Crunchie Cheesecake

I usually make this bad boy once every three months because it is quite decedent and definitely a treat! img_6011

This cheesecake requires little to no baking and is quite easy to make. (Fun kitchen project with the kids)

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Base:

  • 300g Plain Biscuits (Digestives/Wine/Malt)
  • 120g Butter – Melted

Filling:

  • 500g Cream Cheese (Full Fat)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 120g Confectioners’ sugar
  • 300ml Cream
  • 250g Milk Chocolate – Melted
  • 150g Crunchie Chocolate – chopped up

Toppings:

  • 50g Crunchie bar chopped up
  • 3 Tbsp Nutella spread (For drizzling)
  • Optional: Add Whipped cream or any other chocolate bits

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Place biscuits in a Ziploc bag and bash with a rolling pin. If you have a food processer you can blitz it in there too.
  2. Add the melted butter and press into a 9-inch spring form pan.
  3. Bake biscuit base in the oven for 1o minutes at 180 degrees and then set aside to cool. If you want to cool it quicker – place pan in the freezer whilst you make your filling.
  4. In a mixer bowl add your cream cheese (cut in blocks), icing sugar and cream. Using the balloon whisk attachment set your mixer on the lowest setting and mix for 6 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate in your microwave. (Melt in 30 second bursts to avoid burning the chocolate).
  6. Add the melted chocolate to your mixer and mix for another minute.
  7. At this point you will want to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides in order to get all the cream cheese of the sides.
  8. Crank the mixer to medium high and mix for another 5-6 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped crunchie and fold it into the mixture with your spatula.
  10. Pour the filling onto your biscuit base and chill in the fridge for 4-6 hours. For a quicker chill time place the cheesecake in the freezer for 2 hours.
  11. Decorate however you want with toppings afterwards and enjoy 😊

 

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Children of the Vice

“Sometimes you need to do bad to do good and worse to do even better”.

The story of Mani di forbice and Belladonna.

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JJ McAvoy is a stupidly amazing writer and this book didn’t fail! Like its predecessors, this book will take you on a gruesome journey of crime, love and family!

I can just picture JJ with a smug grin on her face thinking… “Yáll thought I couldn’t do better than Melody and Liam? but I did….”
This book is a trilogy and focuses on the children of Liam and Melody Callahan, Ethan, Wyatt and Donatella. The first book is based on the eldest and the current Ceann na conairte… Ethan Callahan.

As an avid McAvoy reader and a Ruthless fan, I already knew that the Callahan clan were a crazy bunch! You’ll see glimpses of the older family members and see what has become of the Callahan children.

Now let me start off by saying that if you’re looking for a Liam and Melody story? you’re not going to get it. Its Chicago, there’s drugs, blood and treachery but it’s completely different.

“I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.”

Ethan Callahan is ruthless, sometimes heartless and always king! Well, what else would you expect from the firstborn of Liam and Melody? Everything he does or says has a purpose and family is always the first priority.  Now that he is 28, he wants to marry and he’s chosen a firecracker!
“I’ve found a wife—”
She’s not exactly Callahan material—and before you ask, I do not know her. She is a tool in a very important game, a tool I need you to secure without a doubt so she’ll be ready by my birthday.”
Ivy O Davoren is a vision in her orange prison overalls and matted blonde hair. Ivy has spent the last seven years in prison. The one thing keeping her sane is her thirst for vengeance on the Callahan family for killing her father. She is determined to avenge her father but her world is turned upside down when an unexpected visitor and she finds out who her father’s killer actually is.
“My pop always said poverty fucks with you… makes you think you can do things you really can’t and start selling your soul for things that are priceless.
This book was so OTT, hilarious and gruesome, I flipping loved it! I love that family was kept at the forefront and the romance was to die for ( I won’t go into any detail as I might spoil it)
The ending did leave me feeling particularly stabby… (Damn you and your palpation causing cliff hangers)
If you love fearless female protagonists and dirty mafia romances… this one is definitely for you.
“You’ll be expected to smile even though you want to scream and say everything is fine even when the sky is on fire… Because that’s what queens do. They make beauty look effortless and fear pointless.”

American Queen

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An epic love triangle between two powerful men and one very lucky girl. Written exquisitely

Greer  (girl next door, shy, well-educated, impressionable, trusting)
“Political princess”, is a very shy-timid-stand back and don’t get attention kind of girl. She did aggravate me in the beginning when she wouldn’t stand up to her snotty cousin Abilene. I mean grow a backbone! Her first kiss went to the president and her virginity went to the vice president, Not too shabby.

“The secret he keeps, the lies he tells.”

Maxen Ashley Colchester (Ash) – (Dominant, ruthless, deviant, enigmatic, heroic)
Is a Lieutenant, war hero and current president. Ash is a submissive girls dream! loves to be in control and takes pleasure in his partners’ submission and to some extent her embarrassment… oh no Bueno!
Not for me but definitely a well-written character.

“You belong to yourself and you belong to me, and I don’t fucking care that it seems to be a contradiction because we both know it isn’t.”

Embry Moore(Prince, secretive, seductive, aloof, reckless)
Comrade to Ash and vice president. I did do the whole, “you should pick Embry!” He is the typically polished bloke who hides scars that helped get him there. He’s very smooth and aloof and definitely my pick out of the two.

“You dropped this,” he said in that sophisticated purr, a purr that belied money and education and privilege. (EMBRY)

Despite being war veterans, this love will be the hardest battle they’ve faced yet… A well written and intriguing love triangle that’ll keep you interested all throughout.

Spicy Chicken

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My go to recipe for chicken if I am in a rush or cannot think of anything to make for dinner. This recipe is always a hit in my household and  I hope you try it.

Ingredients

  • 500g Chicken (Thigh)
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • to taste Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garlic flakes
  • half a lemon lemon juice
Instructions
1. Get a heavy frying pan ready and heat 1 tbsp of olive oil.
2. Add your chicken and spices (Paprika, nutmeg, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, oregano and salt & pepper.
3. Cook for 10-12 minutes until meat is cooked and set aside.4. Boil your couscous in a saucepan with water and salt5. when you see that the couscous is almost done, add your turmeric and garlic flakes.
6. Serve the dish with your favorite vegetables and enjoy.
Details

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 adult servings