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30 November 2014

Its nearly 2015 wait... what the?

Wow I had no idea it had been so long since I stopped by here. I'd like to say I've been cooking up a storm and making lots of cards but the truth is my day job and being a mummy has kept me pretty busy for the last 18 months. 

 If I'm being honest I really haven't felt like making anything, but I've had two weeks off work and the kids are on holidays and I was bored silly so guess what I did....made some cards...and it was fun again. Insert 'squeal' :-)

So here are my latest creations...some are my own, some are CASES I've loved on Pintrest.

1 July 2012

Sweetie Belle's Vanilla Cupcakes Thermomix Style!

Ok this one was a request from Kira.  The recipe comes from her 'My Little Pony Cupcake Recipe Book' and they were really good! We mixed the batter in Thermie but of course you could just use a normal mixer.

125g butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups self raising flour


240g Icing Sugar
70g butter
20ml  milk
dash of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180'C.  Cream butter and sugar at speed 6 for 1 minute.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix on speed 6 for 20-40 seconds. Spoon mix into 12 cupcake cases, fill to 2/3. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the cakes are cooling, mix icing ingredients on speed 4 for 30 seconds.  Ice your cakes,  job done!

Quite possibly the best mashed potato I have ever tasted!

best mashed potato ever
Ok it's a big call I know, but this was seriously good!

It comes from the British version of Thermomix's Everyday Cookbook.  If you don't have a thermie, just steam or boil the potatoes then mash by hand or pass through a potato ricer.

I've tweaked the recipe a little, so here is my version

750g floury potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes
500g water
1 tsp salt
100g milk/cream
1tsp vegetable stock concentrate or stock powder (see here for recipe)
40g butter

Add water to jug and place potatoes in steamer basket. Place steamer basket in to the thermie jug and cook on soft spoon at varoma temperature for 20 - 25mins or until soft. If cooking on stove top, steam or boil potatoes until well cooked.  Do not try to mash undercooked potatoes, they'll turn to glue!

When potatoes are cooked, remove the basket and drain the potatoes.  Remove the water from the jug and attach the butterfly whisk.  Place potatoes back in the jug and add the remaining ingredients.  Whisk on speed 4 for 2-10 seconds.

The kids love these! You could also add your own favours or seasoning such as roasted garlic or parmesan cheese for a change.  Enjoy :-)