Righteous Nutella Iced Coffee

Looking to drive away those mid-week blues? Got kids at home? Treating someone special? Nursing a broken heart or just some much deserved self pampering? This sinful iced coffee is your solution to EVERYTHING. It’s was mum’s birthday two days ago and since she is forever watching what she eats, I decided to whip this up for her as she spent an hour of her special day walking on the treadmill! I really don’t know how this (super)woman does it!

P.S You will have to run for a couple of more kilometres to burn these calories! I do promise though that every sip will be worth it.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk
6-8 ice cubes
2-3 tsp instant coffee powder (I used Nescafe)
5 giant tbsp Nutella
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Chocolate chips, cherries, chocolate sauce, or chocolate vermicelli for topping

Method:

1. Add the milk, ice cubes, coffee powder and Nutella into a blender and blend on a high speed for a couple of minutes (longer, if your Nutella has hardened). That’s it!
2. Keep in the refrigerator to chill.
3. Serve in a tall glass. Fill 3/4th of the glass with the coffee and the rest with a scoop of ice cream. Top it up with chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, vermicelli, or whatever you like.

Quick Tip:

You may want to add sugar depending on how sweet you like your coffee. I recommend not more than 1-2 tsp.

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Durham diaries

I left home for the first time in 2012 and went away to undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world, to pursue my Masters degree – Durham City, United Kingdom. Tucked away in North East England, Durham is everything you’ve read about in charmingly illustrated books as a child – cobbled streets, quaint cafes, historic structures, red telephone booths, fish and chips, friendly faces, hot chocolate, cookies and gingerbread houses.  This immensely historic and beautiful little town, my University and all the amazing people I met here have made me the person I am today, someone I am really proud of being. Nothing in the world compares to this place and it will forever hold an extremely special place in my heart. Like I always say, it maybe a tourist destination for many, but to me, it will always be home <3.

I thought it would be great to share with you all a little glimpse of my picturesque town through this gallery. Enjoy 🙂

The Durham Cathedral and Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Parts of the Harry Potter movie were shot here 🙂

Your Perfect Apple Crumble

There are few desserts as warm and comforting as a righteous apple crumble. I’m ashamed to say that the first time I tried one was only 2 years ago(!) when a friend of mine made it for me at University. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten so I just had to share this. It would be rather unfair to keep this all to myself. The one I ate had raspberries and blueberries, but here is his original apple crumble recipe. You can always substitute the apples for berries 🙂
Enjoy!

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Ingredients

For the crumble
300gm plain flour, sieved with a pinch of salt
175gm brown sugar
200gm unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
Knob of butter for greasing

For the filling
450gm apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm pieces
50gm unrefined brown sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
1 pinch ground cinnamon

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Watch the rubbing in technique here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW6H_SL_TJo

3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well, being careful not to break up the fruit.
4. Grease a 9″ ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.
6. Serve with thick cream or custard.

Red food colour can also be added for presentation purposes, but I avoid using food colour.

Oreo Cookie Milkshake

Allow me to start off by stating the obvious – there is no one correct way to enjoy an Oreo cookie. There are SEVERAL. You can eat it by itself, do it the original way by dunking it in milk, making an Oreo cookie iced coffee, Oreo cookie ice cream, cakes.. you name it and it can be done! So I did just that. My sister is battling exam fever, and I decided to whip up an Oreo cookie milkshake to help her feel better. Not only does it taste heavenly, it’s super fun and easy to make. So whether you’ve got kids at home to entertain, friends with a sweet tooth, you’re nursing a wounded heart or you just simply love Oreos (who doesn’t, right?)  this my lovelies is for you! ❤

This recipe serves 1.

For the cookie ice cubes* you will need:

4 oreo cookies
A couple of tablespoons of milk
An ice tray

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For the milkshake you will need:

9 Oreo cookie ice cubes
1 scoop of ice cream
1/2 cup milk
2-3 tsp sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
Chocolate syrup
Chocolate shavings/vermicelli/chips

Method:

1. Break the cookies into thick crumbs and place them at the bottom of the ice tray. Pour milk over this and freeze for a couple of hours or overnight.
2. In a blender, add the cookie ice cubes, sugar and milk. Blend well.
3. Take a tall glass and pour some chocolate syrup (I use the original Hershey’s syrup) onto the sides. Pour out the blended Oreo cookie milkshake into the glass. Top it with some chocolate chips, chocolate vermicelli, chocolate shavings, whatever makes you happy.
4. Voila ! Serve super chilled with preferably a fun straw 😀

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Do try this and let me know what you think!

*I pulled this idea off the Internet, I do not claim any rights over it. The images however, belong to me.

What’s Your Food IQ?

I read an excellent article posted by the Times of India (a leading newspaper in India) recently, titled – What’s your food IQ? The article asks 7 basic questions, some answers can be quite surprising ! I got a 5/7.

Test yourself here – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Whats-your-food-IQ/articleshow/45055942.cms
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Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Even if you don’t do too well, it doesn’t matter because there’s 7 great things to learn. Read away!