Tuesday, August 19, 2014

daily bread.

over the past week, i've been thinking of ways to improve my bread baking skills...
practice is the obvious answer, but practice means baking lots of bread, and having lots of bread to eat. being that it's just bb and i, we don't actually eat a huge amount of bread...
so kept thinking i did...

then, i asked around at work, who would be interested in some freshly baked sourdough bread to take home? lots of people!!



this was my stash of dough resting overnight last night.
enough for two loaves and a chocolate sourdough cake!

i was up super early this morning to get everything happening... and i'm about to pull loaf number two and the cake out.
i'm a bit worried about the cake as i chucked it in with the loaf at full whack in the oven, when it should have gone in at about 180 degrees instead... oops!

i feel that after even just a few days, my bread loaves are coming up nicer and nicer. and my starter is getting happier as it's not in and out of the fridge all the time, i'm just leaving it on the kitchen bench and using it as i need it. oh and keeping it well fed!

i'm also finding it quite rewarding to be creating something different with my hands. baking bread is a super quick gratification too.
why did i get up so early again? oh that's right *slathers butter onto a still warm from the oven slice of bread* yummmmm!

are you a bread baker? have you tried a sourdough cake before?

Monday, August 18, 2014

meal planning monday.

phew! this week ahead will be a biggie! i will be out EVERY night this week, as well as working all week too!
lots of pre-planning and pre-preparing happened yesterday, so i THINK it'll be ok. maybe check in with my sanity on friday evening though ha ha!



tonight, i've got a staff meeting after work, so i've got some pre-crumbed chicken breast, and some pre-made tomato-ey sauce ready to go for chicken parmas for dinner. will just be a matter of cooking up the schnitty's, dressing them and then popping them in the oven to melt the delicious cheese. i'll throw together some salad too. simple, easy and quick. perfect!

tomorrow night, we've got one of those pre-prepared oven meals to have... not normally my scene AT all, but bb was gifted them from a new potential client at work... we'll see how it goes i guess...
i'll also be heading off to an exhibition opening, so bb can have it ready for me when i get home! potentially wishful thinking there ha ha!

wednesday night, i'm off to ncb! i'll grab something there, woo! looking forward to catching up with everyone as i wasn't well last time and couldn't go!

thursday night, i'm off to ballet. though a bit later than usual... so i'll cook up some lamb chops and vegies before i head off.

friday night, i'll be working! slow cooking will be key... i'm thinking a fish curry. haven't tried a fish curry in the slow cooker before so hopefully it goes ok!

saturday i'm hoping to do as little as humanly possible... slug day for sure. maybe i'll whip up a slow cooked ragu. and some fresh bread. or pasta. or both...
just as long as i don't have to leave the house or my pyjamas ha ha!

sunday, i'm sure i'll be wanting to get myself (and no doubt, the house) into some sort of order... i'm thinking a roast chicken might be nice. and i'll make up some stock in the slow cooker afterwards. perfection!

what are you eating this week? do you have a mammoth week ahead?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

sunday - day of finishing.

i could rest, but finishing things that are aaaaaaalmost finished is way more fun!



first up, my socks!

i'm so happy that they're done, i LOVE the colour of these babies and have been swooning for the entire month and a bit that i've been knitting them. oh and the month that i was knitting the 3/4 of the first, way too small sock i knit too. seriously.

the wool is beaaaaaautiful! and they (now!!) fit like an absolute glove!



good luck getting these bad boys off my feet at any point tonight. partly because i love them, but mostly because i think it'll be a little chilly tonight in melbourne town!
i nearly froze my butt off taking these pictures. bare legs in august are NOT a great idea!

ravelled.



and now, while i wait for my sourdough muffins to finish their rising, i'll work on finishing the baby blankie i've been working on.
it's not too far off either, woohoo!!

is it wrong that i'm already starting to think of at least another 3 projects i want to cast on, immediately? always thinking of knitting projects ha ha!

what projects are you working on finishing up at the moment? have you made sourdough muffins before?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

my creative space.

i've had a couple of projects on the go for a little while now...

a bamboo blankie...



it's coming along nicely, and i'm kind of loving the random assortment of colours that are coming through. i'm using a random number generator to help me choose...
i think there'll be a LOT of pink leftover ha ha!

i've also been working away on these beauties...



they're getting quite close to being finished, and i'm super excited because the one that is done, FITS! well fitting socks are cause for celebration ha ha!

what's happening in your creative space this week?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

green love.

shhhhh! if you're very quiet and you look closely, you can see some signs that spring isn't far away...



little leaves unfurling slowly, on my grape plant.

and on my strawberry plant...



some new leaves are popping through the soil too.

and then, there are some not so subtle signs of spring...



hello beautiful daffodils!

and for my cousin,



my pineapple plant! it's sloooooooowly getting a bit taller... only a good couple of years before i'm picking pineapples ha ha!

what's growing in your patch this week?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

le cape.

the cape i've been test-knitting for tracey, is finally done!
well to be honest, it's been done for quite a few weeks now, it's just taken me a while to get it photographed and up on here!



i guess technically it's still not finished... i'd like to put some buttons on there one day, but at the moment, this lovely brooch is doing the trick.

i'm super happy with how this beauty has turned out and have been wearing it pretty much non-stop!

ravelled.

what have you been knitting lately?

Monday, August 11, 2014

meal planning monday.

monday again! last week's meal plan went a little better than the week before, here's hoping we keep the ball rolling...



today, it's my birthday! mum and dad came down to visit and we went out for lunch to celebrate, and i think i'll request delicious thai takeaway for dinner.

tomorrow night, i'll be off to ballet straight from work. so i'm hoping to throw some satay chicken in the slow cooker to come home to. maybe i should get some chicken out of the freezer now actually...

wednesday night, i'll whip up some carbonara. lots of bacon in the fridge that needs using, as well as loooooooots of eggs!

thursday night, i'll grab some pork out of the freezer and throw together a stir-fry. meat, vegies, noodles, some kind of sauce. too easy.

friday night, i'll be working late. osso bucco in the slow cooker should be nice to come home to. yep!

saturday night, i'm working during the day so i think i'll leave bb in charge of the cooking. i feel like all i'll want is a glass of wine ha ha!

sunday, i have my fingers crossed that bb and i will get some cooking and preparation down for the week ahead. the next week will be a major one for me that's for sure!

what are you eating this week?