Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Favourite No Knead Bread Recipe


Hi Everyone!

I have been asked for this recipe so many times I thought it was time I shared it here with you all.  It is taken from one of my favourite recipe books; The New Zealand Bread Book by Simon & Alison Holst.  (You can buy it at Whitcoulls in NZ).


No Knead Bread

2 Cups warm water

2 t Surebake yeast

1 T oil

2 t salt

4 Cups flour


Measure the water into a large bowl.  Sprinkle the yeast over the water, stir it in, then add the oil and salt.  Stir the flour in its bag to aerate it, then spoon the flour lightly into your measuring cup and level off the top.  Tip this flour into the bowl and stir it into the liquid using a large wooden spoon.  Repeat with three more cups of flour, stirring again after each one is added.  At the end of this time a sticky dough will have formed.  If it really is too wet you can add a little more water but I have never needed too.  


Cover the bowl and leave it to rise for about 15-20 minutes or until it has doubled in size.  Heat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius.  You can form this dough into buns or put it in a loaf tin. Cut it with flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands.  

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.  It makes a wonderful crust and has a great texture!  

Enjoy!  Have a great weekend everyone!


Today’s Baking


So… I did some baking!  I felt like something that was a challenge. I also wanted to make something new that I hadn’t tried before.  

So, here is the result:

Irish Soda Bread




I am rather proud of myself for cooking the beetroot from scratch too instead of using canned beetroot.  It took ages to cook but I do believe it was worth it.  So this is Irish Soda Bread with a twist. It has cherry tomatoes (I used strawberry tomatoes), feta, and beetroot in it. I am waiting for them to cool so I haven’t tried them yet but if they taste as good as they smell they should be great!


My next challenge for the day was Cinnamon Swirls! Yeast swirls. It was a really long process to make them but it was worth every hour and 15 minutes worth of kneading by hand. I am going to make an icing sugar drizzle but they taste fantastic plain too.  




Aren’t they just the yummiest looking things you have ever seen?



Fantastic Read


I am reading simply the most fantastic book at the moment! It’s the first time that I have ever read a book about cooking and related topics that I can’t put down!  It is about what you should or shouldn’t make from scratch and all the do’s and don’t’s and why’s and how’s! Simply fab!  And the author writes it in such a fashion as to be funny, heartwarming and inspiring all at the same time! I am finding myself dreaming of making my own peanut butter (something I never really considered before), my own jam, my own, well, everything really!  So here’s to a great book! 


“Make the Bread, Buy the Butter” by Jennifer Reese.  I have only read two chapters and I am already highly recommending it!




Awhile back I was paging through a mountain of craft books I had taken out at the library and I came across the cutest pincushion project but they looked very  complicated and I thought to myself, “I’ll never be able to manage that”.

Well, was I ever wrong!  Mom was visiting me one afternoon and we decided to give these little babies a try! Well, within an hour we had whipped up a couple of them and I just couldn’t stop! I now have a whole pile of them which I am trying to sell at my online craft store.  I think every woman that sews needs a pincushion! I cannot believe I lived without one for so long!

These pincushions are as simple as a couple of squares of pretty material, some batting, a needle and thread, a little lace, and some patience, and voila!! You have perfect pincushion!

These are so cute I just have to share them with you all!  And perhaps inspire you to make some of your own?


Dear Friends!


Hello Everyone!

I am brand new to blogging so bear with me while I figure out how all this works!  Soon, I plan to be sharing all sorts of crafty and cooking things with you!  I am very passionate about cooking and baking and all things homemade and I hope to share some of this with you all!  

Look out for posts coming soon!

Take care,