Friday, January 28, 2011

donuts!

donuts

I'm kind of embarrassed to say where I got this recipe from.... okay well you know how some mystery novels have recipes? Yeah. There.
Apparently when ones reading about donuts you start to crave it. I guess I could have just gone out to a shop and bought one to settle the craving for them right then and there but when I see a recipe for fast easy donuts? I'm all for it.


Easy Raised Donuts
from the book Sinister Sprinkles

2 pkg fast raising yeast
2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 cups flour

In a bowl mix the yeast, sugar and water. Let sit for five minutes for the yeast to activate. Add the egg, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt and mix well. Slowly add in the flour until it's not sticky to the touch. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut out donut shapes and lay them on a baking sheet to raise for 30 minutes. Fry in canola oil at 360 F turing once so both sides cook evenly. Drain on a paper towel.
Since these donuts are the light and airy sort I added a strawberry glaze to mine which consisted of icing sugar, vanilla, warm water and strawberry flavor. Once the donuts cooled I dipped the tops in the the glaze and added my choice of topping. Sprinkles, coconut or even crushed up nuts would be great!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

beat the cold


I have to tell you I've made this time and time again. It's just one of those comforting dishes that's doulbly hearty and best eaten on a snowy cold day, (mostly like the days we've been having too much of!) a day where you just want to curl up with a bowl of something hot and let it melt the chill away.
No more snow... please?

chunky veg soup
recipe adapted from Donna Hay

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
2 x cans of chopped tomatoes (14oz)
1 1/2 litres of water or stock
1 cup of pasta (your choice)

In a large sauce pan over medium heat add the oil, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper and cook until just soft. Add the tomatoes and water and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the pasta and cook for another 8-10 min. Serves 4-6.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

handmade cards

cards

Hey guys, just thought I'd give you a little glance of what I've been working on today. I finally had a Sunday off, which doesn't happen quite often, and I spent my time doing a little of this and that catching up on things. Then I got board and decided to make some cards for Valentines. I love how they turned out!
If your thinking of making some Valentines cards but have no one to give it out to? I was over at EverSoLovely and she has a fun Valentines Exchange going on over on her blog right now. So fun!

P.S. I do have a awesome rustic chunky veg soup lined up for the next post. Can't wait to share it was so good and pretty healthy which we all know is always a nice plus.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

winter granita

winter granita

Why a frozen dessert in the middle of winter? Clementines. Yes, clementines. I know this is a dessert worthy of ripping out on a hot summer's day but these clementines had to go somewhere and I don't know about you, but I had tons this holiday. I was eating them left right and centre then I think I slowly got sick of them because I was no longer reaching for one. But hey, can't let them go to waste. So why not make something just a little special and frankly I have never made granita before and I figured I'd give it a go.

winter granita

recipe
800g fruit pureed
or 800 ml of fruit juice
for the base syrup
300 ml of water
100 g sugar
Simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then allow to cool before adding the fruit juices. Feel free to add other flavors like lemon, lime or even vanilla or lavender, which ever you fancy.
Pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish and let set in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Take it out and scrape it around with a fork while it's still soft to move the crystals around. Then set it in the freezer until hard.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A new year...

happy new year!

Wishing all you lovely people out there all the best in this new year!! And a big thanks to all my readers, you are what keeps me going!
So has anybody set resolutions for themselves? So far two resolutions I have this year are to push myself to keep doing the things I love, even when things get rough, and more simply is to post more up on the blog and pictures... take lots of pictures. Okay, maybe that's three, but these are three that I'm sure I can stick to!

Here's to an amazing 2011!