Sweet and Spicy Chickpea and Butternut Squash Soup

Sweet and Spicy Chickpea and Butternut Squash Soup | Hungry and Confused

I brought you soup. Sweet and spicy, deliciously thick chickpea and butternut squash soup, to be exact.

This recipe is a slightly adapted version of one from Thomasina Miers, ex-Masterchef contestant and co-owner of the ever-popular Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. It’s from her Mexican food cookbook, one of my bookshelf favourites (although now that we’re vegetarian, the number of recipes I can re-create has dwindled). 

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Cinnamon Pecan Sour Cream Cake

Cinnamon Pecan Sour Cream Cake | Hungry and Confused

This is one of those warm, gooey, comforting cakes that makes you feel good inside. 

In essence, this cinnamon pecan sour cream cake tastes a lot like a cinnamon pecan roll in cake form. Except with a baked crust on top and gooeyness underneath. But, you get the idea.

Having baked this on Valentine’s Day (Scott has a fondness for all vanilla/pecan type desserts) we then proceeded to eat big hunks of it for the next three days. Yep, I also forgot to mention that it’s big.

This is supposed to be a cinnamon swirl cake; as in, you mix big blobs of the batter with the pecan cinnamon sugar mixture to create a swirl throughout. But honestly, you do tend to lose a bit of that effect through baking, and it doesn’t matter one bit. In actuality, it helps to keep the whole cake moist, because the cinnamon sugar seeps through the yellow cake batter and caramelises.

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Celebrations Chocolate Slow Cooker Cake

Celebrations Chocolate Slow Cooker Cake | Hungry and Confused

Did you know you could make cake in the slow cooker? I didn’t. Or at least, not until recently.

Having purchased a slow cooker in the last few weeks, I’ve been looking for recipes to use it for. As we’re mainly vegetarian, there actually aren’t many “exciting” dishes we can make with it that aren’t similar variations of other things. Sure, there’s curries and chillies and soups, but there’s only so many incantations of lentils and black beans that can make a girl happy, am I right? Don’t get wrong, I love being able to throw things in the pot and let it do its thing without having to worry about standing and stirring, but there is something inherently more delicious about tender, juicy, fall-off-your-fork slow cooked meat than there is slow cooked quinoa.

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Chipotle Honey Cornbread

Chipotle Honey Cornbread | Hungry and Confused

I’m back with the chipotle yumminess again. As if the vegetarian chilli and the biscuits weren’t enough to keep my repertoire of smoky spiciness full for a while, I went and did something crazy and made cornbread. Honey cornbread spiked with chipotle heat, to be exact.

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