Saturday, September 29, 2012

I make stuff all the time - but not all of it ends up here!

Sometimes there's just not time. Sometimes it's hard to get a good photo - like this time!

These are Flourless Zucchini Brownies courtesy of Delighted Momma's link.

Anyway, they are surprising cakey for something make pretty much of nut butter and grated vegetable.

Just a thought - if you were a vegan who was allergic to nuts life would be pretty difficult, I'd imagine!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fruit leather - is it worth it?

Inspired by recipes all over the internet (aren't we all!), plus a glut of strawberries at the supermarket (A$1.50 a 250gm punnet), I had a go at fruit leather.

I cooked a punnet of strawberries with 2 red apples (peeled, cored, chopped), then pureed it.

I then spread it out in some silicone baking dishes (see below) to dry. And waited. And waited.

What I learnt:

1. I have the perfect dishes for making fruit leather. You don't need to line or grease the tins. It just peels off when dry. Eventually.

2. The most important thing is to get a thin, even layer, to speed drying.

3. You probably could dry it in your car, as some sites suggest. Pictures below of the trays on my hatchback's rear shelf, soon to sit in the sun. But the car will smell of fruit and you've got to keep the kids out!

4. The oven is in the end the best dryer you have. But using all that energy to make fruit leather sort of takes away from the wholesome, no preservative, environmentally consciousness of it all.

5. It tastes as good as anything you could buy, but I'm experiencing some resistance to eating in, on the basis that it took SO LONG to make!

Two apples and a punnet of strawberries....

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chocolate covered strawberries for Austin (turning 5) to take to Kindergarten for morning tea

Perfect for the gluten intolerant! Nut free too. And it's fruit. Everyone's happy.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The book of marbled papers comes in handy again

Silhouettes printed from internet images, cut, stuck to the rear of the patterned paper, cut again and stuck to card.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Step by step marble cake

My very own cake wreck

The spelling mistake was in fact deliberate. The Kindergarten (pre-school) teaching aide was leaving, so we  had a farewell cake. The cake reflected the fact that when the children met her, they found it almost impossible to pronounce her name - Miss Loth. The best variation was "Miss Fluff". I fear that if she keeps teaching 4 years old, she will never hear her name pronounced correctly! Luckily she is very good humoured about it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

All I needed was a little inspiration

Yes, been a while since I've been here. But inspired by How About Orange's origami dress card (right), and a book on marbling paper being discarded by the local library (and full of full colour plates of marbled effects), I whipped these up:

(I think I could learn something from How About Orange's photo styling.....)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A dolphin cake for Thomas

White chocolate tinted with black food colouring makes grey! Perfect for piping dolphin shapes.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Life goes on

A new year, a new school and new school clothing to label. No reason it can't be done creatively! Inspired by a Craft Gossip post featuring a project by RadMegan of In Words and Pictures, Austin's hat will stand out from the crowd.

Template cut from paper (printed from PC)
Chalk used to outline letters
Hand embroidered