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I’ve had a set of silicone flower pot cake cases for a while now but haven’t used them! 😮 But recently, I got a dancing Groot cookie cutter from eBay and decided I had to make dancing, flower pot, baby Groot cookie cakes.

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If you’re not familiar with Groot, he’s one of the main characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and at the end of the movie a baby version of himself dances in a flower pot! – see video.

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I had a few ideas in mind for the ‘cake’ part, i.e. The part that would be inside the flower pot.

  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate soil
  • Chocolate pudding / mousse
  • Chocolate ice cream

I decided not to use chocolate ice cream due to concerns it would melt too quickly, how I’d keep it cool on display and thinking the Groot cookies wouldn’t stand up too well in it.

Ultimately I decided on chocolate pudding / mousse with chocolate soil on top, which Ryan kindly shared his recipe for.

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I used my go to cookie recipe for dancing Groot and my edible icing pens for his facial features.

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Here’s the result…!

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“We are Groot”

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We made them as part of our very geeky Sunday, where we had movie themed food and desserts including Star wars cupcakes, dinosaur sandwiches, dinosaur chocolates etc.

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This was in celebration of Star Wars which is on May 4th (… May the forth be with you) but as we were all working that day made the decision to celebrate at the weekend instead.

We had a really fun day watching films and listening to music.

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We haven’t been eating a lot of pasta lately, which is sad as it’s one of my favourite things to cook and eat.

Ryan has been eating healthier lately and pasta, even wholewheat pasta which we buy, is too high in carbohydrates for his current healthy eating regime.

In spite of this he decided to treat himself and I decided to try a different pasta bake to my usual mince meat or lasagne or sausage or tuna etc and made one with chicken and bacon.

You will need
200g pasta
Jar of tomato and basil sauce or make your own
200g chicken, chopped
3-4 rashers of bacon – chopped thinly
Oil for frying
1 pinch seasoning (salt, pepper, pasta/pizza herbs)
70g cheese, grated

Method

Cook the pasta according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and set aside.

Cook the chopped bacon in a frying pan till crisp, drain the excess fat and remove from the pan. In the same pan, cook the chicken.

Once the chicken is cooked through drain the excess fat and add the pasta sauce to the chicken and bacon. Mix well.

Add the pasta and seasoning and mix thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into a small oven proof dish.

Sprinkle with cheese to taste.

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Put in the oven for approx 5 mins, until cheese has nicely melted and the edges are a bit crispy.

Enjoy 🙂



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This morning we went to a local carboot sale and indoor market where I got a great deal on a dvd box set and we bought a side board / cabinet for our bedroom.

We’re going bowling and for food with some friends this evening so wanted a quick and easy meal for lunch. We decided on a chicken dish and this is what we came up with – chicken wrapped in bacon which we served with mash, spinach and pesto. It was lovely! Definitely adding it to our go to meal list.

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You will need
1 skinless chicken breast (per person)
2 rashers of bacon (per person)
2 cups of spinach (per person)
200g Mash potato (per person)
1tbsp Pesto

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 200C.

Wrap the chicken with bacon until completely covered, 2 rashers should do.

Roast in the oven for approximately 30 minutes until the bacon and chicken are cooked through.

Meanwhile, prepare the mash potato and spinach.

For the spinach we wilted it in a pan with oil for less than a minute, but cheated by buying ready made / microwaveable mash. 😉

Serve the mash topped with the spinach and add the chicken on top then drizzle with the pesto.

Enjoy!

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