Monthly Archives: June 2013

Testing….

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Hi Friends

WordPress has been a little on the temperamental side lately and it has not been sharing my posts. I have done what I can to fix this. You all know how technologically challenged I am but I am trying here! ūüôā Let me know if there are still problems with you not getting the updates even though you are following. ¬†I hope it’s up and working again.

Take care! 

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Melktert/Milk Tart

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This is a traditional South African pudding and is delicious! It’s easy to make and is a hit wherever you take it!¬†

ImageI thought I would share my personal favourite recipe with you all:)

Preheat the oven to 180C.  

Pastry

1 Cup flour

1/4 Cup sugar

60g butter

1 egg

pinch of salt

1 t baking powder

Blend the following ingredients together until they form into a ball (I use my mini food processor) and then press into your dish.  Bake until it goes lightly golden.  Set aside to cool while you make the filling.

 

Filling

4 Cup milk (I use vanilla soymilk, it tastes better than dairy milk but you can use either or)

2 T margerine or butter

2 1/4 T flour

1 Cup sugar

1/4-1/2 Cup cornflour

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

 

Boil the milk and butter. MIs the rest of the ingredients together and add to the boiling milk. Stir till thick.  Pour into your base and sprinkle with cinnamon. Refrigerate.  Enjoy:)

 

Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcake Recipe

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These babies are one of my very favourite treats! I thought I would share the recipe with you all! ūüôā

Lemon and Poppyseed Cupcakes

Heat oven to 180C. 

2 Cups self-raising flour

1 Cup sugar

1/2 Cup poppyseeds

finely grated rind of 2 lemons

100g butter

2 large eggs

1 Cup milk

Measure the flour, sugar, and poppyseeds into a large bowl.  Finely grate all the coloured rind from the lemons and add to the flour mixture.

Heat the butter in a microwave dish until just melted.  Add the eggs and the milk and beat until everything is thoroughly combined.  Tip the liquid into the dry ingredients and fold together until the flour is dampened.  Do not over beat.

Spoon mixture into 12 muffin pans which have been lightly oiled or use paper cases.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  

Home Made Vege Pasties

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Yesterday I decided to try something that I have been wanting to for a long time. Puff Pastry! I have never made it before. In actual fact this is rough puff wholemeal pastry that I used for this recipe. I have this wonderful book from the library at the moment about pie making from scratch and they have every type of pastry you can think of in that book with very simple instructions. I have not had one failure yet.  

My hubby loves pies, what mean doesn’t? ¬†And I used to make him pies all the time to take for lunch but I got into a bad habit of using bought pastry. Eventually I decided that that wasn’t very healthy at all. And it can be quite expensive! ¬†

I have been pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to make your own pastry, if a little time consuming. It is totally worth it though. 

Here are some pictures of the little pies I made yesterday.

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Patchwork Blanket

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As you all now I love all things patchwork, and, while I am not amazing at patchwork myself I do like to mess around with patchwork fabric (cut into mostly square shapes for ease) as I adore the colours and the themes of the fabrics.

I have lots of leftover squares from my patchwork skirts stage and so I decided it was time to make something with them.  I then discovered a not very inspiring piece of sweat shirting fabric that has been lying around for ages and an idea was born. A quilt and a blanket all rolled into one! I used the soft, fluffy side of the sweat shirting for the blanket side so it is gloriously soft to the touch.

¬†I can’t say that this project went smoothly because it definitely didn’t and there are a lot of mistakes but thanks to lots of bright colours only I really know they are there. I am quite happy with the finished result especially as the sweat shirting is slightly stretchy and I was expecting all sorts of ramifications but weirdly enough the complications arrived in other unexpected parts of the project.

However, here we are, it’s finished! Last night my hubby and I snuggled under it while watching old 90s comedies and we were very snug I must say! So it has already served it’s purpose. ¬†Here are some pictures of the process:

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