Saturday, December 18, 2010

cooking up a storm

I've had a real day in the kitchen.
This morning while Joa had his nap I made bread dough and these Oatmeal Crackers.
The recipe is from Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers
They are great, really crunchy and have only 4 ingredients: oats, oil, honey and water! I think next time I make them I might add some crystallised ginger yum yum!

My bread came out pretty good although I say so myself...
I have a friend at a playgroup we go to that is a bread maker, so I sat her down and interrogated her. I'm much happier with the result and so it seems are the rest of the family. It's funny it's just not something I can give up on this bread making. It's something I want to be able to do and it bugs me that I can't make bread taste the way I want it to. Still I feel I'm a step closer today!
I also made 2 huge vats of soup.

The orange is squash and red lentil and the light coloured one celeriac. I want to eat soup a lot these days but not finding time to make it in the mornings. So I thought I'd make loads and freeze them in batches then I can whip oneout for lunch no matter how busy my morning is.
So I'm pretty cooked out now, I'll be getting something out of the freezer for dinner lol!
I'm off to do a bit of knitting, (either that or breastfeeding).
I'm working on Rebe's cardi. The little minx went through my drawers last night and found the Peter Pan buttons so it's no longer a surprise but I know she LOVES the buttons which is what is important anyway. Still, I am disappointed it's no longer a surprise. At least I hid the Santa presents better.
Hope you're having a good weekend x


  1. Loved catching up with you, though why my blog reader only updated today, I don't know. I just loved your Nativity scene - wonderful figures. Your tree is beautiful and your wee babe is gorgeous - the whole half of him. Lots of cooking going on here as we have a houseful.
    Thanks for your lovely comments. Btw, my DH is from Kirkconnel (the one near Cumnock). xx

  2. Oh Yummy, soup and home baked bread! The bread looks amazing! I think I will take some time to do the same tomorrow, I love celeriac! Would it be possible to have the recipe for those yummy looking crackers? They look great! The cardi is a beautiful colour, happy knitting!

  3. Hi Jacqui, what a small world! Thanks for your kind comments :-)
    Hi Liz, the celeriac soup was good, Rebe really enjoyed it and she's gotten a little funny about soup. This is the crackers recipe:
    5 cups rolled oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 cup honey. Throw the oats in a blender and reduce them pretty much to flour, then mix wet ingredients together and then add the oats. It was still pretty wet so I added a tiny bit of plain flour to dry it out but you should have a dough. Kneed for less than a minute to bring together, Roll out to about 1/4 inch and cut into squares ( I used a pizza cutter). Prick with a fork and put onto baking trays. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 mins or until brown. Cool and eat guilt free...after all it's only really baked porridge :-)