Friday, 27 December 2013

What does your pantry look like?

With all the renovations going in on at my house that didn't finish till Christmas Eve!!Ugh! there was not time for sorting out the pantry cupboards. Dare I open them and show you? My food cupboards are situated either side of the fridge.  They are not ideal as this makes them very deep.  I would like them transformed into pull out cupboards so you can easily access items at the rear.  Something for 2014.
Right hand pantry houses breakfast supplies, tea selections and coffee, herbs, spices, condiments, dried fruit and nuts, baking items and tinned food.

Left hand pantry houses medicine and first aid supplies (on the top shelf!), staples - rice, pulses, pasta, biscuits, flours, eggs and a whole compartment dedicated just to all the ingredients you would need for Chinese recipes. What does your pantry look like?
Joining with Belleau Kitchen for December challenge.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Chocolate Cake in a Mug

I know everyone has probably made these quick cake in a mug recipes, but I thought amongst all the expensive Christmas presents they will probably receive from Santa I would throw in a little after-Christmas activity for my grandchildren. Something easy they can make with just a little help from Mum and Dad.
I put together the dry ingredients and wrapped them in greaseproof paper and packed them into the mugs. The wet to be provided at their own home.

These little Christmas mugs are only a half cup size so perfect for little tummies.

Dry Ingredients
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons cocoa

Wet Ingredients
1  egg whisked add 1 tablespoon only (1 egg will be enough for about 3 little cakes)
3 teaspoons milk (15ml)
3 teaspoons oil (15ml)

What to do….
Thoroughly mix all the dry ingredients in a small jug
Add wet ingredients ( 1 tablespoon of egg, 3 teaspoons milk and 3 teaspoons oil)
Mix to a nice smooth paste
Pour into the cup and microwave for approximately 1 minute depending on the microwave
My cake rose over the top of the mug in 95 seconds.
Allow to cool a little, spoon out the centre and pour in cream or custard or tip out and have with ice-cream.