Oven Baked Pita Crisps

Hello Dear Reader,

This, of course, is not a new idea, but one that I seem to do quite a bit. As you know by now, I hate waste of any sort and do my utmost to prevent wasted food in my home. I buy the Aldi brand of wholemeal Pita Breads (Lebanese Bread) to use as wraps, you know, like they wrap a falafel or kebab, well I do that to almost any sandwich filling. I find as they get close to their use by date, they get a little dry and start to crack, it's at this stage that I turn them into Pita Crisps.

-I simply cut them in half, so you now have two semi-circles, then cut each half into quarters, then each quarter into thirds, ending up with 12 wedges from each pita bread. I use a pair of kitchen scissors to do this. Then line a baking tray with baking paper

-I then spray each side of the pita bread wedges with cooking spray (Rice Bran Cooking Spray) and grind or sprinkle over any seasoning you have on hand. I use this quite a bit, but good old salt and pepper is more than fine.

-You then bake them in a preheated 150 C oven for 15 minutes, turning them over half way through

They are super crunchy and so morrish, great by themselves or with a dip, like this hummus or this baked ricotta

What do you make to prevent waste in your home?

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-Soft and Light Pancakes
Two Years Ago-A Much Needed Break

Cafe Style Banana Bread

Hello Dear Reader,

When we go away camping, our son looks after the house, the dogs and our cat, Ninja, as well as working in his own business. I usually make at least one meal in advance, some to take with us and the rest to leave for him for a meal or two. This time I made this stroganoff which he was grateful for, and then he did his own thing, dinner wise. I had bought a nice hand of bananas, as he usually has one for a quick breakfast and I had also bought 2 containers of sour cream, one for us and one to leave at home for the stroganoff.

When we arrived home from camping on Saturday, I found most of the bananas still sitting, a little worse for wear, in the fruit bowl and a good 3/4 of the container of sour cream still in the fridge. So I got those two ingredients together and made this wonderfully simple and delicious loaf. All you need is a bowl, a whisk and a spatula, simple, easy and hardly any washing up!

I love the texture of this loaf, gorgeous as is, but, it is almost better toasted with lashings of butter, a real cafe style toasted banana bread.

Ingredients for Banana and Sour Cream Bread, clockwise from top left-
3 small or approximately 220 grams bananas, mashed with a fork, 1 1/2 cups of plain flour, 1 teaspoons bicarb soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup light sour cream, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup oil (I use Rice Bran oil) 

Grease and line a 12 cm x 24 cm x 5 cm loaf tin and preheat the oven 175 C.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and brown sugar

Add the mashed banana, sour light cream, eggs and vanilla essence

And whisk to combine

Mix together the flour, bicarb soda and salt and then add flour mixture to the banana sour cream mixture

And, using a light hand, gently mix the two together with a soft, flexible spatula until just combined, don't over mix

Pour and scrape mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin and bake for 45 to 50 minutes in a preheated  oven. As always, all ovens are different so please keep an eye on the loaf, start testing with a toothpick for doneness at 45 minutes

Golden and delicious cafe style banana bread

I love baking, but I am definitely not an expert by any means, I don't decorate cakes or fuss with icing, give me simple, straight forward, cake recipes any day. That is probably why I love this one so much, no fuss, no bother, just a delicious outcome.

Over to you, do you bake and decorate cakes? Or do you keep it simple like me?

Have a lovely day

Sunny Side Up Sunday

Hello Dear Reader,

Today I am grateful for my own bed to sleep in, after camping for the last 6 nights, sleeping on our "Instant Anywhere Bed". I was so looking forward to my familiar and comfortable bed with fresh linen, non-lumpy mattress and best of all, no sand!

What are you grateful for today?

Have a lovely day,

One Year Ago-My Garden Tools

What we bought, spent and ate this week

Hello Dear Reader,

This weeks groceries was all about camping food, some convenience foods that make your life a bit easier when your in the middle of nowhere. Well, that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, we are only an hour and a half drive from home, the little township of Tewantin in just 15 minutes down the road and over the river (car barge over the river), Rainbow Beach is about and hour and a half drive along the beach and the camp ground where we stay has a little shop. But all of these convenient close by places, come at a cost, in either time or money. Time to drive to or extra cost just because there isn't a big shop close by and they can charge what they like.

So, we come prepared and double check we have bought everything we need for the week "In the middle of nowhere". I have to say it is my most favourite kind of holiday, you completely and utterly relax, where you only listen to tides, do as much or as little as you like, eat more simply and the everyday stuff is left behind.

We have made a decision this last camping trip though, we will never, ever again camp in Summer, this last week has been hot as hell, with little breeze some days. I ended up very sick last Saturday from setting up camp in the blistering heat, I had a shocking headache that just wouldn't let up, it took me until Monday evening to feel better. I think lovely hubby now understands how much hard work it is for me to set up this big camp, either I am getting older or less resilient, but it is probably both!

Now on with what we bought, spent and ate this past week-

What we bought
Shopping from Coles

Shopping from Marjax Meats

Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn

Shopping from Aldi

What we spent
Marjax Meats-$34.15
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$47.96

TOTAL-$151.08, pretty darn close to our weekly grocery budget of $150

What we ate

Friday-Left over Easy Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Saturday-Creamy Salmon and Tomato Pasta, using the left over lasagna sheets cut into strips

Sunday and Monday-Super Simple, Throw it all in, Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles and broccoli, such a delight to have a ready made and delicious dinner 

Tuesday-Bacon and Egg Toastie with a bowl of salad on the side

Wednesday-Rissoles, steamed potato with sour cream and tomato and crumbled feta

Thursday-A very rustic omelette of sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese and buttered toast, a bit messy and a lot delicious

Friday-Baked Beans with grated cheese on toast, simple and delicious

So, that was our camping food for the week, what was on your family table this week?

Have a lovely day

Two Years Ago-What we ate this week

This Weeks 5 Frugal Things on a Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

This weeks 5 frugal things is a bit of tongue in cheek, so please don't take offence if you do or don't do any of these things, I am just being silly. That's what a week of living on the beach will do to you.

1. Resisted the urge to go to the club for dinner and cooked at home every night

Bacon and Egg Toasties with Chopped Salad on the side

2. Didn't have a take away tea or coffee all week

We bought tea leaves and ground coffee plus plungers for both with us from home

3. Line dried the washing

I rinse out my 50 plus sun protection shirt every night and by the morning it's ready to go again

4. Packed morning tea, lunch and tea and water to have while we were out everyday

We have been enjoying tuna and chopped salad wraps everyday for lunch and a hot cross bun and muesli bars as snacks, plus water and tea for me, oh and of course I pack my piece of dark chocolate to have with the peppermint tea

5. Used up the food we had in the house
When camping, we keep the food side of things pretty basic but always tasty, I made a big Chopped Salad and it has indeed lasted all week. I also made this rissole mix which was enough for dinner and lunch on wraps with salad. If there is anything left over from dinner I bring it along for lunch the next day.

I put the Chopped Salad into a clip lock container lined with a clean linen tea towel, it has kept as fresh as a daisy all week long

So, there you go this weeks cheeky 5 frugal things, I would love to know how you have saved money this week. To comment simply click on the speech bubble at the end of this post.

Have a fantastic Friday

Easy Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Hello Dear Reader,

This is another really easy Asian influenced recipe, that has wonderful flavour and takes very little time to put together, in fact, in the time it takes to cook some rice, this dinner will be on the table. There is very little in the way of slicing and dicing also, just the red onion, spring onion, red capsicum and the grating of the garlic, so again very little time involved.

It is quite similar to this chicken and this beef recipe, both in ingredients and method, so I suppose it is a combination of both. It is quite punchy in terms of flavour, which I absolutely adore, if you want it less so, reduce the lime to 1 and reduce the fish sauce to 3 tablespoons instead of 4, making it less salty and with a less citrus tang.

Ingredients for Easy Asian Chicken Stir Fry, clockwise from top left-1 kg of lean chicken mince, 375 gram bean sprouts, 1 small red onion, finely sliced, 1/2 red capsicum, diced, 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of corn flour, 2 garlic cloves, grated on a microplane, 4 spring onions, finely chopped, juice of 2 limes (the other one didn't make it in the photo) and 4 tablespoons of fish sauce, 

In a jug, add the chilli sauce, fish sauce, grated garlic, brown sugar and juice of limes, mix well to combine

Then whisk in the cornflour, making sure there are no lumps, put aside until needed

In a large, non stick, heavy based, fry pan, add the sliced onion, white of spring onion and diced red capsicum, stir fry for a minute or two

Push the stir fried veggies to one side of the pan, add the chicken mince and saute until cooked through, breaking up any lumps as you go, once cooked, incorporate cooked mince and stir fried veggies

Now add sauce to pan

Bring to a gentle boil, and let cook out for 10 minutes to reduce and thicken

Just before ready to serve, add the crunchy bean sprouts

And gently mix through

Serve with steamed rice and Asian Greens

Easy, quick and delicious, maybe that is what I should call this blog, because all my recipes seem to follow this similar style!

Let me know what you think of this one.

Have a lovely day

One Year Ago-Our Camping Gear
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