Butterscotch Brownies – baking instead of buying!

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So we all know impulse buys, right? It is not only me? You should never go and shop while you’re hungry and you should especially never visit the baking aisle without having a vague idea of what you want to bake and what you need for it. If you ignore all the good advice you end up like me, with a bag of butterscotch chips and no idea what to make of it.

In my search for the perfect and deserving butterscotch “something” I ended up on one of my favorite blogs: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Over time I have tried a lot of her recipes and they were almost always excellent so I went for it.

On a sidenote: These Brownie Bars were made for the man in my life to take to work last Saturday because I firmly believe that when you have to work on a Saturday you should at least get cake, or cookies, or brownies, or cupcakes – or all of the above. The remainder was then taken to my workplace, so these bars have been taste-tested by roughly 30 people and all of them asked for more 🙂

I will probably adapt the frosting next time, I did not follow the instructions completely so I can’t blame Mel, but my frosting did not harden as well as expected. I waited a couple of hours and then decided to spread it on the cake and let it rest overnight in the fridge.

Bad idea, don’t do that. Do what Mel tells you to. My frosting ran off the cake and left me with a thin layer on top and a pool of frosting on the bottom of my pan. But as you can see in the picture: Made it work and it was well received!

Please also take a look at my adorable Easter decorations! I will tell you all about these in a separate post 🙂

Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe – Butterscotch Brownie Bars

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Button Originals: Greek Style Salad with Couscous

So I do like Couscous. What I like most about Couscous is that it is done quickly and doesn’t require lots of preparation. My friend Nina who worked with me some 5 years ago would just make some couscous as a quick dinner for herself – using just her electric kettle. I was so impressed that I have stored the information in the back of my brain and still remember today.

1 part couscous + 2 parts boiling water + 1/2 bouillon cube

There you go, this is even easier as cake! 🙂 I usually just take my measuring cup and eyeball it. The Couscous will double in volume and is very filling so I use roughly 1/2 cup for 4 portions as a side dish, where I would use 1 cup of rice. Please also read your package instructions and make sure you wait the proper amount of time for the Couscous to rest.

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If you have never had Couscous before, try this sort of european style recipe. I once had instant Moroccan Couscous and it was just plain gross. I promise, this is nothing like it! When we have fish at buttonsprouts’ I like to serve this greek style salad with couscous. Very quick and yum and wholesome. What more do you need?

Greek Style Salad with Couscous
(serves 4)

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 small glass of green Olives stuffed with paprika paste
  • 1 small glass Feta cubes in herb or garlic oil
  • 1 handful baby spinach (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of couscous
  • 1/2 bouillon cube or 1 cup fresh vegetable bouillon
  • freshly ground salt and pepper

Directions:

    1. Finely dice your vegetables while boiling 1 cup of water in the electric kettle or on the stove. Wash your spinach thoroughly.
    2. Prepare couscous and the 1/2 bouillon cube in a heat-resistant bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir well so the cube dissolves completely. Set aside.
    3. Spice salad with freshly ground salt and pepper. Drain Olives and mix in.
    4. Drain Feta, keeping a small amount of the oil aside as salad dressing.
    5. Fluff up the couscous and mix all ingredients well. Serve with fried fish or fresh baguette!

ZIP IT!

Button Originals: 5-a-day Smoothie

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To be clear: Smoothies are for the lazy! Yes, you heard me. If you have blender it should really take you a total of 2 – 5 minutes to make a Smoothie and clean up after yourself. If you are not convinced about this, ask Anna and you will find a quick and easy way to clean your blender!

So back on track: Smoothies are for the lazy. You can basically throw in all the fruit and vegetables you are supposed to eat, mix them with some liquid and you are good to go! I mainly make them in the afternoon because I need something savoury in the mornings but it would also give you a great start in the day! This is a recipe I just invented and will definitely make more often in the near future.

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5 a day Smoothie
(makes 1 large glass)

  • 1 cup of frozen fruit (I used strawberry, apple, berry mix)
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons granola or müsli (I used my homemade Granola from the BBC GoodFood website)
  • 1 cup of Vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3 cup apple juice

Directions:

    1. Blend all ingredients together smoothly, add some more apple juice when the mixture is too thick and your blender does not rotate properly.
    2. Serve in a large glass with a straw 🙂

ZIP IT!