Salted Caramel Brownies

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You’re not ready for this. You’re just not. Are you sitting down? You better be. CAUSE THESE ARE A BLOODY OUTRAGE!

The brain child of my dear housemate, who regularly spends her time perving on the most ridiculous sugary tweets. I’ve mish-mashed a BBC Good Food and Jamie Oliver recipe here to create these ridiculous creations. 

Salted Caramel Brownies

The BEST brownies I've ever ever made. Honestly. Ridiculous.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

For the brownie mix

  • 200 g unsalted butter plus a little extra for greasing
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 200 g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 130 g plain flour
  • 50 g cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the salted caramel

  • 80 ml cool water tap water is fine
  • 250 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120 ml double cream
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • Sea salt/ pink Himalayan salt

Instructions
 

  • 1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a baking tin with baking parchment.
  • 2. In a separate pan, melt the butter and break in all the chocolate. Turn off (and remove if an electric hob) the heat and stir until the chocolate melts.

3. Make the salted caramel

  • - Put a medium, non-stick pan over a high heat and pour in the water. Carefully pour in the sugar a little bit at a time and bring it to the boil. Cook until the sugar starts to turn golden brown and all the sugar has melted.
  • - Once the sugar has melted and bubbles form all over the surface, take the pan away from the heat. Mix the vanilla bean extract into the double cream and carefully pour it into the pan. Whisk in the butter and add a good pinch of sea salt.
  • - Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • 4. Add half of the cooled salted caramel into a bowl with the sugar and eggs, and beat until smooth.
  • 5. Whisk the chocolate and butter mixture into the caramelly, sugary, eggy goodness.
  • 6. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa and a good pinch of table salt and a tea spoon of baking powder. Then sift this on top of the chocolate mix. Stir in carefully until you have a smooth, glossy mixture.
  • 7. Pour half of the combined brownie mix into the lined baking dish and smooth until flat.
  • 8. Pour or spoon a 3/4 of the remaining salted caramel on top of the batter layer. I blobbed it all over for extra gooiness, but feel free to exercise more moderation!!
  • 9. Pour the rest of the brownie mix on top and smooth it out.
  • 10. Scatter with a little more sea salt, then bake for 35-40 mins or until risen all the way to the middle with a firm crust on top. These brownies are quite gooey, so don't be surprised if the usual skewer test comes out covered in mix. The brownies should be a bit jiggly when you pull them out.
  • 11. Let them cool a little and drizzle with the final bit of salted caramel. You should really leave them to cool before eating, but I LOVE them still warm and gooey. You have plenty of time to enjoy them completely set over the next few days!!

Notes

If your baking dish is quite deep, you may need to bake them for longer, likewise if it's quite shallow you will need less time baking. Just keep an eye on the little babies and watch them as they go!
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Ahi Poke, London

So the lovely people at Ahi Poke invited me to come down and try their delicious food. I took the Mr along for a proper taste test – whilst their food is my dream, it’s the sort of thing I’d never dare make for him. 

So we got there… to the most DREAMY and spotlessly clean little cafe (honestly, never seen anywhere so clean, it was amazing!!!). 

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They also had an unbelievable playlist. I could have sat there for hours – definitely a place to while away the afternoon if you’re lucky enough to be able to work wherever you want. 

The Mr went for their Oahu bowl with extra avo (obvs) which was filled with rice, ahi tuna (raw), red onion, radish and coriander with a sesame shoyu dressing (sesame oil and soy sauce). Now, this is a little out there for his taste buds, but he LOVED it. So much so that I’ve had to teach him how to make something similar so he can take it to work!!

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I built my own bowl and went for a quinoa base, kimchi cucumber, pickled ginger, edmame beans, julienned carrot, sliced radish, coriander, extra avo and the sesame shoyu dressing.

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Such a perfect lunchtime treat, I’m genuinely gutted I can’t get it delivered to my office every day. Filling without being bloaty or giving you the afternoon sleepiness. 10/10 guys. And shout out to our lovely server who was just an absolute babe. 

We also tried the pineapple in an earl grey and coconut syrup (which I didn’t get a photo of because we ate it too quick) and it was tasty as heeeellllllll. 

 

So here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… The final result…

Food: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Ambiance: 4.5/5

Overall Total: 4.8/5

 

Where to find them: 3 Percy Street, W1T 1DE 

Website: http://www.ahipoke.co.uk/

Instagram: @ahipokelondon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahipokelondon

Price: £

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Bakers and Roasters, Amsterdam

So during my little trip to Amsterdam, myself and the boyf stumbled across Bakers and Roasters on Kadijksplein. 

Me being me, I’d done my research on Instagram and thought it looked worth a visit, but it was genuinely better than I could have thought!

We opted to sit inside, so had to wait for approx 20 minutes for a table, but were given tea and a table outside while we waited. 

We decided to go for  a savoury dish each and share the pancakes (I would advise everyone to do this… and I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t!!) Only complaint was that it didn’t all come at once. I had to wait for my veggie breakfast for about 15 minutes after the other two dishes arrived. So I just had to get started on the pancakes while I was waiting!

So here we go:

Pancakes with banana, berries and golden syrup. Simple, effective and down right delicious! P.s. please spy the tastiest matcha latte I’ve ever had… Couldn’t tell you what almond milk was used, so if anyone finds out PLEASE let me know, I want to recreate at home!

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Next up was the Mr’s green shakshuka – now believe me when I tell you, I honestly can’t believe he ate AND enjoyed this – he’s not the greenest man around, so naturally he had to add bacon! This was spinach, broccoli, baked feta, avocado and lots of other greeny goodness. It was so good, he didn’t even let me try it! So that’s the best review you can get!

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I had the veggie breakfrast which consisted of two organic free-range poached eggs, grilled haloumi, avocado, breakfast potatoes, creamy mushrooms, homemade chilli jam & hot buttered toast. DEEEELICIOUS. 

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So here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… The final result…

Food: 5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4/5

Overall Total: 4.3/5

 

Where to find them: Kadijksplein 16, 1018 AC Amsterdam

Website: http://www.bakersandroasters.com/

Instagram: @bakersandroasters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bakers-Roasters-414174645296968/

Price: ££

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Bocconcino, Mayfair

Bocconcino, Mayfair

 

So last Wednesday I was invited by the lovely people at Bocconcino, Mayfair to sample the delights of their menu. 

I don’t post about places I don’t enjoy, so I was nervous going to a restaurant at their invitation. However… WHAT A PLACE!

After looking at their social media I thought, hmm just a normal nice restaurant, but then I snuck a peek at their menu… and daaaaamn. 

We were greeted on arrival by a lovely hostess and taken to a nice little, slightly quieter back room. There is a downstairs, which is all open next to the kitchen, which is perfect if you’re just looking for some tasty food and a chat… but the back room has a littttle something extra. Low lighting, comfortable armchairs to relax in in-between courses and booths for those that want that little bit je ne sais quoi. Perfect for a special occasion or if you’re wanting to impress on a date. 

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But anyway enough about the decor, let’s get on with the food…

To start I had tuna tartare (one of my favourite things ever)…

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My friend had calamari… and we had a cheesy garlic bread to share!

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And then.. the main event….

CINGHIALEEEEE… WOOOOAHHHH (genuine dreamboat of a pasta dish… Last time I ordered this with a different friend, he laughed at me and said “ohhh wild boar, of couuuurse”… then he tried it and it blew his damn mind). So yes, wild boar ragu for me… and it was a taste bloody sensation. One of the best I’ve had, by a loooong long way (with the exception of the little wild boar and blueberries number my dad whips up.. hi Dad!).

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And fillet of beef for my pal (I tried it.. it was amazing)…

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And finallyyyyy the pudding.. our lovely waitress tried to talk us into getting the sweet pizza, apparently it’s the restaurant’s specialty dessert. But we were far far FAR too full to even contemplate that. 

I went for the hazelnut semifreddo in the end, which was incred. JUST LOOK AT IT! And clock the cheeky sorbet in the background too!!

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All in all, I honestly could not fault the food or the service. We had the most gorgeous waitress, who was so helpful, giving great recommendations and making sure we tried all the best things… AND the sommelier was next level! Usually I’m a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc person and I refuse to budge, but he whipped out this bad boy and I may have been swayed forever! 

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So here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… The final result…

Food: 5/5

Service: 4.5/5

Ambiance: 4/5

Overall Total: 4.5/5

 

Where to find them: 19 Berkley Street, London

Website: http://www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk/

Instagram: @bocconcino_london

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BocconcinoLondon/

Price: £££

 

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Stir Fried Vegetable Quinoa and Sun Dried Tomato Roasted Cod

Cod & Quinoa recipe

Tonight’s tea, stir fried vegetable quinoa with sun dried tomato roasted cod. A protein rich meal packed with essential vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants… AND it was really easy to make. Not the most attractive meal, mainly because I was too hungry to faff around with presentation and my camera for too long!

Stir Fried Vegetable Quinoa and Sun Dried Tomato Roasted Cod

Prep Time 20 mins
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

What you need for the quinoa

  • 60 g of quinoa pre-boiled per person
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 a red pepper
  • 1/2 a courgette zucchini
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp Food Doctor savour seed blend or any seeds of your choice
  • Salt & pepper
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • Pinch of sumac

What you need for the fish

  • 200 g chopped tomatoes
  • 3 sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 fillet of cod or any white fish
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Small chunk of feta cheese
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions
 

To make the quinoa

  • Pop the quinoa on to boil (usually for 20 minutes, but check cooking instructions on the back of the packet). At the same time lightly fry whatever veg. Once lightly cooked take it off the head. Drain the quinoa and stir in the veg. Stir in the raisins and the seeds and season with salt, pepper, fresh coriander and a sprinkle of sumac.

To make the fish

  • Lightly season the fish, and pop all the ingredients into an oven dish. Sprinkled over some paprika to give it a kick and bake it in the oven at 190C for 10 minutes. I then crumbled some feta on top and returned to the oven for a further 5 mins.

A quick and easy 20 minute meal, that’s not only tasty but actually really good for you!

Enjoy, Millie xx

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