My Cooking Blog

Oreo Cupcake & Oreo Buttercream.

Oreo Cupcake & Oreo Buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling & Lemon Buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling & Lemon Buttercream.

Lemon & Poppy Seed with Lemon Curd Filling & Vanilla Buttercream.

Lemon & Poppy Seed with Lemon Curd Filling & Vanilla Buttercream.

One of the best breakfasts I’ve had in many many years!!! My word it was just sooo beautiful I saw it on a show called “River Cottage Veg” and the idea of broad bean bruschetta just intrigued me! Keeping in mind I’ve never tasted broad beans in my life lol Only ever tasted Goats cheese once but it was love at first taste for me lol. I went ahead to make my own bread this morning too!!! Just your basic white loaf for the bruschetta, although I think I’ll try using Ciabatta next time though. Boil your broad beans in hot water for a bout a minute or two, then lightly fry in olive oil (or rapeseed oil), butter and garlic. I added pink himalayan salt and black pepper into the mix, then blend to a rough paste and apply to bread!!!! Crumble soft goats cheese on top (on the episode they used a smoked goats cheese but I just used regular) and some freshly chopped mint. You do need to be carefully with the goats cheese as it could get overpowering very quick so don’t get all cheddar on it lol. It it really really tasty and quite filling as much as I want seconds my body won’t allow me to go that far so I’ll leave it there for today but keep baking and cooking out there!!! I’ll let you know when I try it with Ciabatta!

One of the best breakfasts I’ve had in many many years!!! My word it was just sooo beautiful I saw it on a show called “River Cottage Veg” and the idea of broad bean bruschetta just intrigued me! Keeping in mind I’ve never tasted broad beans in my life lol Only ever tasted Goats cheese once but it was love at first taste for me lol. I went ahead to make my own bread this morning too!!! Just your basic white loaf for the bruschetta, although I think I’ll try using Ciabatta next time though. Boil your broad beans in hot water for a bout a minute or two, then lightly fry in olive oil (or rapeseed oil), butter and garlic. I added pink himalayan salt and black pepper into the mix, then blend to a rough paste and apply to bread!!!! Crumble soft goats cheese on top (on the episode they used a smoked goats cheese but I just used regular) and some freshly chopped mint. You do need to be carefully with the goats cheese as it could get overpowering very quick so don’t get all cheddar on it lol. It it really really tasty and quite filling as much as I want seconds my body won’t allow me to go that far so I’ll leave it there for today but keep baking and cooking out there!!! I’ll let you know when I try it with Ciabatta!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Chocolate Buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Chocolate Buttercream.

Vanilla Cupcake with Strawberry Jam inside and a Cherry on top. 

Vanilla Cupcake with Strawberry Jam inside and a Cherry on top. 

Running a Facebook contest for the people of Essex and London!!! To get a chance to win 12 free banana and coconut cupcakes get involved in the contest by simply liking the post on my Facebook page!!!. “www.facebook.com/chefoloriebi”

Running a Facebook contest for the people of Essex and London!!! To get a chance to win 12 free banana and coconut cupcakes get involved in the contest by simply liking the post on my Facebook page!!!. “www.facebook.com/chefoloriebi”

So when the recipie said “125ml of lime juice”  I thought cool that should be easy to do. WRONG! I must have used about six limes or so!! Why on earth are they sooo small!!! First attempt on a key lime pie, I thought to use a chocolate base but my little cousin (who seems to be an expert in the eating of these things) suggested a normal biscuit base instead. I used Philadelphia’s recipie and it tastes beautiful!!!!!! Just tad bit too limey for me but I still plan to have a couple of slices before my little cousin gets home. What I did want to try in terms of presentation was something I saw on the Tv once, green food colouring and kiwis to decorate which I think would add another dimension of flavour and style!!. I will be trying more pies and cheesecakes this holiday as Mother and my little cousin seem to have taken a likening to them (^_^)

So when the recipie said “125ml of lime juice”  I thought cool that should be easy to do. WRONG! I must have used about six limes or so!! Why on earth are they sooo small!!! First attempt on a key lime pie, I thought to use a chocolate base but my little cousin (who seems to be an expert in the eating of these things) suggested a normal biscuit base instead. I used Philadelphia’s recipie and it tastes beautiful!!!!!! Just tad bit too limey for me but I still plan to have a couple of slices before my little cousin gets home. What I did want to try in terms of presentation was something I saw on the Tv once, green food colouring and kiwis to decorate which I think would add another dimension of flavour and style!!. I will be trying more pies and cheesecakes this holiday as Mother and my little cousin seem to have taken a likening to them (^_^)

"I’m making squares tonight" I said to a friend of mine many months ago, to which their response was "squares?". I cannot begin to express how shocked I was with any of the letters on my keyboard tonight, but even the word "tray bake" didn’t suffice to bring more clarity to the subject. I then proceeded to use the example of a brownie as a point of comparison in order to make them understand, in hindsight I suppose it would have been easier to just bring some squares to their house the next day lol. What’s even more surprising is that "squares" are not baked in a square cake tin as far as I know, they are predominately baked in a rectangle tin. There are probably valid reasons for this in relation to the size  of one’s oven and how to get as many "squares" out of one bake in order to reduce oven time but still I found that little fact interesting. 

After much babbling some of you already know this particular bake is oreo orientated, and you are mostly correct! In addition to some lovely oreos we have bananas!!!! Such a beautiful combination and right now I can’t for the life of me understand why I proceeded to make a cutting of them before frosting them, but i’m sure my little cousin won’t mind as she devours them all. A beautiful combination that I would recommend, also works well in cupcakes, however i’m not so sure it would be texturally sound for a cake. One pitfall I would draw out from baking with these two flavours is to watch out because bananas are very powerful!!! So just be sure to taste as you go, I usually “eye up” the amount of oreos I pour in and judge by the colour and texture of the batter because I’m used to it. Also because I don’t really eat these things (cue shock and horror “oh my gosh you bake soo much but you don’t eat these things??”). Yes I know it sounds a bit weird but I have an arsenal of people that can guarantee you these flavours always come out on top :)

Happy Baking & Eating :) 

Oreo Surprise & Oreo Buttercream.

Oreo Surprise & Oreo Buttercream.

I think these are the most pictures i’ve put in one post ever lol Here we have a feast of cupcakes for last Sabbath, I usually make 24 cupcakes every two weeks but we were having a youth day and so I decided to go big and make 48 cupcakes!!!! Since I was doing 48 I decided to have four different flavours, so I did my “oreo surprise” cupcakes which are a beautiful bunch of banana and oreo cupcakes. Then my classic red velvet ones, my “tad bit tropical” cupcakes which are equally beautifully awesome, a combination of banana and coconut. To finish it off I did some mango cupcakes which turned out quite nice. My baking muse had recently gone vegan so I decided to make 24 of the cupcakes vegan (you can get a small kick at guessing which ones were vegan :p). As you probably already know I’m not the biggest fan of sweet things, however my favourite cupcake would definitely have to be the coconut and banana one, which is very odd because as you may already know (again lol) I deteste coconut and anything associated with it. Surprisingly i’ve come to love it in this delicious form of a cupcake, and if you try it you might just like it too! Despite all the heavy lifting, I had quite a bit of fun baking all these cupcakes, one piece of advice I would give it to plan out your time properly. I cannot emphasis that enough, because the box of 24 cupcakes cannot fit in my little fridge and I have to transport them in the morning I usually frost them when I get up early. There would be much trouble if I didn’t get up early, but then again if you have a big enough fridge that wouldn’t be a problem for you. Otherwise I suggest you bake them the night before, keep them air tight and then frost in the morning before transporting. Although an alternative option is to frost them at the location but that’s far too much of a headache for me lol. 

Chocolate Rose Cake

Chocolate Rose Cake

I went to lakeland and bought myself an awesome zester!!!! Then some one ordered a lemon cake for next week lol I was rather happy at a chance to use it, I’d never made a lemon sponge before and I think it came out quite well to be honest. It didn’t come out too lemony, as I only used the zest of two lemons, I skipped out on the juice because it was going with vanilla cream cheese and I wasn’t sure how that would go. Although i’d prefer for it to have risen maybe just a tad bit more but that’s something i’ll work on as I make more, I have 48 cupcakes to do for Saturday so there should be more than enough pictures for you all to salivate on through the week :)

I went to lakeland and bought myself an awesome zester!!!! Then some one ordered a lemon cake for next week lol I was rather happy at a chance to use it, I’d never made a lemon sponge before and I think it came out quite well to be honest. It didn’t come out too lemony, as I only used the zest of two lemons, I skipped out on the juice because it was going with vanilla cream cheese and I wasn’t sure how that would go. Although i’d prefer for it to have risen maybe just a tad bit more but that’s something i’ll work on as I make more, I have 48 cupcakes to do for Saturday so there should be more than enough pictures for you all to salivate on through the week :)

In case you didn’t know I’m running a free cupcake contest for those of you in Kent!!!! Go to my Facebook “www.facebook.com/chefoloriebi” to enter and win some.

In case you didn’t know I’m running a free cupcake contest for those of you in Kent!!!! Go to my Facebook “www.facebook.com/chefoloriebi” to enter and win some.

Red Velvet Cake & Blue Roses