It Follows (2015)

May 27 2016
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Eeep.  Saw this brilliant low budget, indie horror flick a while back and loved it’s dreamlike quality and creepiness while paying homage to a bunch of 80s horror movies (spotted some subtle Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween and Carrie in there).

Have a great weekend!

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All images from the movie: It Follows, USA, 2015

Oatmeal raisin cookies

May 14 2016
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On needing to use up oats, peanut butter chips and raisins and looking for the perfect oatmeal raisin cookies one night, I decided to go directly to a good source and found this great recipe (is anybody else so confused by the over abundance of recipes online now?  I know I know, I’m part of the problem).

Anyway, I tweaked things a bit, as you do, and found these chewy, spicy and soft and well, just awesome really.  Great with a cuppa.

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Swedish sandwich cake

April 23 2016
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Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanillaI’ve always wanted to make one of these as I’m a huge sandwich fan and I love all things Swedish and Scandinavian.  I haven’t made it exactly as you would a traditional smörgåstårta, as I wanted to use ingredients I had already.  However, I tried to think of traditional Swedish things while putting it together; making one layer with a fish filling and using sour cream, greens and rye bread.

It’s very easy to whip up, is delicious and is a fun take on sandwiches for lunch for your family or for a BBQ or party.  One important thing though – make sure your fillings don’t have too much liquid as the cake will end up on the soggy side.

Nourish atelier is where I adapted mine from, with information on traditional ingredients and a recipe video.
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Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanilla
Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanilla
Swedish sandwich cake l a splash of vanilla
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Sticky date raw muesli

April 10 2016
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I know toasted muesli is super popular and I really like it myself, but there’s just something so wholesome about raw muesli.  Combined with dates, spices and golden syrup, this muesli has a nutty, chewy texture and is reminiscent of sticky date pudding.

Because of the dates, this is quite high in sugar, so you could think of it as one serve of fruit if you like.

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Easter mini carrot layer cake with cream cheese icing

March 20 2016
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Mini carrot layer cake l a splash of vanillaCarrot cake always reminds me of the uni refect, 2nd year.  The vegetarian café I’d often go to served the best carrot cake with lashings of cream cheese icing and good coffee.  I’d kid myself that carrot cake was good for me, what with all the carrots and walnuts and things.

However.  After stacking on 10kg, I realised all that carrot cake (and chips, beer etc) wasn’t really doing my waistline any good so I had to cut back and start doing real exercise instead of just clubbing all night and playing pool all day ak I remember my student nursing uniforms feeling tight and becoming very gloomy over it, especially after an elderly female patient kindly told me I was a sturdy girl.

I think it’s unfair to blame the carrot cake though and I’ll always have fond memories of it, so here’s my version in a mini form for more, ahem, portion control.  It has that lovely soft, spicy texture and flavour you expect from a carrot cake and I didn’t skimp on the cream cheese icing.

It’s appropriate for Easter too if that’s your thing (carrots = bunnies = Easter).
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Mini carrot layer cake l a splash of vanilla
Mini carrot layer cake l a splash of vanilla
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