This post has taken my a while to write as I have just been absolutely flat out but finally here it is.
Cooking and baking has recently become a bit of a passion of mine and Tanya Burrs new cook book “Tanya Bakes” is certainly not helping that. Justin is defiantly thanking me however my body is not! Tasty brunches and naughty treats in the afternoon is what it is creating but it is all worth it as they taste so good!
I recently tried her French Toast recipe and fell in love. It’s easy and it looks great, perfect for impressing some overnight guest but easy to whip up without any stress. You can make this recipe with and without the mascarpone filling, which my version was without as I have no idea what it tastes like. Finish off with either the berry coulis or a generous helping of maple syrup and dust with some icing sugar for the perfect finish.
This recipe serves one, I doubled the ingredients for Justin and myself.
1 1/2 Tablespoons icing sugar
50g Mascarpone (if desired)
Thick sliced bread (I used Brioche)
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Knob of butter
To prepare coulis, place the berries in a sauce pan over a medium heat and stir in a tablespoon of icing sugar until the berries start to break down, keeping them warm.
If using the mascarpone, mix with remaining 1/2 tablespoon of icing sugar until smooth. Slice a deep cut into the side of your bread and inset the mascarpone filling.
In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the cinnamon and dip the bread in on both sides, allowing the bread to soak up as much of the mixture as possible. Then heat a knob of butter in your frying pan over a high heat. Once melted, drop in the eggy bread and fry on both sides until crispy and golden (mmm).
Transfer to a plate and cut in half serving with the berry coulis and a sprinkle of icing sugar for decoration.
I often find myself on a Sunday sleeping in, scrolling through social media constantly or just being plain lazy. I don’t mean laying in bed watching Netflix lazy, I mean to the point where I am so lazy I literally do nothing and then complain when the weekend is over. It’s hard not to lay around when the weather gets cold, so i decided to do a little list of things you could do next time you can’t be bothered thinking of what to do. This little list is everything I have done on this odd wintery day (the weather really can’t make up its mind today)
1. Go Shopping for under $50.00
I woke up and decided i wanted to get out of the house, as we are saving for Europe and I’m going to Bali in June, I have being very frugal with my money. I went to Midland gate, bought a coffee and went and bought a few stationary items and a few bits and bobs to set myself up for the day. I find walking around a shopping centre and browsing very relaxing! I bought so much stuff for only $40.00, I was very impressed. I have expensive taste for certain things but others i absolutely love a bargain and can’t go past Kmart without having a looksy.
2. Bake Something
When outside is miserable, i love nothing more then to EAT! Instead of just eating though, maybe you could teach yourself something new, or stick with an old and trusty recipe. Today i decided to make some good old Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream icing. While i was in the shops i bought some cute patty cases for the cupcakes and a Mauve food colouring for the Icing. Baking is something I don’t do often as for myself i find it very time consuming but it is nice every one and a while, plus if your baking all the time it means you have to eat it and I don’t need anything else contributing to my already bad diet! I used my Thermomix for the cupcakes and just some electric beaters for the buttercream icing.
If you have never made buttercream icing i used the recipe Below:
*240g of softened butter
*400g icing sugar (sifted)
*2 tsp of Vanilla Essence
*4 Tbsp of Milk ( i actually forgot to add in the milk, still tasted great !)
Mix the Butter with your electric beaters for about 5 minutes until you get a smooth consistency, you will notice as you go that the butter will lighten in colour.
You then put roughly a 1/3 of the icing sugar and combine the ingredients and keep going until you have combined all of your icing sugar with the butter, then you can add your Vanilla essence and milk and cream until combined.Its then ready to pipe on to your COOLED cupcakes!
Cupcakes are always great to pack for a cheeky snack for your partner (or yourself) or to sit with a cup of tea as your relax throughout your Sunday afternoon.
Donut tea towels – Target $6.00
If your feeling creative and feeling that you want to add something extra to a room in your house you could make your own succulent pot. I went to target and came across this really cute ceramic pot for $3.50! Which gave me an idea of adding some plants around the house. So i made my way to Bunnings and picked myself up 2 succulents, a cacti, a small spade, gloves and some soil. Everything in total cost me $20.00! Its also a fun little idea you can do with your friends, family or partner just to do something different and see what little creations you can make. Next time I’ll be buying a Terrarium for something a bit more fancy looking. You don’t have to do this outside if you have somewhere that you can sit and vacuum the excess dirt after you have finished!
4. Cook A Roast
One of the best things about Winter is all of the hot meal you can cook! Especially a roast. I feel that a lot of people feel that roasts are time consuming but as long as you prep all of your food all you have to do is put your food in the oven at the specific time and you can sit back and relax while it cooks for you and the best part is it warms the house and creates a beautiful smell! The roast vegetables are my favourite and I usually have seasoned Potatoes, Carrots glazed in maple syrup, sweet potato with Ashy Bines’s special seasoning and peas and corn! I know for a lot of people this would not be something you would want to do on a Sunday but i know my family loved to have roasts on a Sunday, so it brings back warm, fuzzy feelings for me!
5. Bath and Movie Time
After a busy day of cooking and creating, there is nothing better then a warm bath with a lush bath bomb! Relax before a week back at work and unwind! After this put on your favourite movie or TV series and be drawn into the story! Try not to touch your phone, I find that these days I don’t enjoy movies or even my favourite tv shows as I am distracted by my phone. I love to sit and watch my favourite shows/movies with my candles lit and my favourite drink, which is usually english breakfast tea or a hot chocolate (not every night).
I know some of these sound slightly obvious but i have done the first 3 so far today and have noticed I have hardly touched my phone! I’ve taken a few pictures here and there but that is it and to be honest I’ve really enjoyed my own company. I feel that my day has been filled with more then just endless scrolling through Instagram and I’ve actually done something but still managed to relax.
I’m going to end this here as I now have to finish 4 and 5 of this list! I hope everyone has had a beautiful weekend.
P.S If you have not watched The Night Before, then do it! It’s a christmas movie and it’s so funny!