Monthly Archives: January 2014

Our everyday life: weeks 3 and 4

This is what “working from home” looks like with a toddler around. Yes, that’s a calculator ;)

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Causing chaos with his Auntie C. A lot of fun rolling exercise balls down the stairs!

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I hope he doesn’t regret putting all these stickers on. Oh, and Shake adjusted that slight overlap – it was driving us a little crazy ;)

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A VERY rare toddler-free morning = coffee with my love. This quote is excellent, no?

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Is it just me, or is lego getting a little weird these days?

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Did you know nutmeg is actually a musical instrument, C taught us all about that!

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Arrghh mackerel pasta salad faaaaaillll!

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Shake’s going away next weekend for work :( C thinks his luggage is pretty awesome.

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My cousin is awesome, as is this chocolate. Nearly all gone :(

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Shake’s new work hold monthly Friday night themed dinners. I didn’t make it this month (retro computer games!), but he brought me back a freaking good macaron! Will definitely go next time!

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I thought kebabs were just for drunk men, but our local is actually extremely good! Even if you’re sober!

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Ooops. Think I need a travel mug, if only to spare C a wet head…

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Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Bake

xoxo

Banana, chocolate and cardamom cakes

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One of the (several) cookbooks I received for my birthday/Christmas was something I never would have chosen for myself – Fruit by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Despite my hesitations (not even sure why) we have made at least 3 recipes from the book already, with great results. Most are simple (we aren’t talking Ottolenghi here) but with out-of-the-ordinary flavour ideas.

We had more bananas turning very ripe in the fruit bowl, and we thought we’d try something new. As usual, I changed a few ingredients to suit what we had at home, and loved the results.

[Need some more recipes for ripe bananas? Try these naturally sweetened treats – loaf cake and baby friendly snack bars!]

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The original recipe (can’t find online, but similar to this one) makes a large loaf, but we wanted some smaller cakes that could be taken to work or shared with C – as you can see, he was delighted :)

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Banana, cardamom & chocolate muffins
makes approximately 18 small cakes

Ingredients:

100ml coconut oil, melted to liquid (or sunflower oil)
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
150g light brown sugar
2 medium eggs
3 medium bananas, mashed
75g plain yoghurt
200g wholemeal flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
100g dark chocolate, chopped
Method:

Preheat oven to 180degC

In a large bowl or mixer, beat the coconut oil and sugar, then add the eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, yoghurt and cardamom. Add this to the coconut/sugar/egg bowl and thoroughly combine.

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and gently stir to combine.
Stir through the chopped chocolate.

Fill muffin/cupcake cases 2/3 of the way and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until cakes are springy and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Bake
xoxo

 

Our everyday life: week 1 and 2

I’ve debated continuing with this, but having gone back to look at week 1 of 2013 it’s amazing how much I have forgotten and how many memories are in these photos. So, here we are, albeit a little late ;)

Shake and I took C to a new-ish gallery with a Robot/Alien exhibition. It kept them both entertained for a while :)

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Not even scared…

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Old skool

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We spent New Year’s Eve with the sweetest friends (with such an awesome house) eating delicious food, drinking too much wine, playing Articulate and watching Jools. Perfect!!

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Super paella!

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The next morning C woke up at 7am!! Hooray!! He then played the drums, ouch.

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Weekend café lunch after failing to buy a house. Boo hoo. Oh well, hummus sandwich and excellent coffee made up for it :)

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Decapitated gingerbread man. Notice the awesome new slippers for C!

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It doesn’t look pretty, but this was a darn good fish pie!

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A really lovely gift all the way from Uganda.

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I had to pop to the bank in town and unfortunately it’s opposite Anthropologie. I have a voucher, so veeerrrry quickly had to try a few things on. No luck with these guys, but I might just move in anyway!

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This photo sums up the past 4 days. Horrible sick bug. He couldn’t even keep his body upright.

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Only bonus of poorly boy = so many cuddles!

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Not pictured – 1,000,000 hours watching Breaking Bad (just about to start series 5!), washing clothes x 100, making up work missed in the evenings, 600 hours of house hunting, time spent baking – almost NIL! *Some exaggerations apply.

Wishing you a happy and a healthy start to 2014!!

Bake

xoxo

Our everyday life: week 52

I can’t believe it’s 2014. I can’t believe we’ve completed a whole year of “Our everyday life”.

Sorry it’s late, but here’s how the last week looked:

Icy car, no scraper, using Peter Rabbit book to help :)

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Early morning (cold!) walk in beautiful sunshine. Much better than the storms and floods all around us.

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But storms and floods mean lots of “muddles” (C’s word for muddy puddles) to reflect on and jump in ;)

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Holiday snacks – maple spiced nuts. Made it up as we went along, but people raved about them!

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We bought C just one gift for Christmas, a boy doll called Mike. They seem to be getting along so far!

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Huge fan of his dinosaur backpack (aka walking reins!), he wore them ALL DAY!

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Merry Christmas! Our sister-in-law cooked for all, but I made bread sauce, smoked salmon pate and Shake baked bread. A very good food day!

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C danced all day with Father Christmas.

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Nuts were gobbled and we lasted about 5 minutes playing a very old version of Trivial Pursuit. It was too hard for those of us under 40!

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A lovely birthday treat – brunch with my love.

IMG_20131224_085627Happy New Year to you all, hope it’s a good one for you :)

Bake

xoxo