Monthly Archives: August 2013

Our everyday life: week 34

We three went to the wedding of two dear friends this weekend. It was so much fun, although tricky to find something appropriate for C to wear without breaking the bank…

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C’s grandparents babysat for the wedding evening (woop!). This pretty much sums up our night :)

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O.M.G. Can’t freakin’ wait!

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Shake made more cheesey brioche. Superstar!

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I love looking at the cute houses around us when I go for my evening jog. Check out the shutter love.

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Hmm. Maybe a little too young to paint his nails, but he certainly understands how!

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Lovely baptism for the sweetest little girl. The volume of cake afterwards was insane – home made scones were my favourite though :)

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Wishing you all a lovely week – we are off to Amsterdam this weekend (hand luggage only, yikes)! Can’t wait! If you have any suggestions for us, do share…

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 33

Last Tuesday I tried to do way too many things after work – run, cook, clean, tidy, bake cakes AND C snacks. The result was that I accidentally grilled the cakes for my friend (twice). The whole kitchen was full of smoke (twice).

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C taking over my brother’s new house. Nothing new there ;) (Btw their house is fabulous! Can’t believe how settled in they were after just two days!).

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These crazy flowers came out from nowhere in the garden.

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I don’t know who found it funnier that C likes to wear Mama’s shoes. Oh, and grateful for nursery having spare clothes – oops.

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Beautiful sky last night, but I couldn’t quite capture it as well as I would have liked.

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Macarons using the KitchenAid. Huge difference compared to whisking by hand. These were vanilla with a choc/hazlenut spread (about 1000% better than Nutella) for our friends.

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Almost 1 week later and those cakes are still there. Even the birds and foxes aren’t interested! I guess they should go in the bin now…

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week

Bake

xoxo

Favourite posts this week

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:: This glass house is so beautiful

:: Speaking of beautiful, I love Audrey

:: Absolutely going to make this for C when he is older. Too cute!

:: Completely jealous of this adorable family and their upcoming adventures, will be keeping an eye on what they get up to :)

:: Not a melon fan, but these photos are stunning

:: Brownies + ganache + pistachios = weekend treat!

:: Now for a slightly healthier weekend treat, berry tart

This weekend C’s nursery is hosting a summer party which should be fun, plus we get to see my brother and sister-in-law who are moving back to the area. HAPPY!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bake

xoxo

Baked Vanilla Apricots with Rosé

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What’s the difference between a recipe and a method? This isn’t a joke, nor a trick question, but what comes to mind when I think about these apricots.

There is so little to be said and done here that I am almost hesitant to share. But Molly did, so here is my take on her apricot recipe/method/whatever:

  • Gather apricots
  • Slice in half, remove stone
  • Dip cut side into sugar of your choice and lay with sugared side up in a baking dish
  • Split vanilla pod, scoop and scatter the seeds over the apricots (or use vanilla sugar, as I did)
  • Grab a wine glass, fill with wine (I used this – it was GOOD), pour into baking dish
  • Place dish in preheated oven (180 deg C) and bake for about 35 minutes (or as Molly so perfectly puts it, until the apricots feel “heavy, slack, almost jiggly, like a slightly tired water balloon’”. Excellent!
  • Serve your apricots (warm or cold) with yoghurt, ice cream, nothing at all, but please don’t forget to splash some of that wine syrup over them.

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Enjoy!

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xoxo

Our everyday life: week 32

C found it hysterical when he accidentally exploded his water bottle all over his face. Hmm!

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Treats from work (sort of following my home-made only criteria). Afternoon cupcakes to celebrate a colleague getting married and in honour of the end of Ramadan someone brought in AMAZING baklava type goodies.

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I took some of my granola to work as a lunchtime snack but was more than a little disappointed to find my yoghurt had turned bad. Ew. Oh, and yes it’s in a teacup, I couldn’t find a bowl!

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I promise he asked for help to get into that box!

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Date night at the wedding of my colleague. We had fun playing Black Jack ;)

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The aftermath of having two other kiddies and their mamas over. This was the tidy half of the house!

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Pretty (delicious!) Apricots. Will share what I did soon-ish I hope!

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Sunday night = pizza night. Shake tried out a new dough recipe (slow fermented something-or-rather) and I made a BBQ type sauce. It was a good way to end the week :)

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Hope yours was a good week too!

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 31

So lucky to have this little guy to share meals (and life!) with :)

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I made a deal with myself when I went back to work that I’d only eat cakes if they were homemade, otherwise it’s lethal. This little rainbow one was cheerful for a Tuesday morning (excuse the banana skin and my pens).

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Delighted to see so many bumble bees around at the moment.

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Picnic fun with friends and really making the most of our NT pass this year.

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This guy LOVES music…

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…so we were extra grateful for this toy that his cousins have outgrown.

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So chuffed to find some of my cookie dough in the freezer. 10 minutes later, bam! Btw, where has Californication been all my life? We have whizzed through season 1 these past two weeks and hope the next seasons are just as good…

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Wishing you a happy week!

Bake

xoxo

Favourite posts this week

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All grown up. Sigh!

:: We are thinking about cutting back on our beloved coffee, save a little money and save on the caffeine too. Can I substitute it for these pancakes?

:: Leyla has some great food photography tips (that I really need to take note of!)

:: In honour of national breastfeeding month (p.s. I love this blog)

:: I am grateful not to feel this way when I eat sugar. We don’t eat that much, but I’m not ready to quit altogether.

:: Speaking of sugar, I love this Foundations series. This week Emma looks at meringues, and they sure look beautiful.

:: Cute! Plus I’d like to live in a house like this one.

:: My kind of salad

:: Pretty looking paleo bread.(We’ll pass on the fennel, though)

Hope your weekend has been great so far! We are trying to cope with a very teethy little one. Surely the last teeth by now? So far all he has eaten today is frozen peas!

Bake

xoxo