Hello my lovelies! What a week it’s been. The Raiders lost to the Texans ending their Superbowl hopes. I taught myself a new cookie decorating trick. Went to an art exhibition. I had an expensive and helpful medical appointment. Actual tomatoes are growing. It feels like a miracle. I’m rounding out the week with a movie night with my two oldest friends tonight.
Prep Time : 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 10 + 40 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Easy
Hello my lovelies! I am going through a preserving phase at the moment. One of the first things I made was a cherry jam and I have been looking for ways to use it. There’s only so much toast a girl can eat. And I eat a lot of toast. I had a friend over for dinner on Monday so I put my thinking cap on and came up with these bars. They came perfectly. I think I have my new go-to cheesecake bar. Ready for umpteen flavour variations. Cheesecake for life. This also falls squarely into my goal to eat more things I made myself this year. I had half a batch of homemade graham crackers that found a home here alongside the jam. It’s absurdly satisfying. Like I’m cheating or something. You should make the graham crackers by the way. Alice Medrich is a queen. I am going to adapt them into a low sugar snacking cookie sometime soon. Focus, we’re talking about cheesecake today! To avoid a lumpy filling it’s important that all your ingredients are at room temperature, especially the cream cheese. If you need to warm ingredients in a hurry, place the sealed packages in warm water 10 to 15 minutes.
Hello my lovelies! I am keeping my tree up all year and will redecorate it every month in a seasonally appropriate way. I’m starting a revolution. I’m also jumping in headfirst to plan and write my cookbook. Someone will publish it. While my resolutions for the year haven’t completely taken shape yet I have two goals so far. To swap out as much of the food I eat with home-made and to learn about something new every month.
Prep Time : 30 + 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 50 Minutes | Total Time : 4 Hours | Difficulty : Moderate
Hello my lovelies! If you were looking for New Year smoothie bowls or things with kale in them, move along. That’s not how we roll. It’s been a bit grey here this week. Distinctly un-summery until today. Something warm and spiced and comforting was in order. No reason why it can’t be elegant too. This bread falls squarely into the category of ‘looks really fancy and impressive but isn’t that hard to make’. Can you roll things out with a rolling pin? Of course you can. Can you roll it up like a sausage? No problems. Do you remember how to plait? Hell yeah. Then you can make this loaf. This fluffy, buttery, golden, spiced loaf. It takes a bit of time for sure. But when the smell fills the house as it bakes, you’ll know it was worth it.
Hello my lovelies! I know 2016 was a bit shit in a lot of ways. But there are bright spots. This post has the top five most popular posts on TWB in 2016 and also some other top fives of my own. I do love a list. It’s good to remind ourselves of the positive and use it as fuel to move forward. Thank you to everyone who has been reading and baking along with me. You’re the absolute best. Let’s get into some of our favourite things!
Hello my lovelies! Happy New Year! 2016 has been full of ups and downs for me. A lot of stress. A lot of great experiences. A lot of change. It ended well and that’s what counts.
Time to focus on a new year and better things. Make resolutions that we can keep. I had a great week staying with my folks and soaking up the countryside over Christmas. So much green. So much sky. I was glad to get back in my own kitchen. It’s amazing how you get used to it and how frustrating someone else’s can seem. My plants were well tended while I was away. My herbs are happy and green and I’m a little bit worried that we will wake up pinned to the bed by tomato plants that have filled the entire house. I was blessed this year with my favourite type of Christmas gift – USEFUL THINGS. I have used almost every gift I have received already. The sign of a great gift. This coming week I will share a round-up of your favourite recipes in 2016 and some of my favourite things from the year.
Hello my lovelies! The weather has finally turned around (except that I just jinxed it) and I am settling into holiday mode for the a week or two. It’s been a big long hard year and not in the way that anyone likes… It’s come full circle though and now that I’m embarking on a new chapter, 2017 has a great energy about it. I am reminded often by my head of tasting that I’m right where I’m supposed to be and it feels true now. I have planned the outline of my next year and am ready to kick its ass.