Today I had the urge to bake. I get these urges from time to time. I never feel the urge to clean or garden but there is something supremely satisfying about baking.
I baked all morning while Masters 3 and 1 played outside, played inside the pantry and examined its mechanisms, ‘washed dishes’, chased bubbles, Master 3 bumped his ‘noggin’ and prescribed himself a cooling eye mask to soothe it… Happy little men.
Master 1 decided towards the end of the morning – while I was feeling just a little smug about how lovely my children were and what a lot I had achieved – to crush and empty half a packet of Weetbix all over the lounge floor. This mama was too ungracious to take a photo at the time!
Tonight I said I would make a meal for one of husband’s work colleagues who has just had a baby. Meals for new families are the best thing ever in my experience. I have gone all out and done 3 courses – it is always nice to exceed expectations. So it is miniature chicken pies for a starter, beef and courgette lasagne and decadent chocolate cake for dessert.
My kitchen today has been about kiwi icons – The Edmonds Cookbook, The lovely Sophie Gray, Alison Holst and Jo Seagar. These are all well-loved kiwi cooks or cookbooks.
So I made ‘Orange Slice’ – ala – Alison Holst. Except mine is mandarin and lemon curd slice. I love, love this slice and I can’t believe I’ve never made it before. It’s always the first thing I eat at a morning tea spread, followed closely by anything that looks gooey and chocolatey – never the cheese and crackers! I had some lemon curd in the fridge I needed to use up and this seemed like the right place to use it.
‘Chocolate Cake’ care of Sophie Gray
‘Coconut Rough’ from Jo Seagar’s Everyday Cookbook.
And finally ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies’ from the Edmonds cookbook.
So the baking tins are well and truly STOCKED. Hopefully I will find some willing eaters to help me empty them again. Project Runway tonight and maybe a little felting, or maybe not.