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Homemade Chicken Fajita

Everyone has this ‘why’ feeling about something. Packet mixes are one of mine. Fajita’s are a popular dish across the world, they are on the table of many a household in the middle of the week. The sales of pre mixed packets of seasoning for such dishes must be staggering. I always ask myself why? Even if you cant/won’t cook its so simple to go homemade, especially with these. If your looking to serve more homemade food to your family this is a great way to start. 

My mix contains just 3 spices. In large UK supermarkets these 3 spices will set you back around 69-99p per 100g. Compared the the price of a well known branded fajita kit this saving is huge. The DIY dinner kits you see in supermarkets for £3+ contain 1 seasoning mix, 8 flour tortilla and 1 sachet of salsa. My seasoning mix costs on average 15p, tortillas cost me £1 and a salsa/guacamole/sour cream dip would cost under £1 also. Big difference. 

Try it for yourself. I promise you, one, that you wont ever go back and two, you’ll start asking why too. 

Dont even get me started on microwave baked potato! Is it just me?

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Ingredients:

2tsp Cumin

1-2tsp chilli Powder (depending on heat required)

1tsp Paprika or Smoked Paprika

1tbsp Tomato Puree

220g Chicken

1 Red Pepper

1 Onion 

1 Small Bunch of Spring Onion

1tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

First heat your frying pan on a medium heat. Slice your pepper and onion as desired and add to the hot oil. Stir until onion is translucent.

Slice the chicken in bite size strips and add to the pan with the vegetables. Allow to fry until sealed. To this add the tomato puree and spices. You may need around 2tbsp of water at this point, just to loosen it up a bit. Leave for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Chop in the spring onion and take off the heat. 

I recommend serving with fresh salad, tortilla wraps and sour cream and chive dip. Potato wedges are a must too. 

 

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Yup. It might not get any better than this. Talk about chocolate heaven. 

If there is ever an ideal ‘dinner party’ cake its this one. So delicate, light and decadent. Rich, gooey and completely chocolatey. Having said this, I’m not having a dinner party. This is just a mid-week chocolate madness.

A very selfish cake, I already think I should hide it. It’s mine! You will know what I mean when you try it.. It can’t just be me, sorry, I refuse. Hiding it is TOTALLY justifiable. It is. 

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Ingredients:

200g Dark Chocolate

100g Butter

4 Large Eggs

185g Icing Sugar

Method:

Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4/108C/350F. Place a saucepan around 1/3 filled with water on the hob to reach a simmer.

Break the chocolate in to a bowl (you will use this over the saucepan so make sure its the correct size) and add the butter. Put the bowl over the simmering saucepan, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Leave this on a low simmer to make sure the chocolate melts gently. As soon as you have completely melted the butter and chocolate remove the bowl from the heat. 

Separate the eggs. Staring with the yolks, whisk along with the icing sugar until pale and creamy. Around 1 1/2 minutes in an electric mixer will bring you to this stage. Moving on to the whites, these should be whisked together in a separate bowl until soft peaks form – make sure the bowl and whisk are clean and dry. 

Fold the chocolate mixture in to the yolk mix until fully incorporated. When this has come together and your egg whites have reached soft peak stage you can now gently fold in the whites to the rest of the mix. Make sure this is completely combined.

Carefully pour the mixture in a lined cake tin and transfer to the oven for 30-40 minutes. The cake will be ready when it appears to have a cracked top but is still gooey in the middle. There should be no wobble.

Remove and allow to cool in the tin. Dust with icing sugar and transfer to a plate.

I recommend serving with fresh double cream or ice cream and some fresh berries.  

Unblogged creations..

I haven’t stopped baking. Oh no, baking runs in my veins. So while I’ve been away what have I baked? A lot! I will tell you that. I just thought I would share pictures below, as proof!

I baked 20+ giant cookies for the school cake sale. Made THE best carrot cake ever. A must! Helped my daughter make Sable Rudolf’s and jam filled stars. Slaved over 36 ice cream inspired cupcakes for daughters friends to celebrate her birthday. Dabbled for the first time with sugar paste. I envy you if you can use this stuff. I must say I was pleased for a first attempt but I definitely need practice. I even whipped up a baked cheese cake. I don’t like cheese cake I might add! Many more things happened but these are all the pictures I have to hand.

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Is this sensible?

So, where have I been? Truth be told I gave up too easily. I fall in and out of love with blogging, never seeming to find a routine of writing and publishing.

So why have I come back? I’m in that blogging zone now, for how long I don’t know.

The most consistent blogs attract a lot of people, posting to some is their livelihood, it consumes large parts of their day. To me, I like to post when I feel like it. But why can’t some blogs be like this? After all, your sharing information and inspiration in to the world, there isn’t a rule to how this should be done. Or am I missing something?

So for all of you that are still following me or have wanted more, I’m back. As I said before, I don’t know whats going to happen here all I can say is I’m going to try. Baking blogs are difficult, it’s not a niche at all and I am left to eat everything I create! I may incorporate everyday family meals in to the mix, this way I can keep posting without eating all that sugar!

So, hello again!

Honey Chocolate Oat Cookies

Today’s bake is simple, my cupboards are lacking anything interesting as my daughters birthday is just around the corner. My budget is stretched, so my baking is stretched too! This bake is simple, even for the most unorganised, or amateur baker. Most ingredients are lingering in your cupboards, I bet you. You may have to take a trip to the back, but I’m sure every household has the required ‘staples’ here goes..

Honey & Chocolate Oat Cookies!

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I love the odd cookie bake, I don’t do it often. Both my partner and daughter love a good homemade cookie, the bigger the better of course, but they get what they are given. I never force a cookie to be something it doesn’t want to be. For this reason they never let me down. Plus this one is a tad healthy. Follow me..

You will need;

A sturdy bowl.
Weighing scales.
A wooden spoon (although I prefer a electric mixer for a quick bake).
Wire cooling rack.
50g of butter.
50g of sugar (I use half brown half white).
1 egg.
50g wholemeal flour.
1tsp baking powder.
80g of oats.
3tbsp of honey.
2tbsp of maple syrup.
A pinch of sea salt.
80g of smashed up 74% chocolate.

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4/180 degrees. Start by creaming your butter and sugars until light, add the egg, mix until incorporated. Then mix in your flour and baking powder, followed by the oats. Indulge in your honey and syrup, and add your chocolate (you can use nuts, fruit, raisins if you prefer, I would of added raisins but they don’t go down well with the cookie monsters. Huff!)
Using a dessert spoon, spoon dollops of mixture onto a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper. Make sure to leave about 5cms between each cookie to let them have space to spread their wings if they do wish, remember don’t force them! When done pop into the oven for 15 minutes, I don’t like a crunch with this cookies, they are quite soft. If you wish for a crunch cook for longer until they start to brown, although be warned they won’t be very crunchy as the recipe is rather moist. Cool on a wire rack! This recipe and quantity will yield 12 cookies.

Hope you enjoy, please, as always check back soon for more recipes. Don’t eat them all at once 😉 although we probably will. Bakes around here don’t tend to last after a few hours, if that! Happy baking x

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Announcing the birth of a baking blog..

After deliberating for a few months I’ve finally taken the plunge into the world that is blogging. Really dont know where I am right now, besides my cosy South London living room. Lord, this is going to take some getting used to. I’ll annouce the birth of ‘realitybitesbaking’ today inspired by baking in the world that is reality. Running around after a 2 year old, running a house. It’s hard work, but my passion helps me out a lot. I hope you enjoy my blog, and walk through the many ups and (hopefully not so many) downs.