A cute sheep hat for a very cute baby!

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So this is what’s been keeping me occupied during TV-watching sessions over the past couple of months… I’ve been knitting this little sheep hat for my gorgeous cousin’s new baby!

I love living in Sydney, but I HATE living so far away from my family. It makes me so sad that I don’t get to watch my family and friends’ kids grow up (although thanks to Facebook, at least I get to see cute pictures of them)!

So my strategy to deal with this is to knit cute hats for the cute kids that I rarely get to see!

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I found the pattern at this store on Etsy, and it was so bloody adorable that I OBVIOUSLY had to make it.

As you can see, it’s waaaaay too big on little Sid, but hopefully he’ll grow into it!

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How bloody cute is he?! My heart melts just looking at this photo that Sid’s mum Eliza sent to me!

I’m already onto the next hat for another cousin’s little one. So much fun!
Love Jess xx

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Our magical holiday to Tasmania

The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!

Last weekend, we got back from THE BEST holiday ever! I had a whole 11 days away, split between 5 days in Victoria and 6 days in Tasmania. It was seriously the nicest break!

In the first half of the trip I spent a couple of days in Melbourne visiting a few archives centres for PhD-related research, which was so much fun. I love the city of Melbourne – it has such a friendly, chilled out, cool vibe. After I finished up my research I jumped on the train and headed north to Rochester and Echuca, where my family live. I’m stoked that I got to catch up with quite a lot of my family in a short space of time (only two days!). I spent a night at my grandma’s in Castlemaine, and had a really nice catch up with both my dad and Kane’s dad in Echuca. We even caught a local footy match in Rochester, where I saw my step-brother play footy and also caught up with my aunty, cousins, and my cousins’ kids!

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Then early on Sunday morning Kane and I, Kane’s mum Kaye, and her partner Merv, all drove down to Melbourne airport to catch our flight to Tasmania!

Kane and I have been talking about taking this trip for so long, and I’m so glad we finally did! Although Kane has been to Tassie a few times (most recently for a 5 day hike in the south-west wilderness, and he still has the fungi-ridden toenail to prove it), I’d never been to Tasmania before. And as both a nature lover and a history lover, I was so keen to check it out!

After our wonderful little holiday, we’ve decided that we DEFINITELY need to go back for a second trip. We managed to pack a lot into our six days in Tassie. Having got a taste of things though, I’d love to go back a second time with more time to explore more fully. Next time I think we’d take our own car and pack the tent, so that we can stay where we choose.

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Anyway, here are a few photos of our trip. I’ve structured this post kind of like a diary, because I want to be able to read over it in years to come and remember every moment of this wonderful trip!

I hope you enjoy reading it, and that it inspires you to make your own trip to Tasmania!

Oh, and if you’ve been to Tasmania and have any suggestions of where we should go next time, please let me know in the comments! I’ve completely fallen in love with the state, and would love to hear what you think!

Love Jess xx

Day 1 – Exploring Kane’s family history in Cygnet

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We flew into Hobart airport around lunchtime, picked up our hire car, and headed south. The first thing we noticed, as we drove south along the winding roads (with stunning views around every corner) was how much drier the landscape was than we expected! But lots of the locals commented that it’s been a particularly dry year, so I guess things are usually greener.

The photo above is at a beautiful little campsite near Gordon, looking across to Bruny Island. Absolutely stunning, and made us wish we had the tent so we could stay the night!

The purpose of the first two days of the trip was so that Kane’s mum could do some research into their family history. We visited a town in the south of Tassie called Cygnet, where a lot of people with the surname “Clifford” have lived. Kaye hoped to find a connection with the Cliffords in her own family tree. We couldn’t find the connection this trip, but Kaye did go home with a LOT of data, so hopefully she’ll be able to make a connection soon.

The other thing we learnt in our first few days is that dead people in Tasmania sure have some nice views. Check out the vista from this cemetery at Middleton, looking straight out over the bay!

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Day 2 – The Apple Shed Ciderhouse, Cascade Female Factory, and Hobart Port

We started the day with a MASSIVE breakfast at the Lotus Eater’s Cafe in Cygnet. The food was absolutely beautiful, in every way. I had the smoked trout, and Kane had the fruit and nut salad. I’m not even kidding, this breakfast was one of the highlights of the trip! If you’re ever in the south of Tassie, I highly recommend a visit to this very cool cafe!

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We spent the morning in the local history museum at Cygnet, where Kaye found lots of family history leads. Next up we headed east till we hit the Huon River, then north up the river. Being a cider lover, I insisted that we stop at a place called ‘The Apple Shed’, which is an awesome little ciderhouse and museum. Look at that beautiful copper!

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This lovely little place is well worth the stop if you’re ever in the area! It was a beautiful day, and we sat outside in the Autumn afternoon sunshine and shared a cider paddle, before posing for some cheesy family snaps!

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Then we were on the road again, heading north-east back to Hobart. One of Kaye’s ancestors was put in a female factory in the north of Tasmania, so we were keen to visit the Cascade Female Factory in Hobart, to get an idea of what her life would have been like.

This place is incredible, and I highly recommend a visit. They’ve done a truly awesome job of interpreting the site, and you really get a sense of how tough the women who stayed here had it, back in the mid-1800s. It made me think how lucky I am to have been born in a time and place where I have the power to control my own destiny.

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After all our adventuring we were pretty starving, so we headed down to the beautiful port area of Hobart for some fish and chips. We had a wander around the port area while the sun set. It was kinda freezing – but so, so  pretty!

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There was a big cruise ship in the port, so we wandered down to the cruise terminal to take a closer look. And that is where we took what is probably my favourite photo EVER…

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Day 3 – Roadtrip to Richmond and Campbell Town

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On day 3 we jumped in the car and headed north to Richmond, to see the oldest bridge still in use in Australia! It’s convict-built – very cool! We had a wander around Richmond, which is a lovely little town with lots of antique shops and other cute things. We had breakfast and coffee at a bakery, then jumped in the car and headed north again. We stopped at a little town called Ross, where we looked through the Tasmanian Wool Centre and checked out the site of the Ross Female Factory.

Then we were back in the car, heading for Campbell Town. This little town has a really cool monument to the 200,000-odd convicts who were transported to Australia. The monument is a ‘brick trail’, that runs right down the main street of Campbell Town. Each brick shows the name of a convict, their crime and punishment, and the ship they arrived on. We managed to find several of Kaye’s ancestors there!

We headed back to Hobart via Oatlands, where we briefly checked out Callington Mill (an historic windmill that produces all sorts of flours) and stopped at the local pub for a beer. Then we headed back to Hobart and our accomodation for the night, the Shipwrights Arms in Battery Point. This was my favourite place that we stayed at on our trip! We also had an THE NICEST dinner in the restaurant (loooooots of oysters and wine involved, so good!). And look how cute it is!

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Day 4 – Hobart again: Mount Wellington and Cascade Brewery Tour, then north to Swansea

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We woke up to this view from our bedroom window at the Shipwright’s Arms, looking straight down the street to the bay. Absolutely stunning! Then we ate breakfast at the cutest little bakery in Battery Point. Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos, but it’s called Jackman and McRoss, and it’s well worth checking out!

Next, Kane headed off to a meeting while Kaye, Merv and I wandered around the shops in Hobart. Merv was pretty excited to check out the local Harley Davidson shop! When Kane had finished, we all piled in the car and drove to the top of Mount Wellington. Two observations: one, the view is incredible. Two, it’s flippin’ FREEZING up there! It felt like stepping into the middle of winter! You can tell by my face in the photos that I was NOT cool with how cold it was!
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After we’d thawed out a little, we headed to another highlight of the trip, the Cascade Brewery tour! Again, my face in the photo says it all… This was such a lovely afternoon, and we had a really nice lunch at the brewery’s restaurant and sampled quiiiiiiite a few of the beers.
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Around mid-afternoon we dropped Kaye and Merv back at the airport to fly home, while Kane and I would stay for another two nights. We were seriously so sad to drop them off, it had been such an awesome trip with them!

Kane and I drove north again that afternoon because we were keen to check out Freycinet National Park. I think the landscape got more and more beautiful the further north we headed! We stayed in Swansea that night, and took a long walk along the beach. We even saw a seal swimming in the ocean!

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We got back to our accomodation around dark, where we realised that we’d enjoyed our long walk SO much, that we’d forgotten to organise anything for dinner! It was too late before we realised that all the shops were closed, and all we had was one chocolate bar between us! Oh well, at least we had this beautiful sunset to make up for our lack of dinner that night!

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Day 5 – Freycinet National Park, hiking Cape Hauy, and Port Arthur Ghost Tour

This was such a special, beautiful day. We packed SO much in, but it was still so relaxing and fun! We woke up in Swansea and made the short drive to Freycinet National Park, where we had breakfast and coffee. Then we set out to see as much of Freycinet as we could in the half day we had there. We started by hiking up to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, which was a pretty short walk (30-45 minutes), but it’s steep so you feel the butt-burn!

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Then we jumped back in the car and drove to Honeymoon Bay, which was absolutely STUNNING (as you can see in the photos, below). The red granite rocks against the turquoise water sure makes a beautiful view!

The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!
The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!

Next we jumped back in the car and drove up to Cape Tourville, which is an easy stroll along a boardwalk, past a lighthouse and some seriously beautiful views of the bay. I thought I was going a crazy when I heard cows bellowing from over the ocean. Turns out it wasn’t cows, but a pod of seals chilling out on one of the little islands that you can see in the picture (below right)! There was a set of binoculars at one part of the boardwalk so that you could watch the seals, and it was seriously awesome! They’re such chilled out dudes, just lolling about in the sun. I’d love to be seal! Apart from the whole “getting eaten by sharks” thing, that part would suck…

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Having packed everything we could into our few hours at Freycinet, we jumped in the car and were off again, this time heading south. We’ve been super keen to hike the new “Three Capes Track” that opened recently, and although we didn’t have time to do the full hike this trip (it’s a three day hike), we were determined to at least walk a portion of the track! So we set off south, heading for Cape Hauy, which is one of the “three capes”.

We headed south along the coast and stopped at Orford for lunch (scallop pies, so good!). Then we veered off the main road and took a short cut south along gravel roads through Three Thumbs State Reserve and Cape Bernier Nature Reserve. I’d estimate that this shortcut took about an hour off our trip, and it was such a beautiful drive through the forest. Having said that, I’d only recommend attempting it in dry weather and with a four-wheel drive – otherwise, I’d suggest sticking to the main road!

We arrived at the start of the Cape Hauy track at around 3pm, and set straight off to make the most of the remaining light.

And seriously… wow. What a beautiful walk.

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You start at a beautiful little camp ground in a gorgeous, sheltered bay (above left). After hiking along the coastline for a while, you veer in and walk through beautiful forest. The track is really well made, and it’s a relatively easy walk (with a few good ascents, so you feel the butt-burn again).

After hiking through forest for around 45-50 minutes, you hit the edge of the main land mass and start walking out over what is, essentially, a big chunk of rock sticking out of the ocean. It’s pretty bloody spectacular!

The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!
The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!

From that point, it takes around another 30-45 minutes to hike all the way out to the edge of Cape Hauy, depending on how hard you’re going (we were pushing pretty hard, because we didn’t want to run out of light!). The track is quite up-and-down, so you get a pretty good work-out!

The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!
The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!

When you near the edge, prepare to have your breath taken away! It is truly spectacular. Standing on that chunk of rock jutting straight out of the sea, with nothing but a whole lot of ocean and then Antarctica in front of you, you start to realise the meaning of the phrase “the end of the earth”. It’s pretty exhilarating.

The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!
The Happy List - our holiday to Tasmania!

After we’d taken in the view, we set off and hiked back in. The hike took us just under 3 hours all up, but we were going pretty hard – 4 hours would’ve been a more comfortable walk! By the time we’d reached the campground I was hobbling along like a 70 year old, because I’d done something stupid to my hip! But that beautiful walk was well worth the pain.

At that moment we were SERIOUSLY sorry that we didn’t have our tent with us. The little campground was heavenly, and we would have loved to be setting up our tent, cracking open a wine/beer, and sleeping under the those beautiful trees next to the bay.

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But we had a ghost tour to go on, so we drove into town where we were staying the night, had a quick shower, and headed to the local pub for a very well-deserved beer with bangers and mash for dinner!

After dinner we drove down to Port Arthur to start our ghost tour. As the night got colder, my hip got more stiff and sore, to the point where I must have looked quite frightening hobbling through the darkness at Port Arthur!

Kane dobbed himself in to be a lantern carrier on the ghost tour, and thoroughly enjoyed himself giving the tour leader a hard time! I’d expected to be quite unnerved taking this tour (I get frightened of pretty well anything), but I was surprisingly unperturbed! Maybe because there were so many people around? Having said that, I wouldn’t like to be left alone at Port Arthur at night…

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Day 6 – Port Arthur, then home to Charlie

On our last day in Tasmania we went back to Port Arthur to check the place out in daylight. Again, I expected to be quite unsettled by all the horrible things that have gone on in that place. But I was surprised to find Port Arthur actually quite a beautiful place. Some terribly sad things have gone on there, and but all in all, I thought it was lovely! Hah!

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Around lunchtime we jumped in the car one last time, and drove back to Hobart to catch our flight home. There was one little puddy cat waiting at the door, who was VERY glad to see us! (The photo on the left shows where Charlie sat alllll night, and followed me like a shadow whenever I got up. The photo on the right shows his face, after I asked him how his week without us had been.)

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What a wonderful, magical trip. I can’t wait to get back to beautiful Tasmania soon!

Thanks for reading,
Love Jess xx

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I’m baaaaaaaack!

Hey guys, I’m back!

It’s been a long time between posts, and the past few months have been crazy and busy and absolutely wonderful! I’ve moved back to Sydney, fallen back in love with my research (I’m determined to finish my PhD thesis by the end of the year), and struck a really lovely balance between working really, really hard and prioritising “down” time.

I’m interspersing a few photos from the past few months to show you what I’ve been up to.

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I’ve taken an unplanned break from blogging over the past few months because, frankly, I’ve been crazy busy and something had to give. But I love my little place on the internet here at The Happy List, and I’m ready to come back to it.

One thing I learned during my first 12 months of blogging is that creating content each and every week takes a LOT of time. I think blogging has changed a lot over the past few years. Many of my favourite blogs have moved from being something like an online diary, into publishing more highly-curated, magazine-style content. I take my hat off to the people that can produce that style of content week after week! But personally, I like the old style better… I like blogs with casual, diary-style posts that make you feel like you’re catching up with an old friend over coffee when you read them. That’s the feeling that I’d like to create here on The Happy List.

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So with that in mind, I plan in future on posting less, but more often. Some weeks I might only post a few words or a couple of photos of what’s been going on in my life. Other weeks, I might post recipes and DIY projects. And sometimes I might just write about things I’m enjoying. But whatever I write about, I want to continue creating a record of my life here in my own little corner of the internet, in a way that feels inspiring and authentic to me. I hope you enjoy reading along, and I really appreciate you coming to hang out with me in this online space!

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I’m heading to Tasmania this week for a little holiday with Kane, so I’ll be back soon to share some photos and tell you about what we got up to! (Promise)

It’s good to be back!

Love Jess xx

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Christmas Stove Simmers

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

The lead up to Christmas can be a stressful time, which is why I love simple little touches like a stove simmer (what could be less stressful than bunging a few scented ingredients in a pot with some water?!) to make everyday tasks feel more special.

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

A stove simmer would also make such a sweet and thoughtful Christmas gift! Just pick some cute glass jars, arrange your selection of scented ingredients inside, and attach a little handwritten note with instructions. So lovely!

A little jarred stovetop simmer would be perfect paired with another larger gift, or to add to a hamper with some homemade baked goods (such as these Yo Yo’s or these Chai Cupcakes!).

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

I’ve listed three of my favourite festive combinations here. I’ve even named them! Christmas Tree, Spiced Red Current (my personal fave), and Spiced Citrus and Pine. But as with the best things in life, there are no rules here – just use these recipes as a guide, and play around with your own favourite combinations!

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

If you’re feeling a little frazzled in the lead up to Christmas, do yourself a favour and try out a festive stove simmer! Pop one on the stovetop to simmer away quietly, make yourself a cuppa, and put your feet up for a bit.

Merry Christmas my loves!
Love Jess xx

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

To make.

Simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, cover with water, and allow to simmer quietly on the stove. Don’t to forget to keep topping the water up as needed!

3 Stove Simmer Recipes:

Christmas tree:

  • A few sprigs from a pine tree, or a couple of pine cones
  • 1 apple, quartered
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 peppermint candy cane, crumbled (preferable one containing real peppermint oil)

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

Spiced Red Current:

  • Handful of fresh red currents
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 3-4cm piece of fresh ginger, sliced

Christmas Stove Simmer 2 ways

Spiced Citrus and Pine:

  • 1 orange
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2-3 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 2-3 small sprigs of pine

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Rudolph Sugar Cookies

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Guys, 6 SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!

This weekend I’m revisiting one of my favourite baking tutorials on The Happy List (this Easter Bunny Cookie tutorial). But, at the request of my sister Rachel, this time I’m adding a Christmas twist! These little reindeer sugar cookies hang adorably off the side of your mug of tea, and they’re just so cute that I can’t even deal!

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So cute, in fact, that I knit them scarves. Again. Scarves for cookies. Yes, I really did that.

Judge me if you must, but I consider it time well spent. I mean, look into those chocolatey brown eyes and tell me how anyone with a heart could NOT knit that reindeer a festive little red scarf? I mean, really.

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These reindeer sugar cookies are such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the lead up to Christmas. Get yourself in the kitchen with your girlfriend/mum/sister/kids/whoever and get creative and Christmassy! The best part is, they don’t just look adorable, they TASTE AMAZING!

The sugar cookie recipe is the only one I ever use, and it’s from the wonderful Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s soooo yummy, and it tastes even better when paired with the white chocolate that I’ve used to glue the different biscuit components together!

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Don’t forget to tag The Happy List on Facebook or Insta if you recreate these little guys at home, I would LOVE to see what you make!

Love Jess xx

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Reindeer Cookies

Ingredients:
For the cookies:

  • 170g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 150g white sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 280g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

For decorating:

  • 200g white chocolate
  • A tube of chocolate writing icing
  • Mini white marshmallows
  • Red M&M minis (for the noses!)
  • Reindeer template, available free to readers of The Happy List here
  • 6 pencils or chopsticks (for propping the reindeer hooves at the required angle!)

Instructions:
To make the cookie batter, begin by plopping your softened butter in a large mixing bowl. Using a free standing mixer or hand-held beaters, beat for about a minute until creamed and smooth. Add the sugar and continue beating for another 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue beating for a further 2 minutes, or until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, sift in your flour and baking powder then whisk lightly to ensure they’re fully combined. Add about half the flour mixture to your butter mix, turn your beaters down low, and beat until just combined. Add the rest of the flour and continue beating on low until just combined – you’re aiming to mix as little as possible.

By this stage your mix should be about the same consistency as soft play-dough, making it ideal for rolling. If it’s a little soft, you can add 1tbs of extra flour at this point.

Divide your dough into two equal halves and lay each half between two sheets of baking paper. Roll out each half until it’s about 5mm thick, then stack them up and place them in the fridge or freezer to chill (around an hour in the fridge, or for impatient people like me, around 15 minutes in the freezer). The chilling time is essential to make your dough easy to cut!

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees celsius (350 fahrenheit). While the oven is heating and the dough is chilling, you can prepare your reindeer template by printing off and cutting out with scissors. Hint: you’ll find it easier to use the template if you print your reindeer onto a slightly heavier paper.

Once your dough is chilled, remove from the fridge/freezer and peel off the top layer of baking paper, then lay it back in place loosely. Flip over the whole thing, then peel off the bottom piece of baking paper and discard. This step will make it easier to lift your reindeer shapes off the paper without breaking.

Using your reindeer template and a paring knife, carefully cut 6 forward-facing reindeer, 6 backward-facing reindeer (just flip your reindeer template over and trace it in reverse), and 12 individual reindeer hooves from your dough. You can continue re-rolling the scraps of dough until it’s all used.

Line two baking trays with baking paper. Lay your hooves on one tray – these will take 5-6 minutes in the preheated oven. Lay the bodies on another tray – their bigger mass will require 9-12 minutes in the oven. Your cookies are ready when they’re lightly golden and almost crisp.

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Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on their trays, then transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely before icing.

Once the cookies are completely cool (at least a couple of hours), you can begin icing. Place your white chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, and stir until it’s completely melted. Then set it aside and allow it to cool a little (maybe 5 minutes).

To pair up each front-facing cookie with his back-facing match, spread a thin layer of the melted chocolate across the back of one cookie, and sandwich the two together. Use the tube of chocolate writing icing to draw on two little eyes (hint: I found the writing icing formed a peak, giving my reindeer very pointy eyes! If this occurs, just use a wet finger to gently press down to flatten (as shown in the picture, below left). Use a small dot of writing icing to hold a red M&M in place for his nose. You now have one (almost) complete reindeer – he just needs some hooves!

Lay the reindeer flat. Place a small amount (about 1/4 tsp) of melted chocolate at the top of his chest, then lay one of your pencils across his chest just below the chocolate. Now place his two hooves on top of the icing at a 45 degree angle to his body, using the pencil to prop the hooves at the required angle (for reference, see the picture, below right). The angle of the hooves is what will allow the reindeer to hang from the tea cup!

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Repeat the above step for your remaining reindeer, and allow the chocolate to completely set (at least a couple of hours, or overnight) before carefully removing the pencils. I made my cookies on a super hot and humid day, so I put mine in the freezer to set the chocolate faster!

When you’re ready to serve the cookies, add a little marshmallow tail using a small dot of writing icing to hold the marshmallow in place (hint: leave this part till serving, so that your reindeer can lay flat without squashing his tail until you’re ready to present him on his mug!).

Merry Christmas!

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Chai Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream: Launching into the Christmas Spirit!

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13 SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness guys, I love Christmas so much! This week I’m posting about my new favourite recipe – Chai Cupcakes! Now we all know that I’m a little Christmas crazy, but I must say, I’m very proud of my restraint in this post – this recipe is only a little bit Christmassy. These Chai Cupcakes have the perfect amount of Christmas spice, without being too “over-the-top Christmassy”.

NB. The phrase “over-the-top Christmassy” doesn’t really make sense to me, but other people tell me that is a thing. Personally, I don’t see how anything to do with Christmas can be “over-the-top”. But then, I did just put an Elf GIF in this post, so maybe I’m not the right person to ask…
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Anyway, the point is, these Chai Cupcakes are so, soooooo good! They’re the perfect cupcake recipe – delicate and fluffy on the inside, with just a little bit of crispness to the outer crumb. And the Chai spices are fragrant and perfect!

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I’m a bit of a spice-nut, so please allow me a moment to rave about my favourite spice, cardamom. If you haven’t used much cardamon in your baking, dude, you’ve been missing out! Cardamom is the most beautiful spice – it’s awesome in curries, but it’s also absolutely perfect in baking because it has this amazing floral scent. I’m kind of obsessed.

I decorated my cupcakes with a star anise each and a grating of nutmeg. Another spice tip – have you ever tried buying nutmeg whole and grating it fresh, instead of buying it powdered? The difference is incredible – it’s so fragrant and beautiful! As you can see in the photo below, I left a few cupcakes nutmeg-free because I know not everyone is a fan. But if you’re a spice-lover like me, the fresh nutmeg totally makes it!

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If you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit (and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been watching Christmas movies and listening to carols for weeks and weeks now), then these Chai Cupcakes are the perfect thing to ease yourself into December! The smell of those Chai spices will fill your kitchen with Christmassy smells, and before you know it you’ll be like…

Yay for Christmas!!
Love Jess xx

PS. Yes, that’s two Elf GIFs in one post. I’ve gone too far haven’t I? I’m really sorry guys, I honestly just have no filter when it comes to Christmas… Ok, let’s get back to the cupcakes now.

Chai Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream - click through for the full recipe on The Happy List!

Chai Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 2.5 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tsp vanilla

For the icing:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 340g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (sifted)
  • 4 tsp vanilla essence
  • Whole star anise (to decorate)
  • Whole nutmeg (to decorate)

Instructions:

For the cupcakes:

This mix will make around 24 cupcakes, so begin by lining two 12 hole muffin trays with cupcake cases. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees celsius (350 fahrenheit).

Sift the flour and all 6 spices into a large mixing bowl, and add the sugar and salt. Whisk to combine. Meanwhile in a large jug, combine all your wet ingredients (the oil, water, vinegar and vanilla) and whisk to combine.

Pour your wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk until they’re just combined and the batter is smooth and lump-free (but try to avoid over-mixing).

Pour your cupcake mix into the waiting cases, filling each to around 2/3 full. Place your trays in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before icing.

For the icing:

Dissolve your sugar into the egg whites by bringing a small saucepan of water to a gentle simmer, and combining your egg whites, granulated sugar and salt in a small metal bowl. Sit your bowl over the saucepan of water and whisk constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Be careful to keep your heat low – you want just enough heat to dissolve the sugar, without cooking your eggs!

As soon as the sugar is dissolved, remove the bowl from the heat and transfer the egg mixture to a clean (and cool) mixing bowl. Using electric beaters on high, beat the egg white mixture for around 5 minutes or until the egg whites form a thick, white meringue and the mixture has cooled to room-temp. Reduce the beater speed to medium, and add your softened butter a little at a time, beating to combine. Add your icing sugar and vanilla, and then continue beating until the mixture is smooth and white – 10 to 15 minutes.

Place your buttercream mixture in the fridge to cool and firm up a little.

Spoon your icing into a piping bag with any piping nozzle you like, and pipe onto the tops of your cooled cupcakes. Decorate with whole star anise, and grate a little nutmeg over the top if you like.

Enjoy somewhere quiet, preferably with fairy lights twinkling!

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Hand Printed T-Shirts 2 Ways! (Cutest Christmas gift DIY ever)

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Guys, if you’re looking for a cute and easy way to DIY some homemade Christmas presents this year, I think I’ve got you covered! I’ve tried out two different methods for printing images and text onto t-shirts at home, and I’ve got the full tutorial for both right here for ya!

Being a comedy lover, I chose a couple of my favourite scenes from two of my most loved British comedy series. But you can choose to go with any text or image that you like – maybe your favourite song lyrics, or even a drawing by your kids!

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

The first printing method involves using transfer paper, and it works well if you want to print a drawing or photograph onto your t-shirt. I chose to use a combination of image and text for my t-shirt, taken from a wonderful scene from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. If you’re in need of a laugh, you can watch the scene in question here, starting at 1.17 (although I highly recommend watching the entire video!).

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

The second method of printing involves using fusible webbing to create your own iron-on letters to attach to your t-shirt. This method is best suited to printing words and phrases. I chose a great scene from The I.T. Crowd for my t-shirt – you can watch it here.

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

A couple of tips – first, choose a good quality cotton t-shirt to print onto. The better quality the t-shirt, the easier it will be to print on, and the longer it’ll last, so you get way more wear after all your hard work! I love the cotton t-shirts from the awesome crew at Grana – they have really good quality tees for a really low price ($22 each for the beautiful Peruvian Pima cotton tees that I chose for this project).

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

You don’t need a whole lot of supplies for either of these printing methods – just a t-shirt and access to a regular printer and an iron, plus either transfer paper (I used this brand, available at Spotlight) for method one, or a small length of cotton fabric and some fusible web (I used this brand, also from Spotlight) for method two.

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Have some fun with this one guys – and if you give it a go, don’t forget to tag The Happy List on Facebook or Insta to share your creations! It would make my heart so very happy to see what you create!

Love Jess xx

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Method one: Image on Transfer Paper 

Step 1: get prepared.

Choose a light coloured cotton t-shirt, pre-wash it to remove any shrinkage, and allow to dry.

Step 2: print your image.

Select the image you want to transfer, and print it in reverse onto the transfer paper (figure 1). Remember that when you transfer the image onto your t-shirt it’ll be a mirror-image of what appears on the paper, so you’ll need to print it in reverse – this is especially important if you’re printing text!

The transfer paper that I used works well with any inkjet or bubblejet printer. Just set the printer settings to “normal” for colour printing. Print the image onto the blank side of the transfer paper, and allow the ink to dry. Finally, use scissors to trim around 1-2mm from the edge of the image to remove any excess transfer paper (figure 2).DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Step 3: transfer you image.

Set your iron to the cotton setting and turn off the steam function if you can. The iron I used didn’t have the option to turn off the steam, so I just emptied out the water. You definitely DON’T want any steam coming out of the iron when transferring your image, because this will cause the paper to go all ripply and distort your image! Steam is not your friend here.

Lay your t-shirt flat on a hard, heat proof surface (try a large wooden chopping board). The instructions on the transfer paper recommend not using ironing board here because the surface is too flexible, and might distort the image while you’re transferring it. However, I failed to read the instructions properly and used an ironing board – and I can report that it worked just fine!

Give your t-shirt a quick press with the hot iron to remove any moisture that might be lingering. Then arrange your printed image upside-down where you want it to appear on the t-shirt. Because my image required several different different pieces of transfer paper (the image, plus two different pieces of text), I found it helpful to lay them out facing up while I figured out the placement (refer back to figure 2), then flip them over only when I was happy with the positioning.

Finally, you’re ready for the transfer part! Hold the paper in place on one side with one hand, while you start gently ironing with the other (figure 3). Give it a gentle press – the first application of heat will make the paper stick in place so you don’t have to worry about it slipping. Then you’re going to require as much pressure as possible to get the image to transfer.

Start ironing slowly all over the transfer paper, pressing down with all your weight. Concentrate on the heel of the iron, as this has the highest temperature. Continue ironing for at least 30 to 40 seconds – the entire transfer paper should be sizzling hot by the time you’re done.

To see if your image has transferred, try peeling back one small corner of the transfer paper – the image should stick to your t-shirt, and the paper should peel away with only a little resistance (figure 4). Don’t allow the paper to cool too much before peeling it off, or the image will reattach to the paper. But DO be careful of your fingies – that paper really heats up, and can burn!

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Care instructions.

Allow at least 24-48 hours before washing the t-shirt. To wash, turn your t-shirt inside-out and wash it separately on hand wash cycle in cold water with a mild detergent. Avoid bleaching, soaking, wringing or tumble-drying. Iron inside-out on a low heat, and avoid ironing directly over the image.

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Method two: Text with Iron-On Fusible Web

Step one: get prepared.

Begin by choosing a cotton t-shirt and a fabric to use for your lettering. I chose a black cotton t-shirt, and a heavy white cotton drill for the lettering fabric.

Pre-wash both your t-shirt and your lettering fabric to remove any shrinkage, allow both to dry, and then iron to remove any wrinkles.

Next, choose the text you want to print on your t-shirt. You can play around with different fonts until you find one you’re happy with (I used Helvetica Neue). Have a play around also with the size and positioning of the text – I printed off a couple of different versions and lay them out on my t-shirt until I had a size and positioning that I was happy with.

Step two: cut out your letters.

Once you’re happy with your font selection, print off a final version and carefully cut out each of the letters with scissors (figure 1). Tip: print onto a slightly heavier paper – this will make it easier to trace around the letters in the next step.

Take a sheet of your fusible web, and try peeling off a corner of the backing paper – you’ll find that one side peels off easier than the other. This is the side that you want to trace onto. Use a pencil to trace each of your letters in reverse onto the backing paper (figure 2). That is, flip your letters over and trace them so that they appear back-to-front. This way, they’ll be facing the right way once you attach them to the t-shirt!DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Now take the fabric you’re using for your lettering, and lay it flat with the “wrong” side (the side that will be glued to the t-shirt) facing up. Peel off the backing paper on the opposite side (i.e. the side that you haven’t traced onto) and place the fusible web against the lettering fabric. Press it flat with your hands.

Now use fabric scissors to carefully cut out each of the letters (figure 3). I was worried it would be hard to get clean lines on the letters, especially the smaller ones, but I actually found this very easy – the backing paper helps to give the fabric some support as you’re cutting.

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

Step three: attach the letters.

Lay your t-shirt flat on the ironing board, and carefully arrange your letters exactly where you want them (figure 4). Then peel off the remaining backing paper and stick the letters in place.

Set your iron to the cotton setting, and have the steam function turned on – steam is your friend in this method! Dampen a press cloth (I used a clean tea towel) and lay it flat over the letters. Then press firmly in place with your hot iron for 10-15 seconds. For an extra strong hold, turn the t-shirt inside out and press it again from the other side.

Care instructions.

Cold machine on a delicate cycle, or dry clean. Avoid using a fabric softener.

DIY printed t-shirts 2 ways! Super cute idea for a DIY christmas gift - click through for the fully tutorial

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Christmas Sibling Challenge! (plus a very festive cocktail)

Christmas Sibling Challenge!

Guys, can you believe Christmas is only 19 sleeps away?! I’m gonna be honest here, I’ve been in the Christmas spirit since roughly mid-November. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! So to help share a little holiday cheer with you guys (because, let’s be honest, I’ve got more than enough to round), I’m teaming up with my equally Christmas-crazy sister, Rachel from The Beauty List!

Rach and I are both obsessed with Christmas, so we decided to film a fun Christmas-themed sibling challenge about our Christmassy traditions. (Spoiler alert: we both get pretty excited when we start talking about Christmas! Ok, so maybe not so much of a spoiler there.)

Christmas Sibling Challenge!

And as if a video of Rach and I being all Christmassy and silly wasn’t enough, I’ve also got the cutest recipe for a very festive Sparkling Pomegranate + Ginger + Orange Cocktail! This no-stress cocktail is perfect for if you’re entertaining this party season, because if you take the (literally) 5 minutes required to prepare the pomegranate and ginger syrup ahead, then you can throw the cocktail together in around 2 seconds as your guests arrive!

Pomegranate Ginger + Orange Spritzer - click through for full recipe!

What makes Christmas so very special for me is one thing: family. December is a time filled with traditions and childlike excitement and silliness and fun with the people I love most. That’s why Rach and I had so much fun putting this video together for you guys!

We hope it helps to get you feeling a little bit festive as the holiday season rolls around. Make yourself a cocktail, settle in, and get excited with us!

Merry Christmas guys!
Love Jess xx

Sparkling Pomegranate + Ginger + Orange Cocktail

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-3cm piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • Champagne or other sparkling white wine
  • Triple Sec or other orange-flavoured liqueur

To make the pomegranate and ginger syrup, combine the pomegranate juice, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool completely, before straining out the ginger pieces.

To build your cocktail, pour 2 shots of the pomegranate syrup and a 1/2 shot of Triple Sec into a cocktail shaker (or other small, tightly sealable container) along with 3 or 4 ice cubes. Shake vigorously for a minute or so, until the mixture is chilled and combined. Fill a low ball glass 2/3 full with fresh ice, and strain the mixture over the top (discard the old ice). Top with champagne and serve immediately.

Garnish with pomegranate seeds or a twist of orange zest (or, if you’re like me, a bunch of berry-looking things growing from a succulent of unknown origin in the garden).

Pomegranate Ginger + Orange Spritzer - click through for full recipe!

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“December Daily” Scrapbook Challenge

December Daily Scrapbook Challenge

Hey guys! I’m super excited to be participating in “December Daily” for my second year running – and the first year that I get to post about it on The Happy List! If you’re not familiar with December Daily, it’s a mini scrapbooking album project that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. It’s a project created by the wonderful Ali Edwards, which I first came across through my favourite blogger, Elsie of A Beautiful Mess.

The idea is to create a mini scrapbook album using photos and journaling to tell one story for each day leading up to Christmas. Here’s a few pages from my album last year, to give you an idea.

December Daily Scrapbook Challenge
December Daily Scrapbook Challenge

December is such a busy month and the days just seems to go by in a blur. On the one hand, this makes it hard to find the time to document each day with photos and words. But December also my favourite month of the year – I love the build up to Christmas! So on the other hand, the craziness is all the more reason to record all the little things that make each day special!

This December is going to be a particularly crazy one (I know, aren’t they all?!) so I’m going to need to be smart about how I do this, and keep it manageable! I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew with projects like this, and end up making myself stressed and/or not finishing the project!

So here’s the plan. I’m going to take one photo every day. Then I’m going to set aside an hour every Sunday to scrapbook one page for each day of that week. Limiting myself to one hour per week will force me to keep the project small-scale and manageable!

I’m gonna do my best to check in here on The Happy List with what I’ve done a couple of times during the month, so you guys can follow along. Or even better – you can participate along with me by making your own December Daily scrapbook!

December Daily Scrapbook Challenge

I spent a little bit of time over the weekend doing some preparation, to save myself time when it comes to actually putting the album together. I’ve decided this year to go with a non-traditional Christmas colour theme – I picked mint green, gold, black and white. I feel like the gold brings just enough of a “Christmassy” feel, without being too traditional. Plus, I just love how those colours look together!

One thing I learnt from participating in last year’s December Daily is that picking a colour theme from the start really helps to lift your album to the next level. Last year I didn’t pick a colour theme at all, and I found myself a little frustrated that my album was so uncoordinated. But please bear in mind that that’s just the perfectionist in me, and everybody’s different! If you’re more concerned with just capturing memories and aren’t so bothered about having a coordinated “look” for your album, then you definitely don’t have to worry about a colour theme! That’s what I love about scrapbooking, there are no rules – just go with what works for you!

Luckily I have loads of scrapbooking supplies left over from other projects, so all I’ll need to buy this time around is a mini scrapbook album and a set of plastic page protectors, plus I might also stock up on a few extra gold details.

I’m keeping my bits and pieces together in a little box, so I can easily carry them around to wherever I want to work on my scrapbook (generally, bed with a TV show playing on my laptop!).

December Daily Scrapbook Challenge

If you wanna join in the fun, you can head over to Ali’s online store and grab yourself an album (I kinda love this one) and a kit (this one is so cute!) to get started. Or just head down to your nearest crafting store to grab your supplies – like I said, there are no rules!

Yay, December is tomorrow! I can’t wait to get started documenting each day of this magical month!

Love Jess xx

December Daily Scrapbook Challenge

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Rainbow Slaw and (the tenderest ever) Chicken with Asian Flavours

Chicken and Rainbow Slaw with Asian Flavours - click through for full recipe on The Happy List!

Hands up who sucks at bringing lunch to work! *Jess raises both hands

I admit it, I’m notoriously bad at making lunches. Don’t get me wrong, I love EATING lunch. It’s just that I’m rarely organised/motivated enough to have a meal prepared ahead.

BUT. I think I may have found the solution! Here’s a recipe I’ve been making a fair bit lately, and it’s perfectly suited to make-ahead lunches, because:

  1. It tastes awesome;
  2. It’s inexpensive;
  3. It’s healthy;
  4. It’s super quick and easy to make; and
  5. It can be made ahead on the weekend, and the flavours get better and better as the week goes on!

Chicken and Rainbow Slaw with Asian Flavours - click through for full recipe on The Happy List!

The slaw is everything you want it to be – fresh, crunchy, and packed with flavour. Hint: this slaw would also match perfectly with something like baked potatoes and grilled steak for an easy summer dinner!

The other cool thing about this recipe is the method of cooking the chicken breasts. I first read about it over here, and will never cook chicken breasts any other way again! It requires a lot of trust – you basically stick them in a pan over a low heat with the lid on for 10 minutes, then turn the heat off and allow them to sit for a further 10 minutes. And then they’re ready! No turning, no checking allowed. I’ve been cooking chicken breasts this way for years now, and they’ve been perfect every time!

I use an Asian-flavoured marinade here, but you can use this method to cook chicken breasts with any flavours you like, or none at all – it’s completely versatile!

Anyway, if you’re in need of some inspiration in the lunch department, give this recipe a go. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Love Jess xx

Chicken and Rainbow Slaw with Asian Flavours - click through for full recipe on The Happy List!

Chicken and Rainbow Slaw with Asian Flavours 

Ingredients.

For the chicken:

  • 500g skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, bruised and roughly chopped
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger, sliced into thin coins

For the slaw:

  • 1/4 purple cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 4-5 spring onions (eschallots)
  • Bunch of mint
  • Bunch of coriander (cilantro)
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • Fresh juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs sugar

To serve (optional):

  • Extra sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds, toasted
  • Pickled ginger, shredded
  • Dried onions

Instructions.

For the chicken:

Begin by marinating your chicken breast. To prepare the marinade, simply combine all the ingredients except the chicken in a small container that seals tightly and shake the container vigorously for a minute or so, until the ingredients are well combined and the sugar is dissolved.

If the chicken breasts are thick, slice them in half length-ways and give them a bash with a rolling pin to flatten them a little.

Drizzle around a third of the marinade in a medium-sized dish, lay the chicken breasts on top in a single layer, and pour the remaining marinade over the top. Cover and allow to marinate in the fridge for an hour or so, turning the chicken over in the sauce around halfway through.

To cook the chicken you’re going to need a big frying pan with a tightly fitting lid. Put your pan over a medium heat and drizzle with a little sesame oil (you won’t need much). Once the pan is hot, place your chicken in the pan and discard the marinade. Fry your chicken on one side for around 1 minute (just enough to colour it slightly), then turn it over. Bang the lid on, and turn the heat down as low as it goes.

Set a timer for 10 minutes, and leave the chicken to cook – resisting the urge to open the lid! After the 10 minutes is up, still without lifting the lid, turn the heat off and set your timer for another 10 minutes, allowing the chicken to sit in the trapped heat and steam while it continues cooking. When the time is up, remove the lid (finally!) and slice a piece of chicken through its thickest part to check if it’s cooked – there shouldn’t be any pinkness left. Remove your chicken to a board, and reserve the pan juices.

Use two forks to shred the chicken into thin strips, then place it in a bowl and pour the reserved pan juices over the top for extra flavour and moisture.

For the slaw:

Begin by preparing your vegetables. Shred the cabbage as finely as you can, and slice your carrots and celery into matchsticks. Slice the spring onions thinly, and finely chop the mint and coriander. Combine them all in a large salad bowl.

Chicken and Rainbow Slaw with Asian Flavours - click through for full recipe on The Happy List!

To prepare the dressing, add all the remaining ingredients to a small sealable container and shake vigorously for a minute or two, until the sugar and salt are dissolved and everything is thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning if required.

Pour your dressing over the slaw and mix to combine, and serve immediately.

To serve:

Place the slaw on serving plates and top with the chicken. Scatter on the pickled ginger, dried onions and sesame seeds, and drizzle on a little extra sesame oil. And enjoy!

This keeps well in the fridge for several days, and the slaw soaks up more and more flavour the longer you leave it. If you want to take it to work for lunch, just keep your slaw and chicken in separate containers in the fridge until the day of serving, and then combine them in a single small container only on the day you want to eat! Easy!

Chicken and Rainbow Slaw with Asian Flavours - click through for full recipe on The Happy List!

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