Category Archives: DIY

Easter Cheesecake

Thought I’d share another diabetes-inducing recipe! This baked chocolate cheesecake is delicious, and much cheaper than versions that use cream cheese and creme fraiche. Give it a try!

Ingredients

200g chocolate digestive biscuits
50g butter, softened
200g chocolate (I usually use one slab of dark and one of milk)
100ml double cream
2 organic eggs
85g castor sugar
500g (2 tubs) creamed cottage cheese

Method

  1. Lightly grease the sides of a 20cm diameter springform tin and preheat the oven to 150°C.
  2. Roughly break up the biscuits and process in a food processor along with the butter until crumbly but coming together. Press into the base of the tin. 
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (make sure to check it frequently) and stir in the cream.
  4. Whisk the eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Beat in the cottage cheese, fold in the chocolate and cream mixture and pour into the tin.
  5. Bake for one hour and then switch off the oven and leave to cool.
  6. If you want to make an Easter cheesecake like mine, make a little nest of speckled eggs and shaved chocolate curls 🙂

Nomnom!

Cheesecake(Sorry about the shitty Blackberry photo!)

 

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The most OCD DIY ever

I pinned this DIY ages ago off The Beauty Department and finally got round to it. I have far too many nail polishes for such a small box, and needed to store them properly before they all fell out. And so began the most OCD DIY I’ve ever done! (Advice: do it while watching series)

Before: A sparkly box I’ve had since Grade 5 crammed with far too much stuff

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Step 1: Unpack dusty box of crap. Then paint stickers with each nail polish colour.                       Keep them in line so you don’t mix them all up.

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Step 2: Contemplate how much all this nail polish must’ve cost and shudder to yourself.

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Step 3: Punch a hole in each of the stickers and apply dot to top of matching nail polish lid.

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Step 4: Find a new box. I covered a shoe box in wrapping paper I bought from Typo. I like it because it looks like those 90’s ads in teen magazines.

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Step 5: Put all your nail polishes in new improved box, and marvel at it’s OCD beauty.

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Much better! xx

Lemon cake

On Sunday we had a ‘Congrats, you’re engaged!’ tea for Emma. I thought the entering of this new stage of our lives warranted a more mature cake than usual, (also I’m broke and can’t afford chocolate) so I made a lemon yoghurt cake from an old Donna Hay recipe that I modified, and it was delicious! Here it is for you to try…

Ingredients for a 2-layer Lemon Yoghurt Cake

  • ¾ cup (180ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup (280g) thick natural yoghurt (I used double cream greek)
  • 1¾ cups (385g) castor sugar
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour

For the icing:

  • 330 ml icing sugar, sifted
  • 150 ml butter, softened
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml grated lemon rind

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place the oil, eggs, rind, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Sift over the flour and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into 2 greased cake tins and bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  5. Leave to cool.
  6. For the icing, cream the butter and add sugar gradually.
  7. Beat in the lemon juice and rind until the right consistency is reached. For a fluffier icing, a teaspoon or 2 of water can be added.
  8. Assemble cake and top with lemon rind for decoration.

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Enjoy! xx

Candy heart biscuits

So as I’m living the freelance life right now *cough unemployed cough* I decided to make something special for my favourite people for V-day.

I used Martha Stewart’s sugar cookie recipe and Yuppiechef’s instructions for flood icing. My cookies were a bit too soft, so rather leave them in for 12-15 minutes if you make big cookies like mine. The cookie recipe is all paranoid about overcooking, so I was misled. Martha you bitch.

Here’s how mine went…(I should never be a product photographer)

PS. I got my heart cutters from Mr Price Home, super useful if you love the kitsch like me…
xx

DIY Magnetic Board

This may or may not be the worst DIY post ever, but I’m going with it!
Disclaimer: I am a terrible DIYer. Due to my all-or-nothing personality, I’m either repainting absolutely everything or doing feck-all.
I’ve recently redone my room (mission of the year) and wanted a magnetic board to put on the wall. Since I wanted a specific fabric I decided to try make it myself. Judge as you will 🙂
1. Find an old baking tray, some fabric to cover it with, wood glue and a paintbrush.
2. Paint the baking tray with wood glue, covering the whole thing. Then lay the fabric on top, smoothing it out with your hands. Turn the tray over and glue the excess fabric to the back.
 3. Stick it to the wall with double-sided tape and there it is 🙂
I used my Bow Peep magnets and some old kiddies fridge magnets to make it pretty.
Pragtig! xx