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Yummy vanilla cupcakes

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Ok, dramatic, but it’s like the “tell”. If you don’t have a good vanilla, can anything else really be that good? There are so many ways to vary a vanilla cake and I want the best of all of them! I’m greedy like that. Plus, I know not everyone has the same idea of the perfect cupcake, so I like to have options.

You may or may not have tried my original VANILLA CUPCAKES. They are loved by many and were my favorite for some time. I still remember the batches upon batches of cupcakes I made while testing those and the fabulous friends that lined them up and tasted tested them all to help me find the best one. If you haven’t tried them, they are worth checking out.

VANILLA CUPCAKES
INGREDIENTS
*2 1/2 cups (325g) all – purpose flour
*2 cups (414g) sugar
*3 tsp baking powder
*1 tsp salt
*1 cup (240ml) milk
*1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
*1 tablespoon vanilla extract
*2 large eggs
*1 cup (240ml) water

VANILLA FROSTING
*1/2 cup (112g) salted butter, room temperature
*1/2 cup (95g) shortening
*4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
*1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
*(30-45ml) water or milk
METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined. Please note that the batter will be very thin.
6. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, and then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. To make the frosting, combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
9. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
10. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of water or milk and mix until smooth.
11. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
12. Add remaining water or milk as needed and mix until smooth.
13. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes
NOTE: *If you’d prefer a more traditional vanilla cupcake you can uses butter instead of oil and other liquid.

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Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine is… Hang on…must get napkinAnyway…are you wondering why this recipe is for OVEN baked pork ribs? Well that is because it was raining…and I wanted ribs but not bad enough to stand outside and attempt to grill in the rain (I am a wimp). So into the oven they went…and they were delicious.

So here you are my friends, a recipe for oven baked ribs that have a delicious and somewhat spicy rub. And if you are wondering what to serve with your ribs, do not fear, because I have got you covered. If your family is like mine, and some like sauce and others prefer plain rub, you can whip up a batch of my barbeque sauce to serve on the side.

And it really isn’t BBQ if you don’t have coleslaw and some greens. While you are at it, go ahead and end that meal with a nice slice of sweet potato pie because everyone loves pie…and frankly after all that cooking, you deserve it.

CRUNCH OVEN BAKED PORK RIBS
INGREDIENTS
– 2kg pork ribs
– 1 Tbsp. sea salt
– 1 Tbsp. paprika
– 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
– 1 Tbsp. onion powder
– 1 Tbsp. chili powder
– 2 tsp. ground black pepper
– 2 tsp. cumin
– 2 tsp. cayenne pepper

METHOD
1. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 250F. Combine all spice ingredients together in a small bowl and stir to combine to create the rub.

2. Rub both sides of the ribs with the spice rub and place the ribs on a baking sheet, rib side down.

3. Bake the ribs for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, turning over 15 minutes or so. Set the oven to broil and cook the ribs for 5-10 minutes to brown the meaty side.

4. Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes. Slice the ribs and serve.

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GOURMET PASTA

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PASTA form the staple diet in many countries all over the world although we think of rice to be mainly used in savory dishes on special occasion, the old fashioned way. We have the famous rice with fried chicken and sweet and sour pork served with plain boiled rice are also worth trying.

There are many kinds of pasta in all sorts of enchanting shapes and in most grocery stores. A choice can be found such as penne, spaghetti, macaroni, tagliatelle, shells and bows and so on, the list is endless’.

There are also different types of sauces to go with pasta and in the list we have the cheese flavored, pesto as well as plain, sweet or herbed tomato sauces.

Today in the kitchen we have a very simple and straight forward recipe as long as you follow it step by step, put some love to it, you will never go wrong. I tell you and the results are going to be simply amazing.

CREAMY CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM PASTA
INGREDIENT

11/2 cup cooked pasta
1 cup button mushrooms
Chicken and mushroom prego sauce
1 cup chicken chunks / strips
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD
In a saucepan, pour some drops of olive oil and fry the chicken strips/chunks until browned. Remove them from the pan and set aside.

Fry the onions and mushrooms until cooked, add back the fried chicken strips/chunks, cooked pasta and add the classic chicken and mushroom prego pasta sauce.

Using a pasta spoon gently mix and simmer for 3 minutes.Serve and garnish with spring onions or chives.

HINTS AND TIPS
To keep pasta hot if there are let comers, the hot toast savoury butter can be put in a large saucepan with the pasta when cooked for up to 30 minutes allowing the butter to melt slowly

For a delicious alternative, use chunky stewed steak instead of minced beef and either plain or green lasagne.For preparation prior to a party, the cooked noodles can be kept moist for a few hours in a large polythene bag.

Keep inspired and enjoy more and more recipes and tips from our kitchen.

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