On the 4th April I traveled aboard the Pacific Pearl on what I dubbed ‘The 3 Night Cruise to Nowhere’. Like all good journeys the destination is always the added extra. This time the destination was gaining inspiration to cook…yes, to my regular followers this is hardly what you EVER thought you’d hear me say (or write)!!! This is all thanks to the fantastic idea ‘4 Ingredients’.
The cruise was a Food and Wine Cruise. I think I broke all barriers on this trip as not being a big drinker I found myself sampling wines and champagnes over dinner and cocktails later in the evening while laughing along at karaoke or joining a sing-a-long in the piano bar in the wee hours of the morning. But, back to cooking.
While onboard I took myself to the 4 Ingredients demonstrations featuring the vivacious Kim McCosker creator of this cookbook concept. If she couldn’t inspire a non-cook no one could. Her effortless repartee as she prepared nutritious, delicious meals, made cooking look so simple and dare I say …FUN! I watched in awe as she tossed a flour and water dough ball into a pan cooking a Margherita pizza on the stove top, disguised avocados as the tastiest chocolate mousse and gave hints on how to disguise brussel sprouts into children’s (in my case I’d use it for my husband) meals, though why people baulk at them I just don’t understand.
Link to photo here – Recipes from this book were demonstrated.
Still motivated and now on holidays with time to spare, I decided to do a test run of a few recipes she mentioned. I’m used to things looking easy while watching a demonstration only to find at home the reality changes them. Not deterred I chose ingredients at the supermarket for 2 ingredient cupcakes (well 3 if you include icing) and scotch finger apple crumble. Of course desserts were my first choice. Just as instructed I chose the Home Brand vanilla cake mix @ 71c!!! I had the soft drink I needed at home. I used the new Fanta – Strawberry and Kiwifruit.
I tipped these two ingredients in a bowl and mixed them with a wooden spoon until they were smooth. I dolloped the mixture into patty papers on an oven tray ( I didn’t have a suitable pan because, as I’ve said many times, “I don’t cook”).
I timed these cakes for the said 15 minutes and when the time was up I couldn’t believe my eyes! Little cupcakes filled each case, well they looked good but I knew they still needed to pass the taste test. I had also bought some Betty Crocker Vanilla icing and a Wiltshire icing set. As you can tell, this cooking had me under its spell. I taste tested one when they cooled and you could taste the drink flavour and they were a pretty pink hue. After I piped on this was the finished product. My cupcake loving daughter arrived home from university and devoured three. This isn’t usually the case with my products, usually one is more than enough (and not cause they are filling haha).
Some of the batch
Up close – you can see the pretty pink hue of the cake.
Now I’m actually going to buy myself some of her cookbooks. I think my family will be very pleased. Don’t take my word that the 4 Ingredients recipes are good; take a look at the website. By the way, this post is all my own thoughts. I wasn’t paid to write it nor received any products. The only incentive was Kim’s enthusiasm.
Thursday night its Scotch finger apple crumble. Looking forward to creating it .