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Healthy chocolate Easter eggs

‘Dad and I have been talking and we think that because you don’t want Ollie to have chocolate at Easter, then none of us should have chocolate this year.’ I nearly spat my tea everywhere. ‘No chocolate? At Easter? Are you kidding?’ I was not, as you can imagine, highly impressed. Especially when last year I couldn’t eat my eggs because I was still feeding Ollie and he didn’t like chocolate (oh the irony!). I couldn’t get the words out fast enough … [Read More...]

Pumpkin feta quiche via www.clairekcreations.com

Pumpkin and feta quiche

I have a bit of a pumpkin and feta obsession at the moment. Being in season, there is always pumpkin in our fruit and veggie box and now Ollie has moved on from purees, I’m having to be a bit more creative with how I use it. I was too lazy to cook for mother’s group a few weeks ago so grabbed a ridiculously overpriced but delicious pumpkin and feta quiche from my local green grocer and ever since then all I could think about was recreating … [Read More...]

Carrot corn and cheddar muffins via www.clairekcreations.com

Carrot corn and cheddar muffins

I’ve never really understood the savoury muffin. To me it was a bit of an odd thing. The word muffin instantly conjures up a sweet treat best enjoyed warm with a good blob of butter preferably after breakfast as breakfast dessert. What place do savoury muffins have? Are they for lunch? But they’re a muffin! I was and still am a little confused but when I spotted this carrot corn and cheddar muffin recipe I remembered the suffering cob of corn … [Read More...]

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Beef, baking and my big boy

I couldn't start off my weekly re-cap without a sourdough pic could I? I mixed up this dough quite late on Saturday night and somehow it was really dry. I figured I'd done something stupid with the water so added more and it turned to slop. I covered it and left it to rise anyway and rise it did. It baked into a delicious loaf the next day. I think I just succeeded with an accidental high-hydration sourdough. On Saturday while the boys were off at … [Read More...]

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In my kitchen – March 2015

There is a bit of cake decorating theme in my kitchen this month. A lovely friend won a big pack of baking and cake decorating goodies and thinking she would never use them, gifted it all to me. This is just a tiny selection of the sugar paste moulds and cutters. I think I am almost set for life. I'm rather intrigued to use the light bulb moulds. My brain is ticking trying to come up with an idea. There are also heaps of stensils. I've never really … [Read More...]

Pumpkin and feta loaf via www.clairekcreations.com

Pumpkin and feta loaf

  Close your eyes and take a bite. It’s crunchy when your teeth first touch the bread and then it gives way to the soft, slightly salty, buttery centre. For a minute, you’re confused. Didn’t you bite into bread? From the taste you could swear you’d bitten into a delicious pumpkin and feta quiche. But isn’t it bread? Yes, yes it is. It’s a bread that tastes just like rich, buttery quiche (if you spread it with butter). As it was baking I have to … [Read More...]

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Challah

For Christmas about 15 years ago, my sister was given a bread machine (she’d asked for it). We took it up to Sunshine Beach on holidays with us and we were all eager to make the first loaf. We (ok Mum) followed the instructions, putting all the ingredients in and setting the timer so we would awake to the smell of fresh bread. At about 4am we awoke to what we thought was the world ending there was such an almighty roaring noise coming from the kitchen. … [Read More...]

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Basil, cake smashing and bread

Yes it's more sourdough bread. It's becoming a bit of  a theme around here. So much so that I need to hunt down a good place to buy a giant bag of bakers flour (or head out to Costco again but that is a big adventure!). I try to mix up a batch of sourdough starter every Thursday, make the dough Thursday night and bake a loaf Friday morning that way we always have fresh bread for the weekend when it seems to be needed the most. I am loving the overnight … [Read More...]

Should I buy a thermomix via www.clairekcreations.com

Should I buy a Thermomix

Should I buy a Thermomix? It’s a question I have been asked quite a few times since the Thermomix came to live at our house. I had heard about them on and off for a few years and always passed it off as some overpriced con which is how a lot of people still view them but not me - I’ve joined the Thermomix Cult. Who really needs to spend $2000 on a piece of kitchen equipment especially someone like me who owns every machine under the sun (shh don’t … [Read More...]

Sugar free tomato sauce via www.clairekcreations.com

Sugar free tomato sauce

Were you an eat-anything-and-everything sort of kid or a little miss/mr fussy? Me? Well I was what would now be my worst nightmare - a very very fussy kid. While mostly, I’m pretty sure I was just annoying, to me, there were some benefits. I never had tomato sauce. While my sister used to smother it on everything, I hated the thought of it and even now the smell doesn’t really appeal to me. It’s probably one of the only good habits to come out of my … [Read More...]