Monday, June 17, 2013

Nigella's breakfast bars with a little extra.

Paddy wanted a filling snack bar for his morning tea at work. The wheat free bars available in the supermarkets are very expensive and not very substantial. Nigella's breakfast bars seem to be the answer, filling and I know exactly what's in them. The original recipe can be found on Nigella's website. 


The Recipe is flexible and I can add this and that to keep the bars from getting boring.

1 large tin of condensed milk.
Rolled oats.

Warm the condensed milk and add the rolled oats and mix well. Shredded coconut, chopped nuts, whole peanuts, dried fruits of any kind and chocolate drops are all good to add. Peanut butter or chocolate spread can be substituted for some of the condensed milk. I haven't tried spices but I suspect cinnamon and apple would be good. 
When your chosen ingredient are mixed well together, press the mix into a lined tray. Push down well with the back of a spoon. Bake in a warm oven 130c for 1hr. When cooked mark into bars while still warm. Store in a airtight tin. 

They got the thumbs up from Paddy 

Friday, June 14, 2013

New Challenge.

Hello dear friends, I haven't been here in a very long while, I didn't feel I had anything different to blog about. Not much has changed with me, I am still here in Cornwall, still with Pampa, still growing, knitting, sewing, cooking. I do have one new big challenge, my youngest son had developed a wheat allergy and I am learning to cook 'wheat free'. I want to keep a record on how I'm doing with this. So as well as what happening on the 'Lottie' and here at home,I will be writing about all things 'wheat free'. 

To start with, Is this Horse Radish?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Off for the day.

Last Thursday I had a little day out. An unexpected day out but never the less very enjoyable. A trip to a yarn shop to take part in a wooly workshop. Not very frugal I know but a girl can't live to knit dishcloths all the time. This is what we knitted, a fluffy cuff with beads and sequins. Only I didn't add the sequins, the beads were enough bling for me. The yarn is one of my favourite, Rowan Kid Silk Haze, so soft but so impractical. The photo is not good and doesn't show the colours at all well. They are two beautiful greens not grey as looks.
The yarn shop 'spin-a-yarn' is in Bovey Tracy, a small town just outside Exeter, in the beautiful Devon countryside. Small in size but crammed full of the most marvellous yarns and notions. I did spend some of my pocket money on a couple of pairs of new knitting needles, including a rather nice set of sock needles. A enough Rowan yarn to knit a pair of fingerless mittens and another pair of fluffy cuff, both as Christmas presents. Also two lots of sock yarn both in multi shades of blue, both destine for more Christmas presents.
Lunch was part of the package, quiche, salad and potato salad, all homemade and very tasty.

Not loopy just learning.

I'm not going loopy I'm just learning how to blog using this iPad thing!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bits and pieces.

I've been enjoying a couple of weeks of gentle homemaking, staying within my home and garden with the daily trip to the lottie for watering and harvesting and other horticultural activities. There has been some baking, I was given this magazine, it's a BBC Good Food special edition called 'Baking', it was well worth the £3.50. 

I made this for myself for my birthday, it doesn't look much but it was very good, cinnamon and chocolate. Since I have been on my diet I've lost my overly sweet tooth and a small slice was more than enough, but the boys polished it off no problems.

 Rhonda over at D2E has been blogging about using loose tea in a tea pot instead of all those 'disposable' tea bags. Here's my little pot for my daytime cups of tea, only me in the daytime. I like English Breakfast for my morning tea and Earl Grey for later in the day. 

I've been sorting out a few vintage pillowcases (bought in the Op shops of NSW) to make another quilt, this time for our bed. I've opted for smaller squares this time, 6inch. Well they are all cut and sorted into some sort of colour order, all I need to do now is start sewing. 

Something new from the lottie, egg plant or aubergine. I've not grown these before, didn't I do well, these a little beauties. I turned them into a Moussaka, something else I haven't made before. It was good, I noticed Pampa had seconds.

Potting up a few more strawberry plants, I might actually get some berries next year if I can keep the mice off them.

Also been learning how to work this new piece of technology. I think this Ipad will be easy for me to carry on my travels. It's certainly easy to use and I can use it like a Kindle as well.

Last but not least there has been lots of this going on. My blankie is quite large now, it takes a while to complete a round and a whole ball of yarn. 

There has been an awful lot of housework done as well, the house is sparkling. I might not feel like it next week so I'm getting as much done while I'm in the mood.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shutting the door and barricading against the Zombie Hordes.

I'm shutting the door for the next couple of weeks as my town is being turned into a film location set and all the teenagers and some of the not so teenagers are all of a dither.

As this young man is coming to Falmouth to shoot part of his next film, 'World War Z' and 500 of the local youngsters have become extras. I'm not complaining really as the revenue this will bring to the area is huge but I not sure I want to get caught up in it. Oh!! but he does have a very nice smile.  :-)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What's on my table this morning?

What's on my table this morning?

First at this time is a cup of tea, milk no sugar or sometimes lemon. This is my one of my new mugs, I like nice china to drink out of. It is part of the V&A fine bone china collection and  was a buy one get one free deal. 

A little reading, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, I haven't started yet but will this weekend. Underneath I have the BBC GoodFood magazine, past on to me by a friend and a recipe 'George's Minestrone with spaetzle' I downloaded from D2E forum. 

Now this little book is important to me and I'm sure there are some of you that think I'm mad to write this  information down BUT I need too. It is 'Mum's Book of Important Little Things. Passwords and the like!!!!   As time passes so does the memory and like a lot of other 'older' people I have senior moments. Don't tell me off, I keep it safe.

A wooden bowl, Benjy brought this back from one of his trips, I think it might have been Dominican Republic. Inside are a set of coasters I made from scraps of fabric and quilt batting. 

Nice smell, we are inundated with sweetpeas at the moment, I have jars of them everywhere. I just love to see flowers in jam jars, it reminds me of my school days. We had a large garden at school, filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables. We always had jars of flowers on the windowsills and cupboard tops. 

Always a little craft work, here I have a green wrap I am knitting as a Christmas present, a dishcloth of course and my new project a crochet granny square blanket. I had rather a large bag of odd balls of yarn and I bought a bag from the charity shop, it all needed using up. 

It's been very warm here for the last two or three days but today the sky is overcast and there has been a few spots of rain. I don't think it's going to be much as I can see the blue sky peeping through. Where I sit in my chair I can see out over the valley to the hills, I can see the windmills on the Lizard Peninsular and one of the satellite dishes of Goonhilly radio station. I'm not sure which one, they have such wonderful names from Arthurian Legend. I like to think it might be Arthur himself.

Have a good day/night everyone.  x