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Fish day

I had a post all sorted for yesterday, another “my day in pictures” but everything went a little off the rails, and I was too far gone to be bothered by the time I was home, fed, drunk (with coffee) and spoken with hubby.
So today for Food Friday, which is also Good Friday (I’ve written about my hypocritical stance on this here) so I thought a picture post would have to suffice.
The cake I made for lunch didn’t look very good (thanks cranky oven which burnt the outside) and I forgot to get a picture of the totally delicious chilli garlic prawns I made for lunch.
My dinner, a slab of salmon (my all time favourite fish) with a tiny side salad.
Pan fried with globs of butter, garlic and seed mustard, it was devine.
Hope I don’t make you too hungry,
Have a happy and safe Easter whatever you are doing.
Jen ūüôā

Gorgeous plate up


Totally devine, cooked to perfection.

And all done. I’d buy it more often but like to keep this as a treat.

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.



Easter Buns

Ahh, that coffee is soo good.¬† Now where was I, yes.¬† So Good Friday has come and gone (or you’re still in it¬†depending on where you are) and a Good Friday it was. I finally got my sleep in, took a nice long walk and did some Easter baking. I’m glad I didn’t post this yesterday now, as the end product worked much better the second time round, at 10pm. Go figure. I think the whole kitchen was warmer after dinner so the yeast was more comfortable.

I was thinking titling this¬†‘buns in the oven’ but that has a complete other meaning¬†and I didn’t want to freak anyone out.
Easter baking. Hot cross Buns in particular.¬† I was looking around my favourite cooking site¬†to see what recipes I could use for my hot cross buns when I remembered the one I had last year. ¬†Perfect, now to actually find it. Two pieces of paper photocopied from the newspaper.¬† Thankfully they weren’t hidden too far into the pile of recipes I had re located.
As is the way with yeast cooking, there is always down time while things are rising so I needed to make sure I had up to 3 hours to do this job. Yup, 2.5hrs+

I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of peel in my mixed fruit, so I chose to make a mix of sultanas and glac√© cherries. Keeps most of us happy (my boys are fussy and at least one of them won’t eat fruit bread or sultanas) and no one seems to miss the peel.IMG_6679
Starting a blog post while things get started is always fun, the post gets muddled up with all sorts of comments like the one that folllows
…Ooh, look out, the yeast mix has gone all frothy, I best get back to mixing.
Ten minutes later. Dough mixed, kneaded and now sitting in a warm place rising. While I fold washing and other mundane chores for up to 90 mins…

Why is it, that when I am ready to sit and have some lunch and more coffee, the buzzer goes off and I knead my buns. (Yes I went there)
Ah well, my bad timing.
My buns were not in very good shape, and were not the best reuslt I could have asked for, Yummy, yes, but really not so good as HCB.


These are laughable now, while I was not impressed yesterday, today they are wose than laughing stock.IMG_6685It did taste pretty good, hot and fresh with melted butter.

I had to make more. I’m not feeding an army, nor is family going to be here. I just had to do it again.¬† And besides, what ever is not eaten will get frozen to eat when ever I feel like fruit bread.
And this is what they are supposed to look like in the process. Nicely risen in the bowlIMG_6690And looking like buns ready to bake. Funny how that works when you actually roll them into buns that they look like them.


Hot Cross Buns, take 2. very good, I’ve just finished a toasted one for breakfast.

Have a fun and safe Easter, and if you’re working, suck it up. That’s how she rolls. (Hubby is at work, so I can say that about him at least)
Jennifer ūüôā



Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all – don’t eat too many chocolates.. lol. Yeah as if that’s that going to happen.

I wasn’t going to pop in but I just had to change my header to something more eggciting.

Have a good day, I’m off for hot cross buns breaky¬†ūüôā


Running, beads and pink pajamas.

Ok, never mind the pink pajamas. That was just a throw in. but I did buy some Рtotally gorgeous!!

My sister arrives tomorrow afternoon/evening for at least the 4 days of Easter, maybe a few days longer.  Three kids (1, 5 & 9) + partner in tow with the car loaded full of all the necessary items we feel are needed for a weekend away.
I make and blog my Hot Cross Good Friday and then will most likely have a break – unless I get the chance to post a quickie picture from my phone that is.

interesting but pointless picture just coz I can.

My week in a nutshell:

– One son at camp made for a slightly quieter house – the other two made up for it though.

РI tidied my bead desk! (yay, now I can see it, for a short time anyway) and have started on some more bits and pieces.  As I type this, I am taking a break from the beads.  I have trouble with a certain application and I have to step away sometimes.

– Running…. eeek!¬† Those of you that read this post, might think that I am now fit and toned and my worrying is useless.¬† Hahaha. ~insert much guffawing on my part here~ Well, since I made that post I think I have been back, maybe, twice.¬† I have been so busy and really haven’t made an effort to include this in my day.¬†¬†Anyhoo,¬†the Mother’s Day Classic is back.¬† It’s a fun run/walk on Mother’s Day for survivors ¬†(and their family/friends and anyone else who wants to join in) of Breast Cancer.¬† Mum sent me the email and asked if I would like to bring the boys and join her this year.¬† Yes! ¬†This will be blogged about in more detail later.¬† I am now accountable to you all having said this.

– I have two markets planned (aside from my usual one). One on the 15th and another the first week of May.¬† Hence the new makes.¬† I need to get¬†some material¬†out and make more bags.¬† I bought this awesome pink lacy bra with flowers on it that would make a gorgeous evening bag….hmm, we’ll go there another day maybe.

РHubby is spending Easter with his parents and one sister Рlucky boys (BIL and Dad) are going the races on Saturday night.  Speedway.

– My parents celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

– my nails are coming¬†along nicely (really, you want to know this why???).¬† Since having polish on then I can see where they have grown.¬† Mind you, it’s only bare millimetres, but grow they have.¬† I can now tap fingers on the bench and make that cool sound.
Some things are awkward though – picking up beads and texting is getting weird, and the stuff I get underneath¬†them… forever seem to be peeling tiny bits of fruit or veg skin off. Hmm.

– Don’t forget my sale on over at Marcato Designs (40% off atm). Come grab a bargain!

hope you’re all having a dandy day and keep smiling ,
if you’re not, ‘fake it til you make it’

Jennifer ūüôā