Monday, 23 July 2012

Triple Chocolate, Single Chin.

Today I'm just gonna let the pictures do the talking...

Triple Chocolate, Single Chin Banana Muffins.

Adapted from Peas and Thank You

  • 1 1/2 c. oat flour 
  • 2/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. grated courgette
  • 1 very large ripe banana
  • 1 c. maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 c. coconut palm sugar
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 c. roughly chopped 85% dark chocolate

  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 100g silken tofu
  • 100g cashew butter
  • 1 very large ripe banana

1.  Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

2. Mix all the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and oat flour together in a bowl.

3. Blend the banana with the maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.

4. Add wet mix to dry mix and stir through chocolate and courgette.

5. Fill a bun tin with muffin liners. Scoop the mixture into the liners. There should be enough for 10-12 muffins. or 12-14 smaller cupcakes.

6. Place the tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes.

7. While the muffins are in the oven blend the cocoa, tofu, cashew butter and banana together until smooth. Put the frosting in the fridge to thicken. The longer you leave it the thicker it gets but I left mine for about 40 minutes and it was fine.

8. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Secret Birthday Cookie Box

Yeeeeah. Birthdays. When I hear it's someones birthday all I can think of is the fact that I now have an excuse to bake! WOOP. 

Last minute present? Cookies.

Elegant surprise? A beautiful cake decorated with piped icing.

Girly sleepover party? A big plate of brownies for the group to gorge.

My dad doesn't really believe in birthdays. So he always forgets his and hence we tend to forget it to. :S

Luckily I only found out a day late this year so I was able to whip up one of his favourite treats in time for birthday lunch with granny.

Coconut Macaroons. There is just something about Coconut Macaroons. I can't explain it.

My dad says he spent his first day of wages on a liter of milk and 2 packets of coconut macaroons. Needless to say he had a bit of a feast.

ps. No tables were harmed with glue during the process of making this box... Shhh...

Coconut Macaroons

  • 250g shredded coconut
  • 30g ground almonds
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g buckwheat flour
  • 15g stevia
  • 75g xylitol
  • 1tsp cream of tarter
  • pinch of salt
  • tsp vanilla essence

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees.

2.  Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and mix them into the dry ingredients.

3. Grease a tray and shape the mixture into rounds on the tray.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the center of the oven until lightly brown.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Delayed Rabblings

Man, it's been a while :S Apologies to any readers for my lack of posts, I was in France for the week. I've also become very much 'bitta this, bitta that' about my cooking. I'm developing a very bad habit of not measuring things and scoffing stuff down without taking snaps so now I have loads of yummy eats to share but only a few recipes! :( Oh Well... I guess I'll just share a bit of whats been going on with me :)

I went to my friend Niall's house where we baked this beautiful polenta and orange cake. Unfortunately it didn't taste as great as it looked. We both agreed it was only ok so I decided not to post it despite the fact that I wrote down the recipe. At least it made some pretty pictures :) And then we played Skyrim for a while... I got slaughtered by a load of trolls. Dammit.

Then I was off to the French countryside. We stayed in a place called La Tour Sur Orb for a week. It's a tiny village in Languedoc and the house we were staying in was literally right beside a river which was perfect for swimming in the mornings. I love to lie in the sun and get all warm and sweaty reading my book and getting a great tan and then jump into the ice cold water. Incredibly refreshing.

The village was part of a string of towns along a road. It was cute and quaint with barely any people. The only shops were a supermarket, a goats cheese shop and a post office. The next town was about 3 miles away so you could walk or cycle to get some bread but it took a while. There was literally nobody on the streets...ever.

Despite the fact that there was vineyards absolutely everywhere I didn't see a single packet of grapes while I was there. They clearly weren't in season I guess. Or maybe they all get used up making wine.

I discovered this hat in the house that we were staying in. I was very reluctant to give it up when we were leaving.

Despite the fact that we ate out most nights because the stove seemed to have a mind of its own some cooking did get done when I figured out how to use the micro-oven. These babies are goats cheese, lentil and buckwheat pizza and that green stuff is avocado and white almond mashup.
The food in France is great but as a vegetarian you get a lot of cheese and bread and by the end of the week all I wanted was vegetables. The moment I got home I guzzled down two packets of baby carrots raw.

In honur of raw food day my mums friend brought me my first ever kale chips. Eh yum much?

And raw chocolate peanut butter brownies. I love this girl.

But boy, oh boy, my mums one pot wonder has never tasted so damn good.