DIY Mandarin Sugar Scrub

Since its getting colder and colder I’ve been eating a lot of citrus type fruits recently and I just love the smell of oranges and mandarins so I thought that a mandarin sugar scrub would be a great way to prepare my skin for the dry weather that’s on the way. Its also a great handmade gift for a special friend. You can read how to make your own essential oils from my previous post.

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Mandarin essential oils have some great benefits. For centuries its been produced in Brazil, Spain and Italy. It has also been used to relieve stomach aches and cramps in children.

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On the 7th day of Christmas-Nutella no-bake Chocolate Cookies.

Today’s recipe is the Nutella no-bake chocolate cookies. What can be better than a smooth melt in your melt, mix of butter and chocolate. This is a lovely and easy recipe that you can make within minutes and its a fun recipe that you can do with your kids. The longest part is waiting for it to cool but with the winter weather you can already dig into the cookies minutes after you put them on the baking sheet. They do however taste better after they’ve been chilled. This recipe has originally been prepared by Jocelyn and you can find it on insidebrucrewlife.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Nutella spread
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut

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This recipe was really easy to make and you can freeze it until a later date or keep it in the fridge if you want to eat something sweet everyday. It is a little bit rich but that doesn’t matter if you only eat one or two at a time

Recipe rating 8/10

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On the second day of Christmas – The Basic Cookie

While I was not in the mood to wait 3 hours for dough to chill, I rather picked a simpler and easier dough- the basic cookie dough.

All you need is the ingredients below and 25 minutes of your time

INGREDIENTS

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 275g plain flour

Recipe is from Allrecipes.co.uk

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This recipe was extremely easy and the cookies baked very fast. If you don’t watch them however they can burn easily. I really liked this recipe because it only requires 3 ingredients and it’s something you can whip up in a few minutes.

Recipe Rating 7/10

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Basic Soda Bread

Soda bread is a bread that you can make within minutes. You don’t have to wait for the yeast to activate and the dough to rise, because you’re not using yeast. Instead of yeast you will use baking soda. Soda bread tastes a little different than normal bread, its kind of like a big scone but its great with jams and  soups.

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Recipe – Paul Hallywood

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g plain white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 400ml buttermilk 

Substitutes.

Buttermilk = 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 400ml Milk mixed together adn left for 5 minutes before adding to ingredients.

Directions

First you have to preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients and then add the buttermilk. Turn the dough over on a floured baking tray and form a ball. Then cut the dough into 4 quarters, but not all the way to the bottom. Dust with some flour and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool.

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Recipe from How To Bake by Paul Hollywood. but you can also find this amazing recipe on his blog 

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Friday night dinner Dagwood

When I was a child my dad use to buy us Dagwood’s at the sports-club every Friday night. Later he started creating his own Dagwood’s at home. Sometimes adding bacon or a home made relish. Dagwood’s always remind me of those days.

Yesterday was our 9 year wedding anniversary and since we’re going to Seoul this weekend we decided not to go to dinner yesterday but rather save it until the weekend. Since it is still a special day, we decided to have some home-made Dagwood’s, so off we went to the store to buy some minced beef.

Homemade Dagwood (serves 4)

img_6457For the beef Patty

  • 100 gram minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 Large onion
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Italian herbs

For the Dagwood

  • 4 mince patties
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 avocado’s
  • 2 tbs sour-cream
  • 1 large tomato
  • slices cheese (enough for 4 servings)

First you have to start with the Patties if you’re making them yourself. Beat one egg and break one slice of bread into small pieces. Mix the two together and add the salt pepper, paprika and Italian herbs.

img_6449Chop up 1/2 an onion. Add your mince and onion to the bread mixture.

img_6450Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal parts and roll them into 4 balls. I keep them in the ball form until after they are cooked but you can press down on them with a spoon to make them flatter. Grease an oven pan and place them on the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

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While they were going in the oven, you can start with your ‘guacamole mixture’. I used 2 avo’s and 2 tablespoons of sour cream mixed with some salt and pepper.

You can then proceed to fry the eggs and the rest of the onion. Slice the cheese so that you have enough for 4 servings. Slice the tomato. Spread butter on one side of the bread and fry it,face down, in a non-stick pan until golden brown.

After the mince-balls are done, press them down with a spoon so that they are more patty shaped. They might break apart but this allows the cheese to melt into them.

Assemble your Dagwood and put it back into the oven for a further 5 minutes so that the cheese can melt. Remove from the oven and serve.

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img_64581img_64561Its quick delicious and easy to make. It takes around 35 minutes to make 4 yummy Dagwood’s.

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