Marshmallow Slice

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This is my first disaster from the Magnificently Simple Marvellous Slice Recipes cook book. The marshmallow wouldn’t set, and even though I knew better, I still used it and ended up with a runny mess that had to be eaten with a spoon.

What I should have done is thrown the marshmallow away and re-made it using my own tried and true recipe.

The slice actually tasted delicious so I am going to make it again, using my own marshmallow recipe. However, for the purposes of this blog, I am posting the original recipe with all of the nasty photos. My own marshmallow recipe which I know works is at the bottom of the post.

Base

3 crushed weetbix

3/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Cup plain flour

1 Cup coconut

125gm butter (I actually used about 175gm of butter)

Melt the butter and mix into dry ingredients. Press into a lined tray and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for ten minutes. Cool.

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Marshmallow (original recipe from book)

1 Cup sugar

3/4 Cup cold water

1 tspn gelatin

1/4 tspn vanilla extract

Put the sugar, water and gelatin into a saucepan and sit for ten minutes while the sugar dissolves. Continue dissolving the sugar over a low heat, before bringing mixture to a boil for three minutes. Cool the mixture before adding the vanilla extract and beating until it thickens. Once thick, pour over the base and allow to set. (This is where I went wrong. The marshmallow wouldn’t thicken, but I used it anyway. Big mistake, as you can see by the picture below).

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Chocolate Topping (I didn’t use the suggested topping, as Copha disagrees with me. I’ve put the recipe I used instead at the bottom of the post, after my marshmallow recipe).

100gm Copha

1 Cup drinking chocolate (Sorry, I have no idea if this is a made up cup of cocoa or something else)

Mix well and cool. Pour over slice.

Rose’s Marshmallow

1 Cup sugar
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon gelatine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Place the sugar, water and gelatine in a saucepan and stir until the sugar dissolves. Brush the sides down with a wet pastry brush if necessary. Once dissolved boil the mixture for ten minutes without stirring. Take off the heat and allow to cool.

Rose’s Chocolate Icing

1 Cup icing sugar

2 Tblspns cocoa

50gm softened butter

Mix all ingredients together then add a tablespoon of water at a time to the mixture until the consistency is good to spread over the top of the marshmallow. The icing may seem a bit buttery, but it sets very well.

 

Pumpkin and Orange Soup

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Recently a friend accidently grew a Butternut Pumpkin in her compost heap. She doesn’t cook, so very kindly gave me the pumpkin, which was big enough to have won a prize at an agricultural show.

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1 Onion, finely diced

sliver of butter

1 kg butternut pumpkin

5 Cups chicken stock

1 Cup orange juice

1 tspn orange zest

1 Tblsn sugar

Cook the onion in the butter, then add all of the other ingredients. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about half an hour.

Either use a food processor or blender to make the mixture smooth (I used a hand held masher and He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers complained that the soup was too lumpy).

Re-heat the soup before serving.

 

 

 

Teacup Biscuits

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Happy Birthday Miss S!

I saw Teacup Biscuits in a bakery last summer and Miss S’s recent birthday party was the perfect occasion to make them ourselves.

They are very, very easy to make and only took about ten minutes, (probably about the same time it took to eat them).

1 packet of Tic Toc biscuits

1 packet marshmallows

1 packet chocolate freckles

1 packet musk Lifesavers, cut in half

a handful of white chocolate melts, melted

Stick each component together using a dob of white chocolate.

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

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I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron is a very funny book of the author’s reflections on life. Nora Ephron was best known for writing the screenplays including Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and Julie and Julia.

The title chapter, I Remember Nothing, is hilarious. I expected this to be a chapter about denying knowing something to avoid being implicated in a criminal matter, but it is actually about genuinely forgetting stuff. The names of movies. Her sister’s face. Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt. Nora Ephron writes that she didn’t attend Woodstock, “but I might has well have been because I wouldn’t remember it anyway.” As someone who forgets stuff, I loved this chapter.

The story about a family legend is great too. All families have stories that have become legendary, but Nora Ephron’s family legend is about her mother kicking Lillian Ross, a famous writer out of a party held at their home. Nora doubted the truth of the story as her had mother became an alcoholic later in life and less believable, but Nora had the opportunity to meet Lillian Ross many years later and was able to verify the story.

The chapter about Nora and her two sisters preparing to inherit from their Uncle Hal, My Life as an Heiress, had me in stitches and reminded me of a similar story about a bloke I knew who won Tattslotto back when you didn’t find out how much you had won until the Monday after the draw. He checked his numbers Saturday night, realised he had won and promptly rang up his boss to tell him what he really thought of him and where he could shove his job. Monday came, and this bloke learned there had been a record number of winners and he had only won $16,000. He rang his boss up again to ask for his job back, but was told to get lost. The lesson from both stories is don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Addicted to L-U-V is a story about the author’s addiction to an online Scrabble game called Scrabble Blitz. This story could have been written for me. I once forgot to pick up my daughter from school because I was playing Sega. I’ve given Sega up now, but I also have problems with Tetris, to the point where I get what is called The Tetris Effect, where I see the blocks dropping in front of my eyes for days after I play. Don’t even get me started on Candy Crush.

The last chapters are lists, titled What I Won’t Miss and What I Will Miss. The author says she won’t miss technology and emails and the sound of the vacuum cleaner and bills, amongst other things. The list of things she says she will miss include her kids, walking in the park, reading, butter and Pride and Prejudice. I Googled Nora Ephron after reading this book and learned that this chapter was a hint that she was dying of cancer at the time of writing this book. She has since died. All of the things she listed as things she would miss were simple pleasures which are often taken for granted.

I enjoyed this book very much and it made me happy to think that I was already familiar with Nora Ephron’s films.

 

Quiche with Leftovers

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This recipe is very forgiving and can be used nearly any time you look in the pantry and think there is nothing to eat. It is also a very good way of getting rid of leftovers and I often cook too many vegies on purpose with the intention of making this the following day.

4 eggs
1 Cup milk
1/2 Cup self raising flour
1 Cup grated cheese
2 Cups vegies, cooked and chopped (today I used leftover mashed potato, peas, corn and carrots and a jar of vegies containing sun dried tomato, eggplant and mushroom which had been languishing in the pantry until it was almost out of date. Tinned corn is good too, if you need to bulk out the vegies).

Whisk the egg, milk and flour, then mix in the cheese and vegetables. Bake in a lined tin for about 30 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. Rest for ten minutes before cutting into slices.