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Bitter Double Chocolate Tart (low in calories)

Another delicious, guilt free dessert!  It was made with simple ingredients that give maximum taste... 
You can keep it in the fridge for up to one week!  --------------------------------------
Bitter Double Chocolate Tart (low in calories) Serves 12
Crust Ingredients 13 Digestive Biscuits (light) 1/3 cup organic oatmeal 1/3 cup organic oats 2 tbsp vegetable butter (melted) 2 tbsp warm water
Filling Ingredients 2¼ cups light milk (1.5% fat) 1 cup water 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/3 cup mountain honey 1 tsp pure vanilla essence 10gr gelatin (1 sachet) 1/3 cup cold water 1/3 cup hot water 60gr dark chocolate (74% cocoa) ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Crust Preparation Method 1) Process biscuits until fine. Add oatmeal, oats, melted butter and water. Process until combined. 2) Press mixture over base of a 26cm round tart pan, and bake for 15’ minutes at 170ºC. Allow to cool.
Filling Preparation Method
1) Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Then add the hot water…

Bushmills Whiskey Birthday Cake

Bushmills Whiskey Cake made with fondant, for my cousin Marios who celebrated his birthday on the 31st of December 2011!!
The base was a chocolate fudge cake, covered with bitter double chocolate cream.

How To Make Chocolate Lollipops

The chocolate lollipop idea came from Ina's show Barefoot Contessa.  Ina used white chocolate, dry fruits and raw nuts to make her lollipops, but since the ones you see in the photo were made for kids I used milk chocolate and smarties. ------------------------------------------ Makes approximately 25 Chocolate Lollipops. Melt 800gr of milk chocolate in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until chocolate has melted completely. With the help of a deep spoon poor chocolate in rounds on a non stick sheet. Instead of a non stick sheet I used a silicone sheet, something that I do not recommend since I broke a few lollipops when I tried to remove them.
Before the chocolate has set, place the lollipop sticks in the middle of each chocolate round, giving the stick a little twist. In this way the stick will be covered with chocolate.
Sprinkle the tops of the lollipops evenly with the smarties. Set aside to harden, overnight.  Remove from the sheet and store in a dry place.
Kids will be thrilled…

Why do diets fail?

- Why do the biggest percentage of people who are on diets fail to reach their target weight? - Why do people who reach their target weight, put it all back on again? - Why do overweight people visit so many dietitians and read so many diet books, but are still overweight?
People intending to embark on a diet should get answers to all the above questions before they enter any dietary programs.
After many diet attempts, and with the assistance of several dietitians, and many hours of reading, I have concluded that our efforts for losing weight is only 15% of the whole process. The other 85% is to educate ones self in the art of cooking, observing and handling food. Losing weight is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT and very time consuming, not to mention dedication, will power and total commitment. Imagine how difficult the rest must be…
Perhaps dietitians should spend more time explaining the importance of how to handle food and less on weight loss. Losing weight heals the cause but not t…

Knights' Castle Birthday Cake

This birthday Cake was made for a 6 year old boy called Andreas.  Happy Birthday Andrea!! ---------------------------------- The idea came from Debbie Browns' Book "50 Easy Party Cakes", which I find a very good source for birthday cake ideas.  The design was a bit different than mine. For a birthday cake in this size I think my version looks better...! The main castle had a diameter of 21cm x 21cm and the height was about 16cm. My kids were very excited with this birthday cake, so I think I will make something similar for my boys when they will have their birthday party. The cake was made with butter, cacao, powder sugar, eggs, biscuits, vanilla essence and brandy.  The castle towers were made with round cardboard covered with fondant. The flag was made with gumpaste. This is a rear view of the cake.

Strawberry Shortcake Cartoon Hat Cake

This Birthday Cake was made for a special girl called Olia.  She celebrated her 5th birthday on the 7th of January 2012.  Great party Olia!!  Happy Birthday!!
The bottom cake was a triple chocolate fudge cake. The hat was a cookie cake. Both were covered with fondant. The strawberries were painted with edible Wilton colours.

Vegetable Tart

My dietitian is very fond of simple food, something which I find extremely boring. I love creating recipes and I adore  color in my plate, so  I am trying to find a way to please us both. Every time I tell him that I will cook something my way, his face changes. The  look I see in him  is a mixture of horror and disappointment, but  immediately I balance the situation  by saying something  funny… :-).
I have to admit that if I followed exactly his instructions  I would have  lost much more weight than I did up to now, but at least I lost  weight my way as well :-).
What is my way? Well nowadays, the answer is: creating colorful but lower in calories dishes and desserts. Kitchen is my play  ground and I  think I will never grow up :-)!!!
The reason I created the following recipe was my need of creating something which would look like a tart or a pizza.
I cheated by adding cheese (not on my diet menu for this meal), but I truly believe that the amount I used was fine for a serving (20gr per…

Winter Cake Selection

This is my Winter Cake Selection.  I love snowmen and bears, so as you can see I decorated a lot of cakes with these two elements. 
Most of them were fruit cakes with an addition of almonds, walnuts and raisins.
I used marzipan and rolled fondant to cover all cakes.

Coconut flakes and a touch of icing sugar were added to create the snow effect.

This one was a brownie mixture with walnuts.

Happy New Year!

2nd Place on Foodbuzz on the 3rd of January 2012! Happy New Year 2012!!!
For those who are wondering where is the recipe, this was a common orange cake with a coin in it. The person who finds the coin is considered to be the lucky person of the year!!!