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Cookie Time!

Hi, how are you all?

I don’t often bake cookies as I tend to favour creating cakes, brownies and desserts. However I saw this recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/15/soft-baked-monster-cookies/ and decided to give them a go. I definitely was not disappointed, these were delicious – I recommend! 

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Now I am thinking I might make cookies on a more regular basis – have you got any good recipes for me?

Andy 🙂

No Bake Chocolate Snack Balls

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I love a chocolate fix that I can convince myself is healthy! And these balls contain all sorts of healthy ingredients with the bonus of being sweetened with honey so there is no refined sugar. (Except for in the optional chocolate chips…but I won’t nit pick, if you won’t). Biting into these a fun taste explosion of chocolate and nuts and oats!

I slightly adapted the recipe from http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/01/no-bake-double-chocolate-peanut-butter-snack-bites and loved it!

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Ingredients
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
a pinch cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
ground peanuts or almonds mixed with a few pinches of cocoa powder, to roll the balls in

Recipe 

Mix together the oats, flax, almonds, chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt. Zap the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add the honey and vanilla to the melted peanut butter. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and mix together (I used my hands for this part). Once the mixture starts to stick together, add the sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. Roll into golf-ball sized balls and roll in the ground nuts. Store in the fridge (if they make it that far!)

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Enjoy! Rosie 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Happy 2013 dear readers! I hope you all had a great new years and a happy and fun holiday break. I had a fantastic time with friends and family and definitely indulged on more than one occasion! It has been hot weather here, and the heat combined with the urge to eat a little bit healthier (to combat all the holiday eating and drinking…) has meant a lot of smoothies have been coming out of my kitchen lately. 

I enjoy throwing different things into the blender and seeing what comes out. I always use a base of milk, yoghurt and frozen banana and customise from there.

Today i have my current favourite to share with you – chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

1/2 c almond milk (normal works fine too!)
1/2 c greek yoghurt
1 chopped frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (chocolate would also work but I didn’t have any)
1 heaped T of good quality cocoa
1 – 2 T of peanut butter
1 sprinkling of chocolate chips.

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Combine all ingredients in the blender and blitz away until smooth and creamy. I like my smoothies quite thick, but if you like a thinner consistency then add in some more milk.

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I really recommend this smoothie. Neither of the flavours are too overwhelming, it is deliciously cold and creamy and the chocolate chips add delicious chocolate flakes to the mix. 

Do you have any smoothie recipes you can recommend?

Have a great week,

Andy 🙂

Christmas High Tea and Other Treats

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all had a great day spent eating and relaxing with your friends and family.

I have been fortunate enough to have a number of Christmas gatherings over the last week and have been busy baking of course. Today, I thought I would share some pictures!

A group of high school friends gathered one afternoon and we spent a number of hours making our way through a high tea we prepared while catching up on what everyone has been up to for the last year. My contributions included a basic slice, chocolate cheesecake cupcakes and chocolate caramels. These indulgent treats were balanced out by sandwiches, cheese and crackers, chips and dip, and strawberries. A friend also made wine jellies (I know!) so I might just have to get the recipe for those and share it here.

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Over the last few days I have also prepared a casual dessert table, made dairy free chocolate cream pie, chocolate cupcakes and neenish tarts (my sisters favourite – she is up visiting at the moment!). I love this time of year, lots of baking and cooking and eating 🙂

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For those of you on holidays, enjoy the rest of your time off! I’ll be posting some recipes in the next week or so (any requests?)

Andy

Auckland Eats and Treats

I have just returned from an excellent few days holiday in Auckland. I used to live up there, so it is always good to go back and visit old friends – and did I mention there are some pretty amazing eateries up there?! My husband and I enjoyed gelato at the Takapuna Beach Cafe (AMAZING – lemon curd is my favourite although the salted caramel runs a close second), delicious tarts, donuts and cakes at Little and Friday, and topped it all off with dessert at Euro.

We had an awesome meal at Euro – lots of seafood – and managed to share two desserts to finish off the meal. We (well me…) chose the warm chocolate pudding and the pavlova, and were not disappointed. The pavlova was hands down the best I have ever had, and the chocolate pudding made me want to up my game for Christmas dessert!

Pictures below – have a great rest of the week,

Andy 🙂

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Nacho Night

I was lucky enough to spend my Tuesday night catching up with some friends who I had not seen for nearly a year! A great evening was spent chatting and laughing and of couse enjoying some tasty food.

I had about an hour to put everything together. For starters I went with a snack board: cheese, crackers, hummus, beer sticks and nuts. A nice way to get things started.

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The main course was nachos, one of my favourite dinners. I served it up ‘help yourself’ style, with guacamole, sour cream and grated mozarella for toppings.

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I used chipotle sauce in the nachos (as well as onion, chili, garlic, mince, capsicums, a jar of pasta sauce, a can of beans and some secret herbs and spices) and I was really happy with how the end flavour turned out. There was also leftovers which will make for a quick and easy dinner tonight!

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To finish off the meal I served a dessert platter which had chocolate covered prunes, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate strawberries (courtesy of the bulk bins at New World) and my home made chocolate truffles (AKA chocolate balls of goodness…..). There was also some fresh pineapple on the side which helped balance out the rich chocolate items.

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All in all it was a great meal, made even better by having fantastic friends to share it with. I am looking forward to many more dinners throughout the holiday season.

What do you like to serve when you have guests?

Have a great rest of the week,

Andy

Chocolate Mug Cake

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One “problem” I have with living alone is that baking sucks because there is never anyone else to help me eat it. If I have a sucky day at work and want a slice of chocolate cake, I have to make an entire cake with only myself around to indulge. And because I had a sucky day, there is never stopping at once slice.

Enter the magic of single serving sweets. Like this chocolate mug cake. I’ll admit it isn’t the best cake I’ve ever sampled. But it is delicious and chocolatey and checks all the bad day food boxes!

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This recipe is slightly adapted from Chocolate Cover Katie (http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/11/06/one-minute-chocolate-cake/)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Recipe

Mix the dry ingredients together really well in a mug. Add the wet ingredients and stir. Microwave 30-40 seconds and eat straight from the mug like a savage.

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Cheers, Rosie 🙂