Lemon and poppyseed drizzle loaves

The weekend just gone was a fairly miserable one in our household. Everyone has a cold, its cold outside, and its the end of the holiday...ohh no. Time to make cake and eat it.

I really didn't want to go out to the supermarket to get ingredients so I just used what I had at home to make these. Not a bad creation I have to say :)

You will need:

For the cake:
170g of Flora
170g of Caster Sugar
3 large eggs
170g of Self-raising flour
2 teaspoons of poppy seeds
The zest of 2 lemons

For the drizzle:
120g of icing sugar
The juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon of poppy seeds

I've used this recipe of equal fat, sugar and self-raising flour for fairy cakes and realised that flora, not butter, just tastes so much better. Its really true. When you think about it, the idea of eating a margarine cake sounds gross because margarine is quite gross on its own, as oppose to butter which just tastes great wherever. In a cake though, the margarine gives it a much lighter texture and you feel slightly better in that it won't clog up your arteries either. So may we call this a guilt free cake considering its a cake? :P

Take the Flora and caster sugar in one large mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs next, stir and then add the flour. Mix until you get a uniform mixture. Zest the lemons over the bowl and add the poppy seeds. Once stirred thoroughly pour into one large loaf mould or a pan of mini loaves like I used. This mixture makes one large loaf and 8 mini loaves.

Bake at 180 degrees C for about 30 mins but keep an eye on it as it will depend on your oven and what kind of cake mould you used.

When they're done and cooling slightly you can make the drizzle. Just combine the icing sugar, lemon juice and poppy seeds. While the cakes are still hot and in the moulds still, poke the cakes with a skewer to dot a few holes on each one. You can then pour over your drizzle and let the cakes to cool  allowing the drizzle to set.



Skinny carrot fritters

Vegetable fritters are awesome. Filling, healthy and almost no calories :D win win win

I loved Rosie Londoner's greek courgette fritters and I make them every few weeks but I decided to try create my own. I am very pleased with this recipe and I encourage you to try it too.

You'll need:
3 large carrots
1 large cucumber
1 spring onion
1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
2 tablespoons of black sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of paprika
sea salt and black pepper to season
3 eggs
some oil for frying

Start by grating your carrots and cucumber into a colander over a bowl or saucepan. This may take some time but see it as burning more calories  :P it'll tire your arms. Sprinkle liberally with the sea salt and leave for half an hour while the water drains out. After half an hour you'll have to get your hands in and really force out the water. the more water you can get out the better and you can always save the carrot and cucumber juice for a drink later? when the mixture is thoroughly squeezed out you can start adding the other ingredients. Chop up the spring onion finely and add it along with the garlic, sesame seeds paprika and black pepper. Mix it up so its all even. Beat 3 eggs in a separate bowl and add to the mixture when you're ready for cooking the fritters. Heat up some oil in a pan and when it gets really hot  you can start adding small mounds of the mix. Cook evenly on each side for a few minutes each and slide them all onto a plate to share. These are quite sweet naturally from the carrot so you could serve them with a kind of tangy sauce or just lemon juice to balance it out. 

Simon and I made ours ready to watch X factor New Zealand. Theres only 4 acts now!


One Tree Grill

Since I wasn't (going to) be able to go to Lisa's 21st on Wednesday, and neither was Jennie, we decided to take Lisa out for dinner so we could have our own 21st for her. I'm now able to go to her 21st and am pretty excited for it but I was also pretty keen for a meal out anyway. We've all seriously earned this after exams :)

Jennie picked out One Tree Grill...in...you guessed it, One Tree Hill, in Central Auckland for those that aren't familiar. It was gorgeous. Probably the most expensive meal I've had to pay for yet but it was so lovely and I'll be wanting to go back again.

They had these really cool menus on iPad minis. When you clicked on the dish it would show you a photo! We took forever to decide...

Raspberry and Rose Mojito,

Caribbean sunsets...

Lisa and I both ordered  the duck and Jennie ordered the Serloin with a bernaise sauce

Cool menus came back for dessert!
we chose ice creams, creme brûlée and petit fours. 

Time to give Lisa her present :) 
Together Jennie and I picked out a bracelet from Coast and I also got her a little silky makeup bag with 4 hand creams from L'Occitane.

My bill came to $83 something...for main, dessert, cocktail and me paying for our extra bread rolls. Its kind of fried my bank account but thats okay, its the holidays :) and the duck was soooo good. I'd go back for that same dish :P