30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 30 – Rustic Garlic & Herb Mashed Potato Recipe

I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE 30 DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE!

Ok, not quite. The thing is, I thought the challenge was going to be a breeze. It was fun, but it’s called a challenge for a reason. I constantly found myself not posting due to my hectic work schedule and being a full-time student. Even though it isn’t an excuse, I enjoyed every moment of the challenge and found myself pushing myself and I can honestly say that if you’re considering doing the challenge, please do. Not only does it grow your audience, but I have been approached by so many companies on Instagram (My username is Just_Deeanne) which is always great if you’re looking to work with brands for your blog.

That was just a side note, please excuse me.

Mashed potato is a dish that I feel a lot of people can get wrong and then people often find themselves buying the store bought version. I have a problem with both: for one, I hate the powdered version, it lacks flavour and fluffiness and the microwave version just tastes like, boxed meals. Here’s my simple mashed potato recipe that will have you and your guests gobbling in no time!

INGREDIENTS:

SERVES 4 PEOPLE

6 Medium Potatoes//8 Small Potatoes (size is very important)

1 Tablespoon of Butter

2 Cloves of garlic (depending on your preference, if you don’t like garlic, my grandma uses BBQ spice)

1/2 Cup of milk, depending on how creamy you want your mash to be, I like to use just over half a cup

THE STAR OF THE DISH: Robertson’s Rustic Garlic & Herb Spice (No this post is not sponsored, I am just in love with this particular blend of spices). Love the brand and the range they have so if you can get your hands on them, please do!

Salt and Pepper to taste.

DIRECTIONS:

Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters/cubes making sure every piece is evenly sized so that you don’t have odd pieces that didn’t cook all the way through. On the stove, add the potatoes into boiling water on a medium heat for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Once cooked, drain the water and mash the potatoes. Add butter, grated garlic cloves, salt and pepper, garlic spice and milk. Mix together and serve warm. If you feel like you’ve added too much milk, simply put the mash back on the heat and allow the milk to evaporate while stirring constantly, making sure you do not burn your mash.

And you can serve this with a variety of dishes like chicken, meat or fish.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 29 – Baked Banana Bread Recipe

Hi Everyone!

I’d just like to apologize as this recipe was scheduled to go up yesterday but it didn’t so I really am sorry for making you wait. Also, I’ve received a few questions with regards to my YouTube channel. I haven’t posted a video in about a month because my schedule has been beyond crazy and I haven’t had the time to sit down and film a video due to the fact that I am practicing my driving in the hopes of getting my drivers license, I have to work 1 more weekend before I am officially done with my 3 month promotional campaign and I am in my second term of first semester which is an exam term and requires a lot of focus.

Without any delay, here is my banana bread. I posted a few videos on my Snapchat: just_deeanne and a lot of people snapped me asking for the recipe so here it is:

INGREDIENTS:

WET INGREDIENTS:

3 Mashed Bananas

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

1 Cup Milk

2 Eggs

DRY INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Sugar

3 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Nuts are optional.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius (356 F) (Mix all wet ingredients together: mashed banana, eggs, milk, vanilla essence and melted butter. When adding the melted butter make sure the butter is not warm as this will scramble your eggs, causing your bread to flop. Once all the wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add dry ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1 cup of nuts if you wish. Mix once again, your consistency should not be runny nor too sticky. Somewhere in the middle and you’ve got it spot on. Insert the mixture into a baking tray, I personally love using bread tins and bake for 45 mins to an hour making sure that you insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, your cake is ready and you can switch off the oven and close the oven door so it will dry out for the remainder of the time. Once ready, take it out to cool making sure it’s still a little bit warm, top with butter and serve.

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Scheduling the next post to go up tomorrow as I have a full day tomorrow. Have a lovely week xo

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 28 – Hassle Free Spaghetti Recipe

Hi Everyone! In keeping with my Bon Appetit section on my blog, I thought I’d share my favourite spaghetti recipe. Spaghetti is one of the easiest and hassle free meals to make and I love any Italian food. For the next 7 days I will be uploading a recipe a day as I have been very quiet on the blog.

INGREDIENTS:

500 g Ground/Minced Meat (I usually use 1 packet but for 4 guests or more I use 2 packets)

1-2 Onions (for more flavour I prefer using red onions)

1/2  green pepper, diced.

1 clove of chopped or grated garlic

1/2 a packet of spaghetti, depending on how many guests you are serving. My personal favourite is the Fattis and Monis spaghetti.

2 – 4 cans of tomato paste, my personal favourites are the Koo tomato paste or the Rhodes tomato paste cups. Depending on how many people I serve, 2 – 3 people I usually use 2 Rhodes tomato paste cups.

1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 pinch of salt.

PREPARING THE MINCE:

Fry the onion until golden brown, add green pepper and add garlic.

Once the garlic and green pepper are sauteed, add the mince into the frying pan and fry until the mince is ready. I personally love to add BBQ spice for extra kick and hearty flavour. Once ready, it can be removed from the heat.

In a separate pot, add boiling water to spaghetti with a pinch of salt and teaspoon of oil. Once all ingredients are in the pot, boil the spaghetti for about 1–15 minutes or until it is soft, yet firm to chew.

Drain spaghetti into a colander and add it to the mince and mix together. Add tomato paste into the spaghetti and mince and season with a little bit of sugar just for a hint of sweetness and so that the bitterness of the tomato sauce is not too overpowering.

Feel free to leave out the mince if you’re not into mince but personally it’s what brings the whole meal together in my opinion.

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images courtesy of Foodie’s Feed.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recipe!

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 27 – OOTD Date Night & Goodbye Mini Cooper!

Hi everyone! I trust that you all had a great Easter weekend. I’m still recovering from my chocolate overload and as a result I’m in bed today working on the blog. Today I thought I’d show you a quick OOTD I wore on Monday when my boyfriend and I went out for burgers. I wanted something casual but still wanted to be girly. I recently started driving so I had to swap out my gold sandals for white Converse!

P.S This week I said goodbye to that gorgeous Mini in the background so she couldn’t be left behind x

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress: Legit

Shoes: Converse

Gold Watch: Lanco

Hope everyone had a great weekend, I am so excited that I finally completed my 3 month trial at work, so I’ll be posting on my YouTube channel. Please do keep a lookout and subscribe. You can simply search JustDeeanneDIY on YouTube!

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