Well this is cool

This is something I’m going to have to try next time I need to peel carrots:


News for you

I’ve embraced my tech-filled life and joined Instagram. I won’t be posting strictly food, but I’m guessing quite a bit of what I’ll be sharing is food. You can follow me at bentbecca52. Cheers!

Garlic Prawn Linguine

My mouth watered just reading this. Have to try! Minus the parm on the garlic bread.


Garlic Prawn Linguine (3)

You’ll have to forgive me in advance – this recipe is extremely similar to my Garlic, Chilli and Prawn Tagliatelle. However, I’ve upped the garlic and ommitted the chilli – so these are some small differences, and if I’m honest, I prefer this version! No snogging for several days after you’ve eaten it though, unless your significant other has indulged in the same dish. Particularly if you serve with garlic bread.

As you can probably guess from that first paragraph, my advice would be not to give this recipe a go if you’re not a big fan of garlicky flavours. I love them, and the smell of this dish cooking just reminds me of an Italian restaurant near us – as you walk past, the smell makes my mouth water.

This is a perfect weeknight dish – it’s ready in 15 minutes – and you could easily add some…

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Sugar Cookies with Mocha Icing

These will be happening once the Christmas cookie haze clears. Mocha is one of my favorite flavors.


Sugar Cookies with Moche Icing

Cut out sugar cookies are among the favorite Christmas cookies.

For the basic sugar cookies recipes follow my recipe. You can also use other recipes you like or simply buy some simple cookies and decorate them to make these delicious jewels! Have fun and enjoy!

You need:

  • Ready sugar cookies
  • 100 g chocolate (about 3 ounces), milk, dark or coffee chocolate
  • 45 ml (3 tablespoons) fresh brewed espresso
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Sugar pearls for decoration, optional


  1. Cut chocolate in small pieces
  2. Prepare the espresso.
  3. Pour espresso over chocolate. Stir
  4. Place into the microwave for a few seconds, stir. Repeat until chocolate is dissolved. You can melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water as well.
  5. Add powdered sugar in portions stirring until incorporated. Add as much as you need to be thick, but not too hard. The quantity depends on the kind of chocolate you…

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Bruschetta with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

This sounds amazing and I’m definitely saving this for summer.

Cooking Up The Pantry


This is one of our favourite quick dinners with tomatoes and basil picked fresh from the garden if the chooks haven’t helped themselves!

For the gluten free option I just cook up some polenta, top with a few dollops of pesto, recipe in the blog, and then add a few spoonfuls of the tomato and basil mixture, delicious.

Serves 4.


8 thick slices ciabatta bread

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled but whole

8-10 medium tomatoes, deseeded and diced

12 large basil leaves, torn

salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200degrees Centigrade.

In a bowl combine the tomatoes and basil with a little salt and pepper.

Take each slice of bread and drizzle a little olive oil over each side and pop onto a baking sheet.

Once the oven is up to temperature put the baking sheet in and bake for 10-15mins until the bread…

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If you give a girl a mallow, she will want a graham


First, I have to let you know that I did not take this photo. I don’t remember where I first saw it. But it is one of the more brilliant chocolate related ideas I have ever come across (at least that’s doable for someone like me!).

It’s super simple: two grahams sandwiching two pieces of Ghirardelli chocolate (filled or not, I can’t tell–but wouldn’t mint filled dark chocolate be fun? Or caramel?), which in turn sandwiches a toasted mallow.The chocolate is slightly melty. The graham looks crisp. The mallow, golden and gooey. Yum.

Update: I was surfing the web today and came across this picture again, used by the Ghirardelli company, so I think it’s safe to say that photo credit belongs to them.