Category Archives: Food

My Five Favourite…Cocktails

My Five Favourite’s this week is in anticipation of tonight. Anthony and I are joining our soon to be married friends for High Tea with a twist at the White Heart this evening. The twist is that the High Tea is served as deconstructed cocktails!  So with cocktails on the brain, here are my five favourite cocktails:

  1. Vodka Martini – dirty, shaken and with 3 olives
  2. Cosmopolitan – Carrie introduced me many years ago and they have been a favourite ever since
  3. Manhattan – need to be made with only the best liquor
  4. Turkish Apple Martini – my own creation so of course it’s to my taste
  5. Margarita – with or without a Mexican fiesta!

 My Five Favourite Cocktails

I hope this inspires you to have a tipple or two tonight!

K

Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday is a new weekly post I am going to be doing where I divulge a fun fact on a certain topic. This idea was leant to me by my husband last week when enlisted him as my official taste tester. I was frantically cooking up a storm in my tiny kitchen prior to my party when I asked him to critique on my caramelised onions. He we smiling from ear to ear and enthusiastically asked me what I had added to the onions to give them that flavour.  The answer, my friends, is a clever little trick I have borrowed from my mentor, Mr Heston Blumenthal. In his cookbook “Heston Blumenthal at home” he reveals the secret to amazing flavoured onions is adding star anise. Since reading this little nugget, it has changed my life! It honestly takes onions in form from regular onions to onionlicious (yes I borrowed that from Destiny’s Child – I like to borrow)!

  Heston Magic

And this is how Fun Fact Friday was conceived. I have many a random trick or tip when it comes to cooking, decorating, beauty and more. They never seem relevant enough to warrant an entire post so this is the perfect forum to share all my quirky facts!

Stay tuned for next week’s fact!

K

My Baked Cheesecake

A few weeks back, my good friend Anna made the most amazingly decadent baked cheesecake. It was honestly the best cheesecake I have ever had, and I have had my fair share of cheesecake in my day!

Anna's Cheesecake

Ever since that holy cheesecake day, I have been craving more. As I am trying to watch my weight, I really wanted one that would be lower in calories , without losing too much of what makes a great cheesecake.

Here is my first attempt on the road to my perfect, low-calorie cheesecake. I tested it out on the folks at work and received pretty high acclaim for it – I even scored a Facebook post from one lovely Angel!

Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

So, to all those Facebook friends who have been asking for the recipe, here it is:

Recipe:

  • 750g Low fat ricotta cheese
  • 250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese – 80% less fat
  • 4 organic free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour – sifted
  • 1 packet Marie biscuits
  • 60g Almond meal
  • 125g butter, melted

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees. Grease a 22″ spring-form tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
  2. Blitz biscuits and almond meal until fine crumbs. Add melted butter and stir to combine.
  3. Press the biscuit mixture into bottom and sides of the grease pan, making sure you leave around a 1cm gap at the top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for thirty minutes to firm up.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, place the ricotta cheese and Philly cheese and mix with electric beaters. Add the sugar, flour and vanilla and continue to mix.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until all combined and smooth.
  6. Take the cake tin out of the fridge and carefully pour mixture into the tin.
  7. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours.
  8. To cool, turn oven off, leave the door ajar and leave the cake to cool completely in the oven
  9. Once cooled, place in the fridge for roughly 4 hours to finish setting.
  10. Decorate the cake with you favourite fruit, dust with icing sugar and serve with double cream, creme fraiche or mascarpone cheese.

Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

 

Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

 

Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

Baked Ricotta Cheesecake

 

I would love to hear what you think of the cake, I hope you enjoy it!

K

The Cocktail Diaries: Turkish Apple Martini

The other night I was itching for a drink, something special to brighten up my otherwise mundane Tuesday. I thought of this beauty as I was gathering the necessary items for dinner from the supermarket. Whilst waiting at the deli counter, I noticed a container of beautiful, snow dusted Turkish Delights. I had already decided to make my version of an Apple Martini, however, after being bewitched by the jelly like jewels I quickly concocted a new recipe to include them.

After collecting all the required ingredients, I hurried home to start mixing up my new martini, this is how it turned out:

Turkish Apple Martinin - Kate Incorporated

Turkish Apple Martinin - Kate Incorporated

Turkish Apple Martinin - Kate Incorporated

Turkish Apple Martinin - Kate Incorporated

Recipe:

  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Vermouth
  • 60 ml Apple Cider (alcoholic version)
  • 60 ml pink lady apple juice
  • 15 ml turkish delight syrup
  • Slice of apple for garnish

For the syrup, roughly chop 1 large cube of turkish delight and place in a small bowl. Pour over approx. 100 mls boiling water and stir until a syrup forms. You can add more water if needed but not too much, as you want the srup to be quite thick.

Measure out each ingredients into a mixing jug, stir to combine and pour into a chilled martini glass. Thinly slice a pink lady apple and gently float onto.

Enjoy!

K

Hello, Social Media!

Recently I have noticed that my Facebook feed is occupied with my favourite blogs, bars, fashion labels, magazines and the like. I get all my updates this way and much prefer it as everything I want is in a central location, making it easy to peruse at my leisure. And then it dawned on me, why don’t I have a Facebook page for my little old blog? I have connected my Pinterest account, my Twitter account and my Instagram account to my blog, so why not add the main ingredient, the flour to my cake, the dress to my ensemble?

Facebook

Introducing…my offical Kate Incorporated Facebook page! Make sure you head on over and ‘Like’ my page to get all my posts as well as any other updates. The idea with the new Facebook pages is for more regular interaction and quick updates between blog posts.

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Thanks for your support so far, and I really hope you like my new page.

K

Wednesday Website Whip-around

This week I have really had two main focuses whilst online, planning my upcoming 30th birthday party and trying to find some new and sure-fire ways to cure all my impending ailments. This time of year is always a killer for me. So for my Wednesday Website Whip-around this week, or my WWW if you will (I love a good acronym pun), you will notice a very party orientated and well being trend occurring.

  1. With my upcoming party, I have been busy researching the perfect canapes and cocktails to serve to my guests and Food Republic has definitely provided plenty of inspiration for me
  2. The shoe collaboration between Shoes of Prey and Romance Was Born is unbelievable! I am loving the yellow pair.
  3. Pink Frosting has a great selection of decorations and serving utensils to match any theme
  4. Style Me Pretty was my daily dose of prettiness  and all round wedding inspiration, so it was only natural that when i was looking for decorating tips and styles it was the first place I visited!
  5. Is there anyone who does it better than Martha?!
  6. With the commencement of cold & flu season off to a bad start already, i thought i should find some easy and healthy solutions to aid my recovery and prevention. Whilst perusing Ms Stewart’s entertaining section, i noticed the Whole Living tab and thought i’d check it out – not bad at all. Under the Wellbeing tab there is a Natural Remedies tab that has a whole heap of suggestions to aid you in recovery.
Clockwise: Shoes of Prey, Pink Frosting, Martha Stewart, Whole Living, Food Republic & Style Me Pretty

Clockwise: Shoes of Prey, Pink Frosting, Martha Stewart, Whole Living, Food Republic & Style Me Pretty

What websites have you been visiting or which are your go to sites when you have 10 minutes to fill?

K

A stroll in the park and Grandma’s self saucing pudding

Lately we have been having abnormally beautifully warm weather in Sydney. Whilst the evenings are fresh to say the least, the days have been all sunny, blue skies and balmy early to mid twenties temps. Whilst I have been home sick all week, I must admit the view from lounge has been one to put a smile on any sick dial. I have especially loved my doctors and pharmacy visits which have forced me to walk through the warm sunny streets of my local shops.

This morning I was finally feeling slightly normal and the Husband and I decided to go get a coffee and have a stroll through the park. My goodness I isn’t nature magnificent this time of year! The vivid orangey red colour from the autumn leaves against the crystal clear bright blue of the sky is truly something to see.

Here are a few insta-snaps from our stroll in the park this morning

Coffee in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Stroll in the park

Another thing I love about autumn, which will come as no surprise to anyone, is the comfort cooking. The other night we had a friend of ours over for dinner and I whipped up one of my Grandma’s chocolate self saucing puddings for dessert, who can resist a bowl of steaming hot pudding goodness with a spoonful or two of double cream or vanilla ice cream.

The recipe is super easy, and I personally believe that a great recipe should be shared

Grandmas Chocolate Sauce Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup castor sugar
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

For the sauce:

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 cups boiling water

Method: 

Sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir in melted butter, milk and vanilla until all are well combined and smooth.

Spoon mixture into individual ramekins (mix makes enough for four) or one large oven proof dish.

Sprinkle brown sugar and cocoa powder evenly over the top of mixture, and then slowly pour over the boiling water.

Place ramekins or oven-proof dish in a baking tray half filled with water. Bake for 20-30 minutes in a medium (160 – 180 degrees Celsius) oven or until water is dissolved.

Remove and serve with double cream, vanilla ice cream, plenty of the chocolate sauce and enjoy with family or friends.

Grandma's self saucing pudding

Grandma's self saucing pudding

Grandma's self saucing pudding served with double cream

I highly recommend making this pudding; it never disappoints and is the perfect follow-up to a Sunday roast – just as an idea!

Happy weekend all

K