Ever starting cutting up a beautiful birthday cake and found by the third slice it looks a little less than beautiful? So what to do?
An easy solution is to warm up the knife in hot water to allow it to cut through the icing cleanly.
So how do you warm up the knife easily? Just place some hot water in a measuring jug, dip the knife in for a few seconds, slice through with ease, wipe off the knife with paper towel, re-dip and continue to cut, repeating the dip and wipe with each slice.
The result? Lovely clean slices that do justice to the cake. Woohoo.
Hello Sunshine! You could be forgiven for thinking it’s Summer all year round here in Queensland with the weather at the moment. So what adult treat can you whip up to keep it cool and classy? Champagne pops of course!
Now I am not suggesting you have to use Champagne for this recipe, good quality sparkling wine works great too. I say good quality as you will be able to taste the wine with the pops so any corked or old wines can ruin the light fruity taste of the pops.
So what’s involved? It’s pretty simple really – all you need is some sparkling wine or champagne, fruit puree or juice and mint.
Now I know you’ll love these popsicles, it will be the most sophisticated version of a zooper dooper you’ve ever seen! ;D Enjoy!
Dean Martin, I am sorry for using your song as a blog title. Well, not really to be honest because I tragically love that song to death and can often be heard singing it at home. To myself. Shamelessly.
But really, who doesn’t love pizza? When friends are coming over it can be easy to become frantic and wonder what to cook that is easy and sociable at the same time. My solution? Home made pizza. With the abundance of decent pizza bases make your own at home can be a fun experience as you create a topping bar and each guest makes their own pizza ensuring they are happy with the topping and there is a sense of fun to the experience instead of just dialing a number and waiting for a delivery of usually sub average take away pizza.
The great thing about pizza is that the toppings are limited to what you have on hand or really enjoy. Of course, nothing beats tradition such as pepperoni, four cheeses, prosciutto and rocket or margarita but when you are cooking at home I will look the other way when you break the rules, don’t worry.! 😉 I like to keep it simple with my toppings with prosciutto, rocket and Parmesan being my simple go to. My partner is a fan of the everything possible school of pizza toppings but again, this is where compromise is a beautiful thing in that we both get to have pizza our way by making our own.
Home made pizza bases are very simple to make. You can even freeze the excess dough before proving it to have a quick mid week meal without fuss. Just roll the dough into individual sized balls, wrap well in cling film and freeze for about a fortnight or so before use.
So crack out the mixing bowl and roll up your sleeves to knead as you create you own pizza bases and have a great night in!
Home made pizza base
600g of flour
1 teasp salt
1 sachet of dried yeast
1 teasp caster sugar
60ml olive oil
375ml lukewarm water
1. Combine salt and flour in mixing bowl
2. Empty yeast sachet into warm water with sugar and mix. Allow to sit for about 5 mins or until mix is foamy and yeast is activated
3. Add olive oil to yeast mix and create well in middle of flour
4. Pour in liquid mix and using a knife cut the flour into the mix until well combined
5. Place rough dough onto floured bench and knead for about ten minutes until the dough is smooth and firm. Alternatively if you have a mixer with a dough hook, place inside and knead on low speed for ten minutes
6. Remove from bowl and place in large clean bowl with oiled sides. Place in warm area and cover with cling film
7. Allow to rise and prove for about 30min – 1 hour until doubled in size
8. Knock back and knead again, separate mix into appropriate size to cover your tray. Usually about 100g of mix will cover a 20cm round tray thinly which is how I like my bases
9. Top with your favourite ingredients and bake at about 180-200 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the base is golden
Nothing is worse than creating a nice meal and have it go cold because the weather outside is a bit chilly. So how do you keep your food as warm whilst you eat? Warming plates under a low grill before you put your food on allows the food to stay warm whilst you eat without having to microwave it again whilst you are plating up the food for everyone. Just make sure you check your plates are safe to be heated and make sure you don’t blast it under a high grill, just allow them to warm gently under a low grill and take care to handle with them with a cloth. Plate up your food and relax because it will stay warm and taste delicious!