It’s official, you can make cake in a mug!

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For those who don’t have an oven in their place or if you just hate using the oven, have no fear.. mug cakes are here! Now let me tell you, making a mug cake is as easy as brushing your teeth. All you have to do is either buy cake mix (which is what I did) or make the cake mix from scratch.

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Follow the steps on the box and then make sure you whisk all the ingredients together so that there are no lumps in your cake mix. Once you have done that get out a large mug and pour about 1/2 of the mix into the cup. Make sure you don’t pour too much of the cake mix in because while in the microwave the cake rises quite a bit. You then put the mug into the microwave for a minute and 30 seconds the then the cake should be ready. Take it out test it with a toothpick or fork and if it still needs some time put it back in for 10-15 seconds. There you have it, a fast and yummy treat that doesn’t involve the oven.

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Carly Jensen xo

Chilli That Will Knock Your Socks Off

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Calling all spice lovers! I have a chilli for you that will literally knock your socks off. If spice is your thing then this chilli and you will get along great. It is a pretty easy recipe it just takes time to strengthen the flavour. The best part about this chilli is that you will have leftovers for days and the taste gets better as the days go on.

Ingredients:

1) Ground Beef (500 g)
2) 1 Large Onion
3) 1 Red Capsicum (Pepper)
4) 1 Green Capsicum (Pepper)
5) Kidney Beans (3 Cans)
6) Mixed Beans (1 Can)
7) Crushed Tomatoes (2 Cans)
8) Corn (1 Can)
9) 1 Carrot
10) 1 Celery
11) Chilli Powder (2 Tablespoons)
12) Cayenne Pepper (Half a Teaspoon)
13) Cumin (1 Tablespoon)
14) Grated Cheddar Cheese
15) Sour Cream
16) Salt n Pepper
17) Sourdough Bread
18) Butter

Start by cooking the ground beef and chopped up onion together in a large saucepan. Cook the meat thoroughly so it is completely brown (10-15 minutes). Cut all your vegetables into bite sized pieces then add all ingredients into pot except the celery, corn, sour cream and cheese. Cooking on medium heat, stir all the vegetables and spices together. Leave this to cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. Add the celery and corn into the pot during the last 10 minutes. Final steps are to dish the chilli into bowls, garnish with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream then serve with your heated up sourdough bread and butter. You are now officially ready to enjoy your delicious spicy chilli!

Enjoy,

Carly Jensen xo

Food Credit: Nick Thompson

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
ΒΎ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1Β½ cups flour
ΒΌ cup BOURNVILLE Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon no taste red food colour
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Β½ 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

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 πŸ™‚

Carly Jensen xo

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious – Weekend Pancakes

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Weekend pancakes are what I look forward to every Saturday and Sunday morning because it makes the entire weekend more delicious and fun. It makes it an extra treat to wait to do these on the weekend because you can sleep in, wake up then dig into these fluffy treats that will leave your mouth watering! If you usually have cereal or toast for breakfast during the week, I find that it is extremely fun to mix it up with these on the weekends.

Ingredients

1) 1 cup of self raising flour

2) 1 large egg

3) 1 cup of water

4) 1 table spoon of sugar

5) 1 banana

6) 40 grams of chocolate (milk, white, dark, whatever you feel like)

7) 5 strawberries

8) maple syrup

9) jam

10) butter

11) icing sugar

First you must grease the pan with a bit of butter for less stick and better appearance. Then mix water and flour together in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Then add your egg and gently whisk through until all clumps of flour have dissolved. Then add your finely sliced banana or strawberries into the batter and mix through. You are welcome to go ahead and add in your crushed chocolate or you can wait to use it as a garnish on top. Cook on low to medium heat on frying pan for about 2 minutes each side. When bubbles start to appear on entire top of pancake then you know it is ready to flip, make sure you always check. Add maple syrup, butter, fruit, chocolate and jam for a nice garnish on top, and then you have the best morning treat there is.

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Enjoy your meal πŸ™‚

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson

Simple & Delicious – Stir Fry

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Full of colour and oozing with flavours, this dish is definitely one to please. This delicious meal can be cooked in 15 minutes tops and is probably the most flavorful dish you can get. Asian flavours make this dish a stir fry that will keep your taste buds sizzling.

Ingredients:

1) Hokkein or Singapore Noodles (Noodles of your choice)
2) Chicken Breast
3) 1 large onion
4) 1 Broccoli
5) 1 Carrot
6) Handful of Green Beans
7) Cherry Tomatoes and Peppers are optional
8) Teriyaki sauce, Kung pao sauce or some type of Asian flavouring for your dish.

For starters, cut up the chicken in bite sized pieces and start cooking it in your frying pan on the stove. Add your cut up onion and mix with chicken until chicken starts to brown. Cut up your broccoli, carrot and green beans into bite sized pieces. To make sure your vegetables are well cooked, boil them in hot water first for about 5 minutes before adding to the frying pan with the chicken and onion. Mix the chicken, and vegetables all together in the frying pan and add your sauce. Now it is time to cook your noodles by adding them to a pot of boiling hot water on the stove. Cook them in the hot water for about 3 minutes then drain water. You can then add the noodles to the frying pan and mix everything thoroughly. Another option is to put noodles on plate then add chicken and vegetables nicely on top of the noodles for a more polished look. You are welcome to garnish with sesame seeds or add some hot sauce for an extra kick!

Enjoy your meal πŸ™‚

Namaste – Carly Jensen

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 πŸ™‚

Namaste – Carly Jensen

Food Credit – Nick Thompson