As I mentioned in my previous posts I do like to read the “stylist” magazine occasionally (only if I can get hold of it!). Well… I don’t read it inside out, but I quickly flick it through and sometimes I stop at the “work life” page (obviously after observing “gourmet-on-the-go” page). I don’t know why this attracts me, but I do look forward to it every time. This page is about woman’s diary (each time different woman with different occupation) who talks about her interesting job or business she has opened etc. I find especially intresting when they talk about business start ups and how they got successful…. and every time I read, I imagine that one day my picture (and my diary) will be displayed there. This is of course just a dream, but I always wanted to start my own business…
This time the article is about “CEO” Sarah Walter (picture above), but the other interesting ones to mention are about “the Flower Girl” Gemma Blaskey who opened a flower shop or Jennifer Irvine who launched dieting and convenience food service called “The Pure Package”. I find them all inspiring and when I read their diaries I imagine what my diary would look like when I open a Cafe…. However there is one thing I find common in all the diaries: they wake up at 5am-6pm and go to sleep at 11pm-12pm…. I know that starting own business is a lot of work and sometimes can mean no lunch break (ouch!), but I kind of feel a little envy when people can survive on 5-6 hours sleep! Can you imagine how much more I could get done if I had more hours in the day! I always plan to do a lot and often get disappointed when I don’t reach those goals (they are usually reaaally high! Or do I just spend too much time on day dreaming?). Never mind, but when I am depressed and when I have a sweet-tooth craving (it gets super strong when I am depressed!!!) I bake some carrot cup cakes. They are easy and quick to make and most of the times you don’t even need to step out of the house to buy some special ingredients. That’s because all the ingredients are very common and can be found at home without special planning. The other good thing about this recipe is that it is healthier than other carrot cakes. I say “healthier” because there is no cake that is healthy as sugar (which ever you use: brown or white) makes it bad for you. But at least these cup cakes have olive oil fat base which is safer to use as it does not release so much toxins when heated. I hope you like it :b
CARROT CUP CAKES (makes 12 cup cakes)
Ingredients: 3 medium size carrots (shredded)
150g cup brown sugar
120ml olive oil (you can try other types as long as it is not sunflower oil as the cakes with it taste like fried dinner!)
55g or more nuts (in this case I used almonds and pecan nuts)
1tsp baking powder
1. Very simple! Just mix all the ingredients together and divide them into cup cake cases. I used silicon cup cases therefore I did not need to use disposable paper cases (but you are welcome to use it if you want!)
2. Preheat the oven to the 170C and bake the cakes for around 30min until golden. Good way to check it is to stick toothpick inside and see if it comes out clean. If it comes out clean that means it is ready!
3. If you have extra time and willingness to satisfy your sweet-tooth properly then make a yogurt icing for the cup cakes. Mix 200g icing sugar with 1tsp yogurt, 1/2tsp grated fresh lemon rind and 1/2tsp lemon juice. When the mixture is even (with no lumps) and the cup cakes are cooled then pour the icing over it.