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Sweet Treats

6 May


Microwave choc orange mug cakesThese  littles cakes were originally created by my sweet tooth father after he was craving something chocolately and the oven was broken. I have been playing around with this recipe for a while and have created my own Jaffa (Chocolate and Orange) version made using (microwave safe) soup mugs. Enjoy!

What you will need:
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon orange essence
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups of self raising flour
1/2 cup Dutch cocoa
2 eggs
Chocolate Drizzle;
1 cup icing sugar
200 grams milk chocolate melted
1/2 cup orange juice

Microwave choc orange mug cakes

What to do:
In a large bowl beat together 6 tablespoons of butter with 1 cup of caster sugar. Add in the orange essence, orange juice and eggs, Continue to beat. Sift in the flour and cocoa and beat until a smooth batter forms. Grease your mugs with a little butter and pour in the batter. about 2/3 full. Cook for around 2 minutes. Turn your cakes out into a bowl and drizzle with the chocolate orange glaze. To make the glaze simply whisk together the melted chocolate, sifted icing sugar and orange juice. Makes around 4 mug cakes.

Sweet Treats

29 Apr



I have to admit to some not so light sampling of the chocolate chips prior to baking these muffins, so these aren’t as chocolately as they ought to be! But nevertheless they tasted great and are super simple to make. I like to make a big batch and freeze them for work lunches. This also helps with portion control which is great given that my self control isn’t that great when it comes to all things chocolate!

What you will need:
3 cups of self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 cup of chocolate chips (more if you plan on snacking!)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter

muffinsWhat to do:
Preheat your oven to Moderate and grease and line your muffin tray(s). In a large bowl cream togther your sugars and butter along with the vanilla. Add your milk, salt and eggs and whisk until smooth. Gradually sift in your flour and baking powder and continue to whisk until a smooth batter forms. Fold in your chocolate chips and pour your batter evenly into each muffin tin. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Makes around 20 muffins. Enjoy!

Meat Free Week

24 Mar


Roasted brussels sprouts dish

Growing up I had to be the only kid on the block who loved brussel sprouts and still do. This is my new favourite side dish and is perfect for both the warm and cooler weather. {Recipe adapted from this lovely blog}

What you will need:
500 grams of fresh brussels sprouts, cut into quarters
100ml olive or rice bran oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lemon, grated and juiced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, toasted
1 red salad onion, chopped
What to do:
Preheat your oven to Moderate and line a baking tray with baking paper. Whisk together half your olive oil along with the garlic powder and salt. Coat your sprouts in this mixture and arrange evenly onto your baking tray. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the sprouts become slightly golden. Once done toss together your sprouts with the onion, the remaining oil, bread crumbs, lemon juice and walnuts. Serve warm with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Serves 6 as a side.

Breakfast Treats

21 Mar


Stack of pancakesPancakes are my all time favourite breakfast treat. Over the years I have experimented with many recipes (Vegan Blueberry Pancakes, Banana & Almond Pancakes & Raspberry & Maple Pancakes) and these have to be my favourite and are gluten free.

What you will need:
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
Berries for serving

What to do:
Sift your flour into a large bowl along with the baking powder and sugar. Whist in the egg and milk until combined. Small lumps are fine. Heat some oil in a frypan and pour in your batter 1/8 at a time. Flip you pancakes once the batter begins to bubble and lightly fry until crisp on the other side. Remove onto paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Serve with your berries and your favourite syrup. Makes 8 around 8 pancakes depending on size.

Meat Free Week Recipes

18 Mar


champignon soup

Today is the start of Meat Free Week and as promised I will be sharing some of my favourite vegetarian recipes throughout the week. Yesterday I was lucky enough to find a huge bag of button mushrooms at the local market for $3 and decided that some creamy mushroom soup was in order. This recipe is easy to make and freezes well for around a fortnight.

What you will Need:
1 kg button mushrooms, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups thickened cream
4 cups vegetable stock
2 teaspoons garlic powder

champignon soup

What to do:
In a large saucepan sauté your mushrooms in the butter and sprinkle with the garlic powder. Turn down the heat an gradually add in the thickened cream, stirring constantly to reduce the risk of curdling. Pour in your vegetable stock 1/2 a cup at a time whilst stirring. Simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove your saucepan from the heat and puree using an immersion blender or food processor. Season as required and serve. Serves 8.


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