Thursday, 13 July 2017

Our HYGGE Mid Winter celebration

I recently purchased this gorgeous little book from the book depository called "HYGGE" It gives you an overview of what the Danish concept is (Pronouced hoo- ga, which I think sounds like a big warm hug) and why it can turn your winter blues upside down and leave you feeling warm, fuzzy and content instead of cold, sad and down in the dumps.

We decided to embrace this concept head on and had HYGGE party at our flat.

Yummy dutch cookies
James' Spicy pumpkin soup
James' Sourdough
My Hot Chocolate creation. Hot Choc with marshmallows, pretzels and mini candy canes.
My Winter cupcakes. Dairy free freeze driend strawberry & vanilla flavour
We turned up the heaters, turned on the Christmas lights and made some yummy warming treats for our friends.
  • We made a big pot of spicy pumpkin soup
  • Homemade sour dough
  • I made a hot chocolate bar with assorted sprinkles and toppings
  • Lots of marshmallows and thing for smores
The best part was that our friends got to meet our sweet baby boy and have a cuddle if they wanted to. It was so lovely to have lots of our favourite people under one roof, sharing a glass of red wine, a hot chocolate or some yummy homemade pumpkin soup and just sharing great conversation. 

I think it was a great success and if your looking for a fun party idea I would totally throw another one xx

I hope your staying warm in this nasty cold snap!

Love

SR

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dairy free life and the very delicious lemon cupcakes

As some of you know I recently had a very big trauma with the birth of our first baby. After many scary complications it was suggested by some midwifes and nurses that I trial a dairyfree diet to help reduce all of the inflammation in my body. I love milk and milk products so it's been intially challenging but after almost 6 weeks of it now I'm happy to report a marked improvement in my energy levels and also in my general well being. I've also been cutting back gluten as that is a common inflammatory food as well.

Baby Shower Cupcakes
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Last weekend I had two special occasions, an old friends catch up and a lovely Mama to be's baby shower. I put one of my favourite dairyfree recipes to good use and also made them gluten free by adding gluten free flour instead of regular flour.

Intially I was a bit skeptical that they would work because the mixture seemed VERY sticky but to my surprise they not all worked but tasted great!
Mmm lemons!
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Here is the recipe! I've adapted it from one I found at www.taste.com.au

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup polyunsaturated spread (I use Olivani)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or one teaspoon of real vanilla seed paste)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of half a lemon 
  • 3/4 cup of cold water

Icing:

  • 2/3 cup polyunsaturated spread (Olivani)
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Yellow food colouring

Method

  • Step 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line one 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  • Step 2
    Using an electric mixer or cake mixer beat spread, vanilla extract, sugar, flour, egg and 3/4 cup cold water on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to high. Beat for a further 4 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Spoon into patty cases. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into one cake comes out clean. Stand cakes in pans for 2 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Step 3
    Make icing. Using an electric mixer, beat spread, icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add 2 to 3 drops of food colouring and beat to combine. Place icing in a piping bag or plastic bag with one corner snipped off. Pipe icing onto cakes. Top with sprinklesor decorations of your choosing, 
    Serve. YUM!! YUM!!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Dairy free, gluten free chocolate cake (By Nigella)

Recently I've been on a healing journey to get better faster from rather a lot of complications and issues arising from my birth.

One of the things the midwives suggested was to limit gluten and cut out dairy so that's what I've been trying to do for the last few weeks. The good news is I actually feel great and I'm definitely healing! So far going dairy free hasn't been that hard. I mostly enjoy milk in my coffee and on my breakfast and so I've just swapped out normal milk for almond milk or coconut milk. Both are tasty and not too different to regular milk. In saying that I do miss cheese but I think as long as it's not cows milk it's totally fine. Bring on the Buffalo mozzarella I say!

Here is quick and delicious cake I tried out recently. It's an "Olive oil chocolate cake" by Nigella.

I don't care what people say about her and think she's fabulous! I mean anyone who can pull off that about of hair and cooks with such sass and style is awesome in my book!

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 https://www.nigella.com/recipes/chocolate-olive-oil-cake



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Life update and getting back into cooking and baking

Hi Blogger friends!

Holy moly it's been almost 6 months since my last blog post (sorry about that). I think that is the longest stretch I've ever gone! Firstly, I think a lot of my absence has been due to my insane busy-ness at work and then adding pregnacy into the mix has really thrown me off my blogger game. However, I'm pleased to annouce that I'm now resting and relaxing for our little ones arrival.

Only 3 weeks to go!

So what have I been up to lately you might be wondering? I think after working well into my 8th month of pregnacy I've mostly just been sleeping Zzzz and unwinding from a full on year of teaching. I've also been enjoying simple things again like cooking. I'd been so crippled with morning scikness for a lot of my pregancy poor James was cooking almost every night for us after work and I've been enjoying having the energy and time to make dinners agian. I've been trying out some new clean recipes like this yummy mince and cabbage stirfry as well as some baking treats like homemade afghans.

We've also had some new neighbours move in up the road and they've brought the most beauitful ragdoll kitty cat with them. Not only is he stunning but he's also very cheeky and if you have your door open he'll stroll right in making himself comfortable on your couch or rug. Yesterday I  heard a little meow upstairs and discovered him asleep on our bed!! Needless to say I was not impressed! He gave me a look like ' Excuse me! I'm sleeping here' The cheek!. Look at that little face though...

In terms of pregnant life.. I'm starting to get to the point of being 'Over it!' which I'd heard about from a lot of people but have only really discovered in these final weeks. I think it's just got a bit annoying not being able to pick up things or reach for things because your bellies in the way. It's a pretty weird feeling really. I'm also finding driving tricky because I'm short so ordinarily I have to move the seat forward to reach the pedals except now my belly gets stuck between the steering wheel and the seat and I'm like this beached whale trying to undo my seatbelt- ugh.

I'm really looking forward to that very first moment of meeting our baby and I think that is acting as the light at the end of the tunnel for me. I am however loving coffee agian which I'm very pleased about. The very thought of it made me physically ill for about 4 months and for this long time coffee lover that was pretty rough!

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