Red Velvet Muffins

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Now if you guys are like me then you will agree there is absolutely no better dessert than red velvet. Whether it is cake or cupcakes there is just something about that cream cheese icing I just can’t get enough of. I recently stumbled upon a cute cafe that served red velvet muffins so I thought I would find a recipe that will let us all be able to enjoy these delicious treats.

Red Velvet Muffins:

75g butter, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1½ cups flour
¼ cup BOURNVILLE Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon no taste red food colour
1 teaspoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda
250g PHILADELPHIA Block Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup full cream milk powder
2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Baking Instructions:

CREAM the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well. Add the sifted dry ingredients and combined buttermilk and food colour and beat just to combine.

COMBINE the vinegar and bicarbonate soda and then stir through the cake mixture.

SPOON into 12 x 1/3 cup capacity patty paper lined muffin pans. Bake in a moderate oven 180oC for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before turning out of pan to cool completely.

BEAT together the remaining ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled muffins and serve immediately.

Enjoy,

Carly Jensen xo

Recipe from cadburykitchen.com.au

Fresh Organic Smoothies

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Healthy food and drinks can be quite daunting to people when they have grown up on Kraft Dinner, chicken nuggets and cupcakes but for all those worried they won’t like a healthy organic smoothie let me reassure you, if I can drink one and enjoy it, so could you. Now let me first start by saying, yes there are a lot of crazy ingredients you will probably roll your eyes at but once everything is blended together it is quite a delicious and healthy alternative from your regular milkshake. Smoothies are good to have for breakfast, snacks, and they are packed with nutrients and they taste great! I have recently discovered a delicious little place called Combi that understands exactly what people want when looking for a smoothie. Not only do they look good, they are so healthy you wouldn’t believe it and everything they use is organic. I am always in search of cute places to eat and so for someone like myself Combi is the perfect place. For all those who are not lazy and could make these delicious smoothies themselves here is the recipe for my favourite smoothie called “Liquid Passion.”

Liquid Passion:

Passion fruit, berries, mango, coconut
flesh, raw fermented protein powder,
house made nut mylk

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Hope you enjoy,

Carly Jensen xo

Photo taken off Google – broadsheet.com.au

Queen Victoria Market

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Melbourne has many fun sites and attractions but one of my favourite would have to be the Queen Victoria Market. If you think you have been to a big market before then you clearly haven’t been to this one. With clothes, funky things for your house and pretty much everything you can imagine, the Vic Market is the perfect place to spend your Saturday or Sunday. Now if you are a huge foodie like myself, you will fall in love with what the market has to offer. You can grocery shop for fresh fruits & vegetables as well as buy your meat for the week. For the wine & cheese lovers there is something for you as well, as there is a wide range of fresh cheeses and horderves. Finally, the best part of my day was eating a juicy and very spicy bratwurst smothered in fried onions. On top of that you must try the Spanish Churro’s, slushy organic lemonade and the candy coated nuts. The food list goes on but as long as you get those main staples you will be quite satisfied.

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Carly Jensen xo

Where to buy a great Caesar in Melbourne

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Hidden away on Little Collins Street is a cute bar that is outdoors called Chuckle Park. Tucked into a little laneway, Chuckle Park is the perfect place to grab a drink and bite to eat after work. Strung with mini mason jars as lights as well as the bar being an old hippie caravan you are welcome to order as many interesting cocktails as your heart desires. My top secret from this place is that they serve a real “Canadian” Caesar with clamato juice. For those who don’t know what a Caesar is, it is a Canadian Classic that includes Clamato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Vodka, topped off with a celery salt rim and veggies. Australia is a rare place to find a Caesar but for those who know what they are or for people who want to try something new, make sure to make your way down to Chuckle Park and drink as many Caesars as possible!

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Carly Jensen xo

Honey South Melbourne – Restaurant Review

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Walking up to Honey I noticed a bouncer standing outside, and to my surprise Honey was more than just one of South Melbourne’s most popular restaurants. It was a bar with killer music, crazy decor and an incredibly lively atmosphere. With young people drinking and mingling it made it the perfect place to people watch and enjoy a cold beer. We first started with their lemon, salt n pepper calamari which was so tasty due to the aioli drizzled along the plate. We then devoured a classic Aussie Chicken Parmigiana that left our bellies too full to even walk out comfortably. I snuck up to the bathroom to check it out and noticed that they had a private room for functions which also looked great. With the AFL playing, the music just right and the beers and food tasting fabulous, Honey in South Melbourne exceeded my expectations.

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Carly Jensen xo

Simple & Delicious

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This meal is quick, easy and quite healthy as well. Pork, yam mash and veggies are a good way to hit all the food groups and not feel guilty about how good it tastes. What more could you ask for?

Ingredients:

1) Pork
2) 1 large potato
3) 1 sweet potato
4) 1 onion
5) A handful of green beans
6) 1 head of broccoli
7) Butter
8) Milk
9) Salt n Pepper

First step in creating this dish is to peel the potato and sweet potato and cut them into smaller pieces. Once cut, add them to a pot of boiling water where they will take 20 minutes to cook. Season your pork up with salt and pepper on both sides then add to frying pan on medium heat (7-8 minutes per side). Add cut up onions to the frying pan and cook them for a total of 10 minutes. At this time you may also add your cut up broccoli and green beans into the pot of boiling water, which will take 10 minutes as well. Once vegetables are cooked plate them along with the pork and onions. Finally take a tablespoon of butter along with 1-2 tablespoons of milk and add it to your potato and sweet potato. Mash all of it together, adding salt and pepper to taste. The good news with this dish is that at least sweet potato mash is better for you than regular mash! You are now ready to dig in.

Enjoy your meal 🙂

Carly Jensen xo

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious

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Looking for a quick and easy lunch idea? This meal takes no longer than 10 minutes and you won’t be sacrificing taste either. Baked beans, toast with a fried egg on top and garnish the plate with some nice sliced tomatoes and you got yourself a healthy and delicious lunch.

Ingredients:

1) Can of Baked Beans
2) Bread of Your Choice
3) Eggs
4) Butter
5) Tomatoes
6) Salt n Pepper

To make this meal all you have to do is fry an egg on the stove and at the same time cook your baked beans in a pot as well. Throw in a piece of bread into the toaster then butter it once it is done. Once the fried egg is done, place the egg on your buttered toast and the baked beans beside it on the plate. Garnish with some juicy sliced tomatoes then add some freshly cracked salt n pepper on top for flavour! There you have it, a simple and delicious meal in under 10 minutes.

Enjoy your meal 🙂

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Eat of The Week!

Eat of The Week!

Coming in as number one for eat of the week is the succulent `Red Burrito.` I set a new record on finishing this burrito in less than 5 minutes which is quite shocking if you knew how big it really is. It was my first time eating at the famous burrito joint positioned on Commercial Drive and East 1st. It was quite the experience on my lunch hour from the moment the clock turned 12pm my coworkers and I hustled to my car preparing ourselves for this burrito that awaited us. Vancouver is known for having a wide array of dining options so I am quite lucky when it comes to doing my favorite thing which is eating. Once we made it to the `Red Burrito` we looked up at the very simple menu which consisted of chicken, veggie, pork or beef. You picked your option and then created your burrito like it was a Subway sandwich. Now since I attempt on cutting down my meat intake I got veggie but obviously loaded up with salsa and a little extra of everything. My two coworkers got chicken and their burritos barely closed they were so fat. Once we hurried back to the office I ran through the doors almost hitting people as I raced to my desk. This was clearly an eating emergency! Food this good had to be devoured in less than 10 minutes. Much to my surprise I finished it in 5. Whether you live in Vancouver or are passing through, this hidden gem of a burrito place is a must have.

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Friday Faves – In N Out Burger

Friday Faves - In N Out Burger

Screw your diet if you come in contact with an In N Out Burger! The popular western American chain of hamburgers, fries and delicious milkshakes have made it to the very top of my Friday Faves list. These burgers are like nothing you have ever eaten before. Juicy, succulent and full of flavor, anytime I am in California or Las Vegas my first instinct is to get my hands on an In N Out Burger. My girlfriends and I made a trip to Los Angeles in March and the moment we landed we asked the cab driver to make a stop at the nearest In N Out. After scarfing down the greasy deliciousness I came to realize that no matter where I am I continuously think about these world famous burgers. If you have not yet tried one you must make your way down to the USA. Once you have one I guarantee you will be a lifelong customer. If you are feeling quite adventurous I would upgrade your meal to Animal style. I think the name says it all!

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Friday Faves – Mexican Food!

Friday Faves - Mexican Food!

This post makes me hungry every time I read it. Today for Friday faves, I am talking about my favorite food of all time, which is Mexican. Ice cold margaritas with the perfect cut of lime refreshing you on a warm summer day seems almost too good to be true right about now. Mexican food has so many flavors and if you are like me and love things hot, Mexican food can surely push you over the edge. Mexican is the perfect meal to cook whether you are having friends over or are cooking for yourself it is easy and fast. Here are two recipes that are quick and easy and will provide you with your perfect Mexican meal!

1) Strawberry Margaritas

Ingredients

– 2 cups crushed ice
– 1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen can or fresh strawberries, pureed)
– 1 cup tequila
– 2 limes, juiced
– Splash Triple Sec
– Splash simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, then cooled)

Directions

Combine in a blender, ice, strawberry water, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup. Puree until smooth. Pour into rocks glasses and serve.

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2) Chicken Tacos

– 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
– 1 cup lemonade
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– 1 1/2 teaspoonsWorcestershire sauce
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
– 1 bay leaf
– (12 ounce) package corn tortillas
– 1 head lettuce, shredded
– 2 large tomatoes, chopped
– 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
– 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
– 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

Directions

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine chicken, lemonade, olive oil, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, and bay leaf. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, warm the tortillas in the oven or microwave until soft. When chicken is fully cooked, transfer to serving bowl. Place lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, and sour cream in serving dishes. Each person can create their own wrap, using their preferred ingredients.