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Did you make something special to celebrate World Nutella day? I made this beautiful pannacotta, but could not take the pictures or blog about it on that day. In fact, I wanted to post this for last year's World Nutella day !
I often wonder if there is someone more accident prone than me. I seem to have a special capability of hurting myself in situations where a normal person wouldn’t. T often finds it quite humorous (and so do I) except when I hurt myself badly or when my accident prone nature leads to me accidentally hurting him. As you will probably have read by now in my last post, I recently dislocated my knee and all I did that caused it was walk out of the kitchen. I slipped on a non existent spill on the floor and out popped my knee!!
Mushrooms are such a versatile vegetable and a wonderful inclusion on your festive menu, particularly for vegetarians. They are delicious and are just the thing to satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike. So, when I was approached by Australian Mushroom Growers to collaborate with them as part of their Summer Mushroom campaign I was excited as I love cooking with mushrooms . Summer Mushroom dishes can range from delicious salads, bbq recipes or something a little more substantial. They can be quick and easy or a little more intricate, so in the spirit of Summer Mushrooms, and daring to be different, I came up with Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Polenta Bites. Deliciously crispy fried polenta topped with caramelised onions and mushrooms .
My boyfriend recently came across Arnotts Shapes delicious Chilli and Lime Flavour Sensations while on a work training course when they were offered up as one of the many snacks between breaks. He loved them so much that after the course he went to the shop and brought a box home. I’m embarrassed to say the combination of chilli and lime was so addictive we polished off the box in no time! I loved the flavour combination, but wanted a healthier version of this deliciously addictive snack.
Today’s post was going to be Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Pasties and a deliciously tangy Tabouli. I say was, because unfortunately, I hated how the photos turned out so I won’t be publishing them today. I will however remake the pasties (which have since been devoured) and the tabouli (which my fiance adored) as I really enjoyed both and want to share the recipes with you. The photography side of food blogging is the part I find most difficult.
I am a huge fan of Cherry Ripes. Ok, when I say I’m a fan I’m not an eat it everyday type fan, nor do I always make sure I have a stash of them hidden away in the pantry, but Cherry Ripes are the only chocolate bar I eat. They are delicious and indulgent and when I was introduced to the delicious Cherry Ripe Roll’s that came out last year I was instantly converted from the original Cherry Ripe to this new yummy creation. By the way, if you have never heard of a Cherry Ripe (ps you are missing out) you can read about them here . The other day I had a craving for Cherry Ripe but not having any in the house I thought I’d try my hand at making a Cherry Ripe cake instead. When I told my fiance I was making a Cherry Ripe cake he raised his eyebrow questioning how close I’d be able to get to the real thing (which incidentally he is a huge fan of too), but when he had his first bite he laughed.
We don’t really celebrate Halloween in Australia, which I think is a shame because it’s such a fun holiday. My fiance and I decided to fully embrace Halloween this year, and went a little bit nuts this year buying decorations for our house – plastic flying bat decorations, glowing skulls, carved pumpkins, skeletons and fake hands, we have it all. To get in the spirit of Halloween I also decided to do some Halloween baking. Last year I made Chocolate Halloween Cookies and this year I decided to take the Halloween baking up a notch and bake a few different things. The funny thing is though, this cake wasn’t actually supposed to be a Halloween cake, but as I was putting it together I thought the chocolate shards surrounding the delicious Black Forest Cake encased inside looked a little like an evil castle….or maybe that’s just me and my overactive imagination! The recipe for this cake comes from Donna Hay’s latest magazine, and which is now available on the iPad .
There are two things my stepsons absolutely love – chocolate and Lego. So it seemed only natural to combine them both into Chocolate Lego cupcakes for their birthdays this weekend. The idea of making Lego cupcakes seemed simple, but executing it was more fiddly than I first thought.
Recently I was approached by Australian Mushroom Growers to join the Mushroom Masters Tournament of Taste. Mushroom Masters is an annual competition between select bloggers in Australia, Canada and the United States who each week come up with delicious recipes showcasing mushrooms as the key ingredient. As a huge mushroom fan how could I say no? This week is the Dinner battle, and for dinner I wanted to come up with something that showcased the amazing flavour and versatility of mushrooms .
It happened suddenly and involuntarily. One second I was asleep and the next I wasn't; instantly transported from the field of my dreams into my too-hot and too-small bed of reality. I've forgotten what it was, exactly, that I'd been dreaming of. I don't think that I even knew at the time, but that doesn't surprise me.
When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike with my friends to the local gas station’s mini-mart and reach into their freezer case and pull out an Orange Push-Up . I loved Push-Ups and seeing those brightly colored dots meant that creamy orange goodness was soon going to be mine. I love it when Push-Ups begin to melt because they taste even sweeter, creamier, and better. The same was true with this smoothie. As it began to melt, it got even better.
My fiance and I are off for a picnic today!! He decided to take a couple of days off work and asked me what I would like us to do together. I said I wanted us to have a picnic.
I was excited when my fellow Sweet Adventurers ( 84th & 3rd , The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader , Dining With a Stud , and this months host, Christina from The Hungry Australian ) and I settled on the theme of Death By Chocolate for this months blog hop. Chocolate would easily have to be one of my favourite indulgences, as I am sure you can tell by all of the chocolate recipes featured on Delicieux ( Mint Slice Cookies , Chocolate Orange Cake , Chocolate Pots de Creme , Wicked Chocolate Orange Cookies , Black Forest Cake and Cherry Ripe Cake , to name a few) so I couldn’t wait to explore this months theme. Despite my excitement it took me some time to settle on what I actually wanted to make….and well, what you see here, my creation which I’ve called my “Black Dahlia Cake”, evolved while I was in the kitchen. What started from a simple super rich chocolate cake evolved into a multi layered chocolate creation.