mince and brown, ensuring you keep stirring and separating. Once browned, stir in the seasoning and add the cup of water, mix well and keep stirring over medium heat. Once well combined, add the kidney beans and 1/2 the can of tomatoes, and tomato paste. Simmer for 15 minutes, and add the rest of the tomatoes. A further 10 minutes, it's ready to serve.
Serves 6 adults - so enough for two meals for 2 adults and 2 children, freezes beautifully.

Serving Ideas:
  • Nachos -on a bed of corn chips with grated cheese, diced tomato and lettuce, sour cream/guacamole
  • On rice - good on a cold night - if not serving the kids, add a little more fresh chilli or powder.
  • Tacos or Fajitas.

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4 lovely comments:

Chantelle on January 26, 2009 at 6:50 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I'll take a dozen of those lamingtons... to go... please!

They look delicious.

Happy Australia Day. x

mummabee on January 26, 2009 at 11:57 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Yummy! Lamingtons!! Happy Australia Day - pity I can't pop over and share those delicious looking morsels!!

Lalee on January 26, 2009 at 5:44 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Spongey or not they look fab babe!!! :D

Katy on January 27, 2009 at 8:36 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

They look yummo! Hope you enjoyed eating them all, and enjoyed your Australia Day!


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