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For chicks who love to cook, to be honest... I bake a lot more than cook, so there'll be substantially more sweet recipes than savoury! 

I am also a bit of a calorie trimmer where possible, so you will find a lot of my recipes with just egg whites instead of full eggs, and other "small" alterations. I use the low-fat alternatives in my recipes too i.e. low-fat spread instead of butter, but it's totally up to you, your preference and what you have in the kitchen! 

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Semolina Pizza Dough
  • Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Semolina Pizza Dough

I recently watched an episode of Jamie Oliver and normally I'm not a big fan of pizza (the whole anti-carbs and cheese thing doesn't really go well with pizza) but I must say, it did look good! And so, here I was feeling inspired and determined that I can manage a dash of carbohydrate and cheese... on occasion at least! Yet I couldn't really remember his version of pizza dough other than it had semolina in it. So this is my version, probably quite similar to his though Semolina/Flour proportions might be a bit different!

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies

If you're after a sweet treat combining the best of bedfellows: white chocolate and macadamia nuts, in a deliciously dense and moist blondie base, then my White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies are for you! 

I only recently heard of the Brownies white counterpart, The Blondie, and was determined to develop a recipe that reflected how I imagined they should taste. I must admit, I did far better than I thought and I am quite proud of this recipe. It's divine decadence with a beautiful soft sweet base filled with chunks of white chocolate and macadamia nut. Yum!

Jersey Caramel Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

Jersey Caramel Cookies

I must confess, caramel is one of my favourite flavours when it comes to baking and desserts. Put caramel in the description and half of myself is already consumed with lust. So as I perused the candy aisle at the supermarket when I was trying to figure out what to put into my basic chewy white cookie base, and a packet of big Jersey Caramel's caught my eye, I knew the decision had been made.

These cookies are the epitome of oozy caramel delights! Don't worry if they go a little caramel 'splat' when they come out of the oven, just leave them on a tray and the escaped caramel will cool enough for you to eat while still warm and chewy, or leave it to harden and you have crunchy caramel - the kind that gets stuck in your teeth, yum!    

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookietime Cookies
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookietime Cookies

Another chocolate chip cookie to add to the Chicks Cookbook, but this one is different yet again! Unintentionally, this one is remarkably similar to the 'Cookietime' cookies, us kiwi's should all know and love. It's quite dark, has a beautifully rich flavour and the texture is sort of hard on the outside and a coarse crumby consistency on the inside. 

A cookie that Cookie Monster would enjoy me thinks! 

Smartie Pants Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

Smartie Pants Cookies

I've always had a fondness for Smarties, even though I don't eat a lot of them, but they just seem so colourful and playful! This is probably why I felt the need to include them into a cookie, because cookies are about happiness and so when you add the two together it's a match made in... well, the oven really, but you get what I mean! 

These cookies are soft but with a slightly crispy exterior. If you eat them without the Smarties (I know... why would you?) then they might not be very sweet, but with the chocolate Smarties in each bite they balance out to be quite tasty!

Holy Moly Guacamole
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Holy Moly Guacamole

Advocado is a bit of a strange fruit - yes that's right, it is in fact a fruit - with such a plain flavour and it took many years before I decided I liked it, but since then I have well and truly embraced it, or more importantly its biggest descendant, Guacamole. Instigated by my love of Mexican food, Guacamole is a perfect addition to practically any Mexican meal - burritos, tacos, fajitas, chili... the list goes on! 

Of course there are tonnes of Guacamole recipes out there, all slight variations around the fundamental advocado, and with my Holy Moly Guacamole recipe I try to keep the focus on its star with a very simple version. 

Big Bean Burrito
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Big Bean Burrito

We are very much a mexican household and being a semi-vegetarian, beans are a frequent feature in my version of mexican meals with the humble burrito a classic example. This is one of those dishes I eat regularly for lunch and very rarely tire of!

You can also serve it up for dinner and let everyone help themselves by putting everything in bowls rather than preparing the burrito to plate - a fun, family-friendly way of eating together. Also, if you're anything like me (as the pictures demonstrate) you'll want to cram as much in as possible, and most likely you might struggle to roll this bad boy up! It's not called my Big Bean Burrito for no reason! 

Check out the accompanying recipes including my guacamole, homemade whole-wheat tortilla's (they are surprisingly easy to whip up!), and my vege bean chili. 

Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Whole Wheat Tortillas

I completely underestimated just how easy it is to make your own tortillas, that's not to say I won't still buy the packet ones, but it's quite nice to know that if you are craving mexican and find your stash of store-bought tortillas is depleted, it won't take long to quickly whip up enough for the whole family! 

The other perk of course, is you can make them a lot healthier than the ones available at the supermarket. Admittedly I buy the 96% fat free ones anyway, so my at-home version is probably pretty comparable. I don't put any fat in mine, but if you don't mind a few extra calories and probably a bit of extra flavour, feel free to add in a teaspoon or two of butter/lard/oil, though you will need to accommodate by reducing the water a little or adding more flour! 

This recipe is for a single tortilla, but very large! Enough to accommodate my Big Bean Burrito! So if you are sussing out servings, consider it to serve two small/medium tortillas, or one very large one. 

Vege Bean Chili
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Vege Bean Chili

I've said it numerous times, I love beans and I love chili, so for me an all-vegetarian bean chili is an excellent choice for a chilly winters night when you want something warm, hearty and comforting! I used a combination of black beans and black eyed beans, but you could change that up if you wanted to. I have also used a four-bean combo (Black beans, Black eyed beans, Red kidney beans & Pinto beans) and it is equally as good! 

This chili has a real 'meaty' texture about it, but not in an off-putting for vegetarians kind of way, more like it will have appeal to the meat-eaters of the family too! It's also excellent to use in a variety of other recipes such as my Big Bean Burrito or as a filling for stuffed vegetables. Get creative!  

Cornbread
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cornbread

There are a lot of Cornbread variations out there, particularly those that feature high volumes of butter, cream and calories! This is my version, which is of course an attempt at a healthier Cornbread while still providing comfort and taste. 

This Cornbread version is more of a cake (rather than a spoonable version) so to serve you can cut into wedges. I did half quantity when first baked which is why mine is quite flat as I used the same sized dish, but it worked out just fine so feel free to do half if you're after less serves. Just make sure you chop down the cooking time - about 15-20 minutes is perfect.

Red Bean Buns
  • Time: 40 minutes (plus 40 minutes rising time)
  • Complexity: easy

Red Bean Buns

I can't remember when exactly I discovered the magic that is Red Bean Buns, but since whenever that moment was, I have devoured my fair share of these fluffy, sweet gorgeous buns! 

These buns are fluffy and pillowy, and in traditional Japanese style, filled with delicious Anko (sweet Adzuki bean) paste. If you cook up a batch, simply store them in the freezer and about 30 seconds in the microwave (or you could steam a few at a time to reheat) and it's instant Red Bean Bun goodness at your fingertips. 

Anko Red Bean Paste
  • Time: 1 hour (plus overnight or half a day of soaking time)
  • Complexity: very easy

Anko Red Bean Paste

  1. Anko is the Japanese name for Red Bean Paste, the popular sweet bean paste is originally from China and is made using Adzuki (also referred to as Azuki) beans. The paste is commonly used in confectionery and is a great filling for a number of treats suchDaifukumochi (filled rice cakes), Dorayaki (red bean pancake), Yùe Bĭng (mooncakes) and Red Bean Buns

I love beans and I love sweets, so it should be no surprise that I love Anko too. This definitely is a sweet though and you may want to adjust the sugar in this recipe to suit your tastes.

There are also two variations of Anko - a smooth paste, most commonly used in confectionary in Japan (Koshian), and a non-sieved version that has a little more texture (Tsubushian).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Time: 30 mins + 20 minutes (decorating time)
  • Complexity: medium

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

This cupcake was quite the treat - in making, baking and eating! With a delicious peanut butter ball surprise in the middle, scrumptious peanut butter icing and cute coffee cup decor, this one is sure to impress!

Coconut Steamed Buns
  • Time: 20 minutes (plus 40 minutes rising time)
  • Complexity: very easy

Coconut Steamed Buns

I am a big fan of steamed buns, in particular Red Bean Buns (which I will be posting up in the not too distant future!) and these Coconut Steamed Buns are easy-peasy, fluffy and just how I wanted them to be. 

I make the dough in the breadmaker because it's just so easy, but you can use a food processor or the old fashioned way, by hand!

And, of course, you can also fill these with whatever tickles your fancy. 

Cookies and Cream Fudge Slice
  • Time: 1 hour (plus chilling time)
  • Complexity: medium

Cookies and Cream Fudge Slice

I Love... Cookies and Cream, with a capital 'L', particularly ice cream, and considering I love to bake I thought I would try to channel this favourite of mine into a new baking masterpiece... well my loyal subjects, I give you Cookies and Cream Fudge Slice. 

To be honest, this isn't really like a fudge but a gooey and delectable slice of cookies and cream heaven. You will not believe just how much this tastes like cookies and cream, it is fabbbbulous - even if I do say so myself. 

It's quite challenging to cut due to its stickiness, so if you're having problems pop it in the freezer to harden it up a bit. Store this in the fridge and if you have kids even though I haven't tried and tested on children, I'm confident this will go down a treat!

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