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Christmas peanut butter cookies

10 Dec

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Christmas in Sydney is a hot and humid affair. There`s none of the snow and ice skating and roasting things by a roaring fire. Here it is a swim after a cold seafood lunch and trying to avoid the flies and sunburn. Continue reading

Sweet and salty Christmas popcorn

7 Dec

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Regular readers will know that popcorn is one of my very fav foods. I am somewhat obsessed with it – I even named my mini schnauzer after it! I have an air popper machine at home and it gets quite the work out. If I am out and see popcorn for sale I buy it. I have even been known to go to the movies, buy popcorn, and leave.

Usually I just have salt and butter – mmmm, butter – but this morning I was thinking of how I could `Christmas-ize` popcorn. A quick pre-school-drop-off trip to the supermarket later and I had some M&Ms and a plan.

In Australia the array of Christmas confectionary is very poor compared to what my friends in the US have. You can buy single colour M&Ms here but they are tricky to find. I bought a pack of mini M&Ms and set Miss9 to work, segregating all the reds and greens. I also bought a pack of mint M&MS which were mainly green, with a few whites. I am trying to think of a Christmassy way of using these.

This fun and easy Christmas snack is a cinch to make. Please do not use microwave popcorn. It is coated in so many very weird chemicals and it tastes like a bucket of chlorine.

I found this recipe on the fabulous Two Sisters Crafting website, which is packed with so many cool recipes. I just reduced the quantities. Check it out: http://www.twosisterscrafting.com/

This recipe makes heaps and is perfect for sharing at Christmas picnics, BBQs and school Christmas gatherings, which is where this batch is destined to end up. I also think Santa would love a dish of sweet and salty Christmas popcorn to eat on Christmas Eve.

My pro-tip: wash the saucepan the instant you have finished making this recipe – you do not want melted marshmallow congealing on your pan. Trust me on this.

GATHER:

6 cups popped popcorn

freshly ground sea salt

3 cups of white marshmallows

45 grams butter, diced

1 cup red and green M&Ms or Skittles

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Here`s Popcorn the mini schnauzer looking unimpressed at her Santa photo 2016 🙂 She hated having her photo with Santa but look how cute she is! Squee! 🙂

LET`S GET TO IT:

Spread cooked popcorn on a large baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and remove any unpopped kernels.

In a large pan over low heat melt together the butter and marshmallows. Stir constantly. It will become a really sticky, weird science-experiment texture but continue on. When it is 90 per cent melted turn off heat and keep stirring until there are no lumps of marshmallow left.

Immediately pour the mixture over the popcorn, then use a fork or tongs to stir popcorn to coat as much as possible. Sprinkle over the M&Ms, and stick some to the marshmallow sauce. Grind over the sea salt to taste.

Set aside to cool then break into chunks to serve.

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Funfetti heart cookies / biscuits

28 Nov

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The festival of the birthday month continues in the Hungry House! Miss 8 is now Miss 9 and any Miss 10 is a newly minted Miss 11. Where has the time gone?!

Birthday baking fever has hit and every day in the lead-up to their birthdays I can be found dicing butter, measuring flour, pre-heating ovens and running out of eggs. My freezer is full of cupcakes, waiting to be iced, and I think I have cleared out the sprinkles aisle at my supermarket.  Continue reading

Chocolate pretzel pie

19 Oct

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I find that most people have a love/hate relationship with pretzels. I know which camp I fall into and it is not love. The strange thing is, I love salty, savoury, crunchy snacks but there is just something about pretzels that I dislike. Continue reading

Crazy easy brownies

29 Sep

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Hey all! Just a short post today as its my birthday! I’m quickly popping this recipe up before heading out to lunch with my fam. Continue reading

Roasted cauliflower open pie – vegetarian

24 Sep

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I do not recall the exact date that roasted cauliflower became my children’s favourite cooked vegetable but suffice to say, it was a case of ‘oh happy day.’ Continue reading

Vegan chocolate and coconut cupcakes

12 Sep

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I haven’t eaten meat for decades but have always loved my dairy products. I remember when I first become vegetarian, going out to eat in suburban Sydney meant pasta for dinner. And I’m not talking delicious hand-made gnocchi with wild mushrooms, or eggplant lasagne, but usually dry packet pasta with generic tomato sauce. Yawn. Continue reading