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Paleo macadamia Salted caramel

24 Dec

 

 

 

 

One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is sitting on the concrete out the front of my grandma’s house with a hammer and a bag of macadamias, balancing the nuts precariously on the cracks in the concrete then hitting them with the hammer. Trying to put just the right amount of pressure to crack the shell without smashing the nut is an art form.

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Macadamias are such a summer treat here in Australia so when I found this recipe I knew I just had to make it and amidst all the naughty Christmas treats that are laden with gluten and refined sugar it is something a little more Paleo friendly.

I came across this recipe via Pinterest (where else?) .

It comes from Kitsa’s Kitchen and she called it Macadamia Christmas Crunch.

 

 

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This recipe is so simple it’s silly.

1 cup of raw honey

250g butter or ghee

1 cup macadamias

salt

Place the honey and butter in a saucepan together and boil. According to the recipe it should reach toffee stage, however I found the honey just did not heat the same way sugar does and mine never made it to that stage. If yours does great, if not don’t worry.

Now add macadamias, I used plain macadamias, I think they might have been ever so slightly roasted as they didn’t have the waxiness fresh out of the shell nuts have. Also add some sea salt, a teaspoon or two, whatever your taste is.

Pour it into a lined tray. I added more nuts to mine as I didn’t think there was enough and I sprinkled some more salt on top

Then pop it in the fridge until set.

DSC_1133Mine was more like caramel than toffee and melted easily out of the fridge. They were completely unsuitable for taking to work to share with my workmates as they melted and stuck to the plate during the drive and then needed to be pried off the plate with a knife.

They are much better suited to a little soirée at home where they can be served directly from the fridge.

Now let me tell you about how they taste.

Pure, buttery, melt in your mouth bliss, with a kick of salt and the delightful creaminess of the nuts. I dare you to try and stop at one, I couldn’t.

These could possibly be the best caramels I have ever tasted, honey makes a far superior caramel to sugar. I am disappointed though that I could not get it to boil hotter so that it was more of a cruchier texture more like peanut brittle, that would have been perfection.

 

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An easy Wreath to make with the kids

3 Dec

 

Despite the title of this post, my kids did not help make this in any way I was told when I asked if they wanted to help “No, Mum. You can do it all by yourself”

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I recently found this cute wreath via Pinterest.

 

This is the site it is from. It is in Hungarian, Google will translate it for you, but the photos are pretty self explanatory so you don’t really need it.

All you need is used toilet rolls, green paint, red beads and glue

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I used 11 toilet rolls. I started by cutting each one into 5 pieces and painting inside and outside green.

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Then using a glue gun I glued the 5 pieces together to form this flower shape.

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Once I had made all the flowers I glued them together to make 1 small wreath, using 5 flowers and one larger wreath, using six flowers.

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I placed the smaller one on top of the bigger one then glued some red beads on, and there you have it. A simple Christmas wreath!

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21st cake

3 Oct

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It was my brother’s 21st recently and I made his cake.

I wanted to make something quite impressive so I started with a double batch of white mud cake and added cocoa to half of the batter so I ended up with one white cake and one chocolate cake. I cut the white one into two layers and the chocolate one into 3 layers.

My brother is a big fan of cookies and cream chocolate, while he was living with me last year I think it was all he ate, so I made a cookies and cream ganache to go between the layers.

I used the condensed milk butter cream I have previously used fr a crumb coat. This butter cream is so decadent, it has become my go to icing, Mr Minx will eat it straight out of the bowl!

For the decoration I chose to use the petal technique I have seen so often on Pinterest. Here is a tutorial. The great thing about this technique is that it is super easy, although time consuming, and looks super awesome!image

All you need is an off set spatula or spoon, and Wilton tips number 12, I think I had number 10 as the shop was out of 12s. If you are using more than one colour you will need more than one tip.

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Basically you just dot the icing in a line down the cake

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and then spread the dots with the spatula

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Sorry for the poor picture quality, I was sick while doing this and could only manage phone photos.

On the top of the cake I put one row of dots and spread them towards the centre of the cake. Then I topped it with Oreo truffles. These were so easy to make, I used a packet of Oreos and a packet of cream cheese, popped them in the food processor and wizzed them up, made little balls and then coated them in melted chocolate.

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The cake was a pretty big hit, the family were impressed. The cake was pretty delicious, although very sweet, I couldn’t finish my piece. I forgot to take photos of the cake until we were at the restaurant so they are a bit dark, but you get the idea.

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Pinterest obsession

23 Feb

So, I’m sure you’re all familiar with Pinterest.

I have been on Pinterest for a while now, but have only used it as a way to catalogue the items I find on the internet which I want for the house. It has only been the last week or so that I have discovered the awesomeness of Pinterest. There are some seriously talented people out there!  I have found so many great craft, sewing and baking ideas on there…and the clothes, don’t get me started on that!

The one thing that surprises me is the reliance of Americans on packaged food, so many of their recipes use cake mix and other prepackaged convenience foods (what are crescent rolls?). I love cooking and baking and the thought of trying to pass off a packet cake as home baked goods is crazy to me. Anyway, I digress.

So, the discovery of this treasure trove is partly what inspired this blog.

I always wonder when I am looking at others pins how many people actually do the things they pin. I hope to be able to replicate some of the projects I have found on there, I have already made a few of the meals I have found on there (the healthy cooked from scratch type of meals). Don’t worry, I will be sharing all my attempts at Pinterest found projects.

If you want to follow me find me at misstacie

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