Beans, Parmesan and Pumpkin Seeds

Green Beans with parmesan and toasted Pumpkin seeds

Green Beans with parmesan and toasted Pumpkin seeds

Incredible that something so simple can be so tasty, but it is. This is at it’s best made with new season beans. The crunchiest sweetest ones. When you find these then this is the time to whip this up.

Green beans with Parmesan cream

Green beans with Parmesan cream

OK, you don’t need to mention that it contains lots of cheese. It may not be an every night side dish but there should be enough occasions that you could find to make it. Something else that you may like is you can add all kinds of other vegetables to it. You can add vegetables such as broccoli or brussel sprouts or grilled zucchini. If you don’t want to use green vegetables then you could substitute baby carrots or roasted cauliflower or mushrooms.  The other thing that makes this irresistible is the crunchy pumpkin seeds.

Beans and parmesan

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Green Beans, Parmesan cream and Pumpkin seeds
 
Make this dish with any vegetables you like but dont skip the toasted Pumpkin seeds
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Ingredients
  • 125gm cream cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 50 gm grated parmesan cheese
  • pepper
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • 500gm green beans
Instructions
  1. Prepare the vegetables you want top use. Top and tail the beans. I steam mine so I prepare the steamer and steam the beans while making the sauce.
  2. Put the cream cheese and cream into a pot on the stove and gently heat till hot but not boiling. you could also out it into a jug and put into the microwave and heat till hot but not boiling
  3. Take off the heat. Add the grated cheese and stir till melted. The liquid should be hot enough so that the cheese will melt when the cream cheese is stirred. Add a little fresh grated pepper . Taste and add salt if necessary.Put the sauce aside aside keep warm.
  4. Put a small frypan on the heat and once hot add 1 Tablespoon of oil add the pumpkin seeds and toss over heat until starting to colour. sprinkle with a little salt and pour out onto a plate or dish to cool.
  5. Spread some of the Parmesan cream onto a dish or platter. Put the warm beans on top and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.
  6. Serve the rest of the sauce in a separate bowl

We had this with a roasted one pot chicken rosemary and potato dish.

The recipe is coming up.

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Surprise-Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke

Surprise in side heart cake

Surprise in side heart cake

How’s this cake.. Its a bit of an eye opener isn’t it?. It’s not my idea but all the same I was thrilled to make it and also get a comment on Instagram from the original creator , author and blogger  Amanda Rettke. She has a playful imagination and no end of ideas it seems.

Several weeks ago I opened an email from Harper Collins offering a peek at a a new release book. I didn’t know what it was going to be and forgot all about it until several weeks later when I found a package on my doorstep. I was quite excited when I saw it was a baking book, I love baking as many of you know.

Surprise inside ook the book

The cake I made

The cake I made

Its not any old book, to be sure. It’s a journey through a cake artists mind. I have no idea how Amanda dreams these cakes up but they are quite special. If you aren’t the flower or figurine making type of decorator you will probably love the practical alternative, the Surprise inside.  There are all kinds of decorating inspiration along with the sometimes mind boggling Surprise -Inside cakes . Her blog I am baker  was new to me. Now I follow it avidly along with 11,000 blog subscribers and 25,000 followers on pinterest- and those creations just keep coming. This book offers the secrets of some techniques I’ve always wondered about.

The book is broken down into difficulty levels- easy, medium and challenging and different types of celebration cakes along with basic recipes for frostings, cakes and detailed instructions.  This is my attempt at her Candle Rose cake above.

surprise cake

surprise cake

“Surprise-Inside” Cakes by Amanda Rettke is printed by Harper Collins can be bought on Amazon or here in Australia at Booktopia .

heart cake

Cake special

Cake special

This one is made by starting with a brownie recipe for the base.  The candles are made with a delicious white cake made in different sized tin cans. The extra cake is mixed with buttercream in the style of cake pops and little heart shaped pieces pushed into the brownie batter before baking.  The cake is covered in buttercream and then piped to look like lace . The candles are covered with icing and candles slipped into the top of the cakes. How did I do?

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