Sourdough bread, Discord, and the electric car

I finally made a loaf of sourdough bread that looks and tastes like sourdough bread. Most of my efforts recently have failed and ended up more like bricks than loaves of bread. But this one is almost perfect. It's quite satisfying after many many failures to have one turn out more or less normal. The… Continue reading Sourdough bread, Discord, and the electric car

Doing nothing

I'm not very good at doing nothing. All my life I've dashed around in a frantic state of constant busy-ness. Work fills the weekdays, kid stuff the evenings, and weekends we ferry kids around to activities or go exploring in the highlands. Since the start of the lockdown, our weekends have changed and I've been… Continue reading Doing nothing

What to do with a glut of courgettes?

It has been a day of cooking. It's that time of year when my allotment is producing way more courgettes (zucchinis) than we can eat so I had to take desperate measures. I took the advice of an old friend from Christchurch and made chutney. This is my first attempt and I didn't make a… Continue reading What to do with a glut of courgettes?

Decadent choc marshmallow biscuits

We saw a video online the other day about making your own chocolate marshmallow biscuits and we decided to give it a try today. It's very easy and requires only digestive biscuits, jam, marshmallows, and chocolate. Take two digestive biscuits.  Spread one biscuit with jam then put some marshmallows on top. Put the other digestive… Continue reading Decadent choc marshmallow biscuits

Baking, gardening, and baby cyclamen

I've had the day off work today and it has been lovely to just potter around at home. I did some gardening and baking. Ben made hot cross buns this morning, just as he does every Easter. I made scones. Both scones and buns were both delicious! Earlier this year I noticed my cyclamen producing… Continue reading Baking, gardening, and baby cyclamen

‘Tis the season to stuff your face with lots of yummy food

Every Christmas I make lebkuchen which is German for ginger bread except that it doesn't contain any ginger. I'm a bit slow making it this year because I've been making panforte - I've made three batches of it so far and probably eaten most of it myself because the kids don't like it. I had to… Continue reading ‘Tis the season to stuff your face with lots of yummy food

Vegan toothpaste and poo cake (a.k.a choc-mint slice)

This recipe is too good not to share, is very easy to make and uses ingredients that most of us already have in the pantry. Biscuit base 1/2 cup rice bran oil 3 weetbix 1 tbsp cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 170g flour 85g sugar Peppermint icing 1 cup icing sugar 2 tsp peppermint essence… Continue reading Vegan toothpaste and poo cake (a.k.a choc-mint slice)