Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter in the kitchen: cheat's rocky road

I had one hour to get ready for our Playgroup's Easter Party and I'd remembered that we needed to 'bring a plate' far too late in the game to bake anything special.

I looked in the pantry, up on the top shelf where any baking ingredients and 'goodies' are stashed.
We had chocolate melts, mini marshmallows, scotch finger biscuits and Hundreds and Thousands.

So I created this...

Cheat's Rocky Road:
Step One: Melt the packet of chocolate melts in a microwave safe dish. I pressed 'high' for 90 seconds and then stirred and it was perfectly melted.
Step Two: Break up half a packet of the Scotch Finger biscuits into pieces and crumbs.
Step Three: Throw a handful of mini marshmallows (about 3/4 cup) and the biscuits into the chocolate and stir until it is all coated.
Step Four: Pour into a lined cake tin and flatten our with the back of a spoon.
Step Five: Sprinkle Hundreds and Thousands over the top and put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until set.

Once it is cool, hard and set, you can cut it into bite size pieces and enjoy!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


'A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014.'

Ronan: It is very, nearly time for your new bike purchase. Your balance bike will go to your brother and you will learn to ride with pedals. I think you are ready.

Finnian: You are going to make a wonderful big brother, I know it. 
(Finn's portrait was taken by my friend, Elyse Telfer)

Linking up with Jodi over at Practising Simplicity

Saturday, April 12, 2014

slow saturdays

On Saturdays we usually ride our bikes to the station and take Daddy some morning tea.
Today the air was so crisp after all of the rain we've had. The sky was the brightest of blues and the breeze was just the right temperature - cool and refreshing.
Today I remembered all of the things I love about living here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter in the kitchen: raspberry & white chocolate oats

Okay, so this recipe doesn't actually have white chocolate in it (although it most definitely could if you wanted it to!) but the flavours in this porridge resemble the yummiest, sweetest of breakfast treats.

You will need:
1 tin lite coconut milk
1 1/2 cup wholegrain rolled oats
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence or extract
1 pinch of salt
Medium sized saucepan and a spoon for stirring

Combine all ingredients into the saucepan and stir over a medium heat until thick and oats are soft.

This is good served immediately, warm and oozy (you could add shavings of white chocolate on top if you really wanted to) - Or enjoy this cold and slightly firmer as a dessert or pudding type treat.

Why not make some for breakfast in the morning?