A Month of Baking

There must’ve be something in the water this past month because I was hit hard with the baking bug, searching my Pinterest food board for yummy recipes to try. I used to be hesitant to try things from Pinterest – I think most of us pin things to our boards with all the intentions but never get around to baking/making/doing/reading etc. Or is that just me?

This post is a quick snapshot of my month of baking with reference to all the delicious recipes. Maybe you might like to try some yourself?

I’ve gone back to my Instagram feed to find out what I made first (let’s face it, most things get shared on IG) and the first thing I baked were these Orange, Lemon and Lime Citrus Cookies.  As you know, winter is all about the citrus (although it seems totally odd to me that citrus is not a summer thing?) and I have some girlfriends with bountiful lemon trees that were only too happy to share their growings with me. These cookies were so good, always best straight from the oven. On this day, I also made some scones and a Lime Coconut Cake from a recipe that I found from the Taste website. This is the second time I’ve made this cake – this time I added a cream cheese frosting – but I still didn’t like it. It seemed a bit heavy and dry. Am I doing something wrong? Do you bake with limes? Can you give me any advice?

IMG_5327

Scones, Lime Coconut Cake and Lemon, Orange and Lime Citrus Cookies

These Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies were delicious! I’ve never made a glaze before but it’s so super easy. I shared these with friends and they seemed to like them too.

IMG_5366

Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies

I then went a bit loopy for muffins – a trio in fact. I wrote about it here. I made Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, Double Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. All were delicious and very handy for lunchboxes for the kids. I shipped some off to my parents’ too for their morning tea.

IMG_5447

(L-R): Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, Double Chocolate Muffins, Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

I didn’t “bake” this Korma Curry Paste but I did make it from scratch courtesy of Jamie Oliver and to say I’m a bit chuffed is an understatement. The best thing of all is that I finally used my mortar and pestle! Now that I’ve made this curry paste I can’t see me using the jar stuff anymore, as yummy as it is. This is a solid fave in our house now.

IMG_5506

Jamie Oliver’s Korma Curry Paste

Last week after school I whipped up these Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything (although mine weren’t big and fat, they were chewy and delicious!) I also made these Coconut and Oatmeal Cookies which were a hit, even for my fussy son. Winning!

choc chip

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

coconut oatmeal

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

And to round off the month, I finished it with baking a Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownie, fit for afternoon tea with friends. I didn’t have any chocolate chunks so I added some milk and white choc chips instead to the recipe. I also made a chocolate icing for the top but this recipe doesn’t really need it as it’s a bit sweet. Sugar overload!

IMG_5756

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownie

So there you have it. A month of cooking and baking and eating and sharing yummy, delicious treats. Let me know how you go if you choose to bake anything that I’ve baked.

Aimee x

Advertisements

Time Spent in the Country

I love where I live. I love how even though my little country suburb is getting more and more populated, I love that just down the road, 10 minutes from home in the neighbouring suburb, there are some country markets. Proper country markets; where most of the market-goers are over the age of 60, yet the younger generations are also here with their little kids, starting a whole new love of these type of traditional markets.

These are the type of markets that are set up on a block of land, probably land that has been owned by the same family for decades, set beneath the beautiful, willowy canopies of the trees. Folk young and old are chatting over coffee, sampling produce or having a bite to eat while waiting for the auctions to start.

IMG_5574   IMG_5579

IMG_5577   IMG_5594

IMG_5582

Yes, did I mention that these markets also auction livestock? There is so much awesomeness here! Mark is in his element (he’s even registered to bid!) and we’re hoping to go home with some chickens. You can also bid on pigs, sheep, goats and even a baby alpaca!

IMG_5581

Up the back of the property they auction off household items and other such things. Down the front amongst the trees there are all kinds of wares for sale. There are plants, herbs and succulents  (I bought some hibiscus plants – the old boy even threw one in for free!), even jams and preserves made by a little old lady. I bought some raspberry jam from her – it’s mine and the kids’ favourite. I can imagine her in her kitchen making these little jars of wonderfulness. That makes it all the more special and we all know homemade is the best. There’s large jars of pickled onions for sale, soap made with goats milk, vintage crockery and other bits and pieces. There’s even a bouncy castle for the kids.

IMG_5601

On the way in to the markets there was a fruit and veg guy. I bought four big spuds, four pink lady apples and two bananas. All this came to a grand total of $2.00! What that actual what?! Two bucks! That’s crazy! I even asked him to check the weight to be sure. How can you seriously go past fresh produce with prices like these?

IMG_5557

The pigs are getting auctioned at the moment. I’d say the sheep and alpacas are next, then we’ll be bidding for some chooks. We’re only bidding on one lot which has three hens. I really hope we get it but there’s heaps of people here so probably not.

IMG_5588

Well, did we win the chooks? Woohoo, we sure did! We are now the proud owners of three little chookies! A Plymouth Rock, a Rhode Island Red, and a Wyandotte/Sussex! Can’t wait to get them home 😊

IMG_5639

What a great day …

Aimee x