Rainbow cake

 

My Rainbow Cake recipe is quick and easy and feeds a crowd.  The texture of this cake is so moist and smooth.  I usually make this recipe as a plain butter cake (see my Pear Butter Cake recipe), but this weekend called for a crowd-pleaser. We had some friends over for a BBQ lunch on Sunday and we were expecting a good number of kids, so something bright and colourful was in order.

Usually when I make a Rainbow Cake I colour 1/3 of the mixture pink, 1/3 brown with cocoa, and leave the remaining 1/3 plain.  This time though, I decided it needed some blue. So I divided the mixture into four equal parts and added blue food colouring to one portion, keeping the rest as I usually do.  I think it turned out very rainbowy!

Here is what the mixture looked like in the pan before baking. Don’t swirl too much.

Uncooked Rainbow Cake

And here it is after being in the oven for around 30min. Let stand 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Freshly baked Rainbow Cake

Once cool. Time to ice and decorate! This is my favourite part!

Pink icing on cake

Rainbow Cake iced and decorated

And here it is!

Rainbow Cake

 

Don’t forget to do the dishes…..(tip: pour the plain mixture portion into the baking pan and keep some back in the bowl to colour. This will save you a bowl to wash!)

Rainbow Cake dishes

If you would like to make this cake at your house, here’s the recipe:

Rainbow cake

Rainbow cake

Ingredients

  • 250g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3 cups Self Raising flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Pink food colouring
  • Blue food colouring
  • 2 Tbs cocoa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Grease and line a swiss roll tin.
  3. Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until the butter melts. Stir to combine.
  4. Cool to room temperature. Add vanilla.
  5. In a bowl, combine eggs, caster sugar and sifted flour.
  6. Add the milk mixture.
  7. Beat with stand mixer on low speed until combined, then increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until smooth.
  8. Divide mixture into four equal parts.
  9. Colour one portion of mixture pink, one blue, one brown with cocoa (I add 1 Tbs of water to this portion), and leave one portion plain.
  10. Pour portions of mixture into tin and swirl gently with a knife or wooden spoon (don't go crazy or the colours will mix up and change colour to "disgusting").
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  12. Leave in tin for 5 minutes before turning on to a cooling rack.
  13. When cool, ice and decorate as desired.
http://trinamichellehouse.com/rainbow-cake/

This Rainbow Cake cuts nice and cleanly which maximises the colourful effect of the cake. It is beautiful and moist. You could change the colours to whatever you like. Make your own special rainbow! Let me know how this cake is received at your next party or BBQ.

You will keep this recipe handy once you give it a try. I do!

Trina xx

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Long haul flight survival


We have just enjoyed a four week family holiday to Europe. It was the very first time I had been out of Australia, so it was quite the adventure for me! I did a lot of research into how to survive a long haul flight before we left.  As a consequence, I packed a backpack with all sorts of things! Some were very useful, while other things I didn’t use at all.

Now that we are home, I would like to share with you what I would take with me next time – and avoid over-packing!

All of the things I will suggest to you were in my backpack, but so were lots of other things!  Things I didn’t use but carried around with me for four weeks. Next time my bag for the plane will be much lighter.

When I say “long haul flight”, I mean long haul!  If you are Australian or have ever travelled to Australia you will know what I mean.  Australia is a very long way away from the USA and Europe.

We left Melbourne, Australia at 10pm one Friday night.  We endured a 14 hour flight to Abu Dhabi where we had a 2 hour stopover.  We reboarded the plane for another 8 hour flight to London, UK. It was 24 hours of travel.

You don’t have much room on the plane (in economy class!). I put my backpack by my feet so that I could easily access all my things.  This worked well even though it reduced my leg room.

Long haul flight hand luggage

Here is a checklist of the things I used in my hand luggage:

  • sunglasses
  • make-up removal wipes
  • good facial moisturiser (can also use as hand cream)
  • lip gloss
  • toothbrush, toothpaste + dental floss
  • deoderant
  • tissues
  • compact hairbrush or comb
  • hair tie
  • hand sanitiser
  • disinfectant wipes (I like to wipe down the table tray + arm rests)
  • pen
  • beanie
  • large warm scarf (doubles as a blanket)
  • mints
  • water bottle (you can get this filled up on the plane)

Hot Tip

I use the beanie for when I am sleeping.  I find that it blocks out light and sound and keeps me warm.  Add ear plugs if you want to. Sleeping with my beanie is better than an eye mask because it goes all the way around my head and I pull it down over my eyes (I’m not there to look good!).  Don’t knock it til you try it!

Hand luggage

Optional: novel or Kindle or other reading material.  I took a book but found that I couldn’t be bothered reading on the overnight flights. The inflight movies, music and tv shows were enough for me.

Also: I packed a spare set of underwear, leggings and a t-shirt just in case of lost luggage or spills on the plane.  These items I just rolled up and placed them at the bottom of my backpack.  It’s a “just in case” strategy that is a good idea if you have the room.

I hope this helps you on your next long haul flight!

Trina xx

 

 

 

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Apricot Fudge Slice

I made this Apricot Fudge Slice recipe this week. It was so yummy I knew you would want to make it too!

You know how I love to pretend that I own a Thermomix? (Well I like to pretend that my food processor is my Thermomix.) This recipe is actually for the Thermomix but I used my food processor as the recipe instructs and it worked out just the same.

Apricot Fudge Slice

I found this Apricot Fudge Slice recipe over here on the Vorwerk website. I usually can’t stop myself from changing recipes to “improve” them, but this one is just right the way it is written so I didn’t meddle with it.  It reminds me a lot of my Grandma’s Bars recipe (the chocolate version) that I posted a little while ago.  You need to check that out if you missed it. It’s here.

This recipe is super easy and quick to make which is why I am giving it to you! You are going to love it and it’s a good one for the kids to help with, especially because you don’t need the oven.

Hot Tip

You will notice in the recipe that it requires 200g or 1/2 tin of condensed milk.  I always double the recipe to use up the entire tin and also because one batch of this stuff is never enough. You are going to congratulate yourself for doubling this recipe after you find out how delicious it is and your family gets hold of it.

Of course this is perfect for the school lunch boxes and I think it would be a great slice to bring along to give to friends and family over the Christmas season (which is coming like a steam train!).

Make this simple Apricot Fudge Slice at your house and I’m sure you will love it as much as we do over here!

Trina xx

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Chewing gum off clothes

Have you ever wondered how to get chewing gum off clothes? Today I wondered this! This afternoon one of my daughters came home from school with chewing gum on her school sports shorts. She had sat in it on the train during a school excursion.  Then she tied her school jacket around her waist and sat in it again so it was also on that (great…).

Chewing gum on school shorts

Jacket with chewing gum

Once I had been presented with my latest cleaning assignment,  I started doing some research. I remembered hearing that ice can help get chewing gum off clothes but I didn’t know what to do with it.  Do I rub it on? Leave overnight? Combine with anything?

I turned to Pinterest (my favourite resource) and did a quick search. Within moments I had found what I was looking for.  Yes, you use an ice cube.

Let the ice cube sit on the chewing gum for a minute or so, causing the gum to freeze. Then, in theory,  you simply scratch off the gum with a butter knife (obviously being careful not to damage the fabric ). I was dubious. It all sounded a bit too easy.

Nevertheless I was going to give it a try.

 

The ice cube did indeed freeze the chewing gum on the clothes after only about 30 seconds I reckon.

Ice cube for chewing gum

Then I started started scratching with my butter knife. Some bits came off easily and some bits needed some more forceful scratching with my fingernail. It did flake off after a bit of scratching.

Butter knife for chewing gum

The jacket is made of smooth raincoat material so the chewing gum came off easily, while the sports shorts are textured. This was more of a challenge.

Chewing gum on textured fsbric

I had to scratch a bit with my nails, a bit with the knife, then reapply the ice and repeat the scratching. I did this a couple of times and it worked!  All the chewing gum came out of the shorts too! I could then just chuck them in the washing machine and the job was done.

Chewing gum off clothes

Has this method worked for you? Do you have a better way of getting chewing gum off clothes?

Trina xxx

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

We were all battling head colds here recently so we needed some healing Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup. The day we were at our worst, at around lunch time, I set up the slow cooker, dumped in all the ingredients, and all afternoon we enjoyed the delicious aroma of chicken soup filling the house.  We had bought a yummy loaf of Panna de Casa bread for the occasion and were all looking forward to the warm crustiness it promised.

I’m sure you all probably make this soup at home.  It’s super easy and not much effort, even when you are feeling pretty rough. I did actually struggle to the supermarket to buy the chicken and fresh spring onions, but you could skip the spring onions if you had to – not the chicken though!

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast (500g), cut into four large chunks
  • 2 tsp powdered ginger (use fresh ginger if you have it)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 420g can creamed corn
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 pkt chicken noodle soup mix (optional)
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients on top of the chicken (except the egg).
  3. Turn slow cooker on HIGH for 4-6 hours.
  4. Just prior to serving, use two forks to shred the chicken.
  5. Then beat the egg lightly and gradually stir in the egg in a thin, steady stream.
  6. You can garnish with extra spring onion.
  7. Serve with warm, crusty bread.
http://trinamichellehouse.com/slow-cooker-chicken-sweet-corn-soup/

There’s really not much to this recipe.  It’s super easy, tastes delicious and is good for your body when you are feeling unwell.

The ingredients here are minimal and so very cost-effective. This slow cooker chicken and sweet corn soup recipe can feed a crowd. You could add extra stock and another can of creamed corn (+ extra chicken) to make it feed lots and lots of people.

This soup is very filling and makes a great meal when paired with bread.

Slow cooker chicken and corn soup meal

 

Stick the ingredients in your slow cooker and enjoy this healing chicken and corn soup at your place tonight. This is so good for a busy day, letting your slow cooker do the work.  It’s also a good one to make for family and friends who might need a meal. It freezes well and can be reheated whenever you feel like delicious comfort food.

Let me know if you make a soup like this one. Do you have a go-to soup for when you feel under the weather?

Trina xx

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