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

                                                                             


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back To White...

Hello there!

                                                                                     


                                                                                 

Well today marks our first official back-to-reality day here...aka - back to school!! I'm always a little conflicted on these days. Yes, the kiddos are definitely ready to get back there to meet up with friends and kick those spongey little brains back into gear...and yes, mummy's head may need a small break from all the NOISE of the last 6 weeks...but on the other hand it's so nice having them around (did I say that?! ;)) ) and so good to just laze about together and make up plans for the day on the day etc etc...

Anyhoo...

What am I doing with myself now you may (though I'm pretty sure you are not) ask??

Well painting...of course!!!

                                                                                   

Actually I haven't let something as small and insignificant as Xmas and summer holidays interfere with any plans I may or may not have had. The painting bug seems to just strike at any old time for me and when it does it's pretty useless (just ask Mr WF) to try and stop it. Just give in and paint is my motto.

Latest project being this little desk/table call-it-what-you-may that has been living in our hallway for probably a few years now in the exact state we bought it in, from a junk shop, Now I love the shabby distressed old and chippy look as much as the next chick however this was kind of bordering on just plain stressed and shabby. I could never quite decide what exactly to do with it. I finally took the plunge and decided to just strip it right back to timber..however that kind of proved trickier than first thought. So it sat for a bit longer, neglected and embarrassed in the hall until I made the second decision to paint it black. After about 5 minutes I made a swift third and final decision to just wipe the slate clean, grab a tin of trusty WHITE paint from the shed and paint it the damn colour I should have done years ago!!!

                                                                                 

Aaaaahhhh......So.Much.Better. Just needing a pair of handles...thinking shell and painted white to blend right in and keep it all clean looking...

Not sure she will continue living her days out in the hallway...I'm on the hunt for a bigger piece of furniure for in here...probs timber..probs of asian origin..but for now this is doing nicely...

                                                                                 

Next up on my painting chopping block is a set of drawers,..also going the white way...after painting them a charcoal colour only about..ahem..a month or so ago...ahem...

Anyone else on a painting rampage?? Repainting objects that still pretty much have the smell of fresh paint from the last colour you splashed on them???

                                                                                 

Enjoy the rest of your week folks

See you soon...


                                                          Janelle xx

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Easy Caramel Slice.....

Good afternoon out there!! We are enjoying a kind-of lazy Sunday at home today...aaanndd doing a spot of baking so I figured why not share one of our recipes with you guys...

This is a quick and easy no-bake slice my kids LOVE...of course!!...it's a slice...it's a caramel slice...what's not to love for heavens sake!!?!

                                                                                       

                                                                             

My eleven year old daughter whipped this up...icing and all...it may not have made THE prettiest pics but I absolutely love that she's experimenting and enjoying playing in the kitchen lately...a fab life skill not to mention really handy to live with!!

Ok...on with the important business...

                                                                                   

                                                                   Caramel Slice

Ingredients

1 packet Marie Biscuits -crushed
3 tablspns condensed milk
4oz butter - chopped
2 tablspn brown sugar
1 tablspn golden syrup

Method

1. Throw all ingredients MINUS the biscuits into a large-ish saucepan and stir over a low heat until everything is all melted together. But don't let it boil. (gettin bossy!!?!!)

2. Take mixture off the heat and toss in the crushed biscuits...stir through.

3. Scoop and press the mixture into a lined slice tray. Pop in the fridge to cool.

4. Once cool spread vanilla icing on top. We added 1 teaspoon of custard powder to the icing for a little extra something (not sure what that something actually is but it tastes really good!?)

5. Pop your iced slice back into the fridge until all is set then pull out..cut into pieces..and ENJOY!!!

                                                                               

As usual would love to hear if you try this...

There are now chocolate banana muffins being whipped up in the kitchen as I tap away here...mmmmm...smelling goooood too!!

                                                                                 

Have a fab week lovelies...I'm hoping to pop back in here later in the week with a few finished painting projects...

See ya soon.....

                                                              Janelle xx




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year Scores......

Good morning out there!!

And belated Happy New Year?!!! Let's make 2015 FUN yes? Yes!!!

So...I thought what better way to start the year than with a little show and tell sesh of my brand spankin new second hand used purchases...hhmmm.....

                                                                               

You like?? Personally I love!! And I will love them even more when I find a permanent home for them...and some sticks or flowers or something to plop in the vase, vessel thingy.

                                                                                   

I stumbled across these lovelies whilst on a family outing last week. A family outing which just so happened to cruise right past the front of a little old country second hand store. Funny that ;))

Now let's have a little chat about this cowhide shall we.....
                                                                                     


And the fact that it was love at first sight!! I have been secretly lusting after a cowhide floor rug for quite awhile now...one under our dining table would look pretty darn fabulous I believe...however in reality, well our reality anyway, it just wouldn't be feasible considering the cost of them and the fact that it would be filthy with tomatoe sauce and squished peas within a week and would drive me CRAZY!!! Sooooo.... back to my teeny tiny floor rug as I like to see it...it's the perfect solution I think. It can be plopped all about the house for me to admire and not a squished pea or blob of sauce gets near it...just wishing I had've picked up a few more to bring home with me. Think I can feel another family outing coming on soon.....

                                                                             


Ok...I'm off to play on a yoga mat...then play in the kitchen...then hopefully get some play in with my knitting needles...

It is the holidays after all.....

Have a great day peeps!!!


                                                                            Janelle  xx