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Monday, May 21, 2012

Recipe - Toffee and Banana Self Saucing pudding



1 1/4 Cup of Self Raising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 lightly beaten egg
1/2 cup milk

Mix all these ingredients together and spread batter out in a pie dish.

Arrange 2 sliced banana over the top of batter.


100gms butter melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups boiling water

Stir together and pour on top of pudding using an upturned spoon to run mixture over to prevent damage to the batter.

Place in moderate oven and bake until done or golden brown on top.


For visual instructions for this recipe go here

It is so simple :)

And oh and so yummy!!

Be warned though, it is high in calories. 

 Lots of other yummy recipes can be found by the onepotchef, take a look!

And finally I had a special request for the damper recipe in my last post so here it is:

Especially for you Noelle


3 cups of SR Flour
90gms butter 
1 tspn salt 
1 cup either beer/lemonade/milk
1 tspn baking powder
extra flour

Sift flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and rub in butter.  Add liquid and mix lightly with a knife.  Turn onto floured board and knead until smooth and the shape round. Cut two slits across top in the shape of a cross.  Brush top with milk.  Before placing in camp oven, sprinkle a little flour over the bottom of oven.  Place oven on top of a shovelful of coals and put 1/4 shovelful on the lid.  Cook for approx 15 -20 minutes or until golden brown.

Wishing you all a wonderful week :)


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Clean up

Thank you to all who have commented on the last few posts and welcome aboard to any new followers. 

 I am still having trouble commenting on some blogs.  I think I have worked out that it is the blogs that have the reply set up that is not letting me post a comment for some reason, so if this is you I sincerely apologise.  I believe others have been having the same trouble so hopefully blogger fixes the problem soon.


Hubby finally got to light his bonfire...

He looks forward to this every year :)

 Boy does this throw off some heat...I could feel it as soon as I left the house to take some photos...

Hubby lights it and then gets the hose ready as the bushland around here hasn't seen a lot of rain lately so things are still very dry...

 He puts a sign up in our driveway to tell passing drivers that it is a controlled burn and that the CFS know about it...

After the coals had died down,

we took the opportunity to make some damper in the camp oven...

So out with the pot,

Make some dough,

 Sit camp oven on some hot coals and add a few on top,

Soon it is done...

Eat and enjoy!

Hubby had his with butter, mine with honey,
It was really nice :)

The damper recipe came from my mum,
hopefully you can read it, if not I will post the recipe if anyone wants it.

 The outside area around the fruit trees is looking a lot tidier now.  Hubby has been busy pulling out saltbush that had become overgrown and taking moisture from the fruit trees.

It is nice to be able to walk around the trees without clambering over bushes and getting scratched to bits in the process.

We now have enough room to plant out some more fruit trees.  We have three guava, an icecream tree (like a mango) and a loquat to go in the ground...

Our trees grow on a french drain set up, so they do really well growing in this area on our block.  The mulberry tree has not done so well, that has struggled from the day we planted it.  I think the surrounding bushes may have starved it of water, hopefully now it will get going and provide us with lots of mulberries for jam :)

And finally it is cold enough here to light the log fire, it was so nice and toasty in here last night, and this morning the house was still warm.  Love our combustion heater, it heats the whole house comfortably...

Looks like today is going to be a lovely sunshiny  day even though the wind is a bit chilly.


I wonder what is keeping you busy? Do share as I love to hear what others are up to :)

Wishing you all a happy, fun filled day!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stump Splitting Day

We spent a great part of yesterday splitting our pile of logs... 

 The corner is now vacant...

The stump splitter saves a lot of hard work...

 Even I can use it...

I do the easy bit :)

 Hubby the hard :)

Oops, time for a pose...

We purchased the stump splitter 3 years ago after hubby had a double hernia operation. 

Makes easy work of a large stump...

 From the small...

                          To the quite large...

And this is the big pile we ended up with...

 this should last us two years...

Hubby collects the wood throughout the year.  If he sees a tree getting chopped down around town, he usually rushes home to grab his chainsaw and off he goes...we probably would not use the combustion fire if we had to buy wood as it is soooo expensive!

We haven't had to use the fire yet even though we have had a couple of coolish nights with the temperature dropping to 7C (44.6F) but we just made do with a bit of extra clothing and blankets.  Now the wood is done we can be a lot warmer :)

How do you keep warm through winter?