Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Cookbook Challenge: Bake

The Cookbook Challenge continues! Bake, by Allyson Gofton is my go-to baking book. It is full of basics, and kiwi classics, with contemporary spins. It's presented beautifully and contains recipes I go back to again again and again, like my favourite recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

For the Cookbook Challenge, I tried out the basic Flapjack recipe. Actually, I tried out the basic flapjack recipe because I felt like baking the day before grocery day and its one of those recipes that can be made just with pantry staples (though I threw in some sultanas just to spice it up a bit)

I'm declaring this one a definite success. It involved less than 10 minutes prep time, and turned out gloriously. Tasty, without having that overly greasy, buttery feel that flapjack sometimes can. And the husband ate three pieces in less than 10 minutes when it came out of the oven. I'll be doing this recipe again, and trying some of the suggested variations on it too.

For those who want to try this themselves, many of the recipes from Allyson Gofton's older cookbooks are available from her website, including this one! (though it doesn't have the variations on it included in the cookbook)

Until next time,


Monday, September 8, 2014

Currently Monday #11

The view out over Loch Ness. . . no monster to be seen though

I haven't disappeared again! I've just been enjoying some time off from life in general while my parents were in the country. For the last 10 days we've been eating to much, drinking to much and seeing as much of Scotland as possible. They've now headed off for the next stage of their trip (to the States to visit other relatives) and I'm being faced with the new reality of for the first time in my life not knowing when I'm going to see my family again. The pitfalls of being a Kiwi girl in the UK. . .

Time and Place // 9.37pm, tucked up in bed!
Eating and Drinking //
A mug of tea, just because.

Reading //
Just started Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey, by the Countess of Carnavon. Just finished The Girl that Saved the King of Sweden, by Jonas Jonasson

Watching // I'm planning on using this week (I'm home alone) to catch up on Emma Approved, which I never got back to after the last hiatus

Listening // After overhearing one of their songs in a shop last week, I've spent the last few evenings listening to Lady Antebellum. Love!

Making //
So, remember how I said that I loved doing my last project and would do the same pattern again? I'm putting my money where my mouth is, because the original GOT LOST IN THE POST. The Royal Mail has never failed me before, what a time to start!

Hating // Having to plow through the emails that had built up in my work inbox over the last week!

Loving // Having a cat to keep me company when I'm 'home alone'

Anticipating // The dear husband returning from a business trip on Thursday. I get him home for one night before he's off again!