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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

one cup tea loaf ~ no egg, sugar or butter

Hello friends,

Today I was searching out some wartime/ration recipes and stumbled across this recipe.  Except NOW for the life of me, I cant seem to find it.  So that means that I have to rely on my memory, hopefully it doesn't let me down...I love easy cheap recipes! 

The title of this post says no sugar because I didn't put any in although the recipe did say to add it. In my opinion the loaf tastes fine without it. If you like sweetness, by all means add sugar.

*If my memory serves me correct the recipe said you could add an egg and or milk if the mixture was too dry, but this wasn't a problem for me because I used a mug of tea rather than a standard cup. 

So here is the recipe;

One Cup Tea Loaf

1 cup of dried fruit (I used 1/4 cup each of out of date chopped apricots, chopped dates, currants, sultanas. I also added a bit of lemon rind)
1 cup of tea (I used a mug)
1 cup of sugar (I did not add sugar at all)
2 cups of SR Flour (I used 1/4 cup wholemeal and 1 3/4 cup white)
mixed spice

Soak dried fruit in the tea overnight. (I did this for a couple of hours).

Once the fruit has plumped up and the water cooled, add the flour (and sugar if you are using, I think it is not needed because of the sweetness of the fruit). Also add in a sprinkling of mixed spice.

Mix well and place in loaf tin.

Bake in 180C oven for 20-30 minutes or until ready when skewer comes out clean. 

Remove from oven and let sit in tin for ten minutes before turning out onto rack.

Serve sliced with butter...yummo!

Soaking dried fruit in tea.

 The finished loaf.

 Delicious with a spread of butter.



old post never published

Hello friends,

I was getting ready for a new post and while sorting through my posts list I discovered I hadn't published this one! I must have gotten so busy I forgot all about it. So I guess I will just post it even though it was back in October last year. There are a few things I want to remember on this one.

October 2018:

The reason for my absence may be because hubby is home on holidays and we have been getting much needed work done around here. We had planned to go away for five weeks but decided not to because the weather has been too hot and it is a bit much to ask people to look after things for that period of time in the heat. We did escape last week while the days were cooler with a trip to Port Lincoln. It was so nice to get away and catch up with friends we had not seen for a while.

There has been a lot of activity out back. I have a big post to share next time as we, with the help of a couple of friends, have been giving the veggie patch a complete new makeover.  I am well pleased with how it is looking, and cant wait to see how the veggies will grow in their new surroundings.  Time will tell whether we have the right grade of shade cloth or not.

So without further ado, here are some photos of October from here at Out Back.

Squeezing and freezing mandarin juice. I am still picking these for our morning juice, we have been blessed with such an abundance of fruit this year.

We have installed a new fan, this will be very much appreciated in the muggy weather we are having. Thank goodness our son is an electrician, he comes in handy, and saves us money ~smiles.

Out driving in the country.  While we are in drought other places nearby are looking really green.

And yellow.

Wind farms near Jamestown, South Australia.

We often tour around to different towns to see what's in the op shops.  Hubby is a collector of records, so this has become a frequent thing to do. This pretty display was in Burra, South Australia, but unfortunately we did not get to this Expo.  Sophie Thomson from Gardening Australia was there.  Hopefully next time we can make it.

 A trip to Arid Lands Botanic gardens here in Port Augusta with my daughter and her fella who came home from Sydney for a week. Now I remember why I missed October lol! I had visitors, first my daughter and then friends from Ceduna for another week. There went two weeks!

This is what the countryside looks like where we live, you can see it is pretty dry.



Pretty eremophila that I hope to get growing around home.

We do not want a nuclear dump in our area.  There are two towns earmarked for this and this sign says it all!

Yum, yum Quandong icecream!

 Trying to photograph a birds nest, I wasn't quite tall enough.

Interesting mix in there.

 One of our little wattle trees in bloom.

 This fella scared me when I was crawling around collecting quandongs. I thought he was a snake!

We were going through our old videos and found this one of my grandmother playing the mouth organ one Christmas day when the girls we younger. She always wore an apron and I miss her so very much. I shed a little tear when I saw her playing and talking, and am so glad to have this recorded.

Cactus bloom.

 The brood.

Quandong chutney.

There were bunches of quandongs on the trees this year, they looked like cherries.


I also dried a lot of the quandongs. They are now finished for another year...

 Sometimes mother nature teases us a little.

I am working on another project.  My mother in law started this knitted quilt but never finished it, so I have been knitting away trying to get it done. There are nearly one hundred squares in all different patterns so it is going to take a while.

Bringing the outside in.

The things you forget when you get busy, and how things change in just a few months.