Impossible Pie (Gluten Free)

Impossible Pie (Gluten Free)

This is a pretty forgiving recipe. It was the first dessert I ever baked on my own when I was about 11 years old! I’ve used coconut oil instead of butter, different flours and this time you will see the mixture is all lumpy in the bottom image as I didn’t melt the butter – it was soft at room temp so I just threw it in and stirred and it melted in the air fryer and turned out just fine. You can see where I tasted this one before I took the pic (and I may have accidentally cooked it at 180 before I realized and dropped it to 160. It’s a little dark on top but still tastes amazing!)   Have fun, let the kids have a go … and enjoy! It’s easy to make and soooo tasty. You’re welcome 🙂

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk or milk replacement (coconut, rice etc)
  • 1 cup sugar or sugar substitue (I use Sukrin Gold)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour or your preferred flour substitute (I use arrowroot starch/tapioca flour)
Please note, if you have a thermomix (or other mixer) throw it all in and blend it up – that’s what I do!

Air Fryer Method

  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs.
  • Add milk, sugar, butter, vanilla and stir well.
  • Add coconut and flour.
  • Pour into baking dish.
  • Place into air fryer and bake for 30-40 minutes at 160ºC (this depends on your oven – I bake at this temp in my 2225w Philips XXL)
  • Remove and allow to cool before serving.
  • It tastes great on its own or with cream and berries!

Traditional Method

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs.
  • Add milk, sugar, butter, vanilla and stir well.
  • Add coconut and flour.
  • Pour into baking dish.
  • Place in the center of your oven and bake for 35-40 minutes (this depends on your oven).
  • Remove and allow to cool before serving.
  • It tastes great on its own or with cream and berries!
Arno’s Wall, Winton QLD

Arno’s Wall, Winton QLD

If you want to see something a little unusual on your next outback adventure, Arno’s Wall should definitely be on your itinerary!  This ‘monument’ is something a little bizarre that everyone should take time to see when visiting Qld’s outback town of Winton.

Arno Grotjhan’s wall(s) have been constructed over the past 30+ years, reach two metres high and extend for at least 70 metres and are made of concrete and rock from Arno’s opal mine at Opalton.

 

I was walking past the gates, video camera in hand, when 2 big dogs started growling at me from the back of the ute parked out the front. I took the long way round, and kept filming. On my way back past, a man came out the gates, telling the dogs to settle down. I thanked him and asked if these walls were his. He nodded, Chris joined us, and Aaron told told us all about the walls that his father had built.

Arno Grotjahan was one of Queensland’s most well-known opal miners, and immigrated to Australia from Germany in the 1960’s. Not long after he arrived in Winton, Arno mined a valuable boulder opal and was able to to purchase a house in Winton. He spent the rest of his life mining, raising his family and collecting Australian and international memorabilia. When his collection got a little too big, he decided to create Arno’s Wall.

While we were chatting, Chris looked at me, then back at Aaron, then back at me, then back at Aaron before asking ‘Were you on a TV show by any chance?’ Aaron nodded. ‘Yes, I’m Opal Hunters next top loser!’ he said laughing.

Aaron, who has now taken over from his father who is now deceased, invited us to come inside the gates for a sneak peek at what he’s got planned over the coming years. We met his mate, his cat and gained a lot of insight as to why these walls were built and his plans for the future. The backyard is overflowing with, what some people would call, junk, but according to Aaron – he has big plans for every piece of it.

 

These quirky walls are so much fun to look at – and the closer you look, the more quirkiness you see and the more fun you have! There are so many industrial and household items like typewriters, TV’s, entire motobikes, engines, sinks, sewing machines, wheels, ovens, nuts and bolts, appliances, springs, a letterbox, a petrol bowser and the list goes on.

Aaron is going to be finishing another wall and tidying things up so visitors can actually walk through the walls of art which have been made from items mostly scavenged from the Winton Dump.

It’s a great piece of Winton’s history concreted into the walls and floors at this property in the heart of the town, just behind Winton’s iconic North Gregory Hotel.

Easy Beef & Cauliflowe Stir Fry

Easy Beef & Cauliflowe Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 500g Beef, thinly sliced (I use stir-fry beef)
  • 500g Cauliflower florets, cut into bite sized pieces (I use a bag of frozen cauli)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Brown onion, diced
  • 1 Capsicum, diced (optional)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced (fresh or in a jar)
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger, minced
  • Chilli flakes (optional and to taste)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Arrowroot flour (can use corn starch or regular flour as thickener)
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Rice wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tsp Sesame seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp Honey (optional – omit for low carb)

Method:

  1. Make the sauce first by mixing together the water and arrowroot flour/cornstarch until smooth. Add in all remaining sauce ingredients, stir until combined and set aside.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp of oil and the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook until onion is translucent.
  3. Add cauliflower and capsicum and cook until it is tender. If using frozen add a lid to the frying pan and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes or until soft, stirring every couple of minutes. If using fresh and you prefer your cauliflower soft, add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan while it cooks. Cook until water is absorbed and cauliflower is soft.
  4. Remove all ingredients from pan and place into a bowl while you cook the beef.
  5. Add remaining 1 Tbsp of oil to pan. Increase pan heat to high.
  6. Add beef and sear. This should take no more than 30 seconds each side. DO NOT overcook – a little pink meat is OK as it will cook through later.
  7. Add cauliflower back into the pan with the beef and stir to combine.
  8. Stir the sauce in the bowl to make sure the arrowroot flour/ cornstarch is incorporated and pour the sauce over the beef and cauliflower.
  9. Heat the sauce to a strong simmer. Cook for about 1-2 minutes to thicken the sauce, stirring occasionally to make sure all beef is cooked and beef and cauliflower is coated with sauce.
  10. Serve with sour cream. Can also be served with cauli-rice or cauli mash to be kept low-carb. Serve with rice or pasta if preferred.
Black Rocks, Esk, NSW

Black Rocks, Esk, NSW

Sand dunes, huge black rocks, perfect grassy campsites, and a spectacular coastline – this is Black Rocks, NSW – an incredible natural paradise.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the past four days camped up at the Black Rocks Campground in the Bundjalong National Park in Esk on the NSW North Coast. We have spent quite some time in this area over the past 10 years, but this was our first time camping at Black Rocks as our usual ‘go-to’ is Woody Head Campground, just around the corner. Day trips to Black Rocks are great, but not the same as setting up camp for a few days!

‘Set behind the dunes amongst tuckeroo and banksia trees, Black Rocks campground is perfectly positioned right by Ten Mile Beach and near Jerusalem Creek. Not far from Evans Head, it is a great place for a family camping holiday, with campsites for caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes.’

When I posted on our socials about our trip, the most common question was ‘how was the road in?’ We found the road to be smooth and in really good condition. Dusty in the dry, and of course the rocks are still there as they always have been. But all in all, great condition. We did hear that just a few weeks earlier it had been very corrugated, so clearly some work has been done to it since then – my guess is in preparation for the Easter holidays.

Black Rocks Campground is extremely popular, and spots are snatched up pretty quickly, especially during the holiday periods. We stayed the week before the Easter Holidays and were lucky enough to secure the very last site big enough to accommodate a caravan, which was site 28. This is a GREAT spot! It’s a large, flat, grassy site with a clothesline, fire pit and undercover table and chairs. It is also right across from the beach, toilets and public BBQ. We even had a host waiting for us upon arrival!

There are 50 sites available at the campground and most of the sites are similar, but of varying sizes. Some are suitable for caravans, some for camper trailers and others just tents. Some are ‘walk-in’ sites and others can easily fit your whole setup.

You will find picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, clean drop toilets, fire pits and clotheslines dotted around the place, and there is even a dump point if you need it. You will need to bring your own drinking water and firewood.

The beach itself is incredible and you could easily spend hours exploring the huge black rocks dotted all along the coastline. The weather in the previous few weeks had been a tad crazy which meant that the ocean and beach was covered in foam and quite vicious looking! It was also extremely windy for most of this stay.

Jerusalem Creek is well known for those who like to take the kayaks out for a paddle, and the Jeruslam Creek Walk is a 10.3km, three to four hour walk through the wetlands for people who prefer to explore with their feet on the ground.  

Black Rocks Campground is part of the Bundjalong National Park, which means that booking fees must be paid and permits are required. We paid $24 per night camping fee plus $8 per day for the car.

Click here to book https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/black-rocks-campground

Camp Oven Chili con Carne

Camp Oven Chili con Carne

This is so easy … this is actually the first ever recipe we cooked in our brand new camp oven on our own. We used ingredients that we had in the freezer and pantry and walah! Mexican bowls for us. It really could have been done in a frying pan, but we really just wanted to use our new camp oven – and Chris had a great time cooking it 🙂

 

Ingredients:

  • 500g mince beef
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 red capsicum (optional)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own)
  • Chilli and/or cayanne powder (optional and amount to taste)
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Preheat your camp oven over the coals.
  2. Add the oil and onion and stir until onion is transluscent.
  3. Add mince beef and stir until browned all over.
  4. Add taco seasoning and stir to combine.
  5. Add water, wine, beans and tomatoes if adding and stir well.
  6. Replace lid on camp oven and return to the coals for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced.
  7. If it is still quite runny, remove from the coals, take the lid off and allow to continue to cook in the pot until the desired consistency is achieved.

To Serve:

We generally try to keep things fairly low carb, so we served this in a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and avo. But you could serve it in in wraps, tacos, on nachos or however else you usually eat Mexican meat. To reduce the carb content even further, omit the kidney beans and canned tomatoes.