White Chocolate Mousse

My addiction to chocolate is well documented here on the blog and on social media. In between snacking on some white chocolate I thought of making a mousse out of it. I found this recipé on the food network and it turned out great!
To make this I used:
7 ounces white chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
150g digestive biscuits, crushed
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions
In a large glass bowl, place the chopped white chocolate and set aside.
Add the egg yolks and sugar to a small bowl and whisk until pale in color.
In a saucepan, over low heat, bring 1/4 cup of the cream to a simmer, and slowly add the cream into the yolk and sugar mixture to temper. Pour the creamy mixture back into pan and stir with a wooden spoon until it coats the back of it.

Pour hot mix into a fine mesh sieve placed directly over bowl with the chopped chocolate. Stir until completely smooth.

In another bowl, whip remaining 1 cup of the cream to almost stiff peaks. Fold half the whipped cream into the white chocolate mix to lighten and then fold in the remaining whipped cream.

Spoon the white chocolate mousse into 4 serving cups, add the digestives’ and garnish with white chocolate blocks. and refrigerate until set,approximately 1 hour.

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Birthday Dinner at Urban Eatery

What’s better than good food and good company? Nothing!
It was my birthday last Thursday, I usually don’t do much but when my younger sister (Stacy) mentioned dinner I bolted out the door😂! We went to urban eatery, a place I’ve been meaning to try for a while.
The food was glorious. I had the beef stroganoff with steamed rice which was simple, creamy and delicious! Stacy had the grilled chicken with mashed potatoes which she described as tasting homemade, uncomplicated and delightful.
Here are some of my favourite pictures.

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2 minute mug cake

I admit it. I’ve succumbed to mug cakes ever since I discovered them. The ease of making them and just how delicious they are makes them wonderful!
To make this I used:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, egg and vanilla.
Add the flour, sugar, and cocoa and whisk to combine. Pour batter into the mugs over the chocolate chips. Microwave for 2 minutes. Check to see if the cakes are well cooked inside using a toothpick (if it comes out clean it’s ready). If not, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

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Chickpeas Stew

Chickpeas are so incredibly easy to make! Apart from making hummus, making a stew out of them is one of my favourite ways to use them!
To make this I used:
1 can chickpeas
1 capsicum
1/4 cup coriander
2 bay leaves
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1tsp turmeric
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tbsp tomato paste
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions
On a medium sized pot add a tablespoon of oil and add the onions and the garlic. Gradually stir until brown. Add the coriander, and the chickpeas. Add the bay leaves and cover with water. Bring to a boil for about 20 minutes, then add the turmeric, tomato paste, ginger and the salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the chickpeas are soft enough to mash.

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Mango Cake

A mango cake is such a delightful way to enjoy one of my favourite fruits! This cake is soft, easy to make, and delish!
To make this I used:

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup chopped peeled mango

Directions
Preheat the oven to 150˚c.
In a small bowl, beat the sugar, oil and egg until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; gradually beat into sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the mango and transfer to a greased 6-inch round baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Easy Pasta Bake

Ever been home with hungry siblings that insist on you cooking but you haven’t been to the store? That was me on Thursday so I whipped up a quick and easy pasta bake with simple ingredients!
To make this I used:

3 cups pasta
300g minced meat
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 capsicum
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper

Directions
Pre heat the oven to 150˚C.
Boil the pasta in salt water until soft.
Meanwhile, heat a pan and add about a tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and garlic and allow to cook until golden brown. Add the capsicum and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the minced meat and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Then add the salt, pepper, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Allow it to cook for about fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer from the pan into a baking tray. Drain the pasta and add the pasta on top. Sprinkle the cheese over the pasta and bake for 15-20 minutes.
That’s it! Easy, simple and delicious!

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Easy Brownie Recipe

I know, I know. My obsession with chocolate is getting out of hand! But I have a brownie recipe that’s moist, chocolatey and easy to make! To make this I used:

4 tablespoons cocoa
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Directions
Heat the oven to 180°C and grease the baking pan.
Combine the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and stir until just evenly incorporated.
Add the chocolate mixture and stir until evenly combined. Add the flour and fold in until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, push it to the edges in an even layer, and smooth the top. Bake until a cake tester or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool.

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Vegan rice

I love how simple but delicious vegan recipes are. I’ve tried vegan recipes before, but I took it a step further and tried this raw vegan rice using cauliflower! To make this I used:
1 cup cauliflower
1/2 avocado
1 tomato
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor or blender, or if you don’t have either one, chop finely by hand. Place in a bowl.
Cut the tomato and avocado into small cubes and add to the cauliflower rice. Drizzle the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

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