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Apple Pies Baked in the Apple
I stumbled across a recipe for this and decided to adapt it.
Here is the original:
http://www.daydreamkitchen.com/2012/08/apple-pie-baked-in-the-apples/
My adaptations:
I added a dash of ground ginger to the apple mix.
A few tbsps of dark rum was also added.
I didn’t strictly follow the recipe, instead I adjusted the mixture according to taste.
Before filling each of the apples, I glazed the inside with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Dark Rum. 
Once the pies were baked, I added a tsp of rum to each apple (need to be careful to get it through the pastry) because the alcohol that was already in the mixture burns off when the pies are baking in the oven.
Serve with custard or ice cream :)

Apple Pies Baked in the Apple

I stumbled across a recipe for this and decided to adapt it.

Here is the original:

http://www.daydreamkitchen.com/2012/08/apple-pie-baked-in-the-apples/

My adaptations:

I added a dash of ground ginger to the apple mix.

A few tbsps of dark rum was also added.

I didn’t strictly follow the recipe, instead I adjusted the mixture according to taste.

Before filling each of the apples, I glazed the inside with Captain Morgan’s Spiced Dark Rum. 

Once the pies were baked, I added a tsp of rum to each apple (need to be careful to get it through the pastry) because the alcohol that was already in the mixture burns off when the pies are baking in the oven.

Serve with custard or ice cream :)

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Peanut Butter Brownies? NAILED IT!
These Brownies are the best. I’ve used this recipe a few times now and everyone loves them! There are 3 layers to these brownies, the bottom is a fudgey dense chocolate brownie, the middle is a peanut butter frosting, and the top is a smooth chocolate ganache that melts in your mouth. 
I pretty much stuck to the recipe, but I found that I had to make adjustments to the peanut butter frosting according to taste.
Here is the original recipe: 
http://worthhersalt.com/archives/213
Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Brownies? NAILED IT!

These Brownies are the best. I’ve used this recipe a few times now and everyone loves them! There are 3 layers to these brownies, the bottom is a fudgey dense chocolate brownie, the middle is a peanut butter frosting, and the top is a smooth chocolate ganache that melts in your mouth. 

I pretty much stuck to the recipe, but I found that I had to make adjustments to the peanut butter frosting according to taste.

Here is the original recipe: 

http://worthhersalt.com/archives/213

Enjoy!

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Baked Camembert Cheese
Perfect when its cold out and you want some comfort food.
Ingredients:
1 camembert wheel
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tsp olive oil
baguettes
chopped bacon (optional)
chopped olives (optional)
Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Slice off the top skin of the camembert.
Season the top eith crushed garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.
Either place the camembert in an oven tray or back into the box on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese inside has melted and the top has browned.
Take out the cheese and serve with baguettes or even with bacon and olives.

Baked Camembert Cheese

Perfect when its cold out and you want some comfort food.

Ingredients:

  • 1 camembert wheel
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • baguettes
  • chopped bacon (optional)
  • chopped olives (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Slice off the top skin of the camembert.
  3. Season the top eith crushed garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  4. Either place the camembert in an oven tray or back into the box on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese inside has melted and the top has browned.
  6. Take out the cheese and serve with baguettes or even with bacon and olives.
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Ninja Gingerbread Cookies 
(made by my sister)

Ninja Gingerbread Cookies 

(made by my sister)

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Orange Spiced Creme Brulee


I found several recipes for regular creme brulee, so I combined them and added my own spice - a lot of the time I go through the kitchen cupboards & the fridge to see what’s around to add - I added a pinch of chai tea latte mix I found to add to the spice!

Ingredients

  • 1 pot of double cream 
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 4-6 tbsp light brown sugar to top

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 120C.
  2. Combine the milk & cream in a saucepan, & boil.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg yolks, white sugar, vanilla, orange rind, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt so it mixes.
  4. Add a little bit of the hot cream mixture to bowl and whisk, slowly add the rest of the hot cream mixture whilst continually mixing. 
  5. Make sure there are no bubbles in the mixture then add them to ramekins - I had enough mixture for 3 ramekins.
  6. Place the ramekins on to a baking dish that is deep.
  7. Fill the baking dish with boiling water so it reaches halfway up the side of the ramekins & bake for 25 minutes until the custard is set
  8. Once the custard is set, leave the ramekins to cool to room temperature.
  9. Cover each ramekin with a layer of light brown sugar.
  10. Place ramekins on a baking dish (without boiling water this time) and grill until the sugar has caramelised - again take the ramekins out & leave to cool until the sugar hardens.
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Butternut Squash Cheese Fondue

Butternut squash paired with cheese = comfort food. I decided to make this when my friend came over to spend the day watching TV & eating mass amounts of food. I don’t think she had any dinner that night. 

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash - halved with the stringy core taken out
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme 
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of red chilli powder
  • 120g emental cheese
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brandy/white wine
  • 1 small pot of crème fraîche (you won’t use the whole pot)

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 190C.
  2. Half the butternut squash like in the picture.
  3. Remove the stringy membranes & seeds from the core at the bottom.
  4. Make diagonal scores along the body of the squash.
  5. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, chilli powder, 1 crushed garlic clove & the thyme. 
  6. Rub this into the scores of the squash and cover the rest of the squash in this too.
  7. In another bowl, combine the corn starch, wine, butter, cheese, rest of the crushed garlic & 3 tbsp of  crème fraîche until it forms a paste. 
  8. Add salt & pepper. Taste the mixture and add extra quantities of the ingredients according to your taste.
  9. Fill the hollowed cores so they are half full.
  10. Heat in the oven for 40 minutes or until the squash is nice and soft (test using a knife).
  11. Serve with bread or you can just dip the squash from the body into the fondue.
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Lobster Tail - Citrus Spice

Alright, so one night I came home a little late from uni, and I was looking forward to dinner because lobster was on the menu. Once I arrived home, my Dad joked saying they left my lobster in the freezer because they thought I was eating out.

They weren’t joking, there was no dinner for me. So instead, I made my own lobster a few days later.


Now when I made it, I didn’t exactly have set quantities of the ingredients I used, it was very much experimental and whatever I felt like according to taste - apologies if this makes it harder.

Ingredients

  • lobster tail raw
  • butter (just enough to spread on the tail)
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 clove of grated/crushed garlic
  • splash of orange juice
  • splash of lime juice
  • small pinch of ground ginger 
  • lime zest
Method
  1. Boil the lobster tail in water for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, add 1 chopped chilli, the crushed/grated garlic, the orange juice, the lime juice & the ginger. Mix well.
  3. Once the lobster is done, half it so you are splitting the tail down the centre.
  4. Lightly spread some butter on the flesh side of the tails & then brush the sauce over them. 
  5. Put them in the oven to grill for about 4 minutes or until cooked (don’t over cook or else the lobster will be rubbery).
  6. Take it out and add lime zest.
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Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

It turns out you can make this very simple cake in a few minutes which is great because I’m always on the hunt for cake!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
A splash of vanilla essence
1 large mug


Optionals

You can add some chocolate pieces (white, dark, plain etc)

I used chocolate orange and added some orange zest and cinnamon too. Its pretty much cake batter so you can add extras depending on what you feel like.


Method

  1. Add all the dry ingredients to the mug and mix.
  2. Then add the oil and the milk and mix.
  3. Add any the optional ingredients or anything you want.
  4. Add the vanilla essence and mix well.
  5. Place the mug in the microwave and heat for 2.5 minutes on 8000w.
  6. Take out the microwave and add some cream of ice cream.
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Open Jacket Potato

So last week I went through the lazy comfort food phase. 

Ingredients

  • 1 large baking potato
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • grated cheese
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • red chilli flakes

Method

  1. Pierce the potato and put it in the microwave for 10 minutes. Skin on or off - your choice.
  2. Finely chop the spring onion and mushrooms and fry.
  3. Once the potato is cooked, mash it using a potato masher.
  4. Spread the mashed potato evenly across the whole plate.
  5. Spread butter over the potato.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
  7. Grate cheese over the potato, I use a lot of cheese for this.
  8. Add the mushrooms, spring onions and garlic.
  9. Top with red chilli flakes and microwave until all the cheese is melted.

So filling. 

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"That was just a detour, a short cut."
"A short cut to what?"
"Mushrooms!"
Samwise Gamgee & Peregrin Took The Fellowship of the Ring.

Grilled field mushrooms stuffed with butter, fried spring onions with mushroom stalks and breadcrumbs, topped with garlic, grated cheese and lemon rind and chilli powder.

"That was just a detour, a short cut."

"A short cut to what?"

"Mushrooms!"

Samwise Gamgee & Peregrin Took The Fellowship of the Ring.

Grilled field mushrooms stuffed with butter, fried spring onions with mushroom stalks and breadcrumbs, topped with garlic, grated cheese and lemon rind and chilli powder.