Friday, May 25, 2012

Lemon Yoghurt Semolina Cake

When I'm in a not so good mood, i like to cook. I tend to want to stay in the kitchen all day and just cook, bake, roll, stew (in more ways than one) whatever takes my fancy.

These days i tend to end up with some of my best recipes. Who knew?

I started the day making a bolognese, i wanted it to simmer all day adding as many fresh from the garden ingredients, basil, garlic, tomato etc. I knew this wouldn't take me long, and I had to make something else.

I decided on a cake. I wanted something a little different. I have written this recipe down, and had almost forgotten about it. I have a small recipe book that I scribble in, even if it is only a few words for inspiration, then tend to make up the recipe as I go along, tweak it if you will :)

I have a love of baking for this reason, the tweaking. I love making a recipe my own, by adding this and that, and mostly from decreasing the SUGAR. For even less sugar you can skip the glaze all together, but even i think it needed the glaze. You can also add more sugar, I think up to 1/2 cup is plenty, and increase the lemon zest for a much more punchy lemony flavour.

I liked the subtly of the lemon of this light cake, perfect with a tea or coffee.

1/3 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup Greek yoghurt, I like Chobani

1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup semolina
2 teaspoons baking powder
zest from 1 lemon

1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
toasted almonds for decoration

Preheat the oven to 180C.
In a large bowl add the flour, semolina, baking powder and lemon zest, set that aside to mix the rest of the ingredients.

Mix the oil, sugar, yoghurt and eggs in a small bowl. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, and give it s stir with a wooden spoon/spatula. Don't over mix, just enough for it to be combined.

Pour the cake batter into a lightly greased fluted cake tin.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes depending on your oven. Let it cool completely.

Make up the glaze with the icing sugar and lemon juice, adjust accordingly, more sugar or lemon if it is too runny or thick. Let it thicken a little, it makes it easier to handle and pour over the cake. Pour it over the cooled inverted cake, sprinkle the toasted almonds. Then EAT!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

House hunting, Meat and Life.

Hubs and I finally decided to start looking for a house to rent! YAYAYYAYAAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got sick of waiting for his work to make up their minds on where he will be placed.

We are going on 7 months of living with my hubs family. I can't say it has been all roses and sunshine, but it hasn't always been bad either.

I think mostly I just want my own space and privacy, and it gets to me not having that. Even to be able to enjoy each others company in peace, once the little one is in bed. I never thought that would be such a luxury, I miss that the most. 

I have always been quite an independent girl and then woman, to the point of stubbornness, and i think it upsets my Mother In Law that I am like this. I enjoy making my own food, washing my own clothes and cleaning my own house/space. Not that I'm saying that any of this gets done for me, I do all my own cooking and cleaning (well most of the cooking, I do live in a Greek house LOL) Honestly if any of you have lived in or with old school Europeans, my goodness, there is always HUGE amounts of food! Its nuts. I could feed the whole neighbourhood with the amount of food cooked here weekly. Mostly I like to continue eating exactly as I did before, and to cook it myself. Even though I continue to get these poor girl are you only eating that??? looks. Its only cause I refuse to have half a cow or pig on my plate each and every night. It makes me ill having too much meat. It will always remind me of this clip

in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" The funniest thing I believe in this movie, and on top of that, she looks like my Aunt bahahahahahahaha!

Anyway, we have been looking for a house to rent in Sydney now for 2 weeks. It is nuts! There doesn't seem to be anything decent around :(:(:( Well at least something that isn't over priced and either way too big, or falling apart. It is very disheartening, fingers crossed we get something very soon.

We have set a 2 month minimum to move by. For no other reason other than it will be G's first birthday! We would like to be in our own place by then for it. Strange? Maybe, but we would just like to have our own place for the special day. Neither hubs or I want have it here. We are thinking about having it in a park as an alternative, the only problem is that it is winter, and it may be quite cold or worse raining GAH!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Georgi's Christening 5/5/12

My baby girl had her Christening on Saturday.

It was a wonderful day filled with family and lots of love for my little girl. She is certainly one very lucky little one. She has a big family that love her very much.

And now a Godmother, that loves her and will always be there for her.

There was sooo much food, laughter and love, oh and a big pink princess jumping castle!

Little G cried her little head off once she was placed into the large urn to be baptised. At least she wasn't as bad as I anticipated. Once the church ceremony was over, she was ok. She was a little traumatised at bath time, but is back to her water loving self :)

What I wore, dark nails and a simple Zara dress, with Mimco necklace.

                                    My niece rocking faux fur!

G's amazing. Front.

                          Cap. My hubs called it her Mormon cap hehe!

                                    Back of the dress. Love. Big. Bows.

Booties. The lace ones came with the dress. Her Godmother bought the ballet slippers with wool trim, so she wore those.

Before the ceremony, she slept blissfully in the car.

With her Godmother :)

 After the ceremony. I had trouble getting her in the car seat cause of the length of the dress!

Her bonbonniere. Little keyrings, an Angel and a Cross.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kreativ Blogger

I was recently nominated from The Legal Tart, for a Kreativ Blogger Award!
Thank you to Meg from The Legal Tart.

The rules are that I tell you 7 things about myself that my readers may find interesting, as well as nominate 7 other bloggers whom I enjoy.

My 7 things:

1. I HATE to fly. I have dreamed of a future, when I could just jump on a plane filled with butterflies of excitement NOT fear that the plane will crash, and ill end up in the nightmarish world of LOST!

2. I have always dreamed of going to New York and France. These countries have been on a to do list since i was a little girl. I have either been to busy with life, or never had the money *sigh* I bought a lonely planet guide to New York, when I was in high school, and I highlighted everything I wanted to do and see, mind you this was almost every page. The list just keeps growing!
I have to eat a croissant in Paris before I die, I just have too, and I know even if it isn't the best croissant, it'll taste like it at the time!

3. I can't swim. I know this is random right? Especially for an Aussie? Well I can swim, just not very well. Lets say if I was in the titanic when it sunk, I don't think I would've survived treading water, or trying to swim somewhere....

4. I have a sweet tooth, but I don't like anything too sweet. Yes I know, I'm a walking contradiction. I prefer to bake something sweet, than to buy it, so it doesn't have too much sugar in it! I ask for syrup on the side of my pancakes, or no sugar for my tea, and you will always see me scrapping or tapping the icing sugar off kourabiethes.

5. I'm a dog person. I don't really like cats too much. I think they are cute, but I'm a little afraid of them. They seem shifty. Like they are up to something, or are plotting something. I love my predictable and funny little dog Chuck.

6. I used to be vegetarian, until I started craving chicken while pregnant! I indulged my chicken craving and haven't stopped eating meat since. I still don't like a lot though, and prefer to eat mostly vegetarian. Mind you its not like I have been a vego my whole life, so I like the taste of good quality meat. I don't eat it for the sake of eating it every night, I can't stand eating too much of it. But there is nothing in the world like the intoxicating smell of bacon.

7. I have a touch of OCD. I like things to be just so. It's also cause I like a routine, so it helps if I know where things are. Thankfully Georgi loves routine too, so my little bit of crazy works out well for us.

7 Blog's I enjoy reading and TAG:

1. I love Sophie's style, from flowers to clothes, she is a super stylish girl.
2. Reezy is a new mum, she too has great style and an open and honest blog.
3. Hannah has great vegetarian recipes, and she often goes to places/markets etc I would never think of.
4. Shellie always has me salivating at my desktop. I love her pics of food, and how honest she is.
5. Cate takes wonderful pics of her day to day. She always has me wanting leopard print shoes, or a cup of coffee, when I prefer tea! Cate's blog is like a big warm hug. I can always smell coffee and candles when I read her blog.
6. Aneets is the funniest mummy blogger ever, and I hate the term 'mummy blogger' but Aneets carrys it well. She always has me laughing and I'm always waiting for her next post! Love this blog to bits.
7. Laura is super stylish and has great taste, in home wares and anything to do with the house. In an ideal world where I can afford this, I want Laura to decorate my house.

There are so many blog I enjoy reading on a daily basis, these are only a small few that I love reading everyday!

Happy blogging bloggers :)