Saturday, November 27, 2010

Daring Bakers: Crostata

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

This was my first solo Daring Bakers' Challenge, because The uber-blonde is illin' (D:). It was still fun, and you get to see The Boy's kitchen that I used to cook in because... well... Black Ops has taken over our relationship so we need to stay at his house. Although he was quite obliging in taking photos for me because I had pastry hands. 

I used raspberry jam as my crostata filling. Had I not left it to the last minute I could have been more inventive, particularly as I don't actually like overly sweet things, but thats a job for another day! The pastry was really nice, although I overworked it a bit which made it difficult to get into the dish in one piece. In the end, it was easiest to tip the board I was rolling it onto straight on top of the baking dish and let it fall in, then patch up the areas I'd missed. I think I'll make this again, aside from the chilling time it wasn't too time-consuming or complex! Hopefully then I'll have some better ideas for fillings :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Simply Breakfast

I stumbled across this site today (while eating my own, sub-par breakfast). It makes me want to get up earlier and cook delicious breakfasts every day!

All photo credits to Jennifer Causey at Simply Breakfast

Monday, November 22, 2010


Exams are over, which means I *should* be back to regular posting. All in good time.

Meanwhile, how awesome is this cake, if I do say so myself?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Breakfast of Champions

This is what has been getting me through study and exams. I think the recipe is somewhat redundant after the ingredients, but OH MY WORD is it delicious!


1 banana
1/2 mango
5 strawberries, halved
Handful blueberries
1 nectarine

1. Slice all the fruit to your liking

2. Put cornflakes and milk in a bowl

3. Top with sliced fruit.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Play with your food!

How adorable is this, from Cooking with Gina Lee? I want Jack and Zero lunch!

(now back to study. Philosophy will be the death of me!)

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Hey guys,

I'm swamped with exams so hopefully I'll be back before they're done, but if not, it will all  be over by the 20th!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sydney Time!

I'm back from Sydney! I had the most amazing three days at the workshop, everyone there was so lovely and talented, I am in awe of what everyone is able to do. I'd also like to plug ReachOut for all the fantastic work they do - if you are or you know a young person going through a tough time, RO is an amazing resource.