Sunday, 31 January 2016

Happy Belated Long Weekend

Hello ... this blog is a week late as we have all been a touch busy of late in the land of Television working on the cycling, HOWEVER its never too late to say 'Happy long long weekend'... please note to all everyone who doesn't live in Australia ... but Australia Day fell on a Tuesday this year so of course 99.9% of Aussies took the liberty of taking the Monday off too, hence the use of the double long long ....

Anyway everyone loves a lamington so this is what I have made for this week.... Can't play by the rules though so this one is a combo of reeipes to make my own. There is a special secret ingredient inside too which everyone at work tomorrow will get to try.

Enjoy the pictures and hopefully tummy rumbles.

ps: I should note that this blog should be sponsored by Woolworths ... I seem to spend half my life in there buying fresh ingredients all the time. Either that or I should take out shares in an IGA store. Imagine that, I could go back to my roots as a checkout chick who scanned 14 items a minute. Yes, yes I did. Held the record for a little while too with that speediness.

Here I am trying to squeeze the juice out whilst taking a picture. PLEASE NOTE THAT I GREW THIS LEMON!!! 1 year ago I bought a lemon and lime tree from Bunnings and now I have fruit. Miracle. I put it down to the bees doing their job well.


This punnett of raspberries was only $3.90 ... BARGAIN. Got get some. And while you are there, blueberries were only a touch more (that's a rarity).

Simmering away for 10 mins. My kitchen smelt divine.

Sifting the flour ... not once, not twice but 3 times.


Adding the Dutch cocoa (again sifted 3 x times) ... and if someone can explain the difference to me about why you have to use Dutch cocoa and not any other nation ... that would be super great.


The mixture as you are stirring it ... still amazes me. 



Pour the mixture in the tins, twist them around 3 x times and then place in the oven (that's just one of my quirky things to do). 

 See amazing ... soft mixture goes in and cake comes out.
This was the awesome part ... the raspberry jam I made, cream and melted chocolate!!!
 The spatula gets a good work out today ...
 Prepped for the fridge ...

The therapy part .... pouring the chocolate and coconut over the lamington cakes

All messed up going to the fridge to set....


And we have the Fiona version of tripple choc raspberry lamingtons ... Enjoy.



Sunday, 3 January 2016

New year so a new blog post ...

Hello and welcome back to the 'Every Cake Has A Story' cake blog ... love being back here and am determined to do many more this year .... 

Over the Xmas and New Year time its been all about spending time with family and good friends which is what it should all be about ... and champagne. Don't forget the champagne.

The one thing I do need to mention about Xmas that is brilliant. No matter where you are around the world on Xmas night ... you can always find National Lampoons Xmas Vacation on telly ... AND if you are not too tiddled by the end you sometimes get the European Vacation thrown in too ... 'good chat Rusty ... good chat'. 

I forgot to take a picture of the pavlova I made for Xmas Day at the Richie Stewart family home ... it was a goodie.

Also made some rocky road with secret ingredients and some of Auntie's white christmas (forgot again to take a pic).

Anyway last week we all stayed up at Hannah's family house in Lake Cathie and it was fab. A real family home filled with everything. 

There were many laughs with good friends I haven't seen in way to long. Many memories shared that I with my memory like an elephant didn't remember about. Good work Doddsie!!!  

Elea said she wanted me to show her how to make a cheese cake ... thought why not. Everyone loves a cheese cake. 

And please note, there is a comedian in the UK named Peter Kaye. He is my absolute favourite. Best Lancashire accent and so so so funny. He is comedy gold and does a special mention to cheese cake and Els and I regularly have a giggle at the way he says cheesecake. Go on an google him ... will make you laugh out loud.

Here are the pics of how we made it ... all quite self explanatory. Special thanks to Google as we couldn't work out how to turn the oven on ... who would have thought that by holding down the first 2 buttons for a few seconds and then quickly press the 2nd from the last at the same time would work!!! 

This is called the New Years Cheese Cake ... always and only to be shared with friends and family (only because you'd have a yak if you had the whole cake yourself) ....



Use the biscuits called 'Nice' but pronouced 'niece' ... the crunch up quite nicely





That's Els patting it down to get it nice and exactly even





3 x clumps of philedelphia cream cheese 



So fun mixing it all up





Just like I marvel at the fax machine ... I have a new treat. This microplane does it all ... 




Notice the quality street ... can't have a festive time without them. And I still chuck the menu out so no-one stands there forever trying to choose one. Its a chocolate. Make a decisions. As I said to Cousin Kylie and Dave today ... if you don't like it after you have bitten into it, give the rest to the person next to you. 



My superstitious ways don't change with a new year. Once you have poured the mixture in, tape the tin on the bench 3 times and spin it around 3 times.



And there you have a cheese cake .... good times. xxx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bringing back tradition with the wedding fruit cake ....




Hello and welcome back ..... didn't realise its been 7 months since I last updated the cake blog.

Will start with the fruit cake I am trying to get right. I am not a traditionalist in any way (expect for loving the Royal Family), however I do like the fact that the fruit cake is on the come back in relation to wedding cakes.

There are millions of recipes out there there with everyones thoughts and opinions ... so with this one below ... as usual I am using a bit of everyones thoughts and going with my own version ... I still have 4 months to get it perfect.

Have a look the glass bowl of joy that has about half a bottle of brandy in there that made my kitchen smell like a distillery ... this has been soaking for approx 48 hours to try and get the flavour right.




Right the mixture just about to go into the oven ... what the pic doesn't show is the chaos surrounding my kitchen bench which includes bit of almonds flying everywhere which I had to hammer to get in small enough pieces, dropping and smashing 2 x eggs cause a day doesn't go past without me breaking something ... and knocking over the jar of treacle which you can just imagine how nice and sticky that is ... oh well its all fixable.

And the end result ... crossing fingers it tastes OK.




The fruit cake is for a big wedding that the mother of the bride as asked me to make. I did their engagement cake back in February ... the pic is below .... it was the leaning tower of sponge cake ...

Was very worried when I dropped this cake off and set it up... it was so fresh and soft and literally straight out of the oven.... it just didn't want to settle. It did though and came down to the coolness of a marble wall which we leant it up against ... see there's always a solution.


Will try and give you a quick overview now of the world of cakes over the past 7 months in-between the world of Telly being way too chaotic for words right now ...there's been quite few banana cakes, choc hazelnut cakes with caramel sauce, cupcakes for all b'days but we would be here for a while so got a few picked out below ...

Got published in Real Weddings with one of my cakes from last year. Woohoo!!!
Slowing getting there ...



The below wedding cake I made for Georgina and Tom (my cake friend Kirstie did the incredible flowers) ... then a few months later they asked me to make the superman cake ..... which just quietly was made in my new home in MY CAKE STUDIO!!!! Loving it.





                                                   

Did the Sydney Wedding Expo in April. Huge massive effort with help from family and friends. Looked really good and have got some great upcoming weddings too from just being there.

 

That's it for now, however there is a few more cakes coming up on over the next coupla weeks before we head back over to the USA for work ... stand by please callers xxxx




Sunday, 22 December 2013

A Wiggles cake, a wedding cake and an awesome Xmas memory ....

Hello Lovelies, just a couple of cakes to bring us up to this crazy time of year.

First one is a Wiggles themed cake for 1yr old Hallie (2nd generation cake as I made the parents Matt and Tammy, their 6 tierd wedding cake couple of years ago ..... and a wedding cake for a really lovely couple that I hadn't actually met until today ... they loved the look of the cake and I did too. Loved the fresh flowers.



And now we have to make mention of what is happening in a few days.

Christmas. Do you say it with a tone of excitement or tone of pure dread.

I am most of the time the latter.

I do however love the idea though of christmas lights on houses, eating ham and Bernadette's baked creamy potato until I am holding my tummy and watching someones face when they open the present you really thought they would like ...

Every family has their own stories and my entire family is no different. We have had some absolute horror Xmas days over the early years and even though I am not a girl who dwells on the past, its just this time of year that my most awesome ability to recite and remember all memories ... well you get it ... it all comes back to me.

BUT!! The last few years since I have been back living in Australia and along with my nieces and nephew being born and my friends having babies, they are all getting better and better and eventually when I have my own babies, this time of year will be perfect!!!

Someone asked me the other day, what has been your best Xmas. Hands down, didn't even have to think ... was the year 2000 going into 2001. Els, Sareybear and I were living in Linden Gardens, Chiswick W4 London.

The whole lead up to Xmas with work parties and neighbours parties and Els and I deciding to host Xmas day for friends that had no family in London. Sareybear and Marcus were having some romantic rendezvous time at Marcus's home (they then moved in together and bought their first home at Archway a few months later, their Xmas wishes came true) ....

All following pics are old school from my Year 2000 photo album ... love all these memories!!! This was me, Els and Ems at the Disney Xmas party at the Natural History Museum in London. Biggest most incredible party ever.



No black cabs would stop for us ... but Tony the Truck Driver did .... up me, Els and Ems climbed into the truck in our posh dresses and Tony drove us all home. Right to our front doors ...what a bless!!!


 This was the Linden Gardens v Silver Crescent Xmas Tree competition. The orange is the boys tree and the one of the right is ours ... That's me and Sareybear below at the boys house just after we declared ourselves the winners that year .... And check out the fully stocked fridge. Best ever.



Xmas Day in the year 2000. Started off at 07:00 with all the kitchen prep and more or less finished 24 hours later ... Life long friendships were made that day ... there were Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and a Canadian ... There was so much laughing, singing, food and champagne and it snowed after midnight!!!! 

Me, Ems and Diddies even went to Church cause we thought we had too ... we were late so got shuffled in the front row and when it came time to drink the wine and eat that bread thing .... the whole congregation was staring at us to make the move and start the process ... we left soon after that ... 


It was a white Xmas ... London just changes ... incredible.



So I will finish this blog saying Merry Xmas to everyone around the world, to you and all your families. May you watch 'Love Actually' for the 8th time and the most absolute fact I love about Xmas Day ... no matter where you are around the world, "National Lampoons Xmas Vacation' is always on in the evening ... I promise you that.

So go get yourself a glass or few of champers and from me.... lots of love and pashes under the mistletoe  ... Fiona xxx





Sunday, 3 November 2013

Choccie cornflake cookies and a few from the last couple weeks ....

Hello and welcome to Sunday ...... again ...

Just like we don't want to ask how planes stay in the sky ... lets not ask why Sunday's always come around so quick .....

This post today is going to bring us back to an old school cookie. It's a family favourite and its the easier cookie to bake.

Big round of applause to the cornflake cookie (with choc chips added).

The reason for such an easy cookie today .... we lost an incredibly close family friend on Friday to that pure evilness of cancer so I am just trying for a moment to make life not so complex and just bring at least something back to some kind of niceness from when we were little.

My friends laugh at me (quite regulary for various ongoings) but on my shelf when you walk in my front door are my special vintage awesome champagnes that I have been saving for specific reasons .... anyway the last few weeks have taught me to shove that and for the next few months I am going to crack open the bottles for various occasions we all have coming up .... that includes the good reds I have to in the kitchen ... why bother saving, got to enjoy them. Now!!!

But lets start with the last couple weeks:

Wedding cake I did for James and Amy: really lovely couple ... this was a gluten free top tier, white choc passionfruit mud for the middle tier and a dark choc peppermint mud for the bottom tier ....

I do have to give a big shout out the lovely people at Lincraft at the Hood (aka Dee Why). I had a bit of a sugar veil last minute disaster and needed something for the middle tier ....

Found myself on the Saturday morning, knocking on the door asking for an early open, they obliged and I would love to have seen the CCTV vision of me running around the shop looking at all the lace materials .... was all fine and I chose a lovely lace ..... that's given me some other cracker ideas too.


New idea that I would like to branch out into is the dessert tables .... there's just so much you can do. Coops, Teresa and I set this one up and it looked awesome!!!! Just kept having to dodge the sun so it wouldn't melt the lollies ....

Few of the glass jars, vases didn't make it there or home due to breaking ... but hey that's life ... grat quality that mum has bought Ben and I up with ... no use crying over spilt milk ...which is actually quite good as I am regular dropper and breaker .....note for you all: never hand me vintage crystal unless you want to see it on the floor  ...


One of my favourite things EVER in the world is cinnamon donuts. Little hint to note .... if you ever need me to do something, can always be bribed with hot cinnamon donuts ... So I created the next best invention ... hot cinnamon donut cupcakes ... compromise for all.


Bugger buying all these new contraptions to get the most even measurement of cupcakes. Just stick to the old ice-cream scoop we all have in our 2nd drawers in the kitchen ... go on and have a look now and see if you have one ....


See look how even and round they come out of the oven ....still fascinates me the cooking process ....


While they are still warm you need to melt butter, sugar and cinnamon and then with a pastry brush, just slosh (professional cooking word I know) all over the cuppies and then eat as quick as possible ..... which helps when we had 3 hungry guys waiting .....


This one is for Tia's b'day. T has been one of my besties for years and years. One of the high school crew. There's been way too many laughs, moments, holidays, beverages etc etc to mention so will just sum up with the below cake and say the biggest THANK YOU for all the years and laughs!!!! And to many more .... especially for Alaska for the First Wives Clubs 50ths b'day .... God help the boat with all  of us on it ....


Rightio, two items in every girls handbag ... along with my 7 different shades of lipgloss, handcream, purses, books etc  ... there is also my favourite wooden spoon and wooden spatula .... you just never know ....


Okay to the cornflake cookies (with choc chips) .... Prep all the ingredients like so ...


Beat up the butter, vanilla, eggs and sugar ....


Throw in the chocolate chips ....


Fold in the flour and cornflakes




Roll into little balls ...



19 mins later we have the cookies ....






Now eat .... and just enjoy your Sundays wherever you are in the world and drink champagne  ...