In the kitchen with Tallulah

Monthly Archives: April 2012

It’s halfway through Easter Break. The first 5 weeks of Uni was….exhausting. But now it’s the holidays and I get to bake. However, I’m staying with my cousins up in Auckland (I live in Wellington) and there’s only so much baking I can do without all of my tools, recipe books, not to mention the fact that I’m staying with an adorable 4-month-old baby…

So while I had my first successful baking post yesterday (yummy chocolate cupcakes which my cousins and I have been gorging ourselves on), I was at a loss of what to post today. And what should come up on my Google Reader, but a post from one of my favourite blogs giving ideas on blog posts!

When I get home to Wellington, I plan to spend the remainder of my holiday planning my party (I’m turning 18 soon and I have to buy a dress, shoes and party decorations), and baking! But for now, check out my list of my favourite foods:

Top Ten Foods (At this point in time):

  • Chilli Con Queso = My Dad makes this for me quite a lot (often the result of me begging him to make it…) and I just cannot get enough of it. Melted cheese and chilli = YUM. I think it goes with everything – I’ve dipped corn chips in it, put it on bread and crackers, and have plans to try it with pasta, popcorn and my favourite spicy chicken nibbles. I will post the recipe next time I make it.
  • Spinach and Pumpkin Lasagne = My friend and I made this at her house for dinner a couple of months ago, and I loved it so much I’ve made it four times since then. The thing is, I’m not normally a fan of spinach. Or pumpkin. But together, they are amazing! Again, recipe will come soon.
  • Gelato = I’m addicted to this stuff. Here in Wellington, there’s an amazing Gelato shop called Kaffee Eis. They have a huge variety of flavours, and I think I’ve tried every single one. I’ve made Gelato myself a few times, but no matter where it comes from, I love it. I will always love Lemon – there’s nothing better on a hot day than a refreshing scoop of tangy, tart Lemon gelato. But, I find myself cheating on Lemon with what I consider to be the best combination: Chocolate and Raspberry. YUM!
  • Pasta = Will forever hold a place in my heart. Macaroni and cheese. Creamy chicken. But most of all, Carbonara. It’s that perfect combination of parmesan, eggs, and bacon that makes this dish delicious.
  • Spicy Chicken = Of any sort. Marinaded, crispy, drumsticks or nibbles. I love spicy food, and this definately extends to chicken. I tend to be more a fan of the kind with a cruncy coating – I make drumsticks that are soaked in a spicy marinade and then coated in crunchy, spicy breadcrumb/cornflake coating. These could make any problem go away.

And there you have it! These are a few of my favourite things, which will most likely crop up again. And again… 🙂


After kick-starting the blog, I obviously needed to do some baking. I spent most of today bookmarking tons of yummy-looking recipes, yet after hours of this, all I felt like baking (and eating) were these cupcakes – which are one of my old favourite recipes. These cupcakes are super easy and quick to make, very tasty, and always a hit.

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(Please excuse my poor photography, I’m only a beginner and I was using my cellphone…)

Quick-Mix Chocolate Cupcakes

Source: Women’s Weekly: Easy Cupcakes By Colour

Makes approximately 15 (I firmly believe the original recipe lied. I have made these countless times and there is always far more mix. This batch made 12 regular sized cupcakes, 12 mini ones and still had about 1 tablespoon of mixture left, so I recommend having extra cupcake cases).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 185g butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line 2 cupcake trays (have extras on hand) with paper or silicone cupcake cases.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then increase speed to medium and mix until smooth and paler in colour.
  4. Fill each case 3/4 of the way with mixture.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool in trays for 5 minutes, before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. When completely cool, ice if desired.

I iced this batch with a simple chocolate icing and topped each one with an M&M, although any type of frosting and decorating would be suitable.

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • Hot water

Method:

  1. Sift the cocoa and icing sugar into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add hot water, stirring, until smooth, spreadable and glossy. If it gets too runny, add extra icing sugar.
  3. Spread with a palette knife/butter knifre onto cupcakes. If desired, use a piping bag and nozzle of your choice to pipe onto cupcakes as opposed to spreading.
  4. Top with decoration of your choice, and eat!

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I hope you enjoy these, everyone I’ve made them for have. First recipe, over and out!


Here we go. I’m a self-confessed foodie whose passion has been sidetracked by study. But here we go, a regular way to feed the obsession. Who knows how far this thing will go, but after having eaten delicious food and spending hours bookmarking hundreds of mouth watering recipes, I have no inhibitions. So join me as I dive head first into the world of cooking blogs, and where I’ll end up, only time will tell.