Cookie Dough Chocolate Brownies

This is a combination of two recipes in one, really sweet and chocolatey. You can’t really see the cookie dough but it’s mixed in the brownie somewhere, when I added the cookie dough the brownie mixture was still warm so some of the dough melted.

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Ingredients
200g dark chocolate, broken up
75g butter, cubed
2 eggs
125g caster sugar
75g plain flour

Cookie Dough recipe here: https://ablovesfood.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/oreo-stuffed-cookies/?preview=true

Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set a medium pan of water on the stove and cover with a heatproof bowl.

2. Once the water is simmering add the broken chocolate and butter, stir together and leave to cool.

3. In a separate bowl mix the eggs and sugar until pale, then stir in the flour and the melted chocolate.

4. If you now check out the link for the cookie dough recipe you can make the dough and mix it in with the brownie mixture.

5. Pour into the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, it should be flaky on top but soft at the bottom. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares 🙂

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Tips For Soft Healthy Hair

Sometimes your hair might need that extra love to help it grow and be healthy, often we are doing to much too our hair like over washing, applying too much heat or product build up which can all have a negative effect on the health of our hair.

Here are some simple tips for all hair types to follow to ensure your hair is at its most healthiest state.

1. Don’t wash your hair too often: I think this generally depends on the hair type but washing your hair weekly should be more than enough, when you wash your hair too often the shampoo actually strips your scalp and strands of the natural oils it produces to stay healthy.

2. Start air drying: instead of using the blow dryer, flat irons and curling tongs let your hair dry on its own and keep it in its natural state more often, this was a habit that I cut out a long time ago as the constant heat and harsh temperature was damaging my hair.

3. Use kinder products: it can be quite tiresome and annoying looking for truly natural and organic products but if you at least make an attempt to avoid certain ingredients/chemicals your hair will appreciate it. Sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) is a common ingredients to avoid as it has drying properties which of course will help to dry out your hair and make it brittle therefore more prone to breakage.

4. Don’t forget the oils: there are so many varieties to choose from each with their own benefits, you may not find the perfect oil for your hair straight away so be prepared for trial and error. Always make sure you buy cold pressed, organic products that are in their purest form.

Oils to use…
– coconut oil
– castor oil
– argan oil
– olive oil
– rapeseed oil and many more

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Follow these simple tips and your hair will thank you 🙂

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I have never used a banana as an ingredient for baking because I’m not that keen on the strong taste however, after making these muffins I might start experimenting with bananas more as a substitute for other ingredients. To be honest the taste of the banana is barely there but the muffin itself is much more filling and heavier when eating which I think is good because it really fills you up. Also it’s got fruit in it so it’s somewhat healthy 🙂

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Makes 6-7

Ingredients
50g Butter
1 Egg
85g Castor sugar
110g Self-raising flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tbsp Milk
1 ripe Banana
50g Milk chocolate chips

Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and prepare 7 muffins cases on a tray.

2. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and beat until smooth or use an electric whisk.

3. Evenly spoon the mixture between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 25 minutes (mine were in a little longer, hence the extra golden top)

4. Take out from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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Making Decisions :-\

Why is it so hard to make a decision?? Especially when it’s between two options…. Recently having to make some minor decisions and I’m still wondering now a week later if I made the right choice. Weighing up the positives and negatives which are pretty much even how do you know if you’ve made the right choice?? There’s no guidance or handbook to follow so you know your on the right line, you just make the decision and hope for the best. I can’t lie though I feel it would be much easier if someone were there to tell me which to choose but then I wouldn’t learn or understand the journeys of life 🙂

Hopefully one day I will be able to make a decision in the future and trust in myself that I made the right choice without regret or looking back pondering.

1. Learn to trust your instincts

2. Follow your heart

3. Believe in yourself

                        Ab

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Risotto

This is a nice recipe for a basic risotto, the sort of meal that is made in a big pot and everyone can just tuck in.

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Ingredients
25ml olive oil
50g butter
50g chopped shallots/ onions
1 garlic clove
100g Arborio rice
50ml white wine
200ml vegetable stock
Salt and pepper (optional)
20g fresh thyme
40g grated parmesan cheese
1 tomatoe

Method
1. Crush the garlic and chop the shallots, make the stock and grate the cheese.

2. Melt the oil and butter in a small pan, add the chopped shallots and crushed garlic. Cook gently without colour for 2-3 minutes, add the rice.

3. De glaze the pan with white wine and continue to cook without colour for a further 3 minutes.

4. Gradually add the stock and leave to simmer at the side of the stove stirring frequently. Keep adding more stock until the rice is cooked.

5. Once all the stock has been absorbed the rice should be al dente. Finally add the thyme and cheese then correct the seasoning. Top with *tomato concasse and a *parmesan cheese crisp.

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*tomatoe concasse: blanch the tomatoe to remove the skin, cut in half and slice out the insides then cut into quarters and finely dice.

*parmesan cheese crisp: grate some of the cheese, arrange into a circle shape and bake in the oven for 10 minutes then take out and leave to cool.

Just Me

People are always afraid of what’s different…

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I will forever LOVE my natural hair, even though it’s not really different it isn’t very commonly celebrated or appreciated as much as I think it should be. I just want it to grow long and healthy, maybe inspire others to go natural too.

Regardless of what your hair type is it’s the different things about you that make you special and all you can do is love yourself.

*my hair was blow dried in these pictures*

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Polenta Cakes with Roasted Vegetables

Polenta is a kind of ground cornmeal that is traditionally used in many foods, with the addition of liquid it thickens up and becomes a much more filling product. This is a great recipe for vegetarians 🙂

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So colourful!!

Ingredients
500ml Vegetable stock
150g Polenta
50g Grated parmesan (we added extra)
2 Eggs
1 garlic clove
20g flat leaf parsley
10g Thyme
3 different coloured peppers
1 Red onion
1 courgette
50ml olive oil
5g dried oregano
Salt (optional)

Method
1. Wash all the vegetables, cut into even sizes and peel the skin off the garlic. Prepare the stock, finely chop the parsley and grate the parmesan.

2. Bring the stock to the boil and then quickly whisk in the polenta until it thickens. Let it cool down slightly before beating in the parmesan and eggs then season with parsley and thyme.

3. Leave to cool in a tray lined with cling film then bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

4. Place the chopped vegetables onto a tray drizzling with olive oil, dried oregano and the crushed garlic. Bake the vegetables for 15 minutes also until they start to brown.

5. They should both be finished at the same time and you can serve it with a simple tomatoe sauce.

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*to be honest some of the vegetables could have been roasted a little longer but that wasn’t a problem*

Oreo Stuffed Cookies

I found it on the BBC food website but halved the entire recipe as I didn’t have that many Oreo biscuits. Also the recipe included some chocolate chips which I didn’t add because for me it would have been too sweet. I really enjoyed baking these because I’ve never baked with a biscuit before but when biting into the cookie you get an Oreo surprise.

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Ingredients
220g softened butter
85g light brown sugar
110g granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 pack of Oreo’s

Method
1.Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and cover to baking trays with parchment paper.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale. Add in the eggs and sugar until well combined.

3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder then slowly add to the wet ingredients.

4. Use a tbsp to scoop out some of the dough and place on the bottom of an Oreo biscuit get another tbsp of dough and cover the top of the biscuit, gently squeeze together until the Oreo is completely enclosed within the dough.

5. Place onto the baking tray and repeat until all the biscuits are covered. Leave a good amount of space between each biscuit as they will expand. Bake in the oven for 10- 15 minutes and leave to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Best served warm which means you can taste them straight away! Also Happy International Women’s Day image

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For the original recipe check out the website below!


http:// www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3183676/oreo-chocolate-chip-cookies

Mothers Day Meal: Salmon With Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

Finally I’m back in the kitchen this semester at uni so each week I’ll have a new dish to share with you guys. I was so excited to cook this as salmon is probably my most favourite type of fish especially when it’s simply been pan fried. The accompaniments went well with it too.

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Ingredients
400g potatoes
15g chives
125ml Milk
25g Butter
100g Tenderstem Broccoli
2 salmon fillets
Vegetable oil
Salt (optional)
2 tsp blackened Cajun seasoning
4 tbsp plain flour
1 lemon

Method
1. Wash peel and wash the potatoes, prepare a large pan of salted water. Trim the ends of the broccoli then mix the flour and Cajun seasoning on a tray. Wash, finely slice the chives and set aside.

2. Place the chopped potatoes in cold water, bring to the boil and simmer until soft. Once the potatoes are cooked drain off the water then gradually warm the milk and the butter in a separate small pan and pour into the potatoes mashing well. Cover each piece of salmon in the seasoned flour and dust off ready for frying.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and place on a low heat, reheat the mashed potatoes mixing through the chives, then heat the broccoli in simmering water and drain.
Once the pan is hot enough place the salmon in and fry on each side for 4 minutes until golden and crispy.

4. Place everything onto your plate et voila dinner/ lunch is served  🙂 my favourite thing to do is squeeze lots of lemon juice over salmon because it cuts through the acidity and tastes so good.

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So I decided that this meal would be perfect to cook for mothers day, the recipe makes 2 but you can use more ingredients if your cooking for more people. If your spending the day with your Mum you won’t be stuck in the kitchen trying to prepare the dish as many things can be done earlier in the day. It’s great buying gifts for people but when you make something yourself be it a meal or whatever it’s much more significant and often means more!

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Orangey Chocolate Biscuits

The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to add the chocolate and it will still taste delicious. The orange and chocolate combination works really well together with the bitter chocolate and sweet orange…

Ingredients
150g plain flour
Pinch of salt
50g butter
1 orange
50g ground almonds
50g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
125g dark chocolate (I used choc shot from Sweet Freedom)

Method
1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, stir in the butter until you reach a breadcrumb consistency.

2. Wash the orange and grate the zest into the bowl. Next add the ground almonds, sugar and squeeze in the juice of the orange along with the egg yolk. Stir until combined and chill for 30mins.

3. Roll out the dough to 1cm thick, cut out the biscuits using a 5cm cutter. Arrange the biscuits on to the baking tray and bake for 10- 15 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

4. For this part I just squeezed some chocolate sauce from Choc Shot and then sprinkled with some chopped nuts. You can easily melt some chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and spoon the chocolate over half the biscuit.

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You could really use any chocolate of your choice white, milk or dark. I used choc shot because I thought I would use something different that’s made of really good ingredients, the taste is slightly bitter compared to what I’m used to but still nice on the biscuits 🙂

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