Super Easy Toffee Apples

29 February 2012, 20:01

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I loved toffee apples as a kid! I mean, most kids never even reach the apple part and our faces would just get schmeared in sticky toffee. Toffee apples fall in the same category for me as carnival or festival food which equals to sugary happiness. Over the years my festival candy of choice has been fairy floss and it’s been ages since my last toffee apple.

And then I stumbled upon a bag of teensy tiny apples at Costco and oh they sure were cute! Perfect bite size apples they were! A quick google hit brings up this recipe which is said to coat 15 normal sized apples. Obvs I wanted multi coloured apples so I did quarter batches at a time with diff food colourings.

15 small apples
4 cups caster sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon food colouring
Paddle pop sticks

Wash and dry the apples and shove in paddle pop sticks into the middle of each apple. Make sure the paddle pop stick is wedged in securely.

Combine the 4 cups sugar, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 cup of water in a small heavy based pot and bring to the boil

Stir in the food colouring and leave the syrup to simmer for about 20mins until temperature reaches 150C or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water reaches crack stage – it should set hard and be hard to crack with fingers.

Remove the pot from the heat and stand in a baking dish of water until the mixture stops bubbling. When the mixture has stopped boiling, hold an apple by its stick, dip into the syrup, tilt the pan (and the apple) till the whole apple is covered.

Place toffee coated apples on baking paper and leave to harden.

Woohoo rainbow!

Alternative to giving candy flowers hehe

Aaand here’s my puddle of leftover toffee. If the toffee hardens in the pot just heat it up till it melts again to make cleaning simpler. Also, quadruple dipping an apple into different coloured toffee definitely doesn’t work :P

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Sit 'n' Chats Cafe, Westmead

26 February 2012, 22:24

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Edit: CLOSED So like, I LOVE Instagram. Calling everyone in the world who has an iphone: go forth an install the app now! And add me (chocolatesuze) hehe it totally makes me rage less than Twitter. So anywhos, I’ve been following julianvc on Instagram and drooling at all the gorgeous cakes and macarons that he makes and knew I had to get myself over to his family run cafe stat.

Sit ‘n’ Chats (151-155 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead) is located across the street from Westmead hospital and is a mere 2min walk from the station. They’re only open M-F, 7am-4pm so it was only a chance day off that I managed to get myself over there for a quick bite to eat.

Helllooo delicious baked goods! Everything is made on the premises, from the colourful macarons to the loaves of buttery brioche and chocolatey muffins.

The mothership has come along for lunch and orders the Roast Duck on Brioche ($15) and gets quite a kick at the sight of the chips placed jenga style on the plate. She gives it the thumbs up and I managed to sneak bites to have a taste- the duck is roasted in house and is tender and flavourful. Good stuff.

I have zeroed in on the Pulled Pork on Brioche ($15) and it is amazing and incredibly juicy, like, bathed in porky juices. I’m not a big fan of coleslaw in general but surprisingly loved it on the burger and kept lunch from feeling too heavy.

I return for breakfast with the intention of only ordering something small like a macaron or two but Julian convinced me to get the brioche with berry mascarpone and fresh strawberries ($12) which is so beautifully presented and tastes even better than it looks. The brioche is buttery but not heavy thanks to the secret of swapping the milk out with water in the recipe and the quenelle of mascarpone is creamy and rich and is soon slathered everywhere with glee.

Of course I had to grab a box of macarons ($2.50each)! The salted caramel has me in raptures, there’s just something about salted caramel in anything that makes me weak at the knees.

Hehe board of awesomeness.

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You Sunk My Battleship (with shots)

22 February 2012, 22:20

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Muahahaha did you guys ever play the board game Battleship? Until the other day I hadn’t and played against the boy but um online lol and the gist is pretty simple- you arrange your ships on your 10×10 grid and then you take turns and try and guess where your opponent’s ships are. If a ship occupies the square on the grid that has been called then it takes a hit, when all of the squares of a ship have been hit then the ship is sunk. After all of one player’s ships have been sunk, the game ends and the other player wins.

I’m sure everyone’s seen the trailers for the movie Battleship and Noods was in charge of a drinking game for his mate’s bucks party so we set to work on recreating the game but with alcoholic beverages in the ships :D

First the 10×10 grid.

And then with the folding of the boats we used this pattern tho I guess if you cbb folding the boats you could always just places the shots directly on grid but hey where’s the fun in that!

To make things interesting Noods was gonna use a combo of pre mixed shots (we got em at Choice Liquor), shots of vodka and shots of water so you couldn’t tell what you were getting haha

You sunk my battleship! Haha don’t forget to print off smaller versions of blank grids so you can mark where you’ve already hit/missed. And remember, drink in moderation!

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