January 5, 2014
2014 is off to a good start at The Headmaster’s House. At least it looks that way with all the shiney new diaries, wall planners and lists I have created. The Artist and the Composer completed one of these which allowed for a little reflection on the past year.
And myself and The Headmaster completed one of these with our minds firmly focused on what lies ahead for the new year.
This fabulous printable now takes pride of place as a year planner on the study wall. I added all my important dates before printing and shrunk the size so I can look at the year at a glance, hopefully narrowing down the chances of me missing those important dates and avoiding any nasty surprises or shocks that way! Birthdays and Anniversaries are all in place, term dates marked and everything in between will no doubt fall in to place. 2014…a happy and productive new year!
Oh, and here is a new family tradition we are looking forward to for 2014 (I can’t trace the original website for this one)…we will take time to cherish those good times and take a little more time out of our busy days to note them down before we forget!
September 11, 2013
The other day the Headmaster suggested we buy a bread machine, despite my love of carbs I know this would be a very bad decision!
The Sunflower Bread would be perfect served fresh from the oven for a large gathering for brunch (oh to have time to meet up with friends for brunch, I do remember long and lazy brunches from my very distant past!) or a perfect match for a hearty soup.
This is where things started to go wrong for my waistline!
Fancy petits fours are next up…the kitchen is about to get very messy!
August 27, 2013
I finally sat down to watch the first episode of The Great British Bake Off on BBC this week and it has inspired me to try my hand at some new recipes inspired from each show.
So, here goes…
Week One – An Amazing Chocolate Creation
This Chocolate Pistachio Cake may not look the best, but it really is quite delicious. The cake didn’t quite turn out as I had envisaged, the chocolate ganache didn’t coat the little petit four moulds as elegantly as I would have wished, but the ganache is very moreish and easy to make. Based loosely on this Martha Stewart recipe.
Mary Berry may not be amazed by my chocolate creation…The Headmaster says this is best served with a glass of milk.
August 22, 2013
Phew, it’s hot…but I’m not complaining! The UK heatwave is welcome at the Headmaster’s House. The grass may be dry, crisp and yellow, but we are all enjoying long evenings in the garden and the children are cooling down with the occasional water fight.
A few weeks ago we welcomed family and friends to the house for a special family celebration. I was far too busy chatting and serving lunch to take photos…only just remembered to take some of the roses once all was quiet the following day. Here are a few of the recipes that worked a treat…
The star of the lunch was this delicious pulled pork recipe from The Pioneer Woman…put it all together and pop in the low oven overnight.
January 18, 2013
January 18, 2013
September 26, 2012
Here is the recipe for a delicious breakfast treat, or any time of day actually…this granola is really tasty sprinkled over a bowl of vanilla yoghurt.
- 4 cups large rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped dates
2. Combine the oil, maple syrup and vanilla and pour the oil mixture over the oat mixture. I found it much easier to do this bit in a lined baking tray (plus it saves on sticky washing up)…using two spoons, stir and toss until all of the oats are coated with the syrup.
3. Pop the granola in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes. At the end of 10 minutes, remove the granola and stir, moving the granola around the outside edges into the middle and the middle out towards the edges. Set the timer for another 10 minutes. After the second 10 minutes, sprinkle with the coconut and then stir well again. Return to oven and set the timer for one last 10 minute bake. (30 minutes total, stirred twice at 10 minutes and 20 minutes).
4. At the end of the last 10 minutes (30 minutes in the oven), remove the granola from the oven. Stir just a bit then sprinkle with the chopped dates (you could use raisins or other dried fruits) and leave undisturbed until it is completely cooled. Once cooled, stir the granola…store at room temperature in an air-tight container. It will keep for several weeks which will be ideal to make ahead for Christmas, add cranberries for a festive granola.