Bake: Bill Granger’s Gooey Chocolate Cake with Raspberries

The title of this post actually speaks for itself. The photos to come will also speak for themselves. I made this for my gorgeous friend, Holly’s birthday recently, as the occasion called for something super yummy and super decadent…and this certainly delivered. I thank Bill Granger, once again, for his spectacular recipe.

- The recipe -

– The recipe –

- Ingredients -

– Ingredients –

- The Process -

– The Process –

 

- Bill's version -

– Bill’s final version –

- The first part is to melt the dark chocolate, raspberry jam and cream -

– The first part is to melt the dark chocolate, raspberry jam and cream –

- This is then poured into the greased caked tin to form the base..and then the gooey top when turned out -

– This is then poured into the greased caked tin to form the base..and then the gooey top when turned out –

- The cake mix is then layered on top of this -

– The cake mix is then layered on top of this –

 

- ...baked -

– …baked –

- Then cooled (a little) and turned out to create a gooey chocolate cake -

– Then cooled (a little) and turned out to create a gooey chocolate cake –

 

- Decorate with raspberries (I used defrosted frozen, and they were fine) -

– Decorate with raspberries (I used defrosted frozen, and they were fine) –

- We served it with whipped cream, which turned out to be a little OTT, but still YUM! -

– We served it with whipped cream, which turned out to be a little OTT, but still YUM! –

Do you have a yummy, gooey cake recipe? Do you prefer a dry chocolate cake, or a gooey one?

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Love It: Book Review – The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

I picked up this book as a little personal challenge – to try something new, to read something as bit different from what I would normally read. And I have to say that the setting – the city of Kabul in Afghanistan – made me feel a little uncomfortable to begin with. It’s a fictional story written by Deborah Rodriguez, who based many of the events and some of the characters on her own experiences whilst she lived in Kabul years prior to writing the book.

Sunny, the main character, is an American lady who has a coffee shop in the unsettled city of Kabul. She caters mainly for westerners, including American and British soldiers, as well as journalists and the odd tourist. I guess I found it a little hard to fathom what life would be like in a city where women are forced to cover themselves completely, as well as being seen as merely sexual objects and slaves who are rarely allowed to speak, let alone make any life choices of their own. These characters are also facing the daily fears of suicide bombers and the Taliban – who essentially run the country.

In between all this negativity and uncomfortable setting, the characters are quite well-developed and diverse. Rodriguez manages to incorporate some hope, some positivity and of course, that conventional happy ending that we are all so craving. I can see this becoming a movie down the track, full of colour and texture and interesting characters who play out an engaging storyline. I rate this book 7/10 Worth a read.

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Love It: Fox In Flats Hair Dare

Last week I had a heap of fun doing Fox in Flats’ 7-Day Hair Dare. This is basically where you mix things up and wear your hair in a different style each day, for seven consecutive days. Here is how it went…. (Apologies for my very ordinary photos – I used my Iphone, on the go!).

- Day 1: High Hair Donut Bun. Loved it and will do again -

– Day 1: High Hair Donut Bun. Loved it and will do again –

- Day 2: Low Side Half Pony Tail. This was ok, but admittedly was in a hurry and could have been better -

– Day 2: Low Side Half Pony Tail. This was ok, but admittedly was in a hurry and could have been better –

- Day 3: Messy/Wavy (used texture spray) and pinned-up fringe. Again, ok...but in desperate need of a hair cut and colour -

– Day 3: Messy/Wavy (used texture spray) and pinned-up fringe. Again, ok…but in desperate need of a hair cut and colour –

- Day 4: Straightened and left out. Love this...my favourite -

– Day 4: Straightened and left out. Love this…my favourite –

- Day 5: Ponytail with a little volume up top. Like this a lot...easy -

– Day 5: Ponytail with a little volume up top. Like this a lot…easy –

- Day 6: Side-platted fringe with pinned low bun. Liked this a lot, but used a lot of pins! -

– Day 6: Side-platted fringe with pinned low bun. Liked this a lot, but used a lot of pins! –

- Day 7: Blow dried and wavy with a side-pinned fringe. Liked this, but did tie it back half way through the day as it was HOT! -

– Day 7: Blow dried and wavy with a side-pinned fringe. Liked this, but did tie it back half way through the day as it was HOT! –

Would you be keen to try this hair dare?

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Bake It: Karen Martini’s Cabbage, Pea, Mint, Chilli & Parmesan Salad

As many of my reader’s are on healthier eating plans these days, I have decided to incorporate some salads, especially since salads are so great in summer.

Early in the new year I was lucky enough to go out for dinner with my beautiful Mother’s Group to Karen Martini’s restaurant, Mr Wolf in St Kilda. It was a fun night and we ate yummy pizzas and salads. We ordered the Cabbage, pea, mint, chilli and parmesan salad, (thanks to our very clever ‘orderer’ Victoria) and I loved it so much that I went home and made it the very next week. Here it is…

- All the ingredients ready to go -

– All the ingredients ready to go –

- Slice those radishes REALLY finely -

– Slice those radishes REALLY finely –

- Looks so yummy with the parmesan on top -

– Looks so yummy with the parmesan on top –

- Served with an asparagus frittata (recipe for another day) -

– Served with an asparagus quiche (recipe for another day) –

Ever so healthy. Ever so easy. And ever so YUM!

What is your favourite salad this summer?  What are your thoughts on raw cabbage?

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Love It: 52 – A Portrait a Week

My beautiful friend Jo, recently made me aware of a project that she found out in the World Wide Web called, ‘The 52 Project‘. The blogger, Jodi has committed to photographing her two children once a week for all of 2013 and posting these photos (along with many of her other beautiful shots) on her blog, Che and Fidel. Jodi is an AMAZING photographer – I just can’t stop looking at her beautiful photos. I am truly inspired by her talent and her eye for what makes a beautiful photograph.

I have also recently started following another blogger, Donna on her blog, Donna Jayne, and she is also participating in this project. Donna Jayne writes and posts about many other really interesting topics too, including giving up sugar, which has inspired me to try this (more on this later).

So, to kick off the year of photos, I will have to post a few photos (a few weeks back-log) and then one a week from there – and after June, TWO a week.

- 1/52 -

– 1/52 –

- 2/52 -

– 2/52 –

- 3/52 -

– 3/52 –

I wish that I had started this when Evie was born, but I guess it’s better late than never.

Who is interested in participating? Has anyone done anything like this already?

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Love It: Question of the Week

I go through phases where I feel very motivated. It helps when I’m on holidays (like now) and I can really focus on the goals ahead of me and keep my eyes on the prize. I guess my main area for keeping focussed and feeling motivated is healthy eating paired with a decent amount of exercise. At the moment I have time to really contribute to these two areas in my life. I have time to enjoy them and I feel great about them. When I go back to work, or when Bubba Number Two arrives, I can guarantee that these focusses will head straight out the window, along with my feelings of being in control. So, I would like to put my question of the week out there….

Who or what motivates YOU to be in control and achieve your goals? Who helps you find focus and then keep that focus?

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Would love to hear from you all….

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