Archive for February, 2013

A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

In books read on February 3, 2013

I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

In books read on February 3, 2013

I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).

This was a kindle eBook.

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January Baking

In cooking on February 1, 2013

Hello blog. I won’t make any rash promises to take better care of you – but I have found something for you to keep track of for me.

Baking is a part of Christmas – it’s much nicer to whip up a tray of mince pies than it is to rip open a shop bought box – and every year it surprises me how easy it is to bake things rather than buy them. But somehow I forget that from January until mid-December. This year I’m going to remember. I baked a quiche on 4th January and quickly decided to call it the first of fifty-two baked things in 2013. Not quite a new year’s resolution, but a bit like it, only yummier.

This is what I came up with in January. If the recipe is online I will have linked to it from the flickr page.

  1. Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Quiche Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Quiche
    I buy shop bought quiche quite a lot – I will be making them from now on!
  2. Baked Mincemeat Doughnuts Baked Mincemeat Doughnuts
    These had been on my ‘make at Christmas’ list but I hadn’t got around to them. Very nice and I will be making them again with another filling (or perhaps mincemeat again). Next time I’ll leave them to rise a bit longer and get rounder.
  3. Yorkshire Pasty Yorkshire Pasty
    I tried to make pasties years ago and they were a disaster. These weren’t. I have every intention of making them regularly now!
  4. Orange Self Saucing Pudding Orange Self Saucing Pudding
    I wouldn’t have tried this one without the challenge. Needed cooking slower and longer I think, though nobody objected to it being a bit batter-y.
  5. Banana Tarte Tatin Banana Tarte Tatin
    These were nice enough, but the ginger got stuck in the caramel on the tins (maybe it was overcaramelised?) and they weren’t worth the bother of buying ready-made puff pastry for.
  6. Tricorn Pasty Tricorn Pasty
    I made some more pasties already! Flying without the recipe this time I ended up with not enough pastry and too much filling. And somehow they ended up as triangles. I didn’t use as much pickle or cheese – next time I will think about making the filling a bit more exciting. They make a good meal all the same though.
  7. Peach & Raspberry Bread Peach & Raspberry Bread
    This wasn’t what I was planning on making yesterday (which involved a shed load of ground almonds that will keep for another time) but the market had cheap raspberries and peaches and this looked like a nice recipe. Basically it’s a muffin in loaf form. I think I had a bit too much wet fruit in it but I think it’s nice.

I’ve realised I also made another small batch of mince pies with the leftover pastry from the tarte tatin, but since they obviously weren’t important enough to get a photograph I won’t include those.

I’m quite pleased with all this, and have plenty of plans for other bakes during the rest of the year.

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Peach & Raspberry Bread

Flickr Pics 1st February 2013

on February 1, 2013 by kirsty

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