Friday, 28 June 2013

Review: Sainsbury's Chocolate Macaroon Kit.

At the weekend I made these macaroons using the Sainsbury's chocolate macaroon kit. 
As you can see I think they turned out fabulously. The kit costs £2 and you need to add two egg whites, a tablespoon of milk and 50g of butter. I thought I would show you how to make them as it is easier to see what to do rather to read it regarding consistency and texture, as well as showing you how easy these were to make.


The kit includes the macaroon shell mix, the mix for the filling and a paper piping bag. 


First line a baking tray with baking paper. 


Separate the two egg whites.



Use and electric whisk on a high speed to form stiff peaks. 







Add the powder macaroon shell mix to the egg white and fold in gently so the egg whites don't lose too much volume. Fold until the mixture is combined thoroughly. 





Now pour the mix into the paper piping bag, place in a jug or vase to stabilize it. 





Snip the end off the piping bag and pipe 3cm circles as many as the mix will allow. 


Place the shells in the oven at 50 for 20 minutes. And then up to 180 for 15 minutes. 


Take out and leave to cool while you make the filling. 


Use a whisk to whip the soft butter.


Add the filling mix to the butter and mix. 


Then add the milk.


To form a chocolate icing. 


Pair up the shells, if some are bigger than others pair them together. 


Sandwich the shells together with the icing. 


So easy compared to normal macaroons! And turned out perfect! I really recommend these kits. I saw they also had a raspberry but it was sold out and now I can see why! 



Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Kalkan.

These past two weeks I have been in Kalkan, Turkey. The weather was gorgeous and so were the views. We mostly stayed in the villa in the day relaxing and reading.  


We did a boat trip one day, left the harbor nice and early before any other boats.









We did a mud bath on this beach. We were skeptical at first but our skin was defiantly left softer.











Lunch was provided on the boat, all that food for the three of us, made fresh on the boat.



We made a few more stops for swimming as the other boats started to catch us up.






Then it was announced by the captain that it was fruit time! Eight types of fruit and homemade cakes. Delicious.  


We returned back to the harbor after our day of swimming and sunbathing.



Most evenings we ate in the old town at the roof top restaurants.






Appetizer.


Toaster for the bread at the table.

Swordfish.


We would then stop on the way home for a baklava or three. I am going to have a try at making these at home so look out for that!





On Thursdays there is a large market selling fresh fruit and vegetables, spices, leather goods, clothes and lots more. We bought some fruit and veg, some nuts for snacking and apple tea.













This was the view from our villa and pool.









A couple of times we saw tortoises just going about there business which is a bit odd seeing them at the side of the road but, very cute.  







In the old town you can also pick up Turkish cloth I have a pale mint one over the sofa in my room at home.



I loved this bowls but just not sure I would use them at home.










One evening we went to the Kalkan Regency for dinner it was beautiful.



Bread was freshly made in the oven.





We looked over the old town and harbor. Beautiful.





One morning we went down to a cove we had spotted for an early morning swim, found these fellas on the way.















I read a lot over the two weeks and my case was much lighter coming home!