Nikola | Food Blogger@dorenikaskitchen

Wild ice cream lover ๐Ÿจ
Fuelled by dreams and ๐Ÿฐ
Slovak wifey in Oz ๐Ÿฆ„
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Oh this was my favourite lunch in London, I would just go and lazily get spicy checking soup from nearest Wasabi.

What I've noticed here in Australia is that there is no healthy food chains selling fast food. All there is is KFC, McDonald's and Subway which is not ideal.

Enough of complaints, I want to announce very exciting news! Daniel and I are getting a cat!!! Yes! A cute little naughty kitten and I can't wait ๐Ÿคฉ

We are waiting for our adoption process to be finalized and we should have him home next week ๐Ÿ’•


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Roasted potatoes are my happy food and I think it is for many people. There is something so comforting about the crispy exterior and soft inside with fragrant garlic and rosemary. -1kg potatoes
-3 garlic cloves
-spring of rosemary
-salt, pepper, olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180'c fan.
Cut the potatoes into small cubes, throw into a baking dish and add crushed unpeeled garlic, rosemary and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy! ๐Ÿคฉ


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Yesterday we went to our wedding venue to try some food options and happy to say we picked the dishes.

Our wedding is very casual at the beach and the reception is at the balcony of a local surf club. And we won't be having a sit down dinner.

The menu is:
Thai green curry or hokkien noodle salad which will be served in cute paper pagoda boxes.

We will be having select of vegetarian, pork and also chicken and mushroom gyoza, variety of spring rolls, spicy calamary a prawn skewers.

My parents would not get over the fact that there is not a 'proper dinner' but as they are not coming we could get away with it ๐Ÿ˜‚


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Happy Saturday! It's a cupcake time darlings๐Ÿ’•

These chocolate cupcakes with orange butter cream are sooooo delish and you definitely have to give it a go!

Cupcakes:
1 ยพ cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa
1 ยฝ tsp baking soda
1 ยฝ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
ยฝ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Butter cream:
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp orange extract
Orange food colouring, optional

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In another large bowl, stir together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl and stir together.

Beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add boiling water and continue to beat. The mixture will be a little runny.

Fill the cupcake liners with the batter about ยพ way full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully transfer cupcakes to a wire baking rack to continue cool.

Frosting Instructions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar on medium speed. Add in the whipping cream and continue to beat. Add in orange extract and orange food colouring (if using) and beat until fully incorporated.

Scoop frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip. Frost the cupcakes starting at the outside and working towards the center.

This recipe is from @simplystacieblog ๐Ÿ’•


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This classic French daube is a perfect dish for these cold winter nights.

1.5kg chuck steak, trimmed of excess fat and diced

250g pancetta, diced

3 tbsp plain flour

50ml olive oil
120g unsalted butter
2 small leeks (white part only), chopped

2 onions, chopped

2 carrots, diced

2 celery sticks, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 bay leaves
2 tbsp tomato purรฉe

2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra to serve

1 tbsp soy sauce

100ml brandy

750ml bottle red wine

300ml good quality beef stock
16 baby onions, peeled

16 button mushrooms

2 tsp cornflour

Cheesy garlic bread to serve
01.Heat the oven to 180ยฐC/160ยฐC fan/gas 4. Toss the beef and pancetta in flour, then shake off any excess. Heat half the oil and 40g butter in the casserole over a medium-high heat, then fry the beef and pancetta in batches, turning often, for 3-4 minutes per batch until browned. Remove and set aside.
02.Add the remaining oil and another 40g of the butter and cook the leeks, onions, carrots and celery forย 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften. Add the garlic, bay leaves and tomato purรฉe, cook for 1 minute, then add the parsley, soy sauce, brandy, wine and stock. Return the meat to the casserole, bring to a simmer, season and cover. Transfer to the oven and cook for 2-2ยฝ hours until the meat is tender.
03.ย Meanwhile, put the baby onions in a pan of cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 8-10 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside. Heat the remaining butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and fry until cooked through, then remove and set aside.
04.Mix the cornflour with 2 tbsp cold water. Stir the mushrooms, baby onions and cornflour paste into the casserole and cook on the hob, stirring, for 10 minutes. Serve with cheesy garlic bread and more chopped parsley sprinkled on top.


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What's your favourite breakfast? Cereals or bread & spread?

So back in Slovakia my family always eat breads with cold meats, cheeses or spreads. I love it with passion and don't get why people eat cereals.

But then morning come around and I'm lazy to take everything out to make my breakfast and end up eating cereals with some yogurt and milk. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Ingredients:
-5 tbsp ricotta
-1 large carrot
-salts & pepper
-scoop of @furtherfood collagen
-spring onion
-bread

Method:
Shred the carrot and mix with ricotta, season with salt and pepper and serve on toasted bread with spring onion.

Enjoy!


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The best thing about Australia is definitely Pavlova!

Ingredients: -6 egg whites, room temperature (see tip above)
-1.5 cups white sugar
-2 tsp corn starch
-1/2 Tbspย lemon juice
-1/2 Tbspย vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cupsย coldย heavy whipping cream
-2 Tbsp white sugar
-4-5 cups fresh fruit

Instructions:

Preheat the Oven to 225หš F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper

Using your stand mixer, beat 6 egg whites on high speed 1 min until soft peaks form. With mixer on, gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar and beat 10 min on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. It will be smooth and glossy.

Use a spatula to quickly fold in 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract, then fold in 2 tsp corn starch and mix until well blended.

Pipe meringue onto the parchment paper using a Wilton 1M Tip. Indent the center with a spoon to allow room for cream. Bake at 225หš for 1 hr and 15 min then turn oven off and without opening the door, let meringue in the hot oven another 30 min. Outsides will be dry and crisp to the tap and very pale cream colored and insides will still be marshmallow soft.

Transfer the pavlova with the parchment paper onto the counter or a cookie rack and allow it to cool to room temp. Once cool, you can top them with whipped cream and fruit or store in an airtight container for 3-5 days at room temperature.

How to Make Frosting and Assembly:

Beat cold whipping cream with 2 Tbsp sugar in the cold bowl for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until whipped and spreadable.

Pipe frosting onto the pavlova and top with fresh fruit.

Recipe Notes: Once they are assembled they stay great for up to 4 hours at room temperature.

This recipe is from @natashaskitchen ๐Ÿ’•


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Weekend is here and that means long breakfast, long coffee breaks and beach ๐Ÿ’•

We went to try and pick food to be served for our wedding reception and it, drums...was not ready because the coordinator didn't let the chef know ๐Ÿคฆ
We still got a free lunch but it starting to look a lot like the wedding fiasco in Slovakia ๐Ÿ˜‚


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Happy Friday! I'm loving the weekends as we go down the coast to Daniels parents where beaches are so much better than here โค๏ธ It's middle of the winter but the temperature is between 22-25'c and ultimately sunny ๐ŸŒž LOVE IT

Not sure how I will go in summer but hey will cross that bridge when we get there ๐Ÿ˜‚


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These were my first ever muffins and came out so moist and delicious I couldn't believe my luck ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’• What's your favourite muffin flavour?

23โ„4 cups self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3โ„4 cup caster sugar

3โ„4 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup blueberries

1 egg

1 cup milk

75g butter, melted

Preheat oven to 200 C/180 C fan-forced. Lightly grease a 1โ„2 cup-capacity muffin pan.

Combine flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Stir through chocolate and berries. Make a well in the centre.

Whisk together egg, milk and butter in jug. Pour into well; stir until combined (do not overmix). Spoon batter into pan. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked and golden. Cool 5 minutes; turn out onto a wire rack.


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Good morning everyone โค๏ธ I've started my freelance social media business here in Australia and working from my home office, no jokes I actually have a proper office set up, that's the kind of #bussinessbabe I am ๐Ÿ˜‚. The best thing is that I can actually enjoy lovely breakfast with my husband ๐Ÿ’•

These pistachio & apricot croissants are omg so delicious with a cup of tea or coffee!

60g shelled unsalted pistachios (look out for skinless ones)

60g unsalted butter, softened

60g caster sugar

1 medium free-range egg

ยฝ tsp vanilla bean extract

50g plain flour

4 large all-butter croissants

2 tbsp apricot jam

Icing sugar to dust

Heat the oven to 180ยฐC/160ยฐC fan/gas 4. Put the pistachios in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the butter, caster sugar, egg, vanilla and plain flour and whizz until just combined.
Split the croissants down their lengths and open out like a book, spread with the jam, then fill each one with a quarter of the pistachio mixture. Put on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 25-30 minutes until the filling has set and the croissants are a deep golden brown. Set aside for 5-10 minutes (to let the hot jam cool slightly), then dust with icing sugar.

This recipe is from Delicious magazine ๐Ÿ’•


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Fake cake, fake cook, fake news!

Have you noticed that Trump's favourite shite to say these days is that what we hear from news is fake, like fake news? Especially when they are showing all the gross things he is up to that is.

This cake is also fake, I didn't bake it. I've bought the chocolate cake from @marksandspencer and topped it with some fresh raspberries and mango & passion fruit coulis - also bought from a shop.

I think it's a great way to elevate your ยฃ3.50 cake to something really nice.

No banking skills required ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚


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