Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
I have now completed my light box and taken a few test photographs to see how it works. And I can say, that I am dead chuffed.
I used a very simple Kodak (Easy share) C763 digital camera (7.1 mega pixels), no flash and used the close up option. Then re sized and cropped thru Picasa.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Last weekend, I visited my parents and my Mum wanted to take me to a shop she had found called Country Interiors. What an Aladdin's cave this shop is. Full of beautiful French furniture, Shabby Chic, bedding, cushions, ornaments, paintings, china and glass ware.
Amongst all these treasures, I found quite a few *Imitation cakes* so beautifully made. Each cake is made of foam and then *iced* in a soft plastic. Sounds dreadful doesn't it? But look how cute they look on the cake stands.
Monday, March 23, 2009
185g Butter (softened)
1 cup Caster Sugar.
1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence.
3 large Eggs.
2 cups S.R. Flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon Mixed Spice.
1/4 cup Milk.
2 Apples (peeled, cored, sliced and cooked)
Preheat the oven to 180c and prepare 12 paper cases in a cupcake tray.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time and mix well between each one.
Add the spice to the sifted flour and add to the mix a little at a time, in between the flour add the milk. Stir in lightly.
Spoon a little into each paper case and then place your apple in the middle. Now top with the remaining mix and finish off with a dusting of Cinnamon sugar. Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool and then enjoy.
The plate and teapot used in this photograph, was given to me by a neighbour a few years ago. They were married for 60 years and this was their tea and dinner set. Called *Cream Petal* made by Grindley in England. Some of the gold edging has been rubbed off now, but I love it.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
These chocolate cupcakes were had after that.
2 cups S.R. Flour. (Minus 2 tablespoons)
3/4 cup Castor Sugar.
3/4 cup of Milk.
1/2 cup softened Butter.
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder.
1/2 cup good quality Chocolate. (Grated)
Cream the sugar and butter together, add eggs and mix again.Now put in the milk and mix a little and then slowly,a little at a time, add the flour and cocoa which you have sifted together. Lastly, add the grated chocolate and stir in. I used my hand held mixer for the creaming and adding the milk. Then switched to a wooden spoon for the folding in of the flour.
Place mix into cupcake cases and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 170c
When the cupcakes are cooled, top with your favourite butter icing. To mine I added 1 cap full of Peppermint essence and 1 cap full of green food colouring. Then dressed them with grated chocolate, After Dinner Mints and Mint Aero. I made 18 cupcakes with this recipe.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
8 ozs Butter. (room temperature)
4 ozs Caster Sugar.
8 ozs Plain Flour.
4 ozs Cornflour. (sift both flours together)
Zest of two Lemons.
1 pinch of Salt.
Cream the butter and sugar together, put in the lemon zest, add the flours and salt together, a couple of tablespoons at a time. You should end up with a largish ball of dough. Grease with butter, two 8 inch cake tins or a square flan tin (I used this) Press the dough into tin and mark into oblong shaped biscuits or slices if using cake tin. Prick all over with a fork. Sprinkle some more caster sugar over this if you wish. Bake in oven 160c for 40 -45 minutes. When cooled, break in to biscuits and enjoy.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
A bit fed up at this stage, as you can imagine. Today I went back to the supermarket and bought a packet cake mix. Vanilla Butter cake, No Name brand. Shock, horror! Have you ever used them? I got quite a surprise, add two eggs, milk and butter, and mix for three minutes.
I greased a tin and put a thick layer of Roses marmalade in the bottom. On went the cake mix and into the oven. This is the end result. We had it after dinner tonight with some lovely creamy custard. Amazingly good.
What am I saying here? These are good for people like me who have a disaster in the kitchen or simply lose their cooking mojo. Next time I am in the supermarket, I shall stock up on these I think. (There's one in chocolate, Yippee)
Her link is down the bottom of this page.
THANK YOU EMILY.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
You will need...
2 cups S.R. Flour.
2 large Eggs.
3/4 cup Milk.
1/2 cup Rice Bran Oil. (Or your favorite oil, as long as it is not Olive oil)
1 cup Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
1/2 Red Capsicum (seeds remover and a small dice)
1/2 Yellow Capsicum (seeds removed and a small dice)
1 cup Bacon (diced)
Preheat oven to 180c and grease muffin tray (or use muffin cases)
Mix with a hand electric mixer the wet ingredients until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, and fold in to the wet ingredients, then add your cheese, bacon and capsicum. I added dried Chives here too, sorry, I forgot to say. Now this is a fairly dry mix and you might have to add a little more milk and oil just to combine better.
Place mix in to muffin tray holes and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.
Delish with a shandy or a Cinzano Bianco and lemonade.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
You will need..
110g Castor Sugar.
60g Butter, melted and cooled.
1 tablespoon Brandy.
100g Plain Flour.
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder.
40g Currants or Sultanas. (I used currants)
For the Syrup..
110g Castor Sugar.
1 tablespoon Brandy.
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for two minutes, cool and then add brandy. Now set aside for later.
Preheat oven to 180c.
Beat the eggs until really fluffy, gradually add the sugar, beating until light and thick.
Fold in the melted butter, brandy, sifted flour and baking powder and last, the currants.
Divide mix between 12 cupcake cases in tin.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in colour.
Take out of the oven and brush tops of cupcakes with the brandy syrup, while still hot.
Allow to cool on a wire rack. Can be eaten straight or served with cream or ice-cream.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Preheat oven to 160c. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin. Put butter, 200gms of the chopped chocolate (Yes, leave 100gms for later) coffee granules and the hot water into a large microwave proof bowl. Microwave on high, uncovered for 2-3 minutes, stirring every minute with a metal spoon until smooth. Add cocoa to warm choc mix. Stir until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and castor sugar, and when it is cooler add the beaten eggs. Sift the flour over the chocolate mix, stirring gently to combine.
Pour half of the mix into cake tin, then sprinkle half of the remaining chocolate you have chopped over the mix. Add remaining mix to the tin and top off with the remaining chopped chocolate.
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Let cool in the tin. Then you can dust with icing sugar as I did or make your favorite icing to go on top. Serve with cream, ice cream or as I did, a chocolate sauce.
Do hope you enjoy this recipe, and again, Thank you Kazmarri.
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