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Making life more delicious one meal at a time with recipes, craft and lots of lovely food!
Blog Tags: food - drink - recipe - cooking - cook - craft - home
Blog Added: August 23, 2013 11:25:58 PM
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Malteser Chocolate Cake

This is a great way of making a spectacular cake without having any cake-decorating skill whatsoever! The version I made is a child-friendly version decorated with maltesers and kit-kat fingers, but you could just as easily make a sophisticated version with Lindt chocolate balls and chocoate fingers instead! It’s a really basic chocolate sponge cake,...

This is a great way of making a spectacular cake without having any cake-decorating skill whatsoever!

The version I made is a child-friendly version decorated with maltesers and kit-kat fingers, but you could just as easily make a sophisticated version with Lindt chocolate balls and chocoate fingers instead!

It’s a really basic chocolate sponge cake, covered in chocolate buttercream and then covered in chocolate – what could be nicer, plus it looks amazing!

Malteser Chocolate Cake

For a 7″ cake you will need:

  • 175g butter
  • 175g sugar
  • 160g self raising flour
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time.  If the mixture splits don’t worry, it will all come back together again when you add the flour.

Mix in the flour, cocoa and baking powder then tip into a deep 7″ cake tin and bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees.

If you want to split the mixture across 2 x 7″ tins then bake for 20 minutes instead.  The cake is cooked when you can push a skewer into it and it comes out clean.

Leave the cake to cool completely.

 

Malteser Chocolate Cake

For the chocolate buttercream:

  • 150g unsalted butter softened
  • 130g  icing sugar
  • 30g cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons water or milk

Beat together all the ingredients with an electric whisk until light and fluffy (start off slowly so that the icing sugar doesn’t shoot everywhere, then turn up the speed once it comes together).

Then cover the sides and top of the cake with a fairly thick layer of buttercream 1/2 – 1cm. You will also have enough left over to sandwich the cake together if you made 2 seperate cakes.

Then split your kit kats into fingers use a sharp knife to cut rather than break, then cut each finger in half. Stick these in the buttercream around the edge.

Then add cirles or a spiral of maltesers and voila! You’re done!  I finished mine off with some edible glitter, a chocolate star left over from Christmas and some melted cholate drizzled over the top.

If you’re using a ribbon, overlap it around the base then fix in place with a pin.

Malteser Chocolate Cake



Sirloin Steak with Lemon, Coriander and Feta Spinach

It’s not often I get the chance to cook without having to cater for my 9 year old, but on Sunday night both boys were out having fun so I could cook myself something delicious and grown up. And here’s what I chose: Sirloin steak with lemon coriander and feta spinach from this month’s Waitrose...

It’s not often I get the chance to cook without having to cater for my 9 year old, but on Sunday night both boys were out having fun so I could cook myself something delicious and grown up. And here’s what I chose: Sirloin steak with lemon coriander and feta spinach from this month’s Waitrose Food magazine. Yummy eh?

Sirloin steak with lemon, coriander and feta spinach

I was slightly nervous about the fact that the recipe contained ground allspice, which I’m not a huge fan of, but it blended really well with the other flavours and wasn’t overpowering. Together with the fresh coriander and feta it was a perfect accompaniment to the steak!

Here’s the recipe for anyone who didn’t have the chance to pick this month’s magazine up:

Ingredients:

  • 200g sirloin steak, trimmed of excess sinew
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 115g baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch ground allspice
  • 200g can of butter beans, drained
  • 1 lemon, zest and 1tbsp juice
  • fresh coriander, stalks finely chopped, leaves torn
  • 50g feta cheese, crumbled

Serves 1

  1. Remove steak from the fridge 10 minutes before cooking, pat dry with kitchen paper and season. Heat a heavy griddle or frying pan over a very high heat and rub the steak with 1tsp oil.  Cook the steak in the hot pan  (about 3 minutes on each side for medium rare). Remove to a plate, cover with foil and leave to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Return the pan to the heat with remaining 2 tsp oil. Add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes until just golden. Add spinach and spices, sauteing for a few minutes until it starts to wilt. Stir in the beans, lemon zest and juice, fresh coriander and feta. Season and remove from heat. Spoon the spinach mixture onto a plate and slice the rested steak to serve on top, pouring over any resting juices.

 



Decadent Christmas Gifts for Her (Or Hopefully Me)

Now, I have a slight confession to make. This is actually my dream Christmas wish-list (pay attention husband!) but I thought it might also make life a little easier for boyfriends and husbands out there looking for gift ideas! Having said that, the things on here are really my millionaire wish-list as they are all...

Now, I have a slight confession to make. This is actually my dream Christmas wish-list (pay attention husband!) but I thought it might also make life a little easier for boyfriends and husbands out there looking for gift ideas!

Having said that, the things on here are really my millionaire wish-list as they are all really decadent and expensive, but I would love maybe one thing off this list. I’ve been very good Santa, I promise I have!

I know Christmas isn’t about the value of the gifts, it’s about family, fun, sharing, giving etc, but that doesn’t stop me salivating whenever I see these things in the shops!

N.b. This post contains affiliate links which means I receive commission if you click on the products links and then buy the product. However the opinions expressed are my own and unaffected by this.

Wedgwood Chinoiserie Cup and Saucer

Wedgwood Chinoiserie Cup and Saucer

I’m sure my morning cup of coffee would taste better in one of these little beauties. They are so pretty! These Jasper Conran for Wedgwood cups and saucers are the white version but they also come in a green version which is equally lovely.  In fact I’m a bit taken with Wedgwood at the moment, they have some beautiful designs. I also really like the Cuckoo design cup and saucer (below):

Wedgewood Cuckoo Cup and Saucer

and their Polka Dot tea cup and saucer in yellow, which reminds me of Passion Fruit seeds!

Wedgwood Polka dot tea cup and saucer yellow

Charbonnel et Walker Dark Sea Salt and Caramel Truffles

Charbonnel et Walker Dark Sea Salt and Caramel Truffles

These delicious chocs from Charbonnel et Walker are the thing I’m most likely to receive from this list. They’re so lovely, just the perfect balance between dark bitter chocolate and sweet caramel. I’m very much a dark chocolate person so these are prefect for me, but they also do a milk chocolate version if you’d prefer. Oh, and if you’re lucky enough you might find a big double-layer box (try Waitrose) 😉

Chanel No.5

Chanel No.5

Chanel No. 5. The only perfume I wear, and I love it!

The Radley Grosvenor Bag

The Radley Grosvenor Bag

I had the tan version of this bag for my 40th birthday and I absolutely adore it – I’ve also fallen in love with the red version (above), and the larger version (below)

Grosvenor Radley Large Bag

The Bailey Bling Ugg Boot

The Bailey Bling Ugg Boot

I’m a sucker for anything with faux fur, sparkles or sequins in the run up to Christmas (just take a look at the dress below!), and not only are Ugg boots waterproof and fur-lined but these Bailey Bling boots have this big Swarovski crystal on them. So gorgeous!

Colby Beaded Dress by Phase Eight

Colby Beaded Dress by Phase Eight

Wouldn’t this dress just be perfect for New Year’s Eve? Inspired by 1920s flappers it’s sparkly and fun, and I’m sure I’d look fab in it (even if I do say so myself!). I just noticed it’s in their Black Friday sale too if you hurry up!



10 Great Christmas T-Shirts for Kids Who Won’t Wear Christmas Jumpers!

Is it just my son who has a real aversion to wearing jumpers? Come rain, snow or bitter cold he’ll happily walk around in a t-shirt, and emerges from school every day in just a short-sleeved shirt with his jumper and coat stuffed into his bag. So the chances of me getting him into a...

Is it just my son who has a real aversion to wearing jumpers? Come rain, snow or bitter cold he’ll happily walk around in a t-shirt, and emerges from school every day in just a short-sleeved shirt with his jumper and coat stuffed into his bag.

So the chances of me getting him into a Christmas jumper this year are slim to say the least, hence my search for some cute Christmas t-shirts instead! Here are my favourites, oh and please tell me he’s not the only child who’ll be wearing t-shirts throughout winter?

Mustache Christmas Tree T-Shirt

Mustache Christmas Tree T-Shirt

Suave and festive! Mustache Christmas tree t-shirt available in kids and adult sizes from LemontreeLaneHome.

Bear Gazing T-Shirt

Bear Gazing Childrens Christmas T-Shirt

Cute polar bear gazing at a golden star t-shirt. Available in kids and adult sizes from TigerPrints.

Red Furry Snowman T-Shirt

Cute furry snowman t-shrit with a light-up nose by Next

Little Pud Christmas T-Shirt

Little Pud Christmas T-Shirt

Cute huh? Plus this t-shirt can be personalised with your child’s name on the back, from Precious Little Plum

Christmas Dinosaur T-Shirt

Christmas Dinosaur T-shirt

Festive T-Rex dinosaur t-shirt from Alphabet Interiors.

Santa’s Elf Personalised T-Shirt

Santas Elf Personalised T-Shirt

Santa’s little Elf personalised t-shirt by JustBeautifulGifts

Minions Christmas T-Shirt

Minions Christmas T-Shirt

I love this one, and who doesn’t love the Minions! From Next

Boys Reindeer personalised T-Shirt

Kids Reindeer Personalised Christmas T-Shirt

Who doesn’t love a bit of gold at Christmas? Personalised name t-shirt with leaping reindeer from TigerPrintsCoUk over on Etsy.

Dachsund Through The Snow T-Shirt

Dachsund Through The Snow T-Shirt

See what they did there? Love it! Dachsund through the snow tee availble in kids and adult sizes from LemontreeLaneHome

Sequin Star T-Shirt

Sequin Star T-Shirt

Sparkly sequin star long-sleeved t-shirt from Next

Which of these festive tees is your favourite? I know which I’ll be getting!

 



The Dinosaurs Are Back! Dinovember 2015

Even though my son is 9, he still got excited about Dinovember arriving this year. I have no idea whether he’s just humoring me, or whether he just loves the fun of it, after all I certainly do!  I think it does all of us good to have to walk away from our smartphones and...

Even though my son is 9, he still got excited about Dinovember arriving this year. I have no idea whether he’s just humoring me, or whether he just loves the fun of it, after all I certainly do!  I think it does all of us good to have to walk away from our smartphones and iPads and the TV and to have to use our imagination to create some delight for someone else in the house! Isn’t that what childhood is supposed to be all about?

So far, the Dinosaurs broke out of their hiding place in the bedroom cupboard, tipped my sons karting trophies over and re-arranged them (we all have slight OCD when it comes to things being in the right order), and last night they trashed the bathroom.

Naughty dinosuars! Wonder what they’ll do tonight… (answers on a postcard please!)

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Making A Tiger Mask

I know Hallowe’en has been and gone, but I really wanted to share with you my experiences of making a tiger mask for my son. He loved the idea of doing it, and wore it all Hallowe’en long. It’s now in pride of place on his bedroom shelves and looks great as an ornament too....

Making a Tiger Mask

I know Hallowe’en has been and gone, but I really wanted to share with you my experiences of making a tiger mask for my son. He loved the idea of doing it, and wore it all Hallowe’en long. It’s now in pride of place on his bedroom shelves and looks great as an ornament too. I downloaded this template from Etsy, and to be fair I probably underestimated how many different bits of card need to be fitted together to make it. My advice would be to just take a deep breath, take your time and you’ll get there!

Making a Tiger Mask

My little Godson trying the mask on (he wants to do anything his big cool God-brother does!)

So, here are some pictures from the making of the mask. It took quite some time, but was well worth it!

Making a Tiger Mask

As I said, there were a lot of pieces of cardboard to cut-out, score and fold! Oh, and you’ll need lots of sellotape too!

Making a Tiger Mask

The finished mask before painting. We did think about leaving it white, as it looked great like this too!

Making a Tiger Mask

 

Making a Tiger Mask

Making a Tiger Mask

Starting the painting!

Making a Tiger Mask

And the finished result:

Making a Tiger Mask



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