Up cupcakes!

It was my two year anniversary with my partner on the weekend and cupcakes seemed the obvious choice. We recently fell in love with disneys Up (the cutest love story ever!) so I wanted to incorporate that. Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.

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I dont think the house was that good but I had limited time and i’m not that great drawing!

Next time I think I would spend more time on the background drawings and do mini cupcakes!
:)

Sugar Cookies, Tolkien Style

Yep, I think these are amazing.

I love good old Tolkien. I’m sure i saw this on Pinterest once and thought they could be easily made with the family sugar cookie recipe! They went down very well, although I was told by my partner that he imagined the door a darker shade of green…no complaints on the taste however!

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If you are not that much of a fan of the books/films, this is still a pretty yummy sugar cookie recipe and you can use any cookie cutter and decorate however you want!

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step by step:

Step One: Preheat the oven to the 190 degrees. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper

Step Two: Cream the butter and sugar together. It should be light and fluffy!

Step Three: Beat in the vanilla and egg, little by little until all combined

Step Four: Stir in flour until its looking like a dough

Step Five: Roll the dough out onto a slightly floured surface. It should be about 1 cm thick. Using any biscuit cutters you fancy cut out your shapes! 

Step Six: Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes. Let them harden a little before you finally cool them on a wire rack

Step Seven: Decorate however you fancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon and Mint Turkey Meatballs

Lemon & Mint Turkey Meatballs. Yum.

These are so fresh, so tasty and so good for you!

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I love fresh mint, but before this recipe I couldn’t imagine having it on anything other than a good bit of lamb. This does actually work really well with the lemon and turkey and it’s my new ultimate meatball recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 500g fresh lean turkey mince
  • 1 small red onion, very finely chopped
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint 
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten

Steps:

Step One: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, making sure the mint and lemon are spread evenly throughout the turkey mince.

Step Two: Divide into small meatballs. I made about 20 with this amount of meat, but it’s up to you how big you like them! Cover and chill for a couple of hours because they are more likely to hold their shape.

Step Three: Cook! Cook in a frying pan with a little bit of oil (I use my trusted 1 cal spray!) and make sure you turn every couple of minutes. Cooked till piping hot and not pink in the middle.

These are so nice! You could quite easily turn these into some nice burgers as well! 

Coconut crusted chicken!

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This is my new fave! Served it with pineapple salsa (it’s on a previous post) and sweet potato chips!

3 simple steps to these amazing chicken strips. First dip in a mix of flour and chilli powder…then in egg…then in desiccated coconut! Cook for 25 minutes at 200 degrees.

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It works so well with the salsa and the leftovers can be stored in the fridge and put in a tortilla for an easy lunch the next day.
I have to say the chilli powder in the flour really made the difference and gave it the extra something!

Enjoy!

Beans!

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These were always a side whenever we had a family BBQ and we always made them on Bonfire Night. Now I’ve moved out I have them much more regularly – definitely a comfort food!

Ingredients:

  • two apples
  • two red onions
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 tins of baked beans
  • curry powder (how much is up to you!)
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar

Step by step:
Not too many steps, this is pretty simple. Dice up the apple, onion and celery into little cubes. Cook on a slow heat with a little oil. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and stir until everything is soft and the onions almost caramelized.  Add the two tins of baked beans and stir. Now add the curry powder. The amount is purely up to your taste, I normally do 2 tbsp. Mix in and cook until combined and deep brown in colour. Yum!
Perfect as a side or as something different on top of a baked potato!