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Cranberry, Pumpkin And Porter Punch Cocktail Recipe

Sweet and creamy with a hint of spiced rum.

October 4, 2015

Sugar-Free Baked Lime Cheesecake Recipe

You really can’t go wrong with cheesecake; it’s creamy, sweet and often has a subtle zest that lingers in your mouth after every spoonful. What if we told you that this baked lime cheesecake recipe was sugar and gluten free? It almost sounds too good to be true, however thanks to Carolyn Hartz’s new Sugar Free Baking book, set for release in October, it’s not.

Enjoy as a lemon variation by replacing the zest.

RELATED: Wholesome Treats: Raw, Vegan And Coconut Cheesecakes

Ingredients

250g light fresh ricotta

220g light cream cheese

250g low fat natural yoghurt

90g Perfect Sweet xylitol

2 extra-large eggs

Zest of 1 lime (or lemon), finely grated

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160˚C/140˚C fan-forced. Line the base of a 20cm spring form pan with baking paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Use an electric beater to beat at medium speed until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until set and a round bladed knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  4. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake to cool in oven with the door slightly ajar.
  5. Run a knife around the edge of cheesecake to loosen, remove the side of the pan and refrigerate cheesecake to chill until cold, preferably overnight.

Tip: Leaving the cheesecake to cool in the oven helps prevent the surface from cracking.

September 27, 2015

Sugar-Free Vanilla Layer Cake Recipe

A decadent vanilla layer cake that contains no sugar and no gluten – you must be dreaming, right? No, this is real life, thanks to Carolyn Hartz’s Sugar Free Baking book, set for release in October.

RELATED: Wholesome Treats: Raw, Homemade Nutella Cups Recipe

“We all know that we should decrease our sugar intake, but the assumption is that if you give up sugar, you are giving up desserts and treats – this is just not the case!” says Carolyn.

Free of white sugar and hidden sugars such as agave and rice malt syrup, this recipe is the ultimate sweet-treat in which you can certainly have your cake and eat it, too!

Ingredients

Cake

150g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease

100g Perfect Sweet xylitol

3 extra-large eggs

200g almond meal

50g arrowroot

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

Pinch of salt

180 ml milk, lukewarm

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

To assemble

500ml whipping cream

400g fresh berries of your choice

200g Perfect Sweet Berry Jam

75g Dark bitter chocolate, melted (optional)

Rose petals or edible flowers to decorate (optional)

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Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150˚C/130˚C fan-forced. Grease a 24cm round cake pan with butter and line with baking paper.
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and xylitol in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well.
  3. Mix the almond meal, arrowroot, gluten free baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to the egg mixture and combine on low speed. Add the lukewarm milk and vanilla and stir until combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Repeat this recipe twice for the remaining layers.
  7. To assemble, whip the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.
  8. Set aside 1 cup of the whipped cream and 150g of the fresh berries to decorate the top layer.
  9. To assemble, place the first cake layer on a serving plate and spread over half the jam, then half the remaining cream and top with half the remaining berries. Gently place the second cake layer on top and repeat. Place the third cake layer on top and finish with the reserved whipped cream and berries. If using, drizzle with melted chocolate and serve.

Tip: It is best to have the milk lukewarm as it gives the cake a better texture. It’s also recommended that you use strawberries when making your jam for use in this recipe.

September 20, 2015

TGIF: Frozen Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

Treat yourself to an afternoon drink just in time for the weekend. One of our favourite cocktails is a classic margarita, but this frozen jalapeno version is just as good (if not better!). Feel free to add some of your favourite sweet fruits into the mix, such as mango and strawberry.

RELATED: Sour Green Margarita Recipe

Ingredients

3/4 cup tequila

2 jalapenos

1/3 cup Triple sec

1/3 cup lime juice

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Chop the jalapenos and infuse them in the tequila for 30-40 minutes. Combine all the rest of the ingredients (with ice), then blend until smooth.
  2. Rim glasses with salt, then pour in the mixture. Serve with jalapeno rounds and chilli flakes for an extra kick!

Image via Heather Christo

September 18, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Bites: Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe

There’s nothing more satisfying and stress-free than waking up to a delicious, pre-made breakfast – and this apple pie overnight oats recipe by Fig & Cherry provides just that! With only a few minutes prep the night before, you can rest easy knowing that a wholesome breakfast (that tastes just like apple pie!) awaits you in the morning. Double or triple the recipe to last you an extra few days.

RELATED: Simple And Tasty Wild Berry Fruit Salad Recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 small red apple

1 tsp raw sugar (or maple syrup for sugar free)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + extra for garnish

1/4 teaspoon mixed spice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup rolled oats

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp plain yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt for dairy free)

3/4 cup Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite

Breakfast Bites: Apple Pie Overnight Oats Recipe

Method

  1. Grate the apple, no need to peel it.
  2. Place the grated apple into a jar or small bowl and add the sugar, spices and vanilla, then stir well.
  3. Leave for 5 mins to allow flavours to infuse.
  4. Add the oats, chia seeds, yoghurt and Vitasoy Soy Milky to the jar.
  5. Stir until well combined, the chia seeds will start to absorb into the liquid and should no longer sit dry on the surface.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

Tip: Sprinkle with extra cinnamon to serve.

September 13, 2015

TGIF: Summer Storm Cocktail Recipe

Now that we’re in the midst of spring, it’s time to celebrate with a summer storm cocktail! Similiar to a dark and stormy, this yummy concoction is flavoured with ginger beer and lime, however fresh ginger is also added to the mix to take it up a notch.

RELATED: 7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Ingredients

30ml Substation No. 41 rum

4 fresh lime wedges

2 fresh ginger slices

30ml ginger beer

TGIF Summer Storm Cocktail Recipe

Method

  1. Muddle lime and ginger together in a boston glass.
  2. Add rum and ice.
  3. Shake all ingredients in a Boston shaker.
  4. Pour straight into a rock glass and top up with ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a spring of mint.

Feature image via Bmag

September 11, 2015

Simple And Tasty Wild Berry Fruit Salad Recipe

They say that Saturdays are for sleeping in and Sundays are for seizing the day, so start your morning right with this wild berry fruit salad from top food blogger, Veggieful. It’s simple and tasty, not to mention healthy, and is a great way to embrace all that fruity freshness that spring has to offer.

RELATED: Vegan Chocolate Pikelets With Chocolate Topping Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

Fruit Salad (3 cups berries)

Strawberries

Blackberries

Red currants

Raspberries

Blueberries

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves (and more to garnish)

Blueberry Yoghurt (makes about 1 cup)

150 silken firm tofu, drained

1 tbsp white sugar

• 2 tbsp lemon juice

• 1/2 tbsp Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite

60g blueberries (and more to garnish)

Oat Coconut Crumble

1⁄4 cup rolled oats

1⁄4 cup shredded coconut

2 tbsp maple syrup

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Method

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a tray with baking paper.

2. To make the oat and coconut crumble: Add all crumble ingredients to a bowl. Stir until combined.

3. Spoon out the crumble mixture onto the tray in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes until browned.

4. Pull out of the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes until dried and crumbly. Set aside.

5. To make blueberry yoghurt: Process all ingredients, including Vitasoy Soy Milky Lite until creamy and smooth. Set aside.

6. For the fruit salad, add all berries to a bowl with the lemon juice and mint leaves. Carefully toss to combine. Set aside.

7. Divide the berry fruit salad between four glasses or bowls, top with 1⁄4 cup blueberry yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of the oat coconut crumble.

8. Serve immediately and garnish with extra blueberries and mint leaves.

Tip: You can use agave syrup as a sweetener instead of white sugar if you prefer.

September 6, 2015

TGIF: Rum Punch Recipe

With those long awaited balmy nights on their way, get ready for the heat by honing your cocktail skills with this delicious rum punch recipe. Sweetened with summer fruits and offset by lime and bitters, this cocktail makes for one perfectly balanced beverage.

RELATED: TGIF: The Early Bird Cocktail recipe

Ingredients

30ml Substation No.41 rum

10ml sugar syrup

10ml lime juice

10ml orange juice

3 fresh orange pieces

3 fresh pineapple pieces

1 dash of bitter (optional)

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Method

  1. Muddle pineapple and orange pieces in a Boston glass.
  2. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, lime juice, sugar syrup, bitters, rum and ice.
  3. Shake all ingredients in a Boston shaker.
  4. Pour into a rock glass and garnish with orange slice.

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September 4, 2015

TGIF: Orange Mojito Recipe

Friday afternoon drinks are a delight with this DIY orange mojito recipe! Just in time for spring, this rum, mint and orange cocktail is a refreshing way to say hello to the weekend – it also photographs a treat on Instagram. Don’t forget to add some extra mint!

RELATED: 5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

Ingredients

60ml Substation No. 41 rum

4 lime chunks

3 orange wedges

10ml sugar syrup

4-6 mint pieces

Cracked pepper (optional)

TGIF: Orange Mojito Recipe

Method

  1. Muddle lime, orange and mint together in a Boston glass.
  2. Add sugar syrup, rum and ice.
  3. Skake all ingredients in a Boston shaker.
  4. Pour in a tall cocktail glass and garnish with mint and cracked pepper (optional).
August 28, 2015

5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

Who else enjoys a fruity cocktail in the summer sun? You don’t have to be a mixologist to create a tasty drink, so put away that vodka lime and soda staple for a few of our easy cocktails for beginners. Feel free to switch-up our recommended liqueurs for something a little more suited to your taste.

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Caipirinha

Ingredients: 3

Create this tasty cocktail, which is easier than it seems! Combine cachaca, lime and one teaspoon of white sugar and serve over ice.

TGIF: 5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

Paloma

Ingredients: 3

For anyone who loves their tequila, the Paloma is the ideal cocktail to create for a hot summer day. The recipe only requires tequila, lime and grapefruit soda.

TGIF: 5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

Greyhound

Ingredients: 3 (plus a few ice cubes!)

A classic greyhound puts a traditional spin on a vodka cocktail – without making it boring! Garnish the glass with some grapefruit for extra flavour.

TGIF: 5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

Gin and tonic

Ingredients: 3

Whether you’re watching your weight or want something light, nothing can beat a gin and tonic. Garnish with a fresh lime or add some lemon into the mix!

TGIF: 5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

Pimms

Ingredients: 3

You don’t need an entire fruit bowl to create a delicious round of Pimms. A shot of Pimms, a mixer of ginger ale and a slice of cucumber is enough to make this tasty beverage.

TGIF: 5 Easy Cocktails For Beginners

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August 22, 2015

TGIF: 5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

A classic gin cocktail often comes second best to a mojito, margarita, or anything infused with a bit of vodka.

Rather than limiting your taste palette, we have tracked down five ways to update the classic gin cocktail (this is a strictly no gin and tonic zone), and make it super tasty for all to enjoy!

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Gin and jam cocktail

Ingredients: gin, lemon juice, syrup, raspberry jam

Infuse your drink with a tablespoon of raspberry jam for a truly unique flavour – especially for those who have a sweet tooth! Can’t way to try this one out…

5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

Limoncello and gin cocktail

Ingredients: gin, thyme, lemon, lemonade

Serve this delicious gin cocktail featuring fresh lemon and lime, plus a few thyme leaves for an extra sweet flavour.

If you don’t have time to juice the lemons yourself, a bottle from the supermarket will work just as well.

5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

Grapefruit gin fizz

Ingredients: gin, grapefruit, egg white, honey syrup

If you’re looking for something on the smoother side, opt for a grapefruit fizz which is whipped with a side of fruit on for the garnish. A drink like this works well with salty snacks such as cheese and crackers.

Grapefruit gin fizz  Ingredients: gin, grapefruit, egg white, honey syrup  If you're looking for something on the smoother side, opt for a grapefruit fizz which is whipped with a side of fruit on for the garnish. A drink like this works well with salty snacks such as cheese and crackers.

Strawberry gin smash cocktail

Ingredients: gin, club soda, strawberries, mint

Who can actually resist a strawberry cocktail? One of our favourites is packed with strawberry, mint, and some cool gin for a modern twist to a traditional recipe. Oh, and it also photographs really well for Instagram #youarewelcome.

5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

Peach and gin fizz

Ingredients: gin, white peaches, sugar, water, simple syrup, soda, blueberries

And to finish we have picked this delicious peach and blueberry cocktail which looks and tastes amazing!

It is a little more involved than the other recipes (creating a syrup from the sugar, water, and peaches), but is well worth the wait.

5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

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August 21, 2015

Breakfast Bites: Belgian Waffles With Chocolate Ganache

Sundays are for treating yourself – and what better way to do it than with this homemade, delicious and decadent Belgian waffles recipe!

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Provided by head chef Ronny Ghantous over at Belgian Beef Cafe Heritage, this dish is a lot easier to whip-up than you might think. So you see, now you’ve got no excuse not to make your loved one breakfast in bed, or better yet – have them make it for you!

Ingredients

Good quality waffles

Vanilla Bean ice cream

Banoffe sauce

1 can sweetened condensed milk

125g brown sugar

2 ripe bananas

200g unsalted butter

Chocolate ganache

100g 70% Dark Chocolate

100ml cream

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Method

  1. For the Banoffe sauce, add condensed milk, brown sugar, bananas and butter in a pot and cook gently until the bananas start to disintegrate.
  2. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  3. For the chocolate ganache, heat the cream until warm. Add the chocolate and stir through until glossy and thick.
  4. For the waffles, bake on baking paper in a 200°C oven until golden.
  5. Once cooked, place the waffle in the centre of a plate and spoon on the ice cream.
  6. Gently spoon over a generous amount of Banoffe sauce and some chocolate ganache.
  7. Garnish with sprigs of mint.

 

August 16, 2015

TGIF: The Farmer’s Son With Whiskey And Chartreuse

It wouldn’t be a TGIF without a cocktail! This whiskey and chartreuse concoction (aka The Farmer’s Son) was created by Toby Marshall over at popular Sydney bar, Palmer & Co. Calling upon his Grandfather’s heritage for inspiration, the drink uses “ingredients from different European countries” to deliver a smooth and zesty taste.

RELATED: TGIF: Sour Green Apple Margarita Recipe 

Ingredients

45mL Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

15mL Cynar Liqueur

10mL Yellow Chartreuse

2 dashes of Fernet-Branca liqueur

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to mixing glass.
  2. Stir with ice.
  3. Single strain into cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon zest.
August 14, 2015

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Cool-off by the pool this summer with a delicious cocktail made from fresh watermelon. Not only are these drinks easy to make, but the entire group will love how versatile they are mixed with a variety of spirits. Serve ice-cold for best results!

RELATED: TGIF – 7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Watermelon margarita popsicles

Usually a cocktail like this is a little too good to be true, but it’s so easy to make! Simply juice your watermelon, add a shot of tequila and serve with sliced lemon. You could go one step further and create the popsicles using the same method. Yum!

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Mint, watermelon and St-Germain cocktail

Treat your guests to a fresh summer beverage with mint, watermelon and sweet St-Germain liqueur. Serve with lots of ice, which is perfect for the summer heat.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Frozen watermelon daiquiri

Enjoy this simple drink which features watermelon, lime, rum and a teaspoon of sugar to taste.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Watermelon sangria

You have to try this traditional punch which is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet cocktail. All you need is wine, soda water, fruit and a dash of brandy.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

Watermelon caipirinha

Finish off with this tasty caipirinha with freshly squeezed watermelon juice and served ice-cold.

5 Fresh Watermelon Cocktail Ideas

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August 13, 2015

TGIF: The Early Bird Cocktail Recipe

Indulge yourself after a long, hard week with this creative and warming whisky, wine and egg yolk cocktail recipe by Dominique Cacioli from Melbourne’s, The Noble Experiment.

RELATED: 7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Drawing inspiration for the cocktail from her father, Dominique said: “I based Early Bird on a traditional hot toddy and an old Italian favourite, Zabaglione (Marsala, egg yolks and sugar), bringing together one tradition with another to create a drink he loves.”

Ingredients

60mL Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak

30mL hot water

15mL fresh lemon juice

5mL honey

2 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup Marsala wine

1/3 cup cold water

Method

  1. Add egg yolk, sugar, cold water and Marsala into a bowl and whisk lightly.
  2. Warm mixture by putting the bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Keep whisking the mixture until it turns into a light custard. Pour the hot mixture into an iSi thermo cream gun. Charge once and shake well.
  3. Add all other ingredients to a small whisky sipper and stir until mixed.
  4. Take the iSi thermo cream gun and add approx 45mL of the hot foam on top of the drink.
August 7, 2015

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Replace the store-bought ice cream for healthy homemade popsicles this summer. Add your favourite fruits and juices into the recipe, which even kids are sure to enjoy! We have sourced some yummy ideas below to get the inspiration flowing. What is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below.

RELATED: 5 Ingredient Fruity Dessert Ideas

Strawberry and rockmelon

This delightful duo tastes sweet with added strawberry pieces to munch on throughout the day. Make sure the rockmelon has been liquified to make the popsicles smooth and clump-free.

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Blueberry

Probably one of our favourites so far has to be these blueberry popsicles. Fill each popsicle with a handful of blueberries, then fill-up with your favourite fit juice.

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Cucumber and mint

For a healthy kick, try a combination of cucumber and mint, which looks absolutely mouth-watering!

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Watermelon and yoghurt

Add some yoghurt with your favourite fruit to make the popsicle taste delicious. This popsicle requires a touch of granulated sugar and lemon juice, so don’t forget those two essential ingredients before starting.

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Peaches and cream

Try this yummy combination of fresh peaches and cream to cool down on a hot day. Make sure to peel off the skin before adding in the peaches.

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Red berry

If you have a bag of mixed berries sitting in the freezer, use them with a splash of juice for a tasty afternoon or morning snack.

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

Orange and cream

Finish off with these easy orange and cream popsicles, which kids are bound to love!

Delicious Summer Popsicle Ideas

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August 1, 2015

TGIF: 7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Cool-off this summer with a delicious wine cocktail made from a dry sparkling called prosecco. It makes for the perfect basis of a cocktail because it blends smoothly, has a light texture and is best served cold. Try some of our favourite prosecco cocktails below and/or experiment with your own!

RELATED: The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Cranberry and orange

Enjoy a chilled cocktail of fresh orange juice and cranberries mixed with ice-cold prosecco. Serve with a wedge of orange.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Gin and elderflower

Mix a shot of gin with prosecco and a dash of ginger for tasty evening cocktail. Garnish with a wedge of lime and rim the glass with salt.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Strawberry and prosecco sangria

Use dry, white prosecco in your favourite sangria recipe – it tastes so amazing! Serve with slices of strawberry and lemon.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Limoncello and raspberry cooler

Use limoncello as a mixer alongside your prosecco for a super-sweet afternoon beverage. Add some fresh raspberries and mint before serving.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Pineapple and mint

Make your own fresh pineapple juice and garnish with mint before adding some prosecco to taste!

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Watermelon and mint

Juice some watermelon, add some crushed ice and season with mint for this light and tasty prosecco cocktail.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

Prosecco margarita

We’ve saved the best until last! This is a modern take to a classic margarita recipe. Just swap the tequila with chilled prosecco.

7 Delicious Prosecco Cocktails

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July 31, 2015

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly champagne? We show you a few simple ways to turn that drink into a delicious cocktail your friends are sure to love! Still not convinced? Just try some of these delicious beverages yourself, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @shesaid with your creations!

RELATED: TGIF Champagne Margarita Recipe

Champagne cocktail

Ingredients: 1 cube sugar, Angostura bitters

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Kir Royale

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce creme de cassis

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Mimosa

Ingredients: 1 ounce orange juice

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Black Velvet

Ingredients: 1/2 glass stout beer

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

French 75

Ingredients: 1.5 ounces dry gin, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1.2 teaspoons powdered sugar

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

The Ghost

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce melon liqueur

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

D’artagnan

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon brandy, 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier, 3 teaspoons orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup

D'artagnan

Poinsettia

Ingredients: 1/2 ounce cranberry juice, 1/4 ounce triple sec

Poinsettia

Simple Bellini

Ingredients: peach pureé, raspberry grenadine

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Pimm’s Royale

Ingredients: Splash of Pimm’s

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Death In The Afternoon

Ingredients: 1 once Absinthe

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Nelson’s Blood

Ingredients: 5:1 ratio of champagne to tawny port

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Flip

Ingredients: 3/4 ounce brandy, 3 dashes Cointreau, 1/4 once cream, 1/4 ounce simple syrup, 1 egg yolk, 1 pinch nutmeg

The Essential Guide To Champagne Cocktails

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July 28, 2015

TGIF: Sour Green Apple Margarita Recipe

Who can deny a delicious margarita recipe? With the weekend just around the corner, indulge in a delicious sour-green apple margarita which is super easy to achieve.

If you don’t enjoy the taste of green apples, feel free to use some sweeter varieties instead.

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Ingredients

30ml white tequila

30ml vodka

2 green apples (peeled and cored)

2 limes

30ml sugar syrup

4 tablespoons cloudy apple juice

1 green chilli (optional)

Ice cubes

Method

  1. To make the syrup, bring 1/2 cup of sugar into a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil. Make sure all of the sugar has been boiled by continuously stirring the mixture together. Allow it to cool before preparing the rest of the cocktails.
  2. Place the chopped and cored apples into a food processor, with the juice of one lime. Mix well until you form a fine pulp, then transfer to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Now add the tequila, vodka, remaining lime juice, sugar syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, simply use 2 glasses to finely shake the mixture.
  4. Pour into glasses and add 2-3 fine slices of chilli if you want your drink to have a little more body.

Image and Recipe via What Katie Ate

July 24, 2015

Tepache: The New Summer Drink You’ll Love

Odds are you haven’t yet heard of tepache; the new cocktail which is made from pineapple rinds and sweetened with piloncillo or brown sugar to taste. This delicious summer beverage is easy to make at home and is ideal for those balmy summer nights.

RELATED: 5 Modern Gin Cocktail Recipes

Try some of your very own tepache cocktails with a little inspiration below! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram: @shesaid if you make any of these tasty drinks.

Tepache beer

Did you know that tepache can also be brewed to create a fruity beer? Combine three pineapples, some brown sugar, cinnamon, water and yeast to replicate that classic taste at home.

Odds are you haven't yet heard of tepache, the new cocktail which is made from pineapple rinds and sweetened with piloncillo or brown sugar to taste. This delicious summer

Tepache cocktail from Qui

This famous cocktail replicated by Camille Styles is the ultimate way to enjoy tepache with a few of your favourite liqueurs. One shot of Tepache, a splash of pineapple juice, one shot of Balcone’s Rumble, mint and crushed ice is the best way to enjoy your drink.

Tepache - The New Summer Drink You'll Love

Tepache margarita

Enjoy that classic margarita with a twist by substituting tequila for a shot of tasty tepache. The taste isn’t too overpowering and makes for a sweet, fruity cocktail.

Tepache - The New Summer Drink You'll Love

Tepache and Bourbon

Combine teach, lemon juice, crushed ice and bourbon into a cocktail shaker, and serve ice-cold with mint and lime. Yum!

Tepache - The New Summer Drink You'll Love

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July 22, 2015

Carrot, Beetroot And Chocolate Mudcake Recipe

Mudcake has never tasted so good or been so healthy!

This plant-based chocolate mudcake recipe by chef, Cynthia Louise is dairy-free and packed with naturally sweet ingredients including beetroot, coconut and cocoa. The best part is it’s freezer friendly, meaning you can have a perfectly balanced dessert on hand 24/7!

RELATED: Low-Calorie Brownie Recipe

Serves: 8

Ingredients

Base

2 medium sized beetroots (unpeeled and grated)

1 carrot (unpeeled and grated)

2 cups shredded coconut

2 tbsp psyllium husk

15 dried dates

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup cocoa powder

200 g soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

1/4 cup chia seeds

pinch of salt

Icing

1 cup soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

1/4 cup chia seeds

2/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup cocoa powder

250 g cocoa butter (melted)

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Transfer into a round spring-form cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
  3. For the icing combine the first five ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  4. Once creamy and smooth, turn the blender down to medium speed and pour in the melted cocoa butter. Blend for 5 seconds.
  5. Pour onto the cake, and set aside in the fridge for the icing to set and the cake to firm up.
July 19, 2015

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Thank God it’s Friday! Kickback and relax with a few of our favourite blackberry cocktails which are so quick and easy to create – even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen. Start with your preferred liqueur as a base, but don’t be forget to layer them for a truly unique flavour.

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Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

Try this spin on an old classic which gives prosecco wine a burst of flavour and texture. Add a sprig of thyme and rim the glass in sugar!

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Limonata

Add a shot of classic vodka to this fruity cocktail made from fresh blackberries, simple syrup sparkling lemon soda, and granulated sugar to taste.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Ginger Smash

Whip-up this delicious blackberry cocktail which is infused with fresh lemon and lime for extra flavour. Gin or vodka are both great options for the base of this fruity cocktail.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Champagne

Infuse your favourite champagne with fresh blackberries, sugar cubes, a splash of bitters, and triple sec for a tasty new cocktail.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Bramble

The bramble consists of blackberries, lemon juice, and a shot of gin over crushed ice – yum!

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blushing Whiskey Sour

If you’re a fan of whiskey, try this sweet cocktail which balances out the strong taste. Top off with soda water and simple syrup for a smooth consistency.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Blackberry Margarita

Finish off with a modern twist to an old classic… the fruity margarita. Simple syrup will give you a sweet and tasty consistency which makes a perfect margarita.

TGIF: 7 Blackberry Cocktail Ideas

Images via Gimme Some Oven, The Little Epicurean, Flickr, Williams Sonoma, Honestly Yum, Kleinworth Co, Style Unveiled

July 17, 2015

TGIF Chamomile Margarita Recipe

This Friday afternoon indulgence is perfect as a pick-me-up and calm-me-down all at the same time. Tea lovers will be especially fond of it!

Ingredients

4 chamomile tea bags

1 cup caster sugar

1 cup water

Juice of 1 lemon

1 ½ shots Tequila Blu

45ml chamomile simple syrup (mix of equal parts sugar and chamomile tea)

You will also need

½ cup salt (to rim glasses)

1 lemon cut into wedges (to garnish)

Method

  1. To make chamomile simple syrup: Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part water in a saucepan over the stove to melt sugar. Once boiled, remove mixture from heat and add 4 chamomile tea bags. Leave these in for approx. 30 mins for tea to steep before refrigerating.
  2.  Rim cocktail glasses in salt by placing salt on a shallow plate, moistening the rim of each glass and dipping in salt.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until liquid is chilled. Strain into each glass, decorate with fresh lemon wedges and enjoy!
July 10, 2015

Curried Sausages With Yellow Fried Rice Recipe

To keep you feeling all warm and fuzzy amidst the chilly weather, Woolworths has provided us with this hearty curried sausages recipe. Creamy, slightly sweet and with a mild hint of spice thanks to the Worcestershire sauce and turmeric, it’s a dish that whole family can enjoy. For all the single ladies out there, this recipe if freezer friendly and will keep for up to 2 months; therefore, you can go back for seconds, thirds and even fourths!

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Serves 4

Ingredients 

6 thick beef sausages

2 tbsp Woolworths Select Spanish mellow olive oil

2 onions, halved and thinly sliced

3 tsp curry powder

1 large golden delight potato, peeled and cut into 1.5cm dice

2 1/2 cups water

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp Woolworths Select tomato paste

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp apricot jam

1/2 cup thickened cream

1 cup frozen baby peas

60g baby spinach, optional

Yellow fried rice

1 tbsp olive oil

450g packet microwave white long grain rice

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

Method

  1. Place sausages in a large saucepan, cover with 2½ cups of water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain. Slice on an angle into 2cm-thick slices.
  2. Heat oil in a large wide-based casserole pan. Cook onions over medium heat, stirring for 10-12 minutes, or until soft and browned. Add curry powder, cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add diced potato and toss to coat. Add water, worcestershire, tomato paste and brown sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Stir in sausages, jam and cream, cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir through peas and spinach.
  4. Meanwhile, for the rice, heat oil in a large frying pan, add rice and turmeric, cook stirring until heated through.
  5. Serve curried sausages with yellow fried rice. 

Tip: Freeze for up to 2 months, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Swap the cream with evaporated milk and/or swap the spinach with 125g can corn kernels, drained and rinsed.

July 9, 2015

Vegan Chocolate Pikelets With Chocolate Topping Recipe

Vegans, rejoice! This has to be by far one of most decadent and delicious vegan chocolate pikelets recipes EVER. Created by top food blogger, Veggieful, this breakfast dish is super tasty, easy to make and is the perfect Sunday morning treat to serve up on a chilly morning. Sweet tooth’s, eat your heart out!

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Serves: 2

Ingredients

Pikelets

1 cup soy milk

1/4 cup water

1 cup self-raising flour

1 tbsp corn flour

1 tbsp sugar

dash vanilla

2 tbsp cocoa

Topping

2 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

Method

  1. For the topping: Melt the cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. For the pikelet: In a blender (or you can beat it all in a bowl) add all ‘pikelet’ ingredients and blend until smooth without lumps.
  3. In a frypan on high heat, spray with oil and drop 2 level tablespoonfuls of the batter mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface.
  4. Flip to the other side for another 30 seconds or so until just browned. Set aside.
  5. Continue frying until all of the batter is used.
  6. Stack the pikelets and add a light layer of chocolate topping between each layer.
  7. Serve with strawberries and enjoy!
July 5, 2015
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