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Shortly’s Baking Day

The cupboards were utterly bare of baking – a situation that doesn’t bother me at all. It’s far better for my thighs! However, in deference to the snackers in the household, and their desire for biscuits at all hours, today was baking day. With the girls at preschool, I was without helpers, and thus took the opportunity to sneakily hide some vegetables in the baking.

Actually, this is just a good story – the girls probably wouldn’t care if there were vegetables in their baking. I did, however, have a small laugh to myself when DS13 and his friend asked for seconds.  Teenagers, second helping of vegetables. Hehehe.  I’m not telling if you’re not!

I was inspired by my friend Middy, I firstly made a delicious Lemon Courgette Loaf – hers was a tea cake, mine is minus the lemon juice and sugar topping. Mostly because I forgot.  Recipe and instructions taken from her blog 🙂

200g (7 oz) grated courgette
150g (5 oz) caster sugar
1 egg
125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
200g (7 oz) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 lemon

Preparation method
1. Preheat oven to 160 C. Grease a loaf tin.

2. In a bowl, beat together the courgette, sugar, egg and oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder; stir in the cinnamon and lemon zest. Stir the flour mixture into the courgette mixture, adding the juice of half of the lemon and mix just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared tin.

3. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from heat and glaze with a mixture of lemon juice from the other half lemon and 1/4c sugar, warmed.

This is delicious. Spicy and lemony and delicious. Enough to make someone want to snack on it. Oops!

And if this is good, you really have to try this amazing Courgette and Walnut Brownie. Oh my goodness is it good!  We had some for dessert with icecream and homegrown strawberries. I sourced the recipe here, a Daily Mail article.

Chocolate courgette brownie recipe:


  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250g grated courgette
  • 60g chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. grease and flour a 22x33cm baking tin.

In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar and vanilla until well blended.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, bicarb and salt; stir into sugar mixture. Fold in courgette and walnuts. Spread evenly in prepared tin.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until brownies spring back when touched gently.

I added half a cup of chocolate buttons, but I think it would be equally good without. I was mildy alarmed at the fact that there was no added liquid in this recipe, but it is perfect as is. The courgette adds the moisture, and in fact you really cannot see them in there at all. Perhaps because I was using a yellow skinned courgette. I’ll investigate with a green one next time and let you know. 

I finished off with a batch of Sophie Gray’s Oaty Chocolate Cookies. Delicious! 

I wonder how long those baking tins will stay full for?


Lucky Girl

I’ve been a lucky girl recently. Not only with my awesome birthday gifts, or my fab family.  No, I’ve been given some cool stuff too…

My friend Anthea has about 35 feijoa trees on her wee lifestyle block. She has been valiantly stewing, baking, and preserving them (jam, chutney, sauce), as well as taking some on her jaunts around the country.  When we moved in here nearly 5 years ago, one of the first trees I planted was a (supposedly) self-fertile feijoa. 5 years on and not one fruit. It’s nicely bushy and thriving, but I think I should plant a mate for it if I want any produce. So, the lovely Anthea has been providing us with feijoas every time I see her. Mmmm, feijoa crumble! Fresh feijoas! Delicious. I feel very lucky 🙂

Yesterday I tried something a bit different, which I thought I’d share with you:
Feijoa, Passionfruit and White Chocolate Muffins

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2 C flour

2T Baking Powder

3/4c caster sugar

1/2 c oil

1 c milk

2 eggs

4 fejoas, peeled and chopped roughly

1 passionfruit, scooped out

1/4 c white chocolate buttons, broken up

Mix all ingredients except fruit and white chocolate well.  Add fruit and chocolate, stir.  Put in muffin tins and bake until cooked (15-18 min) in 200 degree oven.  Enjoy!

I say 4 feijoas because I used more, and it was too many. I don’t think they would keep very well with so much feijoa in them. Although I might never find out, as there were only 3 left at the end of the day. Thankfully I can blame that on having guests around!

I will definitely be making these again, but without the passionfruit as that was the last of ours until summer again.

In addition to this bounty, I have been nominated for not one, but two blog awards. Now, being new to blogging, these are the first ones I’ve been nominated for. So I hope I’m doing this right.

The first one is the Imagination Award, which I was nominated for by the lovely Tink’n’Frog.


Here is how her friend Darcy described it:

This Award was created by Bella and Ces in honour of their friend Renee, an incredible lady who in the face of a frightening life battle is tackling each day with great spirit and courage.
Here is what Bella says of this award: “this is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds it’s way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, becoming a tall and sturdy oak, giving acorns…”

Now, I was chosen as she was rather taken with one of my  Thirteen Things “I’m a cloth-nappy-using, tandem-extended-breastfeeding, vegetable-gardening, recycling, non-hippy freak.”

Now, at the moment I’m raising more of a crop of weeds than vegetables – hazard of the fallow season combined with two-essays-due-in-two-weeks neglect I’m afraid. But the rest remains true…
So, in the spirit of the award, I really have to nominate the lovely Leanne . This incredible woman has her own chooks, an amazing vege patch, and more fruit trees than you can shake a stick at. And her crafting (!) She makes the  most incredible clothes for her children, and has generously made available a number of awesome free patterns for modern cloth nappies. You rock Leanne!
The second award I was nominated for is the Imagination award, thanks to the lovely Amybel.
The Rules:
Tell 5 things about your crafts you like the most…what inspires you to make home made gifts.
Send this award to 5 bloggers.
So, 5 things 🙂
1. Value for money! You can afford to be more generous when you add your time to the raw materials.
2. Thoughtfulness.  When someone crafts a gift, you know it is the result of lots of thought about them.
3. Satisfaction. There is something emminently satisfying about making things for others.
4. Challenge. Time pressure, the pressure to create something beautiful and worthy of gifting is a good thing.
5. Creativity. I love putting thought and time into chosing patterns, yarns, colours and themes together.
And the easy part… 5 creative bloggers to nominate. Well, you are an amazing bunch of women and such talented crafters, so this is easy!
So, I nominate:
Gabes at SweetP
Sharon at Sharonnz
Christine at Purdy Peas
Told you I was lucky!

Baking day

Miss 2.5 and I like to do the baking together.  Mr11 and DH like to eat baking.   You can see how this might work out.  It has taken us a week or so to get back into the swing of being back home, and having the boys back at work and school. So today was our first proper baking day of the year.  So we broke into it gently.

First up: Blueberry Muffins.  We scored some half-price organic blueberries at the supermarket this morning, they were a couple of days old, and perfect for muffins. Yummy!


And one of DH’s favourites that I haven’t baked in aaaages – Ginger Crunch – given Dh’s cholesterol, and the amount of butter that went into this, I don’t think I’ll be making it again any time soon either. But it’s full of rolled oats and coconut, so that’s gotta count for something, right?



My lemon slice, while yummy, isn’t exactly picturesque, so I’ll leave you with a description of a lemon sauce made from custard powder, water, a knob of butter and altogether too much sugar (I subsituted sucral) between two layers of cake. Mmmm.  Much to my surprise, page 69 of my recipe book was not between pages 68 and 70… or anywhere else to be found, so I had to ring Mum for the recipe.  So Miss 2.5 and I had a nice baking day chat with her.

And, while Miss 8 months was still asleep, I finished the cutting and sewing for a new set of oven gloves.  My old ones were waaay past retirement age, DH had the grace not to point this out to me.  But agreed that replacement was an excellent idea. Not one to buy something I could make, I made this from stash.


The fabric is leftover from our lounge curtains, which is a really heavy decorator fabric.  I have two layers of woollen blanket inside, which I hope will be plenty for heat protection. And the complementary blue for the pocket is repurposed from a pair of Mr11’s jeans (And not from the knee, which is why it was available for repurposing!).  Much cuter than storebought!

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