Friday, April 17, 2015

Cosy Friday Evening.......

Hello and Good Evening!!

                                                                           


Popping in for a quick Friday evening chat .... nope ... no food involved ;))

Tonight we have needles, yarn and lots and lots of snuggliness!!!

                                                                                 

So recently I was very kindly asked by the fabulous crafty of craft store Lincraft to try out a few of their new patterns along with some of their gorgeous new yarn. Errmm....well ok....yes...yes please!!! The pattern book I recieved is full of fab and funky yet achievable projects that I think if you have mastered the basic purl and plain you will have no trouble in whipping up.

                                                                                   


 Now as soon as I opened the page to see this cosy pair of goodness I knew this was what I wanted to click up first!! I have never attempted to knit a sock before...let alone two....but these were honestly one of the quickest, easiest, therefore very enjoyable projects I have knitted in a long time...gotta love that!!

And the yarn...oh yes...the yarn...

It's neutral...it's chunky...it's soft as...and knits up beautifully...

                                                                                     

This particular one is named Equador and is 40% wool 40% acrylic 20% alpaca ... which seems to add up to a strong yet soft product...

And of course most importantly and what we all ultimately dream of as we click clack click away is that the end result looks good...and these socks most definitely are looking...and feeling...damn G.O.O.D. !!!

                                                                               

Whatcha think peeps???

I know what I think...I think I'm trotting off to bed now in my new cosy socks and, to be quite honest, loving myself sick!!!?!

                                                                                 

Have a great weekend folks....
                                                                           
Talk soon....

                                                                                Janelle xx

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chocolate Date Balls

Hey out there!!

Well we have more food here to discuss today...surprise surprise...I appear to be moving slowly towards the food blogger box...I really really like food...mmmmmm....
                                                                               

SO! Let's get baking yes?? Not that this recipe really calls for any actual baking...of any type..or form...we are pretty much going to grab a few ingredients from out pantry, fling them at a food processor, have a little play with our food then throw the said played-with food into our fridges, walk away to do something of which I'm sure is vitally important then when we feel exhausted from all our importanceness (that has GOT to be a word...surely... ;)) we will make a cuppa, open the fridge and proceed to the sofa...played-with food in hand... to sit and scoff.......

                                                                                 

Right.
                                                                               
Now these little balls of gooey chocolatey goodness are a healthy version of the good old Rum Ball...which I kind of hate even saying...as I  do believe that anything I bake for my family is generally healthy...I honestly think if my kids are eating homebaked food that I have made and know every ingredient which has gone into the food  then I am happy...most of my baking is pretty simple with basic ingredients...yes it may contain sugar GASP!!!!! but we only use raw sugar and usually at least halve the original recipe's quantity...I also believe sugar is fine for kids to enjoy and they do in fact need it for energy...just in a reasonable form and quantity...and for goodness sakes brush their teeth!!!! I would also choose sugar over a random scary processed number any day of the week. Aaaannd after spilling out that small rant I will definitely add that I never ever ever think bad thoughts about parent's stocking up on store bought cookies and cakes etc...I think we are all doing what we can to raise happy healthy families and trying to stay a little sane in the process!! I just happen to kind of enjoy/love/obsess about baking!!

Goodness...if anyone is still out there let's get on with this recipe...

                                                                                 

                                                         Chocolate Date Balls

Ingredients

2 cups dates - give these a good wash
1 cup almonds - skins on
3 tablspns dutch or raw cacao powder (I actually just use my normal cocoa powder which is 100%                                                                    cocoa anyway)
1 heaped tablspn coconut oil
1 teaspn vanilla extract
1 tablspn honey
dessicated coconut - to roll

Method

Throw the dates and almonds into your food processor and blitz until they are nice and fine

Now add the rest of your ingredients (except the coconut) and blitz again until it is all stuck together in a big sticky ball

Roll the mixture into small balls, roll in the coconut and place on a plate

Pop in the fridge until ready to eat

                                                                             



Easy right?! I was really quite sceptical about making these...I really do not like dates...but after watching half of the rest of the world making them I figured why not...and surprisingly it's not like eating a date!! Who woulda thought?!! And 2 out of 3 kids gave the thumbs up...the one who didn't is an up and coming chocolate (as in cadbury easter egg type choc) addict in the making anyway so she wasn't having any of this healthy option biz.

Ok...I'm outta here...things to do...biscuits to bake.....

See you next time!!



                                                                                        Janelle xx

Monday, April 6, 2015

Banana Cake

Hi there!!

We are baking up a storm here again...well...a cake at least...technically pretty much whipped up by my eleven year old...and oh my goodness me...it is a G.O.O.D. one!!

                                                                                 

Now I'm kind of not too sure what to exactly call this...it's either a Banana Cake OR Banana Bread...probably maybe more on the bread side of things but it does seem more like a dense-ish cake to me so I think we'll go with cake...this time...quick...before I change my mind!!!!!

                                                                                 



                                                                      Banana Cake

Ingredients

2 cups SR flour
3/4 teasp bi-carb soda
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teasp cinnamon
3 bananas - mashed - the mushier and ripe all the better
2 eggs
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teasp vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural greek yoghurt
70gms butter - melted - I always melt this first so it has time to cool

Method

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees

In a large-ish bowl sift in your flour, bicarb, sugar and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix together your mashed bananas, eggs, golden syrup, vanilla, yoghurt and cooled butter

Now pour your banana mixture into the flour mixture and stir the whole lot together until they are all well combined

Pour mix into a greased and lined loaf tin

Bake for approx 45 minutes...actually have a peek at about 40 minutes...really depends on how hot your oven runs

Once it's all smelling deliciously lovely and cooked remove from the oven and let it hang out in the baking tin for another 5-10 minutes or so, then tip out onto a cooling rack

I strongly suggest you slice into this whilst still warm......it is SOOOOO good!!!!!


                                                                                   

You can either slap some butter onto your slices, eat it plain - which we tend to do - or if you really want to you can make up some vanilla icing to spread on top or really go all out and whip up some cream cheese icing...mmmm....love that stuff on anything and everything really.....ooohh and some chopped walnuts sprinkled over the icing would be perfection!!!

Whatever you choose just please remember I LOVE to hear from you if you do bake up any of my recipes...makes it all alot more fun!!!

                                                                               


I'm now off to experiment with some apple pie making...with fresh-from-the -tree-granny-smiths.....need I say more??!!!

Have a great week folks.....

Happy Baking!!!



                                                                 Janelle xx



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jam Drops

Hey there!!

                                                                               

         
 Serving up afternoon tea for you guys today...how's that for a bit of bloggy service??!

                                                                               

We have good old fashioned Jam Drops going on here today...so please...do come on in!!!

                                                                                 

                                           
                                                                    Jam Drops


Ingredients

115grams butter...softened
1/4 cup sugar (I choose raw)
1 egg
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup SR flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cornflour
Jam...I'll let you choose your own flavour...I used a natural strawberry jam


Method

Preheat your oven to 170-180 degrees

Beat together the butter and sugar

Add your egg and honey and beat some more

Sift in your dry ingredients and stir through

Now take off all of your diamond rings and roll the mixture into small balls

Place on a greased/lined baking tray and make a small dent in the top of your biscuit...I just use my finger...

Fill each little dent with jam then toss into the oven for approx 12-15 minutes

Once done allow them to cool for a few minutes on their tray then transfer them over to your cooling rack

Eat with a piping hot cuppa...preferably in front of an open fire...slippers optional...snuggly blanket not.....


                                                                               


Happy Baking folks!!!


                                                                                 


                                                                

                                                                                   Janelle  xx

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday......

Hey out there!!

                                                                                   


Just a few random pics from my kitchen mantle today...I love the simplicity of all this...the last of our home grown roses slowly drooping in their cheap-but-oh-so-very-cheerful Ikea watering can...hanging out with a few bargain finds and my picture-of-the-month which I love to read everyday because it's just a damn good reminder to make everyday AMAZING!!!


                                                                                 


I'm now off to scour the pantry for some baking inspo...it's kind of chilly here today...being the total sook that I am I have just lit the fire (is there anything better than lighting those first few fires of the season?!!) and feel the need to totally cosy the place up with a warm and delicious smelling oven!!

                                                                                 

Have a fab day peeps...back soon with any baking inspo I may find...

                                                                                     


                                                                                      Janelle xx

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Vanilla Shortbread Biscuits

Hi there!

So..the other day I shared a picture on instagram (I'm a awhitestyle over there :)) of a batch of biscuits I had just whipped up - as you do - and apparently a few people would like the recipe...

Always happy to oblige...here it is!!!




                                                      Vanilla Shortbread

Ingredients

185 grams butter - softened
1 teaspn vanilla extract
1/2 cup icing mixture
1 cup SR flour
1/2 cup Plain flour
1/2 cup custard powder

Method

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees

Throw the butter, icing sugar and vanilla into a bowl. Beat until all is pale and lovely.

Sift and stir in your flours and custard powder.

Roll into smallish balls and kind of flatten a little as you place them onto your greased/lined baking trays.

Now you can either make a pretty pattern on the top by pressing with a fork if you won't be icing them later

OR

Just throw into the oven for approx 12-14 minutes.

Once out let them cool slightly before popping them onto your cooling rack to cool down completely.

Ice when cold with vanilla icing. Colour, sprinkles etc all completely optional of course!!

Now...Enjoy!!!









Let me know how you find these. They are always a winner around these parts ;))

Happy Baking Peeps......


                                                           Janelle xx

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Easy Sunday Baking.....

HELLO!!! Does it seem like I'm shouting at you?? Coz I am!! So excited to be back here!!

                                                                                 
                                                                               
Thought I'd pop in on this fine and sunny Sunday arvo to share a very easy, very tasty, very kid-friendly recipe. We eat these little quiches alot. As in....A.L.O.T. If I were a more organised sort of a person and they didn't get scoffed pretty much as soon as  I pull them from the oven these would be perfect to make and freeze...you know, for those all too familiar nights when you get home late and realise there may in fact be nothing to feed your family for dinner. Although let's not just confine these little babies to the dinner table...please...they are great for school lunches (just as tasty eaten cold as piping hot), picnic lunches, after school snacks...heck, even whip one out for breakfast I say...

                                                                               
                                                                               
We are lucky enough to have our own little chickens here who so very generously gift us with delicious warm-from-the-butt fresh eggs every day...I also tend to have a stash of bacon always sitting ready and waiting in the freezer...so these two ingredients added to anything laying about in the veggie section of the fridge pretty much gives us a wholesome well-rounded meal.

So let's get down to business yes??

                                                         Egg and Bacon Mini Quiches
                                                                             

Ingredients

3 sheets Pampas Puff Pastry - thaw these out whilst whipping up the rest
Approx 3-4 bacon rashers - chopped
2 spring onions - chopped
1 large-ish carrot -grated
1 zuchini - grated (I squeeze some of the excess liquid from this too
A cup or so of grated cheese - choose what you like best
6-7 eggs - lightly whisked
salt/pepper
Italian dried herbs

                                                                                 

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees

In a large mixing bowl whisk up your eggs. I throw in my salt and pepper here.

Add your grated carrot, zuchini, cheese, bacon, onions and herbs.

Stir everything through...I find a fork works great.

                                                                             

Now your pastry should be thawed and soft...cut each square into four squares...making a total of 12 which you can then tuck and pat into a greased (I just squirt with a can of spray oil) muffin tin.

Now scoop your gooey eggy mixture evenly into each pastry case. You should have pretty much the exact amount of mix for the 12 cases.

Now bung into the oven for approx 35-40 minutes...but do keep checking as we all know every single oven seems to bake differently.

                                                                               

Aaaaand that's about it!!! Pull them out of the muffin tray once they are cooked...eat and enjoy!!!

                                                                               

Of course the real beauty of these is the fact that there really is no limit whatsoever as to what you can throw in them...sundried tomatoes, capsicum and olives...delicious...chicken, cheese and corn...mmmm...every single vegetable sitting in your crisper with some feta...yes please...herbs etc always make an excellent addition too...

Actually please let me know if you do end up whipping up a batch of these...would love to hear what you decide to add!!!

I hope you enjoy...looking forward to getting back here again soon...on a quick side note I have tweaked my Instagram name and am now awhitestyle ..more changes to come but am taking one step at a time!!!
                                                                               
Happy baking peeps...

               
                                                                    Janelle xx