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Can’t wait to share this!


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’.

boat   grasshopper

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.


OPOB4Ired_edited-2            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.








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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.

single caki
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 .


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

17 thoughts on “Can’t wait to share this!

  1. I’m definitely going to try those cupcakes. They look great, and sooooo easy, Obviously they must have been delicious if three were consumed on one sitting :). But…how much soft drink goes in?

    • It was one packet of mix and one cup of soft drink. You can use any flavour .You then just mix it with a wooden spoon. I made small cupcakes so three was probably the same as one big cupcake 🙂

  2. Wow! You were very busy after your shopping! Well done! Will definitely be trying those cakes!

  3. They look delicious! Who would have thought you’d come to enjoy cooking,!

  4. I have a couple of the 4 ingredient books. I love their concept. Simple and quick. Must try this one though. I think the Tween will love it.

  5. I’m a bit 4 Ingredient books fan – I have all of them, except this new one, they are perfect for lazy people or time-poor mums like me I should say. That cruise sounds like my idea of heaven!

  6. That easy to make cupcakes? That is impressive!!!

    • They rose nicely , were fluffy and tasty. My thought at first was the extra sugar in them but cupcakes should be treats and the sugar was divided by 24 small cakes. The recipe says you can use plain mineral water instead to if you don’t like soft drink. Definitely an easy treat.

  7. I always wondered how to get away with saying things have so few ingredients. I guess they use alot of premix and pre-made stuff? Great for the non cook to get started in cooking #teamIBOT

    • This one uses pre – mix and the apple crumble uses scotch fingers( but making the pie apple is part of it, I’m just a lazy cook) but most are fresh ingredients just not lots of them including fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a quick way to create flavoursome nutritious meals is how I viewed it. The lazy ones like me look for the short cuts 🙂

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