Carrot cake, K-Mix and my sweet tooth...

Happy Monday!!
Today a few things happened: I gave my K-Mix it’s first outing, I panic bought 2 and a half interview outfits and I got my first filling,
To elaborate- I got my K-Mix for my 21st birthday way back in February but I’ve lived in a tiny flat with a tiny kitchen to match so there’s been no room for it. I moved out of my flat on Saturday and I’m currently staying with my parents until I find a job elsewhere. I’ve got a job interview on Wednesday for an editorial role at a card making magazine. Obviously, that is my dream job and I’m super nervous. I’ll keep you updated on that one! I also got my first filling today… My sweet tooth has taken its toll. 
Anyway, to christen my K-Mix I made up some carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting. They were divine. I’ve posted the recipe before, you can find it here.
Enjoy! And send positive vibes my way for my interview!!

Sophie's seafood chowder...

The other day I came across a recipe for seafood chowder in BBC’s Good Food magazine and since then I can’t get it out of my head. All I want to eat is sea food chowder (and then Viennese whirls… see yesterdays post if this confuses you). It’s my Dad’s favourite and he works away most of the time so I decided to make it for him whilst I’m at home as a little treat! 
When I went though the Good Food recipe I realised there was loads of stuff I didn’t like on it and also loads of stuff I don’t have or ever intend on getting (like mace…) so basically I just made this up and to my suprise it actually tasted delicious. It’s really easy and also quite cheap as far as sea food is concerned…
So here ya go, Sophie’s sea food chowder:
- A splash of olive oil
- 1 onion
- Chorizo (I cut about 2 inches off a longer one…)
- 1 tbsp flour (it should be plain but it really doesn’t matter that much)
- 600ml of fish and vegetable stock. (I like Knorr stock pots, one veg and one fish)
- 1 medium sized potato
- 300ml milk
- 320g pack of fish pie mix or of fish of your choice chopped into 1 inch cubes. (I used a mix from Tesco’s that had salmon, haddock and smoked haddock. I also popped in a bit of cod loin I had in the freezer.)
- 250g pack of cooked mixed seafood (again, mine was from Tesco’s and it had calamari, muscles and prawns in, but you could use whatever you like)
- Tin of sweetcorn
- A liberal drizzle of cream (single, double, it’s all the same to me… it’s not really I just don’t care)
- Pinch of chilli powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of salt and pepper
Start by heating the oil in a large deep saucepan. Chop up the onions and the chorizo and throw them in. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are starting to brown.
Make up your stock and add it. Bring it to a simmer and add the potatoes.  Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes start to soften. 
Measure out your milk and mix in the cayenne pepper, chilli powder, salt and pepper. Add to the pan. Throw in the tin of sweetcorn with the juice it comes in.
Pop in the fix pie mix and the cooked shellfish and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the cream. 
Simmer until your fish starts to fall apart and voila!

Happy Monday! X

Viennese Whirls...

My favourite biscuits in the whole wide world are viennese whirls. Their melt in the mouth buttery goodness is irresistible to me and I’ve took a day off the diet (I’ve lost 16lbs now!) so I can stuff my face with my faves. I’m blaming this on the fact that it’s Sunday. Sunday is international fat day in my eyes…
Anyway. I’ve been wanting to make them for ages but I’ve not got round to it, and today, as I’m supposed to be writing essays I’m ‘procrastibaking’ (this is a word I’ve made up to describe my life).
I dug out my mum’s Kenwood Gormet, which is like an ancient version of my beautiful K-Mix (which is currently stuck at my London flat unused until I work out where I’m going to live…) but it worked fine. 
So here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 
250g margarine or butter
55g icing sugar
225g plain flour
75g corn flour
A splash of vanilla extract/essence  
Preheat the oven to 170c or gas mark 4. 
Weigh out the butter/marg and then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften it up a big. 
Add the icing sugar, plain flour and corn flour to a large mixing bowl.
Now I used a food blender to do this because I’m so lazy I can’t even be bothered to use a wooden spoon. It doesn’t really matter how you get it all mixed together just don’t over do it and knock too much air into it. 
Pop the mixture into a piping bag with a large star shaped nozzle and pipe onto a baking sheet. 
Put them in the oven for 15 minutes. They’ll feel pretty soft when you take them out but do not fear, they’ll harden up when they cool!
They’re not very sweet so you might want to add a bit more icing sugar in replacement of some flour- I like them like this though. They’re great sandwiched with jam and cream! Also half dipped in chocolate or sprinkled with icing sugar. They’re really easy to make too! 
Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend!
Sophie X
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