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More bread!

   
 
OMG! Best bread ever! Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Same four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water, but baked in a French/Dutch oven. The other bread I made does not even compare! Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but this one was amazing. Will definently make again!

Jelly berry slice and baking bread

   

The berry jelly slice. I haven’t made this slice in a very long time. It’s very easy to make and the kids loved it. The base part is normally a lot thinner, but I had to make do with the baking pan that I had. The base is dense and goes well with the jelly (jello) and berries on the top. It was a hit with my 6 year old especially.

   

I’ve also been doing some bread baking for the last 2 months. It’s good simple bread. Flour, yeast, salt and water.

I was also lucky enough to be gifted with some home made French baguette, made by a lovely French lady. Both of our husbands work for the same company and we both relocated to the USA at the same time. The above photo is not of her bread though. Her bread was amazing.

Chocolate mud cake

Practice run for my sons birthday at the end of this month. Chocolate mud cake. It is delicious. Verdict from the future birthday boy, “Mum, this cake is more than perfect for my birthday”. Hooray!

Got the recipe from BakeLikeAPro from youtube.

Look at all the creative shit I can do now since I’m a stay at home mum. I do a lot more baking and cooking now since I’m not doing my nursing gig any more. I’m sure there are other nurses out there that can do it all. I just wasn’t one of them. On my days off all I wanted to do was conserve both my mental and physical energy for my next shift on the ward! lol.

   
 

2!

My beautiful girl turned 2 today. We spent the day at the park, playing and eating all her favorite foods.

I made her a birthday cake. It looked awesome, but the sponge cake was a bit too dense for my taste. I wanted it to be light and fluffy on the inside. Will have to try a different cake recipe next time.   
   

Success

  

I think I finally found success with my vegan pancakes. It was the pan. You need a good non stick flat pan to make nice looking pancakes. Hubby and my toddler enjoyed them. My fussy 5 year old didn’t even want to try them. You win some, you lose some.

Christmas in New Jersey.

According to the local paper it doesn’t feel like Christmas because it’s too warm and there is no snow. Maybe we brought Australias warm weather with us? Hehe. I was really looking forward to seeing snow on Christmas, but maybe next year. It reached a top of about 17 degrees (Celsius) here today. So tshirt weather apparently! I did see my neighbour sitting outside wearing shorts and a t shirt. Not quite warm enough for me to do that lol. I’ll be interested to see what the summers will be like here. 

This year was my first time to make Christmas lunch for my little family of four. We have always gone to my parents home for Christmas lunch, but obviously we can’t do that this year. It did take time, thought and effort to make it, but I think I did a good job. Especially since our household things are currently on a boat on the way to us, lol. I have limited kitchen tools. I had to whisk egg whites in a crock pot!

This was my Christmas lunch menu (pretty simple, but there was only 4 of us. Two adults, a toddler and a fussy 5 year old.);

  • Slow cooked chicken with lemon, Rosemary and garlic.
  • Quinoa tabbouleh.
  • Betroot salad with feta
  • Roasted golden potatoes and sweet potatoes with onion, Rosemary and thyme
  • For dessert- Pavlova with fresh blueberries, home made strawberry jam and peaches.

It’s the first time I made quinoa  tabbouleh. I made it the night before because apparently it tastes better after sitting for a few hours. I found this to be true because I wasn’t too keen on it when I made it, but the next morning I had a try and it was perfect. I decided to make my own because I bought some at coles or woolies a few weeks ago and it was so nice. First time I’ve used quinoa at home. Will definitely have to make this again.

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The beetroot salad was a Jamie Oliver recipe. It’s from one of his cookbooks. I think the 30 minute meal one? I love Jamie Oliver. Anything I’ve ever made from his cookbooks has been great.

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The pavlova was a success! My husband particularly loved it. It is the second time I’ve ever made a pavlova. With the last time being when I was 12 years old! Lol. It wasn’t perfect because it did collapse a little, but once covered in cream and decorated with fruit you can’t tell. It did taste fantastic though, but how can you go wrong with sugar and cream? 

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I have to say I love the glass Pyrex baking and storage dishes. I’ll be stocking up on those before my return to Australia! Haha. I used them to bake my potatoes and to serve up the salads on the table.

And my gawd! Cooking with gas! How can I ever go back to my electric stove top and oven?!

Fritule

Man, almost killed myself making fritule. Deep frying anything is a bad idea, but fritule are oh so delicious.

After all that fucking around with hot oil half of my fritule aren’t even cooked through. Ffs.

I should just kindly ask my mum to make me some.

Mango, mango, mango

Bought a box of mangoes for $20, awesome. Calypso mangoes, yum. L will eat mango like there’s no tomorrow. He’s a fussy eater, but he loves his fruit. With some of the mangoes I made some frozen treats. I just puréed the mangoes and some strawberry’s and mixed it with some yogurt. Then I put my concoction into some Tupperware ice cream thingies. Currently waiting for them to freeze. They shall be for desert today. Aren’t I a legend? Hahaha, not really, but meh.

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Carrot cupcakes

The other day I made some carrot cupcakes for my toddler. They were a success! I got the recipe from a book called, “Cooking for baby” by Lisa Barnes. My toddler loved them. I skipped the cream cheese topping though. They don’t look as pretty without the topping, but meh. It’s the taste that counts, right?

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