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Chocolate and coconut cupcakes with chocolate, hazelnut and sea salt butter cream icing.

photoI know its been a LONG time since I last blogged but school and now move to new home and job have kept me super busy! However, really enjoying the new life in Toronto, though of course missing the friends I made in Dubai. Anyways suffice it say I’ve been a lazy blogger but this recipe was good enough to bring me back in! lol

The cupcakes were adapted from my chocolate and chili cake recipe but using things I just had around the house. Which… bonus! When I’m bored, I bake. However, I’m also waaaayyy too lazy to go and buy anything I don’t already have in this house which is why this is perfect. And why my chocolate cake recipe is awesome (modest I know!) because it is fool-proof baking and versatile.

Anyways on to the recipe…

 

 

For the cupcakes (makes 6 muffin sized ones)

1.25 cups plain flour

3/4 cup caster sugar (can add more if you prefer it sweeter)

2.75 tablespoons cocoa powder

.75 tsp baking powder

.75 tsp baking soda

0.5 cup light coconut milk

Glug of vegetable oil (maybe 1-2 tablespoons… I just did a quick pour)

1 tsp vanilla extract or essence

0.5 cup boiling water

1 egg

sprinkle of cinnamon powder

sprinkle of sea salt

How to do it…

Basically this is is the easiest cake recipe ever. Mix all the ingredients listed together in one bowl up until the boiling water. Make sure the batter is starting to form (it will still be quite dry / doughy) at this stage. Then pour in the boiled water. Now your mixture is quite liquidy. That’s fine – it’s what makes the cup cakes so moist. Taste. If you want add more sugar or cocoa. Sprinkle some sea salt and cinnamon into the mixture. Taste and adjust if need be. Then crack in the egg. Stir. Pour the mixture into a greased muffin tin and bake for about 15 mins in an oven pre-heated to 375. Once the top is no longer goopy and you put a knife or toothpick in cleanly through the cake it’s done. Mine cooked in 12-15 mins. Leave aside to cool and focus on the icing now.

For the icing

softened unsalted butter

cocoa

nutella

icing sugar

vanilla

coconut milk

sea salt

How to do it…

Cream (mix) the softened butter with some vanilla and coconut milk. Then add icing sugar, slowly sift it in until you get your desired texture and taste. Add in a little bit of cocoa and nutella (to taste). Add a bit more icing sugar if you need it for texture. Afterwards sprinkle in sea salt (again to taste)

Once the cup cakes are cooled, ice them!

Enjoy x


Honey, Soy, and Chili chicken

Wow… it’s been a long time since I’ve visited my blog 😦 Unfortunately super busy these days with the MBA but I’m sure as the year goes on there will be plenty of times where I will procrastinate and turn to writing here instead.

This recipe is a super easy one (again)… but what can I say…am a student once again.

Basically, in a blender add: garlic, ginger, red chilies, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and chili sauce. Blend. Can also add lime juice.

The blended mixture should be quite loose and liquid-y – not a paste and not too thick with honey (although adjust to suit tastes).

Transfer the liquid to a pot on the stove and gently heat until just warmed through. Swirl a bit and let the mixture stand. Heating the mixture just lets the flavours combine a bit more.

Add to the now-cooled mixture some chopped chicken and allow to marinade for a few hours.

After marinading. Cook on the stove top and enjoy with some rice. Top with a little coriander and spring onions.

Enjoy x


Eating on the (very) cheap and an apology

First of all… apologies for my laziness. No other excuse, I have been super busy with work and preparing for moving to Canada and though I do have time, cooking and blogging about it was not how I have wanted to spend my free moments! eeeks.

But I’m back. Sort of. Uber quick post and no pics because the food… it ain’t pretty but it is cheap. Dirt cheap, in fact, it cost me nothing. No… some romantic young(ish) thing didn’t come swooping in and make me a deluxe gourmet dinner at his own cost, although… line starts here?! lol

No rather than some tv trope or kind friend… I was pragmatic. This is a rare occurrence so it should be celebrated. lol

Perhaps I should explain my psycho babble a bit. Here’s the thing. I’m leaving Dubai and moving to Canada next month. For my MBA. Which means I need to be sensible with my pennies, it also means I’ve gone from going out once a week to 5 times a week. No joke. As such, the poverty fairy, is striking. Gasp. Or at least I need to be sensible and save my dough for what really counts… drinking with friends. :-p

As such, how proud am I that tonight’s dinner cost me nothing at all and actually helped me get rid of more pantry item?! Very. Anyways… moving on: what did I make tonight? Well, the world’s weirdest bolognaise, but hey it was free and I have 4 less things to worry about throwing away in 3 weeks time.

Basically, I have beef kebabs in my freezer. Rather than buying mince, I decided to grill those and then chop them up. The “bolognaise” was made by using up a tin of cherry tomatos, a tin of mushrooms, and a few sundried tomatos in a jar.

First, I grilled my kebabs in a pan. Then when nice and brown and soft, I dumped in the cherry tomatos, a splash of red wine and water, the mushrooms and some chopped garlic and chilies. I then added a veggie stock cube and let it all simmer together. I removed the kebabs chopped them up and then added back into the sauce. Super simple, tasty (seasoned with paprika, salt, and pepper), and FREE!

Obviously the cost part depends on what’s in your kitchen, but a really easy dish thrown together with stuff in the house, in like 15 minutes. Less than luxe but still delicious food on a student budget… :-p


New Year’s Breakfast

Chocolate cake and ice-cream. That’s all!

;-p

Happy New Year 😀


Intro

Hi world! lol.

This blog is all about my love for food and my recipes. Mainly because its easier (for now) to maintain recipes online than in my recipe book. I have the world’s worst handwriting (I make Doctors look good), despite my Mom’s best efforts, and in this tech-y age I’ve become too lazy to write! Eeeks.

Anyways, about me. Food fanatic since I was 12, which was uhmm a while ago. Live for and love food, it pretty much takes up most of my thoughts, along with shoes, clothes, kitchenware, football, work, learning, touch rugby, avoiding the gym, shoes (again), men, and food (again)!

My love of food knows no bounds (well, thats not really true… I’m actually a little picky BUT I will try (almost) everything once. Or at least I will try a reeeallyyy tiny piece of (almost) everything once.) nor no boundaries.  I like cuisine of all types and will cook food from everywhere. Even though I wouldn’t describe my style as fusion  it probably is a little fusion as I like to mix different flavours from different parts of the world together.

So anyways, this really is just meant to be a collection (for me) of my recipe and food ideas. Mainly, because I don’t follow recipes but go with the flow on volumes and ingredients. At least this way I can remember the ideas, but in case someone stumbles across my food thoughts… just know, I love food and if you like the recipe idea and something doesn’t make sense… let me know and I will clarify as best as I can!! 🙂