Tag Archive | Chocolate

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream (WARNING: This recipe will change your life!)

I am not even going to get into the many reasons that I have neglected this blog and all my followers for so long…let’s just say that I’m back and ready to inspire, cook, drink and be merry.

Last night I got together with a couple of my gal pals to do make some goodies for Christmas. We each decided to make a liqueur to give away my choice was Homemade Irish Cream! Needless to say it turned out better than I imagined  and I PROMISE you that you will never ever buy pre bottled Irish Cream again!

Ingredients List: 

  • 1 cup 18% cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1can)
  • 1 2/3 C Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract (I skipped this entirely)

The Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream: 

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus!

Bring this amazing drink to your next holiday party, give away as gifts or just enjoy at home with your loved ones!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

 

 

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I Hate Christmas, Christmas Cookies-2011 styles

On December 11th, Foodventures turned 1 year old! Thanks to everyone for the support and for coming back time and time again to check out this blog. Anyway, one of my first post was I hate Christmas, Christmas Cookies and I figured I would do something similar this year. These are my favorite cookies ever. Enjoy!
Ingredients List:
  • 1 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of chopped candy canes
  • 3/4 cups chopped lindor white chocolate truffles
  • 3 pieces of bakers dark chocolate melted
**Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make these delicious Christmas Cookies: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I’m really happy these days and so grateful for all the incredible things coming my way. I hope that wherever you are life is treating you well.

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Chocolate and Beet Loaf

My friend Erin brought over a whole bunch of goodies from her garden, including a bunch of beets. I love beets and usually just boil them and have them on hand to snack on or throw in a salad. Yesterday, I was online getting some food ideas for dinner and stumbled across the idea of a beet and chocolate cupcake.  Here’s my take on this great recipe…You will be amazed at how moist the beets make this loaf and you will be shocked at the flavour. SO DELICIOUS!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Sunflower Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cooked and grated beets

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make a Chocolate and Beet Loaf:

I am really excited that Thanksgiving is coming up, it’s my favorite holiday and I will be heading to Northern Ontario to visit with family and friends.  But first, I get to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Festival! Just a thought, but you should WOW your people with this Chocolate and Beet cake at your Thanksgiving Festivities…

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Food Photo of The Day

Chocolate Round Thingy's

 

 

 

Spotted at The Tall Poppy Cafe in Wellington, Ontario.

 

It’s my last day in The County and I had a great time! Back to Toronto in the morning…

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Workaholic Cookies…

I recently started a new job, after months of living a life of leisure. Monday is my day off and generally, I like to spend that day running errands, doing chores around the house, enjoying a home cooked meal, hanging with friends and baking. This week is going to be insane since we start teching the show but I figured it would be yummy for my colleagues to start the week off with some delicious cookies. Besides it’s an extra bonus for me because spending time in the kitchen is really relaxing  and a great way to unwind (and it also allows me to justify not doing “other” chores!)

Ingredients List:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of Lindor Milk Chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup Lindor  Dark Chocolate pieces

****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own workaholic cookies.


Listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue, baking cookies and catching up with friends: a perfect Monday afternoon off.

I hope my colleagues at work enjoy these bad boys! The thing about these cookies are that they actually taste like brownies! Perfect!

Happy Monday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…

Tears of Laughter…of course!

Last evening was my dear friend Kelly’s 33rd Birthday! I decided to throw her a little gathering (the easy part) and to make her a Vegan Birthday cake (the hard part). I have never been much of a baker, in fact, the most baking I have done in my life has pretty much been over the last few months since I started Foodventures. Generally, I stick to easy things like cookies and banana bread, I have never even thought of making a cake from scratch…why would I??? when you can just buy a really tasty beautiful one at the store…But for the purposes of this blog and my own curiosity I went for it. After researching recipes, I discovered that making a vegan cake was really easy and ended up using different versions of recipes used during the depression and wartime back in the day, this makes sense to me cause eggs and dairy and other yummy stuff was rationed but people still needed to eat cake!

Now, I have to tell you that I was totally feeling 1 hour behind yesterday and when I found out the guest of honor was on her way, I hadn’t even iced the cake or even made the icing yet. In the “how to” photo’s, you will see man hands, this is my friend Todd (who actually went to chef school and makes insanely delicious meals all the time!) helping me get the icing together. It was awesome to see him work cause he was so fast and knew how to do stuff that would have taken me triple time. YAY Todd! oh and thanks to Julie for the clean up and berry washing!

Ingredients List:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 tbsp of Cocoa
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3/4 cup of sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 tsp + 2 tbsp of vanilla
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 2 cups Vegan Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries (cut in half)

****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make This Chocolate Birthday Cake.

 

This was an incredible evening filled with love, singsongs and laughter. The cake went over really well and tasted awesome! No more store bought cakes for me totally worth making your own cake and I got to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the first time. Tonight, I’m suppose to make risotto for my parents, they are spending the evening at my place on their way to FLA. But i might try and get them to take me out instead cause I am still trying to get things organized from last night’s festivities.

Thanks to everyone who made this evening such a great success and Thanks to you for reading!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Maniacal Monkey Loaf!

I have the chance to spend the Holidays at my parents house in Northern Ontario this year. It’s my first Christmas “home” in 4 years.  It’s pretty chaotic right now: Mostly because Oscar and my sister’s 3 month old puppy Elton won’t stop chasing each other! In honor of the two little monkeys I decided to name this yummy chocolate banana loaf the Maniacal Monkey loaf.

Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 -1/2  tsp of vanilla
  • the juice from half a lemon
  • 1- 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3  very ripe (rotten) banana’s
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Makes one loaf

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Maniacal Monkey Loaf

 

It smells and looks incredible AND it tastes like heaven in your mouth! In a pinch this is a very easy and tasty treat to bring over to someone’s house or to serve during the festivus season.

It’s going to be a busy couple of days and i will be doing a ton of cooking so many updates in the next little while. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you believe you are well fed and content. Happy Christmas!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa