Chewy Oat, Coconut and Sultana biscuits

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Gosh! Time has flown by. I can’t believe that by this Sunday, we will be less than 2 weeks out from possibly meeting our little baby that has been happily growing and wriggling inside me. So far, maternity leave has left me with a lot of time on my hands (after all the necessary nesting) to cook and bake. I have baked/cooked so much over the last few weeks that it makes up for the 6-8 months of me not doing much of either at all. Currently, I am a little obsessed with baking quick things to satisfy cravings and most of them end up being slices, simple cakes or cookies/biscuits. It has been a while since I have blogged and if you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I been kept busy with various projects and it has been really nice to just take a week at a time and just do whatever I want to do. A perfect way to relax and prepare for the fun that will come when our little friend arrives.

I can still remember clearly when we discovered we were pregnant and I got the list of things of things ‘not to eat’ and got really bummed out. Whilst there were heaps of options to get around the ‘no soft cheese’, no ‘raw seafood’, no ‘deli meats’ etc., I remembered getting to my 3rd month of pregnancy and realising that I had lost the joy in eating/cooking/baking any type of food. I didn’t even know who I was anymore! I had lost my food mojo. Thankfully, eating out though a little trickier made things easier as I really did not like cooking or preparing food at all. Thank goodness for UberEats!

During my first half of the pregnancy, I had some odd food aversions at the start of my pregnancy, which most of them – thankfully have dissipated and I am happy to report that I am feeling much like myself again, only sporting a massive belly with a very wriggly baby inside. I had lost almost all desire for anything sweet or cake related, developed an aversion to avocados (this one was one of the more shocking food aversions I experienced!) and lamb (one of my favourite meats)! I was getting frustrated about having to eat all my meat virtually ‘well done and beyond’ and not getting any joy at all from eating healthy and eating green food. Funny what hormones can do to you when your body is changing and preparing to host life inside you! So bizarre but amazing!

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Mini Double Coconut Cake with Elderflower Glaze

Mini Double Coconut Cake with Elderflower Glaze | in happenstance.comI have been day dreaming about things I can make in an oven for many weeks now. The day-dream ping and pongs between savoury comfort meals like lamb roast, roast veggies, lasagne to strudels, bagels and delicious fluffy pear and chocolate hot cross buns (Claudia @ The Brick Kitchen is mostly responsible for the last two day dreams). I have also had vivid day dreams about working with choux pastry in my Thermomix and finally trying my hand at making some eclairs or profiteroles.

But I am happy to report that the day dreaming days are over as I have great news! I am writing this post to celebrate the start of the floor works required in our apartment. I cannot believe it has been nearly 5 weeks since we moved out of home and lived in a small hotel room and we survived! The works have started and it won’t be long until we can move back in for good. Continue Reading

Raspberry, Coconut and Choc Chip Ricotta Pancakes

Raspberry, choc chip and ricotta pancakesHappy Labour long weekend to all my Melbourne friends!

Oh my Pancakes! I can’t believe it is March already. I am still reporting from our hotel room, we are here for another week then we move into my sister’s spare bedroom for a couple of weeks. The good news is that we are finally moving ahead with our repairs and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hooray!

I have tried to re-use ingredients to minimise waste, its been working really well. So when I was feeling a little peckish, I scoured the cupboards to see what I had to whip up a quick snack. I found some leftover ricotta in the fridge and decided to try my hand at making ricotta pancakes.Continue Reading

Rediscovering the joy of reading

photo-1445311429009-0b7e0cff714aSo this year, I decided to take some time away from over stimulation of technology and revert back to a simpler and more rewarding hobby – reading. I became inspired by Sally’s ‘2015 Reading Challenge‘ to rediscover the joy of reading although I must say, I am not quite ready to tackle that specific reading challenge just yet.

When I was growing up, I LOVED to read. I read everything from Dr. Seuss, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter to The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Sweet Valley High series. As I got older, I devoured the romantic classics of Jane Austen, the Brontes, Charles Dickens and even attempted Lord Byron. I discovered my love for non-fiction history books and on some occasions, when it was bright outside and I knew nothing sinister could get to me… some creepy stories by R.L .Stine and gothic tales by Anne Rice. I also really loved those ‘Choose your own adventure books’. How awesome were they? It was seriously the best thing to do on a slow weekend, learning the powerful lesson of choice and consequences.Continue Reading