I love baked goods. I own a lot of cookbooks. I look at baking blogs. I like to try to make something from the pages/posts of these books/blogs. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. A recent baking effort fell into the latter camp. I was determined to make a zucchini loaf and a batch of … Continue reading Mortifying muffins and eye-candy neighbours
Spiderboy had been run off all eight of his little feet during the September school holidays, so on the last Sunday, when I asked him, "So, shall we go out on the harbour on a ferry, or stay home and make butter from scratch?" it's really no surprise he wanted to stay home and you know, potentially lick … Continue reading I Can’t Believe I Made Butter!
I saw some really cute panda-face cupcakes on Housegoeshome, so I decided to have a go for the recent Federal Election day cake-stall at school, because they were just so cute, and importantly, looked easy enough. Still, when I was at the supermarket buying my ingredients, I bought a pack of ready-made cupcakes with brightly coloured icing, just in … Continue reading School Cake-stall Baking
You might remember my cheesecake disaster from last week: the rubbery, salty garbage-tasting lump with flesh coloured gelatinous globules in it that actually made me dry-retch when I tasted it. The big pictures and step-by-step instructions in a children's cookbook borrowed from the library made it look so easy. But my cheesecake didn't look like the pictures. … Continue reading Nothing Like Nigella. Part 2
It should have been so easy. It was a no-bake cake. I had borrowed a cookbook from the children's library. Five-year-old Spider Boy and I had chosen a strawberry cheesecake recipe to try. From a children's cookbook. We followed the instructions to the letter. The recipe called for "I package (85g) strawberry gelatin" (spelt gelatin without the 'e' - it was an … Continue reading Nothing Like Nigella. Part 1