Thursday, 10 April 2014

3*s and a Wish - 10/04/14

This is a new little series I thought I'd start called 3 Stars and a Wish. I've gone on and on about wanted to make my little blog more personal and have gone round and round in circles trying to come up with something! I think I've finally got it! 

Each day I want to document 3 good things that happened (hence the stars) and a little wish for the one to come. They can range from anything to everything, from the most simple to the extreme. It's a bit like a little diary for myself that I'm going to share right here on the anorexic chef. Somedays may be have minimal content and some I may drone on for hours, it depends on the daily events. I'm hoping this is remotely interesting and just another little window into my world. We'll see how we get on! 



10/04/14

*1 This morning I was still thinking about last nights dinner! It was soooo delicious and tasted completely of summer! The potato salad recipe has already been uploaded!



*2 Red Lipstick.....the stuff saved me this morning. You know when you wake up and your whole face looks a bit grey and tired (or is that just my ugly mug??), well, red lipstick helped solve the issue for me. 



*3 Spring felt as though it was in the air today. Will and I were driving home and everywhere was so green and flowery. I just couldn't help but smile! 



*4 .............I've cheated already however I just needed to mention the Sacconejoly's new video today. Anna and Jonathon (daily vloggers on YouTube, I'm sure lots of you will know them), are the proud parents to a beautiful new baby boy. The video was brilliant and I grinned from ear to ear the whole way through!

Wish - Will started a new (rather brilliant) job on Monday, but he is struggling a bit to get to grips with it. I hope that tomorrow, he finds it a little bit easier.

Hope you had a great day too x x

Homemade Potato Salad - Savoury Snack Thursday #3

My Dad is an amazing cook, however he rarely partakes in the cooking of meals. There are a handful of dishes buried away in my head that I associate only with him, which he has cooked or baked ever since I was a little girl. This Potato Salad happens to be one of his recipes. I use the word recipe lightly here as it really is just a bit of construction work. It is so much better than the bought stuff though,, it'd be a crime not to share! 

This recipe is a delight served at any BBQ or alongside Spring/Summer meals. Last night we ate it with pizza and salad and it truly felt as though the new, warmer seasons had arrived. I just wish the weather matched it's summer charm!








Ingredients
4 Large Potatoes
5-4 Spring Onions
150-200g Light Mayonnaise (depending on how mayonnaisey you like it!)
Good pinch of Salt and Pepper

Chop the potatoes into bite size chunks. Place into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Allow to cook for around 10 minutes until they're soft but retain a bit of bite.

Drain the potatoes, tip them into a bowl and allow to cool slightly.

Finely chop the spring onions and add to the potatoes along with the mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

Mix everything together and then you're ready to serve! 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Victoria Sponge Butterfly Cupcakes - Cake or Bake Wednesday #3

Victoria sponge is an all time classic, the Queen of cakes. And as magnificent as a singluar one appears, there is nothing quite as gloriously charming as a flurry of miniature verions. These cupcakes are more than simple to construct but look as though you've dedicated an entire day to their beauty. I probably could spend a whole day in said situation and never become bored, however there is really no need in this case. Fingers crossed these delightfully Royal sponges are the cherry on top of your Cake or Bake Wednesday..........I'm off to eat one for breakfast!

 Note: I used Muffin cases because I wanted big cupcakes, however you could always use fairy cake cases and make smaller ones. They will just need less time to bake and a but less filling! 












Makes 6

Ingredients

For the Cakes
100g Plain Flour
100g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Milk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 

For the Filling
6 teaspoons Jam
150ml Double Cream
A Dusting of Icing Sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with 6 muffin cases.

To make the cake batter, plonk all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat till smooth. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

Once cooked and completely golden, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks and set to one side.

Once the cakes are cold you can begin decorating. Cut a deep circle in the middle of the cupcake starting about 5mm in from the edge of the case. Remove the circular piece of cake and reserve for later.

In the hole you've just created place a teaspoon of Jam and a good helping of whipped double cream.

Take the circular piece of cake you removed earlier, cut it in half and place each semi cirlce into the cream on their sides to create the look of butterfly wings.

Repeat with all remaining cakes. I finish mine with a touch of Jam on top and a good dusting of icing sugar!