With the festive season finally upon us I am increasingly getting drawn to my not-so-new found love–baking. I love baking. I find it therapeutic. In a world, full of chaos and changes; baking is something that brings in some order. I take comfort in the fact that if you mix X amount of something with Y amount of something else, you are almost sure that you can create some magic right in your kitchen. Baking, hence is magical to me with room for inevitable perfection.

I love cup cakes but to be honest before this I thought it was next to impossible. Turns out not. I am a complete novice still learning the art of baking so I am rather happy (and proud) that I could whip up these beauties all by myself. They are alcohol free but full on taste so perfect for kids and those with kids this festive season.

Easy cupcakes recipe

To make about 12-13 cupcakes you will need: two eggs, 200 grams caster sugar, 200 grams self-raising flour, 110 grams butter, two teaspoon vanilla essence, 125 ml milk, 2 tablespoon cocoa powder

Start by creaming together butter and sugar. Slowly beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix it well with a hand blender.

Add the vanilla essence. Stir some of the flour and mix it well and once it is really mixed stir in the other half.

Repeat with milk. Stir in a wee bit first. Mix and stir in the rest and mix again. Now, the basic batter is ready. It should not be too thick nor too runny.

Divide the batter in two halves and to one half add the cocoa powder again in batches. The cocoa one will give you moist chocolate cup cakes. In short you are killing two birds with one stone.

Now take your cup cake baking tray, line it with cup cake paper case and fill 1/4th of the case with your mix. Use an ice cream scoop rather than spatula for ease.

Bake it for 20-25 minutes in 180 degree Celsius pre-heated oven. After 20 minutes do the skewer test. Insert a skewer or tooth pick and if it comes out clean you have a winner.

For icing, I have cheated a bit and have done it with store brought icing spray. Sprinkle some little hearts and keep it in the fridge for 20 minutes or so to let the icing set. Enjoy it with a cup of hot coffee or on its own.

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Harissa Chicken recipe

As a nursing mum there are days when I am ALWAYS hungry. Nursing is definitely the toughest form of exercise that I’ve done that sometimes makes me unimaginably tired. As a mum, I’ve also realised that at times I simply forget to eat and binge on unnecessary junk items.

To get my eating habits back on track and to keep myself energised throughout the day, I have started doing some things that’s helping me immensely: I keep myself well-hydrated, I eat small portions every two hours and most importantly, I always have a protein source in my main meals. I also go for recipes that are quick and easy to make. The other day, I experimented a bit and made this dinner. My version of Harissa Chicken is easy to make, delicious and most importantly nutritious. 

You will need: A portion of chicken breast, store brought Harissa paste, lettuce leaves, cucumber,1-2 cloves of garlic, salad tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, cayenne pepper (optional) and bagel bread. 

Here’s how to make: 

1) Cut the chicken breast into bite sized portions and marinate it with 2-3 tablespoon of Harissa paste. Keep it aside for at least half an hour. 

2) While  the chicken is marinating, make your salad. Cut the cucumber, salad tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes. Mix in a touch of cayenne pepper. Drizzle some oil from sun dried tomatoes over the veggies. Give the salad a thorough mix. 

3) Heat a pan and add some olive oil (just a touch would do you can use spray oil if you wish). Take out the marinated chicken and cook it thoroughly for 5-10 mins. 

4) Cut the garlic clove into small pieces and roast it with some oil. You just need to brown it a bit. 

5) Put the cooked chicken and salad on a plate of lettuce leaf and garnish it with roasted garlic. 

6) Serve it with warm bagel bread and enjoy. 

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