I seem not to have a full blog post in me these days…but snapshots work.
I caught up with some of my MBA classmates last night. They’ve both come back to do PhD’s. I told them I think they are completely insane! So good to sit & catch up. I can’t believe how those three years FLEW by. Thinking back on it now it’s such a blur; where did the time go? How on earth did we cope with the super-pressured 2-week lecture blocks, endless 5am mornings, assignments, exams and lets not even talk about the research and dissertation! I’m so glad I did it when I did.
I had a lovely weekend. Birthday drinks (and by drinks I mean, orange juice!) at the Mouse & Budgie. Saturday we shot off to Port Alfred to check on things at John’s parent’s house there. I did some quick shopping and popped into The Bagman (a wonderful catch-all shop!) for some food storage containers and a few freezer organisation baskets. On Saturday afternoon I made some of my Mom’s rusks (recipe below) and what promised to be a decadent chocolate cake which sadly turned out very crumbly.
Sunday John went off fishing for most of the day while I fussed about in the kitchen. I’m slowly trying to make a bunch of freezer meals for suppers so that when Blob arrives in November (or whenever Blob decides!) we will have a lovely stocked freezer and don’t have to stress too much about cooking! So far we have 5 portions of lasagne, and 5 portions of John’s amazing tomato sauce which we use either as a pizza sauce or as a base for mince or meatballs. Then on Sunday I made two portions of a sausage & white bean casserole (this one) and two portions of chicken & spinach enchiladas (which I made up as I went along). I also mixed up, formed & froze a bunch of mini meatballs. So we have quite a few things stocked. I’m trying to think of things that are not just stews and casseroles because it’ll be warm in Nov/Dec. Suggestions for summer freezer meals are always welcome!
I also managed to squeeze in quite a lot of reading over the weekend. A friend (I can’t remember who sorry!) sent me a link to Pixel of Ink which has been amazing! It’s a website which trawls through Amazon to find all the free and bargain books and then, based on your interests, you get a daily email with the latest offerings. I’ve found some awesome books (and some duds-but hey, they’re free!) and my Kindle app is slowly filling up!
- 1kg Bread flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 7tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 250g butter, melted
- 500ml maas/sour milk/buttermilk*
- If you have a smaller mixer, you may want to split the mixture in half and process it in two batches.
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter and the milk.
- Make sure all the dry stuff has been incorporated, you’ll probably have to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl. The dough will be tacky when it’s done. Don’t over-mix.
- Turn out into a greased baking tray or square cake tins. Bake for ~45mins or until the top starts to turn golden.
- Allow to cool for 10mins, before removing from tins to cool completely. Slice into pieces. Return to a low oven (~50-70C) for several hours or overnight to dry complete.y. Store in an airtight container.
- *If you only have normal fresh milk, add a tsp of vinegar or lemon juice and allow to stand for 10mins. I usually use milk that’s been forgotten in fried and has just turned enough to be yukky in coffee!