Sunday, April 06, 2014

Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

I have spent most of my life not knowing what an Oreo tasted like.  For some reason they never really appealed to me.  I just thought that they looked like a dry chocolate biscuit with hard cream in the middle.

I always remember this TV advertisement years and years ago where this little boy is sitting on his doorstep when his mum brings him some milk and Oreos.  He then separates an Oreo on his doorstep and his dog comes up and licks half of it, which doesn’t bother the little boy as he eats both halves!  Obviously those Oreos are good enough to eat dog spit and all!

Anyway, I recently decided to try those Oreos and was pleasantly surprised!  Now I just can’t get enough.  I love the little packets of mini-Oreos, I like the packets of big Oreos, and I love Oreos in cupcakes. 

Oreos in cupcakes has to be one of the coolest ideas.  I think I came across it somewhere on the web or on Pinterest. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Matcha (green tea) chocolate marshmallows

One healthy recipe here and now we’re back to sugar!  I’m addicted…to making marshmallows.  I find all that whisking quite relaxing and very satisfying for some reason.  I love that moment when the hot syrup hits the meringue and it all fluffs up!  Pure beauty!  Ok – maybe I’m getting a little too excited about hot sugar water!

Anyway, back to the marshmallows.  The green tea and chocolate balance out the sugar perfectly so that the sweetness doesn't overwhelm you.  These are my favourite so far!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Scrumptious Blueberry Crumble Bars

I love blueberries in all forms: fresh, frozen, jam, compote, ice-cream, cake, yogurt….blueberry anything and everything.  While our fridge is constantly stocked with fresh blueberries, I almost never use fresh blueberries for cooking.  It just seems like a waste to boil down a load of fresh juicy and Expensive blueberries. 

Because of my penchant for blueberry type desserts, I tend to have a ton of frozen blueberries in the freezer.  Just as easy to use and a lot cheaper.  Gotta save those pennies when we can!  I’ve been known to munch my way through a packet of frozen blueberries as well – lovely during summer!

So, nothing really new about these bars and there have been a million other versions of blueberry crumble bars posted on the web.  However, I love how easy this recipe is to make..and eat!  It works as a snack and it also works as a hot pudding type dessert!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Raspberry Chocolate Swirled Marshmallows

The weekend has flown past and Monday is poking its nasty head around the corner!  I have the Sunday night blues and there only one way to cure it!  Sugar! 

It’s been a month since my last marshmallow adventure hence, time for another one.

I don't like reinventing the wheel so this recipe is pretty much the same as the previous recipe that I used. 

Instead of a vanilla-chocolate combination, I used raspberry and chocolate.

The only extra addition was mixing in ¼ cup (approximately 60ml) of raspberry puree to the vanilla marshmallow mixture after Step 7 in this recipe.

And there you have it, swirls of sweet delight!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Honey (or Maple) Soy Baked Tofu

Tofu and I never used to get along.

When I was a child, tofu was a regular part of meals.  Hot steaming tofu in lovely flavoursome sauces, fried tofu, tofu in spring rolls, tofu in claypots, tofu in curries, you get the picture. 

I never really liked tofu.  To eat it, I had to dip it, drown it and drench it in a pool of sauce.  All I could hear was my mum saying “eat, eat, it’s so nice, so good for you”.  I just didn’t like tofu.  To me, it just tasted like water, water with a touch of metal. 

Then I grew up…sort of.

Now I love tofu.  I just can’t get enough of it.  The problem now is that my bad tofu karma has come to bite me on my behind.  My children can’t face tofu.  They just don’t like it.

In my desperate attempts to raise a tofu-loving family, I have been trying lots of different ways of cooking tofu.  A friend gave me this great recipe for baked tofu which I am completely addicted to!  A quick and simple marinade, pop it in the oven and voila.  Done.

Only 1 problem, my children still don’t like it. Oh well, at least I love it!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Little bit of sunshine

Where did January go?  It happens every year.  All of a sudden, it’s February!  The days are getting longer and summer is on its way.  Well, perhaps, that’s a little bit optimistic but we’re definitely getting more daylight hours!

I was feeling a little summery and hence wanted a taste of the tropics!  Coconut and mango!  England is a long way from the tropics, hence it was canned and dried coconut, and frozen mango!

I adapted my favourite vanilla cupcake recipe from Sweetapolita and added a little extra coconut filling to the batter.  Topped them with mango buttercream and voila, good to go!  A little burst of sunshine in my mouth!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fluffy clouds of chocolate and vanilla aka. Home-made marshmallows

It’s not an addiction…really…but sometimes, I just feel like sugar. Sugar, sugar and more sugar. I know it’s bad but I just can’t stop myself. For times like these, there are home-made marshmallows, marshmallows that are so sweet that they make your teeth squeak!I came across this recipe a while ago and had been saving it for a special sugar craving day. I added some cocoa which brought the sweetness down a notch.

Keep in mind that I’ve never actually eaten or attempted to make home-made marshmallows before and so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  However, they came out as I expected: like a soft super sweet melt-in-your-mouth cloud of chocolate and vanilla.   

Don’t be put off by the long list of instructions.  There’s just a little bit of preparation, a lot of whisking and you’ll be rewarded with soft fluffy marshmallows.

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