DIY Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls

Hi Deerest Friends,

It’s a beautiful summer day here and it’s the sort of weather where you want to eat fresh, healthy food but its hot so you don’t always want to eat huge amounts of food and feel full and sluggish. That’s where today’s tutorial comes in. I really wanted to do a DIY today but I couldn’t figure out what to write about. So I started to make lunch and I realised this is a great recipe and one I should share. Now I obviously didn’t invent rice paper rolls (I’m not that good) but this is my way of making them by hand rather than buying them already made.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Carrot
-Cucumber
-Baby Spinach Leaves
-Bean Shoots
-Avocado
-Sweet Chilli Sauce
-A pack of Dried Rice Paper Sheets
-A Container filled with Lukewarm Water
-A Clean Tea-Towel

NOTE: There are no amounts given as you estimate how much you’ll need depending on how many rice paper rolls you want.

Begin by chopping your carrot, cucumber and baby spinach leaves into strips

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Now mash your avocado using a fork

Step 2

Place each rice paper sheet into the container filled with lukewarm water and wait for about 30 seconds or until they become soft and pliable. Only do this with one sheet at a time or they will all stick together

Step 3

Place each sheet on a clean tea-towel and pat dry

Step 4

Place your rice paper sheet on a plate and start by smearing mashed avocado down the centre

Step 5

Now add some carrot on top of the avocado,

Step 6

Then add the cucumber,

Step 7

And add the spinach leaves and been shoots.

Step 8

Now fold the bottom of the rice paper sheet up onto the filling and then fold both sides in. Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce.

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And You’re Done!

DIY Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls

These are so delicious and so versatile. I’m a vegetarian so I have mine with just veggies or some tofu but you can really put whatever you want in these and of course this can be done with meat (Crab and Prawn seem to be very popular). This is such a nice thing to make for lunch and if they are kept cold these last very well so you could take it to work or school. This can also make great finger food for cocktail parties or also make great entrees at a dinner party as they are not too filling but full of flavour.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

DIY Double Decker Brownie-Cookie Slice

Hi Deerest Friends,

You have to give it to the Americans. They have the uncanny ability of taking two yummy foods and creating some sort of crazy-delicious hybrid. Usually making me a cookie or giving me some brownie would be more than enough to make me smile but when I heard about this recipe, I couldn’t resist giving it a try! Part fudgy brownie, part moist choc-chip cookie; today’s tutorial is the completely delicious, Double Decker Brownie-Cookie Slice. Now making two separate recipes at the same time and having to combine them together may sound a bit tricky, but stick with me it’s easy as… well… cake!

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A 30x20cm slice pan
-Baking paper
-2 Saucepans (medium saucepan)
-1 Medium-sized bowl
-Sieve

For the Brownie Layer:
-180gm of Salted Butter
-¾ cup Unsweetened Good-quality Cocoa Powder
-1 ½ cups White Sugar
-2 large Eggs
-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-¾ cup All-purpose (Plain) Flour

For the Cookie Layer:
-180gm of Salted Butter
-1 cup, packed Brown Sugar
-1 ½ cups All-purpose (Plain) Flour
-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 cup Milk (Semisweet) Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 170°C and lightly grease a 20×30cm baking pan and cover the inside with baking paper.

Step 1

Now to begin the cookie layer, put butter in a medium saucepan and melt over low/medium heat. Once all the butter is melted, take the pan off the heat and whisk in brown sugar until no lumps remain. Set aside to cool while you proceed to start the brownie layer.

Step 2

To begin the brownie layer, put the butter in medium saucepan and melt over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the butter is melted, take the pan off the heat and sift in cocoa powder. Mix until smooth and then add sugar and whisk until blended.

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Add one egg at a time to the brownie mixture and whisk after each addition. Also add in vanilla. Sift flour over the chocolate mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until blended. Be careful not to over-mix as you may make the mixture too tough.

Step 5

Now back to the cookie mixture. In a small bowl mix together sifted flour and baking soda.

Step 6

Add the egg and vanilla to the cooled butter mixture and whisk until blended. Then pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir until blended. Add chocolate chips to cookie mixture and mix well to distribute them evenly.

Step 7

Pour the brownie mixture into the base of the prepared pan. Use a spatula to spread evenly. Now drop the cookie dough over the brownie batter in large scoopfuls and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Be careful to evenly drop batter across the brownie layer because it gets difficult to spread.

Step 8

Now put in the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, turning your pan every 10 minutes. When a wooden toothpick inserted into the slice comes out with gooey clumps of brownie sticking to it, turn your oven off and take the pan out. Allow time to cool before cutting.

And You’re Done!

DIY Double Decker Brownie-Cookie Slice

This is so delicious and has automatically become one of my favourites! I will definitely be repeating this recipe again and again. This is a really unique, quirky idea that would be a great contribution to any party and would also make a really great gift.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

DIY Chocolate Mousse

Hi Deerest Friends,

Whether it’s summer or winter where you are, there are always times where you desperately need comfort food. You’ve just been dumped. You have PMS. You’ve just finished watching The Notebook after being dumped whilst having PMS. Well I can’t fix those problems but I can promise you that this DIY tutorial will make you feel so much better.

I am a very modest person but I make the best chocolate mousse in the world. Really.

All year long, I get requests from family and friends regarding this mousse. If it weren’t for this mousse they all would have probably stoped talking to me years ago. Now “best chocolate mousse in the world” may sound like a big claim but after you try this you will be agreeing with me. And if you don’t I will ignore you anyway.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-3 Mixing Bowls (one large, two medium sized)
-Double Boiler
-Electric Beaters
-Large Metal Spoon
-Spoons
-Serving bowls

For the Chocolate Mousse:
-300g of Good-Quality Chocolate (I use a combination of 150g of Dark, 100g of Milk and 50g of White Chocolate)
-3 Eggs
-¼ cup of Caster Sugar
-1 tbsp of Cocoa Powder
-300ml of Thickened Cream (must be suitable for whipping)
-Grated Chocolate, to serve (this is how I decorate mine but this can be changed)

Using electric beaters, start by whipping your cream in one of the smaller bowls until it forms firm peaks, being careful not to over-beat. Once whipped, put the cream aside for the moment.

Step 1

Break up your chocolate and place it in the top of the double boiler. Place the double boiler (with water in the lower section) on low-medium heat and stir frequently. When the chocolate is smooth and fully melted, take the chocolate off the heat and leave in to cool slightly.

Step 2

Place eggs and sugar in one of the smaller mixing bowls and beat with clean electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until mixture is pale, thickened and doubled in volume.

Step 3

Mix sifted cocoa powder into the egg/sugar mixture and stir well.

Step 4

Fold the cooled chocolate into the egg/sugar/cocoa mixture and stir well. This will cause the mixture to thicken significantly.

Step 5

Now using a large metal spoon, gradually fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and stir well until all the cream has been incorporated.

Step 6

Move the mousse into a serving bowl and smooth out the top using a spoon.

Step 7

Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top of the mousse.

Step 8

Finally cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge.

Step 9

And You’re Done!

DIY Chocolate Mousse

Even though this mousse will leave you with a lot of dirty dishes, it is really easy to make and is ridiculously delicious. This mousse can be made up to three days before serving and the longer it sits in the fridge the better it gets. I use a combination of three different chocolates that give a sweet, rich flavour but you can change this recipe to all dark if you like it really strong to all white (don’t add cocoa powder) if you prefer it sweet. Oh… and if the world does end today/tomorrow (it won’t) at least you will spend your last few moments consuming delicious calories that your won’t have to work off!

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY “Fruit Salad” Cocktail

Hi Deerest Friends,

Next week I’m off to the beach camping with a big group of friends. I can’t wait for a week of relaxing in the sun, playing cricket on the beach and having a drink or two (or three or four) with friends. Today’s tutorial is my take on the traditional fruit punch, combined with the icy refreshment of a Slurpee This is the ultimate summer drink and it is so delicious. I can’t stand cocktail recipes when you have to go out and buy a heap of obscure alcohols that are impossible to find and that you’ll never use again. This recipe uses only Bacardi Rum but it is very versatile so you could use vodka, tequila or even champagne as an alternative.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-A Blender
-Watermelon (This is cut into cubes and frozen overnight)
-Orange & Mango Juice, chilled (This could also be an orange & mango flavoured mineral water)
-2 shots of Bacardi Rum, per person (I like this quite strong but use one shot per person if desired)
-Crushed Ice
-Margarita Glasses
-Slices of Pineapple, to garnish
-Swizzle Sticks, Umbrellas and Straws, to garnish

Take your watermelon cubes and place them in the blender along with some ice. Blend until it creates a pureed, Slurpee-like consistency.

Step 1

Pour in your Bacardi (or alternative) and add your orange & mango juice/mineral water. Blend on low speed until combined.

Step 2

Pour into a margarita glass and add a wedge of pineapple to the rim of the glass. Decorate with a swizzle stick, umbrella and a straw.

And You’re Done!

DIY "Fruit Salad" Cocktail

This drink is so yummy and it might even be all you want to drink in summer. I like to also add a little cocktail umbrella and a swizzle stick because I can’t resist anything kitsch and it makes me feel like I’m on a cruise in the Caribbean or something equally as glamorous. This is definitely what I’ll be drinking at the beach. This drink is very versatile and it can also be made into a refreshing mocktail if you don’t drink or if you want to use this for a kid’s party… Just hold the alcohol.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!