I made these Sweet Popcorn Snowballs as part of the menu for my daughter’s 7th birthday party. As the theme was Frozen, I thought having edible snowballs would be a fun idea. These are easy to make and look quite nice. You can make them for a winter themed buffet or save the recipe for Christmas! They also make a cute edible gift idea if wrapped nicely. I like the fact that even though they are sweet as they are made with marshmallow and white chocolate, they are not overly sugary as there is also a good amount of salt that balances out the sweetness. In one word? Yum! I also added some Jaffa chocolates (orange chocolates) to give it a little extra flavour and a touch of colour! Enjoy! Continue readingPin It
Like all little girls her age, Victoria has a fascination with princess stories and the latest Disney movie is no exception. She fell in love with Frozen (and so did her little sister)… movie, songs, costumes… everything. She knows parts of it by heart, I am not kidding! So for her 7th birthday party, she obviously chose Frozen as a theme, cake included. My first idea was to make her a “flat” fondant decorated cake, like my Peppa Pig Cake, but she insisted that she wanted “Elsa” and she wanted her standing! I usually do not make human fondant figurines, as they are quite hard to make and require a lot of time. You see, organizing a theme party requires a lot of work and the cake, though it is definitely the most important part of the food spread, is only one of the many items that have to be prepared… by me. So, a flat decorated cake is always my preferred option: easy and quick to make and always pretty. But I did not have the heart to tell Victoria no… so I gave in and made her this Frozen cake. To save some time, I made the figurines a week in advance, so I did not let the kids eat them as they were a bit hard… but the final cake was a success and not as hard to make as I had anticipated. My husband had the brilliant idea of making moulds to create the sugar castle and that was a huge help. Read on to find out how to make this cake and stay tuned for all the other Frozen party recipes that I will post in the next few days! Continue readingPin It
Here goes the first of the 2 Frozen themed cakes I made for Victoria’s 7th birthday. She took this one to school to celebrate with her friends. The base is a simple eggless yogurt cake: quick and delicious! I love how it turned out. It looked impressive (people were asking where we had bought it from!) and it was very easy to make! I decorated it with a figure of Olaf made with fondant on icy-ing sugar! Curious to find out how I made it? Keep reading… and enjoy! Continue readingPin It
I was recently asked to review a food ordering website called EatNow and I happily accepted as I find the concept behind it to be very interesting. You all know I love cooking, but as a foodie, I also love to eat out and try different restaurants. Unfortunately, having young children, we don’t get to go out for dinner as often as we’d like to. So, ordering take away food from a restaurant and having it delivered to your door can be extremely convenient, especially on a busy (and cold!) day. Continue readingPin It
It is time again for the “Secret recipe club” reveal! I am sure you all know what the club is about, but for the few of you who still don’t know about it, here goes a brief explanation. It is a great concept… each month you are assigned a participating food blogger to make a recipe from and in turn someone else will be assigned your blog. All you have to do is choose a recipe, make it and blog about it on the specified date. The only rule is to keep it a secret! If you are interested in learning more, or want to join the club, please visit the Secret recipe club website.
This month I was assigned Veronica’s Cornucopia, written by the very talented Veronica. Veronica lives in Wichita, Kansas and her site is full of delicious recipes. If you like desserts, make sure to pay her a visit and you will be spoilt for choice! I made her Fresh Apple Bundt Cake because she describes it as her “most requested recipe and the only one I’ve ever purposely not blogged. It has always been raved over to such a degree that I felt it was the best weapon in my dessert arsenal…” So, it HAS to be good, right?? And it was. Besides, it is apple season down here! This is a cake that tastes better with time, so make it at least one day in advance so that all the flavours develop nicely.
Thank you so much for this amazing recipe Veronica! Please, make sure you drop by Veronica at Veronica’s Cornucopia and check out her beautiful site! Continue reading
Lately I have been on a bit of a Japanese food bender. I am discovering more and more dishes, and the more I discover, the more I love Japanese cuisine! There’s so much more than sushi (which I love too!). I had heard a lot about Yakitori – 焼き鳥, but I had never eaten them before. Yakitori are chicken skewers cooked on charcoal and flavoured with a touch of salt or with a Yakitori sauce called Tare, made with sake, mirin and soy sauce. They are amazingly delicious! There are many kinds of Yakitori, some are made with chicken offal, others are made with chicken tenders, others with thighs… My favourite are Negima – ねぎま, made with boneless chicken thighs and spring onions. The meat is so tender that it practically melts in your mouth! The sauce is salty and sweet at the same time and the whole dish comes together in a matter of minutes. This recipe is perfect for grilling season, but I broiled my Yakitori in the oven and they were plain delicious! Just give them a go! Continue readingPin It
Winter, I love it. I know I may be among the few people out there who prefer winter and cold weather to summer… but I have always loved it. I love short days, cozy evenings reading on the couch covered with an old woollen blanket while sipping a cup of hot tea. Even better if it’s raining or snowing outside. But alas, I moved to a warm place and I don’t think I will ever get to see snow here in Sydney! However, we do get some cold days and I am trying to make the most of it, as I know it won’t last long. Baking is something I have always enjoyed doing in winter and what better seasonal ingredient to use than apples? Apples and caramel are one of my favourite combinations, just my kind of comfort food. I came up with these bars while going through my pantry… I had a couple of things I wanted to finish off, and I think the caramel bits work amazingly well in this recipe. They add a little crunch to the soft filling and, obviously, a great caramel flavour. These bars are delicious on their own, but they reach a complete different level when paired with Salted Caramel Gelato. The slight bitterness and saltiness of the ice cream is just an amazing addition to the sweetness of the bars. An absolute must try! Enjoy! Continue readingPin It