tray bakes


Garlic Potato Wedges from Gourmet Girl Graffiti

6 Russet Potatoes
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
2 Tsp Paprika
¼ Tsp Italian Seasonings
½ Tsp Dried Parsley
Salt and Pepper (after they’re baked, Optional)
Canola Oil

2 Baking Pans (Medium-sized, so two can share one rack)
Cutting Knife
Metal Tongs

1) Preheat your oven to 375 F. While it heats up, wash your potatoes carefully to remove all the dirt.

2) Take one potato, slice it in half and slice that half in half. Continue this until you have 8 wedges from one potato. Do the same with the other 5 potatoes.

3) Prepare your baking trays by lightly greasing them with oil. Once that’s done, get your bowl and add the garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasonings (I personally like to crush the Italian seasonings between my fingers before adding it), and parsley. Mix with your spoon.

4) If you like your potatoes little crispier, you can lightly oil each potato before lightly dusting them with your seasonings mixture. I found it easier (and cleaner) to hold the potato with your tongs and sprinkle the seasonings with a spoon. The heavier the coating, the more it tastes like paprika…

5) Place each potato on your baking trays as you season them. Once you’re done, put the trays in the oven for 35 minutes (flip the potatoes with your tongs after 19 minutes in the oven).

You can tell they’re close to done when some potato “skins” start to puff up with bubbles slightly. You can test your potatoes by poking the thickest part with a fork, if it pokes in fairly easily, they’re done! Place them on plate(s) to allow them to cool.

Apricot Swiss Roll


  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tbsp potato flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ jar of an apricot jam
  • powdered sugar, to serve
  • whipped cream, to serve
  • nectarines, to serve


Preheat the oven to 160°C. Butter the sides and line the bottom of a rather deep 35x25cm baking tray. Using a stand mixer, whip the eggs and sugar on the high speed for about 10 minutes until stiff, pale and shiny. Sift both flours and salt, then add together with the vanilla paste to the egg mixture, folding gently until no traces of flour are left. Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and use a spatula to smooth it evenly into the corners. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden and risen and skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Once baked, remove the hot cake from the tray and lay on a slightly damp tea towel. Remove the baking paper from the bottom of the cake, then roll carefully while still warm, lifting the teal towel slightly, until it forms a Swiss roll shape. Once cool, unroll the cake and spread the jam evenly, then roll it back again. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream and nectarines.

Bon Appétit!


Godric’s Hollow
  • When James parents died they left him their whole estate, but Godric’s Hollow was special, it was him and Lily’s wedding gift and the charming, secluded hamlet suited them just fine, so that is where the newly-weds decided to live.
  • It soon transpired that James had no clue how to furnish a house, and so Lily and Sirius teamed up to make this place a home.
  • Lily started with the sitting room, buying two enormous comfy sofas that could swallow you whole as you curled up and read a book from the equally enormous antique bookcase she bought and filled, with Remus’ help.
  • Sirius bought an entire stores worth of kitchenware, because if there is one thing he had learnt from his days cooking with the house elves, it was that you never knew what you were going to need.
  • ‘What even is a turkey thermometer and why do I own one?’ ‘Shut up Prongs you didn’t know what a baking tray was until two days ago.’
  • Lily also purchased an assortment of flowers which she placed on every bare surface of the house, adding splashes of colour all over the place.
  • Peter, who was quite allergic to pollen, couldn’t stop sneezing wherever he went.
  • ‘I fell attacked in my own home!’ ‘Pete, you don’t live here.’
  • Sirius and Remus are very big on the whole matching sets thing, and so came the his and her loofahs, his and her sink, his and her arm chair by the fireplace. Sirius even bought a ‘Mr & Mrs calendar collection’. Remus reassured a panicking James that Sirius had done the same thing with their apartment.
  • James and Lily spending an entire weekend painting bedroom walls a specific shade of cream that James had picked (Lily couldn’t tell the difference between three identical shades of cream, but James had been persistent that each one had a different ‘aura’) 
  • James accidentally swinging his arm around and wiping a huge line of paint across Lily’s face in the process.
  • ‘Potter!’ ‘Oh god, I’m so sorry babe I didn’t mean-’
  • Lily’s paint brush crashing not-so-accidentally into James face.
  • The next 15 minutes being a paint war between the two as the cover each other in more paint than is one the walls, laughing hysterically and it ending in a paint soaked kiss on the floor.
  • Three weeks of hard work later and the house is finished. It is finally a place the Potters and sometimes Sirius can call home. They can relax and focus on fighting a war.
  • And then Lily gets pregnant.
  • And the quiet life in Godrics Hollow has to prepare to become a lot noisier.
  • But no one is complaining (well Sirius is a little bit because he is usually the centre of attention, but Moony shuts him up.)
  • James is freaking out because raise a baby? In this house? In this war?
  • Lily is like husband, calm yourself, here have one of these 8 different parenting books Remus and I have been reading.
  • Sirius makes it his personal task in life to design the perfect nursery for this kid, and so seals himself semi-permanently in the second bedroom to work on it. No one is allowed in until it is finished.
  • Peter goes out and buys a pram and a high-chair, James and Lily really appreciated the gesture, they hadn’t been seeing enough of Peter recently.
  • Remus buys a collection of children’s books that he wants to read to the newborn, he has been saying all this time he would be terrible with a child, but everyone can tell he is secretly over the moon with excitement.
  • Lily is the first one to begin child-proofing, when she moves the knife block into high cupboard one day, and James is confused so he asks what child-proofing actually is.
  • James Potter becoming obsessed with child proofing.
  • I mean he finds every single corner in the house, I mean every. single. one., and places a foam buffer on it. He hides every mildly sharp object from scissors to hairbrushes.
  • ‘Really James?’ ‘Lily, you don’t understand, what if it poked it’s eye out with it by accident?!’ ‘…’
  • He buys a safety gate for the stairs, he buys locks for the toilets seats, he replaces the flower vases with plastic ones, he buys cushions for the dining chairs, he throws out the food processor and tries to throw away the toaster, but Remus eventually takes matters into his own hands and stops the rampage.
  • Then, one month before the baby is born, Sirius unveils his nursery.
  • He’s hand painted all the furniture, from the crib to the tiny bookcase, each in there own individual pastel colour.
  • He has put a mobile over the crib, its of the solar system, and its charmed to also show the phases of the moon. He also added in Sirius the star as an extra orbit.
  • There is a fully stocked changing table in one corner and a full chest of drawers in the other.
  • But the real showstopper what he painted on one of the walls.
  • Its a kind of mural. Of a Forrest full of trees and plants with a small clearing at the centre. Walking into the clearing is a large black dog accompanied by a equally large grey wolf with a small rat hurrying along between their feet. Lying down nuzzled together in the middle of the clearing however, is a stag and doe, dozing peacefully, curled around a small fawn that lies in between them. 
  •  The Marauders, Completed. I written above the image.
  • James has tears in his eyes as he hugs his brother, he is so grateful.
  • Then Harry is born and the house comes alive with life and joy and the Potters pour their love into their son.
  • Remus and Sirius would come over almost every day to play with Harry, Peter would join them as well sometimes and the laughter would carry on through the night as the small house vibrated with happiness.
  • Then the prophecy happened.
  • Remus and Sirius couldn’t come over any more, neither could Peter.
  • The house seemed to dull slowly as the absence of the men took it’s toll.
  • The flowers wilted as Lily couldn’t go out to buy her favourite fertiliser anymore, and James broke the stair gate one day by accident, but couldn’t go out to buy a replacement.
  • A certain darkness seemed to want to creep into the house as James and  Lily’s greatest project and comfort, had become their prison.
  • But, as always, the couple took this in their stride, determined for this to make them stronger rather than weaker, if not for themselves then for Harry, who mattered more to them than anyone else.
  • Lily dried and pressed the wilted flowers to make decorations for the walls, and James used the kitchen tools Sirius had bought to craft a new gate for the stairs.
  • They focused their energy on Harry, who although couldn’t go out to the park, go still be zoomed around the house by James with a small levitating spell, or slide down the stairs with a mattress on Lily’s lap, or fall asleep to one of Remus’ stories in a pillow fort his parents had built him.
  • And whenever James was missing Sirius more then usual, or Lily was wishing Remus was here to make hot chocolate for them all, they could look at that mural on the wall and know that, one day, everything would be okay.
  • Because although their world was crashing down, Lily and James Potter loved each other enough to build themselves a new one.
  • Until one dark night on Halloween, after a day of carving pumpkins no one else would see and eating candy they couldn’t give to other children, Harry Potter lost everything. Because the home his parents had so loving built, was blown apart by someone who could not love. He lost the big sofas you could sink into, and the industrial amount of kitchen utensils. He lost a baby gate and foam corners. He lost a master bedroom that still had hand prints on the walls from where his parents has played. He lost bundles of calendars made for years to come. He lost a collection of books selected just for him to enjoy. He lost two people who sacrificed everything they could, just to keep him safe. And when that curse rebounded, everything in its path was destroyed.
  • And in its path was a mural, of a little Forrest somewhere, with a black dog, a wolf, a rat and and family of deer, all looking with love at the little fawn below.


Yield: 2 dozen

The things you’ll need


  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening, chilled
  • ½ cup salted butter, chilled
  • 6 tablespoon buttermilk
Pumpkin Filling
  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Egg wash
  • Pastry brush
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip
  • Cinnamon for decoration
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mini tart pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet tray lined with parchment
  • Two medium mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer
  • Two rubber spatulas
  • Small ice cream scoop

Let’s get started!

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  2. Add cubed butter and shortening and work between fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in ice-cold buttermilk. Work in the buttermilk to form a dough.
  3. Form the dough into two discs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours to set.
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl use a hand mixer to combine cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition and scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Add pumpkin, spices, salt and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. When dough is set, roll out to 1/8 an inch thick and cut circles out using the round cookie cutter. Line dough rounds into each tart pan.
  5. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust then brush egg wash on the tops of each cup. Scoop filling into each pie cavity almost to the top, almost 2 tablespoons.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to fully cool before adding topping.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the heavy cream and sugar until stiff. Scoop into a decorating bag attached with a #849 tip.
  8. Sprinkle each pie with a bit of cinnamon. Ta-da! Mini pumpkin pies!

Black bean, avocado & sweet potato salad with lime dressing
Author: Sara @ Don’t Feed After Midnight
Serves: 4


  • 6 small sweet potatoes (approximately 700g), peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 400g cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 240g can of sweetcorn, drained
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, cubed
  • 2 handfuls of chopped fresh coriander

For the dressing:

  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the sweet potato in a large mixing bowl and add a tablespoon of olive oil, the paprika and the cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure that the potatoes are evenly coated then transfer onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast for approximately 30 minutes until soft.
  3. Place the black beans, the sweetcorn, the avocado and the chopped coriander in a large salad bowl and tip in the roasted sweet potato chunks.
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing the lime juice with the olive oil, the agave nectar and seasoning to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix. Serve with warm wholemeal pitta bread.

  Notes Suitable for vegans

Samhain Cinnamon Apple Crisps

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well. I’ve just finished cooking up a batch of my own homemade Apple Crisps and thought I would share this wonderful and super quick recipe with you. Not only is this speedy snack great for Samhain/Halloween,  it contains ingredients used for protection etc, can be used as an offering for your God or Goddess, is a healthy variation to supermarket bought crisps AND is suitable for vegans/vegetarians, did I already mention they are super quick to make? Without further ado, let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 1 whole apple.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • A dash of brown sugar. ( You can use white sugar but I prefer brown as it produces a lovely thick syrup texture and has a gorgeous coffee flavouring to it ).

How to make:

  • Cut your apple into thin slices. Not too thin or they will burn and not to thick or they won’t turn into crisps!
  • Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  • Place your apple slices onto your tray and start to add your toppings. Use as much as you wish.
  • Cook your apple slices in the oven on gas mark 4/ 180°C / 350°F for fifteen minutes. ( A few of my crisps did burn, so depending on how thin you cut your apple and how powerful your oven is, feel free to change the time and settings ).

Ingredients used in Witchcraft:

  • Cinnamon: Associated with the elements of fire and the sun. Magikal uses are - good luck, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development, success and wisdom.
  • Apples: Scared to many Goddessses including Aphrodite. Magikal uses are - fidelity, fertility, marriage, beauty, vanity,wisdom, the soul, the afterlife and immortality.
  • Brown Sugar: Healing, love and sweetness.

That’s all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and your finished product. Please do not remove the source and have a safe, happy and blessed Samhain. Let me know how your Apple Crisps turn out!

Cyrena xx

Image is not mine and was found on Our Kitchen Stories.

Stevie [ Part 3/4 ]

Prompt : Based on @shittyaus : where a superhero has to deal with a supervillain who thinks they’re their best friend

Pairing : Steve Rogers x OC

Genre : Good ol’ crack and fluff  |   Warning : none

Author’s Note : Hi guys! Here’s part 3 of Stevie! There will be one more chapter in this story! I hope you enjoy this! Let me know what you think! :D

Read Part 1 | Part 2

Originally posted by enochianess

It wasn’t always that bad. Not that he was going to admit it to anyone. Some days, he would come home to a tray of freshly baked pie or a mouth-watering chocolate cake in the fridge. Other days, his apartment would be filled with peculiar decorations, depending on the upcoming holiday event (she covered his bedroom with spiderweb and placed a huge tarantula on his bed last October. He still has nightmares about it). One time, she woke him up in the middle of the night just to show him the huge full moon she had been reading about on the internet. She slept on his couch that night and disappeared the next morning, leaving him a stack of pancakes and a glass of fresh juice. He still didn’t know why he didn’t arrest her.

It took him months to admit he was quite fond of her. It was amusing to see her having a slight identity crisis whenever they met. She kept insisting she was a supervillain whenever he pointed out the nice things he saw her do, which was adorable. She ran off once after he told her he saw her help an old lady with her groceries. Her face flushed red and he would smirked at her, eyebrows raised in amusement at how bad she was at her job.

Okay. Maybe. Just maybe, he was feeling more than just fondness for her. Which meant he was so fucked.


[Y/N] lied down on the ground, stomach pressed against the wooden floor. She rested her head on her freezing hand, using the other hand to pet the dog in front of her. Eggtart, the fat dog, whined happily and nuzzled into her hand, which made her smile.

“I love you.” She kissed the top of Eggtart’s head.

“Do all supervillains break into people’s home to pet their dogs in their free time?” She jumped to her feet, startled by the voice. Her eyes scanned the room, stopping at the familiar figure sitting on the kitchen table. He took a sip of his drink and raised his eyebrows as he waited for her reply.

She narrowed her eyes until she caught the metal prosthetic that has replaced his left arm and her face broke into a smile.

“Bucky!” She beamed.

“Little witch.” He nodded, offering her a little smile. She skipped towards him and flicked her hand to grab the muffin Bucky just put on a plate. Bucky rolled his eyes and let her eat it, earning another smile from her. “Why are you here, [Y/N]?”

She stared at him with mouth full of muffin and pointed her finger at the dog. “Eggtart,” she replied.

“Not for the blond boy who you’ve been crushing on?” Bucky’s lips curved into a smirk as he watched her squirm uncomfortably, cheeks slowly turning pink.

“Nope,” she shook her head.

“Are you sure? Cause Tony said he saw you kiss a particular blond boy last week.” Bucky tapped his chin.

She was about to come out with a snarky reply when they both heard the door open. She snapped her head to the front door, eyes wide in alarm.

“Buck, what did I tell you about eati– [Y/N]?” Steve’s mouth formed an ‘O’ while she froze on her feet.

“Uhm. I gotta go. Lots of crimes to be done,” she quickly said and ran out of his apartment before anyone could stop her.

“What is going on?” Steve frowned, propping his shield by the couch and setting down his duffel on the floor next to his shield. He then walked over to the fridge and took out a bottle of juice, drinking it in one go before he sat down on the kitchen stool next to Bucky.

“I think she misses you.” Juice spluttered out of his mouth at Bucky’s answer.

“Don’t be silly.”

“You’ve been gone for a week and she always came over to your place to pet that fat dog of yours.” Bucky shrugged. “I was the Winter Soldier. I notice things.”

Steve wiped his mouth with a paper towel, scowling as he grabbed the remaining muffin from Bucky’s plate.  Bucky didn’t say anything, opting to watch Steve in silence while he leaned back on the wall.

“She makes you happy and I know you like her.” Bucky pointed out.

“No, she doesn’t,” Steve retorted. “And I don’t like her.”

“Yeah right.” Bucky rolled his eyes. “And I don’t have a metal arm. For Captain America, you can be pretty dense.” He watched Steve clench his jaw and look away; a telltale that he was being stubborn. Bucky hopped off the counter and set down his mug on the table, ignoring Steve’s glare.

“I’m gonna head back home,” Bucky said as he slid a piece of paper near Steve. “Call her, Steve. She’s good for you. No matter how chaotic she could be.”


“Little witch!” [Y/N]’s ears perked up at the familiar nickname. She looked around her, smiling when she spotted Bucky perched by the balcony right outside her bedroom window. She unlocked the window, dragging him inside excitedly.

“How did you know where I live?”

“I was the Winter Soldier. Why do people keep doubting my skills?” he grumbled.

“That doesn’t answer my question.”

“I saw you and I need to tell you something,” he finally said, peering at the wrinkly lump on the bed. “Is that a dog?” Bucky asked as he sat on the couch.

“It’s Poop.” [Y/N] vigorously nodded, taking a deep breath before she continued. “I rescued her from that douchebag. You know, the one I killed last month. And–” she was cut off by the ringing of her phone. She looked down at the unfamiliar number on the screen.

“Pick it up.” Bucky read the numbers and grinned. “I think someone likes you back.”


Bucky pinched the bridge of his nose and let out a tired sigh. Is this how it feels to have a little sister, he asked himself as he stared at her phone, or what’s left of it on the floor.

“I can’t believe you hurled your phone at a wall.”

“I was surprised!” She defended herself.

“Steve’s gonna think you don’t like him,” he said after a beat of silence. “Maybe you should go over there and talk to him.”

“I can’t!” she whined, burying her face in the pillows.

“Is it because you kissed him the other day? Cause if it was, you should know he doesn’t hate it.” He raised his eyebrows in amusement when she answered him with a muffled rant.

“Fine. Have it your way then.” Bucky poked her back childishly before he left to open the window.


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For lunch today I baked a bunch of sweet potato fries, and served that with hummus as a dipping sauce and a big side salad.

To make the fries:
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Chop your sweet potatoes length-wise into even-sized wedges. I like to cut mine quite thick, because they do shrink once baked. Spread the fries on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Drizzle some olive oil and season with dried Italian herbs, paprika, salt and a touch of cinnamon. Give the fries a good toss to coat everything evenly, then place it in the oven. After 15-20 mins, take them out, flip them over and put it back in for another 5-10 mins. The cooking time really depends on your oven strength/heat, so do keep an eye on the fries so they cook evenly and don’t burn.

Chocolate and Matcha Marble Cookies:


  • 2/3 cup of neutral tasting oil (e.g., sunflower)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 300g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp matcha powder 
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 270 g self raising flour
  • 2 pinches of salt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and line a baking tray w parchment.
  2. Mix together 1/3 cup of oil, ¼ cup milk and 150g sugar.
  3. Sift together 145 g flour with the matcha powder, then stir into the wet ingredients to make a green dough.
  4. Mix together the remaining oil, milk and sugar, then sift together the remaining 125g of flour and cocoa and mix into the wet ingredients to make a chocolate dough.
  5. Both doughs should be about the same consistency and hold together fairly well, so you may need to add extra flour/milk to one.
  6. Mix the cookie doughs together only slightly to create a marbled effect, then drop heaped tablespoons of the dough onto the baking tray.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the edges start to brown before removing from the oven and allowing to cool.

Notes: so I was going to a rainbow-themed potluck last week and had to crack out some sort of colourful food at like midnight the night before and this is what I came up with :) Everyone loved them! btw for the blueberry icing, I just used a handful of frozen blueberries, whacked them in the microwave for about 30 secs, and then sieved them into some icing sugar to make a paste and just drizzled that over the top when they were cool.

Serves 21, 163 calories (w/o icing)


This is one of my all time fave cookie recipes. I hope you enjoy! 

You will need.. 

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs raw buckwheat groats (optional)
  • 1 tbs coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 and ½ tbs non dairy milk
  • 1 and ½ tbs melted coconut oil
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted


  1. Preheat your oven to 120 degrees and line a baking tray.
  2. Soak the dates in boiled water until softened, then mash with a fork until a paste is formed.
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients until evenly mixed, then add the wet ingredients and stir until a dough is formed.
  4. Form 7-8 cookies and place onto the baking tray, and bake for around 10-15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies start to brown.
  5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and enjoy!
Zähnts Türli

Mailänderli are probably one of the most popular christmas cookies in Switzerland, as they are really easy to make and there are tons of ways to decorate them.


250g soft butter
225g sugar
1 pinch of salt
3 fresh eggs
Zest of 1 lemon (organic)
500g flour
1 fresh egg yolk
1 teaspoon of water

Mix the soft butter, the sugar and the salt in a bowl, then add one egg after the other and stir until the batter is light yellow. Then add the lemon zest and the flour and mix everything together. Let the dough sit for at least in a cold place.

To form the cookies, use cellophane wrap or a little bit of flour to roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s evenly spread out and about 8mm thick. Use cookie cutters in various shapes to cut out the cookies, then put them on a tray with baking paper. Put them into the fridge for about 15 minutes, then paint them with a mixture of the egg yolk and the water. Let them bake for 10min at 200°C, and let them cool down.

Don’t paint the Mailänderli with the egg yolk, and decorate them with lemon icing:

150g of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
(optional: food colouring)

Mix the ingredients until its a viscous icing and decorate the cookies with the mixture after baking them, you can also additionally put lemon zest, roasted almond splitters or sprinkles on the cookies while the icing is still wet

En Guete!

“I’m never going to get this!” Dex exclaimed, slamming the baking tray down onto the counter.

“Of course you will sweetie,” Bitty reassured him, picking up some of the cookies that had fallen. “It just takes practice.” Dex said, as he sat down at the kitchen table. “Why can’t I make some cookies?”

“Maybe we could try somethin’ else? And come back to these vegetarian peanut butter cookies?” Bitty suggested.

“No! I have to get these right Bitty! I have to!” Dex said. He hid his face in his hands, and missed the look Bitty was giving him.

“Is there…any particular reason?” Bitty asked carefully.

Dex looked up quickly.

“What do you mean?” he asked slowly. Did Bitty know?

“Just…is there any reason you have to get this particular type of cookie exactly right?” Bitty clarified. “Is there some event you want ‘em for? Or someone maybe?”

“Maybe.” Dex admitted, knowing Bitty must have worked it out by now. It wasn’t exactly hard, given he knew everyone’s favourite dessert.

“So they’re for…someone. Anyone I know?” Bitty asked innocently.

“Yes” Dex said. He knew Bitty knew who they were for, but that didn’t make it any easier to say out loud.

“Dex,” Bitty said with a sigh, “This is harder than getting blood from a rock. Are you gonna say it, or will I?”

“They’re for Nursey.” Dex admitted, hiding his blushing face in his hands again.

“That’s so sweet Dex.” Bitty said cheerfully. “Don’t worry, we’ll get these cookies baked and you can give 'em to Nursey.”

“Thanks Bitty.” Dex said. “But I have a class now.”

“Okay.” Bitty said. He let Dex leave, even though Dex was pretty sure he could see through his lie. Dex just wanted to be alone right now. “Next week?”

“Sure. Thanks Bitty.” Dex said as he left.


Dex groaned in annoyance as he took the cookies out of the oven. He’d burned them again.

“Great.” Dex muttered to himself. He should have waited for Bitty to be free to help him, but he had had a free class and wants to try the cookies again.

“Hey, anyone ho- whoa whats that smell?” Nursey asked, as he entered the kitchen. Dex groaned - this was not the plan.

“You burning something Poindexter?” Nursey asked, seeing the cookies in the counter.

“Shut up Nurse.” Dex muttered, directing his annoyance at Nursey.

“Seriously dude, what were these even meant to be?” Nursey joked.

“Fuck off.” Dex hissed. “Just, fuck off.”

“Chill Dex, they’re just cookies.”

“Just- They’re not "just cookies”! Dex yelled.

“Dex, what the hell?” Nursey asked.


“What? Dex, why were you making me cookies?”

“Just forget it Nursey. Forget I sad anything” Dex muttered as he began to leave the kitchen.

“Wha-? Dex?” Nursey called after him, but Dex was already gone.

“Nursey?” Bitty called as he came downstairs “Was that Dex?”

“Yeah…” Nursey answered “He just left. He was kinda upset…”

“Yeah…I heard.” Bitty admitted “I’m guessing his baking didn’t go well this time either…”

“This time?” Nursey asked “How many times has he tried bake me cookies?”

“Um…” Bitty paused as he counted mentally, “This would be the 5th? 6th?”

“That’s…that’s a lot”. Nursey said. He didn’t realise Dex cared.

“Yeah, he must really like you ” Bitty commented, as he started cleaning up his kitchen.

“Yeah…” Nursey agreed. “I uh…I gotta go.”

“Okay, hun. Good luck.” Bitty said, as Nursey left.


“Dex? Dex, I know you’re in there.” Nursey called, as he banged on Dex’s door. It opened so suddenly Nursey nearly fell in.

“What do you want?” Dex snapped. He tried to sound annoyed, but Nursey could tell he’d been crying, and was still upset.

“I wanted to apologize for earlier” Nursey started. “That wasn’t fair of me to chirp you for something that probably happened because of the oven.”

“That oven is fine Nursey, I put it in myself.” Dex snapped. “If that’s all you wanted…” he said, as began closing the door.

“Thank you!” Nursey said quickly. Dex paused. “Thanks for…for trying to make me cookies. No one has ever tried that hard for me before. Thank you.”

“Its nothing.” Dex shrugged, trying to hide his blush.

“No, its definitely something Dex.” Nursey said. “Thank you. It means a lot.”

“I still didn’t get them right.” Dex huffed.

“But you tried.” Nursey said, stepping closer to him “Because you care, right?”

Dex nodded quickly, unable to say anything

“Thank you” Nursey said, before kissing him. Dex wrapped his arms around Nursey, and kissed him back.

“I’m gonna get them right for you.” Dex said, after they pulled back. “I promise.”

“I know you will Dex.” Nursey said. “I know you will.”

Christmas Prompt: Frosting

Anonymous sent: (½)Jason Todd x Reader pls! Where he’s the one making gingerbread cookies from scratch, for the over the top ginger bread house (courtesy of Dick & Tim, insisting that Damian needed to experience it).(2/2) Reader is in charge of icing until it ends up on Jason’s face and an icing war ensues. Jason confesses his love for the reader somewhere in between. I hope this isn’t asking for too much! Thanks!

Hope you enjoy hun! It was fun chatting with you during the request! <3

(seriously who else gets the Ocelot reference?)

@whovianayesha @civilwarkilledme @too-many-fandoms666@dc-reader@dc-ficrecs@tamanamohain@insideoflit@dragonempress123@jadedhillon


“You know i’m actually the luckiest man alive right now?” He said as he pulled out the baking tray and placed it on the counter, placing the tea towel over his shoulder.

“I want a share of the 1k prize money.” You giggled and stirred the mixture until you deemed it ready.

“That seems fair, but how about i pay you for your services.”

“My services of ensuring the defeat of your younger brothers in the most important fight of all Wayne family fights, The Gingerbread challenge! Who’s idea was it to put in the money?”  You quirked an eyebrow at him and chuckled softly.

“Tim’s in order to get Damian involved, as far as Dick knows though, the prize is the satisfaction of winning.” He explained as he lent against the counter and watching you

“I’m sorry but you know this is going to be a clear sweep done by Barbara.” You faced him seriously

“Which is why i’ve got my secret weapon, you.” He winked at you causing you to grin stupidly

“If only i knew this was for a competition, and not some fun friends baking pinterest thing like you lied to me about.”

“All i said was ‘gingerbead house’ and before i knew it you were here screaming - and i quote.” He coughed and raised his pitch to mimick your excited voice “Let’s do this bitch!”

“Let’s  do this bitch!” You squealed and he laughed.

The smile remained on his face as he turned to the gingerbread pieces.
“Okay so i’m thinking manor.”

“Don’t forget the Ocelot that Damian is probably hiding from you all.” You chuckled and he looked at you wide eyed “ I’m joking.”

“But are you?” He queried, with a shudder

You scooped your finger into the frosting and ran it along his cheek and he gasped and looked at you with horror.

“No waste!” He lightly scolded you causing you to scoop more and poke your finger towards his mouth, he turned quickly which left a stripe of icing across his face. “Oh it’s on.”

He quickly dug his hand into the frosting and chased after you.
Your squales as you dodged him filled the apartment and he finally tackled you onto the couch, wiping the frosting onto your giggling face as you yelled out your apologies.

In his euphoric state of excitement, he crashed his lips onto yours.
“I’m sorry i’ve always wanted to do that.” he said quickly after pulling back. “I love you y/n. And that might make things uncomfortable but you just … i thought it would be cute.”

You grinned up at him and wiped the excess frosting off of your face and onto his lips, causing him to close his eyes and scrunch his nose. Catching him off-guard you pulled him back to your lips, and wrapped your arms around him, keeping him close to you.

Orange Cinnamon Puff Pastry Buns

Sticky, delicious puff pastry buns with orangemarmelade, cinnamon and almonds.

These are easy to make (if you use store bought puff pastry) and delicious!
Fluffy and flakey on the outside, sticky and gooey on the inside; perfect for late autumn and winter weather!


Puff Pastry, 2 sheets
Orangemarmelade, 6 Tablespoons for the pastry, 1 for the icing
Almonds, chopped
Suger (optional)
Icing sugar


Unroll your pastry sheet. Heat 3 Tablespoons of marmelade, so it gets thin and spreadable (microwave: medium setting, ca 2 minutes) add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and stir until incorporated. Spread on your pastry sheet. Leave a gap where you will be sealing your roll.Sprinkle with almonds to taste, and sprinkle a bit of sugar if you like - orangemarmelade is quite bitter.
Roll your pastry sheet and seal the edge with a little water - just dab a bit on the edge you left with your finger and gently press down.
Line your baking tray.Cut your roll in even pieces, about 3-4 fingers wide. Pinch the bottom a bit so the filling won’t all run out (see pictures above, my filling RAN) and set on your baking tray.
Repeat with second pastry sheet.
Bake according to pastry instructions.
Take out the tray and let it sit to cool.


Heat 1 Tablespoon or marmelade. Continually whisk in icing sugar until you get a thick, pasty goo. Spread over your (cooled) buns (pipe it or drizzle with a spoon), dust it in cinnamon.

These stay fresh when sealed for about 4 days, and I spent less than 10€ on everything.

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Feast Report!

What I cooked for the Bottomless Pit’s family for their New Year/ Christmas celebrations: (from top left)

Grilled Aigamo Garnished with Green Sauce (Shokugeki No Souma)

Roast Beef Don (Shokugeki no Souma) - the garlic fried rice was plated separately.

Charcoal Grilled Ribs with Chestnut Coffee Sauce (Shokugeki No Souma) - because I couldn’t have too many beef dishes, I changed the grilled steak to ribs glazed with a brown sugar and butter. It caramelized pretty well, and the bitterness went really well with the Chestnut Coffee Sauce! 

I also had a simple Salmon baked with Dill and Lemon (just line the baking tray with olive oil first), as well as a Egg-stuffed pepper that I did in this bento here.

The Bottomless Pit’s Mum also made a vegetarian version of the Potato Salad from Wakako Zake that you can find here. (Yes, eggs with potatoes mmmmmmm).

It took me so much energy cooking this that I haven’t recovered yet - I had to take a nap at 10pm and woke up just in time for the countdown.

This is how the feast looked like (there were more dishes, including a cheese board):

Major milestone!

Yesterday we passed a huge milestone - cooking and eating a meal where all the major ingredients were grown in my aquaponics! Yaaaaay~! And it was delicious. It was based on one of the spaghetti squash recipes my husband looked up, but modified to fit in with what I can and can’t eat; the original included onions and garlic, for example, which we left out completely, and IIRC the vermouth was a spur-of-the-moment addition that turned out to be brilliant.

It started with both the spaghetti squash my teeny vines have produced:

They were cut in half, seeds scooped out, insides rubbed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then turned cut-side-down on a lined cookie tray and baked for 40 minutes. Then my husband went to get cherry tomatoes out of the fridge, realised we didn’t have any left in there (because he’d eaten them all XD) and asked me to get more. So I picked this bowlful out of the aquaponics:

As you can see, the cherry tomatoes are producing like mad, it’s awesome. I cut about two-thirds of them in half, and he sauteed them in a little oil, then added chicken stock and vermouth. Then he discovered that we’d also finished the baby spinach he thought was in the crisper, and sent me out to pick some young silverbeet leaves, which got ripped up and added to the pan, and he simmered the resulting deliciousness to reduce it down:

Once the spaghetti squash was cooked we scraped it all out of the skins with forks, put the sauce on top, and discovered that it was glorious. This one’s going on our list of recipes to repeat in the future, and next year I’m planting a lot more spaghetti squash!

Spicy Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower


  • 1 x 400g can of chickpeas
  • 3 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • Up to ¼ cup water
  • 400 g cauliflower and broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces


  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7/425F/220C and line a large tray with baking parchment and spray it with cooking spray/brush with oil.
  2. Throw the entire can of chickpeas (brine and all) into a blender, along with 2 tbsp of water, the sriracha, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend to a smooth consistency, adding extra water if needed. Adjust spices to taste.
  3. Using a fork, dip each piece of broccoli/cauliflower into the batter and then space evenly along the lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the tray around halfway through cooking.
  5. Top with nooch and dip in lots of ketchup and vegan mayo :)

Notes: For a long time I wanted to try sixvegansisters’ broccoli bites, but tbh the batter was slightly daunting for me, so I made a few changes. Brought up the protein content and brought down the calorific value, so I’m really happy with how this turned out :D

Serves 1 as a large main meal (471 cals), or 3 as a side (157 cals) 

Schneeflöckchen — Snowflakes, probably the most crumbly cookie

You need:

Equal amounts of flour and powdered sugar, 2.5 times the amount of starch and butter, (e.g. 100 g flour, 100 g powdered sugar, 250 g starch, and 250 g butter), the contents of 1 to 3 vanilla beans per 100 g flour (or 1 to 2 packages of vanilla sugar)

You do:

Let the butter warm up to room temperature. Knead all ingredients to a smooth and even dough with your hands. Make 3 cm (1¼ in) thick rolls and cool them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Cut cooled rolls into 2.5 cm (1 in) thick pieces and place them onto a baking tray covered with baking paper, leaving about two fingers of space between them. Press the dough pieces flat using a fork dipped into starch. Bake at 160 °C (320 °F) for about 15 minutes; check often, don’t let the cookies become brown! (Or have you ever seen brown snowflakes?) Let them cool before removing them from the baking paper. You may like to sprinkle them with powdered sugar. They should immediately crumble in your mouth, releasing a delicious sweet, buttery vanilla taste. You can’t them dip into tea or coffee as they will instantly fall apart. They taste best after resting for a couple of days.