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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi everyone,

The lovely people at Canderal sent me some goodies to try out during this chilly season to keep warm. I love having that sweet scent lingering in the house, especially on cold nights! No one likes picking up those extra kilos that you just managed to lose during the Summer time so using a substitute for all the bad-eeky stuff is a great idea!

Local food blogger, Andanté Wiehahn from LekkerBek says, "for best results, use recipes specially developed for sugar substitutes. “To make sugar-free baking as easy as possible, Canderel has created the Canderel Kitchen – an online catalogue of recipes from breakfast to dessert and everything in between,” says Wiehahn.

I tried baking some chocolate chip cookies with Canderel Yellow and I must say that the outcome wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It turned out really good in my opinion. Okay, so let's get to the fun part of this post :D.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:
100g low fat spread
10g Canderel Yellow
125g plain flour, sifted
2 tsp low calorie cocoa, sifted
75g Canderel dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. Place the low fat spread and Canderel Yellow into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy.

4. Add the flour and cocoa and beat until it comes together to form a soft dough.

6. Stir through the chocolate pieces then scoop out heaped tablespoonfuls of the dough, about the size of a golf ball, forming it into a round shape with your hands.

7. Arrange the balls on the baking sheet and flatten them with a fork, making an imprint on the dough.
Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. *Tip: Before flattening the cookie dough with a fork, spray some Spray n Cook on the back of the fork. It makes it easier to flatten the cookies and the cookie dough doesn't stick to the fork

8. Remove from the oven and rest on the baking trays for 5 minutes.
9. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTE: They may still be a little soft when you take them out of the oven, but they will continue to firm up as they cool.

Taste Test:
What I thought?
I've never used Canderel before so this was a first for me. Initially the taste was great and the sweetness of the cookie dough mixed with the bitterness of the dark chocolate was really yummy. They sort of balanced each other out. Only after I finished the cookie, I tasted this unfamiliar aftertaste. I assumed it was the Canderel Yellow I was tasting and oh boy was my tastebuds confused and unappreciative. It was rather an odd taste for me. But overall, the chocolate chip cookie was really yummy. 

What my parents thought?
My father is an avid user of Canderel for his tea so he absolutely LOVED these cookies. He ate most of it last night already and he said that it had the right amount of sweetness and the right amount of bitterness. The after taste that I was tasting, he didn't taste it at all. He really enjoyed each bite of the chocolate chip cookies.

My mother on the other hand, someone who doesn't use Canderel at all, really liked them too. She said that it wasn't overly sweet and that it tasted as if too much coco was added into the cookie but other than that she really liked it. She didn't taste the same aftertaste like I did.

I added the purple glitter because my assistant chef, Ghaneefah (my 7 year old niece), likes pretty sparkly things. So we sprinkled some glitter over the cookies.

This recipe was quick and easy to do and it made about 10 cookies.

Visit Canderel's website to find out more about their products and discover great recipes from breakfast to main courses and desserts to tasty drinks.

Until next time..

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago, Lush South Africa got some yummy new products in and one of them was the gorgeous Granny Takes a Dip. I was extremely excited to get my hands on this bath bomb because I've read so many good reviews about it after it was launched on the Lush Kitchen. I needed to try it out for myself and ERMAGERD! It's flippen amazing!!!

Don't worry my South African lushies that's not near a Lush. It is available online so yay!

Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb:

What Lush has to say about this bath bomb:
This ginger, pepper and lemon-scented bath bomb turns your water psychedelic and puts some colour in your life. Simply drop into a warm bath and watch as its fizzing centre dissolves into multi-coloured waters. Its spicy, citrusy scent will pep you up: lemon oil boosts the mood, while ginger and pepper are warming.

Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium Bicarbonate), Citric Acid (Citric Acid), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Black Pepper Oil (Piper nigrum), Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Perfume (Perfume), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral (*Citral), *Limonene (*Limonene), Colour 42090 (Colour 42090), Colour 45350 (Colour 45350), Colour 14700 (Colour 14700), Colour 45410 (Colour 45410), Colour 17200 (Colour 17200)

What The Jam Jar has to say about this bath bomb:
The only thing I could think about while seeing this beauty in the tub was "Omg. Omg. Omg. Omg. YOU ARE SO PRETTY!!!" Inspired by anything and everything 1960s, I was mesmerized by the beauty of Granny Takes a Dip. It's more like Granny Takes Acid because the colours are so vivid and vibrant that it basically makes you feel like you're in some kind of cosmic world!

At R44.50, I was actually really pleased and shocked because this is probably the slowest fizzing bath bomb I've used. The first image I took of this bath bomb in the bath was at 01:13am and the last image was taken at 01:25am. Like what freaking sorcery is that??? The pink layer is the casing for the other three layers (blue, red and green) and that layer is the slow fizzer while the other layers fizzes really quick causing the bath bomb to leave an amazing colourful trail of bubbles. 

Granny Takes a Dip is the size of The Comforter bubble bar which is extremely HUGE and it can be cut and used in two separate bathing sessions. I was really surprised to see that it's only R44.50. I was prepared to pay over R50 for it but thank goodness I didn't have to!

Okay, coming to the scent. This bath bomb has a sweet yet spicy scent. I think the sweet scent is from the Gardenia and Lemon notes and the spiciness comes from the Pepper and Ginger notes. At first, the scent is very potent but it slowly fades away to a very subtle scent, which I liked because it kind of winds down while you wind down in the bath. I thought that was nice and I enjoyed the scent.

Granny Takes a Dip doesn't really have much moisturizing qualities but it isn't really drying either. It kind of had no affect on my skin and that was kind of disappointing. Something that can easily be fixed with a bath melt, though. 

I didn't see any stains on my body or the bath. There was almost no residue left in the bath after the water drained, which is always a plus because no one likes cleaning up that shit after a nice relaxing bath.

What would I pair this with?
♡ Bright Side bubble bar
♡ Floating Island bath melt
♡ Sexy Peel soap

Would I buy this bath bomb again?
YES!!!!!!!!!!! I won't even think twice lol. 

Until next time..

Monday, June 23, 2014

Event: Cape Town Blog Meet Up

Hi everyone,

The first Saturday of the month of June, I was invited to a blog meetup planned by the Blog Addict. We met up at the gorgeous four-star Onze Rust Guesthouse in Stellenbosch.

The aim of these blogger meets is for bloggers to interact with each other face to face and not just virtually. I must admit that I stuck to my normal "blogger clique", which was really terrible of me, but I did meet some bloggers that I haven't met in person before.

On arrival, we were greeted by the lovely Fathima. We briefly chatted while she gave us our name tags and showed us towards the sparkling white grape juice and cheese platter.

Kayli Vee, Siyaam and Zahrah took us through their blogging experience over the years that they've been blogging. It was interesting to hear someone elses journey. What I collected from them was that blogging isn't an easy thing and that you really have to be committed so that you can deliver good content to your readers.

We were taken around the guesthouse by the humble, Esther Bezuidenhout, where she shared the background of the guesthouse and some fun facts as well. I gathered that Esther is a very humble and caring individual. 

After we failed a mirror selfie, we were treated to yummy snacks, desserts and gifts. Blog Addict and the amazing sponsors really spoiled us with gorgeous gifts! I could not stop going back to the mini chocolate fountain because chocolate hugs my insides with love.

The highlight of the day was bloggers coming together and giving back to a good cause. We were asked to donate items to the Saartjie Baartman Center and it was so good to see bloggers carrying boxes and carrier bags FULL of goodies for the ladies and children at the Saartjie Baartman Center. There will be a handover on the 23rd of August 2014 and if you would like to contribute anything then please DM Blog Addict on Twitter and let them know :)

A massive THANK YOU to all the generous sponsors:
♡ Decadent Addiction - Catering, Decor and event management services
♡ Onze Rust Guesthouse - Accommodation prizes, Body Butter, Venue and wine
♡ Milkshake 
♡ Argan Hair Oil 
♡ Pick and Pay - Honest Artisan Chocolate
♡ La Prairie
♡ Royal Dansk
♡ Adventure Bootcamp
♡ Green Leaf Olive Oil
♡ RejuvX Hair Rescue
♡ Sensai Kanebo
♡ Associated Magazines
♡ Ster Kinekor
♡ Checkers - Foreign Ground Coffee
♡ Purple Focus Photography

Until next time..

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Recipe: Slutty Brownies

Hi everyone,

If you're trying to keep off the winter weight, I suggest you exit out of this webpage, switch off your laptop and burn it. If you're not, then hiiiiiii, welcome to the SBC (Slutty Brownies Club). No, no, no, don't worry my dear friends. This isn't some dail 1 - 800 - blah blah for a good time. Friends, we're making some hardcore brownies.
Let's bake some shizz.
This is the most easiest recipe and it will WOW friends and families because uh, how can you go wrong with choc chip cookies, Oreos and brownies??

You could make the choc chip cookie layer and the brownie layer from scratch oooor you could cheat like I did and buy the box mixes in store.

I got all these items from Pick n Pay.
I used Snowflake's Creations Chocolate Brownie mix as the top layer, Oreo Original cookie in the middle and InaPaarman Kitchen's Choc Chip Cookie mix as the bottom layer.

Step 1:
Make the chocolate brownie mix and choc chip cookie mix as per instructions on the box. If you are going to be using the InPaarman's Choc Chip Cookie mix then skip the step where the instructions says that you should keep aside 10ml of the cookie mix. Don't forget to preheat your oven at 170°.

Step 2:
Now for the layers, once you completed mixing all the batters it's time to assemble!
Make sure you line the oven dish in parchment paper and grease the parchment paper with either Spray n Cook or butter. I used butter, it was messy but it worked out just as fine as Spray n Cook.

Step 3:
Layer the cookie dough by pressing it firmly down onto the parchment paper. It can be a thin layer because the cookie dough does spread and rise a bit while it's baking.

This was really fun :D Try to make the corners as square as possible because this is the base of the brownie.
Step 3:
Layer the Oreo cookies for the middle of the Slutty Brownie. The cookies don't fit perfectly on the sides so I cut the cookies in half and squeezed them on the edges.

Or-reeee-o. Or-reeee-o. Or-reeee-o. Or-reeee-o. Or-reeee-o. Or-reeee-o. 
Step 4:
Layer the brownie mix on top of the Oreos.  This was probably the hardest part of the assemble because the mix I used was very stiff and sticky. When I tried spreading it across the dish, it kept taking the Oreos with it and I was like "WTF, why are you making this so hard???". Tiny tip, grease the spatula or spoon you will be using for distributing the brownie mix across the dish.

I probably spent 30 minutes trying to spread this -_-
Step 5:
Pop it in the oven for 45 minutes on 170° and prepare to be wowed!

It starts getting a bit bumpy but once it cools off it goes down.
Step 6:
After 45 minutes, check your brownies with a toothpick or knife and if it comes back clean, take it out of the oven and allow to cool. Now is the time to make the chocolate fondant with the provided fondant ingredients that the brownie mix includes in the box. It came with baking chocolate and icing sugar. I made the fondant as per instructions on the box. I just melted the chocolate and then added the icing sugar mixture and mixed it until I got a smooth fondant.

Hmmm. Dat chocolate fondant, doe.
Step 7:
Once the sluts are cooled down, I cut them into squares and drizzled the chocolate on top of each square.

And voila friends, that is how you make slutty brownies lol. There's not much too it. It took me about 2.5 hours to complete it but I'm such a pathetic excuse for a female because I spent like 15 minutes trying to figure out how much 125g will be if I convert it to ml, so yah.

You don't have to make the chocolate fondant drizzle but it came with the mix and I didn't want to waste it.
It tastes like  the tears of a unicorn.
If you decide to try this out then let me know how it turned out :) Tweet me or Instagram a picture of it and tag me. I would LOVE to see it.

Until next time..