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 . . .
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 . . .
Friends, there are two exciting things to talk about today! You may have noticed I have given the old Swirling Spoon a bit of a needed facelift. If my history of blog-design-changing is anything to go on, give me another year and I'll be changing it yet again... but for now, I'll keep visiting my own website multiple times per day just to gaze at all the beautiful white space. More importantly, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
If you haven't met Sarah yet, I'd like you to meet her now. Sarah is a Brisbane blogger like me, and she just published her first cookbook. It probably sounds creepy (hi, Sarah) since I've never met her in person, but I'm actually a little bit proud of this fellow Brisbanite and what she has achieved, and I just felt like doing a massive fist pump when her cookbook arrived at my front . . .
Ah, the struggle to make a good pound cake is real. You want a fine, dense crumb, but any attempt at achieving that often leads to just a dry cake, and no matter how much butter and sugar you stood there creaming until your arm hurt, how many eggs you spent $$ on, how much love you tried to put into the cake, all you have is a dry cake. And even a glorious salted peanut butter frosting, like the . . .
These muffins have been a bit of a lifesaver this week, I must say. There is a container that lives in our freezer that usually has a rotation of snacks in it: bits and pieces of leftover baking, slices of this and that. It kind of warms my heart each morning when I see Maths dude get the container out and select a couple of things to take to work. Even the things that didn't turn out great (such . . .
So I've recently noticed that "link love" is a thing, where you just link to a bunch of awesome articles/posts/cat videos/playlists/whatever, basically anything you read and loved on the interwebs. Well, I'd like to get involved, because I am so often excited by the things that my bloggy friends blog about! So here is the first edition of The Swirling Spoon link love!!! I wish I lived in . . .