Category Archives: Recipes

Lip Service

Not only does Winter bring the dreaded lurgy, shorter and colder days, and nasty winter wobbles, but the icy cold winds combined with the heavy duty heating cause my lips to chap and peel which is not an attractive look! Because I am sure I’m not the only one suffering, here’s my trick to keeping lips plump and pretty all winter long!

I discovered these DIY lip scrubs on Lauren Conrad’s blog a little while back and must admit I was pleasantly surprised. These are so simple to make and cost next to nothing to produce – in fact you will probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry!

Lip Serive

After applying the scrub, I like to follow it up with a thick layer of Lucas’ Pawpaw ointment. I have been using this stuff since before it was cool and I completely stand by it. I always slather it on before going for a run in the colder, windier months to keep chapping at bay.

Lip Service

Now you are pout perfect, what lipstick shade will you be rocking this Winter?

K

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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

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

My Wednesday Website Whip-around

Like a lot of people I know, I have noticed I spend more and more time online these days. Whether it is online shopping, searching for a new recipe or even just catching up on the latest gossip, increasingly I am turning to the net for research and pleasure.

Here are my six (thought I’d break the mould and go for a different number) favourite sites this week:

  • Sous Style is one of my new favourite sites to visit, it has everything from recipes, home decorating tips and general awesomeness
  • The Boys Club is the place to go if you are looking for a special drink when entertaining friends. These boys have the best recipes that make me thirsty with every click. I can’t wait to make their Rhubarb Sour
  • Who doesn’t love perusing pages and pages of gorgeous clothes and The Outnet never disappoints! currently I am lusting after this Oscar de la Renta pencil skirt
  • With Love From, Kat is fastly becoming my favourite blog, I absolutely love her style
  • I am a self-confessed Pinterest addict from way back, I’m still pinning daily, so be sure to follow me @imkateelizabeth
  • I love new cooking inspiration and this week, whilst resting my poor sick body, I have been indulging myself with hours and hours of Lifestyle Food watching, which has also transferred to hours and hours of online perusing for the recipes seen on TV – Nigella, Gordon and Heston, oh my!
L-R: The Outnet, The Boys Club, Lifestyle Food, Pinterest

L-R: The Outnet, The Boys Club, Lifestyle Food, Pinterest

What site do you haunt?

K

Say it with cake!

Recently I seem to be baking up a birthday storm in my little kitchen. Last month is was my father-in-law’s, my mum’s and my sister’s birthday and I was on cake duty. I love the idea of making my family and friends a birthday cake, it has a more personal touch plus it gives me the excuse to try out new recipes and enjoy a slice without being stuck with the remained of the cake – because let’s face it, if it’s in my kitchen, I will eat it!

Here are a few of my recent creations:

Three layer white cake with buttercream frosting and silver cashous

3 layer white cake with teal butter cream frosting and hundreds & thousands

Rachie's Cake

Rachie's Cake

Rachie's Cake

Chocolate bourbon cake with bourbon sauce, double cream and toffee shards

Chocolate bourbon cake with bourbon sauce, double cream and toffee shards

Mum's Cake

for the two white cakes, I used this recipe and matching frosting, for Mum’s chocolate bourbon cake I used this recipe.

Happy drooling!

K

 

The Cocktail Diaries

Like most of my girlfriends, I love a good cocktail. My poison of choice is usually a Cosmopolitan, a Manhattan or a Vodka Martini – dirty, shaken, with three olives. One should know precisely how they like their Martini after all! Lately I have been in a cocktail mood and since I live a more than a cheap cab ride from my favourite cocktail haunts, I decided the only thing to do was to start mixing my own at home.

Cocktail equipment

I would love to start this little project off by creating my own vintage inspired bar cart, but alas I live in an apartment where I decided an eight seater dining table was a necessity leaving me with very little, read no room, for one. Instead I will settle for assembling all the required equipment on a purpose bought tray and using my large dining room table.

The cocktail I have decided to start this fun little project with is one that caught my eye for a few reasons, firstly I love vodka, secondly it has one of my favourite ingredients – elderflower cordial, and lastly because it has a very Southern feel to it that makes me want to dress up in my girliest, Alannah Hill approved outfit and slap on some old world jazz and lounge on my balcony in the fading afternoon sun.

Southern Afternoon Tea

Unfortunately, I forgot to buy 3 of the main ingredients for this recipe and with Jess arriving in 5 minutes, I had no time to run up to the shops. Instead I came up with an Elderflower Martini.  Here’s how to make it:

Elderflower Martini (serves 2):

Ingredients

  • Vodka
  • Soda water
  • Cucumber
  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Green apple

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Martini glass

Method

  1. In the shaker place 2 cucumber chunks and 2 pieces of green apple, about 2cm thick. Add 45ml of Elderflower cordial and muddle (if you don’t have a muddling stick, you can use a rolling-pin). 
  2. Pour over 60ml of vodka (I used Grey Goose as I love the clean smoothness).
  3. Place on the lid and shake vigorously
  4. Strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass and top with 60ml of soda water
  5. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and green apple

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Original recipe by me

I served this with a bowl of spice popcorn, here’s what I did:

Follow the instruction on the popcorn packet. its important to pop this from scratch rather than use microwave popcorn. Whilst popping, in a large mixing bowl place 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander and salt, plus a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. Pour in 2 generous tablespoons of maple syrup. When the popping has subsided, pour the hot popcorn into the mixing bowl and coat the kernels evenly. Serve in your favourite dish.

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Enjoy

K

Overnight Oats – My (stolen) Style

Lately  I have been on the hunt for the perfect “Overnight Oats” recipes. They seem to be the latest craze on Pintrest and the like and I wanted to get in on the action!

I recently came across this recipe on one of my favourite blogs,  Downtown Romantic, that seem to tickle my pickle, if you will.

These are incredibly easy to make, incredibly healthy to eat and incredibly filling so, if you’re like me, you don’t follow your breakfast with a fast food mini feast.

I followed the recipe in theory however I made mine with 1/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup skim milk and 1/3 cup of vanilla bean Greek yogurt. I then added my favourite part – toasted pecans and maple syrup, yum! You can add any of your favourite topping to this, I want to try white choc chips and raspberry’s next, so you don’t have to get sick of the same old boring breakfast.

 Overnight Oats 1

Overnight Oats 2

 

Sure, mine may not look as appetising as some of the other shots I have seen sprawled across the web, but they taste amazingly good.

I bought the jars from my local Wheel & Barrow and all other ingredients from my local IGA, however I am sure you can get these anywhere. The thing I love most about this, other than my 3 selling points above, is that they take no time at all to make. You simply throw all your ingredients into the jar, give it a stir (this is optional), screw the lid on and place in the fridge before you go to bed. Next morning, you wake with breakfast ready to go!  

You have to give these a try, you won’t be disappointed. 

Let me know what you think…

K