Monday, 31 December 2012

Ringin it in

The hubs & I are spending the night in with a big plate of mashed taters, spinach & hollandaise. I'm nursing a new year's cold with a cuppa of lemsip and a side of Jurassic Park.

Whether you're out on the tiles or cozied up at home, have a wonderful new year!



Sunday, 30 December 2012

So here it is

A derelict gingerbread house sits half-eaten in the corner of our kitchen and there is a distinct lack of cheese in the fridge. Ralphie shot his eye out and Rudolph befriended Bumble. This could only mean one thing: Christmas has come and gone.

The holiday seemed to sneak up on us this year. Our minds pre-occupied with work work work and extremely poorly pups. But our christmas spirit had not faltered. If anything, all the woes made Christmas & family time more precious (just try not to think about that Downton special).

Our Christmas kitchen saw a couple sweet bread loaves, mini meringues and several gingerbread houses this year - the first of which Mr Walter single paw-edly ate (you'd think after his whole sock eating emergency surgery palava, he would have learned his lesson)!  The second gingerbread house took pride of place at my mother-in-law's christmas party - where grandpa started the demolition by pulling the front door off. It was a tasty destruction.

Santa brought all sorts of baking goodies, wrapped perfectly in brown paper packing & tied up with string: glass bowls, a retro timer, wooden spoons, brownie pans, etc. All fitting into the plans to de-clutter & colour scheme the kitchen. That jolly ole man sure is swell. 

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas and enjoy the new year celebrations to come.



Saturday, 8 December 2012

Currently

Ready. Set. Bake!

Last weekend our little ole apartment was swirling with the smells of pasties, white cob loaves, croissants, and savoury buns. Admittedly I went on bread and puff pastry overload...






It's beginning to look a lot like…

The tree is up. The baubles are strung. The lights are all a flicker. And Mr. Robot has once again taken pride of place. Time to break out the Charlie Brown Christmas album and Snoopy dance with miss Lila.




French Toast

Needless to say, there was a bit of stale cob loaf left over from last weekend's baking marathon. French toast is the perfect way to polish off any stale (or even fresh) bread you've got in your bread bin.

You'll need..

2 Slices of Bread
1 Egg (beaten)
Splash o Milk
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Sprinkle o Nutmeg

Mix the egg, milk, cinnamon & nutmeg together in a shallow plate or bowl. Place a  slice of bread onto the mixture and allow the mixture to soak into the bread - flipping the slice to ensure even soakage.


Next, place the coated slice into the centre of a heated frying pan and fry for approximately one minute each side (or until the egg mixture is completely heated through).

Repeat & (lather in butter, smother in syrup, sprinkle with powdered sugar) eat!



Until next time...