NY Bagels For Brunch

NY Bagels For Brunch

When you can’t be in New York, bring New York to you! I’ve been craving bagels for ages! I think it started somewhere between Instagram feeds and Hart of Dixie re-runs! I found the most amazing, authentic East Coast Bagel recipe and I’m happy to report that my bagel craving has finally been satisfied! These buggers bagels take a long time to prepare, but trust me when I say they are totally worth every mouth watering bite! Serve them warm; with cream cream cheese, home made marmalade and steaming hot tea. Check out the recipe and instructions below, and my slightly adapted ingredients list that I’ve converted to metric for us local gals. Oven Temperature: 230ºC You will need: To make the Biga 550 grams bread flour (keep more aside and add if you notice that the mixture is too runny) 1/4 teaspoon instant packet yeast 350ml warm water 2 teaspoons honey Final dough 100 grams bread flour 2 Tablespoons warm water 2 1/4 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon honey Topping sesame seeds Try it out and let me know how yours came out xo D

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Let’s Get Grilling! iGrill Review

Let’s Get Grilling! iGrill Review

Honey I overcooked the meat! Heard that before? We’ll I haven’t, but I do recall saying it myself numerous times! I like my steak medium-well, while hubby prefers his medium-rare (opposites really do attract). To add to that, my hubby is nearly double my weight, so his steak is always way bigger. As you can imagine, trying to perfect the cooking of our steaks, while ensuring that they are both ready at the same time has been tricky. Some days I ace it, but some days, not so much! Since being introduced to the iGrill, my new toy thanks to the iStore (who sent me one to review), all my meat cooking problems are now solved! I can perfect both our steaks, just the way we like em – opposite! The iGrill is the first grilling and cooking thermometer compatible with your Apple or Android device. It allows you to monitor the cooking temperature of your meat in order to perfect your meals. The iGrill is great for days when you have friends over. You can socialize while your meat is cooking. Once it’s ready, it will notify you (on your device). Just stick the probes into the meat, set your desired cooking preference and when it’s ready…

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Colour Code Your Kitchen

Colour Code Your Kitchen

I find myself popping into the Le Creuset boutique store more and more these days! I’ve only bought myself the Rectangular Grill, but next on my lust list, is the beautiful Marmitout Sauce pan! It’s such a cool item, because you can use it as a saucepan with or without a lid, and the lid can also be used on it’s own as a smaller sized frying pan! Genius! The Rectangular Heritage Casserole with Lid, Salt Keeper and a cute little Jam Jar and Honey Pot would make it all complete :). I also really want a Le Creuset traditional stove top kettle (and how fitting, it’s called the Demi Kettle)! My hubz thinks I’m crazy to want a stove top kettle when we live in 2013 with electricity, but nothing beats the sound of a whistling kettle! Am I right? I’m very much into retro and colourful kitchen accessories, but not in an OTT kind of way. I mean, I love pops of colour here and there, but I’d still want the stuff I buy for my kitchen to look stylish forever, especially if I’m spending a good fortune on it – like another Le Creuset investment! I can’t…

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Le Creuset Love

Le Creuset Love

I’ve always loved the look of Le Creuset cast iron pots and their saucepans! When we moved into our new place (almost two years ago),  I really started to lust for Le Creuset in my kitchen! Being very country/ gourment style, Le Creuset really suits the look of my kitchen. Plus it is awesome to cook with! Last week, I bought my very first piece of this fabulously French brand – A gorgeous Le Creuset Rectangular Grill in cobalt blue. It was a toss up between the grill and the very versatile Marmitout sauce pan, but considering that I make steak like every single day of the week, I went for the grill. It makes the most amazing steak and pork fillets! Yep, I used it twice this weekend :). I love how it gives meat that lovely char-grilled burn, and how you can take it from stove-top to table-top, and enjoy watching your food sizzle before you tuck in! Another thing that sold me on the rectangular grill is that the size and shape is also perfect for fish. I attempted the recipe in that Le Creuset had for this piece, Chargrilled Steak With A Fresh Herb Salsa, Roast Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus, using lean pork fillets instead of beef steak. Sadly I couldn’t find  fresh asparagus…

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