Friday, 31 May 2013

My Pink KitchenAid

I love my KitchenAid Mixer!

Ever since I saw the mixer, I knew I must one day own one myself. Wherever the setting, in a home or in a shop, perched on top of the highest shelves in all the beautiful pastel and bright colours, its something that always caught my eye.



Not only is the KitchenAid Mixer a useful tool for cooking and baking, there are many different attachments that can be used for shredding, pasta making and sasauge stuffing. It is also an adornment for your home, a beautiful machine, full of personality that is made to be seen.

Established in 1919, the mixer has made its way onto many Bride's 'wish lists' and it often pictured throughout magazines and television. The current, most loved design of the KitchenAid Mixer has not changed greatly in appearance since late 1930's when the Model "K" was released.


Photo: kitchenaid.com


New colours and designs are being released every year, making it even harder to decide on your favourite colour to suit your home. Is 2 too many for one home?


Photo: texastypemom.com



One of my favourite things to make in my KicthenAid is Vanilla Fairy Cakes. See the recipe in my next post! 



Melanie xo


Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Brownie

Brownies have been around since the 1920's and were originally named "Bangor Brownies" after the city in Maine where they first gained popularity. There is something indescribably comforting about these brownies, especially when accompanied by a glass of fresh milk. But... what makes the perfect brownie?







There are many opinions, gooey or chewy, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, nuts or no nuts, fudgy or cakey, the list goes on. I imagine the perfect brownie to be soft and a little gooey in the middle, a little chewy at the top, caramelised and crisp on the outside edges.

This recipe is my favourite so far and I enjoy making them even more as the recipe is a golden oldie adapted from Betty Crocker's Old Fashion Cookbook. Who doesn't love a little nostalgia?




You can add nuts to the inside or sprinkle on top and if your feeling a little wild, you can drizzle over melted white chocolate and honey roasted macadamias. The options are endless and the taste is delicious. Here is the recipe -

Ingredients


1/2 cup butter 
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
4 ounces milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
chopped nuts of your choice (optional)


Heat the oven to 175C. Grease rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches.
Heat butter and 1 cup of chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly until melted.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar, flour, vanilla, baking powder, salt and eggs until smooth.
Add the remaining chocolate chips to mixture. 
Spread into pan and top with nuts.
Bake for 25-30mins. 

P.S. I cut my brownies just after I had taken them out of the oven, it is much easier to get a straight line before it cools. I left them in the tray until completely cool (if you can wait that long) and then removed them with ease! Makes around 36 brownies. 



I hope you all enjoy these brownies as much as my family and I do, happy baking! 

Melanie xo 

The Afghan Stitch

The Afghan V Cluster stitch is a simple yet detailed stitch that I think is perfect as a throw for the couch or a small blanket for a baby. As a new crocheter, I am still in my early stages of learning and I found this pattern very easy to understand and to apply. I adapted my pattern from the CrochetGeek.com. Here is the link.

I wanted to achieve an ombre design for my blanket however, I was unable to find enough similiar coloured yarn :( !! Rather disappointing but I do love the colours that I did find.  Also, a big thank you to my lovely husband who went out and bought the yarn for me! 



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Mum's French Toast

In my mind, there is nothing worse than soggy bread. 

Im am quite particular on the standard of my French Toast, it cannot be too dry or even worse soggy. I refused to even try French Toast until I had matured enough just last year to put my fear aside and try this 'soggy French bread'. To my amazement and pure joy, the picture i had in my mind of this soggy french bread was not a reality. I cannot thank my Mum enough for this delicious yet simple recipe! Thank you Mum <3 

This batter will coat around 4 slices of bread. Serve with berries (I didn't use this time but with strawberries it is delicious!) 





Ingredients

1 Egg
Splash of milk
Splash of vanilla essence
1 tbsp sugar

-whisk all ingredients together
-using brioche or any white bread you have leftover dip into the mixture on both sides, making sure to not leave it soaking too long. 
-melt butter or margarine in a frying pan, the more you add the crispier the edges will be
-cook until edges bread is a golden toasted colour
-serve with maple or golden syrup and a sprinkle of icing sugar

Enjoy!





A few things...

I have decided to create Melanie Eman as a way to document and share my experiences as a new wife, daughter, sister, 'mad' crocheter (as my Mum likes to describe) baker, self labeled interior stylist and lover of all things vintage.

I was born and brought up in Tasmania, the island state of Australia. Tasmania can be described in few words but one cannot describe the beauty that you will find there. Crystal clear beaches, pristine wilderness and wildlife in abundance.

I now live and have been living in Dubai, UAE for almost two years. Although it is very different to Australia and especially Tasmania, I have grown to love it and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. The cities growing quickly through the desert land is a wonder on it own not to mention the beautiful architecture of many of Masjids throughout Dubai and the whole UAE. The ever growing structures are always surprising me and nothing is quite like sitting under the clear, starlit desert sky with a backdrop of the Burj Khalifah. You don't have to travel far from the new, glitzy cities to find some of Old Dubai with hidden away souks, spice markets and karak tea.

I became muslim one year ago after being fortunate to find out about the beautiful religion of Islam. Growing up in the West, I had little knowledge of Islam and what I did know, was from mainstream media and I had many misconceptions about the religion. After researching and finding out the correct beliefs that make up Islam, from that day on I knew I would be a Muslim!

In this blog, I hope to post some of my crocheting projects, (I am also still learning so please forgive any mistakes!) my baking, cooking (a matter of trial and error), home styling and redecorating and many many other little things I love.

Enjoy!

Melanie xo