Simple Cooking - Champion Cheese Muffins

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My love for muffins is back in full force, thanks to the seriously cold weather we've been having lately. This gem of a muffin book by Alison Holst circa 1994 explains everything you need to know from measuring, making different sizes and lots of other tips and tricks. It inspired me to make my own rather than buy the supersize ones from the cafe near my work. I started out with the first recipe in the book - Champion Cheese Muffins. I can tell you hand on heart, these are so easy to make. 

  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Measure dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix lightly to combine. 
  3. Beat egg and milk until combined. 
  4. Mix dry and wet ingredients but don't over mix. 
  5. Spoon mixture into 12 medium muffin tray that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or lightly dab with olive oil using a paper towel. 
  6. Add extra toppings if you wish (more cheese mmmmm, paprika or chilli powder). 
  7. Bake at 210 degrees celsius for 12 minutes until golden brown and they spring back when pressed. 

Makes 11 / 12. 
My Fitness Pal tells me one muffin is approximately 127 calories based on 11 individual muffins. 

Source: Alison Holst's Marvellous Muffins, 1994. 

Taylor Swift's Bad Blood - Moments of Glorious Makeup

Monday, May 18, 2015

Have you watched the video for Bad Blood yet? Not going to lie, I've lost count of how many times I've watched it (doing my Killer Mike moves while I'm at it). 

The honourable mentions: 

Cindy Crawford's contour and highlight. 

And Lena's moody smokey eyes. 

Images not mine obvz but screenshots from Taylor Swift herself. This is just an appreciation post. 

MAC Paintpot Genuine Treasure

Hello readers and lurkers! This week's beauty post is a show and tell of my current eye combo - the Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Genuine Treasure from the MAC x Philip Treacy collection and a new mini mascara from Marc Jacobs (full name: Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara in 20 Blaquer). 

Paint Pots are incredibly easy to apply, even for sleepy Monday mornings like today. I apply and blend with my finger, followed by lashings of mascara. 100% fool proof, looks like you made an effort and when it's this glittery, what else could you ask for? 

Extreme closeup of above products on my eyes.

Swatches in different lights. 

Close up of the Marc Jacobs Lash Lifter Gel. True to the word gel. I find it gloopy in a good way and unlike any of the mascaras I've tried in the past.

Close up of the mascara wand. 

Other products worn in this post:
Boscia BB Cream (see my write up here), Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, The Balm Mary Loumanizer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Dark Brown, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita (thanks for this gurrrl you know who you are x), NARS Larger Than Life Long-wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto.

What eye makeup products are you loving at the moment?

ASAP Ferg - Countdown Done / Dusted

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ASAP Ferg. Bodega, Wellington. 2015. 

This is it you guys. Countdown over. Thanks for putting up with me. Back to regular programming [blog content] next week.