Friday, March 25, 2011

Rainbow birthday cake - ie best birthday, cake +picnic ever.

It was my birthday a little while ago and all I asked of Muffin was to bake me the greatest cake in the world. 
THAT'S IT! 

Now.. he is a trained chef, so it wasn't too much to ask, but this was quite seriously the first cake he had EVER baked at home..  (Which I personally find hilarious!) He even photographed the whole process so I could blog about it! Naww! This one's a keeper.

So, did he fulfil his task? .... well you take a look and judge for yourself! 
(ps, the answer is hell yeah)

Muffins cake-a-makin space.

Rainbows coming into action.

Holy colour - fresh outta the oven. (blue caused him issues!)

He chose to do a tiered cake because he is a maniac and likes a challenge. He also chose to individually flavour most layers, red was berry, orange was orange (duh!), yellow was lemon and green was lime. 
THEY WERE DELICIOUS 
and each layer worked well on it's own and with the others!

WHAT WHAT! a girl cant slip in a photo of the picnic sammidge she made?! hahahaha.

ooohhhhh - ahhhhh.

to be honest, the bread I chose wasn't crusty enough and this went soggy. 
Soggy-town = not ok in my books. 
Cake = quite ok in my books.

Cake decorating time and the anticipation was killin me!

 My family came together to create the best picnic ever for me :D
On the menu was mah picnic sammidge, pasta salad, roast vegetables, cheeses, dips, sour dough bread, coleslaw, stuffed mushrooms, inari, honey joys, chocolate crackles, muffins and sooo much mooorreee! Actually amazing.

MAH CAKE! JUST YOU WAIT...

I love this photo. That's my Muffin and me! <3

Lookie here! everyone literally gasped when I cut into it and my young, tiny relative yelled "HOW'D YOU GET A RAINBOW IN THERE?!" awwwww.

Filled with love and more love (and a rainbow).

I was clearly a little excited!

The end to a lovely picnic, a lovely birthday and a lovely cake.

Peace out alfalfa sprouts!

Friday, March 18, 2011

cake, burger, salad, laksa, mini scalloped potatoes!


I realised that I never posted photos of my beetroot cake after I cut into it!

Nor did I ever mention that it was seriously the greatest chocolate cake I have ever made (and I make cakes VERY OFTEN)!

Imagine the most moist, chocolatey, sweet, perfect cake ever - and you're a little close to what it tasted like :p

After I ate my first piece I was just in shock from the beauty of it!


so moist!

Now.. some food I've made lately:


Burger of doom. Cracked wheat rissole on a toasted turkish bread roll, with tomato, avocado, mushrooms and baby spinach. BIG!


A big fresh salad with a cuppa vanilla t, and crackers spread with pesto, olive tapenade and walnut "pate".


Spicy soy hokkien noodles for mah muffin.


Home-made laksa for the bug (muffin isn't a lover of coconut like me! hence his soy noodles)


Side by side dinners. I fried the tofu, onion, garlic, lemongrass, chili, capsicum, tomato, mushroom etc all together and then separated the noodles and made the soy sauce in one pan and the laksa in another - 

THATS HOW KIND I AM! 
TWO DINNERS! 
(just kidding, my mum used to do that allllll the time hahaha)


The beginning of perfect tiny scalloped potatoes in my perfect tiny pots.


Perfect pots baked fresh outta the oven!


Just like popart! 

Perfect mini scalloped potatoes.
Makes four mini pots.

3 large dirty taters (starchy ones), sliced super thin
1 small onion, sliced super thin
1 sprig rosemary, finely smooshed
1 vegie stock cube
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup (ish) skim milk
1 Tablespoon cold butter
S+p
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200C. 

Rub cold butter around the edges and bottom of your ceramic pots.

Slice taters and onion super thin. I used a food processor with a slicing attachment, although a mandolin or a knife would do!

Heat the water and stock cube in a saucepan until dissolved. Add milk, rosemary and salt and pepper - bring to the boil and switch off. 

Layer your taters and onions alternately and top with a little extra butter and the grated cheese. 

Pour the hot liquid into the pots, don't worry if it doesn't fill it - half way is fine.

Put the mini lids on and bake until soft (but not mooshy) ... about 45 mins... to be honest I didn't pay attention and just baked with mah nose and sense of smell! You'll know.

EAT! 


Nom. Nom. Nom.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

cappuccino choc-chip cookies and more noms.

Working too much.
Working too hard.
In transit every hour of every day (almost).
No time for grocery shopping.
No time for cooking.
Saving for the Greatest European Adventure ever adventured.
Eeeeeep!

Thus, recent food photos are not the most exciting foods ever eaten.

BUT FEAR NOT - STILL TASTY!

everyday brekky! baked beans (beans of the gods) with fried vegies and a glass o juice.

Mmm - sauceless pasta. Best with home-grown ingredimots.

So colourful!

lame-ass cheese and home-grown tomatoes on tortilla thing-o.

choc chip coffee cookies!


The cookies are a Joy The Baker recipe (click for recipe!). I luff her blog. It makes me chuckle.

Do my cookies look like hers? NO! They don't.

Mine are all skinny on the edges and I dislike that.

Dear baker friends, what do I need to do to get a cookie the same width the whole way through?

Things I need to create the perfect cookie:

  • mini ice cream scoop
  • perfect large flat cookie tray (no ridges)
  • endless supply of choc chips
  • egg replacer that works (this is how my mind works: egg=ew)
  • floral apron (not imperative)
  • all the time in the world


Have a lovely day, my lovelies.

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