> m.e: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Honey Pancakes


My nearly 5 year old has not been well lately, bad case of mosquito bites getting infected then resulting in a severe infection of some kind.

So to fulfill my job as a good mum...apart from a stressed helpless mum,  I have been making pancakes as a special treat.

These are fairly easy to make but you do need a mixer or some good whisking but they only have honey as the sweetener so a good one for little people as a school snack.

I like to make them small, kid's palm size and they definitely disappear pretty quickly!

Honey Pancakes
(makes enough for 3-4 people)

ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk *
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • a generous tablespoon of honey
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
method
  • separate eggs and place egg yolks, buttermilk, honey and vegetable oil in a bowl and mix until pale and creamy
  • whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, set aside
  • sift flour and baking powder into egg yolk mixture, mix until well combined and no lumps
  • gently fold in egg whites
  • heat a non-stick fry pan with some spray oil, on low heat and spoon a large tablespoonful of the mixture and cook for about a minute or until bubbles appear on the surface then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes
  • serve with a honey butter, which is just some softened butter whisked with a couple of teaspoons of honey **
Hope you are having a happy week, good luck to all the school newbies, I am a little bit teary thinking about my nearly 5 year old off to prep on Monday.

Hugs to you mammas

* reminder of how to make buttermilk       

** that's a butter little gingerbread person
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seven

Sometimes I get an award here or there and even though I am more than grateful to be considered for one, I find them a little awkward to accept and post about because even though this blog is about me, well I find it a little hard to talk about me or post about awards.

I liked this award from the lovely, lovely Alicia over at The Red Deer, not because I am stylish but because I wanted to share a few things about myself with you :

Seven things

1. In real life I seem quite confident but I am quite self conscious and secretly a little shy too

2. I only speak english with my family but I can speak greek as well
 
3. Most of you might already know this from my about me page, but I don't eat any of my baked goods as I am a oddly fussy vegetarian

4. I LOVE op shops and do not like buying things for my family brand new unless I have too (I must edit to add, handmade creations are definitely acceptable)

5. I have a slight obsession with collecting pretty teacups and saucers but I love drinking my tea out of huge mugs

6. We moved to Cyprus with my parents when I finished high school and lived there for 5 years, I worked at a travel agency whilst there

7. Even though I love having a garden I am not really into gardening

 
 
Phew, that's a few little bits about me, I hope that you can share a few things about you because everyone deserves an award.

If you do post seven things about you please pop back and let me know so I can get to know you a bit better too.

Thanks Alicia for the award, you definitely are pretty stylish in the kitchen ♥
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Today I am grateful for...


B i r t h d a y s 


especially kid's birthdays as the joy they show cannot be described, the look in their eyes, the smiles, *


 the amazement, the surprise, the fact that they must touch everything


 leftover cake (vegan chocolate & vanilla with fondant dinosaurs)


and waking up and realising daddy is home and then enjoying some precious scruffing together

Hope you've had a grateful kind of day, pop round to Ms Maxabella for some more gratefulness.

Enjoy your week lovely friends, old and new

* edited to add that it was both of my nephews birthdays, not my little ones
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Espresso Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream


It's hot today, very strange kind of summer we are having here.  
The oven is on so it makes everything feel hot, I am making vegan gingerbread for my nephews birthday and need to get the cake drawn out so I know what I am doing, it will involve dinosaurs and I am a little bit nervous...

For now I have a cupcake recipe to share which my lovely taste tester critiqued and said that she would have loved a bit more coffee in there. My Chef boy says it's enough for him so you decide if you need to add more.

Espresso Cupcakes


makes about 16

ingredients
  • 115g butter, room temperature
  • 115g raw sugar
  • 115g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 125g self raising flour, sifted
  • 125 plain flour, sifted
  • 125ml milk, room temperature
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of brewed strong espresso
method 
  • preheat oven to 180 C/160 C fan, line cupcake trays with papers
  • beat butter and sugars until mixture is pale and fluffy, add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
  • sift flours together in a separate bowl, add espresso and vanilla to milk
  • add flour to butter mixture in 3 batches alternating with the milk and ending with flour until all added and mixed well
  • spoon into cupcake papers
  • bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden
  • test with a skewer, it should come out clean
  • remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack
 
Chocolate Butter Cream Icing
 
ingredients
  • 150g butter, room temperature
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 60ml milk, room temperature
  • 60g cocoa
  • a few tablespoons of golden syrup
method
  • add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fluffy, add more icing sugar if needed


Happy Friday friends, are you up to anything exciting?

Hope you are enjoying all sorts of fabulousness.

Many hugs

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Today I am grateful for...


the heart of the blog world, I know I have said it before, but it really is amazing what people will do in times of need


and I am definitely grateful for sunshine, kids playing outside and smiles on people's faces

Some more grateful love here

Keep the LOVE going ♥

i think I may have a slight heart obsession
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Hazelnut and Orange Marmalade tart


It keeps raining, things are getting worse, don't know what to do, I just have to bake to release stress.

Hazelnut and Orange Marmalade Tart
makes a 23cm tart


ingredients
for tart shell
  • 170g plain flour
  • 75g butter
  • 45g icing sugar
  • 1 egg
for filling
  • 180g orange marmalade
  • 8og hazelnut meal
  • 20g plain flour
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 30g brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • 1 egg
method
  • place flour and butter into a food processor and process until mixture resembles bread crumbs
  • add icing sugar and pulse until it is mixed through
  • lightly whisk egg with a few drops of cold water and add whilst motor is running
  • once mixture comes together take out, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for about 30 minutes
  • roll out pastry about 2-3mm thick on a lightly floured surface and line tart tin with removable base
  • prick pastry with a fork and refrigerate for another 30 minutes
  • preheat oven to 180C/160C fan
  • blind bake tart shell by placing a sheet of baking paper on pastry and filling with baking weights (rice or lentils) bake for 10 minutes
  • remove weights and paper and bake for a further  5 minutes or until slightly golden, set aside
  • for the filling, beat butter and caster sugar for a a few minutes until light and fluffy, add brown sugar and continue beating
  • add a few drops of vanilla and continue beating until mixed through, add egg and beat until incorporated
  • add hazelnut meal and only mix until combined, 5-10 seconds will do
  • heat marmalade in a microwave if it's too thick then spread onto tart shell
  •  carefully top with hazelnut mixture

  • bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden
  • Best served warm with ice cream or cream.

Hope you are doing well, hope this rain would stop and the sun would shine again.



If you could spread some sunshine please do, here's a list of links
Flood Appeal Auctions at Toni's

Auction at Handmade Kids


Raffles at Jodie's, Cath's, Nic's  Kylie's and Kate's

Hope softies at Steph's

Dolly Drive at Monkeemoomoo's

Jewellery Auction at That Vintage 
 

Brooches at Sophie's 

Cakes at Beck's

I am sure there's more out there, you girls are AMAZING!!
Keep spreading the LOVE
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

LOVE

I the blog world, such a wonderful community, so many generous people.

If you can help please pop round here, here, here and here.



Much LOVE to you ♥

camera is back...yipeeee
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fruity Oat Cookies

Holidays are still here and I promised the kids we would bake some cookies, something they can help with and something slightly healthy.

Fruity Oat Cookies

makes about 24
ingredients
  • 125g butter or vegan butter substitute
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 150g rolled oats
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 160g plain flour
  • 125g currants
method
  • stir bicarb soda into hot water and set aside. place butter into a small saucepan over low heat and melt.
  • mix bicarb mixture into butter
  • combine oats, sugar, flour and currants in a bowl, add butter mixture and allow to stand for 5 minutes
  • preheat oven to 160C
  • line 2 trays with baking paper
  • roll about a tablespoon and a half into balls and place on trays a few centimetres apart, flatten slightly
  • bake for 15 minutes or until golden, allow to cool
  • place on wire rack to cool completely


I think they liked their cookies, I got a special drawing as a thank you.

Excuse the pics, I am still camera less and using Amelie's point & shoot camera.


Hope you are all well, things have been devastating for those families in QLD affected by the floods.

Our thoughts go out to them and if you can help out, Handmade kids is organising an auction with money going to Queensland Flood ReliefMore fabulousness and links here.

Many hugs to you all ♥
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

So many things...


I  don't know how the new year snuck up so quickly, it seems very weird to be writing 2011 on things.

It's been a while since I have been online, it's been a while since I baked, it's been a while since I took a photo and it's definitely been a while since I spoke to you.

I had soo many things planned in my head, so many recipes to share, so many photos to take and then my camera went back for repairs,  I think she had a hard year and then I needed to go in for repairs.

I got sick, I couldn't get out of bed, I couldn't stand up without feeling faint, all my energy was lost, all the colour was gone, maybe I had a hard year as well.

We had another birthday pass and a few less tears.

I promised you some cupcake papers so I let random.org choose a number so Sarah, please send me an email with your details and I'll post them off to you.

Thank you all sooo much for taking the time to leave me your wishes for the new year, I wish them for all of you.


As for me, I will enjoy some tea parties and let the kids bake their own cupcakes for a while and hope that I get my camera back pretty soon or just spoil myself and buy another one, because really, I am totally lost with out it and every time she gets sick..so do I...hmmmm.



Thank you to those sweet friends who sent me lovely Christmas surprises and made me smile...you are awesome ♥

Much love, health and happiness to you sweet friends for a wonderful 2011 and I promise to be back with some more recipes and pics soon


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