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Month: October 2016

Apple Hunting and Yummy Birds Nests!

Apple Hunting and Yummy Birds Nests!

Yesterday I went Apple hunting with the nephew, there are these gorgeous Apple trees only a stone throw from my childhood home, absolutely beaming with ripe Apples ready for picking! Its lovely to be able to just go outdoors and pick Apples, my nephew was loving it! And it was a great way to also remind him where things come from, he can be quite the fuzzy eater, but he munched down 3 delicious apples and also got a nice bag to take home and use with in his packed lunches. Now I of course had a plan with the Apple hunt too! The aim was to get some Apples so we could make my Mums Yummy Birds Nests, the Birds Nest is in actual fact an Autumn inspired mini Apple Pavlova, super easy to make and so very tasty. The fresh, slightly Sour, Apple goes so well with the Cream and Chocolate!

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Mini Pavlovas with whipped Cream, fresh Apple and Chocolate aka Birds Nests!

Birds Nests (Apple Pavlova)

Meringue (7 Nests)

  • 200g sugar
  • 1 dl egg whites
  • 1 tsp Apple vinegar

Filling

  • 500ml double cream
  • 6 Grated Apples (we used the Danish Apple ‘Inge Marie’)
  • 150g Dark Chocolate

Turn the oven to 100 Degrees C (Fan 80). Whisk the Egg white until it’s stiff, add Vinegar and whisk again. While whisking, gradually add the Sugar and whisk until the Meringue is thick, white and stiff. Put the Meringue in a piping bag and pipe out 7 Nests onto a baking sheet. Bake for 1 Hour. Remove from oven and cool. In my opinion, the Meringue is best when it’s a bit gooey on the inside!

Grate the Apples on a grater, set aside. Whip the cream and mix in the Apple, cover with cling film and set to cool in the fridge. Chop the Chocolate. Once Nests are cooled, pipe on the ‘Apple Cream’ and sprinkle with the Chocolate and serve. Enjoy!


Upon creating this yummy treat I had the help of my faithful Taster 🙂 Looks like the little guy likes mummy’s baking.

Mummy's Apple Pavlova Assistant

Hope everyone is looking forward to a weekend spent with family and friends. I think if the little man allows it there will be more baking in the cards for us!

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Autumn Leaves & Apple Pie

Autumn Leaves & Apple Pie

I love autumn!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this season is my favourite! One of the reasons I love autumn is the great Veg and Fruit that come in season. I always try to do some seasonal bakes, and nothing says autumn more to me than a good Apple pie! Perfect for enjoying after time spent outdoors.

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This year I thought I’d try myself with a classical American Apple pie, so I turned to Roy Fares (she makes beautiful cakes!) her book ‘United States of Cake’ had a great looking recipe that I just had to try.

Best enjoyed with family and preferably whilst beating them in a game of ‘Partners’ 😉

 

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Hope everyone else is enjoying autumn as much as me!

 

 

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Happy Halloween And A Healthy Snack

Happy Halloween And A Healthy Snack

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, I love to watch the seasons change and I love all the goodness that autumn brings.

Come little leaves said the wind one day,  come to the meadows with me and play; Put on your dresses of red and gold, for summer is past, and the days grow cold – from “come little leaves” by George Cooper

Today was what I define as a classic autumn day! Howling winds outside hot chocolate and pumpkin carving inside!

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I just love it! The changing colours, the cooler air and how snuggling up on the sofa with hot chocolate is just what the doctor ordered! Today was one of those days and thankfully I got to enjoy it with my little family, carving scary pumpkins to light up the night, whilst we are snug inside.

As I’m sure you noticed the title said “…and a healthy snack”, sadly hot chocolate with loads of whipped cream will probably never be declared healthy, but using the leftover pumpkin seeds to create delicious pumpkin seed “crisps” well I dare say they might just qualify as healthy! So I thought I’d share the rather simple recipe:

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Pumpkin Seed crisps

  • pumpkin seeds cleaned and patted dry
  • sea salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • olive oil

Heat the oven to 50 degrees Celsius (fan) place the seeds on a baking plate with baking paper, coat the seeds with olive oil (just lightly) and sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. Slow roast in the oven for approx 80 min or until the seeds look golden.

Enjoy them as a snack or salad topper!

 

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A little something about travelling

A little something about travelling



Elliot is already quite the experienced traveller and at 8,5 months he has already been out of the country 4 times. I was so nervous the first time we had to fly with him, but I must admit that each time has gone above all expectations. Our latest trip over the pond was so enjoyable! The little guy is becoming such a character and just smiles at anyone he can get eye contact with. Thankfully the people sat around us was happy to play along, thus making peekaboo between the flight seats the best game ever!

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