Baking and re-making

I’m looking forward to spring so much this year, it’s been a tough winter of illness for my wee family. The wee man and I celebrated feeling on the mend this week by baking some bread. It’s the first time I’ve made it by hand rather than machine and it turned out really well. Bread We used this recipe by Paul Hollywood. The wee man was keen to do as much kneading as possible and he got the hang of it pretty quickly. It was rather scrummy.

Later in the week, I was having trouble with my leather watch strap falling apart…it was definitely past it’s best so I cut it off. Then I had to find something to replace it quick smart as I hate being without my watch. I think my solution may not last very long but I like it for now. I used a bit of ribbon and recycled the buckle and hoop from the original strap. I think I may just need to reinforce the hole I made in the ribbon and it’ll do me. Watchstrap I have also finished my latest knitting design this week – here is a sneeeeaaaky peek! DSC_0063 I think I may have got over my wrist warmer obsession at last… I’ve just got to write up the pattern and it’ll be done and dusted – my 11th pattern – I can’t believe I’m into double figures! So long until then…

Fab Sunday

I used to hate Sundays when I was at school. Now I love them, especially if I can get them just right…like today! It starts with a good mooch around the local car boot sale. No bargains today (but I live in hope). Then a bit of a tidy round the house, put the wood burner on, a nice wee bacon and egg crispy roll and a stroll in the woods with the family…

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(Photos 1 & 3 by me, trying out the Big Man’s new DSLR camera, have to say I was a bit scared of it but he held my hand through it…)

Then home and a batch of cupcakes were baked by me and the Wee Man (he actually helped a lot more than he has before)…

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Then  I made our favourite coq au vin recipe for dinner while the Wee Man had his first proper Roald Dahl experience as Willie Wonka was on…(Gene Wilder version, sorry Johnny but he’s the best).

Now I just have to fit some knitting in before bed for a perfect day!

tkm x

Addressing the biscuit

Happy Burns Nicht everybody!

Being a Scot in England, I sometimes feel almost obliged to celebrate Burns night more vehemently than I would have done in the homeland…but it’s a bit difficult when the Big Man isn’t keen on the auld haggis, neeps and tatties combo and you have an extremely fussy eater of a 3-year-old who I can’t even imagine trying haggis. Even if I told him it is a funny little round 4-legged critter that runs lopsided about the glens.

So, I opted for something different today and tried my hand at shortbread for the first time. I was a wee bit nervous about this as it seems like it may be easy to get very wrong, but I put my trust in my new favourite baking bible. No, not Mary Berry or the Hairy Bakers or any of those fowk aff the telly. It’s a fab wee children’s baking book the Wee Man and I got out of the library. It’s called My Cookbook of Baking by Laura and Jess Tilli. So far, we have made jam tarts (yummy) and coconut jammy squares (extra yummy with fluffy light sponge star points) from this book and so I decided to trust them with my first stab at shortbread. Hooray! They did it again. This book is fab, it’s full of yummy and easy baking recipes. I may have to buy one…

Anyway, here is a pic of my first ever batch of jammy shortbread biscuits. There are a few less left than there were when this was taken…

Shortbread

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it,

But we hae meat and we can eat,

Sae let the Lord be thankit

Rabbie Burns 1759 – 1796

tkm x