Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Celebrations

We had reason to be celebrating (or perhaps the word should be commiserating) last weekend which is why I didn't get around to doing a Weekend Cooking post. I've also had house guests for the last couple of weeks which is why it has been a bit quiet post wise!

I thought that this week I would share some of the food that might have been consumed (although there were no photos taken. I meant to, but then I started talking and drinking and it just didn't happen!). A couple of the recipes are ones I have mentioned before, because, for example, there would be a mutiny amongst my friends if there was some kind of get together and these prawns and this cheesecake didn't feature somewhere on the menu.

Along with the prawns, for starters we also served up Thai Chicken Meatballs, which are definitely favourites in our family, and they are really easy to do!

Thai Chicken Balls

  • 500g chicken mince
  • quarter cup oyster sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 thirds cup coconut milk

  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Combine all ingredients, and then put 1 teaspoon of mixture into mini muffin pans.
  3. Cook for 15 mins or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with small bowls of sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce.


As it is now well and truly winter here in Melbourne, we decided that we would have different kinds of roast meats (pork, beef, lamb and chicken) with scalloped potatoes and broccoli and cauliflower cheese. Then for desserts there was the aforementioned cheesecake as well as trifle, lemon cheesecake, and strawberry pavlova rolls.

Finally for after dinner snacks there were chocolate brownie pieces and jelly slice, fruit platters and cheese platters. I thought I would share the recipe for Jelly Slice as it is definitely a favourite in our family, although we always, always, always use red jelly on top!

Jelly Slice

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  • 125g Morning Coffee biscuits (semi sweet cookies) processed to fine crumbs
  • 80g butter, melted, cooled
  • 375g cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 200ml cream
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • 85g packet jelly crystals
  1. Line base and sides of a 3.5cm deep, 16cm x 26cm (base) slab pan with baking paper. Combine biscuit crumbs and butter. Press into base of lined pan. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in cream. Place water into a small bowl. Sprinkle over gelatine. Stir until gelatine dissolves. Set aside to cool slightly. Beat gelatine into filling until combined.
  3. Pour filling over base. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until set.
  4. Meanwhile, make jelly, following packet directions. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Pour into a shallow dish. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until jelly starts to thicken (like consistency of thickened cream). Pour jelly over cheesecake. Refrigerate for a further 3 hours or until jelly is set. Cut into squares to serve.

And the reason for all these celebrations?

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  1. Happy Birthday!!!! I love the cupcake cake!

    The jelly slices look good. I'm now thinking of color themes (red and green jello for Christmas; red, white, and blue for July 4; orange for Halloween ....)

  2. Happy birthday, looks like it was a good one.

  3. Happy belated birthday :)
    I love the idea of those jelly slices; I don't believe I've ever seen a recipe like that before. I love all things jello, so I'm defintely going to make this one, thanks!

  4. Happy Birthday, I love that cupcake cake tower, very festive and fun! Those Thai meatballs sound so good!

  5. Happy Birthday!
    ...and since I am older, let me tell you you are still quite young!

    I MUST try those Thai Meatballs..printing that one out right now.

  6. Happy Birthday! I hope that you had an amazing day! I also have never had a chicken meatball, but they sound delicious, and I will definitely be trying them out. Thanks for posting this great recipe!

  7. Happy Birthday!! Just love that cupcake tower, and the thai chicken balls sound amazing.

  8. Happy Birthday! So glad you had friends around you on your big day. Thanks for sharing the Thai Chicken Balls. They sound amazing and easy to make. I'm saving this one to try.

  9. Happy Birthday! The Thai Chicken Balls sound wonderful, but I can't have shellfish. I am going to pass it on to my daughter, who lives in China, and is always looking for recipes like this.

  10. Happy Belated Birthday Marg! Hope you will have a great year ahead!

  11. Hey, happy birthday, Marg! I'm sure it was delicious.

  12. Happy Birthday!! What a pretty cake!

  13. Yummy looking cup cake cake. Happy Birthday.

  14. Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone!

    Beth, can you make blue jello? We can't here as far as I know!

  15. I was thinking one could add a bit of food color to something that was already almost blue -- like grape jello. But maybe there's blueberry jello???

  16. Might be fun to experiment with!

  17. Those jelly slices look delicious.

    And...happy birthday!

  18. Hope you had a good birthday! And both your recipes sound delicious.

  19. A great cake! & Belated Birthday wishes!

  20. Happy Birthday. looks like it was a great celebration. My MIL and a lady at work makes that jelly slice. It's delicious.

  21. A late happy birthday to you! I love the cupcake cake. I've never seen anything like it.

  22. Happy belated birthday!!! May all of your wishes come true :)