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Chocolate Snow White


Childhood memories…

That item, colour, sound, taste or smell that takes you back to those years when everything was just like magic and tasted like cotton candy.

This recipe I am sharing with you is just that…one of my sweet childhood memories that I have kept along the years and which always brings me joy and happiness with every bite.

My Snow White cupcake….just a little twist on the original recipe

The original recipe comes as a cake, but I just recently wanted to try something new, so the Snow White cupcake was born.

Ingredients:

Cake/cupcake

200 g plain flour, 250 g caster sugar, 85 g cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 eggs, 200 ml milk, 120 ml vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla essence, 150 ml boiling water.

Meringue/top decoration

4 egg whites, 220 g powdered sugar, pinch of salt

Kitchen items:

Hand whisk or food processor (in my case I have used KitchenAid for the cake and a hand whisk for the meringue), large heatproof bowl, cupcake cups, decorating pipe, cake tin or muffin pan.

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line the cake tin with great proof paper or get your cupcake cups ready using a muffin pan.

2. Beat the eggs and sugar until smooth, then add the rest of the ingredients except the boiling water.

I’ve used my KitchenAid to mix everything well but you can also use a hand whisk. Once the ingredients are well combined, add the boiling water slow while whisking. The mixture will now be very liquid. Pour the batter into a cake tin or the muffin pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

3. Remove the cake/cupcakes from the oven and let it cool down before decorating.

Meringue

Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until the mixture resembles a fluffy cloud, then add the sugar bit by bit while still whisking at a higher speed and making sure you add the sugar slowly.

When ready the mixture should be thick and glossy and ready to be whisked over hot steam.

Put water to boil in a dish that can hold a heat proof bowl above.

You can now transfer the mixture into the heat proof bowl and continue to whisk above heat at a low speed for about 5-10 minutes.

Remove from the heat, set aside for 10 minutes before decorating the cake or cupcakes; then sprinkle with dark chocolate, optional.

I’ve only decorated with chocolate the cake version of this dessert, see below.

The cake version is the one I remember from my childhood

This dessert takes me back but it’s also one of the best I have ever made.

Try it and tell me what you think….

Your Dessert Girl,

Julia xxx

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‘Juice Diary’ – Day 12


‘The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow’

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Juice Diary – Day 12

Most used word today…’Weekend anxiety’ 🙂

Since I’ve started this Juice fest, I’ve never been so worried about the weekend…

You might have the ‘Friday feeling’…I have the ‘Weekend freak-out’…

The weeks are passing by quickly, but the moment I get closer to the only time I could slip up or have to go food shopping again…I feel like I am loosing my mind!

Don’t get me wrong…the past two weeks were just an awakening of how much I can achieve just by being focused and being more aware of how food can affect my life…but 28 days on pure juice it starting to sound more crazy than on my first day!

I am almost at the end of week 2 and I can’t believe I’ve been living on juiced ginger, spinach, pineapples, carrots, lemon….countless apples and other vegetables I’ve never thought about before.

If anything, I am proud of myself but even more of my ability to continue …even though sometimes I feel like I cannot look at my Juicer anymore, with a smile on my face 🙂

‘Dear Friday,

I’ve used to dream about you all week…now, not so much :)’

What is my plan?

No idea…

I might just jog my way through the weekend and hope that I will still be best friends with the bag of beetroot that is smiling back at me 🙂

Here we go again…write the shopping list for the next week.

Will it be just veggie and fruity?

I guess, we’ll have to wait and see!

 

Day 12 down…16 to go!

 

Your Juice Girl,

Julia

xxx

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‘Juice Diary’ – Day 11


‘Wake up with determination…go to bed with satisfaction’

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Juice Diary – Day 11

Thought of the day…’Get that cardio going or just go to sleep’ 🙂

I think I’ve found a new thing I love better than the bags of spinach in my fridge…a good old session of cardio!

Exercising somehow keeps my mind focused…I am thinking less about food and more about how will my cooking change once I’ll finish this crazy juice experiment I’ve started.

Today I’ve discovered one of the best juices that I’ve ever had…this will definitely be my future sweet choice 🙂

There is nothing more refreshing than the taste of fresh berries and the acidity of apples mixed with a bit of iron…The Anti-Oxidant King!

If I’ve learned anything so far…is that this experiment has nothing to do with diet…this is the route to change…a new life style…discovery of new delicious sugary treats, but without any sugar…self-control and incredible discipline.

What a surprise!

…and I just thought I will trial a new trend on the Healthy Living catwalk…

If you ever decide to try anything similar, you will gain so much more than less weight on the digital scale screen 🙂

I’ll see you soon…my jogging trainers are looking lonely!

 

Day 11 down…17 to go!

 

Your Juice Girl,

Julia

xxx

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‘Juice Diary’ – Day 10


‘It doesn’t get easier…you just get stronger’

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Juice Diary – Day 10

Most used word today…STRONG!

Welcome to Day 10…

I am having a great week so far…exercising more, enjoying the odd ingredients in my juices and thinking of the future!

A few days ago all my thoughts were focused on how hungry I’ve felt and how much I miss my food…today, I think about how my eating habits could change after this Super Juice Me plan!

Do you remember the beautiful summer mornings that we dream of throughout the cold and dark winter?

Well…it feels like that today…sunny, warm and bright…:) but not just as a sweet dream, more like a very close tangible reality.

When is the last time a juice made out of pear, apple, parsnip, avocado, kale, lime and spinach made you happy?

I guess I am somehow surprised by it as well…

I wouldn’t say that my days are becoming easier, but I think I am becoming stronger…learning how to deal with fake hunger and planning real and healthy changes to my future eating habits.

I’ve always believed change is inevitable…and to be honest I don’t think I have much of a choice here…more I go into this Juice plan, more I feel like I am following a complete detox formula that will fully alter my nutrition.

…and I don’t plan on fighting it…

This change will be a good one!

 

Day 10 down…18 to go!

 

Your Juice Girl,

Julia

xxx

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‘Juice Diary’ – Day 9


‘The best is yet to come’

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Juice Diary – Day 9

Most used word today…CONFIDENCE!

I woke up feeling great…rested and ready to face another week of juicing my brains out 🙂

Just kidding…

As much as I am feeling a bit too juiced up…everything tastes amazing!

All these beautiful veggies, apples…herbs…I mean when is the last time you’ve used basil leaves to spice up your drink?

It is very interesting how as a child I never used to eat spinach and now all I can see in my fridge is bags and bags of greens.

I miss tasting my cooking…and I am not thinking at all about snacking…I miss the look and the smell of a super salad with mozzarella, baby leaves, cherry tomatoes and lemon dressing.

I sound like an addict…I feel like one!

This week I’ve decided that I will try my best to incorporate exercising into my daily routine…I am very conscious about the fact that exercising 1/2 h in the morning and 1/2 h in evening isn’t achievable…I have a full-time job and a life as well!

…a bit of cardio will not kill me and I always feel great after it 🙂

Juicing is becoming a very natural part of my day…I would like to say that 28 is achievable but I am not sure yet.

I have days when I feel 100% that I want and I can do this until the end and some other days when I just feel like I cannot drink anything anymore…but I guess this is normal.

We all react differently to change…most of us oppose it immediately and want to hide in our own bubble; but there is only so much we can achieve on our own.

You should never be surprised when the grass looks greener on the other side…it might be a different seed or just better light 🙂

…I never looked at change as a threat…I never liked it either but I’ve learned to accept it…and once you’re part of the change you also realise that there is so much more out there than in here!

I think that’s how I look at everything new in my life… a chance to be better and do more.

 

Day 9 down…19 to go!

 

Your Juice Girl,

Julia

xxx

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‘Juice Diary’- Day 8


‘At first they will ask why you’re doing it; later they’ll ask how you did it’

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Juice Diary – Day 8

Start of week 2…

Can’t believe I’ve made through the weekend:)

I’ve stepped on the scale this morning…lost 2 kg (4 lb)!

I think that is amazing…looking back that I’ve only exercised in the weekend and not every day as the Juice Diet advises.

I feel very optimistic about this experiment…still feeling hungry but I think this is because I love my food…the good and healthy food…the food that makes you happy once you’ve had it…the food that makes you smile while you cooking it!

This is a long-term love affaire that even Jason Vale’s Super Juice Me plan will not be able to make me give up!

What I do think it’s changing is my self control…my mentality towards what is healthy and what is just an unnecessary craving.

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy I’ve lost weight but I am more proud of the fact that I feel a new me is being born…

I never thought I will make it past the third day…but I guess is the desire to succeed and the fear of failure that pushes us every time we stand against a tall wall that seems impossible to climb.

With this not so small experiment every day is a challenge conquered and a mastery of self-discipline…it’s not just juicing until you’re super green from all the spinach and kale:)

Who ever thought about juicing broccoli stem, asparagus and parsnip…I never did!

I make broccoli soup and roasted parsnip and asparagus…which may I say tastes heavenly with the right spices!

But, we leave in a world that is changing with a blink of an eye…and we all adapt to the new ways of life…different ways of thinking…and even at this light speed of life we somehow turn back to simpler ways of eating healthy.

I guess everything is like a circle…as much as we constantly move ahead, it’s inevitable to get back, where it all started!

 

Day 8 down…20 to go!

 

Your Juice Girl,

Julia

xxx

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