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Weekend Productivity

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Despite being rather ill all week, I’ve had quite a productive weekend. In between the coughing and the headaches. Saturday morning I got up and baked some fruit scones :) I followed this recipe and it was great :) Apparently so great that we ate them all before I remembered to take a photo! Oops!

Then Saturday evening I finished my new set of table mats…
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A nice 454g to add onto my destash total, and some rather lovely place mats and coasters :) I am slowly filling Chris’ house with crocheted items ;)

Helen popped over yesterday to collect her new laptop and came bearing a present!
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Last weekend she’d commented that I needed an apron (I might have been covered in flour at the time!) and this weekend she appeared with one for me! :) Very happy me! :)

Of course, a new apron demanded I get up and do more baking, oh the hardship! ;) So in the oven this morning are some savoury muffins which smell delicious! Mine have got carrot, orange pepper, parsnip, and some of last nights leftover “rice, tomato and cheese bake” Chris made :)

Oh! Timer just went off! Let’s see how they look…
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Mmmmm, smell and look gooooood! Now to see if I can wake Chris up and try one :)

Flag Matching Cookies!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

To celebrate the release of Flag Matching (available for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad!) I decided it was time to do some baking! :) We discussed possible cake ideas, but in the end I decided that with cookies and strawberry laces we could recreate the game play! :D

I have recently been browsing the Evil Shenanigans blog for recipes so thought I’d try out their Butter Cut Out Cookie Recipe. It wasn’t a great success to be honest… admittedly I replaced the milk with some double cream I had in the fridge which needed using up, but I don’t think that should have made it too runny? Perhaps my egg was too big? I ended up adding in a lot of extra flour (about another cup) before I got something I thought might roll after chilling. It didn’t! We ended up placing the cutters on the baking tray and smooshing the cookie dough into them to get the shapes! I was a little too frustrated during all of that process to take any photos… but once the cookies came out of the oven I was feeling a little happier with them…


Cooling Cookies

Once cooled I employed some helpers and set about creating some flags and country labels…


Cookie Decorating

I was actually rather impressed at our ability to recreate flags :) The writing of country names was a little harder, especially when the icing ran off and took the names with them. Cayden insisted on writing the names of his countries in their native languages just to make it more difficult! :)


Finished Flags

Once we were finished we cleaned up the icing (which might have gotten everywhere!) and set about recreating the game in tasty cookies…


Ready to Play
Completed!

So that’s how you can recreate a game in cookies! :) What game would you like to see recreated in an edible fashion? :)

Oh, and despite the difficulty in cookie creation, I’m pleased to report they were very tasty…


Tasty Cookies!

Corn Bread Recipe

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

One of my favourite foods to eat and to bake is cornbread. It’s this really tasty, moist, slightly cheesy, slightly spicy, corny bread of awesomeness :) It goes really nicely with chilli or any kind of Mexican food. It’s great cold the next day too, should there actually be any leftovers. I adapted an old, american recipe in a number of ways, a few ingredients replaced with English equivalents, and some quantity adjustments so you don’t end up with random leftovers of yogurt and creamed corn. So without further ado, here’s a recipe for you…

Ingredients
1 & 1/2 cups of yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup of plain flour
3 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
200g (small pot) of Greek/Natural yogurt
1 cup grated mature cheddar cheese
1 can (418g) cream style corn
1/2 cup sunflower oil
2 tbsp chopped jalapeƱo peppers

Instructions
The reason I like this recipe is because it’s really easy. All you need to do is throw everything into a big bowl…

and mix!

You can vary the amount of chilli peppers depending upon your taste (I’ve even made it without any and it was still very tasty!) Once it’s all mixed just pour it into a square pan…

and bake at 190 degress for 45 minutes or until a skewer/sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Serve warm with a bowl of chilli :)

If you try making this recipe please leave me some feedback :) I’d love to know what you think :)