Happy Nutella Day!!!

It was world’s nutella day on Thursday 5th Feb!! I haven’t heard of this day before but saw posts and tweets online with lots of nutella recipes!

I saw this brownie mixture online and it only uses 3 ingedients and thought that is so simple, I can do this!! As I have my little boy now, it is difficult to find time to bake unless my hubby looks after him! I wanted to celebrate this day as well and decided to try this recipe out!!

All was needed was 90g plain flour, nutella x 400g jar and 3 x eggs. I added a tsp of vanilla extract and a handful of chopped up roasted hazelnuts to this recipe. Bake for 15 to 20 mins at gas mark 4. Let it cool in the tin so that it sets and cut!! Yum!

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They turned out delicious!!! Really moist inside and better eaten the next day!! Recipe said to cut into 12 pieces but u can cut them smaller as it is quite indulgent!!! Happy nutella day!!!

Cake and Bake Show 2014

Cake and Bake Show 2014Yesterday, I went to the Cake and Bake Show at Earl’s Court with my friend, Katy and sister in law, Sharon. Last year, I didn’t go last year as I was pregnant, I was excited to see what will be on offer! I remembered the first show in 2012, it was packed and they didn’t have any food on offer! This year, there were alot more stalls selling cupcakes, brownies, macarons, bread and even wine! It was pretty busy and lots to see. We saw on the main stage, the great british bake off winners and they were baking brownies with prunes! We also saw the some of the main contestants from this year’s show which was a bonus! πŸ™‚

Cakes from the little roundcake company

Cakes from the little roundcake company

Instead of buying baking accessories, this year, I brought bakes instead! πŸ™‚ Katy and Sharon were raving on about the cakes fromΒ ‘The Little Round Cake Company’. They were selling big meringues, little mini cakes, and tarts and i couldn’t resist buying some. I had the blueberry cheesecake cake last night and it was delicious! The sponge is moist and flavoursome! Even Dee approved as he had some of the cake! πŸ™‚ Β I can’t wait to try the black forest one and the tart and strawberry meringue!

Yummy macarons

Yummy macarons

I also brought some macarons, sausages, cake sprinkles and this sweeper product that collects crumbs! It has a ladybird shell and I think it might be appealing to Dee as he can use it as a toy but clean at the same time!!! When Dee eats in his high chair, there are always crumbs or he would deliberately drop his food on the floor!!

 

Cake sprinkles and the cute sweepers! :)

Cake sprinkles and the cute sweepers! πŸ™‚

It was a great day out with the girls and I am glad that I didn’t spend too much!! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

GBBO Winners

GBBO Winners

 

GBBO Winners

GBBO Winners

 

Came across this stall with my name so had to take a pic!!! :)

Came across this stall with my name so had to take a pic!!! πŸ™‚

Dee’s very own cottage pie!

Cottage pie ready for the oven

Cottage pie ready for the oven

As Dee Dee is approaching 8 months now, it is the time for feeding him food! It has only been a couple of months that I have given himΒ food mostly fruits and veg purees, carrot sticks and cucumbers for finger foods. I do find it quite scary feeding him proper food in case he starts to choke and I worry if he can swallow certain foods. I remember, Dan and I gave him some soldiers of toast and we would be sitting there watching Dee intensely shoving the whole toast in his mouth and wondering if he is going to be ok. I know he has got 2 teeth but he doesn’t really use them for eating, it was quite frightening and we were just watching him trying to eat it and he would start to coughing if the piece was too big! The health visitor told me that I should be giving him 3 meals a day and a pudding!!! I have only just started to give him breakfast of porridge which he quite likes and have been making more lumpyΒ food that contains fish and chicken for dinner! For snacks, I would give him some yoghurt or cheese. At dinner time, he would always wants to eat whatever Dan and I are eating instead of his own food!! I knew it was messy when they start having food but did not realise it would be so messy!!! All the food would end up on the floor! πŸ™‚

I have got a few Annabel Karmel books to get ideas of what to cook for babies, some of the recipes are quite adventurous and does uses a lot of ingredients! And most often for meat, it would add fruits to it which is a strange combination i think! πŸ™‚ Β I guess at the moment, for babies, it is a blank canvas, they would just try everything! I love Dee’s face when i give him a segment of an orange, his expression is so funny, i think he finds it quite tangy but still adamant on sucking the juices! πŸ™‚

Yummy cottage pie ready for Dee Dee to munch!

Yummy cottage pie ready for Dee Dee to munch!

My mum came over the other week so i made us a big cottage pie and made Dee his own cottage pie as babies are not allowed any salt. I fried some beef mince, onions, carrots and courgettes and added some tomatoes. Once cooked, I used a mini food chopper to cut them into smaller pieces and then added the mash on top with some cheese and put the whole thing in the oven for approx 20 minutes. Dee really enjoyed his meal! πŸ™‚

Chocolate and Orange cake

Glistening!!! :)

Glistening chocolate icing!!! πŸ™‚

Haven’t baked for a long time and seeing as the Great British Bake Off now back on tv! It puts me in the mood for baking!! πŸ™‚

My friend is coming over for lunch today and last night I baked a chocolate and orange cake using one of Mary Berry’s recipe! Quite simple to make although I was worried about my icing as it was quite runny! I think due to our hot weather, it wasn’t setting! I did put it in the fridge to see if it would thicken but it was still runny! So in the end I couldn’t wait any longer and just slapped it on the cake and hoped for the best!

Luckily by leaving it overnight, the icing thickened and looked very glossy! πŸ™‚ This chocolate cake tasted amazing! Normally when i bake chocolate cakes in the past, I am not happy with the outcome as it is either too dry or over baked and taste quite horrible! This cake turned out to be really moist and very chocolatey! I was really pleased with it!! πŸ™‚ One of my best chocolate cake so far!!! Thank you Mary Berry! πŸ™‚

We had chicken, veg and gnocci

We had chicken, veg and gnocci

 

Inside the cake - YUM!

Inside the cake – YUM!

Our Brighton trip!

Our clothes was in the rucksack, the rest belongs to Dee!

Our clothes was in the rucksack, the rest belongs to Dee!

After the christening, i booked a weekend trip to Brighton! As it was our first time away with Dee, I think i went slightly over the top with the packing as most of the stuff belonged to him rather than us!

In Brighton, we ate mostly take outs on the floor as most of the eating places closed quite early and we didn’t want to go out too late at night! Our room didn’t have a table so we ate on the floor!! We found that there were alot of mexican places to eat so i think it is very popular in Brighton!

Typical fish and chips!

Typical fish and chips!

For our first day, we had a typical fish and chips from Harry Ramsden and for the first time, we managed to finish all our dinner without having to hold Dee as he slept!!! Here are some of the foods that we had during our trip!

 

 

Fishcake and Chips

Fishcake and Chips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pancakes from 'World of Crepes' on the Brighton Pier

Pancakes from ‘World of Crepes’ on the Brighton Pier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our take out from Tortillia

Our take out from ‘Tortillia’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love bubble drinks!

I love bubble drinks from ‘Chatime’!

Tea and Scones from Stanmer House

Tea and Scones from ‘Stanmer House’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean take out from Namul

Korean take out from ‘Namul’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcake Desserts from Celebrate with a Cake

Cupcake Desserts from ‘Celebrate with a Cake’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night, we ate at Giraffe, I had the noodles

Last night, we ate at ‘Giraffe’, I had the noodles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan's meal but we thought the portion was quite small when compared to mine!

Dan’s meal but we thought the portion was quite small when compared to mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needed a cheesecake to fill us up!

Needed a cheesecake to fill us up!

 

One for the road home!

One bubble drink from ‘Pearls’ for the road home!

Dee’s Christening Food!

Happy Christening Dee!

Happy Christening Dee!

I am pleased to say that Dee’s Christening went really well last Sunday, he was very well behaved and looked like he enjoyed the event!! People were so generous as we recieved so many gifts, i haven’t even attempt to open anything yet as there are 2 massive grocery bags which are filled with cards and pressies!!! πŸ™‚

We hired a caterer for this event as there were over 100 people to feed! The main dishes were:

  • Boiled rice
  • Vegetarian noodles
  • Sweet and sour fish
  • Caldereta (their filipino signature dish)
  • Chicken and mango
  • Lechon
  • Vegetables
  • Lasagne, pesto pasta, samosa – ninangs (god mothers) made

 

Dee's christening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee's christening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee's christening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dee's christeningFor desserts, everybody chipped in to make them, the ninangs, titas, and my mother in law made her famous fruit salad! Everybody goes mental for it esp my brother-in-law, Josh who eats ‘bowls’ of it at one time!!! I am sure that mum probably saved him a big bucket of fruit salad at home! :p

Yum!

Yum!

There were strawberry cheesecake, bibingka, brownies, rice crispies and coconut bites, oreo cupcakes, whoopie pies, oreo cheesecake, fruit salad, melons and watermelons! Lots and of course, Dee’s Christening Cake! πŸ™‚ We ordered this from ‘Cake Box’, they make eggless cake and the sponge is so soft and light. For more info on their cakes, visit their website.