Monday, January 30, 2012

Steamy Day Cooking

Tidying up the fridge this morning, I came across some apples that were way past their best. Removing them and just millimetres away from the bin I decided it was such a waste just to toss them.  So what to do with them?  They could be stewed to have for breakfast but fresh fruit rather than stewed is preferred in this house.  Yesterday I made sugar free ice cream - I could have made it apple flavoured.  Too late for that.  So, probably not the smartest thing to do in today's steamy heat, I turned them into gluten free, sugar free muffins.  A bit of an experiment, really.  They turned out reasonably well. Next time though I think I would add something else with a stronger flavour to the mixture - say some raspberries or freshly grated ginger - or some raw cacoa powder (which is finding its way into almost everything since I quit eating sugar).  Anyway, if you're interested, here is the recipe I made up:

Gluten Free, Sugar Free Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

2 cups of almond meal
1/4 tsp bi-carb soda
1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1 Tablespoon buckwheat flour (or any other gluten free flour)
3 eggs
3-5 apples, grated
2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tablespoons butter, melted - or nut oil
3 Tablespoons milk
7 drops of liquid stevia

1. Preheat oven to 180C, line 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases
2. Put almond meal, carb soda, baking powder and flour into mixing bowl and combine.
3. add the apple and cinnamon. mix
4. In separate container, whisk eggs until light and fluffy, add milk and melted butter (oil) then add this liquid to the dry ingredients and mix until combined
5. spoon the batter into the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes (or until skewer inserted comes out clean
6. cool on a wire rack

Saturday, January 7, 2012

only a week ago

This time last week I was in Hobart on the edge of a brand new year.  What a grand day that was: browsing Salamanca market under  shady trees,  cheering the yacht crews who'd finished the Sydney to Hobart,

drooling in the bookshops, mixing it with the taste festival. Such yummy cheese and cherries!

it was a warm day. There were many magnificent buildings to admire and lots of creative talent to inspire. We were even lucky enough to  spot one of those elusive tigers.

Well that was last week and today I am home, after 12 days in Tasmania, much of it spent in the wilderness or near it.  I'm washing and unpacking and pausing to delight over a few things that came home with me.

These beauties came from the market: recycled leather covered blank journals

This book from Fullers Bookshop

Cant wait to make up some of the patterns.   Its in English. One of the best things about the reprinting of Japanese pattern books into English is that the pattern size range is expanded and larger sizes are included.  Yay! Mmm, what to make first?

This tunic top? Simple, elegant.  Or maybe this  very cute dress:

This dress looks really comfortable, as well as retro and fun.

Or these, so perfect for bike riding but still funky and feminine looking:

ah, decisions, decisions.  Perhaps my fabric stash will help me decide. I'm off to check it out.