19 posts tagged recipes
For those hot Summer nights when you’re hanging around the pool with your friends, there’s nothing more perfect than an ice cream. Even better is an ice cream with rum in it. Oh yeah. Of course you can make these without the alcohol if you’re not a fan or want to make these for your family!
I know what you might be thinking - why would I make pickles when I can just buy them from the store?! Well for one, you will know exactly what is going in these ones - no preservatives in these! Secondly, how cool is it to say to someone ‘would you like a homemade pickle? I made them. From scratch. In my home. Pickles’. Yes, they might start calling you ‘pickle girl’ and avoid you at parties, but I think it’s worth it. Plus (here’s my catchphrase!) they would make awesome gifts, especially for new home owners!
Print out this pretty little equivalent chart and keep it in your kitchen for those times you are stuck trying to work out how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon when you can’t find that one spoon… which seems to happen to me a lot!
I know some people might think flowers in ice cubes is a little frivolous, but they’re so pretty that maybe it’s worth it! Perfect to pretty up Summer drinks (just make sure the flowers are edible - you don’t want to add flowers that might have been sprayed with insecticide to your drinks!)
In S.A. we call these Dagwood Dogs. I have no idea why. But you can get them at the Royal Adelaide Show dipped in tomato sauce (ketchup) and they are just the freakin’ best thing. Fair food is the best. Well, actually, it’s the worst for you, but it tastes so good! Wouldn’t these be a great finger food for a party? Oh man I want a Dagwood Dog so badly. When is the show again!?
As someone who doesn’t really love eating breakfast in the morning (even though it’s the most important meal of the day, I know, I know!) smoothies are a god send. You can mix in whatever you have in the fridge and even take it in the car with you if you’re running late…because you overslept again!
I’ll admit, I rarely cook mainly because cooking for one can feel like too much hassle sometimes. But I do still love to bake and quite a few of these tips are great - and straight from the mouths of some truly brilliant chefs! Some are pretty obvious (If you’re cooking for someone important — whether it’s your boss or a date — never try a new recipe and a new ingredient at the same time) there are some great ones that will hopefully help you out! My favourite is this one: After working with garlic, rub your hands vigorously on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds before washing them. It will remove the odor. I wonder if this also works for onions because I can never get the smell off of my hands!
Daisy Lollipops | Funkytime
When I was younger my sister and our next door neighbours would pick fetch from the side of the road to eat. Fetch was like a wild pea - it tasted terrible but we loved eating something ‘strange’ that you wouldn’t normally eat! These daisy lollipops make me think of that time. I never knew you could eat daisies! Funkytime also recommends using lavender, pansies or chamomile. Just make sure that what you’re adding to your pops is edible and not sprayed with pesticides (which is the reason why we stopped eating fetch!).
Whoopie Pies | Martha Stewart
You know how you get a real craving for something but you can’t find it at the stores? Well I really want a whoopie pie but the closest thing I can get here is… nothing. You can’t buy them here! So I guess I’m just going to have to make my own. Of course Martha has a great recipe, so I’m hoping my mum who is staying with me this week will make them for me?!
Ukulele Shortbread | Diamonds For Dessert
I think I’d like to learn how to play the ukulele. I love artists like Sophie Madeleine, Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Micucci and Clara Belle. Also I love playing instruments, and I figure the ukulele isn’t too far away from the violin (which I played for eight years!) But until I can convince my Dad to teach me how to play it, I’m going to cook mini ukuleles out of short bread and listen to youtube videos! Actually… maybe I can cook these and use them to bribe my Dad!…
The Sommerset | The Grilled Cheese Academy
You might not think so, but I believe Grilled Cheese to be quite an art! And now there’s a website dedicated to and only to this delicious cuisine. Featured here is the Sommerset, ‘Wisconsin Chipotle Jack with green and yellow summer squash complemented by crispy bacon’. Mmmm. Crispy bacon. There are 30 different recipes to try. To get out your sandwich press and get to grillin’!
Ah, s’mores. They seem to inspire the craft community regularly, because there are a ton of s’more recipes out there! because I’m craving chocolate and haven’t featured a recipe today, here is a roundup of my favourite s’more recipes!
Warning: will induce chocolately cravings
S’mores Cake In A Jar | How Sweet It Is
I’m scared about cooking glass in an oven, but this amazing recipe is well worth the fear. Mmm. Eat with a long spoon and a friend!
S’mores Pops | The Decorated Cookie
For those who need their s’mores on the go, here are s’mores pops! Quick to make and quick to eat. Delicious and fun.
S’mores Whoopie Pies | Smashed Peas & Carrots
There’s something about cakey biscuits filled with lashings of creamy icing that make me want to bake! These look so good - good enough to convince any dieter to break their vow!
That’s it for now! Go get cooking!
Hot Chocolate Wedding Favours | Ruffled
I know this is for a wedding but if you’re looking for a small and sweet (haha, sweet!) gift for someone during the winter, this is a perfect solution. And when you’re making favours yourself for a wedding, you want to make sure it’s not going to take you a million hours to make - trust me, you will thank yourself later! Now I’m craving a hot chocolate with marshmallows…
Mini Banoffee Pie | A Beautiful Mess
My gorgeous cousin Laura recently had her birthday and when I go over there for Tuesday tea I want to make something I know she will like, which is Banoffee Pie… though we know it as caramel & banana pie! Banoffee pie sounds so much more fancy though, doesn’t it? These look soooo good, and how good is it that they’re bite sized?
Also, I just realised that Laura will probably read this. Laura, don’t read this! Or forget that you read this!
Jam & Spread Recipes | Martha Stewart
My sister recently made some jam and now I’m all inspired to make some myself! My dad is a big marmalade fan, so I’d love to make some for him. I just realised he reads my blog so this won’t be a surprise for him now - dad, pretend you didn’t see this! Haha! Anyway, Martha of course has some fantastic tutorials here with not only marmalade but quick strawberry jam, peach-rosemary jam, apple & strawberry butter and one I really want to try - sour cherry jam. Yum! Righto, I think it’s time to investigate some jam jars!