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...]

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...]

Lucky Guinness Chocolate Cake Shake

The Irish are not the only ones feeling so very lucky this St. Patrick's Day! "Why,pour" you ask? Well get ready for this four-leaf clover-like surprise. I am sharing a craving-satisfying chocolate cake, immersed in creamy and cool ice cream with a delicious dash of Guinness beer recipe! You will be ready to play the lottery once you see how lucky you are that it is quick to make, too.So, are you ready for some quick and delicious fun to get this cake shake St. Paddy's day party started? Then, let's get our ingredients together and meet after we kiss the blarney stone!First, I am starting out with the chocolate cake recipe so it has time to cool. To save some time and make it extra easy for this amazing holiday, I used ChocolateandCarrots' post that I found here on Blissfully … [Read more...]

Baby Matcha Eclairs

 This is one of the cutest recipes I have ever made: tiny eclairs filled with a delicate matcha cream and glazed with the coolest naturally green glaze. Baby eclairs are so much better than regular ones because you can eat more than one without an excuse, plus they are perfect for a party! You can double and triple the recipe and make multiple flavor creams and icings: for the cream swap the matcha with your flavor of choice (coffee extract, vanilla extract..)  and add some colorant to your glaze.Baby Matcha Eclairs (makes about 12)Matcha creamIngredients250 g full fat milk 1 egg 5 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp matcha 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp + 1 tsp flourInstructionsHeat the milk in a medium pan, when it boils, add in the vanilla and … [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

One of the topics I've talked about previously here on Blissfully Domestic is the importance of being organized when it comes to holiday entertaining. I put together this checklist for Thanksgiving some time ago, but it really does apply to all holidays when you are entertaining at home. One thing that many people overlook is how many appliances, burners, and how much oven space is needed to cook their holiday meal. Anything that can be prepared or made in advance, even a day or two beforehand, is essential to ensuring that things run smoothly on the day you have guests coming over.I have the added problem of ensuring I'm catering to one of my kids who is on a gluten-free diet, whilst the other kids don't enjoy the taste of a lot of gluten-free items so the more that I can make ahead … [Read more...]

Mini chocolate & coconut mini eclairs

A few years ago I was working in a pastry shop that mainly sold éclairs. There were about a billion different flavours and 3 sizes: the regular one, the tiny one and the small one, known as "baby" éclair. Needless to say, baby éclairs were my favourite, aside from having the cutest name in the world, they also have the perfect size for snacking and trying different flavours.These baby/mini éclairs are filled with whipped coconut cream and chocolate ganache.They're also dipped into melted chocolate.And sprinkled with flaked coconut.And da-da! the cutest and most delicious French dessert is ready to be devoured!Notes:You can freeze the (piped) choux pastry and bake it when you are ready (no need for defrosting). Choux pastry recipes usually suggest to … [Read more...]