Monday, February 20, 2012

Cookie Love

I have a whole bunch of Cookie Cutters and it's a lot of fun to make cookies that suit a particular occasion like these Love Hearts, perfect for Valentines Day!

I always use Nigella's Cut Out Cookie recipe, it's easy and works perfectly every time:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Cream 6 tablespoons of soft butter with half a cup of Caster Sugar, beat in 1 egg and half a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract. Add a cup and a half of flour and half a teaspoon baking powder, shape into a fat disk, wrap in cling wrap and let rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Roll the dough out and cut into shapes, place the cookies a little apart on cookie sheets lined with baking paper.

Bake for about 10 minutes;  swapping trays after about 5 minutes. When they're ready they wil be golden around the edges; they'll be soft still in the middle, but will harden as they cool, then they are ready to ice!

This post is part of the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop!

Sweet Adventures is a monthly, dessert-themed blog hop organised by JJ from 84th & 3rdKC from The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, Jennifer from DelicieuxNic from Dining with a Studand Christina from The Hungry Australian

This month’s Blog Hop event, Love At First Bite, is being hosted by Nic from Dining With A Stud. Check out all of the other delicious Love At First Bite submissions below.
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

February Food Swap...

Being the first Saturday of the month, it was Food Swap morning, as usual I mainly took preserves, it's lovely to be able to swap them for some fresh vegies as I don't seem to be producing a great deal of anything other than Corn right now!

I took:

2 Tomatoes
2 jars of Pickled Zucchini
1 jar of Peach & Ginger Chutney
1 jar of Apricot Relish
1 bunch of Roses
Rosemary, Mint & Bay Leaves

I came home with:

6 Sweet Yellow Peppers
2 Beetroot
2 Fairytale Eggplants
1 Lemon
1 Cucumber
2 Green Zucchinis
1 Goldrush Zucchini
1 jar of Olives
1 Sage plant
1 Spaghetti Squash
Basil & Thai Basil

I had a refreshing cuppa and chatted with some interesting people, it was a great way to start the weekend.