Recipe Recommendation: September

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of September. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Apple Tea Cake

Apple Tea Cake - Cooked

I spent HOURS trying to find a recipe for a low sugar/refined sugar free apple tea cake recipe and let me tell you there wasn’t much out there and what was looked a bit, well let’s put it this way – i wasn’t leaping at the chance to go and make them. So i found this recipe and basically reduced the sugar to only 1/2 cup, i substituted the white flour for half barley/half rye (that seems to be my standard at the moment) and i didn’t add the extra sugar on the top of the apples – i did however add the extra butter! I’m going for low sugar here, not low fat 😀 Anyway it was lovely. Everyone enjoyed it! And it was a great way to use up some apples that were getting a bit old and wrinkly…

Apple Tea Cake - Uncooked

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Recipe Recommendation: August

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of August. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes

So i FINALLY made a recipe from the cookbook i bought ages ago, Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes, and i can definitely recommend it! I only used half white flour, the other half being a mix of barley and rye flour, which added an even richer flavour. And they weren’t dry! I hear this is the most common complaint with rock cakes.

Coconut Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Coconut Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

I have a container of coconut flour that i need to use up and I’ve been on the hunt for good coconut flour recipes for ages. I’ve tried a fair few and they haven’t been that nice at all. The ones that do turn out nicely usually are half almond meal, half coconut flour however almond meal is expensive and the whole point is so that i can use up the coconut flour! Detoxinista posted these on her Facebook wall not that long ago and i knew i had to try them and i was SUPER happy with the result. I reduced the amount of maple syrup to make it healthier and added the equivalent in more lemon juice so the ratios of wet/dry weren’t out. She has a creamy lemon icing recipe that goes with the muffins if you so choose however again for a healthier alternative, we left these naked 😉

Recipe Recommendation: July

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of July. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Pork & Bean Burritos

I have no idea why i have no photo for this dish except that it must have been so good we dived right into eating it after i had finished cooking and preparing. It was so easy and delicious and we’ve even made it again since. Definitely recommend!

Downsizing

In my previous post, Recipe Recommendation: June, i mentioned that we’ve moved house!

In reality, we’ve moved in with Kel’s parents. Haha. They have decided to sell the general store and post office that we manage.

We lived in the house behind the shop however just before the place was put on the market, we renovated parts of the house and gave it a coat of paint. Now it’s all shiny and new, which means the more you use it the less shiny and new it is. So we decided to move out. Plus we are SUPER interested in the tiny house movement so we thought what better way to help us start adjusting to living in a smaller space than to move into Kel’s parents’ large games room. So now we essentially live in a 50sqm room. There is no toilet, bathroom or kitchen so we have to use their facilities in the main house however we have a kettle, a toaster and a small fridge in our “space” so we are able to have light meals, snacks and hot drinks.

Although there are no walls, we arranged the room into sections so we have our bedroom, Ethan’s bedroom, a study, and a food prep/eating area. We didn’t use furniture to section off these “rooms” per se as we wanted to still keep the open plan living however we do have some furniture strategically placed so that we have some privacy 😉

So far I am LOVING our new living arrangements. Due to the way we’ve arranged the room, it feels so roomy and spacious yet keeping it clean and tidy is super easy. I’m also finding I have a lot more time for things that I didn’t before. Probably because I’m not trying to maintain a three bedroom house. I definitely feel I could live in an even smaller space however that means we’d probably have to “downsize” our possessions. We already sold and donated furniture, clothes and bits and bobs when we initially moved however now that we are actually living in a smaller space we know what we are and aren’t using and what we could potentially get rid of.

I do miss our wild garden however I’m definitely enjoying living on acreage with nothing much to look at but the cows and the hills and the trees. It’s a lot more peaceful than living behind the shop and a lot more private. Ethan LOVES that the “Moos” are right there and he’s enjoying helping Pop with his various building projects.

Gillies' Residence

Recipe Recommendation: June

Sadly i don’t have any recipes to recommend for the month of June. However there’s a pretty good reason why.

We’ve moved house!

I’ll write a separate blog post for that news however you can all understand why now. When you’re moving house you don’t have much time for cooking/baking – you’re mainly eating what you can find!

 

Recipe Recommendation: May

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of May. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta

I’ve followed Andrea’s blog Cooking with a Wallflower for quite some time now and i thought it was high time i tried one of her recipes. I already had all the ingredients on hand for this recipe so hence why i chose this one. It was super delicious! Tomatoes aren’t in season for us at the moment so they are a bit watery and mine didn’t stay together like they usually would but that doesn’t matter! And i cheated and used frozen spinach so even though it was tasty, it doesn’t look as presentable as Andrea’s 😉

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Pasta

I don’t know if i can really recommend the original recipe for this one as i altered it a bit too much however i didn’t want to leave it out for this month either. I’m sure the original is delicious, i just didn’t have the seeds on hand (pepitas and sunflower) and instead of using evaporated milk and lemon juice, i thought I’d give the Greek yoghurt substitution a go that everyone is touting is a healthier alternative. It worked out wonderfully! Super tasty.

Recipe Recommendation: April

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of April. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Real Cream of Chicken Soup

Real Cream of Chicken Soup

We had a leftover chicken carcass from having had a roast chicken and i really felt like a creamy chicken and corn soup. I used this recipe as a base and added some corn plus pasta for extra carbohydrates. It was delicious and definitely the best way to get an extra meal out of a chicken carcass!