Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes

Grief. It’s a strange thing. Different very time. Why did I think I’d feel the same after my dad died as I would after my mum did? I guess it is (blessed) inexperience. But it has been so much harder. Anyway. I’m out the other side of (most of) it now. And I have aContinue reading “Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes”

He Cooks [pork pies]… She Sews [a BurdaStyle shirt 04/2013 #138]

For all the cooking He Who Cooks does and She who Sews eats, you’d think she’d return the favour and does some sewing for him, wouldn’t you? The odd pair of boxers and an apron now and then just doesn’t cut it. This is another way of saying I finally made Chris a shirt. IContinue reading “He Cooks [pork pies]… She Sews [a BurdaStyle shirt 04/2013 #138]”

Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins

I know. Its halfway through January and no-one. No. One. cares about Christmas cakes. But they were so cute. I just couldn’t not blog about them. This is almost entirely the work of He who Cooks. The sewing related contribution was very minor, and only added the finishing touch. Yes. It was cutting the ribbonContinue reading “Little Christmas cakes in baked bean tins”

Zucchini fritters with salmon, lemon slice and orange muffins. All gluten free

Are you lucky enough to have a group of likeminded sewers, creative knitters, crocheting geniuses, embroidery queens and other crafty people to share your obsessions with? I am. And they are fabulous. My group has a very healthy emphasis on delicious food and wonderful conversation as well as endless cups of tea and craftiness. OneContinue reading “Zucchini fritters with salmon, lemon slice and orange muffins. All gluten free”

Gluten free lemon friands

Thank you for all your lovely comments about Felicity’s Formal Frock made from Funky Fabric with some Flares of Frustration but now Finally Finished. Clearly, I like F-words, and need to keep using them. Words like Friands. These were made by He who Cooks. And they were Fabulous! Ingredients 180 g butter melted, plus extraContinue reading “Gluten free lemon friands”

Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie

This blog needs to be renamed from He Cooks… She Sews! to He Cooks…. She Shops, She Bakes and (just sometimes) She Sews… The Shopping. See previous post. The Baking. Chai Spiced Carrot Cake: 3 eggs 175g honey 125g gluten free SR flour (2/3 cup) 155g grated carrots (2 to 3 carrots) ½ tsp groundContinue reading “Chai Carrot Cake and Floral Nettie”

Fabric sale coming up: you need a chocolate cup cake!

“Real” red velvet chocolate cake. Celebrity chef recipe. Beetroot. Dark Chocolate. Cream cheese icing. Resistance was futile! These were made with Poh Ling Yeow’s recipe from her new cookbook Same Same But Different. Poh made hers as a 20 cm cake, with the cream cheese icing in the middle and chocolate ganache on the sidesContinue reading “Fabric sale coming up: you need a chocolate cup cake!”

Christmas fruit cake in June

Being baked on the winter solstice makes it Christmas cake doesn’t it? Even when the winter solstice is in June? The cake can’t help being in the Southern hemisphere can it? Whatever. This isn’t ordinary fruit cake anyway. Its delicious. And very easily made gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, if that’s what you needContinue reading “Christmas fruit cake in June”

Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP

Ginger nuts This great recipe is thanks to Jorth. 200g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 2 cups raw sugar 2 eggs, beaten (or 4 eggs -see update note below) 3 1/2 cups plain (all purpose) flour 6 teaspoons ground ginger (yes, I know that’s a lot, but ginger nuts need to be gingery!) 2 teaspoonsContinue reading “Autumn baking and Downton Abbey dress WIP”

Cappuccino cake

Yes, more baked goods! (If you are here for the sewing, click away now! or scroll to the bottom to see what’s in progress..) with my sister-in-law’s gorgeous red roses (Papa Meilland– stunning to look at and to smell) Ingredients 220g butter, softened 220g caster sugar 220g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoonContinue reading “Cappuccino cake”

School lunch box food

Bland, a bit stodgy but very moist and the kids like them. Just right for back to school tomorrow (pity we already ate them all…) Ingredients 125g (one stick) butter 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 2 very ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup plain yoghurt 1 1/3 cups plain flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powderContinue reading “School lunch box food”

Orange and poppy seed cake

Can I offer you a slice of sunshine? Moist orange and poppy seed goodness? This recipe is from the September 2007 issue of Australian Good Taste, Page 114 Cake 125ml (1/2 cup) fresh orange juice (1 orange wasn’t enough, two oranges were plenty) 130g (1/2 cup) Greek-style natural yoghurt (that’s the secret of this cake’sContinue reading “Orange and poppy seed cake”

Little lemony syrupy polenta cakes

Craft night at my place = gluten free yummy things (one of the crafty peeps is a coeliac). Tonight we had individual serves of nachos and these little cakes. The cakes have that distinctive grainy polenta texture with moist lemon syrupy goodness. Lemon polenta syrup cakes 160g unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup caster sugar 3Continue reading “Little lemony syrupy polenta cakes”