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I'm fast becoming a self confessed bake-aholic brought on more since getting me this bargainous vintage-esque apron from Amazon. I mean, £3?! I jump at any excuse to wear it.
Don't judge, I'm actually chilling in bed wearing it while I blog.
It also helps having a super nice kitchen; *sorry for the house brag* our kitchen is the most ideal place to get all creative with icing. It's fairly small, but really nicely lit, has an island sink and just enough wooden worktop space for every "domestic goddess's" baking needs!
I baked these bad boys (my second ever attempt at cupcakes) for the lads at work. I think they got the seal of approval, although I'm not too sure what they thought of the Dr. Oetker edible cases. When I told them they could eat the case too they thought I was kidding around trying to make them eat plastic for the lols.
They look pretty cool though right?
Lucky me, Dr. Oetker gifted me all the ingredients for this post although I was under no obligation to write about them. Who could resist not using all these pretty cakeorations for a post though? Not me! I also followed this recipe (although completely screwed up the icing - best get practicing!)
I absolutely adore baking, I do. But lets not fool anyone here - I certainly ain't an expert. In fact, I've had more baking mishaps while creating recipe posts for this blog than those I've given the green light. Remember my first go at making a sandwich layer sponge? It's laughable.
Truth is you really don't have to be an expert to bash out some brownies and impress your pals at the next barbie. I've rounded up my 10 fail safe recipes that if I can do, SO CAN YOU.
Dust off your mixing bowls, roll up your sleeves and start crackin' some eggs. Here's Fifi's recipe round up:
1) Raspberry & double chocolate brownies
The perfect balance of bitter and sweet, these brownies with a twist might look impressive but they're the easiest bites you'll ever bake. The perfect recipe all year round, and taste even better served with ice cream in the summer, or heated in the microwave for winter.
2) Golden syrup & honey flapjacks (in a blender!)
4) Apple & blackberry pie (fresh from the apple tree!)
6) Fresh wholemeal loaves
10) Yorkshire parkin bites
Ah, Maille. What a treasured brand you are. Just look how special the seductive black, gold letterpress packaging is. And their regal logo that adorns every one of their mustard pots makes me go a little weak at the knees (now I know where Nigella Lawson gets her sex appeal in the kitchen!)
I thoroughly enjoyed cooking up this recipe for the Maille Culinary Challenge us foodie bloggers have been invited to enter. The products are such a joy to use in the kitchen, so versatile. Neil was my Chief Taster so he wasn't complaining either ;)
I decided to cook up a starter and main using two of Maille's finest products - the Cider Vinegar with Honey, and the Aioli with Crushed Black Pepper Sauce. Here's how I got on:
To start, thick cut bruschetta.
Ingredients (feeds 2)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
2 large vine tomatoes
1 small red onion
A small handful of fresh basil leaves
Salt & Black Pepper
3 tbsp Maille Cider Vinegar with Honey
1 medium baguette
1. First, roughly chop your tomatoes and red onion so they're thick and tasty. Toss them into a large bowl and then finely chop your fresh basil leaves to add to the mix.
2. Season your tomatoes, onion and basil leaves with black pepper and salt and give the whole mixture a juicy stir!
3. Cut up the baguette into diagonal slices, pop them in the toaster so they're lightly toasted.
4. Drizzle the cider vinegar with honey across the mixture and give the whole thing another good stir. Keep tasting as you go and add more cider vinegar with honey for a sweeter kick.
5. Once the bread is nicely toasted, plate up by pouring the mixture on top of the bread, et voilà!
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
500g chicken breasts
50g salted butter
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 slice of thick bread blended to crumbs (or 1 cup of bread crumbs)
3 tbsp parmesan
500g sweet potatoes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper
2 vine tomatoes
3 tbsp Maille Aioli with Basil & Crushed Black Pepper sauce
Fresh basil to garnish
For the Grilled garlic Butter Chicken:
1. Preheat the grill to 200 degrees celsius. In a small bowl add the butter and crushed garlic and stir well. Separate half of the mixture into a separate bowl and put to one side.
2. Next, place your chicken breasts on a baking tray and using one of the pots of garlic butter, spread roughly over both sides of each breast. Make up more garlic butter depending on how big your breasts are. Lols.
3. Pop the tray under the grill for 15-20 minutes turning once. Whilst they're cooking, prepare the breadcrumb topping.
4. Grab the remaining garlic butter and mix in your cup of bread crumbs. Season with black pepper and salt and add your parmesan and a sprinkle of lemon zest. Don't be afraid to use your fingers to make a fluffy, lumpy breadcrumb topping.
5. Once the 15-20 minutes is up, put the bread crumb mix on top of the chicken breasts and grill for a further 5 minutes or until brown.
For the Peppered sweet potato chips:
N.B I have a fan assisted oven where you can opt for a 'grill and oven' combo on your cooker and do both these in sync.
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Chop your sweet potatoes into large wedges and toss them onto a baking tray, covering in vegetable oil.
2. Generously crack black peppercorns across the wedges and season with some salt.
3. Stick them in the oven for about 20 minutes or until soft in the inside.
Slice a tomato and garnish with basil leaves, and pour some delicious Aioli sauce into a dipping pot to serve with the potatoes and there ya have it!
Talk soon :)
Dress: £5, Primark sale
Recipe: My easy-peasy double chocolate brownies
Props: All from Style My Party
**I was super lucky to be gifted all these lovely props from Style My Party, and I think I have a secret admirer at Lindt because they posted me these chocolates. Yum.
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"cards the postman drops in your door are usually a mega nuisance, until you get about a whole year's supply of baking, crafting and party props that makes you run around the house squealing like a little girl.
, an online little store and inspiring blog jam packed full with tutorials, free design printables and party-amazingness. I've been a loyal reader of Stacy's for a long time now, and was delighted when she asked me to trial run some of her beautiful collection of props she sells online. I just HAD to share with you a fraction of the crafty bits and pieces she posted me, I can't wait to feature more on my blog in the months to come.
When I finally got round to collecting this bundle of fun from the post office, I was previously in such a blog rut. It was the turn of a new year, I was feeling uninspired with lots of routine uproar for various reasons. Then as soon as I opened up this box, my blogging mo-jo was instantly regained. I found handfuls of buttons, shells and ribbons for crafting, the cutest retro paper straws, bunting, candy bags and cool cocktail sticks for hosting my own get togethers, and so many lovely things for me to add in compositions when Neil and I take photos for this blog.
All of the props featured in this post and more (and even more to come, watch out for my future posts!) are available to purchase on
. I'm sure if you have a party coming up soon, Stacy will prepare a surprise bundle of vintage/childrens/retro props that will make it an extra special occasion, or if like me you're in need of a wee blog inspiration boost... maybe she'll make you up a package of photogenic little items to base your posts around. Take a look at more of
, there's tonnes of stuff for Valentine's day to get your creative juices a-flowin :)
Back soon with some cute Valentine's ideas thanks to Stacy!
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So these bad boys don't essentially look the part, but I think I found another Fifi special. I was once famed for my dark chocolate and raspberry brownies, but my new speciality this year is a cupboard-cocktail of golden syrup, honey and porridge oat flapjacks. They're absolutely delectable, I kid you not. And better, the recipe is completely fool proof, costs a fraction of the price (and tastes every bit as nice) as Marks & Sparks flapjacks, taking the best part o' 20 minutes.
Stuff you'll need (bakes 8 hefty flapjacks):
250g porridge oats
2tbsp vegetable oil
125g brown/caster sugar
3/4tbsp golden syrup (the more the juicier)
Get this. Whack all of the above in a blender in any order, pump the power button for a bit (don't over mix) scoop it out into a deep tray that's been greased or lined and bung it in a pre-heated oven at 180degrees for 20-25mins. Then bobs your uncle. Warm flapjacks ready to eat with a big cuppa tea.
They really are that simple, cheap, and yum. Just don't go telling everyone my secret recipe ;)
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