This week, (a bit late due to 'technical difficulties) my creative space has involved experimenting with different flavours in my new savoury cracker recipe.
So far, the sesame has got to be the winner! But I've yet to try the caraway...
I've also been inspired by the sunny weather to begin work on a refashion of this robe, I thought the fabric was too "groovy" to be confined to my house, so it is slowly turning into a retro-style mini dress. More pics when its finished!
I'm going to check out more creativity over at Kootoyoo!
As you know I was given a challenge (no, not how many titles with 'cracker' puns in them), but to do some savoury baking. My first three tries were less than perfect - Me "Have one, they're delicious", Spawn "No. They are NOT delicious."
But finally I have produced something which is both easy and tasty. Me - "Do you like my crackers?", Spawn replied "Yes. They are very nice."
I began with this recipe, but ended up with the recipe below.
1/2 cup self-raising wholemeal flour
1/2 cup white plain flour
40ml olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix together (add a little more flour if too sticky), roll out as thinly as possible, place on baking tray, bake 15 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 200C.
When it comes out of the oven, crack into pieces. If it doesn't crack, it needs more time in the oven.
They are very more-ish. With only 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the dough, and nothing else sprinkled on top, it has made me realize how heavily salted commercial snacks are. For a family like mine with strong history of high blood pressure, this has been an important exercise. I will definitely be experimenting with different flavours grains for the next batch!
Began work on a challenge I've been given to bake some savoury snacks, when I achieve a result I'm really happy with I'll share it.
These water crackers were too thick and bland.
These cheese and herb were too dry, and needed salt. They didn't have any for health reasons (and because I lost the salt.)
And on Sunday I took a break from being responsible housewife and mother, and slipped far too enthusiastically into the role of NUMBER ONE FAN! Woot Woot!
I had a blast, and I have to say thanks for the team of people behind me. The White Cloud for taking on the spawn, Lil' Sis for giving her a break, BFF for helping out with dinner/bath/bedtime, and Uncle Gocky for driving me there and back. Thanks everyone! And it also makes me think, if it took four people to do my job, I'm not doing too bad.
I found this jacket in my team colour at the op shop for a few dollars, but I hate big brand names on clothes, so when I found out I would actually be able to see my team bout, I got to work!
I chopped up one of the Panda's freebie (from some supplier) t-shirts, and covered the big logo across the back. Next, inspired by Wendy's pillowcase, and this tutorial, I used contact to mask my lettering (because I couldn't find waxed paper in the supermarket.)
I squeezed my bottle of fabric paint into a spray bottle, added enough water to get it to go up the tube, and went crazy! Then waited for it to dry, peeled off the contact letters, and heat set it in the drier.
I'm pretty pleased with the result, and now I'm thinking... how cool would it look if I did my derby name (Screamstress - duh) on a black top, with RED paint! Horrible! Fantastic!
Footnote - I VERY carelessly left the spray bottle with black fabric paint in it, in the yard. Of course I was punished when the spawn found it, and sprayed each other AND the house. Now they have black blotchy faces and look like they have the plague! I would have taken photos, but I was too busy having a fit...
My creative space this week has been filled with secrets...
Secretly transforming a doona cover into a derby skirt, and making a surprise vest for a certain referee (or Team Zebra as they're known in derby), and my secret love affair with the humble meringue continues...
brown sugar meringues...
chocolate caterpillar meringues, mmmmm. For recipes, click here.
I wonder what has inspired everyone else this week over at Kootoyoo?
If I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be the Healthy Applesauce Carrot Cake (with 1 cup sultanas and 1/2 cup walnuts added) I tried for the first time this morning. Oh, spice, zest, hits of sweet sultanas, buttery crunchy walnuts, crisp edge, moist light centre, smooth cream cheese icing, I promise to adore thee, in sickness and in health, as long as I shall live.
And what were the spawn doing, as I was lost in cake induced raptures? Taking their clothes off for a spot of nude trampoling, of course!
I must point out that it reached a top of 8 degrees centigrade today, and they did it 30 seconds before the real estate agent came to the door for a house inspection. Ah Spawn, spice, zest, hits of sweetness, random nuttiness, I promise to adore you too.
We made masks. From an empty egg carton. At 7am in the morning. (Apologies for the morning hair.)
It just seemed like the thing to do while we were waiting for our egg whites to come to room temperature.
This story actually begins last night, when I somehow got it in my head to try meringue making. So this morning, we gave it a shot.
For our first attempt, they turned out pretty well. They were definitely eaten quickly enough! And whilst they're definitely not in the 'healthy' category, they are a harmless little piece of air and sugar. Next batch I'm going to try one of the variations.
Mini Meringues Makes 24
2 egg whites (at room temperature), 1/2 cup caster sugar, pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 160 degrees centigrade.
In a non-plastic bowl, beat whites until they hold soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, then beat for another 2-3 minutes until mixture is stiff and glossy. Pipe, or place with a teaspoon on tray with baking paper. Bake 30-45 minutes. Leave to cool in oven, about 1 hour. Variations
Colour them with food colouring.
Fold in 1 tbs of cocoa.
Use brown sugar in place of caster sugar.
Mix through 2 tsp finely grated orange rind.
This recipe is a mix of this one from taste.com.au and this one from grouprecipes.com
It was a lovely day today, a bit of morning sunshine, a bit of yardwork, a bit of cooking. I can feel the days slowly getting longer, and spring is on its way!
As everybody knows by now, I was behaving very badly on the weekend.
So I thought I would do a bit of sucking up...
and what better way to say 'sorry' than with baked goods!
(This is actually a teacake, I'm always impressed with how light it is. It is much better topped with the traditional cinnamon and sugar, than my sucky icing.)
Nana O's Teacake
Beat one egg and 1/3 cup sugar until frothy.
Add 1tsp vanilla essence, and 1/2 cup milk.
Then add halfway between 3/4 and 1 cup of self raising flour.
Lastly add 1 tbs melted butter.
Pour into a greased loaf or small cake tin, bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes.
While hot rub with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
This post is for Jasmine, I wish that everyone who behaves badly apologized with cake!
As promised, the finished result of my late night applique. Turned out pretty good if I say so myself! This one will be listed on my Etsy store, because my house is filling up with roller derby costumes. If you would like to see where this one started, there are more pictures on Wardrobe Refashion.
At my favourite op-shop, I scored this fabric, 1.5m x 3m for only $2. Its like the universe WANTS me to start making pink ruffled shorts and jumpsuits. Who am I to argue with the universe?
Good Morning! I have been tagged in the sunshine award game by Emma at Frog, Goose and Bear.
I have to tell you seven things that you may not know about me. So here we go:
1. I didn't eat mushrooms for about five years after mistaking a slug for a mushroom.
2. The work I'm most proud of is this quilt I made 100% by hand for my Dad. It is the view of some ruins as seen through the crumbling stonework of another ruined building. It is based on the cover photograph from his book, Farina From Gibbers to Ghost Town.
3. I got my car licence when I was 31 and had 3 children. Before that, I rode a vespa style scooter around Melbourne.
4. My favourite book is The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
5. I was Dux of my high school, dropped out half way through my uni degree, then worked at McDonalds.
6. When I was younger, I was always self conscious of my rosy red cheeks.
7. I love singing very loudly, but only do so occasionally when I'm excited about something.
According to modern science, bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly. But of course they can. For so many reasons, these shorts should be declared a complete fashion disaster.
But they're not. I don't know why they work, but strangely they do.
I made them from a vintage maxi skirt late at night. (Maybe that's obvious!) The pattern is the bottom half of a jumpsuit pattern, and its a lovely shape, so soon I think I will make it up. Only in the land of derby can I delight in dress-ups!
And now because I have *confession* already got 12 pairs of roller derby shorts, I'm going to list them on my Etsy store to see what the universe says.
I thought I should show you what I've been using for the icing.
It is just a cone made of baking paper, filled, then folded in from the sides.
On a slightly different topic, I had an anonymous comment about golden syrup on my damper post, and its been bugging me! Who are you, secret reader? I had a golden syrup dumpling when I was young, so long ago I don't know what they taste like anymore. But in my memory it is simple, rustic, sweet.
Anyone else harbouring a secret nostalgia?
Update: The wonderful Curlypops baked Golden Syrup Dumplings for me! (Virtually) They look absolutely delicious, and she's got a great recipe too!
I'd like to introduce someone. She's been the Bette to my Barbara, the Patsy to my Edina, the Agnetha to my Frida.
She came on family summer holidays,
together we survived the great hair-disaster of '92,
and numerous New Year's Eves.
She zipped up my wedding dress, and held my hand at Dad's funeral.
So, a toast to friendship!
And because she looks up to me so much (ha ha teasing!) she has begun her own blog, over at Justmaxblabbering.blogspot.com, so go on over and see what she's up to.* Be sure to scroll right down to the bottom and check out some awesome retro album covers.
Max, the wondeful world of blog awaits, here are some jumping off points!
When I bought this jumper at the op-shop, I thought it would come in handy for looking respectable. Turns out, I don't really like respectable, because I hate this jumper and never wear it. Also, I think the silly upside down drawstring makes my boobs look saggy (yes, its the jumper!)
So today I've turned it into a skirt and leggings. This is not a full tutorial, but you can see the basic steps.
Decide how long you want your skirt, and cut.
Put on your 'skirt' inside out and take in some darts at the side seams to fit.
I used a jersey offcut to make an elastic casing. Thats the skirt done.
Now for leggings, I lay an existing pair of leggings on the jumper sleeves, lining up the crotch with the underarm. Then I just cut around, sew the centre front and centre back seams, and pop some elastic around the top!
(The shoulder seam does create an odd pattern when you use a striped jumper.)
Next step, put on wonderful new outfits and look fabulous!
My days have a bit of screaming, a bit of cooking, a bit of crafting, a ^*@# load of dishes and sometimes a dash of rollerskating!
I am SCREAMSTRESS, and I live in a usually messy and always noisy house with my husband the Panda, and my three spawn, 5yr old Big S, and 3yr old twins, Little S and Spawnette. Oh, and I couldn't stay sane without the help of my trusty sidekick THE WHITE CLOUD (mum).