Peanut Butter Brownies

These actually taste so much better than normal brownies, the smooth peanut butter adds a subtle salty taste which I love. They are slightly crunchy on the corners and the inside is so soft and moist, these brownies are definitely a winner for any occasion unless you don’t like peanut butter πŸ˜›  I had actually ran out of baking paper (parchment paper) and luckily the brownies didn’t stick to the tray. Also the recipe is quite small so it can be doubled if you want more!!

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Makes: 10 triangles
Ingredients
75g plain chocolate
60g butter
75g brown sugar
Β½ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
60g self raising flour
Pinch of salt
100g peanut butter

Method
1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Over a pan of simmering water gently melt the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl, adding 2 tbsp of water.

3. Now remove the bowl from the heat stirring carefully and leave to cool down for a few minutes, then stir in the sugar, vanilla, and eggs.

4. Add ΒΎ of the peanut butter and fold in the flour with a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture into the tin and put the rest of the peanut butter on top swirling in with a cocktail stick.

5. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until just risen. They will still be slightly soft in the middle, leave to cool before cutting into triangles.

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Have fun baking ❀

Baked Pasta

I always love pasta and I’ve started eating vegetarian meals more which is good. This meal is so colourful and filled with great nutritious vegetables.

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Ingredients
Fusili pasta
1 broccoli
1 tin canned tomatoes
Large handful of peas
Large handful of corn
2 carrots grated
1 tub of ricotta
1 mozzarella ball

Method
1. Cook the pasta (al dente) in boiling salted water. Put a separate small pan to boil and cook the peas and corn.

2. Once everything is cooked put the pasta, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, broccoli, peas, corn and carrot into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Tip everything into an oven tray and even out, slice the mozzarella ball and cover the pasta.

4. Place in the oven and bake for 30- 40 minutes until slightly golden.

Enjoy this delicious vegetarian meal piping hot, would go nice with some garlic bread!! ;D

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Whiten Teeth Naturally…

Using only bicarbonate soda (baking soda) the properties of the powder is known to whiten teeth, more so remove stains from things like coffee and tobacco. Oil pulling is becoming increasingly popular and has been around for many years but let’s try something different.

– In a small cup, mix Β½ tsp of baking powder with 1 tbsp of water to form a paste. Dip toothbrush into cup and cover all of the bristles.

– Brush teeth up and down for 1 minute, then spit out and rinse thoroughly with water. (The taste is quite strong but you’ll get used to it)

– Repeat this process every other day for 2 weeks. After this time only use the method once per week as the abrasive properties of the baking soda may damage the teeths enamel layers if used too often.

Comment below with other ways of whitening teeth naturally πŸ™‚

Spicy Lamb Kebabs

This recipe is a little different with a Middle Eastern and Caribbean mixture of seasons, these lamb kebab sticks are well seasoned and are perfect for a barbecue especially in this warm weather!! Because of the spiciness they pair well with a plain yogurt dipping sauce. 

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Ingredients
Β½ tsp chilli powder
Β½ tsp curry powder
Β½ tsp turmeric
Β½ tsp garama masala
2 tbsp lemon juice
sprinkle of salt and pepper
4 lamb steaks (diced)

Method

1. Set the oven to gas mark 5 and take out 10 cocktail sticks and put in the oven tray.

2. In a large bowl mix everything together meat and spices and leave to marinade for 30 minutes.

3. Push a few chunks of diced lamb onto each cocktail stick and place in the oven covered with tin foil, cook in the oven for 30 minutes then take off the foil and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until cooked and tender.

– These spicy kebab sticks can be served with rice and a cool yogurt dip.


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Cinnamon Spiced Biscuits

These biscuits are mini which is cute but you end up eating more πŸ˜‰ when it comes to making the dough, don’t worry if it’s a little stiff because it will soften out once you start rolling.

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Makes 35

Ingredients
175g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spices
115g unsalted butter
50g caster sugar

Method
1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 and line two trays with parchment paper.

2. Seive the flour and spices into a large bowl, add the butter and rub into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Next add the sugar and knead together to form a dough. Then role out on a floured surface to 5mm thick.

4. Use a cutter of your choice and cut into the dough placing each biscuit onto the tray. Re-roll and use up all of the dough.

5. Place both trays in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, they will still be quite pale. Put the on a wire rack to cool completely.

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Stay True to You and Move Forward in Life

Shift your mindset to a ‘can do’ attitude as we all have the chance to build the life we want.

Find stillness through:

Praying

Meditation

Reading

Nature

Yoga

Ask for what you want and trust that you will receive it!!

When we grow, it’s the ‘fear’ within us that try to hold us back but we have to learn to let go of these feelings to allows ourselves to move forward.

It’s time to give up:

Being liked and embrace being respected

Struggling financially and embrace being profitable

Being irresponsible and embrace being in power

All you’ve got to do is find the courage from deep within.

Moist Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake always used to be my favourite dessert as a kid, I remember eating it at school with my school lunches. Yummy!! This cake is so moist and rich yet not too sweet and covered with chocolate buttons :)​

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Ingredients
125g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
150g butter
140g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs

Topping
100g icing sugar
50g butter
1 bag of chocolate buttons

Method

1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 and line a round cake tin with parchment paper.

2. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large bowl.

3. Next add the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Then in a cup whisk the 3 eggs with 2 tbsp of cold water and add to the bowl.

4. Beat well with a wooden spoon or with a hand held whisk until smooth.

5. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35- 45 minutes.

6. In the meantime carefully combine the butter and icing sugar together until creamy and set aside. Once the cake is baked take out and leave to cool down completely.

7. Evenly spread a layer of buttercream over the cake and place the chocolate buttons on top starting from the middle.

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Finished! Now you can enjoy.

Best Beef Burgers

This recipe is a classic burger which is pretty standard and tastes so delicious with great flavour, literally the best I’ve ever tasted πŸ˜€ This recipe will work well on a barbecue too but I just baked these in the oven.

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Makes 8

Ingredients
350g minced beef
Chilli powder
Salt
Curry powder
ΒΌ small onion
1 egg
50g plain flour
Burger buns
Lettuce, washed and shredded
Tomato sauce

Method
1. Firstly we need to marinade the meat for 3 hours, so it’s full of flavour. Take the minced beef out of the packaging and place into a container which has a lid.

2. Next add as much spices (salt, chilli powder, curry powder) as you want using a spoon to mix everything together. Place in the fridge.

3. Now you can set the oven to gas mark 4 and get a tray ready. Take the meat from the fridge and add the breadcrumbs, egg and flour.

4. Put some gloves on now and mix all of the ingredients together, then shape into even sized burgers and place on the tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes and turn over after 20 minutes. In the meantime prepare your toppings and cut the burger buns in half.

6. Take the tray from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before adding to the burger so you don’t get soggy lettuce.

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Other topping ideas:
Onion rings
Tomato slices
Mustard
Pickles
Cheese

23 things to do at home when you’re bored

Hey everyone, this is fairly random but I just thought of a few (actually 23) things to do when you’re bored at home!! I guess it’s just to pass time, if you haven’t got much to do instead of spending it online. Most people are on holiday and might not plan to do something everyday so for the days when you are at home, try some of these:

Read a book
Prepare blog posts
Try yoga
Do a word search
Paint your nails
Complete a crossword puzzle
Tidy your room
Give away clothes to charity
Play board games
Try new styles in your hair
Call/message an old friend
Do some colouring
Have a mini workout session
Bake a cake (from my recipes) πŸ˜‰
Do a sudoku
Take the bin out (if needed)
Clean your bedroom window
Watch a movie
Read blogs on WordPress
Listen to your favourite cd
See how many press ups you can do
Look through a magazine
Sit in the garden

A’s Salad

This recipe is definitely a working progress as when I made it, it looked so delicious but didn’t quite capture the right flavours. I’m not sure if it was the sour lemon from the salad dressing or the grated zest from the orange but either way I’m going to try it again with some improvements πŸ™‚ it’s so much fun cooking new things and putting together ingredients that I don’t usually eat. I’m really keen to start eating new things especially salads because they can be very nutritious and beneficial to the body.

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Ingredients

6 leaves of lettuce
50g brown rice
ΒΌ red onion thinly sliced
Zest of 1 orange
5 dried apricots cut into chunks
1 tbsp pine nuts
Salt and pepper (optional)

Lemon dressing
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method
1. Rinse and cook the brown rice in a small pot with the orange zest, I like to add a little salt, butter and thyme. Leave to cool slightly once cooked.

2. In the meantime fry the pine nuts for 2 minutes (they burn very easily) in a dry pan.

3. Wash and roughly chop the lettuce (any lettuce will do, I used round head) placing it into a small bowl with the brown rice on top.

4. Next add the onion, apricots and pine nuts. To make the dressing simply whisk the 2 ingredients together and drizzle over the top.