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Desserts with benefits: Greek Yoghurt

Published January 14, 2015 by itsachunglife
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Clockwise from top: Flake, Banana in a Breeze, Cherry Ripe, Berryme This

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Cherry Ripe Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

1 C greek yoghurt
2.5 t cocoa powder
1 t honey
coconut, fresh  or desiccated (optional)

Topping: Cherries or similar fruit

Mix all together reserving fruit for last to garnish on top.

 

 

 

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Banana in a Breeze

Ingredients:
1 C Greek yoghurt
1 ripe Banana
1/2 t Honey

Topping: 2 T Banana chips and walnuts

Combine all and top with banana chips and walnuts

 

 

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Peanut butter cup

Ingredients:

1 C greek yoghurt, 1 T peanut butter, 1 t honey, 1/4 t vanilla extract
Toppings: Homemade chocolate fudge and shortbread biscuit pieces, or Chocolate Flake

Hello and Happy 2015 !!!!

My on-going health goal is to cut back on sugar and I think with these little beauty’s I can finally substitute my daily ice cream for something still creamy and dairy-dessert-like but more nutritious.  High protein, low fat, calcium and sweetness I can add to my own liking.  #Win

Get the creative juices flowing and you can have a variety of these one for each day of the week :p

Now onto something equally as exciting as guilt-free dessert.

So you know Chriselle?! Well she friggin LIKED my greek yoghurt on Instagram!!! Talk about #InspiredbyChriselle!!!  Not only did she inspire me with her love of greek yoghurts, but her LIKE has given me the ultimate blogspiration for the first post this year! There is absolutely nothing more blog-spiriational then Chriselle Lim – style and fashion blogger giving her gurl a LIKE!!  #fangirling

Ultimate fangirl screenshots below ❤

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Banana in a Breeze, Cherry Ripe, Peanut butter kiss

Sew Easy – DIY Cushion Covers

Published July 2, 2014 by itsachunglife

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Oh hey, so I’ve been on the lookout for fresh, fun and vibrant cushion covers for a while and pretty much there are none out there!  I mean none that cost less than $10, and the $10 ones are uggs as!  Then I was thinking if only I neeeeddd a SEWING MACHINE!!!!

I mean how complicated can sewing  be right, it’s just sewing in a straight line.   As for previous experience well I’ve sewn for a term at school when I was 11, and my mum well she’s a Machinist so should count for something haha.

So I ended up getting a  good deal on a  Singer off a mate who was moving to the U.S,  and from there on to justify the purchase I attempted to make these covers.  Home sewn things aren’t necessarily cheaper than store brought but it’s that feeling you get after you’ve created something one of a kind, and half decent looking which sparked my excitement.

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I brought material from one of my new fave shops of 2014 – Spotlight.  My lover chose the colour and I chose the patterns, and yes we did buy Minky Polar and it is so toasty and warm against my face  😀

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AND the sewing session began…..

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I”m not going to give full blown  instructions on how I did it all because if like me , you Google it you’ll  find plenty.

But the sites I found most useful were:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/zippered-pillow-cover.html

http://liagriffith.com/easy-diy-zipper-pillow-covers/

 

My one tip would be to hand-stitch the baste seam for the zipper, because in my experience it’s a bitch to unpick seams sewn by the machine.

VOILÀ

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 And this is my cushion family: 3 by me, and 2 by BigW

 

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Next up Knitting! xo

 

That TART!

Published February 27, 2014 by itsachunglife

Dark Choc Coffee Tart

Bitter Chocolate and Coffee Tart

Each and every Sunday I wake  up craving sweet, sweet, sugary goodness!  My quick fixes usually on rotation are french toast, crispy bacon with maple syrup and fried banana, or banana choc oat pancakes.

I’d been ‘researching’ this recipe for a while and was salivating over the thought of the flavour and aroma sensation of  dark chocolate with coffee and a hint of orange,  and that roasted hazelnut for texture.     I needed this tart for Sunday brunch!

The tart is relatively easy to make, you can get away with not using the exact tin size and even rolling out pastry with a Vodka bottle.  The pastry smells so buttery and tastes like shortbread, the nuttiness of the roasted hazelnuts and the bitter dark chocolate and coffee perfectly balances the sweetness in each mouthful.  Perfect with a scoop of ice cream. You’re gonna want more!

Craving fulfilled xo

INGREDIENTS:

175g Flour

1 pinch Baking Powder

1 pinch Salt

65g Caster Sugar

125g Butter

1 Egg

FILLING

150g Caster Sugar

90g Butter

1/2 Orange

2 Eggs

1T Flour

200g Roasted Hazelnuts

100g Dark Chocolate

1t Ground Coffee Beans

2t Campari, optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Rub in the butter and egg(only yolk) until it forms a smooth dough. Rest the pastry in the fridge for at least an hour before rolling it out to fit a 20cm tart tin (I used a 22cm tin and it made no difference), pressing it to the edges. Leave it to rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oven to 180 degC. To make the filling, use an electric mixer to cream the sugar and butter until pale and creamy. Add the orange zest(½ orange). Lightly mix the eggs for a few seconds, then mix into the butter. Add the flour, hazelnuts(chopped), chocolate(grated), coffee(finely ground) and Campari. Pour the filling into the tart shell and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before taking it out of the tin.

Dying to be toasted

Published January 3, 2014 by itsachunglife

Ok so I know this actual grand opening first blog about Muesli ain’t gonna get me no fans, but hey I need to get this breakfast delight of a ‘spoonful of nuts in every mouthful’ outta my chest!

So on this occasion making this “dish” was all about using up all the random packets of nuts, seeds and fruits in the pantry.

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I mean check that out it’s not your average muesli, it has whole brazil nuts candy toasted in maple syrup combined with seeds, berries and oats of course.

So here’s what went down when I made it – I forgot to add both oils! I guess that’s why the oats aren’t crunchy, and instead of dried apples I added dried strawberries. I also used cashews instead of almonds and after so many adjustments it still turned out better than fine! As long as you have the correct ratio of nuts:oats:fruit:syrup you will be onto a winner!!!!

Here is the original recipe if you want to try it out: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18365/toasted+muesli
And if I was to make this again, i’d definitely halve the recipe, because (A) I don’t have time to chew muesli on the weekday and because of this (B) you want your muesli to be fresh when you go to eat it, so making enough for your weekly consumption is enough, plus it only takes 30 minutes to put together, and (C) go all out and buy some of that real maple syrup see what all the fuss is about.

Enjoy, and now I shall get back to my actual job……..unless you leave me a comment 🙂

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