Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WINNER of the Bakers Delight Comp ARE.....

The winners of the Baker's Delight comp are......

First prize is a Bakers Delight gift voucher to the value of $10. 
A beautiful polkadot mug, and
Madam Flavours white with rose tea, in a lovely collectors tin.

Second and third prize is a $10 Baker's Delight Voucher each. 

FIRST PRIZE goes to Shailisa, for her wonderful recipe for dairy AND sugar free lemon curd. I cannot wait to try it, sounds delicious!

SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE goes to Ling, for the lemon delicious, which I havent had it ages, will have to rectify that!

And Heidi, for those wonderful lemon bars, which I have made and loved!

Ladies if you could please email, or DM through Twitter, an address I can send your prizes.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and many thanks to Baker's Delight :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Apple, PB and quinoa bread

Anyone that follows this blog or my Instagram feed, knows how much I adore to bake a fruit bread. I love knowing exactly what's in it and love coming up with different flavours all the time.
I try to feed my family the best food I can make. If this means baking a fresh bread, and not having to buy a sugary banana bread, which I find is BORING anyway. I have to say I cannot believe how much sugar is in most take away breads! I find I can't even taste the fruit! What's the point of that?

Anyway G loves them. So that's enough for me. I love seeing her face when she tastes something new. Brightens my day I tell you :)

From chop to eat it takes me about 1 hour. 45 minutes of that is the baking. Too easy.

Dry ingredients
1/4 cup dry quinoa, I like the added crunch from this grain
1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup whole oats
Caramel chocolate chips, use as much as you want

Wet ingredients, I stick blend the lot
2 eggs
1/3 cup vege oil, I use light olive oil
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large granny smith apples
1/4-1 cup vanilla caster sugar, depending on how sweet you like a fruit bread

Peanut butter to dot throughout the batter. As much as you want.

Preheat your oven to 180C.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, until well combined.
Next blend all the wet ingredients together till the fruit it as you like it, either chunky, or much more of a puree.
Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry, mix well. Pour the batter into a lined bread tin. Bake for 45 minutes.

I always like to serve it warm, either toasted or microwaved for 45 seconds.

I've since changed the recipe a little to add the extra peanut butter that I used to dollop on the top, to the wet ingredients mix. So add about 2-3 tablespoons to the wet mix.
I found the PB when baked goes to paste-y, not very enjoyable.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sorry If This Post Contains TMI

I'm scared to have sex. there I finally said it, phew.

The idea of it right now gives me the chills, sorry hubs....

Its all because of my recent miscarriage. I know it is. You see I don't want to have another one, and I know that this plays in the back of my mind. Like a horrible EVIL NIGHTMARE, the worst thing that you can think of when pregnant came true.

I want more kids though, so its only a matter of time, I will get over my fear. I know I have to just get it over and done with, that's how you conquer fear and anxiety....right?

Hopefully one day I will be up the duff, again, I'm looking forward to it! Even though I had morning sickness the whole way through, and other lovely things, like reflux, pinched nerve in my back, insomnia and dreadful cramps, I loved being pregnant. Being a mother is the best thing I have ever done with my life. This may sound so simple to most people. But everyone has a calling, to be a surgeon, lawyer, baker, architect, chef or whatever, mine was to be a Mother. Or a "Money", as my precious little one calls me hahahahaha.

I love it. I know this is what I was meant to do with my life. Yes I believe the cliche that this is the MOST important job in the world. I am influencing and helping another human through life. Hopefully in a very good way. At the very least I want her to feel loved, appreciated and to know that she can come to her Mother for anything.

I've said it before, I have the most patient partner ever. I dont know how he puts up with most of the shit I put him through. His family don't like me to start with, this puts a major strain on our usually wonderful relationship.

I really need to learn to let stuff go, not dwell on what people say. So what if they don't like me, not everyone gets along? And now this crazy phobia I have developed. Yep he is a lucky man to end up with all my shitty baggage. I know we will get through this, and be better for it. Its going to take some time is all. Or maybe we need to move away again? We are so much better on our own. Not worrying who's going to drop by? or how we are going to navigate Christmas?

How do you get over and irrational fear?
Are you a, just do it person?