Year: 2015

Woodland Wedding Inspiration

I got the idea some time ago for this shoot. I bought a woodland creatures cookie cutter set from Ikea, it had a bear, elk, fox, squirrel and hedgehog. At first I thought it would be fun to do a little woodland theme for the cookies but then I kept thinking about adding more things and then before I knew it it turned into this! The theme of this wedding cake table is woodland. It includes lots of lovely green foliage such as ivy and beautiful dark red fruits and berries like grapes and blueberries. The naked cake is a really simple yet beautiful option for a wedding cake. Adding fruit, flowers and/or foliage makes the cake look stunning and it’s definitely possible (and cheap) to make this cake yourself. All of the food featured is actually really simple to make, it just requires nice presentation. I’m hoping this post will inspire brides-to-be, guide DIY brides on what desserts to consider or at least help with choosing food/cakes and presentation/theme. The food featured in this post …

Vegan french toast with whipped coconut cream

I’ve been dabbling a bit in vegan cooking recently, trying new recipes and substitutions for favourites. So far I’ve learned that nuttelex is a godsend and almond milk always goes on sale the day after I buy it. More importantly I’ve learned that making a recipe vegan doesn’t mean you skimp out on taste and in some cases taste better than the original! An excellent example of this is french toast. I personally hate french toast, that was until I made this. I made this for some friends, and I kid you not, one of my friends (not vegan) said it was the best french toast he’s ever eaten. So what makes this recipe so good? Ripe mashed bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and almond milk are the only ingredients and they make the most delicious batter for your bread to soak up. The bananas give great texture and flavour, and the more ripe they are, the sweeter. The real secret here is to sprinkle brown sugar on the bread before you pan fry, that way they …

Breakfast Egg Bites

Sometimes eating breakfast can be such as hassle, especially when you were meant to leave for work 10 minutes ago. No time to sit there eating cereal and watch the clock tick by. Ladies and gentlemen, I have the solution for you. I feel like I’m pitching some miracle tonic here, but seriously, these egg bites are the answer to your breakfast problems. They’re freezable, they’re full of protein, they only need a quick zap in the microwave, you can eat them on the go and last but not least, two of these babies will fill you up until lunch time, no doubt. This recipe uses chicken, tomato, cheese, onion and parsley as the main flavours, but you can change these ingredients to what ever you like! Feeling a bit Greek? Add some red onion, olives and feta cheese. How about some Spanish? Chuck in some chopped chorizo. You gettin’ my drift? Making a batch of these means you have a delicious, filling breakfast no matter how much time you have. Let’s make some! Preheat your …

Low calorie fudgey brownies

Low calorie? Brownies? When have you ever heard those words in one sentence before? You guys better believe it because I can never lie when it comes to brownies. Now there is a brownie option for those trying to go healthy or lose weight, and they are wheat free too! These seriously fudgey brownies are so rich and chocolatey that you’ll be satisfied with one square, as impossible as that sounds, and they’re only 62 calories a square. If you aren’t on any particular diet you’ll still want to bake a batch of these babies because they are scrumptious and literally take 2 minutes to put together. If you’re feeling daring, and I know you are, serve these brownies with a nice big spoonful of my homemade vegan nutella, yummm! The main ingredients here are oats, greek yoghurt, cocoa powder and stevia sugar replacement, a natural alternative to sugar that has fewer calories. Per serve (9 total serves) there is 62 calories, 5g protein and 7g carbs. This recipe can be found on myfitnesspal under ddbagel …

T2 giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Saiya Dawson from Brisbane, Australia!  Hello lovely people, today I am announcing the very first Delicious Delicious Bagel giveaway! This giveaway is open to anyone, even overseas, so everyone can (and should) enter! If you don’t like the pack you can give it to someone who does and just make their day. The winner will be announced on Saturday 11th April and the name with be published on this post, on Facebook and Twitter. To enter: Simply click on the picture and like, comment and share the T2 Giveaway facebook post. Your name will then go into the draw and a winner will be randomly picked! T2 is a great tea shop from Australia that stocks really amazing teas from all over the world and has the most amazing flavours too. This T2 giveaway pack contains $70 worth of products including: ‘The jug”, their brand spankin’ new iced tea jugs. Includes a removable rotating infuser, silicone handle and airtight lid. It’s also dishwasher safe, BPA free and stain proof. I’m giving away the sleek …

Food Prep Part Two: The basics

  Ohhh this is a very wordy post, people. In part one we covered the pros and cons of food prep and today we are going to look at how to prep successfully. These are my tips for you, I want you to be successful so I’ve tried to make this as comprehensive as possible! For the purpose of Part Two, we will assume you are prepping for yourself and one other lucky person, who I hope will do all your dishes in return. DECIDE HOW MUCH FOOD YOU WANT TO PREP Before you start cooking you need to decide how much food you actually want. Are you prepping just for yourself? Or are you prepping for others? I would recommend keeping it to a maximum of two adults, anymore and you will really need either a bigger kitchen or a second helper. Assuming you are prepping for two adults, you need 10 lunches and 10 dinners that are completely prepped and ready to go (i.e. containers that are complete meals and only need to be reheated), …

Lemon & blueberry greek yoghurt protein pancakes

You know how sometimes you just really want pancakes for breakfast? A lot of the time I can’t justify them because I eat a low carb/high protein diet and pancakes don’t quite cut it in the protein department. Well, I did some searching for a pancake recipe that includes greek yoghurt, uses oat flour instead of wheat, and how to omit the banana that’s always added. Ta-daa! These light and fluffy pancakes use lovely fresh lemon juice, zest and blueberries with oat flour, protein powder and greek yoghurt. I don’t typically eat many pancakes in one sitting so this recipe is customised to make just 6, you can just double the recipe for 12. One serving (3 pancakes) has 286 calories, 29g carbs and 17g protein. You can find this recipe on the myfitnesspal database under ddbagel lemon & blueberry greek yoghurt protein pancakes If you don’t have any oat flour, use a processor to grind some rolled oats into flour. Combine the lemon juice, zest, greek yoghurt, egg, butter and honey. Mix well. In a larger bowl combine the …

Food Prep Part One: Why you should prep

Hello lovely people, I’m going to do a series of posts about weekly food prep, the act of making your meals for the week ahead. For some people this means making 10 meals in total, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. For others it can mean 20 meals, 10 lunches and 10 dinners. Part one of this series will highlight the negatives, positives and health benefits of doing weekly prep (complete with paragraph titles and everything!), perhaps helping you decide if you want to get all up in this business. Part two will guide you and show you how to successfully meal prep. Part three will include one week of my food prep, including planning lists, recipes and step by step photos. After reading all three parts you will be equipped and well on your way to successfully meal prepping! NEGATIVES Let’s quickly talk about the negatives. Food prepping is hard and can be downright overwhelming. You have to stand in the kitchen cooking and packing for approximately 3 hours. You must bring your A game into the kitchen, if you can’t …

Healthy Chicken Fajitas

Ohhh I love fajitas! Who can honestly resist juicy chicken, red peppers and onions flavoured with mexican spices? This is a super easy dish to make at home, you just throw stuff in the pan and, this is my favourite part, eat it! Serve it up with some warm tortillas, some fresh avocado and you got yourself one-a spicy meat-a-ball, er… should I say fajitas? Point is, this dish is delicious, fresh, very customisable and if served with some fresh salad greens and wholegrain wraps, very healthy. The recipe I’ve written is made to be separated into 6 servings for lunches. If you know anything about IIFYM this recipe has calories: 261, protein: 33g and carbs: 23g. I’ve already added this recipe to MyFitnessPal under the recipe title ddbagel Chicken Fajitas so you can log it and/or make any additional changes to the recipe! I’ll even show you later how to use this recipe for a whole week of lunches! So what are you waiting for? Slice up your onion and cook it on medium heat, add oil if you like. …

New year, new content!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and spent time with loved ones and ate some yummy food. I only went back to work this week, so I’ve had a super nice break. “So what should I expect from Delicious Delicious Bagel this year?”I hear you ask. Well, my lovely people, this year will see a much bigger focus on healthy meals, some Brisbane restaurant & cafe reviews, and you’ll even start to see some DIY projects popping up. In my time off I have also been pursuing a hobby of mine, handwriting, so there might also be a few links or posts about handwriting projects I’m working on and links to my soon-to-be etsy store. If you’re keen to check out some things now, head to instagram.com/flourishinglines/  Now I know exactly what you’re thinking when I mention this year will focus more on healthy meals, “more new year resolution rubbish?”. I promise you I made the change before Christmas and it’s only a coincidence that you’re reading this post in …