Friday, 23 June 2017

Mincemeat and Sweet Potato Pie

 Mincemeat and Sweet Potato Pie

1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated
6 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
shredded cheese
 1 tbsp butter
400g ground beef
 1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 180C
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, salt and pepper. 
Stir in the grated sweet potato.
Set aside.
Melt butter in a pan and brown beef over medium high heat. 
Add garlic, onion and coriander and saute until beef is cooked through.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the cooked meat into egg/cream mixture.
Mix thoroughly until well combined.

Butter and line skillet with parchment paper.
Pour the ingredients into the skillet.
Firmly press the ingredients and sprinkle the top with shredded cheese.

Bake for 50 - 60 minutes, until the pie is set.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Coffee Jelly

Image taken from Tumblr

Recently, we've been indulging ourselves in a little anime therapy -  specifically Saiki K!
The main character has a borderline obsession with coffee jelly.
After watching him salivate over it for over 10 episodes
we decided to take matter into our own hands 
to see if it's worth the hype
And it is!

So here's our version of Saiki's beloved Coffee Jelly...

Coffee Jelly

200 ml cold water

500ml water
3 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp instant espresso powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Empty the sachet of the Vege-Gel into cold water. Stir until it dissolves.

In a sauce pan, bring together water, sugar and salt 
Heat them until the water begins to boil. 
Turn off the flame and add vanilla, espresso and cocoa. 
Stir until completely incorporated. 
Add the Vege-Gel mixture and heat them until they just begin to boil. 

Pour them into your containers. 
Refrigerate them for atleast 5-6 hours. 
Garnish with a splodge of unsweetened whipped cream. 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Marshmallow Ripple Cake

Marshmallow Ripple Cake

125 g butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp golden syrup
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups sour cream
2 tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup milk
100 g marshmallows

Lightly grease a deep 20cm round springform pan.

Cream butter, vanilla essence, sugar and syrup in a bowl until light and fluffy. 
Add in the egg and continue beating until combined.
Mix in the flour and sour cream.

Place half the mixture into a separate bowl, stir in sifted cocoa and milk. 
Drop alternate spoonfuls of mixture into prepared pan, 
run knife through the mixture to give rippled effect. 
Bake in moderate oven for about 45 minutes.

Remove cake from oven, arrange marshmallows evenly on top of the cake, 
return to oven for about a further 5 minutes or until marshmallows are beginning to melt.
 Let the cake cool for  about 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Going Japanese

The east is made up of so many cultures
very unique and diverse
So when the opportunity came up to sample the Japanese culture here in Aberdeen
we simply couldn't refuse!

Japan Day is an annual event organised to celebrate and recognise heritage 
of the Japanese culture past and present

Activities include taiko drumming, Japanese songs, ikebana demonstrations,
calligraphy, origami, tea ceremony, martial arts demonstrations and more.

These two kendo experts look great in their costume!

The taiko drummers were a definite highlight
Their enthusiasm on stage made me want to take up the instrument too
Wait until my debut stage, everyone~

Elsa decided to queue up for a kimono fitting

Finally, we decided to check out the cosplay costumes, including a Pokemon hunter, Kiki from Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service, and many more.

The attention to detail and hard work that they all put in was incredible
The effort definitely paid off!