ICE-CREAM BOMB: MINIMUM EFFORT MAXIMUM SATISFACTION CAKE

I am not a cake person.
I will always be far more tempted by some cheese as dessert than with a sweet treat. Mr B is like me so we are that couple that always forgets the dessert when we have people over. We are all about the starters and main courses.

An amazing Ice-cream bomb @ OrganisingChaosblog

Since we’ve had kids, we have realised that IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE to celebrate certain events without cake. Kids seem to have an extra chromosome that determines that a celebration is not a celebration without a cake. The cake chromosome affects people differently depending on their genetic background and some people even lose it when the reach maturity but, in others, it only gets stronger.

As yesterday we celebrated Mr B’s birthday and Sunday is Big Monkey’s birthday too, I have been and will be making cakes. OK, let’s call spade spade. I am ASSEMBLING cakes.

My “regular” cakes are those that involve some melting at most and some assembly. But that doesn’t mean that they are boring or look terrible. Oh no! they are cool! and it’s not me saying that. All the under 10 kids are saying. Cool, I’ll tell you.

Ingredients for an ice-cream bombICE-CREAM BOMB

2/3 chocolate Swiss-rolls
1 kg of vanilla ice-cream
2-3 bags of Maltesers
Medium size see-through bowl
Cling-film

Get the ice-cream out of the freezer for at least 10 minutes before you are ready to assemble the cake. We need the ice-cream to be smooth and manageable.
Cover the inside of the bowl with cling-film. This will help to get it out of the bowl later on without any drama.

How to make an easy cake @ OrganisingChaosBlog
Cut the Swiss-rolls into 1 cm slices and start covering the inside of the bowl with it. Starting from the middle and working your way out in rows. Squeeze the Swiss-roll slices into the gaps, , make sure not to leave big gaps between the slices.

Once the inside of the bowl has been covered, fill half of the semi-circle with the vanilla ice-cream, add a layer of Maltesers and finish it off with another layer of ice-cream.Cover the bowl and put in the freezer.
Ice-cream bomb @ OrganisingChaosblog
Take it 10 minutes before you are ready to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and flip it onto a plate. The cling film should help you peel it off the bowl with ease. Watch the little faces light with delight as they find the Maltesers hidden in the ice-cream. 

Prepare an easy and amazing Ice-Cream Bomb @ OrganisingChaosBlog
You wanted cake? That’s a cake with an impact and a surprise!
Minimum effort, maximum satisfaction cake. A go-to-in-case-of-emergency-cake.

Yum!

Chaotic ItziOCB

RECIPE : CARAMELIZED ONION

We are great fans of caramelized onion in our house. We always have a jar of it at home to have with cheese,  meat,  in soups, pizzas, sandwiches.. it is delicious with anything.
OrganisingChaos - Delicious Caramelized Onions
I find something very therapeutically about slowly cooking the onions, the process, the smells… very relaxing and homely.

Onions are naturally sweet and that sweetness gets released by slowly cooking the onions over an extended period of time. The natural sugars in the onions caramelize and they make the most delicious and wholesome flavor.

How? Easy. You will need:
4 onions – I prefer to use red onions as they are sweeter but you can use white onions if you’d prefer.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar.
Caramelized Onions / Step 1 - chop the onions and add them to the panHeat the oil in a heavy based pan. Peel and chop the onions in thin slices and add them to the oil. Stir the onions making sure that every single slice gets covered in oil. Leave the onions to saute on a low-medium heat (every hob is different-  just make sure that the onions are not going to burn, it’s about slow cooking). Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally.
Caramelized Onions / Step 2 - slow cook your onionsAfter 10 minutes or so, season them with salt, make sure they are not burning, and leave them on the hob for another 10 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
Caramelized Onions - Step 3 - Add the sugarAfter another 10 minutes, add the tablespoon of sugar and make sure that it gets to all the corners of the pan. If the onions are a bit too dry and they are sticking to the pan, add a little bit of water. Cook for further 10-15 minutes keeping an eye on it to make sure they don’t burn.
When the onions are all brown and sticky, transfer them into an air tight container and keep in the fridge once cooled.
OrganisingChaos - Delicious Caramelized Onions
Try adding them to your normal hummus recipe or add them to your steak and let me know your thoughts, I think I can already read them!

Enjoy it!
Chaotic Itzi

RECIPE: BREADED CAMEMBERT SALAD WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE

If you like cheese, you are in for a treat.
Fried camembert salad with cranberry sauce - delish
This recipe makes the loveliest starter for a dinner party. It is nice, it is tasty and it is light – all the things you want in a starter. Camembert is a delicious creamy cheese in its own right and by coating it with breadcrumbs and frying it, you get a lovely crusty outside and a soft and creamy inside… just yum!

To make a starter for 4 people, you will need:
4 people (ha! I know, I am hilarious!)
1 big  cake of Camembert cheese cut into wedges
1 beaten egg
breadcrumbs
For the sauce:
190 g Jar of cranberry sauce
Zest and juice of ½ orange
Approximately 1 pint or 500ml of vegetable oil, heated to 180C in a heavy bottomed pan.
Fried Camembert with cranberry sauce and salad - so good
How to:
Cut the Camembert cheese into wedges. Dip each piece into a bowl with the beaten egg and straight onto to the bread crumbs making sure they are all coated evenly. Let them rest and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
To make the sauce, mix the cranberry sauce, orange juice and zest in a bowl. You can have the sauce warm by warming it slightly in a saucepan while frying the cheese but cold is also works a treat.

Heat the vegetable oil to 180C and deep fry the Camembert for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and delicious. Remove it and place it in a plate with some kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
My favorite starter - Organising ChaosFried Camembert with cranberry sauce and salad - so good
Serve the breaded cheese with the sauce and a side leafy salad dressed with a light vinaigrette.

This is the kind of starter that you can prepare in advance and just fry as your guests are just sitting at the table.  You’re guest will love it. And if the don’t, they don’t deserve to be your friends… get better ones, you totally deserve it… I am only joking… not really

Fried camembert with cranberry sauce - delish . Organising Chaos

Invite friends and see what they think and if they deserve to be your friends…;-)
Chaotic Itzi

Bows and Crafts

MUG CAKES : ALMOND & BERRY BREAKFAST MUG

Remember the Brownie Mug Cake that I made a couple of weeks ago? It was a success with both kids and adults and due to popular demand I have made it good few times since. It is so easy to make that I never have any excuse not to make it, and it is so delicious…. So I decided to try another one from the book.

This particular mug cake can be used for both breakfast and dessert (one can argue that you could have the brownie for breakfast, but that is another day’s discussion. But you totally could). It is very light and delicious, and again very easy to make with very little washing up afterwards. Almond and Berry Breakfast Mug cake - OrganisingChaosBlog
ALMOND & BERRY BREAKFAST MUG
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 medium egg
1 tablespoon runny honey
3 tablespoons golden caster sugar
3 tablespoons ground almonds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoon self-raising flour
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons mixed berries

METHOD
Place the butter in a 350 ml mug and microwave for 10-20 seconds until melted.
Add the egg, honey and sugar to the mug and beat with a fork until combined.
Add the ground almonds, cinnamon, flour and salt and beat again until smooth. Fold through half the berries and then top the remainder.
Place the cake in the microwave for 2 minutes 50 seconds @ 600W / 2 minutes 30 seconds @ 800W or 2 minutes 10 seconds @ 1000W.
Leave it to cool slightly and then serve.
Delicious Almond and Berry Mug Cake - OrganisingChaosBlog
Super quick Almond and Berry Mug Cake - OrganisingChaosBlog
I love the berries mixed in the cake, so sweet, so light, so yummy. Utterly satisfying…
So good, I can’t stop eating it.
Enjoy it!
Chaotic Itzi