Raspberry Old Fashioned

I have never liked coke but i used to drink bourbon and coke because i liked bourbon. I tried drinking bourbon with lemonade and ginger ale and i still didn’t really enjoy it.

Then i thought why not try it straight, any i loved it!

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Then i tried an old fashioned and i was in love. They are so simple, yet complex. And so easy to adapt to other flavours.

I have already made a cherry version that i loved. And i wanted to come up with a Valentine’s version of my favourite cocktail.

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This one is your basic old fashioned with the addition of raspberry bitters and fresh raspberries.

The raspberries add a freshness and a brightness to this while maintaining the classic flavours of an old fashioned. This is my current favourite version… until i come up with a new one.

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Look at the color!! Who doesn’t love pink cocktails???

Make this cocktail to share with the people you love or just make it for yourself.

Seriously make these they are amazing!!

What’s your favourite valentine’s cocktail? Is there something special you make every year?

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Raspberry Old Fashioned

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 teaspoon caster sugar
3-4 drops of Raspberry Bitters
60ml Bourbon
1 stip of orange peel
5 fresh raspberries

Method

Place the sugar in a glass and add the bitters, then pour in the bourbon. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Once dissolved, add the raspberries and use a spoon to crush the raspberries up, then add a twisted slice of orange peel.

Add 1 large or 5 small ice cubes. Enjoy!!!

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01-02-2017

After loving January and everything that has been happening this year. February has not started of so good, I am coming down with a viral respiratory infection and i am just so achy and tired.

But i am making sure i drink lots of water and eat good food so that I get better fast. With everything thats happening I don’t have time to be sick.

On a more exciting note we received confirmation that our block of land will have pressurised town water which is great news! And we have our appointment on sunday to discuss our design, it’s getting real very fast.

If anyone has any tips on building a home please share them with me. Everything is going really well at the moment but i know we have a long way to go, fingers crossed it all goes well.

Here is a round up of links I am loving on the interwebs this week…

Jessica from How Sweet Eats is a huge inspiration for me, she makes the most incredible recipes like this Cheesy Stuffed Pesto Garlic Bread! I can’t even!!

This almond butter cake with chocolate frosting is gorgeous and would be perfect for valentines day.

I adore pulled pork, no matter how it is served. But when you wrap it in corn tortilla and pan fry it? oh my word i will definitely make these over and over again

On the topic of pork, can we talk about baby back ribs for a minute? I mean what is there not to love? there’s melt in your mouth pork and delicious sauce and you have to eat them with your hands SO MUCH YES!!!!!

This Lemon and Vanilla Cream Citrus Tart is stunning! I am planning on making ot for our next brunch with friends.

Speaking of brunch the baklava waffles look so so good! There’s syrup, candied nuts, fresh pomegranate and fluffy waffles what’s not to love??

And to go with the waffles and citrus tart we will need mimosa’s the epitome of brunch cocktails.  These tropical mimosa’s sound amazing, i love that there have more complex flavours than the standard orange mimosa.

How fun is this Cinnamon Roll king cake? When we go to America we are definitely going to New Orleans I love everything about New Orleans food and culture and absolutely cannot wait to go there.

 

 

 

Rocky Road

When I was thinking about what kind of Valentine’s day dishes i should make for the blog i was having some trouble.

I didn’t just want to do the usual chocolate everything, so i started thinking about what things Marc loves, because it’s Valentine’s day, our first as husband and wife, and i wanted to make things he would love.

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Marc loves rocky road, but i wanted to make it special not just the usual rocky road.

Homemade marshmallow are one of my favourite sweets. I don’t care much for supermarket marshmallows. But homemade?? Oh boy it’s like eating clouds of joy.

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I also made turkish delight. another of Marc’s favourites and then i decided pistachios would be the perfect crunchy addition.

This rocky road is so delicious, packed with things Marc and I both love, the perfect treat for Valentine’s day or any day.

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Make this to share with your husband, wife, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, bff, work friends any one you want to share some valentines love with.

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Rocky Road

Makes: 16 pieces

Ingredients

Turkish delight

400g caster sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
¼ teaspoon rose essence
1 drop pink gel food colour

1 portion How Sweet Eats Vanilla Bean Marshmallow

80g pistachios
250g milk chocolate
250g dark chocolate
Heart sprinkles

 

Method

Turkish Delight

Place sugar, cream of tartar and 125 ml water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar, then bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes or until mixture reaches 125˚C on a sugar thermometer. Remove from heat.

Whisk gelatine with 80 ml boiling water until gelatine dissolves. Stir in 80ml water, rosewater and food colouring.

Strain gelatine mixture into sugar syrup and stir to combine. Pour into a greased loaf pan and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.

 

Rocky Road

Line a 21x31cm baking tray with baking paper, leave some to hang over the edges.

Turn out the Turkish delight and cut into 1 cm cubes.Cut the marshmallow into 2 cm cubes.

Place the chocolate into a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until fully melted.Set the chocolate aside to cool to room temperature.

Add the pistachios, marshmallow and Turkish delight and stir until everything is fully coated. Tip into the lined tray and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
Lift out of the pan and cut into squares. Enjoy!

Weekly Wish List

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I can’t believe it’s the end of January. So much has happened already this year.

We have an appointment on the weekend to discuss our house design again and how we can adjust it to fit the land rather than leveling out the block.

Everything has been a whirlwind and part of me just wants this year to slow down but it’s been so exciting!!

How has January been for you? Did you make resolutions? Did you stick to them? Did you achieve your January goals?

Wish list for this week….

  1. Firstly look at this rainbow light!!! There are no words to describe how much i want it!!!! Please somebody buy it for me to put in my lounge room
  2. I have a soda stream that i use all the time, but this KitchenAid sparkling beverage maker is gorgeous, i love the retro look!
  3. I have been searching for a cute pink and/or heart print dress to wear for valentines day, and this one is so pretty and subtle
  4. I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker that i love and i use all the time. They are super simple to use and clean, this is the newer model and i am loving the metallic colors
  5. I love the simple classic look of these star wars prints i am planning on buying them to hang in our study.
  6. How adorable are these satin pink sneakers??? I am not a huge sneaker fan but these are so cute! They would look great with jeans or skirts, so pretty and girly
  7. This tote though! I love the texture and the fluffy pom pom detailing this will be the perfect tote for autumn.
  8. My all time favorite candle is Amber Velvet from dusk, it’s a mix of vanilla and amber with notes of patchouli and sandalwood. Such a comforting and warming scent.
  9. I have been looking for cocktail accessories and i stumbled across Cocktail Kingdom, they are an Australian based site and they have such gorgeous cocktail accessories! Like this seamless mixing glass, so stunning!!

Orange Chilli Chicken Salad

We went to the south island of New Zealand for our honeymoon and while we were there we had Pork ribs with a orange chilli sauce, it was amazing and i have been wanting to recreate that sauce.

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I thought using the sauce for chicken salad would be amazing and it was!!

The salad is fresh and crunchy and with the hot chicken and the sweet spicy sauce it is one of the best meals i’ve had, even Marc thinks this is a real meal, rather than needing more chicken.

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This salad has everything i want in a salad. I has crunch from the cucumber, creaminess from the avocado, and sweet and spice from the sauce.

Adding some nuts from extra crunch would be amazing too though.

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Orange Chilli Chicken Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts, about 800g, cut into 2cm pieces
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 continental cucumber, sliced
1 avocado, sliced thinly
1/2 cos lettuce, roughly chopped

Method

Preheat a frypan over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and add the chicken breast cook until light golden brown.

Meanwhile mix together the juice, sweet chilli sauce, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Once the chicken is golden pour in the sauce mix. Continue to cook stirring often until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened.

Divide the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and cucumber between bowls. Divide up the chicken and pour extra sauce over each bowl. Serve and enjoy!

Baked Beans

I hated baked beans until last year, Mum used eat tinned baked beans on toast all the time and Ii hated the idea of it. They smelt bad and i just didn’t like the idea of them.

The one time Mum got me to eat them, they tasted like nothing.

And then I brought Save with Jamie (side note Jamie Oliver is my idol!!) and there was a recipe for BBQ baked beans with roasted sweet potatoes.

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I knew this was a recipe i wanted to try, i love sweet potatoes and i was willing to give homemade baked beans a shot.

That recipe was life changing!! Home made baked beans are one of my favourite breakfast foods that I eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Please try these, especially if you never like tinned baked beans. Homemade baked beans are incredible. They have so much flavour!!

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They are so versatile, eat them with toast, as a part of a big breakfast or brunch with friends, with roasted sweet potatoes, sausages or steak for dinner.

They are also amazing in toasted sandwiches, baked beans and cheese toasted sandwiches are so so good!

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Spicy Baked Beans

Serves: 2 – 4

Ingredients

1 brown onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon chilli
400g tin whole tomatoes
¼ cup barbecue sauce
400g mixed beans

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Heat a medium saucepan over medium high heat and ass 1 tablespoon of oil, add the onion and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add the spices and cook until aromatic.

Add the tin of tomatoes and use your spoon to chop up the whole tomatoes, half fill the tim with water and tip into the saucepan, then add the barbecue sauce. Once the sauce starts to bubble add the beans and mix through.

Pour the beans and sauce into a baking dish and place in the oven for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Beer Lime Slushies

Marc and I love an icy cold beer during summer, i like to add a slice of lime to mine especially if we are having Corona’s.

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Last weekend was crazy hot and i was after something even more refreshing, i had read about a beer slushie machine during the week.

So i decided to make a lime slushie and add it to my beer…

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It worked even better than i thought and i had to share it with you. I made the slushie with fresh lime so it add a real fresh zing and is perfect with the cold beer.

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These beer slushies are so refreshing, i implore you to try them and share them with your friends. They are so so good.

Beer Lime Slushies

Makes: 2 easily multiplied

Ingredients

2 and 1/2 cups of ice
1/2 cup of fresh lime ice cubes
2 Coronas

Method

Juice 4 or 5 limes and pour the juice into ice cubes trays and freeze until solid.

Place the ice and lime ice cubes into a blender and pulse until crushed.
Scoop the ice into two glasses and slowly pour a beer into each glass. Enjoy!

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26-01-2017

 

Happy Australia Day!!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day off and staying out of the heat, it’s 32 degrees here and i wish instead of cooking i was at the beach.

I hope you all have exciting Australia Day plans. Are you barbecuing with friends? Playing backyard cricket? Did you go to the beach? – if you did i am so so jealous

Here is a round up of links I am loving on the interwebs this week…

Doesn’t whipped tiramisu coffee chocolate mousse just sound like the dreamiest thing ever??

I have been searching for a chocolate pastry recipe forever and Sally’s recipe are always incredible. Also how cute are these hand pies? Perfect to share with your valentine

I am not a fan of bread pudding at all, the one my grandma used to make when i was younger was always soggy and had sultanas in it (shudder). But this Chocolate Cherry Doughnut Bread Pudding could convince me to change my mind. Doughnuts are like bacon right? They make everything taste better.

Karaage chicken is my go to dish when i don’t take lunch to work, there is a great little sushi place just down the road that makes fantastic karaage, and now that i have found this popcorn karaage recipe i can make it at home 🙂 so excited!!

My love of blood oranges is really new, up until about 6 months ago i wasn’t really a big fan i mean i never hated them i just never really understood what the big deal was. Then i brought some fresh ones from the market and everything changed. And now i can’t find them and i just want to make this Blood Orange Sherbet it looks so perfect for these hot summer days.

Have you ever seen a more stunning cup of bright pink hot chocolate then this one from Kelly at Studio DIY???? I love love love the animal marshmallows!!

Beef ragu is a favourite in my house in winter and this one has me wishing it was winter so i could make this big bowl of comfort!

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Cupcakes are one of the first things i ever baked, i loved them. Perfect pretty cakes in all flavours and colours.

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These cupcakes are perfect for summer, filled with bright lemon curd. Perfect bites filled with the flavour of summer.

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These cupcakes are my favourite. I love the contrast between the tangy lemon and the light fluffy vanilla frosting.

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You can make the lemon curd up to 3 days in advance which makes these cupcakes quick to make. They are great for any occasion, even if it’s just because you want to eat cake 🙂

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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Makes: 12

Ingredients

100g butter, room temperature
120g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 and 3/4 cups self raising flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Lemon Curd
3 lemons, juiced
4 egg yolks
90g caster sugar
40g butter, cubed

Vanilla Frosting
125g butter, room temperature
3 and 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Method

Lemon Curd
Place all ingredients in a heat proof bowl, and place over a pan of simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the water.
Stir continuously with a wooden spoon, over 10-15 minutes the mixture will thicken. Keep stirring until the curd is viscous enough to coat the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat and pour into a clean jam jar.

Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole cupcake pan with cases.
Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well combined.
Add the four and milk alternatively until well mixed.
Fill the cupcakes cases 2/3 full and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Remove from the oven allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes then place onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Frosting
Beat the butter until pale and light. Add the icing sugar one cup at a time mixing well, add the milk and the vanilla bean paste and mix until light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cool use a 1 inch round cutter to cut holes in the cupcakes and fill the holes with lemon curd. Once you have filled all of the cupcakes, scoop the vanilla frosting into a piping bag and pipe on top of the cupcakes . Enjoy!