Food

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries

July 22, 2014

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

I’m fo fancy, you already know….If loads of chocolate, meringue, and fresh farmers’ market berries is being fancy, then yes, we all are.

Have you ever bought a bunch of ingredients that look super pretty and then you wonder: umm..now what? Ok so last weekend I was walking by the market when I saw all these mountains of stacked local berries just sitting there, winking at me, asking me to take them home. So I did. I basically bought my own weight in berries and decided to figure out what to do with them later.

The ah-ha! moment hit me when I saw the cover of may’s issue of Donna Hay (yes, I admit it, I’m a donna fan – the woman knows how to style!) and saw this freaking fantastic chocolate meringue cake. I then knew that these berries needed to marry this cake. Done and done.

Such a beautiful summer love story, right?

This cake is served chilled, which still makes it appropriate for the season – though if you make it later in the year you can serve it at room temp and it’ll be just as amazing. It’s messy, fudge-y, and lusty!

Nuff talkin, more eatin’. Full recipe after the jump!

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Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles

June 26, 2014

Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles via Artful Desperado

Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles via Artful Desperado

Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles via Artful Desperado

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it ain’t xmas, it’s Popsicle Week 2014! organized by the one and only Billy of Wit and Vinegar. This week has been FILLED with amazing recipes from a bunch of harcore foodies and today’s my turn to share the goods: Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles!

You know black forest cake, right? That delicious german creation stuffed with chocolate, cream, and cherries. Well, this recipe is THE SAME except that there’s no dairy AND I skipped the maraschino cherries which taste like cough syrup, instead, I used a sour cherry compote and topped it all with dark chocolate shavings. I’m telling ya, THIS IS GOOD.

Side note: I used some local cherries for styling purposes and my house ended up looking like a murder scene from Dexter! ha! There was cherry juice on the walls and all.

Full recipe after the jump!

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Starving Artist Recipes and Illustrations by Sara Zin

June 25, 2014

Starving Artist Recipes and Illustrations by Sara Zin

OH! Someone please pass me a bar of chocolate, I feel fainty with such beauty! Food, illustration, recipes – yes yes and yes.

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Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cardamom Ice Cubes

June 19, 2014

Dark Chocolate Ice Cubes

Dark Chocolate Ice Cubes

Cinnamon Cardamom Ice Cubes

Cinnamon Cardamom Ice Cubes

Fellas, time to man up your drinks! Life is too short and there’s no time to waste on a bunch of bland ice cubes that just dilute your drink. This week on ManMadeDIY I posted a trusty little guide to make your own flavoured ice cubes at home, plus, a couple recipes to make these game-changing icy bad boys.

All you need is a simple home-made chocolate syrup, some spices, and you’re good to go. Head over to ManMadeDIY to get the full scoop!

PS. After I made them I totally snacked on them! The chocolate ones are aces with any kind of milky drink (or even in coffee) and the spiced ones are killer on bourbon and whiskey based cocktails like an old fashioned…hmm..I luh yu papi.

Strawberry Lime Basil Shortcakes

June 17, 2014

Strawberry Lime Basil Shortcakes via Artful Desperado

Strawberry Lime Basil Shortcakes via Artful Desperado

Strawberry Lime Basil Shortcakes via Artful Desperado

I am torn between playing Missy Elliot’s ’4 My People’ and bounce some ass in a SURFBORDT style, or going the classier way and play ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ by The Beatles; either of those tracks would sound amazing while baking these INSANELY GOOD shortcakes. My friends, this recipe is da bomb. I found it in last month’s edition of Bon Appetit and have been dreaming about it since. I added a bit of zingy citrus to make it extra yummy.

Picture this: sweet juicy local strawbs, fresh basil, and the tangy essence of lime, all sandwiched in between a buttery shortcake loaded with fluffy cream. Seriously, a culinary boner right there. I know there’s plenty of dairy in here and some of us should stay away from it BUT, some things cannot be replaced! Just pop a few lactose pills like I did and you’ll be fine. It’s SO worth it.

Perfect. Summer. Treat.

FULL RECIPE AFTER THE JUMP!

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