Flan {Cinco de Mayo}

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days! Let's celebrate!All throughout my schooling, I took Spanish. Every year all of us kids would look forward to Cinco de Mayo parties. There would be loads of tacos, burritos, virgin margaritas, fried ice cream, and of course, flan!Never before in my life did I like flan. I tried it once back when I was little and decided I didn't like it...never trying it again.I'm so glad, despite my preconceived notion that flan was gross, that I tried this recipe. I love the creamy texture and sweetness!If you've never had it before, or think that you don't like it like I did, give it a try. It's a good blend between a cheesecake and pudding. Smooth and delicious!Plus, it helps that this recipe is a little 'lighter' in fat and calories. … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Ginger Muffins

Listen up all ginger lovers out there, this post is for you. This recipe is one of those simple things in life that make you happy, it's all about the scent of spices coming out of your oven while you bake a mini batch of muffins. Spicy, moist and not overly sweet muffins made with vegetables. No better way to start a day. Ginger and caramelize sweet potato are best friends. Add some crumble on top and you have a flavour party. This recipe was born as a small batch morning treat to help me get through my exam revisions, so it can be made in a student kitchen and with minimum equipment. The muffins keep well for 2/3 days in an air tight containeer but they are best eaten fresh!Makes 6 muffins (european size) or 4 large muffinsCrumbleIngredients1/4 cold butter … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Pasties

When I lived in Australia, vegetable pasties were a favorite take-out food. We would have them with everything from a serving of fries, to a plate of vegetables or salad, or simply serve them with tomato sauce for dipping. They are one of the foods I had been missing most since moving overseas, so it encouraged me to start making them at home.The ones we have are generally individual hand-held pies, which are shaped like a half circle, however, I find this way, which looks similar to a Stromboli, to be much quicker and easier to do. It's also perfect for serving for family dinner, or when home entertaining. Guests can take as much (or as little) as they like, and the recipe below makes three. So if you don't use them all, freeze them for later, just remember to reheat in the oven as … [Read more...]

Bird’s Nest Cake for Easter

Easter is right around the corner! It's time to start thinking about what decadent and precious dessert you'll be whipping up for your friends and family.If you ask me, you should make this lovely little cake. It's the kind of super chocolatey that screams for a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.In addition to being absolutely delicious, it's also too cute! You'll have all of the women oo-ing and ah-ing over it! Trust me. I did!Plus, they'll be in for a surprise when you cut the cake to reveal a vanilla chocolate chip frosting inside!Happy Easter and Happy Baking!Bird's Nest Cake adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredientscanola oil spray 1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder + some for dusting 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 tablespoon instant espresso … [Read more...]

Easter Cake Recipe

 I still can’t believe that Easter is in March this year, I always think of March as the month of Women’s day in Italy (8th of March) and it’s a way too early for Easter eggs and bunnies! So I decided to decorate my traditional carrot Easter cake with mimosas (typical flowers women are given on the 8th of March in Italy) to bring together the two celebrations! This cake is extra light and moist and it’s perfect for family parties. The frosting is very simple but blood orange juice pairs really well with the carrots, I also don’t add any butter because I like my frosting light, but you can use your usual cream cheese frosting recipe if you wish to. I used two 6 inch round pans  (plus a 7 inches square pan for the extra batter) but I think it can be baked in two 8 inches round … [Read more...]

Eggcellent Dyed Deviled Eggs for Easter!

Hoppy Easter, ya'll! I am so excited for this time of year to be here already. I love all the beautiful spring colors all around, the lovely flowers in bloom and not to mention lots and lots of candy to be eaten! When I am not dreaming of chocolate, I am doing my best to consider other food groups that can be delicious, as well for a fun time with family and friends. One of my favorite party dishes is deviled eggs. Not only are the pretty quick to whip up, they are also usually guaranteed to please any crowd. I am positive that all your guests will absolutely love this fun finger food and keep coming back for more!For this dyed deviled egg recipe, I want to put a spin on your traditional ingredients as well as make the Easter bunny proud with some fun colors. They are all the fun of … [Read more...]