Chloe Cooks | Spaghetti Carbonara

Chloe Cooks | Spaghetti Carbonara

Yes today we are back with another cooking post and this being the first one which isnt muffin related, yay! So I thought I would start off with something easy being a spaghetti carbonara.

After going out for dinner in London last week at Vapiano’s  in oxford circus (check them out, they are soo good), after eating the best carbonara I think i’ve ever had I was inspired to try and cook my own. Now I can’t this quite holds up to theirs (what their chefs can do just makes my mind boggle) but if you are a lover of pasta and Italian food in general this is a great easy, cheap and tasty alternative.

Now I know with it creeping into the summer months many of us are ditching the hearty carb heavy dishes in favour of salads and lighter dishes however I think theirs room for a good pasta somewhere (how their isn’t a spec of Italian blood in my I don’t know.)

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Ingredients: (for 4 people)

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g smoked Pancetta 
  •  cubes or streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 eggs
  • 75ml double cream
  • 50g Grana padano or Parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve

 

Method 

  1. Cook the spaghetti. Bring a large, deep pan of salted water to the boil. Plunge spaghetti into the water, stir well and cook, following pack instructions.
  2. Fry the pancetta. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. When hot, tip in the pancetta or streaky bacon. Fry over a medium heat until the fat in the meat has melted down into the pan and the meat has turned lightly golden. Be careful not to crisp the pancetta too much; it will be cooked a little bit more later on in the recipe. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Prepare the sauce. Crack 2 of the eggs into a mixing bowl. Separate the yolk from the third egg: gently crack the side of the shell and, using both hands, slowly open it into two halves over a separate bowl – you want to keep the yolk in one of the halves. Tip the yolk from one shell half to the other and repeat until all the egg white has fallen into the bowl below, taking care not to crack the yolk on any rough shell edges. Tip the yolk in with the other eggs and beat together, along with the cream, the cheese and some seasoning.
  4. Combine the dish. Add garlic to the pancetta and return frying pan to hob. Fry over high heat for 1 min or until garlic is cooked and pancetta warmed through. Meanwhile, drain spaghetti. Tip back into the hot saucepan off the heat. Pour egg mixture over pasta, followed by hot pancetta, garlic, any fat and oils. Toss quickly and thoroughly with spaghetti spoon or tongs. Mix until it has thickened to a smooth, creamy sauce. Serve with extra cheese and freshly ground pepper.

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Chloe Cooks | Easter surprise chocolate muffins

Chloe Cooks | Easter surprise chocolate muffins

How is it easter already? I’ve only just managed to pack all the tinsel back in its box and finish off the quality street. With the season of chocolate eggs now upon us I thought it only right to honour this with my own chocolate based recipe. Been as it seems the only thing I can bake muffins it is again however these aren’t just any old muffins, these are surprise muffins!

Now I hear you all say, “Chloe, what is it that makes these surprise chocolate muffins”, well I shall tell you. With being as nutty about Nutella (couldn’t resist) as I am I couldn’t no include it as a nice gooey surprise when you bite into!

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INGREDIENTS  (to make 12 large muffins) 

2 1/2 mugs of self raising flour 

1/2 mug of drinking chocolate

1 mug of brown or white sugar 

2 eggs 

1 1/2 mugs of milk 

3/4 mug of vegetable oil 

Nutella

Paper cases and muffin tin (stripy muffin cases from T K Maxx)  

RECIPE 

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees fan oven/200 degrees/ Gas mark 6 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the ‘wet ones’.  
  3. Fill a case half full of mixture and add a small dollop of Nutella into the centre. Then fill up rest of the case with cake mixture.  
  4. Bake them in the oven for 20/25 minuets depending on the size of you muffins.  

Simple! 

TOP TIP! 

  • best served warm for a melty middle :) 

 

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(quickly tried to take this photo so the Nutella wouldn’t spill on my beautiful paper :P ) 

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CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!

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(At the risk of sounding too much like a WWW2 propaganda poster) Do you have a blog? Are you looking to collaborate with another blogger? Then fabric forward wants you! 

Im currently looking for any other bloggers or youtubers who are looking to collaborate on content with me. Be it an outfit of the day photoshoot, beauty review, monthly favourites or a lifestyle activity I would love to work with you and help us all make or blogs bigger and better. 

If your interested email me at chloenknott@gmail.com or message me on any of the social medias listed down below

I look forward to hearing from any of you!

Love c x

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Festive Favourite 4 – Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

Festive Favourite 4 – Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

After the success of my first batch I couldn’t help but churn out another batch but this time with a little bit of a festive twist. 

When I think if christmas food and cooking the first thing that springs to mind for me is all the festive spices which go into making all the mince pies, christmas puddings and cake. 

I thought i’d stay simple and stick to muffins with a little christmas kick! (unfortunately not of the alcoholic variety)  

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Ingredients  (to make 24) 

3 mugs of self raising flour 

1 mug of brown or white sugar 

2 eggs 

1 1/2 mugs of milk 

3/4 mug of vegetable oil 

2 apples (one in the mixture one for decoration) 

paper cases and muffin tin 

Recipe 

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees fan oven/200 degrees/ Gas mark 6 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the ‘wet ones’. 
  3. Finely chop up the apple and add to the mixture 
  4. Spoon all the mixture into individual muffin cases and place pieces of sliced apple on the top and sprinkle with sugar 
  5. and bake them in the oven for 20/25 minuets depending on the size of you muffins.  

Simple! 

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Again instead of making the full 24 which this recipe makes I halved it to make 12 which thinking recipes never quite make what they intend to so surprisingly I actually did manage to come out with 12. 

I decided to use a normal apple instead of a cooking apple for these with wanting the chunks of apple to still remain whole instead of mush down into the cake its self.

Extra top tips for these:  

  • Fill the cases quite full of the cake mixture, they do rise but not quite as much as i thought so you don’t have to leave too much of the case for rising room
  • For the apple slices for the top, roll them in sugar before placing them on top for an extra sweet flavour.

 

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Chloe Cook’s – Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Chloe Cook’s – Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

So I may have drifted into the realms of baking. Since moving away to university cooking has turned into something which I have actually really enjoyed doing. I find it a nice way to relax int the evening after a long day of uni and rehearsals and managing to make something better than shop brought ready meals I find a rather rewarding experience. (Just wish I could do without the washing up thats all) 

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Now the other day I got the sudden urge to make some muffins (as you do) and I wanted to try and do something a bit different to the usual chocolate chip so decided to mix it up with raspberry and white chocolate chip. I’d tired this flavour shop brought before and always liked them so wanted to to try my hand hand at my own. When I set my mind to something, I will get it done!  

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Now I’m not going to be someone spending ages decorating cakes with icing and what now  but with a couple of raspberries and pieces of chocolate surrounding them they look quite sweet.  

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Ingredients  (to make 24) 

3 mugs of self raising flour 

1 mug of brown or white sugar 

2 eggs 

1 1/2 mugs of milk 

3/4 mug of vegetable oil 

400g tin of raspberries 

100g of white chocolate (either chocolate chips or broken up bar chocolate.) 

paper cases and muffin tin 

Recipe 

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees fan oven/200 degrees/ Gas mark 6 
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the ‘wet ones’. 
  3. Drain the raspberries 
  4. Spoon all the mixture into individual muffin cases and bake them in the oven for 20/25 minuets depending on the size of you muffins.  

Simple! 

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Im not going to lie, with still being a novice at this and with using my slightly unpredictable oven I wasn’t expecting these to go that well. However, they came out surprisingly well and were very yummy. 

Instead of making the full 24 which this recipe makes I halved it to make 12 which thinking recipes never quite make what they intend to so surprisingly I actually did manage to come out with 12. Despite obviously halving the main ingredients I decided to use the full tin of raspberries still with half not seeming like much and I wanted to make them really flavoursome. Half of the white chocolate was perfectly fine though with not wanting to make them over sickly.       

As you see I made these with raspberries and chocolate but obviously you could change the fillings around depending on what’s to your fancy.  

Extra top tips for these: 

  • Make sure the raspberries are drained really well so the mixture isn’t made too wet.  
  • Fill the cases quite full of the cake mixture, they do rise but not quite as much as i thought so you don’t have to leave too much of the case for rising room.

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Homewear Haul

SPOTLIGHT ON: Homewear Haul

Now you ay have seen that over the past few weeks I have taken a slight break from this blogging business, but with the stresses and strains of starting out at university, something had to give, however I am back with blogging avengeance and now and what better way to start back than a homeware haul! 

Now with moving away to university, along with the moving away and obviously starting uni one of the things I was most looking forward to was styling my own interior even down to the  designs on the plate and the mug. Sharing a small uni flat the space can become an issue and if i purchased every mug and plate that I liked then I definitely wouldn’t have been able to store the food to eat off them. One way that this turned out not to be a problem is that before I started shopping I had a clear Idea in my head of what I wanted to find. 

As you may have gathered from me at this point from my design work red and blue are defiantly my preferred colours and after having years of staring at quite plain and dull kitchen items (no offence mum and dad and your interiors choices) I wanted to finally have some of my own which I can love and get excited to eat off (and yes I have just realised how sad that sounds, me being the most uncool fresher ever.) 

I always liked the idea of having mismatched dinning wear but all working together on one main theme. Also I wanted to get something that wasn’t too garish and style specific, find something which will last me for years and still look as current and stylish.

When shopping around I saw many beautiful ready together sets which would be fine for me but with them wanting to last me as long as possible and not get bored of them, I didn’t want to rest until I found the ones right for me. 

Also one hurdle which did slightly get in the way was that of being a student, budget was defiantly always on my mind. Looking in somewhere like Marks and Spencer’s seemed like high end luxury. But in the end after searching high and low (and inevitably coming back to buy from the first place that I started looking), I managed to find some lovely kitchen wear that I am really happy with. 

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Ive always loved this style of blue and white patterned plates and and with loving vintage fashion and interiors these defiantly fit well with my interior’s vision.  I remember as a child always seeing them in my nan’s kitchen dresser all nicely laid out as displayed. Now back then I didn’t think much off them especially my confusion with them only being there for display and not to be eaten off, however, minds do change and I have grown to love them and its nice that they give a slight feel of nostalgia from my rural home town to the busy city I now live in. 3 out of the 4 of these were purchased from Dunelm, with one later addition being from T K Maxx after realising that washing up really isn’t my favorite hobby and I would like to leave as long a gap between washes as possible, so slipping in one more plate kind of helped the problem even if it does mean a bit more elbow grease. Despite loving these traditional patterns, Ive tried to mix in these more modern circular and floral patters to try and strike the balance between old and new. In the end I think this smaller spotted plate on top has ended up being my favourite design with it just being so simple yet classic (and is a perfect size for toast in the morning) 

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As someone who may have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with mugs I may have ended up with hoarding a grand total of 6 for one person, but its ok, 2 of them can be used as pen pots (see! totally saving money on pen pots)  Sticking on the blue and white theme from various shops and various different shopping trips I managed to find these 6 which I really like. As someone who finds a small mug of hot chocolate a crime against drinks one of my struggles was finding mugs big enough to full fill  my addiction. In the end TK Maxx yet again turned out to be a crakcer with these various different styles and shapes of mugs all found on their shelves. Also if you are a particular lover of Cath Kindston homeware and mugs in particular I would make sure you take a little peak into TK Maxx on your next visit with them having a wide range of their mugs all waiting to be snapped up (as I did with the red and white spotty one) 

Now as you may be getting bored of me praising TK Maxx to the high heavens I have one last thing that I purchased from there. Since buying them I have actually realised that I rarely use bowls but it there was any reason to use one, what better than to want to eat of this lovely bowl. Obviously this is also blue and white and a pattern which ties in with the rest of the plates and bowls nicely and completes all of my uni crockery. 

Being TK Maxx and many of the products they stock being one of a kind within there stores I unfortunately don’t have links for any of their products but all the products which I purchased from Dunelm are linked down below :)

Light blue plate -Dunelm 

http://www.dunelm.com/product/chateau-blue-dinner-plate-1000050544 

Matching bowl 

http://www.dunelm.com/product/chateau-blue-bowl-1000050546

Dark blue play – Dunelm

http://www.dunelm.com/product/indigo-bazaar-dinner-plate-1000058031

Spotty plate – Dunelm

http://www.dunelm.com/product/royal-doulton-pacific-dot-dinner-plate-1000059944?cmCategoryId=34090 

Circle pattern mug – Dunelm 

http://www.dunelm.com/product/royal-doulton-pacific-circle-mug-1000059941?cmCategoryId=34087

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