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Sunday Baking

I had promised Mr 9 we would do a bit of baking today and had bought all the ingredients for this recipe I posted about here.
I stuffed up a bit but they turned out alright in the end. I used a quarter of the recipe and put the rest in the freezer for another day when I had more time. It is stated you can get 100+ and we got around 25, but they were quite small. I would rather bake them bigger, as making them this small you’d eat the lot in one sitting. The flavour was perfect, not too sweet at all. I topped mine with crushed chocolate peppermint balls, and the flavour is subtle but perfect.
I will be passing this one onto my sister when we visit this weekend. Her three kids love baking.


Happy Easter – Swiss roll style

I was tempted to not actually post this, but if I can’t share my failures as well as my triumphs, then that’s a bit of fail too. Life is not always happy and sweet.

It’s the day that Russell has been looking forward to. Well I hope he has, he says I’m on his radar after I inadvertently opened my big mouth and said I would do this. Now, sure I am allowed to not do anything, take it all back, decide not to, all of the above. But when I’ve said I’m going to do something, even for a bloggy friend who won’t even be able to try it for himself, I still feel that obligation to do it.
A week or so ago Russell from The Very Best Top 10, posted about Swiss rolls, I suddenly decided I would bake one. For Easter, and I told him this. ~if only I had not said anything~

After chatting with mum, we decided that the kids and I would visit for afternoon tea on Sunday (today) and I would bring the food. Included will be fresh raspberries from their garden.

I hunted out a recipe from one of my favourite books – Chocolate Raspberry Swiss Roll – and I think I’m set to go.

~insert time lapse here ~

That was so easy, although I realise now it should be made and assembled as soon as you want to serve it. Not 3 hrs ahead of time. But anyhoo. It worked. One end has broken off but we can deal with that. I don’t think I left it long enough after baking before trying to roll it. Oops.
Whip cream, add grated chocolate and raspberries and re roll then serve.

~ insert another time lapse here ~

Ok, let’s just skip the raspberries and make a white chocolate whipped cream and be done with it. The cake is broken in two parts now – what’s that saying about not trying out a new recipe when guests are coming, coz it’s destined to fail… –

So I now present you with my Easter chocolate Swiss roll.



Where are you, and what are you doing???

“In the kitchen, and I’m baking”
“What, you’ve got nothing to say to that…?”
“You just sound too happy to be a proper house wife…”
Such is the start of the phone call when hubby rang tonight.
Apparently I’m not sposed to sound so happy. You know what I say to that? Laugh, a lot!

I might like being in the kitchen, but he doesn’t. I was busy, he was on speaker phone, and “I’m going to leave you in the kitchen, I’ve got to get the charger…” And ran out the door.
His reply was to “get him out of there…” Ha, as if that’s going to happen.

I have a friend coming round tomorrow and I decided that I had to do lots of baking. I was prepared to make another item or two but suddenly got really tired….2 lots of biscuits (cookies) and a quiche (will do dinner duty for Mr 9 and I also) and I did all the dishes as well. Chose the better option of doing them now instead of in the morning.
I started the morning with beautiful scenery and finished it off with a baking frenzy….

Chocolate peanut butter biscuits, coconut macaroons and a bacon/ham quiche with seeded mustard as I had no fresh herbs…(hope it tastes ok?)


It’s going to be an interesting week. Mr 14 is at camp til Wed, Mr 16 will be at is girlfriends house for dinner tomorrow night. Wednesday night everyone is home, Thursday, Mr’s 14 & 9 have a student fee day before Good Friday (we’re going into town) and Mr 16 is working til late after school, so come Friday I’m going to try and sleep in before making some hot cross buns. Mr 16 is working most of the weekend and then will be at a friends on Monday/Tuesday and I’m yet to hear whether my sister will be down for Easter or not. So it’ll be either be very quiet or very busy. Typical. All or nothing. Then back to school on Wednesday. I think I’ll be ready by then.

At least I’ll have 3 weeks before the next market and there will some rest on the weekends… Some.

Have a fun week 🙂


Birthday Baking Frenzy

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As you may remember, my youngest had his birthday last week and I finally got back ” into the kitchen” (my elder two love those kitchen jokes) to do some baking. I was requested to make several things. Mr 8 … Continue reading

OMG! Look what arrived this morning

From the US of A to Australia, from my amazing and beautiful friend….
I cannot ask for much more. This is going to be fun. Although I’m not sure if the marshmallows and chocolate will last…
At least I can learn how to take better pictures of my food while I’m at it.

Have a great day, I know I will be 😀