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My Christmas Hampers – Sweet Chilli Heaven

16 Dec

Sorry I’ve not posted for a while guys, it’s been a bit hectic for me over the past few months. Anyway onwards and upwards, its Christmas soon & my word am I excited!!! Most of my day is spent driving my boyfriend mad with ‘how many sleeps is it’ and can we watch Elf…again!

One of my Christmas traditions is making hampers for my friends & family. I absolutely love it!

Over the next week I’ll be posting some of the items I’m making. The first thing i’ve done is my Sweet Chilli Jam…..its got a serious kick & absolutely delicious with turkey sandwiches!

Ingredients
– 8 red peppers roughly chopped
– 10 red chillies roughly chopped
– 8 cloves of garlic
– finger size piece of ginger roughly chopped
– 25ml red wine vinegar
– 400g tin cherry tomatoes
– 750g golden caster sugar

1. Place the peppers, chillies, garlic and ginger into a food processor. Blitz, then tip into a large pan with the red wine vinegar, tomatoes & sugar. Bring to the boil & then simmer for 50mins stirring occasionally.

2. After 50mins turn the heat up slightly & stir frequently for 15mins. Leave to cool slightly & then transfer to sterilised jars.

3. Spread on your turkey sarnies or enjoy with cheese!

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Merry Christmas you beautiful people : )
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Halloween Cupcakes

22 Oct

Eeekkkkk Halloween is just over a week away & I’m bursting with excitement! I feel like a child in a sweet shop at this time of year…Halloween, Bonfire night & Christmas all within 3 months! I can’t contain myself!

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Things I adore about Halloween:
– Pumpkin carving competitions
– Watching old scary movies like the Omen
– Toffee apples
– Fancy dress parties
– Punch

I thought I’d share my Halloween cupcakes with you. Great for a party.
Start with a simple vanilla or chocolate cupcake.
For the mummies cover the top with white fondant icing. Cut strips of white fondant and place on top. I used smarties for eyes.
For the one eyed monster cover your cupcake with blue buttercream. I bought chocolate eyes from the supermarket. The mouth & teeth are made from red and white fondant.

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Happy Halloween
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Sparkly Red Velvet Beauties

7 Oct

Don’t you just love it when Mr Postman delivers goodies you totally forgot you ordered! I was super excited when these cake decorating pieces landed on my door mat. A skull mould, edible glitter, red heart sprinkles and edible gold paint! Totally awesome!

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What better cupcake to use and make these decorations shine than the red velvet beauty herself.

Pretty little things : )

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Great tip when using fondant icing to make decorations is to mix it with a little CMC powder. It makes the icing harden quicker.

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I Heart Cake Pops

26 Sep

Ok ok I admit I’m an addict. The Make Lounge mesmerised me from the first visit and I just can’t get enough of this craft lovers heaven! (Restraining order is most probably needed)

Last week I skipped along to the Cake Pop workshop taught by the delightful April Carter (cake pop genius) of Rhubarb and Rose. The cake pops themselves were pre made, we had the fun part of decorating them with love and sparkles! April gave some great tips and showed us step by step how to great some amazing designs. My favoriate part was dunking the pops in candy melts…let me just say this stuff is to die for and I’ll throw it out there and say its better than melted chocolate! We left with 6 amazing pops and a full guide on how to make them at home.

Once again a wonderful evening with fabulous people. Here are some of my creations:

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http://www.themakelounge.com
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Autumnal Delight

19 Sep

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Brrr….Autumn is most definitely on it’s way (sorry folks) and I’m super excited! This is my favourite time of year. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. Snuggling on the sofa
2. Warm slippers & dressing gowns
3. Crisp morning walks
4. Halloween
5. Toffee apples
6. Hot chocolate
7. Pumpkins
8. The smell of cinnamon, orange & clove candles
9. Matching scarf & glove sets
10. And of course the biggie……FOOD (oh and of course Strictly!).

Soups and casseroles are a staple part of our diet during the autumn/winter months and what better accompaniment than a rustic soda bread. The recipie bellow is so easy and will leave you feeling all warm and lovely.

Soda Bread Recipe
Ingredients
– 500g plain flour
– 2tsp bicarbonate of soda
– pinch of salt
– 400ml of buttermilk

1. Sieve the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the salt and make a well.
2. Add the butter milk while continuing to stir. The mixture should come into a ball.
3. Place on a floured surface & need for 1 minute.
4. Place on a lightly floured baking tray & make in a preheated oven of 200c for 40mins.

Yay to Autumn : )

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Vintage biscuit tin love & shortbread hearts

19 Aug

How stunning is this tin?!

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As soon as I saw it my heart fluttered a little. The design, colours & birds are so beautiful. I didn’t realise until I got home that it’s a Peek, Frean & Co tin. Not knowing anything about them I did a quick search & found out they produced biscuit & other confectionary. Established in 1857 in Bermondsey, London. They introduced their first cream sandwich biscuit in 1910, which we know today as the Bourbon. I was amazed to see how many different types of tins they produced & how collectible they are. On the back of mine says ‘By appointment to the late King George VI’ which dates it to the 1950’s…..amazing!

I wondered how long it had been since it was filled with delicious biscuits….I didn’t want it to be lonely so made it some shortbread hearts : )
Recipe
Ingredients
-125g unsalted butter
– 55g caster sugar
– 180g plain flour

1. Heat oven to 180c.
2. Beat the butter & sugar together until smooth. Stir in the flour until you get a paste like ball.
3. Empty onto a floured surface & roll to 1cm thick.
4. Make heart shapes using a cookie cutter.
5. Place them onto a nonstick baking tray & put in the fridge for 20mins.
6. Take out of the fridge & bake in the oven for 15mins.
7. When ready, take out of the oven, leave to cool & sprinkle sugar over them.
8. Eat & enjoy

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P.S Biscuit tins are my new obsession : )

Kitchen Magic

4 Aug

Giddy with excitement & pacing around the office I was waiting for the post to arrive. My ‘Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic’ cookbook was on it’s way & I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

Ripping open the packaging I was greeted with a beautiful front cover……the gorgeous Gizzi sprinkling glitter on a cake! Oh yes this book was going to be good!

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I wasn’t disappointed. As well as the beautiful photos & imagery the recipes are mouthwateringly gorgeous! Easy to follow instructions & great basic tips means you cannot go wrong.

Get this book in your life people, cook up a storm & impress at that dinner party!

The first thing I tried was the Earl Grey Cake. It was bloody delicious & didn’t last long.

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Next on the list is the Afgan Chicken…Nom Nom Nom : )

Over & out

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