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Cooking – Tiramisu

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With yesterday being my sisters birthday & with my new cooking skills in place I thought I would see if I could surprise her with her chosen cake.
We dont “do” birthday presents & up till this year we have ALWAYS had the Cheesecake shop cheesecakes. It has been like a birthday tradition.

Of course when I asked my sister what cake she wanted and was hit with Tiramisu… I thought ok.. Mmmmmm

Fortunately in the May edition of Better Homes and Gardens mag it was there..

Looked simple enough..

Except the part that I had no idea of Brandy… Having never tasted it. As well as Mascapone… Thinking I knew where to find this but what I found was Marzipane… Mmmmmm
So after finding out that I needed to be in the cheese section… ? I found what I was after..

So Tiramisu..

I will say it is easy..

Mix a few things together.. Dip a few biscuits, layer them, whip up the creamy stuff till, stiff, layer, set.. Done..

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I am hoping you can read this… If not let me know and I will type it out.

I made mine, wrapped it up and left it over night..

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The next day it was perfect.
Make sure your ganache cools enough in the fridge so that it doesnt run down the sides.
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Cooking – Rasberry mini cupcakes

I have been seeing lots of photos on Pinterest about using Natural yoghurt to cook with.
When chatting to my sister one of her kids favorite muffins was made with natural yoghurt with out them knowing yet loving them..

So yesterday I experimented!

I use to experiment before I learnt that you needed to actually read but more so follow recipes and it was awful!

So here is what I did..

1 vanilla cake mix.. 60c
1 cup of natural yoghurt
1/2 cup of frozen rasberries

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I blended up the yoghurt and rasberries then added this to the dry mixture..
Placed it in the patty pans and cooked on 180 for 12 minutes..

Not too bad at all..

You could mix in the yoghurt and then swirl the fruit through but I did it all together. They are also a very nice natural pink colour..

Has anyone else done something like this? I would love to hear?

Cooking – Winter Soup

With winter aproaching I thought it was time to make a big pot of healthy soup..

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1kg of bacon bones from Woolies deli
1 pre packed soup mix of veggies that I chopped very very small
1/2 bag of dried soup mix
1 litre of beef stock
2 litres of water
1 tbsp of crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh chopped parsley

All into the pot on simmer for 2 hours, until meat falls of the bone.
All dried legumes are cooked. All veggies are soft..

Enjoy

My Birthday Cake

Since I have started cooking this year I thought I would break our normal Cheesecake tradition and make my own cake this year.

I wanted to make something simple yet pretty..

Thanks to Betty Crocker this was so easy to do.

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I made the mixture as per the packet and then seperated it into 4 bowls. To each bowl I added a few drops of colours.
Red. Pink. Purple. Yellow.

With these bowls I then added one at a time to the baking dish to create a rainbow effect when cut.

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I wanted to use white kit kats around the outside but couldnt find them… So I made my own white chocolate shards..
I used pink coloured frosting, this helped keep the chocolate shars around the edge as well as the sprinkles and smarties on top.

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It was perfectly pretty, pink and girly..

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With the surprise rainbow inside..

What do you think of my cake?

New life

Here such a simple thing to grow in your garden…

Spring onions

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I brought a bunch from woolies and put them straight into the ground… They are now growing big and strong and available to use in salad any time.

Below them I have sprinkled some chilli seeds. We like some nice hot chilli for spagetti or in a curry.. Normally I am a brown hand not a green thumb but it looks like I have got some wonderful chilli babies coming through.

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We have also had cherry tomatoes recently but they died off… I weeded out the box and it looks very much like there might be some new little tomatoe plants coming through.. I am not game to pull these out yet. I will let them grow up a bit bigger but fingers crossed this might be the next seasons tomatoe plants..?

I will keep you up dated on my garden growth..

Strawberry flowers!

A few weeks have gone on now and very slowly the plants are getting bigger.
It is one of those things that you dont really notice until you look back on photos and go..
Wow look how big they have grown!

This week has been very exciting as it brought the arrival of 2 little strawberry flowers!
I am not saying we will be harvesting strawberries but strawberry flowers is a great sign that they might fruit?

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I look forward to being able to make spag bol with my fresh basil and thyme.

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As well as picking our growing capicum that are fruiting

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It is great watching your garden grow.

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Making my garden bigger

I was sooooo inspired by my friend and her gardening ideas that I decided to get a larger tub and expand my garden..

I have found it very good for the soul to check out your plants. Pull dead leaves off. Water and watch grow.

While watching Better Homes and Gardens a few weeks ago I saw on there that during the cooler months is the ideal time to grow strawberries.
Our son LOVES strawberries.. Infact during the holidays last year we did a family trip to the tablelands to Shaylee Strawberry farm. We all loved looking to see who had the biggest strawberry. Who could eat the most strawberries off the bushes.. Who could collect the most. To taste the freshness in their red skins was so warming..

So

I decided that we would give strawberries a go. My sister looked up for me what plants well with them to help them grow and to keep the bugs away, companion planting and so the collection was brought.

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A nice place where the sun shines was found.

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And the planting was done

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Several different kinds of strawberries.. My Mother in Law says they wont grow but it wont stop us trying….
Sage, marigolds, lettuce, thyme in with our strawberries….

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They were watered in and given LOVE… Now time to grow. As you can see this one is significantly bigger than the first one but we have a fair few strawberries in there to grow. I have put sugar cane mulch in there also to keep the fruit off the dirt..? Apparently this helps.. We will see…

Grow little plants grow……