Wednesday, April 25, 2012

And the rain came down

Every since our county was officially declared to be suffering from drought.

It has rained.

And rained.

Every so often the sun raises its head for the shortest time.

And then it rains some more.

So given all this rain, I know that you will be unsurprised to find me in the kitchen.  Last week I reached for my usual citrus mood lifters.  Marmalade Cake ticked all the buttons.

Then there was chocolate - cookies, Rockie Road.

And yesterday I got brave and tried a new recipe.  Chocolate chip and ginger biscuits.  

A buttery, almost shortbread like biscuit, studded with preserved stem ginger and shards of dark chocolate.  The ginger pieces are rendered slightly chewy in the baking.  

There is always a certain anxiety in breaking away from the favourites, the children are almost certain that my time and time again chocolate chip cookies cannot be bettered.  They prefer me not to stray.


Thankfully these biscuits were declared a success and as the recipe makes plenty there are enough for today's after school snack too.  Which might soften the blow that is to come - Beef Stew for dinner.  Because you just cannot please all of the people, all of the time.

The recipe came from 1 Dough, 100 Cookies (1 = 100)

Eeek Backstage Blogger went and changed!  I have broken links and things, will try to work through them but need to await some assistance from The Technical Advisor. 

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Cake days and holidays

Although I awoke at 6am this morning, it was the result of birdsong, not electronics and the waking was accompanied by the rather blissful thought of "no school." Oh my, I love the holidays. In spite of the fact that I still have to carve the time to complete my work, a fact made possibly more difficult by those 2 extra people at home but I am still filled with that blissful feeling of being off timetable.

Days that start gently and wind along, a bit of this, a bit of that. Nowhere to be, no plans in hand. No clocks to be watched. Breakfast is late and lunch is whenever. Life in the slow lane.

And these days they even do their own baking.

Tilly is becoming quite the whiz in the kitchen.

Sometimes she tidies up afterwards too.

Well, in a fashion. And I am happy enough to wash the odd whisk in exchange for something sweet with my tea.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. From the excellent The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days.

I did help with the boiling sugar/meringue part and we halved the frosting quantities just because we generally like a somewhat lower frosting to cake ratio.

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