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imageNot only is there a potential shortage of chocolate on the cards, with a global shortage being predicted by 2020 but also, with the advent of Eboli, drought and some pesky little cocoa pod insect eaters the price of cocoa beans is likely to go up by 25% next year. Now folks, there is something you can do about this – but you have to be strong. Do not choose this path without careful thought or you could make the situation worse. BUY MORE CHOCOLATE and then store it. ( that is where being strong comes into play – store it – don’t eat it!) Obviously the price is still going to go up next year, there will still be a global shortage in 2020 ( possibly earlier if you do all take this advice) but you and me? We’ll be ok!! And that’s all that matters – right

 

Toronto Tour

Day 2 of the Diva Tour included an interview on Global TV. Sure am loving it here!

http://globalnews.ca/video/1777075/learning-to-cook-for-divas-at-dinner-parties/

 

 

 

Toronto TV

Woohoo! Started my Toronto marketing campaign for Divas Guide to Dinner Parties!! Loving it! ( tho’ it’s mighty cold here!)

see my Canadian TV debut here!

http://www.chch.com/divas-guide-dinner-parties/

If you are in Toronto come and see me at the Indigo store at the Eaton Centre on Saturday between 1pm- 3pm for my book signing!

Chocolate Mince Pies


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Ingredients

Pastry
280g/10oz plain flour
125g/4½oz icing sugar
50g/2oz cocoa powder
pinch salt
200g/7oz cold butter, diced
2 egg yolks

Filling
500g/1lb 2oz ready-made mincemeat
Juice and zest of an orange

100g/4oz chocolate calletts

1/2 tsp all spice

1 egg,
Method
Sift and mix the flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt together in a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix in the egg until the mixture comes together. Add a little water if necessary. Knead into a disc , cling film and place in fridge for 40 minutes
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Mix the mincemeat, orange zest and juice, all spice and chocolate calletts together in a bowl.

Roll out pastry on  a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick, cut out 11cm-diameter rounds with a pastry cutter, then cut out the same number of small stars as there are large rounds.

Line muffin tins with rounds and add  a large tsp of the mincemeat chocolate mixture. Top with a star. Brush the top with beaten egg.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through.

 

50 shades of chocolate – bringing chocolate and good cheer to you this Christmas!

Chocolate make-up

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What can be better than looking drop dead gorgeous? Looking drop dead gorgeous wearing chocolate make up of course!!

For chocolate eye shadow: mix 1 tsp corn starch with 1 tsp potato starch. Add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder. And that’s it!! How easy is that?!

check out this you tube video of a girl using hot chocolate powder as blusher

for more fabulous chocolate recipes check out 50 Shades of Chocolate on Amazon

50 shades of chocolate: A sexylicious book of delicious chocolate recipes with handy hints on how to enjoy them in the bedroom!

50 shades of chocolate: A sexylicious book of delicious chocolate recipes with handy hints on how to enjoy them in the bedroom!

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Chocolate Lava Cake

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

100gm/4oz   Butter

100gm/  4oz   Dark chocolate callers

2   Eggs

2   Egg  Yolks

¼   Cup     Sugar

¾   Tbsp All Purpose Flour Flour

Ramekin dusting

Oil spray

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tbsp All Purpose Flour

Method 

  1. Preheat oven to 230 C /450˚F
  2. Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler and allow to cool
  3. Whip eggs, egg yolks and sugar
  4. Mix the egg & sugar mixture into your melted chocolate
  5. Fold in the flour
  6. Spray 4 ramekins and dust with the cocoa and flour
  7. Pour mixture into ramekins ( you can refrigerate these at this stage and bake later)
  8. Bake for about 7 minutes.

moltencakeblog54594868965Serve with ice cream and a saucy smile

Thanksgiving Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Pumpkin-PIeA delicious way to bring chocolate into your thanksgiving this year – (tho’ obviously true chocoholics need no help!!)

Ingredients

Pie Crust

1 1/4 cups plain flour (or all purpose)

pinch of salt

pinch sugar

1/2 cup butter cold and chopped into small squares

cold water

Filing

10oz dark chocolate callets

12 oz Can Evaporated Milk

2oz butter

14oz can pumpkin

4ox brown sugar

3 eggs

1tbsp cornstarch

1tsp ground cinnamon

1tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

pinch of salt

1tsp vanilla extract

Make your pie crust.

Add all ingredients to a mixer, (except the water) and whizz until most of the butter is worke in. Then add a couple of teasp of water until the pastry binds together. Flatten into a disc, wrap with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 425F

Roll out pastry an place it in a sprayed pie dish. Place some parchment paper with pie weights (or rice) over the pastry and blind bake.fr 15-20 minutes till the pastry has started to firm and turn light brown.

Make Filling

Reduce to temperature to 350F

Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix in the chocolate and egg mixture and pour into the pie crust . Bake for about 45 minutes until the filling has set.

Allow to cool.

Serve with whipped cream,

Now tell me what you are thankful for!!

 

For more fantastic recipes like this one try

50 shades of chocolate: A sexylicious book of delicious chocolate recipes with handy hints on how to enjoy them in the bedroom!

50 shades of chocolate: A sexylicious book of delicious chocolate recipes with handy hints on how to enjoy them in the bedroom!

Buy from Amazon

or for non European or American purchasers go to

https://www.createspace.com/4865926

and

Divas Guide To Dinner Parties: A Deliciously Decadent Guide To Your Perfect Dinner Party

Divas Guide To Dinner Parties: A Deliciously Decadent Guide To Your Perfect Dinner Party

Buy from Amazon

or for non European or American purchasers go to

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=divas+guide+to+dinner+parties&sitesearch_type=STORE

 

FACT or FIB – is chocolate good for you?

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Stimulaton?

FIB ( just!) yes it has caffeine and theobromine in, which can have an effect on fatigue and concentration – but the levels in chocolate are so low that they won’t make any difference

Well Being?

FACT! The endorphins released from eating chocolate can increase feelings of optimism. This is probably why you can manage to talk yourself into eating the whole bar ( and perhaps even another!) and believing it will have no affect on your diet!

Included in the healings food pyramid

FACT!  Having found out it is in the healing food pyramid you may want to skip this next line… Recommended serving are 1 oz a day and it should be dark chocolate

Causes acne

FIB! Yay . The Pensylvannia school of medicine and the U.S. Naval Academy have concluded that chocolate does now cause acne – heredity, stress and overall diet is to be blamed for the pesky skin condition

Can kill dogs

FACT! More chocolate for you – less for Fido. The theobromine in chocolate can poison the pooch – it really is a dogs life- fleas AND no chocolate!! Humans can metabolise the theobromine a lot easier than dogs ( thank goodness) and can eat about 22 lbs before it kills you! ( please don’t try this out at home!)

Is addictive

FIB! There is no physical addiction component to chocolate. It’s will power and if you don’t have will power then it’s just not your fault!!

chocolate quite clearly is good for you! Go forth and eat and enjoy!!

Divas Guide To Dinner Parties !!

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The fun and amusing guide to cooking and hosting your own dinner party. With 12 different dinner parties, there is one for each month of the year and each comes with recipes, how-tos, timetables and humor to keep you smiling as you prepare! This essential guide to entertaining includes a gastronomic buffet for 20, a Superbowl (or other suitable sporting event) gourmet spread to wow your bloke and his mates and even a dinner party that you can rustle up in 45 minutes. It’s all there with a concise timeline for each one, a shopping list (even comes with a handy hint of what you should be buying for yourself as well as the food!) plus additional helpful comments from the panel of experts like Cost Cutting Cathy and Barman Bill. Whether you are a diva in the kitchen or your skills are more specialised elsewhere this guide will inspire and keep you giggling as you prepare your fare as any diva should!

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A HEALTHY 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE CUP CAKE RECIPE

Brilliant for kids parties and even lunch boxes.
Brilliant for you for guilt free (ish) snacking
Brilliant all round!!!

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup coconut flour
2tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt

4 eggs whisked
1/4 cup warmed honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/4 cup warmed coconut oil

Preheat oven to 160 C.
Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth
ladle into lined cup cake tins and bake for about 20-25 minutes

Eat with a free conscience and enjoy!

 

For more fantastic recipes like this one try

50 shades of chocolate: A sexylicious book of delicious chocolate recipes with handy hints on how to enjoy them in the bedroom!

50 shades of chocolate: A sexylicious book of delicious chocolate recipes with handy hints on how to enjoy them in the bedroom!

Buy from Amazon

or for non European or American purchasers go to

https://www.createspace.com/4865926

and

Divas Guide To Dinner Parties: A Deliciously Decadent Guide To Your Perfect Dinner Party

Divas Guide To Dinner Parties: A Deliciously Decadent Guide To Your Perfect Dinner Party

Buy from Amazon

or for non European or American purchasers go to

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=divas+guide+to+dinner+parties&sitesearch_type=STORE

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