Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Animiation

Simon has done it again! Sequel to Cat Man Do, which never fails to crack me up!

I admire the feline's persistent nature :)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Perfect Cupcakes

Kath - Sorry didn't get around to Pear Upside down
Cupcakes - trendy sugar filled bite sized goodness, decadent and luxurious treats. Except when I bake them. Theyre always dry over sweet, not sweet enough. (I'm having a dad moment!) So on the Anzac Long Weekend, I spent the time perfecting a cupcake recipe.

Basic Vanilla Cupcakes
125g Butter, room temp, chopped
2/3 caster sugar + a bit more for luck
1tb vanilla extract ( you ARE making vanilla cupcakes here!!)
2 eggs room temp
1 3/4 cup of self raising flour
2/3 cup of light milk
1-2 tbs olive oil
  1. Beat the sugar and butter until light in colour and creamy, rub a it of it between your fingers, you shouldn't feel any graininess. (resist licking at this stage)
  2. Add 1 tbs vanilla sugar beat that in too (resist the urge to lick)
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time and beat those in too
  4. watch the mixture, if its beginning to split, pop it in the fridge for a little bit, then beat again.
  5. Sift the flour and fold into the batter with the milk in turns i.e. Flour / Milk / Flour / Milk / Flour. always start with flour end with flour. (god know why)
  6. Scoop or pipe into patty cases in the muffin tray.
  7. Bake in fan force oven for 125 Degrees Celsius at 17mins
  8. Skewer to test doneness then pull out of the oven. after 5 mins turn out onto cooling rack. Wait till cool before icing.
Lessons I have learnt:
  • Add olive oil.
  • Always pipe the mixture in. Spooning is messy and results in uneven cupcakes.
  • Lower temperature - better cooking slowly, than fast and hot
  • Reduce Time - check constantly.
  • Use the Fridge, - cooling the mixture seems to help.
  • Strain out the orange zest before piping the chocolate zigzags
  • Chocolate Icing is messy stuff
  • Pandan Cupcake Tray needs heavy greasing. Otherwise all you're left with is muffin tops

Ed and Steph are all sugared out. Now i have to try them out on work colleagues

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fresh Salad complete with Frog

A cute little tree frog was found in this lady's salad bag.

lucky she noticed the little critter before she drizzled her olive oil and balsamic dressing...

Monday, April 07, 2008

A Restaurant I will never go to..

Steph - we are not going to stop here for a bite to eat on our Great Food Tour of China

Okay?

Eva - The Banana Girl.

Wedding Blog

Ive been working on a wedding blog. Posting my findings and funny things ive found on the web while searching for the wedding.

Heres the link.

Steph will one day put it in the links section... - hopefully before the big day.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Strange Things

I'm not sure which is more strange -

The fact that I was dreaming about Andrew sporting a Beatles Haircut OR

The fact that I laughed myself awake.