It is good to stop and look back over it all and catch my breathe. I was very lucky with lots of opportunities this week! Very often you just have to say yes and make use of things right away. Like yesterday I finally had enough basil to make up a big batch of Pesto. My own basil was never very big this year, not like most years at all. Hilde gave me a bunch of hers. Combined I had plenty so I got to making this up as it is so good, fresh and beautiful!
I use the recipe on A Tray of Bliss. Mimi got me going on this and it is so useful. It is so good in wraps with chicken. It is so good with a steak! One recipe I always do is cook cut up chicken in a fry pan. When it is getting golden and is cooked add cream and a big blob of pesto and blend. Serve with fresh steamed vegies on rice. It is so delicious! I love easy recipes like this!
I continued on with my sour dough experiment. I have converted my sour dough starter over to Gluten Free. It works. If you are interested in Sour Dough I have a whole section in my index on that. It is very easy and it means you never have to buy yeast again.
I started with a little bit of my starter and just fed it Aldi gluten free flour and built it up. It acted like normal, bubbly and stretchy. I found out a few things though along the way. I found out for me that if you make dough it will rise. But it won't rise the second time. So I now make the dough and place it directly into the tins and let it rise then cook. This works.
My first success was with raisin bread. It tastes so good and especially toasted.
Then I finally got bread right. It smells like bread, it tastes like bread and it slices perfectly and doesn't break.
I am pretty happy with it. Overall I know I am better off grain free. I definitely cannot eat wheat without suffering badly. But sometimes it is blissful to have bread! I can make this for Mum too and baking is so nice for anyone GF. Plus these products are expensive. I figure now with my starter going I can easily make pizza base, Naan Bread, focaccia, rain bread, regular bread, all GF very very cheaply. In the supermarket one not very big GF pizza base was $6.
For anyone interested I will do a post with these recipes. Now I have a simple way to do it, but after a fair few mistakes first!
I also tested the GF flour on pancakes and it worked perfectly.
I made up some bubble bath and added essential oils.
We picked the Quinces from our tree which was leaning over with the weight of the fruit.
And made a batch of flourless peanut butter biscuits.
Then my week got really interesting as I went to see Hilde. Ages ago I discovered her area is much cheaper for groceries especially fruit and veggies. Travelling a bit for amazing prices is worth it. Plus I get a day with my friend. Well it was a big day! I headed off with a basket of farm honey, Miracle Cleaner and things for Hilde.
On the way I stopped at the op shop. I got friand baking trays for $2.50
I love these! To me they are the best way to make things like meatloaf. They look so neat and you have nice individual serves to freeze. Also cakes, quiche, muffins... maybe even actual friands!
I found slicing meatloaf often the slices were not so neat. Then I started making them in muffin trays. They look so nice!
Hilde had made me a beautiful lunch. Just as I expected I ended up with new recipes! It was a perfect Autumn day and after lunch we went into the garden and picked lemons. This is funny as she has a balcony and she goes up there with a big stick and breaks lemons off and I am underneath getting pummelled by giant lemons if I am not fast enough.
She also gave me lots of baby succulents...
Plus Sage, basil, a stack of cookbooks and cooking magazines...
Also beautiful bottles. Hilde knows I love bottles for Miracle Cleaner, Bubble Bath and other recipes...
We went through her Grand Mothers hand written cook book. Her Grand Mother was born in 1890. I will show some of the recipes in an upcoming post. The hand writing is beautiful and Hilde has used all of the recipes.
It was a fantastic day! I got three kilos of bananas for 99c and other bargains. When I got home the car was full! It's a wonder I made it over the hill!
Thursday the bananas needed using. So I got busy with them. Sour dough was going too and I made my banana cake x 4.
I made a tray of little cakes for Harper. Some larger ones for Andy's work lunches. I took the opportunity and made a Birthday Cake for my niece, two loaf cakes for Chloe and Luke. These I slice up and put baking paper in between the slices then freeze.
I gave all the banana skins to the roses.
During the day I sent Mum a text. She told me she was baking a cake for Luke! haha! I said "so am I!" Well he will be happy! I said ok Mum please take a photo of your cake and she said she would when she had iced it as it was still warm.
Chloe slices up the cakes and freezes portions. When the boys stop for a break it is called Smoko. Even though they don't smoke. So she has a drawer in her freezer with the label "smoko" and the challenge is to keep up with filling that drawer!
So I had cooking everywhere! I also made the first soup of the season. It was sweet potato and pumpkin as Aldi had both on special. It was beautiful. I also froze portions of that for lunches.
We had one use it up night where I had soup and Andy had meat and veggies as I had a single portion of chicken in the freezer.
Chloe and Luke's puppy is settled in. His name is Sully. He trots along with Chloe and helped her go and pick figs from the fig tree. 😊
Because Chloe had a Wedge Tailed Eagle try to take a chicken she keeps Sully close as he is smaller than a chicken!
Yesterday I babysat Scarlett in the afternoon and then Harper came to visit too. They love the chickens! Scarlett seems determined she would like to catch one. They seem to know it and go and hide.
So that was my week. It was productive and I got ahead in lots of ways so I am very happy with it.
The football season started last night. This means I will get a lot more crochet done.
Andy said that he knew I had been doing a lot of baking BUT.... it is ages since I made sausage rolls. haha! I told Chloe about this and she said she is sure Luke would agree! So guess what I am making tonight?
It is a beautiful day. I love this weather, it makes me feel really good. I am meeting my friend Nerilie for coffee.
How did you build up your home, economy, pantry and family this week? Because of the change of seasons many of us are cleaning, organising and fluffing around the house I notice.
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx