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Cinnamon and Sugar Mini Donuts

July 9, 2014


The other day my very pregnant face and I really felt like cinnamon and sugar donuts, so I looked on my ‘baked goods’ board on Pinterest for an easy recipe that I remember glancing over a few weeks back, which I even bought a mini muffin tin for the last time I was at the shops. This recipe has very few ingredients and the end result is reached super quickly. I literally made these in a few minutes and then literally ate like 8 of them in a few seconds.

I actually feel like them again, now that I’m typing about them. Damn sweet teeth.

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Brownie sandwich cookies with salted caramel creme filling

June 25, 2014


I’ve been trying out different cookie recipes in the hopes that I will come across a nice one that we can use to make ice-cream sandwiches for Father. This is recipe no.3 that I have just tried out and not only was it a nice, quick and easy one to follow, but these suckers came out pretty delicious. They’re a little soft and chewy and the ones that I baked for a minute less worked quite nicely with an ice-cream filling because they remained a bit soft.

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Chicken sausage and chorizo pasta with baby spinach

March 24, 2014


The other night I tried out Lindsay’s recipe for San Marzano pasta E Fagioli. I’ve never cooked pasta in a sauce before, so I was a bit intrigued and a bit worried, because there was a lot of sauce in my pot at one stage and I didn’t know if it was going to boil down enough, but it did and this dish turned out pretty good. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe just because I didn’t use spicy chicken sausage like she suggested. I added some chorizo and a bit of chilli, which worked out pretty well, I also added some sugar because there is a lot of tomato that goes into this.

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The Kitchy Kitchen

July 11, 2013

I stumbled across this food blog The Kitchy Kitchen a few days ago via Pinterest. Last night I literally lay in bed talking to myself about all these recipes. I was a like a crazy person high on imaginary sugar. It definitely looks likes this lady knows how to wield her kitchen equipment and take a pretty picture of the end result.

Here are some of the things that caught my fat eye, I’d say check out her site for more, it’s totally worth it.



Cherry Rose Pie


Puff Pastry Donuts


Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cilantro Rice


Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake


Banana Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate Ganache & Cardamom Custard


Roasted Red Bell Peppers Baked with Goat Cheese, Herbs & Olives


New York Cheesecake with Pretzel / Graham Crust and Salted Caramel Sour Cream On Top


Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches


Pretzels with Honey Mustard Sauce


Orange Poppyseed Pound Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze


Churros con Chocolate


Orecchiette Cacio e Pepe with Roasted Squash, Kale and Burrata


Molten chocolate cake with maple whipped cream


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Happy birthday to my best friend and hooray for Oreo cupcakes.

May 16, 2013

On Monday night I threw my Shane a small surprise Rumdayillovo party. It’s his birthday today which means it’s pretty much impossible for us to go out because of Howl, so with Doug’s help I made prego rolls and potato wedges, hung up balloons with steamers, set-up a poker game and had our Rumday Illovo family over to surprise him. He was ALMOST surprised. Boo. He arrived home literally 10 minutes before everyone else arrived to shout the big ‘S’ word, but he appreciated it anyway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SHANE, you are my best friend and I love you so so so much.





I also, for the first time attempted to make Oreo cupcakes. They were actually pretty easy to make and they turned out really good, well that’s what everyone told me. I always feel weird saying things tasted good, like I’m blowing my own horn, but they were really nice. The Oreo after being baked in the cake batter turned out really soft and yummy, so when you bit into the cupcake everything was super soft and sweet. I made a simple cocoa buttercream icing for the tops, which complimented them nicely, it also made them look cool, white on the outside and brown on top, sort of like an Oreo.

Anyway here is the recipe for the cupcakes, the buttercream icing I just made up as I went along, but next time I’m totally making this recipe because it sounds amazing and who wouldn’t want the most amazing icing on their cake? Not me.





Vanilla Cupcakes 

125g butter

150g castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 eggs.

200g cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

125ml milk


Cream the butter and sugar together Add the vanilla essence and mix well Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl well after each addition Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the mixture and beat well Pour a small amount of the mixture into the cupcake holders then place a Oreo cookie on top of the mixture before covering it with more batter. Fill the cupcake tin holes just under 3/4 of the way. Bake at 160° for 20 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes are slightly golden brown. Once they are cooled you can ice them with whatever icing takes your fancy. Like I said I made some cocoa buttercream icing, but next time I’m using this recipe (below) but I’ll add some cocoa.






Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature (3 sticks)*

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 Tbsp heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if desired)


In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, using the paddle or whisk attachment whip butter on medium high speed (if using whisk attachment whip on high speed) until nearly white and very fluffy, about 7 – 8 minutes, frequently scrapping down the sides of the bowl. Add in powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and mix on low speed until blended, then increase speed to medium and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 – 6 minutes, frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl. Immediately spread over cooled cake or cupcakes.