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Things I Want

Today I have been mostly dreaming about this kitchen:

One of three kitchens by designer Jessica Helgerson featured today on thekitchn.com. I love the shelves under the table/island with storage for cookbooks and bowls. I also want a window over my kitchen sink. I also want that kitchen sink. 🙂

I want this quirky herb growing device:

It’s called the Stem Garden. Now, I am a failure at herb growing. I plant them and ignore them completely until one day I notice that they have died. This contraption might hold my attention a bit more than usual though…

I also love this apron:

I love the colour, I love the pattern. But I mostly love the fact that it’s reversible:

How gorgeous? This and many other fabulous kitchen-y items can be found at The Kitchen Roost’s Shop on etsy.com.

Now, back to work. 😉

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Blueberry Bread

So I ran out of time for the Daring Bakers’ Challenge this month. 😦  I can’t believe it. In my defence, I was *sure* there was another weekend left in June. There isn’t. I was away last week taking laser measurements and attending a summer school, and I visited my parents for the first time in months, and then suddenly it was challenge posting date. Dammit! You can read all about the Chocolate Pavlova challenge, download the recipe and gaze at all the fabulous creations on the Daring Kitchen webpage. The challenge-setter, Dawn, has a really lovely blog, Doable and Delicious, which also deserves a visit. Thanks for challenge Dawn, and sorry I missed it! I vow to get stuck into next month’s challenge as early in July as possible.

Here’s a recipe I tried out a couple of weeks ago. There’s something quite cakey about this blueberry bread.  But bread sounds healthier than cake, and there’s even wholewheat flour in there. So, yes, let’s stick with blueberry bread. I combined fresh and frozen blueberries in this recipe. This is really due to a need to clear out the freezer a bit, but the frozen blueberries exploded during baking and went all gooey, so it all worked out delightfully in the end. A nice mid-afternoon snack to get the sugar levels up a bit. Also good smothered with strawberry jam, served with a hot cup of tea.

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Jam Cake

This is a lovely recipe for when you want something sweet and cakey and not too fussy.  A weekday cake. Not fancy enough to be a weekend cake, but fancy enough for a Wednesday. It’s like a swiss roll in cake format. Only nicer. If you get me.

Anyway.

I found this recipe on a blog I follow: Baking and Mistaking.

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So lately I’ve taken a cookie notion. I guess it’s all this summer-y weather we’ve been having. And when it’s warm and sunny outside, sometimes (only sometimes) it’s nice to have a cookie instead of a big slice of cake.  I don’t have alot of cookie recipes in my repertoire, so I’ve been surfing (hello foodgawker!) and flicking through cookbooks. This is the first recipe I’ve tried, and it’s from pastry chef and blogger David Lebovitz. Have a gawk at his Paris-based blog here.

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I had some ganache leftover from the Ultimate Chocolate Cake and what better vehicle to get that ganache into your gob than little fairy cakes?

I used Nigella Lawson’s recipe from Nigella Express.

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My obsession with rhubarb continues. 🙂

I subscribe to foodgawker (which is seriously dangerous for my waistline) and lately lots of rhubarb-strawberry combos have been appearing. I’ve never tried anything with that pairing – I’m guessing as strawberries are not so cheap in Ireland, and when you do get your hands on a punnet, you just want to eat them like that (or with a bit of whipped cream). Maybe that’s just me….

So in the name of experimentation, I ‘sacrificed’ a punnet of strawberries to make a Strawberry Rhubarb Galette. Turns out it was no sacrifice. And as I made it just before I had to travel for 2 days, I only got a little slice. Of course it was all gone when I got back! I feel another galette appearing in the near future…. 😀

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I’m so behind with my blogging, it’s shameful. I’ve been so busy lately with taking measurements for my thesis and moving equipment to another lab to take more measurements there. I’ve still been baking though (cannot…survive…without…cake) and using any spare time I have to catch up with the blogs I follow.  So, expect a flood of posts as I catch up with the baking backlog 😀

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my good friend Catherine’s birthday. Another birthday cake, yay! Catherine’s request was simple – it had to be chocolatey, and there had to be cream in the middle. I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a while, but I didn’t have the occasion to make it. It also needs a bit of planning – it must be baked in one cake tin, not in sandwich tins, so you must factor in cooling time. Alot of cooling time.  Seriously people, planning!

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