Friday, August 21, 2015

Golden light and golden syrup pudding

Late one afternoon we were out and about checking tanks and feeding the horses and for the first time I noticed the shadows formed by the olive trees in our sheep yards.  Sarah from Chantille Fleur this photo reminded me of you.  

In completely unrelated news one night last week the kids requested golden syrup pudding and I agreed.  An unnecessary intake of sugar and butter perhaps, but it did fill the kitchen with glorious smells and happy food memories.

Golden Syrup Pudding
Serves 6

100g butter
¾ cup golden syrup
I cup brown sugar
225g self-raising flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup milk
1 tbsp plain flour
1 ½ cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Grease a six cup capacity ovenproof dish.  Place butter and ½ cup golden syrup in a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring until combined.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  In a large bowl, combine ½ cup of brown sugar and the self raising flour.  Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted butter mixture, egg and milk.  Mix. Spoon into the prepared dish.   Mix remaining ½ cup brown sugar and plain flour and sprinkle over the top.  Combine boiling water and remaining ¼ cup of golden syrup.  Gently pour over the pudding top and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.  

Serve with cream or ice-cream, as if you need to be told.

** If you can squeeze in a little extra boiling water I would encourage it!  More water makes more of the delicious sauce that magically forms under the pudding itself. 

Are you noticing any golden light?

Happy Friday friends! 

Friday, August 14, 2015


When life is messy, noisy, crazy and overwhelming I click back through my photos from the last few weeks and this is what I see.  Although these moments are completely random and perhaps insignificant these are the things that hold our lives together and make me smile.

Rusty buckets that we have found and dug up in our paddocks.  Just when we think we have found all of the treasure, the winds move a little more dirt and something else is uncovered.

The blue moon on the 31st July slowly rising above our paddocks.

My love gave me these striking flowers.  If anyone can tell me what they are called I would appreciate it.

 One of the best uses for excess oranges is in this chocolate, orange and almond cake partly inspired by a photo that Hello Naomi posted on Instagram.   Seriously, if you have a few oranges lying around you need to bake this. 

A very tall, quiet horse has come into our lives.   It is uncertain if she will become a permanent part of our horse tribe but our lives are richer for knowing this gentle soul. 

Our local tip shop is a source of many things, including this ex-shop glass display fridge which I bought for $20.00.  After some heavy lifting it is now living in a sunny patch in my garden providing a glasshouse environment for my vegetable seedlings.    Complete with shelving and sliding doors it is stable, solid and really warm.   It is also a perfect place for proving sourdough on freezing cold, grey afternoons.

Are you watching the moon or digging up rust?    
Can you see past the mess and noise?

Happy Friday x

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dinner with the stars

In a faraway corner of an enormous, lonely paddock lies the ruins of a tiny stone cottage.

Recently, on a Friday night we packed up homemade sausages and baguettes and reignited the little fireplace for the first time in many years.  

Bread grilled and sausages sizzled while the sun set and the stars emerged. 

We imagined when the last meal might have been cooked here and what those resilient pioneers might have eaten. 

Whoever it was certainly wouldn’t have been posting photos on Instagram or demolishing a box of Jatz and a piece of oozy cheese on the back of a modern 4WD ute. 

I quite fancy hosting tiny, open air dinner parties in this unique setting.  It would be strictly BYO swags, torches and a sense of adventure.  Any takers? 

Happy Friday friends x

Saturday, August 1, 2015

In My Kitchen, August 2015

This month it is the small, thoughtful, handmade and home grown things that are bringing warmth and happiness to my kitchen.

My friend Sarah made this pretty whole orange cake and gave it to us as a gift.  It looked too perfect to cut, almost!

Sarah also gave me this large piece of succulent and presented it to me like a bouquet of flowers.  Home-grown, hardy and long lasting, this is my favourite kind of floral art. 

Before Flour and Fire Day I needed to refresh myself on shaping and baking sourdough baguettes and it seems like this technique is rather like riding a bike...I hadn't forgotten.  

A home grown cauliflower and kale bouquet.  I had visions of this being more artistically arranged but my young hand model was far more interested in catching a green caterpillar to put in a jar for closer inspection.   Fair enough I suppose.  

Bread is funny stuff.  Just recently something came over me and I couldn’t settle until I had made a batch of sourdough fruit and cinnamon buns, some of which I glazed with sticky Golden Syrup.  Normally I don't bake sourdough during the school week because I find it too distracting and inevitably I end up taking photos which leads to further distractions.  But, on this occasion I had these rolls out of the oven just before sunrise, while my children were still sleeping.  Inevitably, photos were taken and we may have been distracted from our school schedule, just for a moment or two.  

Happiness is six loaves of white sourdough and a huge batch of dark chocolate chip biscuits, all cooked in the glorious warmth of the wood oven. 

Are you baking or harvesting or practicing a particular recipe?

Wishing you a lovely weekend.  

As usual I am linking with my friend Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial