31 January, 2011

Banana Pear muffins & Teapot time

 Just about every day the boys and I have either morning or afternoon tea.
My Man too when he's home.

I believe it to be my British upbringing responsible for this?

Whatever the reason, I, excuse me, WE love it!
And almost always, we have a little baked treat alongside.
Our boys usually grab something to go into the pot from the garden.
Today it was mint to go with the fresh ginger & lemon myrtle green tea.
We have had all sorts of combinations:
herbs, loose leaf tea, tea bags, vegetables, fruit, honey.
You name it (though sometimes the combination can
have Mama choosing to create her own separate teapot!)

My quick recipe for these muffins, is:
(Happily, I wrote it down, because they turned out just lovely!)
Banana Pear Muffins
(Australian measurements)
1Cup Wholemeal self-raising flour
1Cup Wholemeal plain spelt flour
1t baking powder
pinch all spice

1Cup hot water
1/3Cup dates

1 banana
2T grapeseed oil
1 pear (chopped, no need to peel)

Soak chopped dates & hot water together for 15mins.
Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.
Blend dates AND water, banana & oil.
Stir through chopped pear
Pour wet mix into dry mix & combine well with spoon.
Divide into an oiled muffin tray.
Bake for 15-20 mins in a moderate oven.

January 2011 Favourite Photo

Mr Turtle's photo of his Mama & little brother
A favourite snapshot ~ of our lives.
From this month.
This moment is forever preserved.
To be remembered always.

29 January, 2011

Finally finished! Crochet Hook Sushi Roll - Roll up case

When a craft project is for myself, it seems to take a little longer.

So, I'm pleased to announce, I have finally
(after a year of picking it up and putting it back down)
completed my crochet hook sushi roll!

Now that I think I'm beyond beginner status, I plan to replace all of these thrifted hooks,
with some of the gorgeous wooden ones I've drooled over, online.
(Like these by K.Kowalski ~ Oh My!)

 I chose this project initially as it was a great way to practice
different types of stitches. Each colour is in a different style.
As I am practically self-taught,
(I have perplexedly sought advice and guidance at times
from some wonderfully talented folk)
I thought this was a great idea. And it was.

Of course I changed a few things -
but a pattern is like a recipe, right?
 You can do that?!

The pattern, and idea, came from this bright and bubbly guide

Not that I ever thought I was a 'complete idiot'...unfortunate title...

I'm rather fond of my sushi roll, Functional and Fun!

24 January, 2011

Raisin Crunch Biscuits

The original recipe comes from a book my Mum used to bake from,
printed in the 70's.

I can remember coming home from school, smelling that delicious 'freshly baked' aroma and running to the kitchen to see what treat we were about to indulge in!

I have managed to procure my own copy of this same book.
Stacked in between all my modern books, it means so much to me.
As I never stick to the original recipe and I prefer my boys to eat, even treats, as healthy as I can get them. I had to make a few changes.

My Raisin Crunch Cookies
85g Butter
1/2c Rapadura Sugar
2 Eggs
2 1/2c Wholemeal Spelt Self Raising Flour
1 cup Sultanas
1/4c milk
1/4t Mixed Spice

Cream butter and sugar. Beat eggs into mix. Add sifted flour & spice alternately with milk. Mix well. Fold through sultanas.

Shape dough into round biscuits and flatten on a lined tray.
Bake in a moderate oven for around 15 mins. Cool on trays, then wire racks after they harden.

I found I had too much dough and froze half of it.
After the first batch was eaten, we took out the frozen portion, which defrosted fine in the fridge overnight to bake again the next day.

I generally always have helpers during the baking, and of course to eat it!
I've found that good communication, allowing plenty of time
and owning a considerable amount of patience,
make for an enjoyable session together in the kitchen.
And all of this has paid off.
Both boys are very confident and competent little cooks. 

 Here, they are balancing on a single step, not wanting to get a second one

All aspects of the preperation and final product are enjoyed.
Happy crunching!

20 January, 2011

'Raspberry Mousse' - well, our quick version

'Raspberry Mousse' has been popular here for a very long time.
Since Mr Turtle heard about it on a show he'd crossed paths with,
somewhere, one day.
The recipe is always changing according to what we have at hand.
I've therefore made several versions.
This time we used fresh raspberries & blueberries
(from the farmer's market - delightful!),
quark & a dash of maple syrup.
As you can see, it went down rather well!

17 January, 2011

15 January, 2011

Back to School Appliqué T-shirts

Mama has begun the School T-shirts for Mr Turtle.
(He starts on Feb 4th, 2011!)

Thought I'd teach myself to sew appliqué & make his
plain tops a little more interesting (I hope) at the same time.
A handy hint when sewing a spiral.
Always start from the centre and work out.
(I learnt the hard way ~ unpick, unpick, re-sew)

(Little Pip wanted to 'try one on too')

This is now my 2nd foray into appliqué.

Again though, happily, we're both quite pleased with the outcome!

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