Creamy Poppyseed Salad Dressing

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup yogurt
juice of half a lime
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp poppyseeds
a few twists of pepper

Throw it all in a jar and shake it like crazy. Let it sit overnight before using it if you can.

Saucy Fudge Pudding

This is my go-to recipe. It’s quick, easy and so very delicious. Also, it’s full of ingredients I always have on hand.

1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
dash cinnamon (optional)
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Mix together in the order given. Put in an 8-in casserole dish.

3/4 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. hot water (hot from the tap hot, not boiling hot)

Mix together until the sugar is dissolved and pour over the first mixture.
To clarify; you will have a lump of batter covered with a runny mixture.

Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.

While it bakes the pudding will rise to the top and there will be a beautiful fudge sauce on the bottom.

Best served warm.

**a note about cinnamon and chocolate**
Cinnamon and chocolate are a great and classic flavour combination although still unexpected. I usually (depending on my mood) put a dash of cinnamon in any chocolate I’m baking; cake, brownies, cookies. It seems to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and adds a “what is that?” to your dish. In a good way.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Also known as Stacey’s birthday cupcakes.

In a flash of inspiration I came up with this idea. I substituted half of the butter in my usual icing recipe with smooth peanut butter. I then smeared it on my chocolate cupcakes and sprinkled with chocolate sprinkles. Pretty and delicious. The icing doesn’t have the same consistency as regular icing and so it doesn’t pipe from a piping bag as well, but the taste is fantastic.

Here’s what I did;
1/4 c butter
1/4 c peanut butter
wee splash of vanilla
2 cups of icing sugar (about)
splash of milk (as needed)

Mixed it all up in my stand up mixer. I played around with the consistency a bit-you know, a little more milk, a little more icing sugar.