Wednesday, 21 November 2012

TT: Birthday Cupcakes

Yes I do indeed realise today is Wednesday.... I would indeed be a very rich person if I got a dollar for every time I apologised.

Anyhow here we are only a day late.

It was my little nephew's first ever birthday on Sunday!!!

What a day and what a perfect opportunity for baking!

As his father is a professed nerd and love all things Mario what better theme for his son's first birthday.

So here they are - my first attempt at decorating cupcakes was I would say average. But I'm not the most artistic of people and I'm rather proud of them in a small personal kinda way :)You can definitely make them out and thankfully the general consensus was all smiles; but practice I shall.

Here are my coconut and pineapple cupcakes with blue coconut buttercream and all the characters of the great Mario world.

Enjoy and till next time a hearty good eating.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

TT: Food of the Gods

No, not caviar, seafood or gold leaf truffles.

It's food I can't live without.

It's a magical sort of thing that somehow comforts, that encases people with warmth and love, it's simple food yet fills the soul with delight and nourishment.

It is of course BREAD! It's a universal love, it is food for both gods and peasants. It is incandescent bliss.

YES! I stuck to my word and behold my first ever proper loaf of fresh home made bread!

Thanks to the fabulous baker brothers - Tom and Herbert (slight obsessions) I cannot wait for your next season! And of course thanks must also go to dear Sherry - who God bless her saved my delicate hands from much kneading.

So here it is - it was actual quite a success. It is no where near perfect but it did indeed rise and it did indeed smell and look and taste like fabulous white bread.

It was however not the softest - so I believe more kneading might be in order next time round.

So I shall keep on at it and of course keep dear you informed.

Sorry I didn't post on Friday... give me I chance and one day I will redeem myself...


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

TT: Melbourne Cup Nehs!

Neh neh neh! Insert obligatory horse impression.

It's the one and only Melbourne cup.

For all you non Aussies the Melbourne cup is more commonly known as the race that stops the nation. Or more colloquially known as a 'work' day of little productivity, a lot of food, a lot of booze and a bunch of talk about horses; as we all pretend to be the experts on tipping.

So this year let us celebrate the race in the best way I know how - BAKING!

Here are my ode to the cup cupcakes. I'm evolving my baking skills through working with fondant. A first is always a first and I think it ain't a bad one.

They were hazelnut chocolate cupcakes with a little nutella surprise inside.

And I waited for the race to be over before I posted this and low and behold - this baby only bets once a year for this one important race and..... drum roll....

I yet again did not back the winning horse.

Here's to the next year.


Friday, 2 November 2012

FF: The End Product

Here it is. I did it. I cleaned my entire wardrobe!

Isn't it such a sight to behold. I haven't seen my clothes this clearly since the new millennium. Will it last - of course not. I would like to see a girl who isn't royalty or someone with maids who maintains a pristine wardrobe. Granted I still believe it might be possible if my wardrobe was the size of two main bedrooms plus a flight of stairs - a girl can dream.

But I think I'll keep it this way for a little longer than usual (she says).

I'm also feeling a little out of touch with the whole busy lifestyle thing so I will make this my temporary job in order to maintain what little brain cells I still have.
My endless leisurely days have taught me a lot about myself. I am easily pleased and I am prone to being idle yet every now and again I actually still feel like little miss brain needs to turn on.

What else is happening in terms of the life of fashion me. Very little. My last purchase was a black blouse and my next purchase is a very diligent nothing. I refuse to buy more clothes unless absolutely necessary.

By that I mean if those red signs reach 60%. It's my goal and I intend to keep it (so she says).

So anyway off to the land of couch potato (just one more episode...)

Sadly I've still got no street shots for this Sunday but I shall most certainly see you Tuesday for the race that stops my nation.


PS: I do realise a couple of posts ago I mentioned something about a Christmas Cake. Don't worry I've done it but I'm going to leave that TT for somewhere down the line :)