Phew, I feel like I'm still catching up from the weekend. My mum and I went down to Newcastle, New South Wales to visit my brother who moved there for work recently. Newcastle was pretty cool! One of the highlights was going to Estabar at Newcastle Beach with another Newcastle-based friend. They made one of the best coffees I've had ever and their food was rockin'. We also enjoyed some wine . . .
Yeah, it's chilly. Well, sort of. I mean, not to brag, but we never reeeeally get that chilly here in Brisbane. We get sunshine and brisk mornings and the opportunity to wear socks from time to time. Winter suits us. It's our best season. I've been in two minds about whether to post this cake, because I made one glaringly obvious mistake, and I'm embarrassed about it. It's my trees... my . . .
...aka the world's best fruit toast. I have decided it's time to blog some bread, because I've been baking a lot of it recently... like, every second day. Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe it. There are *sooo* many different ways of approaching making a loaf of sourdough bread, but one thing that seems to be common across the board is it ain't ready in a couple of hours. It takes a . . .
I've been making a lot of banana bread lately. I think it's because I've been buying a lot of bananas, intending to put them in smoothies, but then going for the toast + coffee option in the mornings. Then I end up with a bunch of delightfully aged bananas, just waiting to be baked into a quickbread. My lifestyle is so healthy, it's astounding. I know. Same goes for zucchinis. I like to put . . .
I've been having the worst run of cake baking lately, so I've decided to just start waffling my cake batter instead. After all, buttermilk waffles pretty much contain the same ingredients as cake, maybe with some differences in quantities, but they're both essentially a party consisting of eggs, sugar, flour and butter/oil. Aren't they? Waffle purists... if you don't like where this is going, . . .
Each January, we head to Lake Moogerah for the Australia Day long weekend, where we kick back with cards in hand and play 500 whilst watching the serenity and listening to Triple J beats. My favourite part of the whole thing is waking up surrounded by all my friends like it's a big slumber party, making coffee and/or just getting straight to the point and having a beer. Yes, please. I was . . .
The weekend just gone was the best kind of weekend. It involved: my weekly tennis lesson, baking gingersnap brownies and decorated ginger cookies for Socktoberfest, going to Socktoberfest, drinking a lot of home-brewed bocks and eating a lot of pork knuckle and sauerkraut, and being well enough the next day to do some spring cleaning and thanking my past self for freezing some slices of this . . .
What do you do when life Hayley the magnificent gives you lemons four kilos of tangelos from the farm? You eat a couple over the sink (cuz they're super juicy... the juice goes ALL over the kitchen :)), then you make upside down cake, and then you make a big batch of marmalade, and then you look over at the fruit bowl and it's like you hardly used up any tangelos at all. I suppose I could make . . .
Our New Zealand trip is about to draw to a close! We just arrived in Dunedin, and I already wish we had more time left to explore this Scottish city. Tomorrow we are heading back to Christchurch for a final night, then we're heading back to Brisbane! I have contracted a Southland cold, yay. But I have a bed like a cloud here, and I have tea and a couch. In NZ I have: - seen lots of cool . . .
In less than a week, Maths dude and I will be in NEW ZEALAND!!! I'm mega excited and not even sure if I'll get to post again before we leave. We have a two-week road trip planned. When I say "planned", I mean we have booked a car and have a rough sort of idea that the South Island IS BRIMMING WITH NATURAL BEAUTY EVERYWHERE YOU TURN, but that's as far as we've gotten with the planning as of . . .