Today was the first restful day I’ve had in weeks so I thought I would do some baking. It gets awful quiet here on Sundays as Mark tends to work on that day almost every week. I watched Northanger Abbey whilst I did my housework so at least I had some company, even if from fictional characters.
I decided on making a cobbler but all I had in the freezer was a mix of fruits (peaches, strawberries, mango and pineapple) and decided to use those – I suppose it makes a sort of tropical cobbler. I also made a quick batch of custard (using Bird’s custard powder) for serving.
I also made a big quiche for our dinner tonight and lunches for the week. I often use a “press-in pan” pastry for quiches as it is quick and always turns out flaky and rich.
This quiche was a caramelized onion, double smoked bacon, and cheddar quiche. I used one onion, one thick rasher of bacon, and a few grates of cheese before pouring over the egg mixture. It is kept simple but I find it cooks best that way. And always turns out nice.
I also finished the tea cosy I was making today. I am very proud of myself for getting the hang of knitting and the tea cosy itself didn’t turn out too bad. It is a nice skill to have and to build on.
Other than knitting, I have been doing some free hand embroidery as practice before starting on bigger projects. I am not very good yet but better than I thought I would be. It is just nice to be creative and is better than surfing the internet aimlessly as I had started to do. Mark’s mom also lent me puzzles to do and Mark and I have been making them together. I am basically an 80 year old in a 27 year old’s body, but alas – it could be much worse!
I hope you all had a great Sunday. We are now just finishing up our dinner and my husband is happy with a full belly. Thank you for reading.
I wanted to share with you all some photos of the baking I did for Christmas as well as some of the gifts I received from my family. I also bought myself some gifts with the money I was gifted from my family. I am not a big spender so buying myself some housewares was a treat and many of the purchases were items I had my eye on for years.
Firstly, I will start with some of the baking I did. My husband and I, for the past two years, have decided to opt out of the Christmas rat race. In doing this, I decided on primarily homemade gifts for our family members. I made the cookies shown below, as well as soup and chocolate bark for my family members. This will be a tradition I continue to do as it is not only heartfelt, but it a big part of my values to eschew the modern consumerism of this holiday. This has been a big change for me during this time, but choosing to purchase and gift more consciously is very important to me.
Below are some of the gifts I purchased for myself or are from my family members. I am very fortunate to have been able to purchase or be gifted these items and I hope you find them as beautiful as I do. My mother also gifted me a new electric blanket as my previous one died (probably from all the love and use).
Thank you for having a look at my blog. A lot of changes are coming and I hope you come back soon!
1 sachet fast-action yeast
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
300ml warmish water
Mix the flour, yeast and salt. Add the olive oil and gradually stir in the tepid water, adding only enough to make a soft dough. Knead using your hands on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes or so, until the dough is smooth and bounces back. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.
Oil a large loaf tin (I always use butter to grease for bread, but olive oil is ok too). Knock back the dough and form into a log and place into tin. Cover the tin with a damp tea towel and let rise until doubled in size once again.
Heat oven to 220C/425F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Place on cooling sheet and brush with butter.