> m.e: April 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Made 'n' Thorbury Market


Busily preparing things for this Saturdays Market and enjoying a yummy cup of Rooibos Punjabi Chai and making cup cake toppers.
Mmmm, wish you could smell this tea, it's beautifully spicy & aromatic...I do LOVE teas.
Anyone else have any favourite tea blends?
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Can I entice you with a Gingerbread Man!


Ok, so I'm attempting my first ever bribe in Blogland.
Everyone seems to have some pretty cool giveaways on their blogs and I thought to myself, why don't I join in.
I thought I'd start off with an irresistible favourite...THE Gingerbread Man.
If anyone is out there and is reading, leave me a comment, follow my blog but especially if you are in Melbourne pop in to one of my Markets and let me know that you read it on here & you will go home with a scrumptious Gingerbread.
We have two Markets this weekend, Made n' Thornbury & Bundoora Farmer's Market.
Pop in and say Hi and taste our Gingerbread!
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Mmmm..Orange & Poppy Seed Cake, Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake..and more!



Had some fun..or stress.. baking last night some sample cakes for a cafe.
Made an Orange & Poppy seed Cake, Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake, Lemon Tarts, Pear & Almond Tarts, Chocolate & Hazelnut Tarts & Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
They all looked &
smelt great & the kids have already had samples of the extras this morning.

Thought I'd share the Orange & Poppy Seed Cake recipe as it's quite a yummy one.

Orange & Poppy Seed Cake

Ingredients

⅓ cup poppy seeds
¼ cup milk
185 g butter
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 cup plain flour
1½ cups self-raising flour

½ cup fresh orange juice

Syrup
½ cup caster sugar
1 cup fresh orange juice

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and grease and line a 22 cm cake tin.
  2. Combine poppy seeds and milk and set aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time while continuing to beat.
  4. Fold in flours, juice and poppy seed mixture and pour mixture into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour. Stand cake for 5 minutes.
  6. Syrup: Combine ingredients over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Pour hot syrup over hot cake.



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Carrot & Walnut Cupcakes


Kids and I are off to visit Nanny tomorrow so we decided to make some cup cakes.
Hmmm, it all started off well til it was time to lick the spoon & the bowl.
Even before that, my 3 year old kept asking
"are you finished mum, can I lick the spoon now, are you finished..."
This went on pretty much since I started filling the cupcake papers.
So by the time I had finished they both looked at me with enormous smiles and the bowl & spoons were theirs.
Until...the bowl became a war zone as they BOTH wanted it to themselves.
Screams over & cupcakes came out of the oven smelling wonderful and the kids looked forward to sampling some after dinner.
I guess they tasted good as my 3 yr old ran up to me and said "Mum, you made really yummy cupcakes"
That made it all worthwhile :)
If anyone would like the recipe please let me know & I'll put it up.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Little things that make me smile :)


Well, it's not me really, but a little thing that made my little boy smile when he was really upset was this great little owl we found at the Op shop for a whole $1.
That made me smile as he loved it and forgot why he was ever upset!
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Personalised Name Pillows


There's a great giveaway over at
A Pocket Full Of Buttons
of a gorgeous Ebook from
You Can Make This
on how to make Personalised Name Pillows. You can get all the details here.
Goodluck!
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Little things that make me smile :)



The carefree way in which my two little cheeky monkeys enjoyed playing in the water at the Children's Garden today.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Hot Cross Buns




Today I woke up feeling slightly ambitious and decided that the kids and I would make hot cross buns.
Hmmm...It was a lengthy process and for a 3 year old all they can do is ask
"Are they ready yet mum"





Hot Cross Buns
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/4 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup dried fruit
1 egg
50 grams melted butter

Mix warm milk with yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
Let sit for 5 minutes somewhere warm until frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.
In a large bowl add the sugar, flour, mixed spice, cinnamon and dried fruit.
Mix until combined.

Make a well in the center and add the melted butter, egg and yeast mixture.
Use a butter knife to mix then tip out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 8 mins till smooth and elastic. (add more flour or water if the dough is too sticky or dry)
Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic. Allow to rise in a warm place for 45 min or until doubled in size
Take dough out and knead lightly then break into 12 segments of equal size.
Roll them into balls and arrange on a greased baking tray
Allow to rise in a warm place for another 40 mins.
During this time preheat the oven to about 200 degrees and make up a mixture for the
Crosses: mix flour and water till it is a wet paste and pipe over the buns
Glaze mixture: 1/4 cup hot water 3 tablespoons of caster sugar
Bake for 10 mins then turn down oven to 180 degrees and cook for another 20-25 min or until springy to touch
Brush glaze over them as soon as they are out of the oven
Allow to cool and eat! YUM


It may be a long wait, but the aroma of cinnamon and mixed spice throughout the house makes it all worthwhile.


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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday means baking.




Started off the day with a nice cup of tea and some baking for Bundoora Market.
Kids helped as well in their own special way with some play dough.








Luckily after raining most of the day here in Melbourne, Saturday turned out to be a great day, a little mild, but thankfully NO rain during the market.

Alot of people were around enjoying their day at the Farmer's Market whilst shopping and enjoying great coffee with of course something yummy to nibble on.




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Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Little things that make me smile :)


When I dress my son and accidently put both his feet in the same trouser leg and he doesn't tell me!


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Giveaways!!


There's a giveaway by Buttons by Lou Lou, read all about it here, all you have to do is subscribe to her monthly newsletter and be in the draw to win some of her gorgeous buttons.

Goodluck, I've got my fingers crossed!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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