Saturday, December 24, 2011

Celebrate Christmas Eve with Mince Pies!

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!! What is everyone doing today? Mr. Sweets and I are in our pajamas watching A Muppet Christmas Carol, and being disappointed that Home Alone isn't on until Monday. And Home Alone 2 isn't on in the next week! It's my Christmas tradition to watch them, and my US DVDs don't work in our DVD player. Sad face.

P.S. I just found out that Miss Piggy's real name is Emily! What is THAT!

So, in England, Mince Pies are a Christmas favorite and made every year. Personally, I don't like them, but Mr. Sweets does so he gets all 10 of them!




Sorry for the blurry picture! So, Mince Pies. "Mince Meat" is made from dried fruit and some other stuff I don't care to know! All you need is some shortcrust pastry, a jar of Mince Meat, and some milk to brush on top! 




So if you like spiced dessert with a touch of sweetness and bites of dried fruit, this is for you! It's best when warm, and Mr. Sweets eats it with ice cream.

Smooches! xoxo

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What we ate for Thanksgiving....

Wow so I never posted any pictures from our Thanksgiving meal! Oops!

We were so fortunate to have my best friend and her fiance come over the Saturday after Thanksgiving to help celebrate one of my favorite holidays! Being in England, no one celebrates it here, and, well, I'm American so we must celebrate it!! 

So here are some pictures from our Thanksgiving! I hope yours was just as good!



Here's a glimpse of me sauteeing some onions, yum! And yes, I do have many tattoos!



The carnivores ate this pretty dish! Chicken stuffed with Boursin (garlic and herbs) cheese and wrapped in bacon, green beans with onions and garlic, sage and onion stuffing, homemade macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes all smothered in gravy! 



This is what the vegetarian (me, the only one...sad face) ate! I had the Quorn Family Roast, which I wouldn't recommend because it was quite dry. My Momma told me to bake it with Cream of Mushroom soup, so I shall try that another time! The rest of the meal was the same as the Carnivores! 



And let's not forget the pumpkin pie!! This was the first time I ever made a pumpkin pie, and it was a success! Although, I will never deal with cloves again in my life. They were so gross and ruined my little food processor.


Overall, it was a great day filled with much love! I enjoyed cooking for my fiance and friends, and I am looking forward to cooking for Christmas! 

Although, you probably won't see those pictures until a month after Christmas...oops.

Smooches! xoxo

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Infamous Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every year since 2006 around Thanksgiving time, I make these delightful Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are *always* a hit, even though they are an odd combination!




These cookies are seriously the awesomest ever! Fun story...when Mr. Sweets and I first started dating, he came over to my house and was subject to watching me make these cookies! So they forever remind me of that time :)



Anyway! Make these! Do it! Everyone will love you for it! Especially me if you send me some...




Smooches!! xoxo

I'd also like to say Happy Birthday to my wonderful cousin, Frankie, who passed away last February :( I love you, Frankie!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! By now, you are either preparing or eating your delicious feast if you're in America or happen to be living overseas!! For me, I ate spaghetti with vegetarian meatballs. Booooring.

But! I am cooking up a feast on Saturday!! So I wanted to share the menu with you! Here we go!

  • For my carnivores, we'll be making chicken breasts stuffed with Boursin cheese and wrapped in bacon!
  • For me, I'll be making a Quorn Family Roast baked with cream of mushroom soup! My Momma gave me the recipe, and it sounds delish!
  • Macaroni and Cheese 
  • Green Beans 
  • Mr. Sweets' Famous Mashed Potatoes
  • Pumpkin Pie


Anything missing?? Yes, a turkey. I don't feel like taking the innards out of a turkey, nor having a bird on the table!!! Yuck. So, chicken it is!

I am so excited to cook for Mr. Sweets, my best friend and her fiance! This will be Mr. Sweets' first Thanksgiving meal!

What special dishes do you cook for Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving from Kissed by Sweets!! xoxo


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ten Tuesday Things

1. I haven't updated much because of school. It's been so busy and I haven't had the time to really bake!

2. Also? I thought I might've been diabetic. Thank God I am not, but I knew I couldn't bake something without eating some of it! Although, I did bake those Halloween Cupcakes and didn't eat 1! I know you're proud! :)

3. Mr. Sweets and I celebrated our engagementiversary not long ago! It's the only one we'll celebrate because in the summer, we'll be married! :)

4. I am obsessed with One Tree Hill! Have you ever seen it?? I can't stop watching it. It's a problem. It distracts me from my schoolwork and baking.

5. This month is the month of being thankful. Although we should be thankful everyday, I'd like to tell you that I'm thankful for all the love in my life and for what I have and who I am. In the end, love is all that matters. 

6. Okay, love and these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies I make every year around this time! Seriously, you *have* to try them. They are the most amazing cookies I have ever had in my life! And I've had a lot of cookies!

7. I'm celebrating Thanksgiving this year here in England! Crazy, I know. I won't even be celebrating it on Thursday! Mr. Sweets and I are going to have a nice big meal the next Saturday, and I can't wait. I'm even going to make Pumpkin Pie! So if you have any good recipes you'd like to offer me since I've never made Pumpkin Pie before, please share!

8. Also, for this last month of Autumn, I'll be making DC Cupcakes' Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and Caramel Apple Cupcakes!! How delish do they look and sound?! I've always wanted to try a cupcake from their shop! Maybe one day :)

9. I can't come up with 10 things! Oops. So here are 9, but the blog title has tricked you into thinking that there are 10. So the 10th will be...

10. Smooches! xoxo

Monday, October 31, 2011

Celebrate Halloween With Cupcakes and Pumpkin Seeds!

Happy Halloween!! I hope all of you have some amazing costumes and have gotten lots of trick-or-treaters!

Today is a special day for Mr. Sweets and me! It is our 1st Engagementiversary! Woo!

So I made these cupcakes for Mr. Sweets' classmates. 




I made a ghost, a tombstone (I tried to cut RIP out of fondant but it wasn't happening!), a witch hat, a skeleton, and devil horns! 

Yes, I know, they aren't that great at all. But I loved making them and they were way better than the brownies with marshmallow mummies and monsters I made back in 2006! I won't share those pictures with you because I know you'll laugh at me...




Mr. Sweets and I carved pumpkins for the very first time on Sunday! Mine is on the left, his is on the right. How cool are they?! I'm so proud of us!




What do you do with your pumpkin seeds? 

I roasted mine in the oven! I had about 1.5 cups of seeds, added butter and salt, and baked them for 45 minutes on 150 C / 300 F! And now I'm chowing down on these delish seeds!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Smooches! xoxo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guest Post: Vegetarian-Friendly Cooking Tools for Easy Dinner Recipes

Hey everyone! Sean from Blog Content Guild emailed me with a great idea for a post on easy vegetarian meals since we don't always have the time to cook a big meal! Here's what he has to say:

Many vegetarians have a tough time balancing their diets and their busy schedules. Without many of the tried and true meat-centric dishes to fall back on when preparing dinner, vegetarians have to come up with inventive ways to cook quick and easy meals with the right amount of protein and B vitamins. Fortunately, improvements in culinary technology have made cooking vegetarian meals a lot easier. If you are still depending on the stove and oven as your primary means of making food, it’s time to explore your other cooking appliance options. The number of easy dinner recipes you can cook with the fun, user-friendly kitchen gadgets below will astonish you.

·         The crock-pot: This can be a fabulous asset in any vegetarian’s kitchen. With a crock-pot you can make all kinds of delicious and nutritious stews. To make a standard stew, you can add some of the following ingredients and other ingredients of your choice into your slow cooker: vegetable broth, sliced zucchini, corn, garbanzo beans, chopped sweet potatoes, mushrooms, some onion, and a little tomato sauce.  Add a splash of wine, soy sauce, or beer for a bolder taste. You can spice it up with parsley and garlic for a classic taste or cumin and curry for something more exotic tasting. You can put all of these food products in your crock-pot in the morning, and your stew will be ready to eat when you get home from work in the late afternoon. On days you use your crock-pot, you can forgo the stress of having to cook dinner when you get home from a long day at work.

·          The panini grill: This is a very useful appliance for when you need to make a vegetarian dinner on a time crunch. All you have to do is get some Italian bread and brush it with olive oil. Place your favorite protein, vegetables, condiments, mushrooms, etc. in between your two bread slices. Toss your sandwich on the panini grill and cook it for ten minutes. You read that right. Ten minutes! A panini grill allows you to make a delicious, hot meal for yourself in a matter of minutes. And it’s super easy to use. If you’re able to use a toaster, you’ll be able to use a panini grill.

·         The wok: Spacious woks enable you to cook scrumptious stir-fries in large quantities. So, you can have days of delectable Asian inspired leftovers. If you’re going to cook in a wok, you should be aware that there is a right way to do so. For example, you should only prepare meals with oils that can withstand very high temperatures. Soybean oil, corn oil, and peanut oil are ideal. If you are making a tofu stir-fry, start cooking it in the wok first and then throw in your healthy veggies and mushrooms. They cook a lot faster than tofu, and you don’t want to overcook them. Remember to stir your ingredients frequently!

As a vegetarian, your meal options definitely don’t have to be limited. Start cooking with appliances that make your life easier, and you’ll discover what seems like millions of meals that are super quick and simple to prepare and good for your body!


Thanks Sean!!
Smooches! xoxo

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Quorn Light Bites-Spicy & Roast

Welcome to a new segment of my blog: Reviews! There are plenty of products out there that many people don't know about or reluctant to try. So! I'm going to start finding products and reviewing them for you! 

So, to start, I bought these Quorn Light Bites in both Spice and Roast flavors.




They are healthy snacks to eat anytime, so they looked appealing!

I thought they would be more like their Roast Style Sliced Fillets, but they didn't live up. They were a bit too dry and bland for my liking, and I won't be buying them again.

But if you ever see the Roast Style Sliced Fillets, eat those instead! They are amazing and I can eat a whole pack in one sitting.


Smooches! xoxo

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rainbow Cookies

I found this recipe from my favorite blogger, How Sweet It Is. If you haven't checked her blog out yet, please do! And get ready to laugh and drool, all at the same time!




Jessica, the author of How Sweet It Is, kept saying how amazing these cookies are and that everyone needs to try them.




And she was right. I made these and they were scarfed down by some guests we had! And me. I admit it. Cookie-rehab is in the future for me!




So yes, make these cookies, but you don't *have* to add the m&m's. The next time I make these, I won't be adding them because I think they took away from the amazing flavor of the cookie itself!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats always remind me of my aunt/Godmother. I remember when I was a kid, we would make them and eat them right out of a bowl. Yum!




I have never met anyone who doesn't love these delicious little treats.




Until I met Mr. Sweets. 




Yeah. I know. So I guess I *have* to eat these treats alllll by myself. Darn you, Mr. Sweets!




Rice Krispies Treats taken from the side of the box!
  • 45g Butter or Margarine
  • 300g Marshmallows
  • 180g Rice Krispies

♥ Melt the butter in large saucepan

♥ Add the marshmallows and stir until melted

♥ Take off the heat and add the Rice Krispies, then mix!

♥ Pour into a greased pan. I used a square brownie pan! 

♥ Let it cool, then cut into squares!


I hope you all make this recipe at home with your children. They will remember it forever! Especially the mess! ;)


Smooches! xoxo     

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Open Ravioli with Pepperonata from Goodtoknow

I went through a phase of not wanting to cook or bake for weeks.

And I felt bad about it. I mean, Mr. Sweets was getting frozen pizza and fresh pasta all the time instead of a home cooked meal!




But let me tell you. When those onions started sizzling in that olive oil, I was in my element.

I sound lame, I know. But if you love cooking as much as I do, you know what I mean!




This is a dish I found on the goodtoknow Recipes website, the same magazine who is publishing my Peanut Butter Cups today! Go check it out!!

On a scale of 1-10, I give this dish a 5. The pepperonata didn't have as much flavor as I though it would, but I loved mixing in the goats cheese and pesto for the extra flavor!




Recipe from here! For 2 people

  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Red Peppers cut into strips
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Teaspoons Tomato Puree
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Sheets of Lasagne, cut in half
  • 60g Goats' Cheese
  • Green Pesto
♥ Fry the onion in olive oil on a low heat until soft and translucent

♥ Add the red peppers and garlic and cook for 1 minute

♥ Cover the pan and let it simmer for 5 minutes

♥ Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, salt, pepper, and a small glass of water to the red pepper mixture

♥ Bring up to a boil and let it simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mixture gets too dry, add a little more water    

♥ While the pepperonata is cooking, cook the lasagne in a pot of salted water and drain

♥ Spoon a little of the pepperonata into a dish, place a sheet of lasagne on top, add more pepperonata, and continue doing that for 3 sheets of lasagne per plate

♥ Place the goats' cheese on top and drizzle some pesto sauce on it!


Voila! All done!!

Smooches! xoxo 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Asparagus Risotto

Risotto is a dish that I am most proud of when I make it. I just love how the rice gets soft and sticky, and the end product is absolutely delicious! 

It's when I feel most like a proper chef...without any training, of course!




People say it's hard to make but to be honest, since the first day I made it, it has been a success! It takes ages, but it's well worth it! 

What is your favorite Risotto recipe?? This particular one I made was asparagus, and it was deeeelish! 


Smooches! xoxo

Friday, September 30, 2011

New Graze Nibble Box-Free Box For You!

Hey everyone! I'm signed onto this website called studentbeans.com, and it was talking about this company called Graze, that sends you a nutrition box filled with lots of goodies such as dips, breads, crackers, flapjacks, olives, natural treats, dried fruit and nut mixes, and seeds!

I came across Blance and Lola's post about this company, Graze, and had to try it. It was a sign! They provided a friend code that gets you a free box, so why not?

My first box comes Monday, and I want to share the love with you!

Sign up to their Graze website and type in this code: R388YQ6


You also get your 4th box for free! Each box costs £3.49, which is well cheap!

I hope you sign up! If you do, let me know what you think!


Smooches! xoxo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cherry Chocolate Muffins

Have you heard of Herman the Cake? Mr. Sweets came home with a tub of Herman mixture, and I was to follow this cute recipe for 10 days and share the mixture with a 3 other people.

So Day 10 finally arrives, and I start to add the final ingredients. But guess what I forgot to do in Day 9? I forgot to divide the mixture up into 4 portions!! Since I'm not good at math, and I ran out of ingredients, oh and I don't have a humongous bowl, I had to throw poor Herman away.

But I wanted Mr. Sweets to have *something* to bring with him to work! We bought maraschino cherries and chocolate just for Herman because that's what Mr. Sweets wanted.

So muffins it was! Who doesn't love muffins?




Recipe from here!

  • 175g Self-Raising Flour
  • 50g Margarine
  • 50g Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk 
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 200g Chocolate Chunks
  • 1 Little Tub of Marashino Cherries 

♥ Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl and make a well in the middle

♥ Mix the eggs, vanilla extract, milk and margarine in another bowl, then add to the flour mixture

♥ Stir all the ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing will make the muffins dry.

♥ I then mixed the cherries in a food processor because I don't like pieces of cherry in anything! But it's totally up to you!

♥ Add the cherries and chocolate and mix!

♥ Pour the muffins into a muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes at 200 C/ 400 F!


These were very delicious! Mr. Sweets really loved them! 


Smooches! xoxo   

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bruschetta

Broo-sket-ta. Yes, that's the correct pronunciation, unfortunately! I grew up thinking it was Broo-shet-ta! Then I went to Italy, and I was very wrong!




Bruschetta is one of the easiest, most delicious side dishes ever. If you haven't tried it yet, please do! It goes with any Italian dish, and it's definitely a must-have.




If you haven't noticed, it's super easy with very few ingredients! Just take some French or Italian bread, fry it in oil and butter on both sides, add some chopped tomatoes and basil, and you're set!




This was my best bruschetta recipe yet! Normally I brown the bread with olive oil in the oven, then add the tomatoes and basil. But I watched Julie & Julia, and her genius plan was to fry it in a pan on the stove with butter as well as olive oil! Brill! I happened to have Garlic Olive Oil, so I used that, because bruschetta usually has garlic too!


Smooches! xoxo

Friday, September 23, 2011

New Facebook Page

Hey everyone! I just created a Facebook Page for Kissed By Sweets! So have a look and "like" it if you want, please!


Thanks, everyone!!
Smooches! xoxo


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Taco Thursday

Happy Almost-The-End-Of-The-Week!! Woo! I hope you all have some fun plans this weekend! For me, it's my birthday on Saturday! Eep! I'll be 26 years old. In other words, I'll be 4 years away from 30. Goodness me.  When did I get this old?? I keep saying to myself that age is just a number, and I'm thankful I've gotten to live another year!


So one night, I was talking to Mr. Sweets about Tacos, and how delicious they are. Do you know what he said to me?

He has *never* had a taco! I guess growing up in Arizona, you always have Mexican food. But he's English, and their Mexican food isn't the greatest, even though they are fairly close to Spain. 

So I got the ingredients and made a taco station, with vegetarian mince meat, of course! I was so excited and I thought they were delicious.

But you know what Mr. Sweets said? 

They taste like cardboard. 

!!!

Well, I actually understand that because the taco shells were a little stale. Failure for him, win for me!

Next on the list in Mexican food? Enchiladas! They are always a hit with Mr. Sweets!


Enjoy your weekend! Smooches!! xoxo

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Motivation to Cook and Bake

Hi everyone! Do you go through times where you're not as motivated to do something you were once passionate about? If so, what makes you get back on track?

Since Mr. Sweets had off for a few weeks, I haven't been in the mood to cook as much or bake! In the past month, I've baked a cheesecake, cakepops, cookies, and muffins. That. is. it. Okay, so it works out to about one dessert per week, but still! Haha!

Help me! Help me find the motivation and the passion to start cooking and baking more!! What dishes and desserts should I start out with?? Please make them easy :)

Smooches! xoxo

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

goodtoknow Magazine feature!!!

Oh my GOODNESS! I was having a pretty down evening, when suddenly I checked my facebook messages and bam!! I got a message from someone at goodtoknow recipes magazine asking to feature my peanut butter cup recipe in their November issue!!!

Once it comes out, I will tell you all and you can see it! I am SO excited and happy!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wedding Shmedding

Hey everyone! Well, as it goes, my wedding has been on my mind more than baking! I baked 3 things the other week which I will one day share with you, but for now, my passion lies with planning my wedding!!

I hope everyone is doing great!! I will post a proper recipe when I am more in the mood! In the meantime, you can check out my other recipes that I have shared before! :)

Smooches! xoxo

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My New Cake Ring!

I am so sorry, everyone. I haven't really been in blog-world lately and I can't explain why! 

All you need to know is that I'm back! And I have some delicious treats coming up just for you!

In the meantime, I ordered this lovely ring from Blanche & Lola!!


  
Amy, the creator of Blanche & Lola, not only was so sweet to me, but also created this gorgeous ring!! I absolutely love it, and I've never seen anything like this. 




I mean, it is so lifelike.

So I totally recommend going over to her website, Blanche & Lola, and checking out what she has or custom ordering something!!

Thanks, Amy!!


Smooches! xoxo

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bloghop: Ten on Tuesday

I'm doing a Blog Hop today, and since it's Tuesday, I'm doing Ten on Tuesday! Woo! So enjoy the 10 fun or boring things on my mind!!


1
An American friend of mine visited me this weekend from Scotland, and we had a nice time! We got our hair and nails done, which was nice! Except mine is a little too short and a little too blonde (I'm a brunette!), but hair grows and the blonde will fade! Plus it was only 25 pounds, so I can't complain. 

2
Wanna know what I cooked for her? I knew you'd say yes! Well, Saturday we cooked up some kebabs! My vegetarian ones had red and green peppers, onions, zucchini (courgette), and Quorn chicken fillets, yum! The non-vegetarian ones had chicken! I also made my Mini Spinach-Artichoke Puff Pastries! Big hit! Mr. Sweets asked me to make more to take with him to work! Love it!

3
I also made some delish Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne Rolls, which I will post this week! Along with green bean fries and some bread! Yum yum! 

4
Right now, someone is smoking outside and it is coming up through my window. Not cool, smoker! Anyone else hate the smell of smoke? Yuck!

5
Anyway. Back to this weekend. My friend and I also went to London! And guess what we had for dinner?? Chipotle!!! Yummm!!! Who else loves Chipotle as much as me? I get the vegetarian burrito with rice, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, and guacamole. What do you have on yours? 

6
We then caught Chicago The Musical, starring Christy Brinkley. Apparently she's famous and was Billy Joel's wife! I wasn't a fan of the show, but you might be! I hear the movie is better.

7
What am I baking this week? Well, I haven't a clue. Any suggestions? Mr. Sweets is off for a few weeks from work, so who am I going to give my baked goods to? Time to fatten up the neighbors! 

8
Have I told you that Mr. Sweets and I are getting married next summer? Well, now you know! So we are busy planning away all the fun, pink wedding stuff! Right now I need to make the invitations. Have I been busy researching food blogs instead? Guilty. Priorities, right? 
9
Have you heard of the show "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef"? If not, you need to find it ASAP. I *love* that show! The way she speaks and explains things, and how she gets excited over little things, makes me so happy. She is so passionate and so much fun! Check it out, she gives some great tips.

10.
What is your favorite cooking or baking show? I love those competition shows, like Master Chef, Top Chef, that Food Network Challenge show, and other ones! But my fave? D.C. Cupcakes, for sure! Love them!


Well there you go, 10 things that were on my mind. I hope you enjoyed them and link up to It's A Crafty Life to share your Ten on Tuesday!
Smooches! xoxo

Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

What is your favorite candy bar?




Mine? Well, it's definitely Twix.




Mmmm butter...I love butter. It's like buttah!




Anyway, back to what I was saying. Twix is sold here in the UK, but Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are not.




Blasphemy, right?! We should start a campaign, Americans in the UK! We should have petitions to get Reese's sold here so we can indulge in that rich chocolate-peanut buttery goodness.




Or you can just make your own. Which is what I did because I'm tired of seeing Reese's all over your food blogs and not being able to put my hand through the computer A-Ha "Take On Me" style and grab it. Sigh.




Now that I know how to make them, I have a feeling I'll be gaining 30 lbs in the next month. Unless I give them to Mr. Sweets. Then he can be the one gaining and I'll be the one crying because I want a Peanut Butter Cup. 




Recipe adapted from here.

Makes 30
Ingredients:
  • 2.5 cups Milk Chocolate Chips or whatever chocolate you have in the house
  • 2.5 tablespoons Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Confectioners' (Icing) Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Graham Cracker (4 Digestive Biscuits) crumbs

♥ Combine chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in increments of 30 seconds. It me 45 seconds to melt mine!

♥ Loosen the top paper cup of mini cupcake cases but keep it in the stack for easier handling

♥ Spoon about 1 teaspoon of chocolate into the paper cup and spread the chocolate around the sides, leaving a little space at the top. I used a pastry brush for this

♥  You can place the coated paper cups into a mini cupcake tin, which is what I did, or you can put them on a plate!

♥ Refrigerate them when you are done coating all of them

♥ In a saucepan, melt the peanut butter and butter. 

♥ Once melted, take off the heat and stir in the confectioners' (icing) sugar and graham crackers (digestive biscuits)   

♥ Press about 1/2 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture into the paper cups

♥ Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the melted chocolate over the tops of the paper cups and refrigerate for a few hours!  


And now you're in chocolate bliss! 


Smooches!! xoxo 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crazy Email

Hey everyone! Happy Day Before Friday! Woo!!

So, if you follow me on Twitter (@KissedBySweets), you'll see that I wrote a tweet about receiving a very odd email from a stranger. It took me by surprise, to be honest! Then I was a little angry about someone trying to push their beliefs onto me. I'm a 25 year old woman, I know who I am and what I like. You know?

Well, if you feel like reading, here you go! Let me know what you think!


"I was excited to see that you called your sweets vegetarian but why not have vegan sweets, then you can sell to everyone?
Why limit yourself?
 
Loads of people make stuff which has birds eggs in it
              (and of course for each bird hatched to spend a short and un-natural life
                       laying eggs, another is killed at only one day old as it is the wrong sex)
 
Loads of people still use the milk produced by cows for their babies, thinking it to be a natural and healthy food for humans. It is not!
 
Cow's milk is the cause of many human health conditions which we would rather not have:-
Breast and other hormonal cancers (as a result of the high Growth Factor Hormone (to help young calves grow into big cows as quickly as possible) which is very similar to HumanGFH and triggers the overgrowth of cells (cancer) in many
 
Arthritis caused by the heavy imbalance of calcium to magnesium (130 to 23 units) which is perfect for young cows but in humans we need a ratio of one to one to be able to absorb the calcium. The excess calcium in the human body cannot be excreted and far from keeping our bones strong, actually causes hard unhelpful deposits on the ends of bones and joints, called arthritis 
 
All animal produce uric acid. The human body can only excrete 9 units of uric acid per day. When we eat flesh we get more uric acid than we can excrete normally. The body has to find a way to neutralise the acid when it is in the gut so draws on 'softer' calcium from inside the bone as the nuetralising chemical. This weakens the bones over time to cause osteoporosis. As a vegetarian who consumes cows milk produce you would still be taking uric acid into the body and still reduce the density of your bones.
 
Dairy also causes asthma, exzema, irritable bowel syndrome (actually this is the body telling us that we are putting the wrong things into our bodies), over weight (it is designed to make baby calves grow into big cows quickly!) and with that diabetes and also triggering the diabetec gene in the following generation by altering the DNA before puberty
 
Those who consume dairy products also tend to age more quickly due to the stress on the human body of consuming this un-natural product and have pudgy skin!
 
It is not very good for cows either, they are made pregnant at a young age by artificial insemination, their babies are taken from them immediately after birth and the mother is left to cry and they do cry for their babies for days on end. A cow is a sentient being who cares about her offspring just as a human would. The calves likewise cry for their mothers, often they can hear eact other but not access each other, imaging the trauma.
 
The male cows are sometimes left to die, sometimes shot, sometimes put into veal crates so that they cannot move and get much blood into their legs to make muscle, keeping their flesh white for those who would kill these tiny young creatures and eat them. This is still done to these young animals born in the UK as thousands of them are sold off and transported in lorries, hundreds of miles across to France and the rest of Europe. All such live transport of animals must be banned, now.
 
And what are these surviving young calves fed on? Not their mother's milk. They get a mixture of products otherwise considered waste, frequently contminated always with antibiotics as standard throughout their short miserable lives.
 
There are many substitutes for animal products in preparing food for humans. And if there is no substitute them I would rather just go without
 
I do hope you will look into how you can continue your business in a way that is animal friendly and human healthy as soon as possible. There are many recipes online and when you get into using different products you will wonder hoe you could ever have done different. I know I did.
 
I was vege for almost 20 years before remembering that actually I wanted to save animals and became Vegan about 9 years ago. I would never go back. It has turned my health around, physically and spiritually. I feel more at one with nature and do not feel as though I am living a lie, pretending that dairy is kind to animals. As one poster says, if you are not vegan, then you are not vegetarian!
 
I look forward to trying your vegan sweets at Oxford FF. Good luck, Jane"



I would like to clarify that the reason I am vegetarian is because we ate meat at home every night and I got sick of it. Plus I was about 13 years old, so I was being a rebel! I absolutely *love* cheese and butter, so I will never give that up. And also? I'm not running a business...yet. This is just a blog!! And one last thing. I do not make vegetarian sweets. I make vegetarian treats-which are meals. My title line is "Sweets and Vegetarian Treats". So, bam!
Smooches! xoxo

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Baked Eggplant Rolls

This recipe brings me back to the days when I first learned to cook. 




I used to make these Baked Eggplant Rolls, better known as Involtini di Melanzane, all the time, and everyone always raved about them!




I mean, who thinks of putting EGG into EGGplant? Not me!




But by gosh, it works. 




This dish is very simple to make, and it's actually fun rolling the egg into the eggplant! I'm weird, aren't I...




Perfecto!




Serves 6

Ingredients:
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 Eggplants (Aubergine)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Tomato Sauce (I don't usually include this because I'm not a huge fan of tomato sauce!)

♥ Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C
 
♥ Slice the eggplant (aubergine) in 1/3 inch slices lengthwise

♥ Fry in a frying pan with olive oil until lightly browned on both sides

♥ Drain the eggplant (aubergine) on papertowels  

♥ Whisk the eggs with 1/3 cup of the parmesan cheese

♥ Add the parsley, salt, and pepper

♥ Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and pour in the egg mixture

♥ Cook until both sides are lightly browned

Once the omelet is done, place it on a chopping board and cut into strips lengthwise, then slice across the middle of them

♥ Place an omelet strip in the center of an eggplant (aubergine) slice, and roll from one end to the other

♥ Place the rolls in a lightly greased baking dish, seam side down

♥ Spoon the tomato sauce over the eggplant (aubergine) rolls and drizzle lightly with olive oil

♥ Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

♥ Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!


Smooches! xoxo 

Monday, July 25, 2011

What do you think?

What do you think I should bake this week? I'm out of fresh ideas! Suggestions would be much appreciated!


Smooches! xoxo

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Raspberry Macaroons

I *love* macaroons! Macarons? Who knows. I like to say "oooo" so Macaroons it is! 

I first tried them at a train station when Mr. Sweets and I were on our way to Paris for Valentine's Weekend, and I was in love. 

Every time I see their prettiness, I long for one.

So. I baked them! And added raspberry flavoring!




I was quite nervous about making these. I kept reading how they didn't go right for some people. I even chatted to my Twitter friend, @BrisBakingBlog , to find out what went wrong with hers! 

I am so proud of myself because they turned out perfect! And super delicious too! 

How pretty are these?! 




Recipe from here!

Makes about 20 pretty macaroons

Macaroon Ingredients:
  • 175g Confectioners' (Icing) Sugar
  • 125g Ground Almonds
  • 3 Egg Whites...leave them overnight in a container with plastic wrap that touches the egg whites

Filling Ingredients:
  • 150g Butter, softened
  • 75g Confectioners' (Icing) Sugar 


♥ Preheat the oven to 160 C or 140 C for fan-assisted ovens

♥ Mix the confectioners' (icing) sugar and ground almonds in a bowl

♥ Sift the mixture into another bowl

♥ In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until you have soft peaks

♥ Gradually whisk in the caster sugar until you have stiff peaks

♥ You can add flavoring and food coloring at this point. I put raspberry flavoring, which was okay but not great. I actually recommend not putting any flavoring at all! 

♥ Fold half of the almond-sugar mixture into the meringue with a spatula.

♥ Once it's mixed well, fold in the rest of the mixture. It will appear grainy.

♥ Spoon mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm round nozzle. 

♥ Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper 

♥ Pipe small (but not too small like I did) rounds of the mixture onto the baking sheet, leaving a little bit of room to spread out 

♥ Give the baking sheet a hard tap against the counter to set the little rounds

♥ Let them rest for 15 minutes until you can lightly touch the rounds and nothing sticks to your fingers

♥ Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool completely

♥ Remove the rounds by pushing them off the parchment paper from the back. Don't try to lift them off

♥ Beat the butter until light and fluffy

♥ Add in the icing sugar, flavoring, and coloring and mix!

♥ Spoon the mixture onto the back side of a macaroon and sandwich with another macaroon!

♥ I refrigerated mine so they'd stiffen!


Try not to eat them all, okay? Because I might, and I'm on a diet. Eek!


Smooches! xoxo