Sourdough dreams


IMG_20140910_142706I have tried, once before to make my own sourdough.  After carefully measuring and feeding my way through about 5 days I had a lovely if rather whiffy mason jar sitting on my bench, nearly ready to go but when it only had a day or so to go a cold snap came along and killed it.

So now the kitchen is so close to being finished I’m feeling like I have some breathing space, and some bench space, and it’s coming up to summer, so it might be time to try again.  It’s pretty much just a case of 200g flour with 200ml warm water feeding and fermenting. But of course, as with all things which appear outwardly simple there is a far more complex process going on behind the scenes.  And with my propensity toward absent-mindedness there’s that whole issue of remembering to feed it.  After all it won’t tell me when it’s hungry – unlike another little tummy which is half the reason I’m thinking of doing sourdough again! Continue reading

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I’m the Easter Bunny


Can't talk,I'm doing quality control on the chocolates that were hiding in the garden. Think I have contained them all

I had a teacher at school and we used to often while away Maths classes singing silly songs, one of which was about the easter bunny.  Now I have the only line I can remember, which is “coz I’m the easter bunny”, stuck on repeat in my head.

If anyone has any annoying songs about the easter bunny they’d like to share let me know!

Here goes my promised update on the goings on of Easter.

White Rose

Pink Rose

Snapdragon?

Yellow rose

variegated leaf plant - just love the trio of colours

A collection of floral tributes, I went out into the garden the other day and was taken by the range of colours, shapes, textures

Bananarama

and interplay of light that I found there. I seem though to have taken lots of roses, so another time I shall have to delve into the more tropical aspects and the bright shininess that they throw out.

I also promised you a look at my ultra artisan hot cross buns.  I made them to this recipe  but used a combination of spelt and whole grain flour, a mix of dried mango, cranberry and blueberry, and molasses instead of sugar. I have now discovered that you need quite a light-hand when working with spelt flour as the gluten is not as durable as when using standard flours.

Hot Cross Lumps

They came out looking rather lumpish, and were pretty heavy.  However the flavours were amazing, and I’m pretty impressed with them for my first sourdough cooking experience. Just don’t judge me too harshly!

We had a great time over the long weekend, my sister Amy came up to visit and we had heaps of fun.  Went to visit Australia Zoo, where Steve Irwin’s dreams live on.  The midday show they do is awesome, with input from the birds, crocs and elephants.  Also spent a lot of time looking at kangaroos, Cassowary, Tigers and a screed of other creatures.  The zoo is awesome, however the new Africa section lets the side down a wee bit, but I think they still have a bit of work to do on it. We also had a couple of swims at the beach – Cotton Tree and Noosa, and a great lunch at the Surf Club at Noosa. Gra and I got a night off when Amy stayed in to babysit max and we went to the RSL here, it was really nice, though a rather interesting decor!

Yo homey, I have easter eggs in my bag, check it.

A boy's gotta accessorize

Feeding the crocs

Black cockatoo

Max and Amy watching the show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chillaxing with the roos

Isn't he cute?

Little monkey in the garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just for a comparative note, this is Brutus, a massive croc we saw on the Adelaide River near Darwin.

The Story of the Dragon


I got up this morning, and while sitting on the patio to have my coffee I spotted this little fellow… Made the house seem a bit like a fairy tale, unfortunately it doesn’t come equipped with a knight in armour, or a drawbridge. It does have a creek, which is a bit like a moat I guess!

Along with our resident dragons, we’ve got a resident population of bush turkeys who patrol the neighbourhood, a range of geckoes who keep the bug life down, and the odd giant moth.

We’ve been in the house for almost a month now, so are almost set up, and I’m starting to look for some projects, I’ll be making lots of interesting things from our massive veggie patch, so look our for a recipe page for my successes (and maybe stories about fails). And I plan on learning lots about gardening, craft, maybe a wee bit of construction, we’ll see about that. Plus I’ll be partaking of touristic activity and highlighting what’s cool about the area. I may even bore you a little with my new fit and fab regime 🙂

Welcome, I hope you enjoy!