I find myself playing catch up again. Not enough hours in the day? Not enough time in the kitchen? Not enough time for myself? Doesn’t really matter which question I answer, they all add up to a bit of neglect of the ol’ blog.
E and I were away in Ontario for a wedding at the end of September. Lovely 5 days with friends and family. Good weather, good food, bit of blog swapping. Well, that was the plan anyway. Mo and Matt have started a blog with a great idea behind it. Reel Recipes. They watch a movie from the top 100 movies of all time list, prepare and consume food with a thematic link to the film and then write about the experience. It was also Mo’s son’s birthday while we were there–with cupcakes on the menu. So we thought we could do a movie night, plus bake cupcakes and blog swap!
On movie night Matt made us an amazing white chili. Usually Mo does the cooking, but she’s been so busy training for her rad new job, she had no time to cook. Matt did her proud though, it was a stellar chilli. When he sends me the recipe I’ll post it here. We didn’t get to a movie and didn’t even care. That’s what happens when two lady bro’s haven’t seen each other in over a year. Serious conversation, story sharing and saying the same things at the same time-just like back in the day. And Matt didn’t miss a beat, in fact it was he and I mostly with the same things to say!
As for birthday cupcakes, L requested vanilla. Honestly, the 5 year old wanted vanilla cake. Mo and I had grand ideas of artistic decoration, making monsters and ghosts. We spent a good chunk of time in the craft store, planning and shopping. We then remembered that the labels for less store next door often has great decorating products for way cheaper–more for your money! We found this awesome skull/brain cupcake kit there! Perfect for vanilla cupcakes. Sold. They turned out delicious, and the kids loved them. Well most kids–E still wouldn’t eat one. He was stoked on helping with the paper liners and watching Mo ice them, that was as far as he wanted to go.
For E’s birthday we decided to keep the cake simple. He’s two, he won’t remember if it was a crazy robot cake. I used the Banana Cupcake recipe from Hello, Cupcake and a simple Vanilla Buttercream, some stripey paper liners and purple, black and white sprinkles.
E’s party was the first party we’ve had in our new place. Everyone seemed to have a good time. Snacks, drinks, friends and children playing well with each other–I’d say that is a good time! One guess who still wouldn’t eat a cupcake, didn’t want to ‘blow out the light’ either, no worries, his lady bro Nico took care of that for him.Banana Cupcakes 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3 medium ripe bananas (I used 2, and the result was plenty banana-y) 1/3 c butter milk ( I added a tsp of white vinegar to regular milk) 1/2 cup butter 1 1/4 c sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350. Line 18 muffin cups with paper, (I got 20 cupcakes). Whisk together flour, powder, soda and salt in a bowl. Mash Bananas and milk in a small bowl. ( I added vanilla to this) In another bowl with an electric mixer, medium speed, (I used the stand mixer), beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy-about 3 mins. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Reduce speed to low adding flour and banana mixtures alternately. Beginning and ending with flour. Fill liners 2/3 full and back 15-20 mins. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
E did manage to choke down a cupcake the day after his birthday. Once I scraped the icing off and called it a muffin…..
Nanna was here for a good long visit, so we were going on lots of outings too. Deer Lake Park, Harbour View Tower, Pumpkin Patch. Made some yummy brownies for her birthday–served with vanilla gelato and chocolate orange sauce. And of course, had some pie and custard, best custard ever. Not on the same night as the brownies……..
Now looking to the future. My kitchen bookshelf has had some recent upgrades! My Auntie and Uncle in Ireland sent us a diabetic coma inducing housewarming gift–Cakespy’s Sweet Treats for a Sugar Filled Life and Miette, from a San Francisco pastry shop. Also my mum brought the Bero book!!!!! Can’t find a date on this book, but it looks ’70’s. Along with the Bero book came ‘Favourite Teatime Recipes. Good thing its getting cold outside!!