Friday, January 23, 2004

4 Weeks & 6 Days

I made my filo pastries today, kids didn't like them but hubby and I did. Here is a rough recipe below

3 Cheese Filo Pastries
1 tub ricotta cheese
1/2 tub cream cheese
2 handfuls of grated tasty/colby cheese
small amount of fresh rosemary
numerous sheets of filo pastry (about 2 sheets per pastry, less if they don't stick together)
melted butter

1. Mix the 3 cheeses together until combined
2. Put butter onto melt
3. Add chopped rosemary to the cheese mix, mix well.
4. Take individual sheets of filo and spread with butter
5. Place a heaped dessert spoon of cheese mix onto a corner of the pastry and fold as best you can, all the time spreading more butter onto the pastry as you go (need to cover those bits which don't have butter on them so they stick and go brown)
6. Bake in a moderate oven until golden.

Note: They may decide to share their fillings with the tray if not wrapped properly but the taste will be the same.

Then after I made 6 of these I made a baklava type dish, which is yet to be eaten, with the left over pastry.

yet more filo pastry, this stuff works better the further you get into it.
melted butter
coconut, brown sugar & cinnamon mixed together in a plastic bag/bowl
1/2 cup white sugar
4 tbs golden syrup
1/2cup water
4 limes, juiced

1. Brush pastry with butter, and sprinkle with coconut mix.
2. Start to roll up, brushing more butter to the unbuttered pastry sides as you roll.
3. When fully rolled, cut into roughly 6 even pieces and place, standing up, in a deep dish/cake tin
4. Bake in a moderate oven till golden brown.
5. To make syrup, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
6. Pour over cooked pastry and allow to soak overnight.
7. Sneak one to eat when they are cool enough to eat and don't tell anyone.

Apart from having an interesting time in the kitchen and trying to teach the kids to cook with filo, which is really a one adult job, I had a good night with one sale made at a friends' house down the GC.
Had an lime spider when I got home and then did this wonderful thing called a blog.

No baby news tonight except that it had hiccups again and I think it is running out of room in there.