Archive for January, 2010

Happy Australia Day

January 26, 2010

So today is Australia day, I love being Australian and most of the time I love living in Perth. Today is a beautiful sunny day and we had the paddle pool out for the girls.

fun with friends

Very ozzie of us!

We’ve got Lamb for the BBQ and I baked Gluten-Free Anzac biscuits. Seeing Anzacs are mostly oats (not a gluten free product) the oaty substitute is quinoa flakes…yeah! I’ve based my recipe on this (non-gluten free) from the great gals at Exclusively Food. I love chewy biscuits, which is kinda hard to achieve with gluten free cooking as I find gluten free cooking can be dry and crumbly. I think I’ve done it.

Chewy Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

Makes about 25 biscuits.

125g butter
40ml (2 tablespoons) golden syrup
3/4 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup desiccated coconut
3/4 cup gluten free plain flour (I use white wings)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup, firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
2 tablespoons boiling water

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Celsius fan-forced). If you will be baking one tray of biscuits at a time, place an oven rack in the centre of the oven. If you wish to bake two trays of biscuits at a time, place one oven rack in the upper half of the oven and one in the lower half of the oven, rotate halfway through.

  1. Line one or two large baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted.
  3. Place oats, coconut, flour, caster sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  4. Stir together until well combined.
  5. When butter has melted, combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a small bowl or cup, (this is fun, it almost blooms like yeast) and then stir into the butter and golden syrup mixture.
  6. Add butter mixture to dry ingredients.
  7. Stir ingredients together until well combined.
  8. Roll level, firmly packed tablespoons of the mixture into balls
  9. Place dough balls/mounds about 5cm apart on the prepared tray/s.

Bake for about 15-16 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown but still soft (a longer cooking time will produce crisper, drier biscuits). Cool biscuits on trays for about three minutes, and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. The original recipe calls for a cup of flour but I find its best to use a bit less. I’ve written 3/4 of a cup because you can always add more but you cant take it out! You might notice there is no egg in these, now I’ve been told its because eggs were scarce in the days of war. I’ve also heard it was omitted to help stop them from going stale. Sounds like a good reasons to me, and they don’t need them either, so save your eggs for your Pav!

We’ve just watched the sky show from the park up the hill and now everyone is tucked safely in bed. Phew, I love Australia day.

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frugal excitement

January 24, 2010

We have bought a new house. I’m calling it our ‘new old’ house because it’s in a terrible state. Our current plan is to do a cheap and cheerful renovation and move in, with the view to do a large extension in a couple of years. So I’ve been scouring the net for inspiration. I’m completely excited about seeing how good i can make the space on next to no money. Its funny that the challenge of not being able to spend a lot of money is exciting me.

We are going to make the sleep-out a play space for the kids, its just off the kitchen so it should be a great location. The problem is its a sleep out, so hot and so tiny. We’ll need somewhere to sit, and read and watch TV. I have this old wooden lounge, it used to be my Nan’s and she gave it to me when she down-sized her living.

boatbed

the boat bed

boatbed with cushions

boatbed with cushions

I have so many memories of growing up around the ‘boat-bed’ as we called it. It’s been used at the Christmas table, turned around against the wall to give my baby brother somewhere to sleep, sat on a veranda and now it sits in my dining room. I think it will be just the right size for the play room. It’s small so we’re going to need more seating. Comfy, easy to move around and put away, fun seating. I think making some ‘Rollie Pollie’s‘ might be the trick.

Rollie Pollie

Rollie Pollie by Dana at MADE

Now the link is from a site called SYTYC (great idea huh!) but its Dana that I really love. Whilst they haven’t announced the winner and the associated crafter, this craft is clearly Dana’s. Clean, bright, fun, that’s her all over! (I’ll post a new link in when the tutorial comes through, because she’s going to win!) How fun are they? I’m going to have a great time choosing fabric and putting them in my new play room. I guess that means I’ll have to recover the boatbed to match my new Rollie Pollie’s! What a shame.

UPDATED: Here is the mini-tutorial, or you can buy the full-blown pattern from Dana’s store

where to start

January 22, 2010

So here I am, hoping that my straight-up attitude sets me apart from other mummy bloggers. I guess this will be a slow burn as it takes time for people to get to know and regularly visit any blog worth its salt.

Seeing I’m so keen on visuals this is really just a post to see how it all works out. I think I have a lot to learn but in the mean time I’m going to publish this and go eat a piece of hedgehog slice!