If you have bought a bag of apples and don’t know what to do with it, why not make an apple cake!
Here is a version we love, and hoping you would too. It’s super easy.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius 10 minutes in advance. Lightly oiled the cake pan with oil.
Beat the margarine, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in the eggs one at a time and mix well.
Sift the flour and baking powder, and add to the mix.
Place about one third of the mixture into the tin (#cookingtips : smooth the surface with the back of a wet spoon!)
Toss the apple slices in lemon juice – and place it compactly on top of the cake mixture. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly ; layer by layer as you create that thick layer of apple.
Spread the remaining of the mixture, making sure you cover the apples completely. Smooth the top and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 90 minutes or until well risen and golden. Toss the cake around and leave it out to cool. Serve with vanilla ice-cream!
75g margarine (softened)
75g fine sugar (with a little extra for sprinkling if you want! )
120g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs beaten
~1/2 kg apples – peeled, cored and sliced
Cinnamon powder (sprinkle as much as you like on the apples!)
My husband Stefan is super picky and have an insatiable appetite for pizza – so it’s been pretty difficult to find something he really likes. The bread is too thick, too soggy, combination of ingredients are not what I like, and the list goes on.
Being a do-er and getting back into baking, I made a point to make him pizza from scratch! #success
There are a million recipes on how to make your pizza, but here is mine absorbed from what’s out there that will take you 20-25 mins to make in total. #sharingiscaring
1. Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt well.
2. Make a well in the middle, and pour in 100ml luke warm water (to activate the yeast) and olive oil. Bring it together until you have a soft moist dough.
3. Place the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface and knead for 3-5 mins until smooth. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for at least 20 mins to let it rise properly (not needed if you want to make thin crust).
#cookingtips : you can keep this in the freezer and use it anytime!
Prepare the dough
1. Heat oven to 220-240C at least 10 minutes in advance.
2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into whatever shape that fits your oven (mine was a rectangle of sort). The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven.
3. Place the rolled dough on a sheet of baking paper and place it in the oven.
#cookingtips: Place the rolled dough in the oven for 2-3 minutes before adding the toppings. This will avoid soggy wet dough when you add the sauce, unless you like that style!
Magic time : Toppings!
1. Smooth tomato paste over the pizza. Shake some mixed herbs on the paste. Drizzle some olive oil on top.
2. Scatter with mushrooms, ham, tomatoes, and cheese (in that order) as evenly as you possibly can.
3. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp.
INGREDIENTS : This recipe is for 1 pizza, good for 2-3 people
150g flour (depends if you want it chewy-normal flour, or crispy-bread flour)
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp olive oil
Toppings (Be creative : go for whatever you want! )
5-8 white button mushrooms
4-5 slices of ham
150g tomato paste
5-7 Cherry tomatoes
Cheeses for pizza : mozarella, parmesan and mixed (as much as you want!)
Mixed herbs, or whichever you prefer
Well for the love of eating, it’s fairly natural that I equally love cooking and sometimes healthy food to balance the sin out. I’m sharing my love for seafood, as well as ‘compulsory’ vegetables into my diet.
Note : I don’t really have set measurement of things, because I don’t want to be restricted by taste. Go as you pleased with the salt, pepper, thickness and consistency of your choice!
Prepare your favorite vegetables, in my case – the below ( tomatoes, carrots, paprika, celery, and coriander ).
*Coriander is for garnishing, and I love the flavor a lot – but you may ignore it if you ain’t a fan.
2. Firstly, put a tiny spoon of olive oil on heated pan – and sauteed all the vegetables until soft (about 5-10 mins, depends if you like it crunchy or soft). Add salt (or garlic salt) for taste, and set aside.
3. Boil 1 litre of water, and add a cube of chicken/ beef stock, or any base you like (ideally make from scratch, so you know whats in it!). Stir well, and leave on low fire.
4. Add in the sauteed vegetables, as well as any meat ( I used ready peeled crab meat to give it a rich seafood taste, but you can use chicken or shrimp, anything at all!) and cook it on low fire for 20 – 30 minutes.
Serve it in a big bowl with your choice of garnishing!
Quick itinerary view : 3 days 2 nights out of Perth Perth – Fremantle – Margaret River – Mandurah – Penguin Island – Airport
I personally am a beach bum, so our day trips to wrap up our vacation was without a doubt the easiest to plan. We drove from Perth towards Margaret River, passing through Fremantle market, and back to Mandurah the day after for ease of going back to the airport. We took our own pace, enjoying one beach after another, strolling through vineyards, and do practically nothing at all (the best kind of vacation).
On the way from Perth, we drove through Fremantle to the famous Fremantle market. Parking was easy to find around the Fremantle prison, and the market was very accessible. There are quite a number of eateries within the market, and we tried a number of them – good’ol Australian breakfast, Spanish, Korean, German, Turkish, and more.
On the shopping side, it was not as interesting as I’d imagine it to be (most of the items can be found anywhere around South East Asia at a cheaper price). Other than that, we enjoyed the food and fruits, strolling around and soaking in the busy market atmosphere, and head on to Margaret River.
The drive towards our hotel was great. It was scenic, and we could easily stop and look at the amazing coastline, and was extremely happy to arrive at our villa for the night. The beach is right outside our villa, and so secluded there’s almost no one at all except for some surfers in a distance.
We wander around and found a gem! An amazing Thai restaurant called Chang Thai, fully ran by Thai staff, homey and delicious !
Next day, we drove to some caves and a beach, and immerse ourselves in some fun before spending a night in Mandurah at Hamelin Bay. Apparently you are able to see Stingrays coming close to the beach, but can’t attest to that.
#TravelTips : Caution, drive slowly or cautiously!! We saw a kangaroo crossed the road and wow it was HUGE!
For our final day, we drove over to Penguin Island to visit the wonderful penguins and sea lion. The boat trip was really pleasant, superbly calm that you can opt to walk across to the island ( yes, I meant WALK! ) if you want to.
After seeing the penguins on the island, we got on the glass-bottomed boat to see the sea lions. Getting in touch with nature in close proximity was nice, it was superbly hot, and we manage to get through the whole boat tour in time for lunch and to the airport.
Perth, I’ll be back someday! =)
Check it out : http://penguinisland.com.au/
Cost of boat tour : $38.50 / adult ; $29.50 / child
I LOVE seafood, and even if you don’t (so long you don’t hate it or have nasty allergies!)-you’ll surely love Lobster shack too! Lobster shack was on my list of things to do (EAT), and when I saw that their kitchen was closed due to a fire, I was so disappointed. Stef brought me here anyway to try our luck, and I’m so glad he did! There wasn’t any hot food, but I didn’t mind it at all!
The lobsters and shrimps were juicy, fresh and succulent. For AUD 55, we received a full lobster with shrimps, a drink and great dipping sauce.
In the evening, we visited the Twilight Hawker’s market. Twilight Hawkers’ market features over 50 stalls (perhaps more?) that does every cuisine and dish imaginable. From Turkish to Thai, Greek to good ol’ burgers and desserts (honey cakes,gourmet marshmallows, gelato, and more!), this place was heavenly!
There was live music and the entire space smells incredible with a huge crawl of hungry people. It was definitely worth a visit looking that there is practically nothing to do besides eating out in Perth after 5pm, and we love food (obviously)!
#TravelTips : The only issue here is getting a decent place to sit – so be creative (get a mat or something)! Come via free intercity buses or train as parking might be slightly challenging too. Be hungry and bring lots of cash!
It’s impossible to miss even though it could be slightly hidden, especially the long queue during rush hour and dinner time.
We went over to the only (correct when I wrote this) Ribs and Burgers place in WA, on William street.
We ordered lamb and pork ribs, with a burger to share. The portion was great, and those chips/fries are amazing!!
Not much to say, come hungry. Those ribs are tender, juicy and soft enough to fall off the bones. Salad was just to feel less sinful, and the fries are crispy. Burger was good, but if I have to choose, I’ll definitely go for the ribs.