Recipes

Apple Tart

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This is an interpretation of a dessert I can never forget about that I had at a Valentine’s dinner years ago and always wanted to re-invent. It stuck with me because, with my luck, I am allergic to all spice (cloves, cinnamon etc) and the tart we had was simple and delicious. This is something that you truly enjoy the basic flavours of the ingredients you’re using. I got the recipe here after watching Ina Garten make her version on Barefoot Contessa (FAVE). Since it’s Fall, though feeling like Winter lately, it was the perfect time to try it out with delicious apples being in season; and only natural to invite a friend along to help, share memories…and be my guinea pig!

Simplicity is key in our hectic lives. This is something you can make any day of the week, quickly, and yet it comes out tasting like something you’ve spent hours on. Of course, I highly suggest you making your own puff pastry, I didn’t because this was a trial that somehow turned out really great with the use of Phyllo dough. The super crunchy, caramelized bits are to die! I also made a honey glaze to go over top in substitute for apricot jelly and rum. Next time, vanilla ice cream melting on top.

Side note: I’ve always been an apple lover, must be because that was my momma’s craving when pregnant with me…interesting…

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Edible Bird’s Nests

* Photo from Instagram @Layla_Lane

Holiday themed treats are my favourite. Any excuse for my inner Martha Stewart to come out and play and entice a sweet tooth – I’m in.
This year I made my own variation of what my best friend’s mom used to make at all of their family gatherings I would go to when we were kids. Brits always have the best treats: trifle, puddings, cakes and custard filled anything. These little nest-like treats were my favourite and always bring back sweet memories with one of my long time girlfriends.
1) Over a double-boiler, mix your semi-sweet chocolate and butterscotch chips until fully melted, then stir and melt in a large teaspoon of peanut butter.
2) Let the chocolate mixture cool for a few minutes then pour over plain corn flakes.
3) Gently stir in chocolate mixture slowly in small batches until fully incorporated and covered.
4) Roughly place mix into muffin cups while strategically placing it up the sides so they harden into a nest shape. Add Cadbury Mini Eggs onto the warm melted chocolate and set in the fridge until you’re ready to snack.
Yum, and they smell amazing!

Nutella Cookies

This is a recipe I came across on Pinterest originally. I have a huge Pinterest obsession, I am on it all the time because it is conveniently on my phone (so not attached to my phone or anything). I wanted to try them for a while so I searched around for a recipe with more depth and found this one. It has a few more ingredients which help in the outcome of the cookie. If you’re a Nutella lover you will enjoy these. With a glass of milk or maybe sandwiched with your favorite ice cream, they are a yummy and simple treat.
Next time I make them I’m going to add Hershey’s Kisses. Before they are almost cooked pull them out, add a chocolate kiss (filled with caramel for extra pizzazz) and voila!

Chick Pea Salad

The boy and I discovered our love for chick pea salad when we visited the grocery store one afternoon. Both hungry we decided to buy it for a quick munch and we equally decided this was our new favourite snack. After going back to get it each time we visited that particular store, we decided to make it ourselves. It’s a great summer side dish for dinner at home or for a backyard party/BBQ. Below is my own version, but feel free to add whatever you like to your version (maybe cumin, red pepper flakes or balsamic vinegar).
 
Recipe
 
One can of chick peas-drained and rinsed
¼ olive oil
Two lemons-squeezed
One lime-squeezed
½ a sweet red bell pepper-chopped
½ a sweet orange bell pepper- chopped
½ a sweet yellow bell pepper- chopped
½ a red onion-  thinly diced
Two celery sticks- chopped
One tomato seeded and chopped
Pinch of garlic powder
Salt and pepper to season
Use peppers you personally enjoy, and increase amounts depending on the event your salad will be taking place at. Best made the night before to soak up all of the lemon and olive oil- Enjoy!