Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lemon Curd and Lemon Curd Tarts

Microwave Lemon Curd

1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
200g unsalted butter, chopped

Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, cook, stirring with a whisk after each minute cooking, on medium (50%) for 2 minutes and low (25%) for 6 minutes. Place bowl in a sink of cool water (stops cooking process) and whisk curd until cool.

Lemon Curd Tarts

Short sweet pastry
Lemon curd, cooled
Melted white chocolate

It's as easy as, blind bake pastry cases, fill with lemon curd, chill in the fridge for an hour, cover with chocolate and chill for 10 mins or more. Yum!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roast Honey Carrots

A super easy and super yummy side dish.

Roast Honey Carrots

1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1T finely chopped ginger
1/4 cup clear honey
1kg Carrots, quartered lengthwise, halved

1.  Preheat oven to 220 degrees celcius. Combine oil, garlic, ginger and honey in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper.

2. Add carrot, toss until well coasted in honey mixture.

3. Transfer carrot mixture to a large greased ovenproof dish or roasting pan. Roast, turning occasionally for 20-25 minutes or until tender.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Things I'm loving...even when I'm sick!

"Every week may not be good but there is something good in every week."
 It's hard to think of anything to love today - I have the manflu and it's just got to me. I say manflu because I can usually muscle through a cold, but this one has just hit me. Ergh. Maybe it's because I'm also pregnant? Body is rebelling, whatever it is.... uuuuuurgh!

But of course... there's always something to be thankful for. I'm thankful for courier drivers! Bringing me little goodies all week - a bike and reading teddy for someone's birthday and photo props mostly. Even better when you forget what you've ordered. Surprises all week! Look at this beautiful photo set... can't wait to have the newborn to go with it.

Loving having time off from work. I only go back for 4 weeks after the holiday is over, but these 2 weeks have given me an opportunity to recharge ready for those 4 weeks. Aaaaand it's given me time to catch the reading bug again (among other things). I've finished three books, all of which I've had on my radar for a while. Done, done and done!

Loving keeping birthday traditions, not only with my little girl, but also with my fur baby. Jake turned 4 yesterday and, as per usual, he got his dog food cake (very exciting after dog biscuits day in, day out!), sung happy birthday by his two forever admirers (Leah and I) and got to have super fun opening his own birthday present (the toys which were inside have both already been destroyed somewhat - it's how he shows the love!). He gets truly excited about his birthday things, I'm convinced of it. It's heart warming to see. I love my big boy.

Time for more pain killers. 

What are you loving this week? xox

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chocolate and Jam Pudding

Chocolate and Jam Pudding
This is said to be a lower calorie version of a Bread and Butter pudding, but I don't know about that - jam and chocolate? Must still be pretty bad!

5-6 Slices of fruit bread
Raspberry Jam (or any flavour you like)
2T dark chocolate bits
2 eggs
1 1/2T Caster sugar
1 1/3 cups skim milk

Ice cream to serve.

1. Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius and spray a 20cm square dish with cooking spray. Spread bread with jam and then cut diagonally into triangles.

2. Arrange bread in an overlapping fashion in the prepared dish. Sprinkle chocolate over and between bread slices. Whisk together eggs, sugar and milk in a jug until well combined. Pour mixture over bread and stand for 10 minutes.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until just set. Stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 Day Blogging Challenge - Day 8

Day 8: Three Turn Ons

Intelligence and humour (sorry it's on par, I can't have one or the other!)
Being a dog person.

Or... if all else fails, be Channing...

...or Leo...

...or Seth... OK I'll stop. :P

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Snickers Brownie

Snickers Brownie

150g butter, chopped
200g dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup self raising flour, sifted
2x snicker's bars

1. Grease a 3cm-deep, 18x28cm slice pan. Line with baking paper, allowing for a 2cm overhang at long ends.

2 Place butter, dark chocolate and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook while stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 mins or until chocolate has melted. Set aside for 15 mins to cool.  Preheat over to 180 degrees celcius.

3. Whisk eggs and then flours into chocolate mixture. Fold in snickers. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Smooth top.

4. Bake for 25 mins or until a skewer inserted to the center comes out with crumbs clinging. Cool in pan. Serve.



10 Day Blogging Challenge - Day 7

Day 7: Four Turn Offs

 The know-it-all.
You don't know it all. I do. End of. I like intelligent guys, no end...but when you have to tell me you're intelligent, and not show me, it says it all. Also in this category is 'over-embellish your BS story' guy, 'the name dropper' and 'I think I'm the shit' guy.

Long hair.
I just can't get into long hair on guys. There is the rare exception, but overall, no thanks.

Now, don't get me wrong here. You can cross the line into faaaar too metrosexual here very easily. I like my men to be men, but when you smell.. nothing can bring you back. Man stink is acceptable, 'I haven't had a shower for going on 3 weeks' is unacceptable.

And last but not least... a bit of back linking :) If you fit into any of these categories, you're a douche.