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 . . .
Things I've done lately: 1. Read Fifty Shades :/ 2. Wee bit of honeymoon planning 3. Discovered I'm incredibly talented at Snapchatting (follow me, I'm hans_whit) 4. Went to a very boozy wedding of a dear friend and came out alive... 5. Inspired by Erin, I purchased a sourdough starter from Clare, because I kept botching my own attempts to create a starter from scratch. I'm now completely . . .
Hot drinks all day and constantly preheating the oven - that's how I would describe the last week or so. I feel like I should maybe pay for more of our household's electricity bill than the other housemates? So much baking and boiling of the kettle... I made these pistachio orange biscotti for the sole purpose of Maths dude and me having something to dip into our morning coffee. Mornings are a . . .
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 . . .
This month is preserving month (for #CBpreserves!), but in hindsight I think it would have been better to preserve things in March or April when we still had nectarines and mangoes and peaches. The end-of-summer fruit haul is already over. The citrus fruit and persimmons are here, along with apples, pears and pumpkins. This means: citrus curds and butters, pear or apple pastes to have with cheese, . . .
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 . . .