Christmas cupcakes

Well, we finally managed to walk the Severn Bridge and tick off one of the items on our bucket list.  It was not as exciting as we thought it would be as the wind was a little briskly and the noise from the cars going by was terrible!  But we eventually found the foot path after getting geographically challenged (not lost, we never get lost(?)), we walked onto the bridge, took a selfie and then went for a coffee.  If I am completely honest it is not something that we would repeat until the summer when the weather is a little warmer.

We also managed to take a random selfie on top of the toll booths of the Severn Bridge.  We were all laughing like idiots when we took the photograph and that can be seen in the photo.  That will go into the family montage on the wall in the hall way!

At this time of the year, as a family, we start to fill our freezer with sweets and treats ready for the Christmas holiday.  Primarily we like to have goodies such as cupcakes and chocolate brownies in the freezer.  We do this in anticipation that they only take half an hour to defrost for when we get visitors over the holidays.  There is an additional bonus: it is fun to make the cakes and brownies; we both really enjoy the cooking, but the Quality Assurance bit after they come out of the oven is by far the best bit.  Traditionally a baker’s dozen is 13, in our house it is nearer 10!  Here is the recipe described by my daughter, Courtney:

Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 eggs

100g of self- raising flour

100g of butter

100g of caster sugar

Equipment

Big bowl

Sieve

Knife

Cup

Electric whisk

Cupcake cases

Wooden spoon

Method

Put the sugar into the bowl add the butter that I chopped into chunks and mix it up with your electric whisk.  Then beat in the eggs a little at a time.  Once the eggs have been added put the flour into the mix after putting it through the sieve.

Mix all together with a wooden spoon.

Put the mixture into 12 cupcakes and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes on gas mark 5.

Let the cakes cool, test one of them by cutting it in half and sharing with my daddy.

Put them into a freezer proof container and put them in the freezer ready for Christmas.

We did try to film ourselves making these but we forgot to press record on the camera! Well my daddy did!

If you have any recipes for cupcakes that can go in the freezer please add your comments below.

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School Food Tech…sort of

My first Bolognese sauce at school

I am in secondary school (which I enjoy) and I finally cooked something in food tech after having about 8 lessons.  Today, I made my own Bolognese sauce, but unfortunately, my food tech teacher forgot all about it so instead of having a slow lesson, we had to rush it all, but it was still fun, even though I cried while chopping an onion and I am still crying now! So today I am going to tell you how to make this sauce. (This is how we make it at home)

You will need:

  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Onion
  • Tin chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • 3 mushrooms
  • Oliver oil
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife

 

Method

  1. Chop the garlic, onion and mushrooms up
  2. Pour the table spoon of olive oil into the pan on a low heat
  3. Add the onion and the garlic
  4. When the onion is clear add the tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes
  5. Add the mushrooms and the chopped tomatoes, mix with the spoon
  6. Cook through and serve with spaghetti