I have blogged before about the very yummy chocolate cake in a mug but since then have made it several times, each time tweaking the recipe and cooking time.
Tonight I needed a little something (its been a long day), so I made it and then
poured dribbled Baileys all over it…..ever so naughty but oh so nice!!
My latest recipe Is:
- 4 tablespoons of plain flour
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (actually I've run out so used 3 spoons of hot chocolate mix instead)
- 2 tablespoons sugar (or a replacement like splender)
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- Vanilla if I have it (I didn't tonight)
- If you have it chopped cherries or desiccated coconut or anything else you fancy. Tonight it had nothing added.
Mix well and cook in microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Then serve with cream or ice cream or if you're feeling really indulgent as I was tonight -use Baileys instead.
It's just basic store ingredients and only 1 cup to wash up. What's there not to like? You should try it.
Now I am not the most fantastic cook in the world but anyone can make this it is soooo easy!
A few weeks ago I was on twitter when I saw a tweet out from Susan K Mann about this delicious but quick and easy recipe that takes five minutes to make. Since then I have been dying to try it and tonight I did.
It might not look quite like hers but covered in a big blog of ice cream it was pretty good. We actually divided it up between all four of us as a little treat and it went down really well.
Definitely one to remember and an easy one to prepare with toddlers.
Its Thursday afternoon again and Poppy and I have been enjoying some quality Mummy/Poppy time.
My Dad (Poppy’s Gramps) is due to go into Hospital for an operation next week and Poppy wanted to make him something special to make him smile. This afternoon we kept ourselves busy by making some gorgeous little….
They were so easy to make Poppy aged 3 1/2 did most of it by herself.
To Make you will need:
4 oz chocolate (we used 2 ozs milk and 2 ozs white)
3 tsp double cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 oz butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder (we used Cadbury instant hot chocolate ans that’s all we had)
2 tbsp coconut
1. Snap the chocolate into a bowl. Add the cream, vanilla and butter. We used 2 bowls as used 2 different types of chocolate and split the rest of the ingredients between them.
2. Put the bowls over a pan of simmering water to melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally
3. Let the chocolate mixture cool and then place in the freezer. Stir every 5 minutes or so until the mixture is thick and fudgy.
4. For each truffle, roll a teaspoon of the fudge mixture into a ball in your hands (quickly so it doesn’t melt). Then roll it in cocoa powder or coconut.
As ours are for a present we gift wrapped 6 of them to send off in the post:
I hope they get there safely. We placed them on piece of card that Poppy decorated and coloured in and then wrapped in cellophane. We finished it off with a little red ribbon. I let Poppy choose the colours so it does look a little girly but i’m sure Gramps wont mind.
She also enjoyed getting all the craft stuff out and made him this card.
Hope it likes them all.
For some reason Poppy has been really homely recently and wants to stay home rather than go out and about. To keep her busy we have been doing lots of cooking and she is really getting into it. Even Rosie has great fun joining in.
For Christmas the girls were given a New Annabel Karmel Book:
Its a great book and we have been trying some tasty but easy recipes. Today we made Aranciini. These are lovely little balls, made with risotto rice and with a delicious melted cheese centre:
These were quite tricky for little ones to make but we got there in the end. Poppy picked the recipe. We do not tend to eat fried food in this house so I wasn’t sure what we would make of them but they were really good and went down well with all of us.
For pudding we enjoyed a lovely fruit brulee. To be honest I think they could have done with a little longer under the grill but they were pretty good. Somewhere we have one of those blow torches but could I find it? Shame!
Both girls helped with this and it was pretty easy to make and quite delicious:
I really enjoy cooking with the girls and feel as though I am teaching them important life skills. Poppy also eats more when she has cooked it herself. There is none of the usual fuss resulting in her picking bits out, instead she happily sits there munching away.
This is in no way a sponsored post we were given the book as a present and are just having fun with it!
Another lovely fun filled day in our house:
We have all enjoyed not having to be anywhere but have kept ourselves busy as you can see. We are off out tomorrow but it has been nice having a few days at home.
The best bit…..baking valentines cup cakes for Daddy! Hope he’s not late home tonight!
The first day of half term and we not only survived it by but have actually enjoyed a lovely day.
I must admit when Husband fist told me he was working all week, including the weekend I panicked a bit. What on earth was I going to do with the girls all week? I thought about going to visit my parents but they are looking after my Nana. She has been really poorly lately and despite loving the girls, she is not up to being invaded by us all.
So what did we do?
Well we didn’t get up until 8am so we were all in a happy relaxed mood. We enjoyed a leisurely morning staying in our pjs longer than usual. The girls were thrilled to not have to rush around and Poppy actually asked if we could not go anywhere today and just stay home.
The girls were really good, playing brilliantly together while I rushed through the usual Monday cleaning jobs. I could hear their little giggles all around the house as I did my jobs.
Next we did some painting with the paint pens. Both girls enjoyed themselves and had great fun. We went through a huge pile of paper:
Whilst Rosie was napping this afternoon, Poppy and I did some baking. First we made a trifle:
Next we made fresh tomato and herb bread:
Later we sliced some of the bread and made brushetta:
Husband was very pleased to come home to a three course meal…brushetta, pasta with tomato and chilli sauce and trifle. He felt very spoilt and was impressed that Poppy had helped make it all.Both girls ate a good meal and thought the trifle was the best thing ever!
I love days like this. Everyone is happy and I feel like a good Wife and Mummy.
Wonder what we will do tomorrow.