Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Pie

Each month at my office, we have a staff lunch in our department. We have split in to two teams, and each month, one team cooks, and the other team cleans and vice versa.

This month, it's my turn to cook.

Our lunch also happens to fall on Halloween this month!

The invite I created to email around the office.

I decided that since it's Halloween, I'd like to trick my co-workers. Enter this chocolate fudge pie:

It's secretly healthy! Can you guess the main ingredient?


They'll never know...... :)

Recipe via Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Fudge Pie

2 packets of firm Tofu
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk of choice
scant 1/8 tsp salt
8-10 oz chocolate chips (a bit over 1 1/3 c or more)
2-3 tablespoons agave or other sweetener
Melt the chocolate (either on the stove or in the microwave), then throw everything (except optional ingredients) into a food processor and blend until super-smooth. Pour into a prepared pie crust, or serve in bowls. Fridge until chilled. This gets firmer and firmer, the longer it sits. (It’s firmer if you use firm tofu and more like mousse pie if you use silken.)

I used the following recipe for the crust (also from CCK)

Pie Crust

1 tbsp cocoa powder (or cacao powder)

1/2 cup raw cashews (or almonds, walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened) (See nutrition link below, for substitution notes.)
20 pitted dates
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Transfer to your pie dish and press in to the pan. Pour your filling on top - simple as that!

I melted some dark chocolate and put it in a zip lock bag and piped on the spiders web. So easy!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Parramatta Lanes

A few weeks ago, I caught wind of the fact that there was going to be an event taking place in Parramatta called 'Parramatta Lanes' as part of the Crave Sydney Festival.

I immediately knew that the besties and I would be partaking!

We plonked ourselves in some deckchairs and watched the passing parade. We listened to the band (The Cope Street Parade) playing some funky tunes above the La Toosh crepe stall, and just enjoyed the eclectic vibe from all that was on offer in Darcy Lane. There was a woodfire pizza van which I purchased a slice of peperoni pizza from ($5) - it was good, really nice flavour from the sauce and plenty of peperoni slices - they didn't skimp! I was seriously hungry at this point so just hoed in to it without taking a picture haha. Sorry!

After Darcy, we headed down to Batman Walk, which had a French theme to it. Lovely props and some musicians on the accordion and guitar. I decided to stop and purchase a meatball Panini ($4) from the Cafe Sotto tent. REALLY good – although could have done with an extra meatball as I only had one meatball and a bit of sauce on my large square of bread. But the flavour – rich and tomato-y, with a subtle creaminess from the slice of cheese and a bitter zing from the rocket.

As I wolfed down my meatball Panini, we headed to the next lane – red cow. Gelato served from the back of a vespa by Coco Gelato, and a projector screen set up showing a movie, with cushions and chairs to relax in. We skipped past the gelato, deciding we would come back later, and went on to Erby Place.

Erby Place was my favourite part of the Parramatta Lanes. A delightfully decorated cocktail bar (Grasshopper Bar) with fairy lights and lanterns, and milk crates to sit on and hang out with your friends. If there is something that I like, it’s a good sit on a milk crate.

We each got a cocktail (only one though cause we were all driving. Booo!) and some dumplings. I got a 'triple prosperity' which was rum with I think pineapple and orange juice for $12. Refreshing, served in a little jam jar, and if you bring your jam jar back, it's only $10 the next time!

The dumplings were awesome -vegetarian dumplings filled with a hot soup which we happily slurped down. I'm not sure how much these were because Liz bought them - thanks Liz!

We sat around and enjoyed the vibe for a bit longer, and contemplated gelato when we remembered that wowcow was just a stones throw away – I couldn’t resist the moo of the cow and went with a strawberry & chocolate frozen yoghurt topped with flake. Creamy, delicious, and way too good to remember taking a photo before I demolished it!

I definitely recommend a trip to Parramatta Lanes – it’s on again this Thursday and Friday evening from 4:30pm – 9:00pm. I think I shall pay them another visit for a few more cocktails!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Salted Caramel Macarons - Adriano Zumbo Box Mix

I was strolling through the supermarket this morning, purchasing items for the coming weeks meals. I wanted to be super healthy this week, and had put all the fruit, vegetables and meat in my trolley. I decided that maybe I should take a quick look in the cake aisle though, just incase there was something good on special.

Rookie mistake!!

The Adriano Zumbo box mixes were on special this week for $6 - as if I was ever going to walk past such an attractively decorated box of macaron mix, especially when it's salted caramel flavour!!

I got home, unloaded the groceries and set to work.

The box includes a packet of meringue mix, which you add 1/4 of a cup of water to and beat until it's very stiff. Then you add a packet of caramel infused almond meal and fold until just combined.

The box also includes piping bags for both the macaron mix and the buttercream to sandwich them together, and a circle template so you can trace circles on to your baking paper and get the perfect size and shape for each macaron.

Macarons ready to be baked

Macarons after being 'sandwiched'!

Heaps easy to make, took hardly any time at all, and while they were never going to taste as good as the ones Mr Zumbo & co create, they're a pretty delicious morsel for someone who doesn't live close to the any of his shops! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hello......Kat who?

Gosh it's been a remarkably long time since I have posted an update. I accidentally left it a bit too long and then I felt bad for leaving it so long and I felt like I couldn't post anything ever again. But then I decided that I could, because I'm an adult and I can do whatever I want (to an extent)!!

Cue these delicious pretzels:

How good are pretzels?! Especially with cheese and bacon adorning the top of them. Bacon. Food of the gods!

Recipe from here

I think I've been away for so long because I just got busy with life, and while I still have been baking and cooking (I do it every single weekend without fail!) I just never had the chance to keep coming here to update. I'd like to think that's going to change though - we'll see!!