beverages, Chocolate Bunny, Cocktail, Easter

Looking for an Easter Cocktail – Try a Chocolate Bunny

2 shots of Vodka

1 shot Frangelico

1 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream (or chocolate alcohol)

Chocolate syrup

Whipped cream and cherry to garnish

 

 

Swirl chocolate syrup in glass

Shake all alcohols in a cocktail shaker

Pour into glass and serve with a little cream and a cherry on top

 

Cooking, Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

Can’t go to the coffee shop? Why not make something yummy while you’re stuck indoors? Try this Lemon Cake recipe*. You can use any citrus – lemon, lime, orange – and you can choose to ice it or not. This one is great for morning & afternoon teas, lunch, fetes and other events.

 

The cake

Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 cups of self raising flour (suitable for gluten free & or almond flour but may require additional cooking time)
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 115g butter (can use margarine)

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon
  • Egg beater/whisk
  • Sieve (or wire strainer)
  • Cake tin (any style)
  • Cooling rack

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius (356 Fahrenheit)
  • Grease cake tin (I chose a ring tin)
  • Zest lemons (use a grater, if you have a 4 sided one, use the smallest holes)
  • Sieve dry ingredients into the bowl
  • Melt butter (in microwave or on stove top)
  • Beat eggs
  • Add Milk, butter, eggs and zest to the dry ingredients
  • Mix ingredients thoroughly
  • Pour mix into the tin
  • Place in oven for 35-40 mins (When ready it will spring back when you push the surface)
  • Remove from oven and place on a cake rack
  • Allow to cool a little and remove from the tin
  • When cooled, Ice and decorate as you see fit.

Lemon icing

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons (teaspoon & tablespoon)
  • Mixing spoon

Method

  • Sieve icing into a bowl
  • Add lemon juice
  • Mix well. This makes a thin icing.

* This recipe is sourced from the cookbook of Terri Bateman

Christmas, Easter, Planning, Things to do in April

Things to do in April

April is often spent on Easter things rather than thinking about Christmas at all.Easter is going to be a quiet affair this year. COVID-19 restrictions means that it’s strictly household attendees only.  But that doesn’t mean that Easter can’t be fun. I’m delivering my Easter gifts on the Saturday before, and dropping off a meal for my mother to enjoy as well.

So what are you likely to be doing in April? Why not consider the following

  • Decorate for Easter
  • Stock up on craft supplies in the post-Easter sales (internet orders only)
  • Sort through and tidy craft supplies
  • Make jams and preserves using end of season fruit and vegetables
  • Decorate preserve jars
  • Pack up Easter decorations after the event.
Chocolate slice, Cooking

Easy Chocolate Slice

Can’t go to the coffee shop? Why not make something yummy while you’re stuck indoors? These Chocolate Fudge Bars* are a great way to use up hoarded pantry ingredients and are very easy to make.

The slice base

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of plain flour (suitable for gluten free flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of coconut (you can leave this out if you must, but add in some oats or fruit)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa (can use drinking chocolate)
  • 185g (6oz) butter (can use margarine or oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Optional extras: You may wish to add in some dried fruit, rice bubbles, oats, lollies, chocolate, or whatever is to hand

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons (teaspoon & tablespoon)
  • Mixing spoon
  • Sieve (or wire strainer)
  • Biscuit tray (min 1cm heigh)
  • Cooling rack

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius (356 Fahrenheit)
  • Grease biscuit tin
  • Melt butter (in microwave or on stove top)
  • Sieve dry ingredients into the bowl
  • Add vanilla to the mix
  • Mix ingredients thoroughly
  • Press mix into the tin
  • Place in oven for 15-20 mins
  • Remove from oven (it may appear to be moist and uncooked but believe me it is)
  • Allow to cool
  • Ice and decorate as you see fit.

The icing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (can use drinking chocolate)
  • 30g (1oz) butter (can use margarine or oil)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of hot water

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons (teaspoon & tablespoon)
  • Mixing spoon

Method

  • Melt butter (in microwave or on stove top)
  • Sieve dry ingredients into the bowl
  • Mix well, adding hot water to thin the mixture as required

* This recipe is sourced from “The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits” first published by The Australian Woman’s Weekly in 1982. 

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Self Isolation Craft Ideas 2 – Lavender Bags

Lavender Bags:

Another week at home, another craft project. Lavender bags are easy to assemble and make a lovely gift.

I grow and dry my own lavender (I recommend a traditional English Lavender for a strong and lasting scent) but you can buy packs from craft and fabric stores. If you don’t like lavender you can use any sort of potpourri mix, or use herbs like lime or lemon verbena, or my favourite Christmas mix – dried orange peel, cinnamon sticks and cloves (You can put the mixed herbs into a swatch of soft toy stuffing if you don’t want the crunchy feel).

What you need:

  • Fabric (preferably cotton, I use remnants or ‘fat quarters’)
  • Lavender (or filling of choice)
  • Sewing pins, Needle & Thread
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or paper (for the stencil), ruler & a pencil
  • Ribbon

What to do:

  1. Make the stencil. draw a square on the cardboard. I’ve used an 8cm x8cm. Cut out the stencil and make the shape the shape out on your fabric (You need two pieces).
  2. Cut out the squares making sure that you allow at least 1cm seam allowance.
  3. Place the two top sides of the fabric together and pin them together.
  4. Take your needle and thread and sew the two pieces together using a basic running stitch. Make sure that you leave a gap of at least two centimetres on one side.
  5. Trim the edges, leaving the section around the gap. I’ve used pinking shears which create that triangle pattern pictured, but any scissors are fine.
  6. Turn the bag inside out.
  7. Fill the bag with lavender pieces. (not too full, just enough to make a nice pillow)
  8. Sew up the opening.
  9. Finish it off with a contrasting ribbon. (You may want to put it in a glaze gift bag instead, it’s up to you).

Using your bag:

  1. You can use it under your pillow – lavender is believed to be relaxing and can aide sleep.
  2. Hang it in your closet/linen press as an insect repellant.
  3. Pop it in your underwear drawer.
  4. Give it as a gift.