Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

The tree at my MIL's house, where Hubby, Georgi, chucky and I are staying.



I think I have finally got the bug! Christmas is tomorrow and I have been busy wrapping presents,  painting my nails and already eating! This is the little ones first Christmas and mine as a mother. I am super excited. I know she can't open presents but I wrapped hers anyway, and I have been reading her Christmas stories :D

I Wanted to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas, filled with laughter, booze, food and gifts.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my little blog, it really means a lot to me.

Leah xo

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Last 3 Weeks




I have been feeling totally uninspired about blogging recently. I think it is mostly due to my feeling a little down, and over it!

See I have moved back to Sydney, with my hubby and little G, after a few years of moving around NSW and the ACT. This was meant to make everything better, but has failed dismally….

I stupidly thought coming back home would be a cure all for my loneliness. I feel worse now than I did before. Maybe it is cause I feel so ridiculously unsettled, and I’ve have had to move in with the In Laws…..!

Now, I wish I could say that it was wonderful and that we all get along. But I almost always feel like the weirdo outsider, that eats weird food and does all these weird things. I'm appalled that no one here eats tahini???!!! What is wrong with these people!!!! It is all meat and confit vegetables. I make my own stuff to eat, but I am constantly looked at like the skinny, which I certainly am NOT, underfed freak, who likes vege’s with their original colour, and not always tasting like chicken! Oh the joy’s of living with a European family….!

I am feeling so deflated before my most favourite time of the year, and I'm not too sure how to get out of this funk yet. I know I need to get out of this house. My Christmas spirit has left me, for the first time ever. The sad thing is, I know it’s my first Christmas as a mum. I can’t seem to muster the joy I usually feel this time of year. And after being put down so many times, I'm starting to think I'm a crap mum too now.

Hubby and I are waiting on the word, from his employer, about when and where we are going to move. This. Wait. Is. Killing. Me.

I desperately need to find MY place, where I belong, with my little family of coarse. Preferably with a little garden, so I can have tea and whatever I have baked in the sun. Oh and a place where my little Chucky would be welcome. Who the heck knows what is around the corner…..

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chicken Bacon and Mushroom Pies




I love a pie. Whether they are sweet or savoury, there really is nothing more satisfying than the smell of a pie baking in the oven.
I thought it was time I get my pie baking butt off the couch, and bake, before it becomes way to hot to even think about pies!

I love to make my own pastry and have always used the same pastry. I have one for savoury and one for sweet. I just adapt them slightly, depending on what filling they will have. And yes I know that you are supposed to chill this and not handle it too much. But I just don't have the time anymore to fuss too much in the kitchen.

I made these before we had to pack and move. We ate a couple straight away, and I froze the rest. We have since eaten them all, so I can confidently say these freeze really well! Great for when you can't be bothered to cook....or have a baby gripping you koala style!




Makes 6

Dough

2 cups flour
80 grams butter, you can add more butter, up to 150 grams, but I prefer not too
2 tablespoons sour cream
cold water

Put the ingredients in a bowl, except the water, add the water a small amount at a time just to bring the dough together.

NB: I don't often chill the butter and rub it through till it resembles breadcrumbs, and then chill the dough, cause I have no time. I just bring a dough together and cross my fingers it works. By adding the sour cream it makes the dough much more forgiving, so you can roll it out and use it straight away. I only set it aside in the fridge, wrapped in plastic if i'm using it later.

Pie Filling

1 small red onion chopped fine or sliced, depending how you like it in pies
1 clove garlic chopped
2 whole celery stalks diced including leaves
1 med carrot diced
2 rashers bacon diced
500 grams chicken, I like to use thighs, but you can use breast. Cut into small bite size pieces.
8 mushrooms chopped roughly
1 tablespoon vegetable stock powder
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 glass white wine

Method
1. Cut the dough into 6 pieces, then trim a 1/3 off each piece (for the lids) and put that aside in the cling wrap, so it doesn't dry. Roll them out to fit the pie tins. Blind bake them for about 20 minutes until it takes on a little colour. Set them aside to cool.
Filling
2. Fry the onion and garlic in a very small amount of oil, until softened. Then add the celery, carrot and bacon, fry until softened.
3. Add the chicken and mushroom and fry until cooked.
4. Next add the vegetable stock powder and flour. Cook this for a little just to fry off the floury taste. It will be thick so keep watching so it doesn't burn. Then add the wine. I also added about 1 cup water to loosen the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until it thickens slightly. This takes about 20 minutes. Then set this aside to cool.
5. Fill the pastry shells with the chicken, bacon and mushroom filling. Roll out the pastry lids to fit the pies. Stick the lids down with a little beaten egg. Then brush the tops with the egg. Bake the pies for about 30 minutes in a 180C oven.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Frittata



I am always desperately trying to make healthy and quick meals for hubby and I. I hate the idea of having takeaway, (expect we have taken to a fish and chip shop here they do incredible prawns all super fresh. You can watch them haul in fish off the marina, straight into the back of the shop!!!) 

So for us it is a lot of super sized salads, my favourite thing in the world. You can put whatever you want in a salad! L.O.V.E them :D

But recently I have wanted something a little more, “dinner” like. Bring in the Frittata. They are so easy to whip up whenever you can during the day, and then serve them hot or cold! GENUS!

This makes one large frittata. Usually I will only make a small one using only 3 eggs, but cause we were moving soon, I wanted to throw in whatever I had in the fridge/freezer.








5-6 eggs depending on how much is in the frittata 
1-2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons grated romano cheese
2 teaspoons massel vegetable stock powder
3 large mushrooms cooked and sliced, I like to fry mine with a sprig of rosemary, olive oil, garlic, 1/4 small red onion and white wine
2 small potatoes boiled or microwaved then cubed, I use a mixture of both sweet and white potato
3 small pork sausages cooked and sliced
6 kalamata olives, pitted
1 zucchini steamed or microwaved, then sliced 
8 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
¼-1/3 cup frozen corn and/or peas

Use a fry pan with a stainless steel handle. 
Preheat your oven to 180C fan forced.

Mix the eggs with a tablespoon of water, sour cream and the romano and set aside.

Fry the potato, in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. Just to have them a little crispy and coloured. Next add the rest of the ingredients, including the vegetable stock powder to the pan, season to taste.

Then add your egg mixture. Stir this for a moment, just to get the eggs slightly cooked and set on the bottom. Cook this on the stove for about 5 minutes.

Put the frittata in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Make sure to watch it so it doesn't burn. I like to then leave it to cool in the pan, it makes it so much easier to slice. 

This even freezes well!!! Like is said earlier GENIUS!!! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brioche, Plain and Dark Chocolate Filled





I am obsessed with all things French. I have been like this since I was a little girl.

I totally blame MY MOTHER. And yes mum, you know it's your fault. Mum used to take me to the city when I was younger for a little outing. I loved it. It was so exciting.

The store window displays would be dazzling with lights and mannequins wearing gorgeous clothes. There were people busking and entertaining us on every street corner. Even the everyday people walking around fascinated me. There was a homeless man that used to walk around with a Cockatoo on his shoulder. I will never forget him. He reminded me of Santa Claus, but with a Cockatoo....

The city was always teeming with people hustling to work. I couldn't wait to grow up and be one of those people, in my business suit and running to work. Now I am sooooo grateful I do not have to do this, I could think of nothing worse than sitting behind a desk and having to wear a suit ALL DAY!

I distinctly remember walking through Centrepoint Tower, now the Sydney Tower, towards David Jones. I always knew we were close by, cause the warm, and completely intoxicating aroma of fresh bread and pastries would be wafting towards us through the centre. Seriously mouthwatering!

I will never forget the bakery in David Jones. The glass front was amazing. Little jeweled and glossy fruit tarts, fruit and custard filled pasties, brioche sugared and plain, croissants plain, chocolate and almond, french sticks, and animal shaped brioche bread.

This was the first time I laid my eyes on the heavenly Croquembouche. What a tower of magnificence. Our tradition was to order one of these for every Christmas! Oh wholly heck it was good. Little puff pastry balls dipped in crunchy caramel toffee, and smooth creamy custard on the inside.

Now every time I smell a french patisserie, it always takes me back to the time mum took me shopping in the city with her. Good times.

2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoon yeast or 1 sachet
1/4 cup warm milk
2 tablespoon sugar
3 eggs
125 grams soft butter
80 grams chocolate chunks
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 beaten egg
caster sugar to sprinkle on top

Method
1. Mix the yeast, sugar and milk together. Set it aside to froth about 5-8 minutes. If you know the yeast is good you can skip this step. Meanwhile place the flour, eggs and a pinch of salt in a mixer.
2. Then once the yeast is ready to use pour it into the flour mixture. Mix, with a dough hook, for about 5 minutes. Once that is done start to incorporate the butter a knob at a time. you will end up with a slightly sticky dough. Scrape out the dough, and finish kneading on a bench with a dusting of flour to form a dough.
3. Place the dough into a clean bowl, cover with cling wrap, and place in the fridge! Yes in the fridge for  at least an hour. You can make this the night before and leave it over night.
4. Place the chocolate chunks, cinnamon and cocoa in a small bowl. Add just enough water to combine it, I used 2 teaspoons. Set this aside.
5. Cut the dough into 12 pieces. I made 6 plain and 6 chocolate. For the plain I cut a small amount for the little dough head. I made a rounded shape and glued the head on with the beaten egg. For the chocolate brioche, I made a rounded shape and made a sort of well, or dent in the centre using my thumb. Then I filled the brioche with the chocolate mix, and then pinched the edges together to seal it. Place them sealed side down. Let these rest in a warm place for an hour to rise.
6. Brush all of them with the beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 12 minutes in a 200C oven.

Best eaten warm with a cup of coffee or tea.  

Sweet Treats That Remind You Of Home


Thanks Kate, from Delivery Hero, for asking to write a guest post for my little blog. Delivery Hero, makes it super easy to find food, and have it delivered VIA POSTCODE. This is genius to me. Finding decent food, when you have no time to cook, is essential when you've had a little Koala attached all day!! 


 Sweet treats that you remind you of home (guest post for Home Empress)
I don't know about you but I used to have a bad habit of ordering an entree as my main meal so I can have enough room for a delicious dessert, sometimes even two. My sweet tooth can be so uncontrollable that some days it feels that little really truly satisfies it.
There is something about a home cooked sweet treat that really knocks my taste buds for six. (And while I think of it Leah has a great recipe for Lemony Biscotti Bread). My mum used to make me homemade mallowpuffs that blew my mind! Griffins look out! Mum's were dipped in an overly generous amount of dark chocolate and even had boysenberry puree between the biscuit and mallow. Mum only made them on special occasions and one year for my birthday, she made a 6 tiered mallowpuff pyramid with candles! I guess it’s more about the love that goes into the sweet treat that makes it oh so tasty.
This is also the case for my Nana's infamous Apple Shortcake. Truly the ultimate family home cooked sweet treat.
In homage to her and my Mum's great cooking talents, this post is dedicated to spending quality time with her while making sweet treats. Leave the main meal to a tasty takeaway treat (Delivery Hero will take care of that) and concentrate on making a taste sensation for the whole family (or just you!). Nom, nom.

NANA's APPLE SHORTCAKE

1/4 lb butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg (not beaten)
2 level cups of flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
7 medium apples (stewed) - amount of sugar depends on sweetness of apples.
(Nana prefers Sturma apples)

Method:
         Soften butter with sugar and beat until well mixed.
         Add whole egg and beat again
         Add sieved flour and baking powder in stages until pastry formed.  Use hands for final stages.  Don't over mix.
         Divide pastry in half and roll out to size of dish.  You will need to experiment with thickness as depends on size of dish.
         Heat oven to Medium (350F) and cook apples
         Line dish with baking paper and cook half of pastry until just done (about 10 mins)
         Place HOT stewed apple and slide other half of pastry on top
         Return to oven and cook about 30 mins or until done


Notes:  The trick is keeping the pastry together so the amount of flour is crucial. The temperature of your hands handling the pastry also affects whether the pastry breaks up or not, so try and keep them cool. Nana never adds extra water or milk but for the learner, you may have to!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Guest Post

Recently, I was asked by the lovely Kate to write a guest post for a website called Lunch and Dinner. It's a sort of follow up, on one of my most popular post's to date. I am so excited to write a guest post! It is my very first ever. I feel so humble.


I love this blog. It is a website full of recipes for busy parents. An absolute must for me right now!! Fresh healthy meals have always been on the top of my list. And being a breastfeeding mum, I want to make sure I'm as healthy as I can be for Georgi too :D


I started this little blog, about a year ago, simply cause I was lonely while living in Canberra.

Now I find myself engrossed in blogs and blogging everyday! I feel part of this little online community, that makes me laugh, cry, and down right hungry!
It offers the best advice about where to go Not Quite Nigella.
What chocolate is best in gooey brownies, and Hannah never fails to make me smile, Wayfaring Chocolate.
Lots of delicious, nutritious food and travelling Apples Under My Bed.
And great mummy bloggers, Fat Mum Slim, Marriage Motherhood And, Meandering through motherhood, and lots lots more.

Please visit this lovely blog and leave a comment:

My guest post, and 

Lunch and Dinner

Monday, November 14, 2011

White Tea, Ginger and Aussie Clay Goats Soap


I absolutely love to make soap. There is something very satisfying about it.

But you never really know how the soap is going to turn out until it is cut. And even then you have to wait till it is fully cured, at least 6 weeks!!! and you can use it. You obviously need to be very patient to make cold process soap.

I see soap making like baking. The curing time being the "baking." You need to be exact on measurements, and timing.

Soaping can be super cheap or as expensive as you want, depending on the oils you would like to use. I like to spend a little, so my soaps are luxurious, creamy and smell amazing. And you get so much from a soap bar, so much cheaper than a gorgeous soap you can buy in a store.

I am also just as obsessive about knowing what goes into my soap, as I am with cooking. I have to know what I'm eating, I hate things with preservatives etc. SO why would I put them into my soaps?? 


450 coconut oil
280 olive oil
56 jojoba oil
112 shea butter
112 mango butter
148 caustic soda
333 goats milk

6 tables spoons White Tea and Ginger Fragrance
4 tablespoons Olive Green Australian Clay







Why I Love the Bumbo




WARNING: This post contain's poo....

I am seriously challenged for time these days. My little Georgi sleeps like an absolute angel in the evening, but during the day I struggle to get her to nap more than 30 minutes. She is also now getting to the stage of wanting to be on my hip all the time, or at the very least able to watch my every move. This makes life incredibly difficult. But I have found a great way to keep her with me, without having her cling to me like a koala CONSTANTLY.




Please a round of applause for the BUMBO!  

It is wonderful. So much better than a bouncer type chair. She can sit upright in it and support herself, and feel so very independent and secure, while watching mum from the comfort of her own chair. 


At first I wasn’t sure she’d like it but she has really taken to it. Now she sits in it all the time. I even use it for her poo chair! When she starts to go, I put her in it, to get her used to doing her business on the throne. Sorry if that’s too much info to all the non-mum readers. Since I became a mum it is crazy how much I talk and think about poo, AND NOT really caring that you’re talking or thinking about poo!

Recently it has also become her feeding chair. Yes I have started feeding her solids! And yes I know she is only 4 1/2 months, but she has expressed a huge interest in food, from 3 1/2 months old! Absolutely fascinated with food, watching everything I eat and drink so intently. You feel guilty being able to eat and drink in front of her :D So I thought why not try solids now. 


Such an exciting time. She loves food. I have given her yoghurt, potato, carrot, zucchini, banana, pear, apple, mango and more! She has loved it all. She loves the whole eating with a spoon. She always has the biggest and cutest grin after food. She really is mumma's girl.

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Sunday In Pic's

Well yesterday was my birthday. It was exactly the kind of day I love, filled with family, slobbery baby kisses, lots of doggie cuddles and food!!!

 Breakfast was made by hubby, french toast with berries and bananas.



We are currently doing Seafood Sunday's. Made a lovely Prawn Pasta, click here for recipe.
 Then birthday cake!!!! Got to lick the bowl, and the beaters.......and the spatula....!!



Friday, November 4, 2011

Moving, moving , moving.

                                                          The 'little' pond out back.


I've been a little MIA. It's been a bit nuts around here recently. We have just found out that we are moving back to Sydney, and my little Georgi has had a bit of a cold the last couple weeks :(

Trying to just make sure a 4 months old is as comfortable as she can be, with a snotty nose and all, is very difficult. There is nothing worse than a screaming baby. I wish she could just blow her nose!!!!

Hubby works for a company that's sends him all around NSW, fixing things, roads, water treatment plant etc etc. In the last 3 years we have moved from 3 times! I am so sick of it! I just want to be much more settled and stay put for a while, alas, this is still not going to happen for a while yet. But on the up side we are going to be moving back to Sydney, my home town!!!!!

I miss being there so much! We have been living in places where life moves at a MUCH slower pace. For a girl who grew up in Sydney, I found it so difficult to unwind. Every time I would just start to love living somewhere, we would have to move!

I have lived in Port Stephens for just over a year, and have really fallen in love. The people are nice, and the weather is spectacular. I can just walk down to the beach and sit there whenever I feel like it. I have never been a beach person, but there is something intoxicating about it here.....Nothing beats walking along the beach with whales breaching in the background. Or a coffee near the beach with the fresh salty air blowing through the cafe....

Almost every time I go for a walk someone wants to stop and talk. If it isn't little Chucky that starts the conversation then it is my gorgeous daughter. I will miss that. Sydney runs at such a fast pace, and people don't tend to care about their neighbours like they do here.

On the up side, I will be closer to my family. I have missed them so much. In the time we have moved, my brother got married and had a little girl. I can't wait to be a proper auntie, not someone who fly's in and out and who the little miss M is scared of!

We shall also be living with my MIL, so I'm very nervous about that. We have no choice, we have had to move so quickly, that this is our only option for now. I am just hoping that we don't kill each other, there will be a lot of us under the one roof. I don't care how nice everyone is, you can never be happy moving back in with mum and dad!

I am desperately hoping that I can keep baking. This is my first thought hahaha, not anything else. I truly love baking and to have to give that up for maybe 6 months would kill me.

I have also frantically made quite a few soap loaves, there is no way I would make them in someone else's house, it takes up too much room. So I have been trying to get my fix before we leave in 2 weeks, EEEEP!!!!

To be continued.....

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mother's Group

Whats the point of a mummas group??

I'm sorry, but I find it all a bit MEH. Dont get me wrong, I like the ladies in the group very much. But it feels like a massive cult, that you just have to join once you have a bub.

So many people, doctors, nurses and other mums, want you to be part of a group, and often encourage you to do so. I understand why. It is very healthy to get out and about as soon as you can. You want to feel normal and part of something. But, I don't know, I find it.....cultish? All sitting around, with big prams and/or bags and slings etc taking over huge sections of cafes, just to sit there for a couple hours on only a coffee???!!! I always want to order food, or something more substantial.

Maybe it's cause I used to work in my brothers cafe, I understand how the owners/proprietors feel.

And then on top of that, we only talk about our kids! I feel like I'm the only one that wants to talk about other things too, not just little G's sleeping pattern and poo's!

I'm also still uncomfortable with breast feeding her in public, but I have been persisting with it. We are just getting the hang of it too, I'm happy to say. I'm no where near as shy as I was.

And to the pervy guys in the cafe the other day, SHAME ON YOU!!!! That's all....

I read a very interesting post on the blog, Wife and Baggage to Follow, about leaving your baby OUTSIDE THE CAFE, in the pram!! This is not something I would be comfortable doing at all!  It freaks me out actually. 

Last week, I left little G with my mum for less than an hour, to have brunch with my hubby in Brasserie Bread. The whole time, I kept looking at my phone (hello my mother raised me, and I trust her with little G more than anyone, besides the hubby!!) But I still had that awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, like I'd left something behind....Next time, I'd like to take little G, and if there is no room in a cafe, I'd be more than happy to leave the buggy outside ;)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lemony Blueberry Biscotti Bread

I love having things like, home made biscotti on hand to snack on. I have always been a big fan of making my own snacks. I love to know what is in the food I'm eating. Most of the time, I'm not a fan of highly processed food at all. Don't get me wrong, I love a good salt and vinegar chip. I just prefer and enjoy, to make my own snacks.

 I love to bake, rain, hail or beautiful sunshine. It makes me smile, well only when the baked goods turn out, otherwise....... :(

This is my way of making biscotti. I start with making a couple small loaves of blueberry bread, and use that to cut thin slices. I'd freeze one whole loaf, and use the other for biscuits. 

This amount makes 2 quite small loaves, but I like to have small, delicate, but crisp melt in your mouth biscuits. Fantastic with a cup of coffee.



80 grams butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 nut meal, I used almonds and crushed them myself
zest from 1 lemon
1 cup fresh/ frozen blueberries
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon yoghurt

For the Lemony Blueberry Bread

preheat the oven 170C.
cream the butter and sugar together, add the eggs one at a time.
add the rest of the ingredients and mix this by hand
bake for 45 minutes, in a loaf tin.



For the Biscotti 


Turn the oven up to 190C.
Slice as thin as you can, and place them on a baking tray. Bake these for 6-8 minutes to dry out to form a biscotti. The more you bake them the crunchier they become, just be careful not to burn them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weekend in Pics

Hubby and I decided to surprise the family and spend the weekend down in Sydney.

A few pics from last week.

Day 1:
Little G on the drive there. She was great on the long drive :D She slept and looked around. It was wonderful!! I had time without my little koala, clinging to me.

My gorgeous little Niece, she loves the camera.
Little G kept stroking the back of her cousins neck and she hated it!!!!
My naughty girl hitting her cousin, by accident. She was NOT IMPRESSED!

Little G and I shopping in Bondi. She has spew down the front of her.....But she's happy!

Everyone (by everyone, I mean all the GEN Y's LOL) were lining up to have their names stamped on a coca cola??? Meh, what the heck for? 
I have to have Thai Riffic. I always crave it when I'm in Westfield Bondi.

Day 2
Coffee and much needed hot chocolate from Brasserie Bread. You can tell the coffee belongs to my husband, cause he dumped sugar in there before I could get a pic.

Beans, bacon, egg and sour dough.
Panini, bacon, spinach, egg and hollandaise. Mine lunch of course. I find it difficult to go past hollandaise.....
Little G, pooped and sleeping in her cousins bed.
Chucky on the drive back to Port.

Friday, October 7, 2011

BLOGGY Anniversary


I can't believe I forgot!! Well I have had a lot on my mind, and have been kept very busy with the new arrival.

So I thought I would post an A-Z about me. I first saw this on Sammie's blog, and have since seen it on a few others, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

Age: 34 - 35 in November!!!
Bed Size: Queen, still want bigger though....
Chore I Hate: Ironing. BLEG! Ironing is for suckers.
Dog: Charlie AKA Chucky the Chihuahua.
Essential Part of My Day: Little G's smiles. A cup of English Breakfast Tea.
Favourite Condiment: Mustard, either whole grain, or Dijon. Love both on sandwiches or to cook with.
Gold or Silver: Neither. I don't really wear a lot of jewellery, but my engagement and wedding ring's are platinum....so silver?
Height: 164cm
Instruments I Play: None but I used to play the piano. Does the recorder count???
Job Title: Mum. Cleaner. Cook. Wife. Daughter. Sister.
Kids: My little G.
Lives: Port Stephens,have been here for a year now. Used to live in Sydney. Desperately want to go back....Hopefully soon!
Mum Name: Natalie. Affectionately known as mumma.
Nickname: "Fats". My brother lovingly bestowed this one on me and it stuck. Also "Beba", my dad, hubby and mum use this one.
Overnight Hospital Stay: To have little G recently. And a few scares on the way, once with horrendous morning sickness, and another with a very bad back. Also had a miscarriage 2009, so had an over night stay for a D&C.
Pet Peeves: Where do I begin, Almost everything my hubby does! hehehe. No honestly, he leaves coffee cups and water glasses everywhere. Or his need to correct George Calombaris's grammar from Masterchef.
Quote from a Movie: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" Johnny. *Swoon* Every girl I knew wanted to be Baby at that moment, and some still do! R.I.P. Patrick Swayze.
Right or Left Handed: Right.
Siblings: A younger brother.
Time I wake up: 5.30-6am, out of bed about 6.30am.
Underwear: Anything clean! honestly, Bonds.
Vegetables I dislike: I hate chili, and capsicum's. And yes I know they are fruit. But honestly can't think of one I hate.
What Makes Me Run Late: HUBBY! And little G.
X-Rays I've Done: Oh I had x-rays for dental work if that counts?
Yummiest Food I Make: I think I make the best fruit breads. Pear and white choc being my favourite at the moment.
Zoo Animals: I love monkeys. But I'm not a fan AT ALL of caged animals....

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Avocado Pound Cake








I absolutely adore avocados. I could scoop out the flesh and eat it off the spoon!

We are so lucky to be living right near an avocado farm. Well it is good and bad. I end up eating way too many when we get avocados by the bucket!

I'm always looking for different ways to eat them. This is one of my favourite ways to eat them baked. An avocado pound cake. It has more of a creamy, nutty flavour than a full on avocado hit. I love it with a sweetened cream cheese spread over a warm slice, with a full bodied tea of coarse!

1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup cashews
1/4 cup light olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 med avocados
1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven 170C.
Blend the avocados, cashews, oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk until smooth.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix with a spatula. Pour the batter into a lined loaf tin. Bake for about 40 minutes.
Freezes really well.