Pico's Cooking Adventures

I'm an Aussie with some strong Sicilian heritage; I've always loved cooking, and I enjoy experimenting and trying to come up with my own recipes. Sometimes I want to re-create a particular experience that you can't just buy at the shop, other times I just want to challenge myself to see if things can be done. Please note that there's not a drop of blue blood in my veins; you can absolutely make fancier versions of the recipes below but that's not what I'm going for. Common goals for all of my recipes are that they should be simple to make, quick to make, use only common (and minimal) ingredients, cheap, and delicious! All the recipes you see below are my own concoctions. Enjoy!

Spicy Season All

I just wanted to see if I could make my own season all! Also, this is much cheaper - a huge bowl costs around the same as a single jar and now I can modify to taste.

Instructions:

  1. Sift all ingredients into a bowl

  2. Mix

  3. Spread on your favourite chips, meat, etc. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1/2 cup rice flour

  • 25g garlic powder

  • 40g dried onion

  • 50g chilli powder (you'll probably want half this)

  • 25g "mixed spice" (coriander, ginger, nutmeg, cassia, cloves)

Sweet Onion Sauce

I love Subway's sweet onion sauce and sought to re-create it but the online recipes were a little strange (~17 ingredients, none of which were onion!) so I sought to make my own onion-based recipe.

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender

  2. Blend

  3. Pour into a squirt bottle and add to whatever meals you like. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 6 tbsp white vinegar

  • 1 tbsp cornflour

  • 1 tbsp mustard

  • ~25g sesame seeds

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 2 squeezes sesame oil

Mocha

I love a good mocha! But I don't own a fancy coffee maker and I can't afford to buy sachets all the time. There must be a way to make it myself, surely it can't be that hard... (it isn't!)

Instructions:

  1. Make your coffee however you would normally make it.

  2. Add the cocoa and icing sugar.

  3. Stir. Enjoy!

Ingredients (ratio)

  • Coffee

  • Sugar

  • Milk

  • Boiling water

  • 1 flat tsp cocoa

  • 1 heaped tsp icing sugar

Chocolate Mug Cake

I wanted to come up with a cheap and quick-to-make dessert that I could make at a moment's notice with whatever I had in the cupboard. Success (it's even self-saucing!)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mug

  2. Microwave for 1 minute

  3. Get fat!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp SR Flour

  • 2 tbsp raw sugar

  • 1 tbsp cocoa

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • dab margarine


Note

  • Vegans can swap milk for water and it's still delicious!

Coconut Mug Cake

I wanted to see what other flavours of mug cake I could come up with. This has been the most popular!

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mug

  2. Microwave for 1 minute

  3. Get fat!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp SR Flour

  • 1 tbsp raw sugar

  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut

  • 2 tbsp milk

  • dab margarine

Damper

If you look online, damper recipes have gotten really fancy recently, so I wanted to go back to basics. This is a nice easy recipe, so cheap it's almost free, and you could pre-pack the ingredients to take camping.

Instructions:

  1. Hand-mix all ingredients in a bowl (don't over-knead!)

  2. Bake at 200C for ~20 minutes

  3. Serve with butter, syrup, or your favourite topping. Enjoy!

Ingredients (ratio)

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup water


Note

3 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups water will make a loaf-sized damper.