Tuesday, January 26, 2010

oatmeal chocolate orange cookies

Hey everyone, hope your all doing well? Works been a bit slow lately, but I'm not complaining cause I find it a bit boring. It has given me a chance to do a few things I've been meaning to catch up on... although I usually sit down just to do a quick e-mail check and it ends up turning into an hour.. sometimes more. It has come down to web surfing... I can't stop. There is just too many great blogs, sites, links from those sites and meaningless yet amusing other things to keep you hooked. Perhaps I should try limiting my computer usage time? Then I might be able to get more things done.

Enough of my rambling, lets get to these cookies! Flipping threw a old copy of Jamie Magazine, I fell upon these little jems, which he calls 'Any-way-you-like cookies'. All it really is a basic cookie dough recipe that you can add whatever flavors you fancy... like dark chocolate and orange perhaps?

basic cookie dough
115g unsalted butter, softened
100g unrefined organic cane sugar
1 large egg
100g plain flour, sifted
20g porridge oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
dark chocolate & orange cookies
80g dark chocolate, chopped
zest of two oranges
vanilla coconut
60g shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place all the basic dough ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth and creamy.
2. Add your chosen flavors to the mix and place in plastic wrap and roll into a 5cm-diameter sausage shape. Chill in the freezer for 20 min.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut into 1cm slices onto a baking tin lined with parchment. Leave a good space between each - they'll spread out quite a bit while baking. Bake for 8-10 min or until edges get golden. These will been a thin crispy cookie.
makes 10-12 cookies

Saturday, January 23, 2010

giveaway winner!

  Congrats to Amanda from 'Is this thing on?' You won! It was a close one between you and Chef Chuck.  The number I had picked was 64 and since no one guessed it right on, but you two did come quite close, I put everyone's name in a bucket... and well Amanda, you got picked again! Send me an e-mail with your details and I will ship them your way.
    Sorry Chef Chuck.. I know you really wanted to win those earrings, lol.

PS. Thanks for everyone who entered! I  had a good laugh hearing all your funny/interesting things!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

100th post, cupcakes and a giveaway!

First of all I wish I could make these photo's bigger! I've played around with it, but I just can't seem to get it to work. Any suggestions?

I went a little cupcake crazy this weekend. When you have a craving, you sometimes always must obey and vanilla cupcakes were calling my name. It has to be the sweet icing, crumbly cake... there's no resisting and who can pass up a cute little cupcake? Not me.

Since this is my 100th post, I couldn't do it with out doing a little something special for all you readers. So I present my very first giveaway! Let's get this started.... leave a comment and pick a number between 1 and 100 and tell me something funny about yourself to win this cute little three pack of vintage fabric button earrings from my shop.



Cupcake Recipe
Vanilla Icing
6 tbsp unsalted butter (rm tempt)
2 cups confectionary sugar (sifted)
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (or butter-vanilla emulsion. This stuff is thicker and white as to not colour the white icing and smells and tastes amazing!) looks like this.
Find the cake recipe here.

PS. I will post the winner in the next week. Good luck!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

curd is the word


     Well hello everyone!  I've been busy yet again, but I just had to share the rhubarb scones and clementine curd recipes I promised and I just have to say that this is the ultimate curd of all curds.  It's got to be the sweet, tangy taste of clementines and we all mostly know them as the Christmasy citrus... I just wish I had found this recipe in time for Christmas morning!  

Jamie's Clementine Curd
makes about 850g
6 clementines
2 lemons
350 g caster sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 egg yolks, beaten
100 g unsalted butter

Grate the fruit zest and squeeze the juice into a saucepan with the sugar, eggs and yolks, and mix to combine. Add the butter and place over a very low heat*. Cook, constantly stirring, until the curd is thick and coats the back of the spoon. Pour into sterilized jars, seal and refrigerate. Use within two weeks.   
*(I found it wasn't working to well with the 'very low heat', it could have just been my stove top, but I did increase the heat to medium.) ps. I've been eating this everyday! I'm officially hooked!

Rhubarb scones
250g rhubarb, trimmed and chopped
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup caster sugar, extra
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup single cream

Preheat the oven to 180 c (355 F).
Place the rhubarb, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl, mix and set aside.  Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Gradually pour in the milk and cream and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Empty bowl out onto a floured surface, add the rhubarb mixture and knead gently until a smooth dough forms.  Place in a 8 in diameter lined cake tin and bake for 20-25 min. (can also be lightly rolled out and cut into squares with a cookie cutter.)  Makes 10
Recipe adapted from Donna Hay.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

drive by shooting

No, not that kind of shooting! Can I tell you how much I would have loved to get out of the car today and take some photo's, especially when I was out and about around here! Well this is Canada and Canada is well... friggin cold! This day in-particular was extremely cold, that dry, windy bitter cold.

So I stayed in the car and these are the photo's that formed.
I can't wait to share my next post. I've been busy in the kitchen this morning making rhubarb scones and clementine curd. You guys have not lived until you've tasted this curd, it is just utterly amazing!

Did everyone have a great holiday?

P.S. I decided to take part in project 365. Have any of you heard about it? A picture a day for a whole year... this is going to be interesting. You can find me with my photo's for project 365 here.