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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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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

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