Change of address.

Hi, just letting everyone know that I won’t be posting at this address anymore.

The blog has now moved to http://www.theheartofcake.com

Thanks, Hannah x

 

 

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And the winner is…

Sorry about how long it’s been since I last posted. I’ve been extremely busy with work and other stuff so haven’t had much spare time to do anything recently! I do realise the announcement of the winner of giveaway is long overdue, but better late than never! Thanks for all the people that entered and looked at my blog whilst the giveaway was on, it means a lot to me for someone to even take a few seconds out of their day to come and visit my blog so once again, THANK YOU!

Anyway…

The Winner is…..

Chelsea Gregory! (please send your address to hanrdodd14@gmail.com)

Thanks for viewing and entering guys! Will post a recipe very, very soon 🙂

Hannah x

My Favourite Things Giveaway

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As a thank you I’m doing a my favourite things give away to say thanks for the views!

The winner will receive:

  • a selection of my favourite chai teas
  • a selection of Nakd infused raisins
  • Lindt Excellence dark chocolate with salted caramel
  • Barry M nail polish in Strawberry
  • Yankee Candle Simple Home soft cotton sampler
  • Body Shop Satsuma soap
  • Cadbury Highlights Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • A personalised recipe just for you!

Just add a comment on the blog, tweet @heartofcake, or leave a comment at heartofcake’s Facebook page to enter! Good luck!

Quick and Easy 10 Minute Tacos.

Tacos

I am pretty much obsessed with Mexican food. I love cooking it, I love eating it, I just love everything about it! Here in Britain, it is very hard to find good ingredients for Mexican cooking in the basic supermarkets. A lot of the time, it’s all too easy to a buy a ready made kit from the supermarket. Although I think these kits are on the whole not too bad, it’s always a lot tastier and healthier when you make the seasoning yourself. Making your own seasoning means you know exactly everything that’s going into your food and there’s no nasty additives or an overload of salt or sugar.

I’ve tried to make these tacos as healthy as I could by using thin cut steak instead of minced beef, as I’m trying to avoid processed food. This was a great substitute as it made the tacos really meaty and delicious, whilst being low in fat and avoiding processed meat. As an alternative, you could use boneless chicken breast, or thinly sliced pork.

10 Minute Tacos.

For the seasoning mix :

  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • salt and pepper

To serve :

  • corn tortillas
  • fresh salad
  • flash fried veg (I used onion and red pepper)
  • grated cheese
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos

1. Marinate the steaks for a couple hours in the spice mix. If you don’t have the time then you don’t have to, I just think meat always tastes better when marinated.

2. After marinating, cut the beef steaks into think strips and fry with a little oil in a pan on a high heat. If you like your meat on the rare side, you could fry your steak whole and then slice up when done.

3. Serve up with plenty of salsa, salad and sour cream!

Enjoy!

Hannah 🙂

I’ve reached my goal!

Hi guys!

When I first started on this blog I set my self a little goal of 1000 views. It may not seem like a lot but, I am so grateful and appreciative for every single one!

So, as promised, to say thank you I’m going to do a little giveaway. The winner will get a little care package of my favourite beauty, foodie and Liverpool related things!

All you have to do is leave a little comment on this post or tweet at @heartofcake with the hashtag #heartofcakegiveaway or leave a comment at heartofcake’s FacebookThe winner be chosen at random at the end of the week (Sunday 9th June). So get get commenting/ tweeting! Thanks again everyone!

Good Luck,
Hannah x

Beef in Oyster Sauce

This dish a family favourite from my childhood. I’ve never asked my mum where she got this recipe from but I remember it being one of my favourite things as a child. I like to cook this when I crave Chinese takeaway, but know I should eat something a little healthier.

Beef in Oyster Sauce with Beansprout Fried Rice.

  • 300g good quality thin cut steak, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tablespoons of shoaxing rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 1 large onion, diced into large pieces
  • 4-6 chesnut mushrooms, quartered

For the rice

  • long grain rice
  • dark soy sauce
  • 3 handfuls of beansprouts

To start mix the rice wine, cornflour and light soy in a bowl. Add the beef and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight). If you’re pushed for time, you don’t have to marinate the beef, but if you have the time, do it. By marinating the beef you get really tender meat and the cornflour helps thicken the sauce.

To make good fried rice it best to use cooked cold rice, so if you have the time cook the rice earlier in the day and leave it to cool. Once again if you don’t have the time to do this it’s not essential, but it just helps improve the quality. Heat a little oil in a good non-stick wok or frying pan and let it get really hot. Add the cooked rice and keep on stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick. add a dash of dark soy (to get the nice brown colour) and make sure it’s mixed in well. Add the beansprouts and cook through until everything is hot. You can then put the rice back in the pan you first cooked it in so you can use the wok to make the sauce.

Add a little more oil to the wok and put on high heat, until the oil is almost smoking. Chuck in the diced onion and mushroom. Fry these until they’re just cooked through, then remove and put aside.

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Removing the veggies just helps prevent them from over-cooking and becoming sloppy in the sauce. Add a little more oil to the pan and get it nice and hot again. Add the marinated beef and cook until browned an crisped on the outside. When the beef has browned add the oyster sauce, beef stock and veggies. Heat through until the sauce has thickened and the veggies are hot all the way through. If the sauce becomes too thick, add some more stock and if it is too thin, add a little corn flour/ water mix.

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Serve with the bean sprout rice! Enjoy! 🙂