Noms

McVitie’s Digestives Are Cookies in Disguise

For some reason, I’ve always associated the term ‘digestives’ with the words ‘healthy’ and ‘gross’. This has led to me shelving any noms with the word digestives on them to that short untouched list called “Food Mel Does Not Eat”. That was before I hastily picked up a package of McVitie’s Digestive Dark Chocolate while grocery shopping for work snacks a couple of weeks ago.

So much yum.

Apprehensions were had before the first bite. Said apprehensions disappeared into oblivion shortly after the first bite. Mildly sweet, buttery, crumbly- digestive biscuits are excellent picker-uppers in the middle of the workday. I went through the first package quite quickly and my greedy taste buds couldn’t wait to get more. It doesn’t hurt that they’re made with wheat flour and wholemeal, and is believed to help aid digestion, hence the name. Despite the supposed health benefits, they are actually ‘fun cookies’ more than ‘boring old biscuits’, just a bit more conscious.

McVitie's Chocolate Caramel
McVitie’s Chocolate Caramel

I got a second box a week later, in Chocolate Caramel flavor this time and my pannies dropped tastebuds were tickled. They’re even better than the dark chocolate ones. The McVitie’s Digestives Chocolate Caramel has a thin layer of mildly sweet caramel sandwiched between the buttery biscuit and the chocolate coating. Yum!

It’s sweeter by just a smidgen than the other flavors but the caramel adds a little oomph to the flavor combo and is super worth the extra sugar and calories. I have never been as infatuated with biscuits before. I want to get my hands on all the flavors, darnit.

Noms

Chocolate Fondue in Three Easy Steps

Last Christmas, I was gifted with a fondue set and I’ve been trying to find a good recipe to test it out with. My family’s annual (durr) New Year’s day get together seemed like the perfect occasion for it. The fondue set I have is actually for fondue au fromage, or cheese fondue, but since I’ve been on a dessert making spree (and sweets are my poison), I decided to make chocolate fondue instead.

OMNOMNOM CHOCOLATE FONDUE!

Because of the disaster stories I’ve read and the warnings of how difficult chocolate is to work with, I was apprehensive to try it. With my limited kitchen skills, I was afraid of ruining New Year’s day dessert (oh the horror). However, I found a simple and pretty flexible recipe that I put on my brave face and set out to conquer the world *music reaches crescendo* of melting chocolate (huh?). Here’s my recipe, adapted from that one over at Food.com.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate (shaved or cut into small blocks)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • saucepan
  • stainless (or glass bowl) with a bottom wider than the mouth of the saucepan

What to do:

Step 1: Pour (about) an inch high’s worth of water in your saucepan and place it over medium heat. Using the Bain-marie method, put your dry stainless bowl on top of the saucepan and make sure that the bottom of your bowl doesn’t touch the water.

Does that sound difficult? You can do it! Check out this picture of how your setup should look like-

Bain Marie Method

Source here.

Step 2: When the water starts simmering, pour the shaved chocolate and the milk in the bowl and mix until it blends to a thick but still pourable consistency (you’re looking for a slightly thinned Nutella consistency). This step shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

Step 3 (optional, but do it anyway): Take the bowl out of the heat, and mix in the vanilla.

Apple, banana, and melon were my fruits of choice for the chocolate fondue. And marshmallows, of course.

Voila! You’ve got your melted chocolate covered. Wasn’t that way too easy? I know, I know, some recipes tell you to just pop your chocolate in the microwave for a few minutes and you’re good to go, but you get a lumpy melted chocolate that way. This method results in a smoother chocolate mixture that’s just irresistibly delicious.

Transfer the mixture into your fondue pot and light a candle under it to keep it nice and warm. Then gather fruits and marshmallows in a big bowl and serve next to your fondue pot with a few short barbecue sticks and you’ve got yourself a fancy looking dessert that everyone will love (who doesn’t like chocolate?).

Ooh, it’s nearing the Chinese New Year! It’s time to bring out the pot again (I’m thinking of tikoy dipped in melted chocolate)!

DIY

Microwave Recipes: Two Minute Cupcakes
Happy Monday everyone! It’s going to be a busy week ahead but for now we’ll talk about the weekend that was. As you may have noticed, the blog has gone through some aesthetic changes (do you guys like it? I’m still on the fence). I’m kind of working the changes based on our new logo, care of Mr. Awesome.

 

Besides tinkering with the blog, the weekend also had me spending some time in the kitchen (surprise, surprise). Remember when I made those yummy, fudgy, microwave brownies? This time, I made something similar, but from scratch (woot woot)! It ended up like this-
Ain’t that a thing of beauty?
My friend Jill (creator of the mouth-watering Chocolate Chip Cookie Surprise) sent over a recipe for quick and easy microwave mug cake. I used the recipe she sent over, but with a few modifications. Basically, I just upped each measurement because I think one egg is too much for such a small mixture.

Here’s the recipe I used (my notes in parenthesis):

Microwave Mug Cake

  • 4 tbsp flour (made it 5 tablespoons)
  • 4 tbsp sugar (5 tbsps)
  • 4 tbsp cocoa (I couldn’t find cocoa powder so I used Ovaltine. Yes.)
  • (a small pinch of salt)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp milk (4 tbsps)
  • 3 tbsp oil (3 1/2 tbsps)
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips (4-5 tbsp, the more the merrier)
  • a small splash of vanilla extract (I don’t have this so I ticked it off the list)
  • large coffee mugs
  • (several large cupcake cups)

Instructions:


Add dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and mix again. Place cupcake cups inside the mugs (for form only), pour in the mixture until cupcake cup is about 3/4 filled (so there’s room when it rises), and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top. Place the mugs inside the microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes on high.
I (a.k.a. kitchen noob) made these!
And as soon as you hear the bell on the oven, you’re done! You now have freshly “baked” chocolate cupcakes ready for serving. Best eaten hot off the oven, or with ice cream, or with chocolate syrup (you know, from the Hershey’s squeeze bottle you most likely have in your kitchen cupboard).

 

The entire mixture is enough for 3 large cupcakes, if you want more, just double all the ingredients. They’re so easy to make and perfect for those days you want a warm and gooey chocolate sweet treat but have only a few minutes to spare. (Next time, imma try mixing in Nutella!)
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Name That Chocolate!
Here’s a picture of twenty of the world’s most famous chocolates unmarked. Can you name them all? To make things easier, we’ll assign numbers to them. Left to right and then top to bottom. I’ll try to guess too. Let’s go!

1. ?
2. Snickers
3. Butterfinger
4. Butterfinger Crisp

5. ?
6. ?
7. ?
8. Cadbury Fruit & Nut

9. ?
10. 3 Musketeers
11. ?
12. Mars

13. ?
14. ?
15. Cadbury Caramel
16. ?

17. ?
18. ?
19. ?
20. ?

Okay. After about 15 minutes of Googling, I only guessed 7 out of 20! Geez. If you can help me name all of them correctly (answer via comments), I promise to give you one chocolate bar of your choice (that’s available here of course).
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A World Without Chocolate?
This just in: Gizmodo reports that the world is running out of chocolate! The article says- “According to the Cocoa Research Association, we’re consuming more chocolate than we’re producing cocoa.” This is simply unacceptable! 
Why haven’t the chocolate bigwigs ensured that this tragedy doesn’t happen EVER? Hershey’s, Cadbury, Ferrero, Nestle, Lindt, what have you done? Why is this happening?
“In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.” 
This is very sad news. I, for one, cannot imagine a world where chocolate is something only the rich and famous can get on a regular basis. One of life’s simple joys for me is walking to the nearest 7-11 after a particularly hormonal morning and getting a bar of Kit-Kat.

The good thing about this is that because the world is now aware of this near tragedy that’s about to happen, we can take steps to ensure that it DOESN’T happen. Save mass-produced chocolate!

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Baby Nomz for Halloween
We at BaconTunaMelt have been racking our brains for a good Halloween topic and for the longest time, we’ve been coming up with duds. Cliche though it may sound, inspiration came from this cute little sunflower who went “trick or treat”-ing at our office Halloween party.
This little cutie saved the day
There were dozens of adorable tots in costume last Friday, but this wee little one in a flower hooded onesie won my heart. Because of her, I’ve decided to indulge myself and make a happy little Halloween post with a list of the cutest food costumes for babies (what? baby pictures cheer me up).

My Top 10 Nommable BABIEZZZ!
1. Hotdog baby-

Oooh, lookit those chubby cheeks! The costume kind of looks uncomfy but the tiny person inside it doesn’t seem to mind, his winning grin shows he’s quite the happy little camper.

2. M&M baby-

Lulz, it’s a fussy Red M&M! Sure hope he doesn’t melt in your hand.

3. Taco baby-

You like beef tacos? Yes! Pork tacos? *nods* Chicken tacos? Nom! Baby tacos? Erm,  no thank you. Seeing a baby in a taco costume? Yes, a million times over! I wonder what happens when it tries to roll on its back.

4. Marshmallow Peep baby-

Nope, it’s not your ordinary yelow chick (it wouldn’t really fit this post). This little birdie is a Marshmallow Peep- it’s a baby pretending to be a gooey marshmallow shaped like a chick (sort of) and coated in sugar! How cute is that?
5. Lobster baby
Heehee. Lobster baby looks like a bubbling (pun intended) ball of happies! His giggly face makes me want to cook him up and give him a little nibble (homicidal tendencies NOT intended).
6. Sammich baby
This gives a whole new meaning to HBLT. That acronym will now be known to me as ham, baby, lettuce, and tomato. How can the baby nap in that position? That’s amazing.
7. Spaghetti and Meatballs baby
A bowl of spaghetti, meatballs, chubby cheeks slathered with a generous amount of drool? Who’ll be able to resist that? I am officially in love with this baby.
8. KFC Bucket baby

Yes, someone actually thought to make one of these. And why not, that looks fantastic to me. Kid, your parents are ingenious.

9. Turkey baby

Thanksgiving dinner won’t be complete without a plump, juicy, meaty, tasty turkey.. with a baby head? This costume is all kinds of cute but also kind of weird. And it’s on a platter complete with garnishings, all ready to nom!

10. Cheerios baby

So you’ve been invited to Halloween costume party but all of your monthly pay was spent on supplies for your newborn kid. Fear not! With an empty box of Cheerios, scissors, and tape, you’d be all set and ready to go in just a few minutes. How, you ask? Cut a neck sized hole on top of the large cereal box, put your baby inside, tape up the box carefully- voila! you’re good to go. For good meaure, toss a couple of leftover cereal on your baby’s forehead
Happy Halloween everyone!
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"Give The Bitch Her Chocolate" is a Snarky Tabletopper
I was browsing through the on sale stack at National Bookstore last Sunday when I came across this little book of snark. “Give The Bitch Her Chocolate” is a compilation of nom-related quotes by ladies with an attitude. I loved it straightaway.

 

The tag line reads- “Eat. Drink. Bitch.”
(Yes, I use a 101 Dalmatians bedsheet.)

 

The cover is a sturdy hard binding and the paper is thick with psychedelic designs on the other side of the text. It was gem of a find at just 99 pesos! Besides displaying a different quote per day on my desk, I would also use the pages to write notes for ladies who appreciate a healthy dose of sarcasm in their lives. Teehee~

 

How many cups do you drink in a day? Yes, you.

 

There are about fifty pages of colorful text and graphics. While some lines are corny, some have just the right amount of snarky kick. My favorites would have to be “Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten.” which would be perfect to display in any establishment and this picture right here-
Oh so true
The description on the box pretty much sums up this quirky tabletop. It reads- “Give The Bitch Her Chocoloate is the ultimate gift for a favorite foodie, churlish chocoholic, or domestic dominatrix who believes bitchiness isn’t just an attitude- it’s a lifestyle.” I approve.