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Cake day inspiration

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I don’t know who they are, but the person that decided National Sponge Cake Day should be a thing, had to be one of the brightest people ever. I am very happy right now because of them.

Today the local Indoor Cycling studio is hosting a 12 hour cycle marathon. I am instructing two 1hour sessions. After my first one, I decided I would come celebrate this fine day. On the menu this morning (yes, it was my breakfast, don’t judge me), was a Bar One cake slice accompanied by a Bar One milkshake.

My tummy is in heaven, and my brain has been inspired. Basically this post is just to share this wonderful day with you and warn you that Bar One is likely to permeate my recipes in the near future.

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I need to get home…

I am seriously looking forward to returning home. I am so hungry to cook more, and I am full of inspiration and baking ouvre that I really need to get back in the kitchen. It doesn’t help that I spend every procrastinating moment on Pinterest.

In the meantime, however, perhaps you would like to see some of my Sweet Experiments that I will be attempting and sharing with you?

Homemade Graham Crackers S’mores from Perry’s Plate

Everywhere online is this “S’mores” craze, and clearly they look delicious, but just about every recipe calls for Graham Crackers, and you just don’t get those in South Africa. I’m going to give them a go, just to see what they’re like, but I do like to make my melty-marshmallow sandwiches with our local Marie Biscuit, which is absolutely fabulous, crumbly and buttery, even though it’s a fairly plain biscuit.

Slutty Brownies from the Novice Housewife

I am very keen to hop on this “Slutty Brownie” bandwagon as well. One of the most exciting things about going home for this holiday, is that I have a whole lot of family coming from around the world, so I won’t eat all the food by myself, which is a comfort to my skinny jeans which have already taken strain lately.

(Healthy) Banana bread from 8 Weeks to a Better You

 

 

 

 

My gran makes fantastic banana bread. Hopefully she will share this recipe with me when she visits. I literally eat banana bread by the loaf in a day.

Chocolate caramel tart from Cooking Recipes

 

 

 

 

I want to caramel. I have a stunning jar of the stuff back at home, but making it from scratch just seems… I would say healthier, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense, as it is caramel after all. Salted caramel seems rather trendy as well, so, here’s to broadening the horizons (even though it sounds completely NOT how caramel is supposed to be enjoyed).

Macarons from Brave Tart

Macarons are the coolest things ever. I have found they are really difficult to describe to other people though, so I want to try and make them. I found a recipe for a locally-inspired Milk Tart Macaron, which makes me go a-jelly inside, because it sounds so fantastic. 

I really want to go home now. I am bored of writing exams (yes, I know I’ve only written one, but still…). I just want to get back into my kitchen, make delicious breakfasts and dinners for myself and my family, and bake for them all day. This holiday is going to be wonderful, and I am impatiently counting the days until I get to start enjoying it.

Great new cooking show!

I discovered a new (for me) TV show over the weekend, man am I in love! The Great British Bake Off truly is marvellous… A perfect way to spend a Friday night. Yes, I am that much of a nerd that I stay in on a Friday night to watch cooking shows. And I love it.

I only managed to watch five episodes of the third season, but it was enough to inspire me to get into a kitchen as soon as possible. Cooking shows really make me miss home. This one in particular made me miss my Gran’s home in England. So many of the competitors on the show spoke of how they learnt to cook and bake under their Granny’s supervision and guidance, and it made me miss my Granny! The fact that the show is hosted on a big field next to a big manor house of some kind also reminds me of the property in the area where my gran lives. I look  forward to going back there soon.

Kingston Manor, Harbury

Kingston Manor, Harbury

In the meantime, though, I am going to make a plan to get into whichever kitchens that I can, possibly reproducing recipes from the show, or perhaps cooking based on the inspiration from my rekindled addiction to Pintrerest. And then, of course, sharing these recipe on this Blog.

Pecan pie with blueberries and topped with chocolatey goodness

Pecan pie with blueberries and topped with chocolatey goodness

Layers of chocolate and meringue, with chopped nuts and flecks of gold

Layers of chocolate and meringue, with chopped nuts and flecks of gold

I need to try and make these heart patterns. I think I know how, just have to give it a go. Take me home to my baking equipment, please!

I need to try and make these heart patterns. I think I know how, just have to give it a go. Take me home to my baking equipment, please!

The Great British Bake Off is hosted by two fairly interesting characters, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and judged by Paul Hollywood, a man with gorgeous blue eyes, and Mary Berry who is just lovely: it’s really nice to see a show with nice and friendly judges – they understand that people have feelings, and that stuff can go wrong in a kitchen. They are very fair. Fair also means that they acknowledge when the food is shocking.

An additional feature that they have in the show, which I thought was quite a nice touch, is the educational snippets about the history of baking. It does provide a nice break away from the tension of the timed baking that seems to cause all the bakers intense stress (3 hours to bake a cake though? Easy game, surely?).

This looks like it's fun to make, and it looks gorgeous when it comes out as well, those little roses and all

This looks like it’s fun to make, and it looks gorgeous when it comes out as well, those little roses and all

Pretty sure this had a custard layer in it, and custard is just delicious. Topped off with a raspberry jelly and real raspberries, why don't you just make my life right now?

Pretty sure this had a custard layer in it, and custard is just delicious. Topped off with a raspberry jelly and real raspberries, why don’t you just make my life right now?

Possibly my favourite part of the show is the little kitchenette that they each get to work in. They’re the cutest pastel colours, everything looks really chipper. Which brings me to the reason that I actually watch the show: their ovens. One day, I promise, I WILL have an oven like that. The door just disappears (slides) underneath the oven, it’s ingenious and aesthetically pleasing to say the least. I cannot wait to have my own kitchen: it’s going to be filled with the most random things.

I will have an oven like this, I promise you now

I will have an oven like this, I promise you now

At times like this, I really can’t wait to be all growed up with my own kitchen and life and stuff. Then I’ll have to learn how to talk properly too. Until then, #breakingalltherules.