Hello, dear friends and blog readers! I haven't been sure how to write this post, so I've been avoiding posting it for quite some time. My 2nd blog birthday has just passed, and it got me thinking about blogging. I've decided to wrap things up here at The Swirling Spoon. Why? Blogging for me isn't providing the same enjoyment it used to. I feel at once like I've giving up something that I've . . .
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 . . .
I feel as though my life lately has been controlled by the schedule of baking bread. Folding and resting and folding and resting, proving, baking, toasting, eating, turning the stale bits into croutons, each time learning something new about the whole process. I've been budding bits of my sourdough starter and forcing it onto my friends so that we can talk about bread. I've forsaken all other . . .
Last night I headed to a PepTalk with Josie. The highlight was Lara Nobel's talk. She's an architect, carpenter and all round boss lady who, along with her boyfriend and carpentry trainer, designed and built a Tiny House . It was fascinating hearing her explain the design concepts behind the house and how different it is from a caravan! It is so great to see the tiny house idea burgeoning right . . .
I have taken on the somewhat crazy task of making my own wedding cake. As someone who has generally shied away from layer cakes and fiddly frosting techniques and any kind of buttercream in general, THIS IS REALLY QUITE BIG. Because our wedding is essentially going to be a hipster picnic in the park, I don't think the guests will mind if we serve my fallback option, which is a couple of bundt . . .
For the most part, my ANZAC Day long weekend was spent up at Tamborine Mountain with friends in a rambling old house. We barbecued, played games, and commented on how cold it felt (pathetic, I know, when it's barely below 20C). I made ANZAC biscuits... and then I made an ANZAC biscuit-inspired pear crumble served with rivulets of double cream. Avocado featured in almost everything we ate, because . . .
Whether you're competent in the kitchen, a professional chef or can't make a bowl of two-minute noodles to save your life - Hannah of The Swirling Spoon and Josie of Oh Messy Life invite you to participate in Cook Better 2016. Each month we will provide a prompt to get you thinking, along with some example recipes to get you inspired, then it is completely up to you how you interpret the prompt . . .
Chances are that you, like me, have reached the point of Christmas overindulgence that it's all you can do to reach a hand pathetically into the bowl of chocolate almonds on the coffee table, or pick at the bits of leftover turkey straight from the fridge, maybe stopping to smear them with some cranberry sauce from the jar. We've been subsisting on leftovers for days: first it was plates of . . .
IT'S MANGO SEASON. Have you have had the joy of biting into the sweet flesh of a tropical mango? It is the thing I look forward to most every summer. After buying and devouring my first mango of the season, I started thinking... why would I make my weekly batch of banana bread when I could use pureed mango instead? There are many examples of fruit purees other than bananas being used in . . .
Sticky date pudding is that dessert that many Australians and Kiwis will have tried at some point in their life. Known as sticky toffee pudding in the UK, and perchance other parts of the world, it is a rich, moist dessert cake stuffed with lots of chopped dates and smothered with a brown sugar caramel sauce. Gah, even talking about it is making my mouth water. It is one of my favourite . . .