Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honour of this day of romance, I shall spend this evening watching whatever I want on TV as the husband is away on business

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gorgeousness in a Mug

I think I may have stated before that I don't like chocolate cake.

Ladles and gentlespoons, I think I have found the recipe to convert me : Nutella Microwave Mug Cake.

I posted the after pic on Facebook last week and after requests for the recipe thought I would show you all the blow by blow so you can end up with this piece of loveliness :

 First I measured out all the dry ingredients.

Then added the wet ingredients. You don't need to do it in this order, but I like leaving the messy bit until later.

Note to self, after cracking the egg using the same knife you used for the nutella, don't lick your finger, you won't taste nutella, you'll get a tongueful of raw egg - eeurgh!

Mix all of the ingredients together, the mixture should start sticking together and moving away from the sides of the bowl. You can use an electric whisk if you want, but for quickness I used the measuring spoon.

Next, get your mugs out. The recipe says it'll do one large serving, but it does 2 large mugs comfortably.

Divide the mix between the mugs and put one in the microwave for 1 min 30 secs. It'll rise whilst cooking, just keep an eye it doesn't spill over the sides.

After 1 min 30 secs, test the cake with a skewer, if it comes back out clean then it's fine, if not put it back in for 10 sec blasts until it comes out clean.

If you have one of these handy cake testers, you put it in the same way as a skewer and after 5 secs remove it. If it's red then it's the right temperature.

And then you're done, we topped ours with a dollop of ice cream and went in for the nommage.

And now for the ingredients list, as kindly written by Content in a Cottage.

4 tbsp self raising flour
4 tbsp white granulated sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp nutella
3 tbsp oil (olive or vegetable)
1 tbsp chocolate chips (I added these just for a little extra gooeyness)
Ice cream to serve

I hope you all give it a try, it's honestly worth the whole five minutes it takes to make it!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

(Yes I know I'm nearly a month late, but as it's Chinese New Year I thought I might get away with it ... guess not!)

First of all, I am so glad Christmas is over and done with,  the first time I relaxed over this whole holiday was when Paul and I went on our First Anniversary trip.

So yes, I am no longer a newlywed, we have been married for a year now! Eek! Where has the time gone since I got to put on this pretty dress and marry the love of my life ????

I'm now knee deep in mud as it's less than 7 weeks to go until the Chase Walk - aaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!!
It also appears that the random pains I'm getting my foot are an actual medical issue, so also running around (scuse the pun) trying to get that sorted so I can do my training.

Completing things on the list have been sliding I have to admit, but I'm hoping to get the Poi trick done soon.

Hope your Christmases were all good and New Year's were great, and just for a little humiliation, here is my (very last minute) costume for New Year's Evil :
It's not a good sight!