The final product: Chicken Burrito bowl

Experimental Kitchen: Chicken Burrito Bowl

So I saw this Buzzfeed post recently about copycat recipes from chain restaurants and decided to make a chicken burrito bowl for one seeing as my other half was at Oktoberfest.

Now I haven’t been to America, but I figured that since people want these recipes, they must be good!

Recipe for 2

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The beginning: Ingredients

Experimental Kitchen: Mojito

This is a different kind of Experimental Kitchen because I didn’t find this recipe, rather was taught it by the experts šŸ™‚

Of all the cocktails, I enjoy a good Mojito because it’s fresh, tasty and when made correctly, delicious!

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It may not look like much, but boy was it tasty!
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Experimental Kitchen: Broiled Banana Splits

My first question here was, what is ‘broiled’?? Turns out, it’s not so hard!

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take pics of this because I made it while we had guests, but I can guarantee that it’ll be yummy! It’s also quick to make and a party pleaser.

Makes 7 servings.

Ingredients

4 bananas (or more, if you have large serving bowls – in this case, 1 banana per person)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 tbsp melted butter (I don’t have a microwave so I melted the butter in a pan)
Raspberries and/or Strawberries
Frozen Yoghurt/Ice Cream of your choice

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven at about 150 degrees celcius and if using frozen fruits, defrost now.
2. Halve the bananas lengthwise.
3. Mix the sugar and pinch of salt.Ā Optional: you can mix in someĀ cinnamon as well.
4. Brush the bananas with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar mix.
5. To broil the bananas: Wrap the bananas in foil and put into the oven for about 3 minutes.
6. Serve the bananas with the raspberries/strawberries (I used both!) and top with a scoop of ice cream/frozen yoghurt. Additionally you can add shaved chopped chocolate and nuts, or just make a dessert bar so everyone can customise their banana split!

Enjoy!

Ta da! Chewy, delicious anzac cookies!
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Experimental Kitchen: Anzac Cookies

This one is for next year, or just whenever you want something yummy to snack on! I actually baked these on Anzac Day (for a bit of home) and used themĀ as a dessert, served with vanilla ice cream and creme brulee ice cream. They turn out a bit chewy which is awesome.

Makes approx. 20 cookies.

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Moist, delicious lemon cupcakes
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Experimental Kitchen: Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Birthday Cupcakes

Rainbow Birthday Cupcakes

Let me preface this by saying that I was so ready to make a rainbow cake, but then I decided that it seemed like a lot of work and also, we don’t have a cake form.

The idea behind this is super easy, but it took me a lot longer than I thought it would. So if you can get one person to help, it’ll go so much faster.

For Michael’s birthday I wanted to bake something special. I wanted it to be pretty, so I did some googling and found a recipe for a rainbow cake, which lead to a recipe for rainbow cupcakes.

I didn’t end up making the cream topping because we went to a restaurant and I didn’t think the cream would still be good by the end of dinner, so I just dusted the cupcakes with icing sugar.

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

Cake mix:

  • 130g soft butter (not liquid)
  • 130g sugar
  • 2 small eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 250g flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 80 ml milk (room temperature)
  • food colouring suitable for baking (purple, blue, green, yellow,Ā orange,Ā red – if you can’t find purple and orange, just get the rest and mix a little blue + red = purple and yellow + a little red = orange)

Topping

  • 200 ml whipped cream
  • 2-3 teaspoons icing sugar
  • optional sprinkles, etc for decoration

Method

1. Mix the softened butter with the sugar and vanilla sugar until it’s creamy.

2. Mix the eggs into the mixture.

3. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.

4. Alternate mixing the flour mixture and the milk into the mixture.

6 colours of dough

6 colours of dough

5. Once the dough is smooth, separate it evenly into 6 small bowls. These bowls of mixture then need to be coloured according to the rainbow.

6. Using a teaspoon, put one teaspoon of each colour into the cupcake forms. Start with purple, then add blue, green, yellow, orange and then red. Flatten each layer as you go, not forgetting to get the colour all the way to the edges. Once you start to put on the red layer, preheat the oven to 180Ā°C.

First 'purple' - turned out darker than this

First ‘purple’ – turned out darker than this

Then blue

Then blue

Green, then yellow

Green, then yellow

And finally, orange and then red

And finally, orange and then red

7. Put the cupcakes in the oven for 12-15 minutes (fan-forced).

8. Test if the cupcakes are ready by doing a poke test with a skewer. If the skewer comes out clean, the cupcakes are ready. Let them cool completely on a cooling rack.

Topping

Cream – Beat the cream until it becomes firm, and then use a piping bag to decorate the cupcakes. The optional sprinkles can now also be added.

Icing Sugar – using a sieve, sprinkle icing sugar evenly on the cupcakes.

And voila! A rainbow cupcake.

And voila! A rainbow cupcake.

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Experimental Kitchen: Pork Fillet with a crust

It’s time to try some new things in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking the last few nights (we usually cook together) and made a winter couscous with bacon, mushroom linguine and Gong Bao chicken with rice.

Pork fillet is delicious and if you put it in the oven for the right amount of time, it remains juicy and tender.

Ingredients

For two people, we got about 400g pork fillet
1 small garlic clove
1 tablespoon honey
1.5 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon vinegar
a spritz of tabasco
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 bundle parsley
salt
pepper
oil
potatoes (optional – you can also eat this with rice or noodles)

Pork fillet: before

Pork fillet: before

Method

1. Preheat over to about 180-200 degrees.

2. Heat oil in a pan and sear the pork fillet from all sides, sealing in the juice of the meat.

3. Mix the herbs, honey, mustard, pressed garlic, vinegar, tabasco, some oil (depending on how much meat you have) into a paste.

4. Rub the paste on the entire piece of meat and then place the meat in a baking form. (If you are eating potatoes, you can halve them and place them in the baking form as well.)

Pork fillet: after

Pork fillet: after

5. Put in the oven for about 20 minutes. About halfway through you can get a brush and put some of the oil and sauce back on the meat. The pork will need to be removed after 20 minutes so that it doesn’t dry out. It should be a bit crispy if possible. The potatoes can be left in the oven while you cut the meat into smaller pieces.
Also it’s the wee hours of the morning now in Australia, finally 4th March so I’d like to wish Shaun, my big bro, a very happy birthday!! Still in your 20s!! Hope it’s a productive, positively-life-changing year full of growth, good times and happiness šŸ™‚