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Sunday, 19 September 2010

What's Cookin'?

This weekend our home has been filled with the crazy laughter, giggling and slapstick joviality that comes with children who've just discovered they have two weeks break from school.  It's as though they've emerged from a cocoon.  Happy kids.  Beautiful.

Yesterday saw good friends have the day with us.  Susan's veterinary prowess is put to work, as she semen-tested our sale bulls and gave them all the Veterinary Association's tick of approval to go forth and multiply.

The onset of Spring has made it much easier to return to the world of early-morning walking.  I like to walk two laps of our front paddock, feeding the bulls on the way past and continuing my journey.  I've always been a morning person and love seeing the sun spread it's first rays over yonder hill as I plod on.

I return to the house, turning sprinklers on as I head indoors gasping for air, juice and coffee.  Kids are often just stumbling from their beds, I often referee the first fight of the day as Wallace endeavours to terrify his sisters by wiggling his bare bottom in front of them.  (It's a boy-thing)!  And he does it most days.  And receives the same disgusted, squealing response from the girls every day.  And he never tires of it.

My early morning walking is not only a means of hopefully shifting some of the Winter weight I add every year, but also the most wonderful time to have to myself.  Often the only time.  I often wonder why the times I'm in either the shower or the toilet, are when my children wish to have the most meaningful conversations with me.  But by leaving the house when all is quiet, when they are still blissfully unaware of my presence, or lack thereof, it is a soul-rebuilding exercise.

Unfortunately the winter weight is going nowhere, possibly being added to by my latest obsession with cooking.


Cinnamon Rolls.
Flourless Orange Cake with Passionfruit Glaze.


Baked Sticky Date Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce. 
Smoked Pork Sausages.
Curry Chicken Pasta Salad.
Pulled Slow Roasted Pork. 
Oh my.

And today.  My first trial-run with Bakerella's Cake Pops.  A practice-run for a 'Breast Cancer' Morning Tea the girls and I are attending over the holidays.  So pink and girly.  Just perfect.  The good ole Chocolate Heather Cake came to the fore yet again. 


Baked, then crumbled,


with chocolate icing added to the mix as a glue.


With my littlest helper on board, they were rolled into balls,


frozen and then dipped in ...


melted white chocolate ...


coloured pink. 


Beautiful.  Unfortunately I didn't have lollipop sticks, and after searching valiantly for kebab sticks that I still believe are somewhere in that kitchen, had to delve into the great depths of ingenuity that seemed somewhat lacking on this Sunday afternoon.

So with pliers in hand, I tracked down some No. 10 wire and made me some sticks.  Not very 'Bakerella-ish' but practical all the same.


With a fairly uninspiring 'drizzle' (the white choc was setting, think I'll add some Copha to the mix next time), the pops were complete.


... and passed the taste-test with flying colours.

Might just walk me an extra lap tomorrow morning.

6 comments:

  1. Really really enjoyed this post :) Wanted to make and eat everything. Must try those cake pops with my crew. And then get walking again too :) XXX

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  2. Yumo. I love the early morning walks as well but I still have frosts to contend with.

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  3. Yum!!! Those cake pops sound and look great!

    Beejay

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  4. I love checking out your blog. It always makes me smile, gives me great ideas and makes me want to buckle the kids in the car and text the husband that we're moving to the country and he can meet us there. Then reality hits and I realise that maybe a weekend visit would be enough to clear the cobwebs out of my head and show the kids that there's more to life than the computer and Playstation. Maybe they'd even stop arguing with each other with a bit of that fresh country air?! With your obvious cooking prowess, amazing multi-tasking skills and gift of the gab, have you ever thought of converting an old shearing shed or outdoor dunny in to guest accommodation? We'd be your first booking.

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  5. Yummy, that all looks great! You've been a busy-bee!

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  6. These look fabulous; I definitely have to try them.

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