recipe: cheese and cranberry puff

LTL - Recipe Love - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

I think food you make whilst entertaining should be easy, delicious and definitely decadent.  Here is an easy starter, using only three ingredients that is bound to impress your guests and disappear quickly…

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

1 sheet puff pastry
1 wheel of brie cheese
100g cranberry sauce

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
– Place one sheet of puff pastry on a lined baking tray, and use a knife to cut each corner, so you end up with four triangles that can be discarded

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

– Place the wheel of brie cheese in the centre, and pile the cranberry sauce on top
– Fold the pastry up to encase the brie and cranberry filling

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

– Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes
– Serve with your preferred cracker (I’ve used Jatz Cracked Pepper)

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

So much YUM on a cracker!!

This recipe is so easy for entertaining.  I LOVE it for Christmas as the cranberry gives it that festive feel.  Using a cheese knife cut the puff like you would a cake, and serve on the cracker.  (I generally even ignore the cracker as I find the puff pastry is the ‘hero’ of the dish and is enough to be a decent base.)  You can use camembert cheese but I find it really oozes out a bit too much, which is why I stick with a beautiful brie.  It will ooze out but it is all a part of the goodness… I have never had leftovers of this starter, ever!

Hope you enjoy it, I guarantee your guests will!

product love: packet mix baking

I used to be a big fan of the packet mix.  I will not lie about it.  They take the thinking away from you.  They are simple and easy.  Quick and less messy.  I can grab one of these and every other ingredient I am guaranteed to have in my fridge or pantry.

There is, however, one packet mix that is a HUGE hit in our house, is a HUGE hit for everyone I’ve made them for, and I will continue to make even though I’ve abandoned all others.   Continue reading

baking love: v day makes and a touch of diy

I made these beautiful waffles for our Valentines Day morning breakfast…  I use the thermomix Easy Peasy Waffles Recipe, topped with fresh blueberries, icing sugar, maple syrup and a vanilla bean ice-cream.  So simple and we really enjoyed them.  My toddler especially!

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I made this beautiful lemon, ricotta and almond cake, the recipe I was given from my gorgeous cousin over on blogofahappywife.  It’s gorgeous and so is her blog!

LTL - lemon, almond and ricotta cake

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And finally, for dinner, some gnocchi with a basil pesto and snowpeas.  The gnocci I could have made in my thermomix, but honestly, it makes wayyyy too much and this recipe I found via Lorraine Pascale was so simple.  Instead of using potatoes, marscapone is used.

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And we used these inexpensive IKEA Spice Racks to make beautiful book shelves for Ellie’s room.  And when I say inexpensive – they are $2.99 EACH!
Just an easy DIY Paint Job.  I love using books as art.  Thanks again Pinterest!

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recipe: ragu

Happy Monday lovelies!  Hope you had a good one?

Today I explained to Judd that lots of kids started school for the first time today, and one day it will be Judd’s turn.  And Mummy will cry!
Judd turned to me and said “Judd will cry too Mummy.”
*Heart melts*

How did everyone go dropping their littlies off to school?  I’m sure some (maybe the Mum’s with high school age children?) were jumping for joy?

In other news, Judd grabbed my hair so hard today holding onto me, he ripped a huge chunk out.

Oh. the. pain.

Anyway, the ragu recipe I made when I made the brownie for dessert has been requested, so here it is: Continue reading