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Sunday Baking

What started as Food Friday, and then a vague attempt at Saturday, became Sunday Bake day. And all done in the morning before I went on a very successful retail therapy session with a friend in the afternoon. (Enter 3 scarves, I lurve scarves!, 3 tops & jacket for the wedding).
I blame the end of daylight saving for my productivity, as I almost didn’t couldn’t be bothered when I saw the clock said 8am this morning. Then I remembered it was actually 7 (thank you phone!) and I was re-vitalised. So into the shower and coffee machine on and I was busy busy… and more busy.
I made a chocolate slice with pink icing and marshmallows – Thanks mr 10, white choc chip biscuits (minus the nuts, add extra choc chips) and a choc peppermint slice which is actually choc vanilla slice due to no peppermint essence – again, Thanks mr 10 for choosing this one. Then as I was making quiche my sister rang to say she was visiting mum and dad with her kids and could I pop over. Of course. Shoot, panic stations. Well, this is what we have teenage kids for – they hung the washing and turned off the oven in time – pity they didn’t choose to do the dishes. Ah, but they have to wipe and put it all away now though.
And because it’s mum’s birthday tomorrow, there was cake!

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Food Friday – awesome end to the week!

After a super hectic week, getting ready for tomorrow’s Fair I finally finished and was able to relax today. Despite the appearance of relaxing I still had heaps to do.
Straight up, I made the pizza bases ready for tomorrow’s dinner (after a hectic day the last nothing I want to do is this) and at 9am I had finished with the post office and was at a the school to organise things for two sons (school starts on wed/thurs next week) while the dough was rising. Pizza bases done I can start on lunch.
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I love quiche because of its simplicity and relative ease of cooking. Today’s was really good, a creamier than usual, bacon and tomato version. I did burn the pastry – note to self: do not talk too much while pastry is blind baking.
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A salad is always good with quiche, and today was no exception, with my coleslaw mix salad.
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Morning tea was something I haven’t done in a long time, about 17 years. Yes really. It is such an easy and delicious food but I just never really make them. The awesome lemonade scones. Yes, lemonade scones. All you need is lemonade (nothing with too much of a lemon flavour) thickened cream and self raising flour. Find the recipe I used here. . All that was left by the time I was able to get a picture. The recipe makes about a dozen. And served with whipped cream and jam, they were melt in hot the mouth.
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If that was lunch, what was for dinner…?
We did the groceries so it became a hot cooked chook and oven baked chips with salad, then mini pavlovas and cream and chocolate.
I’m working on a nice coffee to round out the brilliant end to a busy week .
Have a great weekend, I’m going to be super busy. 🙂

Alfresco Saturday, pt 1 – High Tea

Mr 17’s girlfriend had her birthday today and I thought a little girl’s afternoon out would be a nice change from the usual.
We visited Jam & Bread* in Margate for High Tea.  The menu is set with four each of savoury and sweet treats. It may not sound like much but once you start it proves to be quite filling.
* This link takes you to the review I wrote when they first opened.

– Brioche rolls with smoked salmon and coleslaw. Beautiful, but filling.
– Super chocolate brownies – Omg, divine & rich.
– A delicate pannacotta (?) with honeycomb.  Light and creamy with a sweet crunchy topping. 

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– Lime curd with citrus fruit. Sweet, creamy with a definite Zing, not a bad zing either. – Rich chocolate mousse on shortbread with berry coulis. Rich & smooth, with the shortbread evening it out. 

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– Chorizo and Spinach quiche with cauliflower. It doesn’t sound much, but very nice. – – And pumpkin tartlets. Smooth creamy pumpkin like a pie, and the roasted tomato had a sweetness that complimented it perfectly.

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– Mini toasts with The Best liver pate I’ve ever tasted. I love a good liver pate (the only way I will eat it by the way) and this was smooth, creamy, with an awesome flavour. The aspic on top was flavoured to totally enhance the pate. I normally don’t eat that, but I was ready to devour the lot. I was the only one who ate this.

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And a missing picture of huge melt in the mouth scones with jam and cream.
The coffee was good, it kept me going for  some time, the orange juice arrived in an old fashioned juice bottle and the iced chocolate came with chunks of chocolate on top in a refashioned bottle. It was huge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂
Jennifer

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

“In the kitchen, and I’m baking”
Silence.
Hrumph.
“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?)

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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 🙂
Jen.

Tasty Tuesday

It’s starting to look like a week of ‘things’ for each day.
And today I was baking again. Being Tuesday I head out to town with Mr 13 so dinner is prepared early – something that is good to reheat.
Today, I started with Tuna pasta bake. Basic and easy. Tuna, pasta and a cheese sauce, baked in the oven. Did I say how easy it was?

A friend on FB was doing her own baking and that got me thinking. I wanted to make some mixed berry muffins, and decided that with my mini road trip on Thursday, mum and I can take some with us. Hopefully there will be some left. So I made blueberry and raspberry muffins. With patty pans, and not bits got left behind this time.

I was well in the mood to bake by this time and decided that I will spoil my boys make sure they eat something halfway healthy on Thursday when I’m not there and hubby has to feed them. So a savoury tart was baked as well. Quiche, tart, either or.
The muffins were done while the pasta cooked and I prepped that and all the dishes and bench tidied while the quiche was cooking.
And then the boys arrived home. Peace and quiet no longer.

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Wait there, is that one missing I see…? Yes, it was good too.

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Ahh… Dinner, yum.

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And dinner for my boys on Thursday…

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