National Dishes

Hey Dolls,

I recently took a 10 day trip with my brother’s girlfriend, Jessie, to a place so close they joke about its short distance, the beautiful New Zealand. This was my first overseas trip without my parents and it can definitely be listed as a success! New Zealand had never been high on my priorities list of travel destinations but after going I realised it should have been. For somewhere so close it is worth seeing. The scenery is breath taking and the people are so down to earth you feel instantly at home.

The tour we took travelled from the top of the North Island down to the bottom of the South Island, but Jessie and I had limited time and had to finish in Nelson the first town in the South Island. As we travelled we came across many souvenir shops and as we perused the many items we could bring home I kept seeing the same thing. A 50s style tea towel in red, white and yellow, the colours of my kitchen at home, with the picture of a housewife and the recipe of New Zealand’s national dessert. This was the ideal gift for my mum but I needed to clarify one thing with my tour guide. After questioning her about the tea towel I was shocked to know the truth.

New Zealand’s national dessert is PAVLOVA! 

We Australian’s have been living a lie!

(Which also begs the question, what actually is our national dessert? But that can wait for another time.)

Apparently, the Pavlova, although advertised as the Australian national dessert, derived from New Zealand and we are just claiming it as our own. Scandal.

I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of the Pavlova, however I feel much better saying that now that I know it is not originally our national dessert, but I decided I’d try this tea towel recipe I found in light of my recent trip. I made friends, memories and had experiences I’ll never forget and this Pavlova just represents a small part of that and it looks pretty damn good if I do say so myself.

Taking this trip and trying out something new, like my cooking, can seem quite scary but going out of one’s comfort zone and taking risks is what life’s all about. I encourage you all to do something daring this week, even if it’s just trying a food you’ve never tasted or saying hi to a stranger. Enjoy!

Lady Jayy. xo

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Happy Birthday Mum!

Hey dolls!

I must sincerely apologise for my recent absence, I had a family commitment that caused my lack of contact. But I’m back with a few recipe posts up my sleeve including this extra special one that goes out to my beautiful mum. It was her birthday on Monday so I decided to use it as an excuse to invade the kitchen and whip her up something special.

There’s 2 things I love most about cooking;

1.  Trying new things
and
2. Cooking for someone else

There is just something so rewarding about making food for someone and seeing them enjoy what you’ve made especially for them. My mum’s birthday was the perfect opportunity to combine both of my favourite things in the kitchen.

As a family we had already gone out for dinner the night before for mum but because of the Brownlow we were housebound on Monday night. There was no way mum was going to be forced to cook on her birthday and I was already planning to make dessert so I thought I might as well throw in dinner as well.

Cheesecake had already been allocated for dessert in my mind, it was just a matter of working out what kind. After perusing A LOT of different kinds and realising how much fridge time can be needed I settled on Mini Oreo Cheesecakes. They were the perfect size and although I’ve only recently acquired the taste for cheesecake I had to admit they looked delicious! The recipe I found made 3 dozen which I didn’t realise until after buying all the ingredients so I halved it and only made 12. 36 mini cheesecakes just seemed crazy for a family of 4. But…..

I have a confession.

In the process of making the cheesecakes, an entirely new endeavour, I may have had a small cooking meltdown. We are currently in between proper electric mixers at my house. The ones we have can’t handle anything too thick or they stop and the temporary one mum bought is more of a whisk. Therefore, when the recipe asked for me to mix the cream cheese until smooth I had a little trouble. Being a perfectionist I couldn’t handle it not working especially because I was trying to do this for my very deserving mum. Let’s just say the first try ended up in the sink after a slight tantrum. What can I say? It happens to the best of us.

Lucky I bought twice the amount of ingredients.

Turned out I didn’t even need the electric beaters (keep that in mind if you’re gonna try it yourself) because a plastic spoon smoothed the cream cheese with the other ingredients perfectly!

Menu

Dinner

Lamb Cutlets with Mashed Potatoes and Roast Tomatoes on the vine drizzled with olive oil and cracked pepper

Dessert

Mini Individual Oreo Cheesecakes

Even though dinner was served in front of the Brownlow Medal presentation I still felt like I had made mum feel special on her birthday and that’s all that mattered. Kitchen tantrums and all. And the fact that the cheesecakes allowed me to used my piping bag for the whipped cream. 😉

Everyone gets stressed but keep persevering in your own kitchens kids and in everything else you love.

Try it yourself at http://sprinklecharms.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/mini-oreo-cheescakes.html

Lady Jayy
xo

Hello and Welcome!

Hey hey dolls!

I issue a warm welcome to you who has ventured the limits of the Internet to explore my little blog.

I have to admit I am a blogging virgin, in terms of writing about something I enjoy and aside from the short “blog” responses that we are required to do for uni in relation to subject content. This can be considered the official loss of my “B Plates,” if you will and I appreciate your presence in this matter.

Over the coming weeks I will be utilising this space as an exploration of my own into the magnificent world of cooking, baking and food in general. Over the significant 7 week holiday break I have just encountered between semesters (yes, I am an arts student who is lucky enough not to have any exams) I found myself with a little bit of spare time here and there as a recent life change seemingly opened my calendar right up.

I think my obsession officially started when I decided to make cupcakes for an upcoming friends birthday. Personally, I’m not the biggest sweet tooth and can often be described as a bit of a health freak when it comes to food, however I love it in every form. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. I revel in the ability to create something delicious from just a few ingredients. I can’t help enjoying the happiness that comes from a gesture such as making cupcakes for a friend or letting mum take the night off from being head chef.

Now my mum is no masterchef but she always amazes me with her ability to make a meal with no recipe and no measurements. I don’t know if it’s my personality or my fear of making a mistake but when I cook, I follow the recipe to the T!

This blog is ultimately my desire to learn how to cook more than just cupcakes. I want to try to recreate recipes for every meal of the day, even the sneaky treats, with the help of my iPhone app, ‘FoodGawker.’ I’m not looking to be the next chef anywhere, I just want to try something new and if it tastes good in the process that’s just an added bonus.

I hope when you read my blog you can try to understand some of the fun and enjoyment I’ve had and who knows, it might give you the motivation to try it yourself. 🙂

Lady Jayy. xo