Going back to basics this week has been fun.
I’ve learnt how to bake a good biscuit and my spag-bol tasted mighty fine. Modest aren’t I?
The menu-plan, this week, was a little meat-heavy as we were invited to a friend’s house for a BBQ. I took some food along. That had an impact on the spend at the farm-shop last Friday. I’m hoping that this Friday I’ll spend less as the meat products reduce.
Breakfasts, so far, have been cereal, toast and pancakes.
Lunches have been sandwiches, soup and leftover spag-bol.
I’ve been busy baking cakes and biscuits. In fact we’ve freshly baked strawberry muffins for after dinner tonight. Naked ones
The strawberries baking away, inside the muffins, made the kitchen smell delicious. That’s one thing I’ve noticed about the produce I purchased from the farm. The smell when I got home, and unpacked the groceries, was divine. The tomatoes and the strawberries smelt heavenly. Truly scrumptious.
There’s more baking planned this week. I’ve fresh rough-puff-pastry planned for my chicken pasties tomorrow thank’s to a heads up from the lovely Lauren who linked a Gordon Ramsey recipe a couple of posts ago.
Talking of Lauren, this leads me onto today’s giveaway. Which is open to all readers (including international).
Lauren has kindly donated some yeast for this giveaway. I have 12 boxes (which contain 6 packets each). The first 12 readers to comment on this post will receive a box. If you comment but don’t wish to receive the yeast – just let me know at the end of the comment. I most certainly don’t want to clutter anyone up!
The giveaway is open-ended, until all 12 boxes have gone. Only one box per commenter will be sent out, but you can comment as many times as you like. I love to hear what you have to say. They have a ‘best before’ date of Sept 2013, so I’m presuming they’ll all be given away.
Even if you’ve never baked bread before, why not give it a try? You know, I said I’d be skipping home-made pasta…well…I realised how defeatist that sounded. Guess what I’m going to be attempting soon? And hand-rolling it! Boy, am I a glutton for punishment.
If you’d like to try Naked Strawberry Muffins for yourself, you can. The repressed baker in me is indulging my baking obsession over at Jo-Jo Bakes. The blog’s a little rough and ready at the moment. It’s likely I’ll change the theme and look. But I believe perfect is the enemy of done (or to quote Voltaire exactly ”Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”). I wanted to get something up and running today.