I both love and hate Sundays all at once.

I love them because it’s grocery shopping day- and I really enjoy grocery shopping. I love them because it’s food prep day. I love them because I generally slouch around and don’t really leave the house aside from aforementioned grocery shopping.

I hate them because they are the last day between me and Monday. I really need to start embracing Mondays.

This Sunday just gone wasn’t much different although it did end with Father’s Day dinner for my wonderful dad.

Here’s how the rest of it looked… IMG_4901After looking at them every week I bought a coconut. Fearing for my hands the BF hacked into it for me. I decided we need a cleaver for future coconut hacking. It was amazing. I don’t know what all those coconut water brands do to it when they package it, but honestly, when compared to the real thing, they all kinda suck.IMG_4902Another Sunday treat. For the most part I am a bit of a Pana Chocolate faithful. However I couldn’t resist this little Loving Earth number at the counter of my newly discovered organic-wholefoods market (within walking distance from my house!) It’s coconut mylk and boy oh boy was it good! IMG_4904This was my outrageously large lunch. I did not finish it all. IMG_4903Post lunch it was time to bake. I attempted a Blueberry Buckle upon request from the BF but gave it a clean/paleo twist- almond meal and coconut flour, honey, almond milk, that kind of thing. It wasn’t a complete failure- the coconut sugar crumbly topping was particularly good- but there are definitely some improvements to be made. IMG_4905I think I love Kombucha. This ginger one is my favourite, so zingy and fresh! Continuing to buy might break the bank though so I am going to attempt to brew some at home. I’ll be honest, the result could go either way. I did manage to kill a sour dough starter once…

And then it was off to the parents place for dinner. So long weekend!

My (long) weekend in photos

IMG_1986Protein pancake and apple breakfast. IMG_1992 IMG_2039Friday kitchen experiments. Nest cookies and cashew raspberry fudge. IMG_2040After which I found an impressive while hair! Not quite 31 and already on my way to salt and pepper. IMG_2005Saturday morning. IMG_2022 IMG_2028Lunch and more baking. IMG_2042 IMG_2043On Sunday we went farm visiting. Of the four dogs we met Lilly the three legged bitza was by far the coolest. Then there was Willy the 55 year old (!) cockie. IMG_2036And my personal favourite, Barney the goat. IMG_2037 IMG_2044Monday breakfast. AH-MAY-ZING. Poached eggs on sourdough with baba-ganoush, and tomato, avocado and spring onion salsa. Good lord. I only wish I could have eaten all of it. I’ll put it out there, this may be my new favourite breakfast…

And now, though I should be doing homework, I am snuggled on the couch re-watching season 2 of Game of Thrones in preparation for the new season tonight.

Lamingtons (for my love)

Valentine’s Day isn’t really celebrated in our house. Having said that I cannot help but do something, even if it’s just little, and possibly an excuse to bake.

The BF is a huge lamington fan. For those of you not familiar with this classically Australian treat it’s basically 2 layers of sponge cake with jam between them and then covered entirely in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut. If you’ve not had one, I suggest you hunt one down, or as I did, make your own.

Rather than transcribe the recipes I used you can just head on over to Donna Hay… I started with the basic sponge and then referred to the lamingtons.

So we start with an eggy sponge. 
IMG_1639While that’s baking you can prepare your coconut and chocolate sauce, if it goes a little hard (like mine did) add some extra hot water to loosen it back up.
IMG_1642All of the elements…
IMG_1644But before they all go together you need to cut your sponge in half horizontally (like a big sandwich) and cover one side with jam, the pop the top back on. Now it’s time to cut it into chunks, however large you please.
IMG_1643Get your production line ready. When dipping your spongey squares it’s easiest to use two forks, let the chocolate drain off before it goes into the coconut.

It’s messy work, coconut will go pretty much everywhere.
IMG_1646But it’s worth it in the end… And I was told they were delicious!