Today was Mother’s Day, and to treat Mum I decided to prepare a lovely Sunday lunch that she enjoyed.
As usual, it took way longer to prepare than I expected. I woke up at 9am and immediately started baking, and was going flat out until 1pm when lunch was served.
For the meal I decided to do wine-braised chicken (with white wine, carrots, red onion, rosemary, red grapes and pine nuts), and an asparagus & grilled halloumi salad.
I do enjoy baking, but I’m not too good when it comes to experimenting, so I stuck fast to Jamie Olivers recipes from his cookbook. I’ve found that if you really follow the recipes he gives you will produce delicious meals that taste like they’re actually restaurant quality.
For dessert, I went all out with Mum’s favourite cake – a white chocolate mud cake. I always use the Taste recipe when I make the cake, but I halve the mixture because the amount they prescribe actually makes 2 regular sized cakes (you could definitely stick with the actual quantities and pile the 2 cakes on top of each other with creamy ganache in the middle).
It was a lovely day, and I treated Mum to a mani-pedi voucher at our local salon, to top the day off.
Unluckily we rocked up to the Moonlight Cinema on a day that the weather decided to be super temperamental. All day the temperature was resting on a pleasant 21˚C, and then the moment we arrived to the park it started bucketing down with rain.
But, we didn’t let that take away from our fun. We took our picnic blankets and propped them over our heads and snuggled together to watch the Dance Academy Premiere.
I’m not a huge fan of the TV show Dance Academy, so I found it a bit difficult to follow the movie (and understand all the soap-opera drama) but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The real experience was eating with friends under the stars.
We bought hummus, red rock deli pesto dip, Doritos, Peckish Thins, Marvelous Creations Chocolate, Lindt 70% dark chocolate, Charlie’s Quencher lemonade, pizza shapes and donuts to snack on throughout the movie. It was a real treat night and I really let loose on the dark choccy.
If you ever get the chance to go to a Moonlight cinema I would recommend it. It’s got both a friendly and romantic atmosphere so it would be perfect for a date with your partner or for a girls night.
We had so much fun, and we’re definitely going back!
Okay find your stretchy pants and prepare yourself for the treat of the year.
So everyone knows I have a huge choccy obsession, and to satisfy my latest cravings I decided to create the ultimate Freakshake (looks delicious, I know). For those of you who don’t know what a Freakshake is (don’t worry I too only discovered this incredible dessert very recently) it’s basically a thickshake that has added extras to make it completely over the top, and so naturally, even better.
It’s very easy to whip up which makes it the perfect quick treat for a party, special occasion or (in my case) a midnight snack.
You will need:
Tiramisu Kit Kat
Plain regular donuts (you can choose donuts with toppings, but I found this to be too intense and overwhelmingly rich).
1 cup full cream milk
2 tbsp Cocoa powder
Jumbo party straws
Fancy milkshake glass
Pop three generous scoops of ice cream, the milk and the cocoa powder into a blender, and whip together.
Pour the mixture into the milkshake glass, until about 3/4 full. Fill up the rest of the glass with whipped cream.
Decorate away ~ go crazy poking the choccies into whipped cream.
Slide the donuts onto the straws and pop in (make sure to do this before the straws are in the shake, or as you fiddle it will overflow).
And it’s as easy as that. There’s your perfect dessert for a cheeky cheat day.