Month: July 2014

Liebster award

I got some delightful news today, I was nominated for a Liebster award by Simply Delicious! The award is given from blogger to blogger and helps lesser known blogs, like mine, to gain a bit more attention. There’s a few rules to it: Thank your nominator and link them in the post Answer the 10 questions given by your nominator Nominate and link another 10 blogs and give them 10 questions to answer Simply delicious offers some great recipes and info on where to eat in Houston! These are the questions she asked: What is your favorite, easy to make dessert for parties? When I have a party with friends I always make a big batch of brownies and some Skyrim sweet rolls, but that’s baking. The last dessert I made for a party was a Kahlua chocolate and Bailey’s vanilla custard brownie trifle. It was amazing looking and so delicious! What is the weirdest drink flavour or combo you have ever had? Hmm.. I never really mix drink flavours but the weirdest drink I’ve ever had …

Neapolitan Cakes

I was on pinterest I think, and I saw some little neapolitan cupcakes. I loved the colours and it reminded me of my childhood. We always had neapolitan ice cream because my mum loved vanilla and my dad loved strawberry. I immediately thought I should make something neapolitan, but not cupcakes, I wanted something a little bit different. After finishing my never-fail brownies (the recipe is coming soon!) I didn’t really know what to do with them. At the same time, I also had a craving for some nice vanilla cake, so I had baked a nice big one and then I had an idea. Why not make theses into neapolitan cakes? I searched the house for some small circle cutters and found none, so I used shot glasses. Folks, I do not recommend this! When I pushed down on the brownies they got stuck inside, so I had to use a skewer to gently pry them out of the glass. It was not fun. When I got to the vanilla cake I cut around the …

Meatballs

If there’s one thing I can recommend to people who are on a tight food budget or for people that don’t like to cook dinner every night, it’s for them to make a big ol’ batch of meatballs. One batch of meatballs lasts me around 2-3 weeks and if you make a big batch of pasta sauce and freeze it in individual portions, you can grab one of each the night before and voila, a delicious lunch or dinner. Serve it on a sub with some cheese or make some spaghetti and it will taste soo good. Having said all that, if we don’t control ourselves, we can eat them all in a few days. I’m sure you guys have more self control than my boyfriend and I. These meatballs are very easy to make and are packed full of flavour. These little guys freeze really well and I promise they won’t have any freezer taste when you defrost them. In fact, they’ll even stay juicy! My recommendation to you is to get your hands …

Decadent hot chocolate

Who doesn’t love a good hot chocolate? It’s winter here and the only solace from the cold is a giant mug of extra hot, extra chocolate-y, hot chocolate with marshmallows and if i’m feeling really naughty, some whipped cream too. When I’m feeling really, really, really naughty, I add a spoonful of caramel too! That’s just between you and me though x Personally, I think sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate, a good book, some delicious brownies (I’ll be putting up the recipe soon for you cheeky people), a big warm blanket, a pair of big wooly socks and a candle for atmosphere, is without a doubt the most wonderful thing about winter. As much as I enjoy the cold weather, I like it best when it’s outside and I’m toasty inside. This is an easy recipe, very open to adjustments (like some sneaky caramel) and you should change it to suit your tastes. Ingredients 1 tbs cocoa powder 1 tbs sugar, any kind will do 1 dash of vanilla Enough water to mix the …

Sneak peek + I’m an idiot

You know how sometimes you just do something incredibly stupid without realising the consequences? Well folks, let me tell you what I did. I deleted aaaall these photos from my blog media folder thinking, oh yeah this will clear up heaps of space, without realising that it would delete the pictures from my blog. So, so stupid :( Now that I’m missing heaps of photos from posts, I decided to take those down until I can photograph them again. I’m not sure if you noticed but about half of my posts are now gone, and it will take me some time to get them back up. So. Much. Stupid. On a lighter note, I have two more posts for you that I’ll be putting up soon. I think I’m going to designate maybe two days a week to uploading a recipe and one day for my bites. Sound good to you? I think – now don’t quote me on this either – I’ll make Monday and maybe Wednesday recipe days and Friday a bites day. Don’t …

Banana Berry Blitz (how original)

I know, I know, banana berry blitz? It’s been done so many times before but I honestly couldn’t come up with anything else. Who cares what it’s called anyway? I’ll tell you what you should care about, how quick, easy and delicious this smoothie is. Sometimes I find it really hard to eat breakfast, especially when I have work early. This smoothie is super easy to make and nice and healthy. All you need is some yoghurt, oats, banana and frozen berries. The oats are made up of half soluble and insoluble fibres, which has been found to lower blood cholesterol. The yoghurt can be your decision really, if you want greek, natural or vanilla, go for it! It adds calcium for your bones and is high in protein too. The fruit obviously is good for you too, with antioxidants and vitamins, it also helps to colour the smoothie a delightful pink. My favourite yoghurt was all gone :( Smack all the ingredients into a blender/processor. Blend it up baby! Look at that gorgeous pink colour! …

Homemade butter

If you had asked me to make butter last week, I would have told you a. I don’t have a butter churner b. I don’t even know where you get a butter churner from and c. I don’t even really know what a butter churner is. But I come to you fine people with some wonderful news! All you need to make butter is a bowl, some pure pouring cream and an electric beater. I’m sure you’re reading this and feeling pretty skeptical but I promise you that making butter is probably one of the most simple things to do. You can definitely taste the freshness and creaminess in making your own butter and I would strongly recommend it if you can get your hands on some cheap cream. Butter also has a lot options for flavouring, such as sea salt, herbs, and if you’re feeling fancy, some oven roasted garlic to smear on some toasted focaccia. First, pour some cream into a large bowl and start beating. I used half a carton (I think). …

July (I’m back!)

Hi everyone, I’m back! I haven’t posted in forever and I’m so sorry for that but a lot of things went on in my life and blogging was just not going to happen. I have been through some big changes and come out for the better. I have an new, amazing person in my life, a new degree and hopefully a new job tomorrow! So now, everyone, I am glad to be back cooking and blogging for you lovely people. On to new and exciting things, we recently drove to IKEA and my amazing man, Lachlan, bought me a shiny new dinner table. I absolutely love it and I hope you will too, well even if you don’t it’s going to be in all of my posts. I have already done three photoshoots today alone, so get ready for some exciting new posts, PLUS I have some plans to get some videos up in the future and maybe even more exciting things. x dd bagel