Monday, July 23, 2012

Little G's FIRST BIRTHDAY AND Coconut Cake



I cannot believe my little Georgi is ONE! ONE people!

Each day is something new and exciting for both of us.

She is learning to walk at the moment. But she is still a little scared to do so on her own.

She now has 6 teeth, I have to say 6 sharp little buggers, that she knows how to use. Thank goodness I'm not breastfeeding her, she bit me with her gums, I don't want to know what it would be like with teeth!

She is clever, funny, charming and most definitely mummy's little girl. She can also be cranky, and very very stubborn and determined.

I knew right away what i wanted to do for her birthday cake. Hubby and I both wanted it to be homemade. We didn't care about the rest of the food for the day, we really wanted her to have a cake she would want to eat. Something fun! But also a cake that wasn't full of sugar, something sweet enough, but not over the top.

I have relised something when it comes to having a kid, the expectations. OMG it is nuts. Seriously can everyone relax please when it comes to kids? Honestly, why do people feel the need to judge and point out all the things your not doing?? Instead of letting the baby enjoy her day. Besides they dont know whats going on. Just chill the frack out people....ok?

It was a wonderful day. She even napped!

My gorgeous, but always serious in front of the camera, niece. Pics of her are always blurry cause she never stops running around :P



You can see where G pawed at the cake to have some icing!

Hubs and I having our tea and cake after everyone had left and the baby was tucked into bed.

Coconut Cakes with Raspberry Cream Cheese Icing

This made about 21 cupcakes, and a small 6 inch cake.
1 1/4 cup vanilla caster sugar, this is not a lot of sugar, by all means double it
250 ml whole block of butter, again this is not a lot of butter

6 eggs, at room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons baking powder
6 cups flour sifted
400 ml can coconut cream
3-4 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut
packet of white choc bits

Preheat the oven to 180C fan forced.
Start by creaming the sugar and butter, for at least 10 minutes. It has to go lighter in colour. Then add eggs, incorporating one at a time. (It might not mix all the way but will come together when you start to add the flour.)

Next add vanilla and baking powder.

Then alternate a cup of flour, then some coconut cream, until there is nothing left of either. Then add the milk, coconut and chocolate chips.

Spoon into patty pans and pour about 3/4 way in a small, well greased or lined 6 inch cake tin.

I baked the cupcakes for about 20 minutes and the cake for about 45 minutes. I'm still trying to figure out my oven, so please forgive if this is not accurate.

Cream Cheese Icing

2 blocks of Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temp
4-5 cups icing sugar mixture
1/3 cup raspberries blended and strained for seeds
milk

Mix all the ingredients either with a hand blender or mixmaster. Add the raspberry puree. Then enough milk to make a smooth icing, that would be easy to pipe and spread.

decorate.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chickpea Curry



It has been so cold here in the evenings, it gets to about 5C once the sun has gone down, that I have been cooking mostly warm, comforting meals. And lots of it. See I love leftovers. I like to make leftovers to eat for lunch the next day, and to possibly freeze, in case of frazzled lazy days or a screaming toddler!

As with all of my cooking this meal doesn't really have measurements. It is mostly to taste. If you love ginger, like I do add more. Or if you love chili, go nuts.
I like to use the reduced fat coconut cream, cause it is basically not as creamy as full cream coconut, but not watery like coconut milk. I like it to have a little thickness to the sauce. If you like it thicker use full fat coconut cream. This curry has just a hint of the coconut flavour, it is not over powering.

I also like to always have a vegetarian curry, as most of you know i love meat, but I just don't eat a lot of it. I prefer to eat mostly vegetarian even vegan food. You can definitely add chicken or fish to this. Personally I think it would be delicious with fish.

It seems like it has a lot of steps too it, but if your organised, and use a food blender is is super easy and quick. Even something I would say you could easily prep after work.

Paste
1 small onion
1 garlic
smallish piece ginger
2 10cm sticks celery
about a teaspoon each of turmeric, cumin, ground coriander,
handful cashew nuts
2 teaspoons massal powdered vegetable stock
1 fresh tomato
270 ml can light coconut cream
chili, optional

1 carrot chopped
2 pieces lemon peel
1/2 head broccoli, cut into small bite sized pieces
1/2 bunch Chinese broccoli, cut into manageable pieces
1/2 pumpkin, cut into bite sized chunks
1 can chickpeas
handful of baby spinach
1-2 tablespoons coriander


steamed rice to serve

I start with making a paste in the blender. Add all the paste ingredients and whizz it up until smooth. Add chili at this stage too.

Fry the paste in a little vege oil for a couple minutes then add the carrots and lemon peel.
Next add whatever vegetables you like, and cook them to how you prefer. I like mine with still a little bite to them.
Then add the chickpeas, spinach and coriander. Fish out the lemon peels before serving. Serve with rice or noodles. So comforting, and much more delicious the next day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Moving and Life Right Now




Forgive me Father for I have sinned......It has been far too long since I blogged.

I have been incredibly busy, living life, you would say. I honestly don't know how mum's with blogs, blog everyday, and so wonderfully too. They are witty, charming, serious and most importantly their blog posts are always there, everyday, a new post. Not at all boring and tedious.

I'm not like this.

If life gets a little crazy, I can sometimes shut down, cocoon if you will.

recently I felt like I have needed all of my energy.

I have had to deal with so much in the last couple months.

Moving, yep that's right! We finally moved into our own place, and I love it! I used to love moving, but the idea of having to unpack and wash and clean etc with a toddler is not a good idea.

I have some very sad personal news, someone very dear to me, is very ill. I can't even bring myself to type the words. Everyone is very positive and "staying strong" and hoping that soon, this said person will be his "normal" and healthy self.

I have had a little family craziness re: insanity to deal with. Mostly it is all so ridiculous and so tedious not even worth talking about. Yet again I need to learn to develop a thicker skin, and let the bullshit wash over me. I will have to learn to wake up and look at myself and say, "I'm a Great Wife and , Mother" like a mantra EVERYDAY, until i believe it, (even if others don't and verbalise it!)

And most importantly my little G's FIRST birthday. YEP FIRST. I can't believe it either. It has gone way too quickly and it is both exciting and sad.

I have also wanted to have another baby, but who knows. Its all a roll of the dice really.

It is so strange, i really wanted a baby the first time round, thinking all of the time that ONE would be enough, 2 or more is just craziness, or a blessing, which ever way you look at it :P
But since having little G my hormones are going crazy. I want MORE! It makes me feel so selfish and silly. I should be so grateful having a perfect little baby. Having another, when there are so many unwanted kids out there is just selfish....right??

Hopefully I will be able to post more soon xo.