As I’m moving out of my university accommodation next week I’ve been busy trying to use up all of my ingredients and eating all my food to avoid the horror that is throwing food away. As such the amounts of butter and sugar in these cupcakes is no joke. I have a feeling I may well end up putting back on all the weight I lost whilst living on my own at uni all in one week.
No one recipe really, normal cupcake mix with vanilla extract (a gift) and chocolate chips (also a gift) and then chocolate buttercream on top. Beautiful but deadly. A lot of fun though and this time I’m 99% sure it won’t kill you. And if it does it’s because of the ensuing diabetes / heart attack and not uncookedness.
Here are the fruits of my last two hours’ efforts. Two hours filled with a roomful of oil smoke, burnt chicken and poorly managed time. But delicious fruits nonetheless.
I used this recipe here and made a very decent attempt at this Japanese-style curry, accompanied with rice. Since it was my first time frying things at uni, there were a few sacrificial lambs in terms of chicken breast pieces but most turned out very well indeed (though I’ve yet to test them all for true cookedness). I’m so full now I don’t even have room for a chocolate mousse (that’s how full I am).
“Hiru-gohan” means “lunch” in Japanese, by the way. Which, coincidentally, not, is also what this hamburger is. Japanese, I mean. Following a simple recipe for Japanese-style hamburgers, it uses panko, a special type of breadcrumb, which is of Japanese origin and recently became available at my local Tesco, hence this experiment. An experiment which was largely successful, might I add.
I used the recipe here and found it very easy and delicious. Accompanied with boiled vegetables, which were mediocre because I’ve never boiled vegetables before and because in any case the least tasty way to cook a non-root vegetable is to boil it, and rice. A rather large lunch but I’ve made up for it by still feeling too full for dinner.
Presenting the Chicken and Mushroom Pie complete with Coriander and Little Pastry Leaves on Top created after approximately two hours on a late Thursday night. As a break from my essay writing and journal trawling. A two hour break.
Turned out very well, I used shortcrust pastry which became a lovely golden brown and is delicious. I might try using my other pack of reduced frozen shortcrust pastry for apple pie next time. Ah, the possibilities.
Tomorrow is my Korean class’ last lesson of the academic year, and since there are only about four of us on as good day I decided for once to be that person who bothers baking cupcakes to bring to the end of year party.
This marks the first foray into cupcakes for my Cooking and specifically Baking Journey, following my attempt at banana bread (see previous posts). I’ve also recently done my well-practised lasagne, a true student indulgence, and am looking into making home-made pizza and pie in future.
The recipe can be found here and there is plenty of space to customize, including adding raisins, mashed banana or orange zest, none of which I did. It also includes a cream cheese frosting which unfortunately I was not equipped for but sounds gorgeous, here I’ve just used normal icing and some random chocolate/cranberry/coconut snack decorations.
Sorry to miss last week, lack of inspiration (because I thought I didn’t need to write ideas down), maybe I should rename them by number instead…
This one’s a little sloppy because my tablet and pen were playing up (TECHNOLOGY KILLS) and I was doing it late and couldn’t be bothered to fix the small stuff. I realized I forgot the window in the last one >.<
Basically I am in a state of perpetual hunger and craving for sweet stuff, so in the last two weeks I’ve made Scotch pancakes with honey, lemon, peanut butter and ice cream, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies (on a peanut butter wave too) and these really cute bear shaped apple-filled buns based on those by Mosogourmet (she uses custard cream). My Tumblr blog is also literally littered with food porn, I seem to find a lot of good recipe sources there too.
My next dessert plan is banana bread with maybe peanut butter and chocolate chips and raisins…? Should I start posting food photos here or is that too much?
Who knows, maybe baking is going to become my thing.