Baking the Blues Away

Good evening dolls,

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying a lazy Sunday evening as am I. Unfortunately, my weekend hasn’t been the best focussing mainly on assignments and trying to, though unsuccessfully, avoid the dreaded procrastination monster. I was also struck down with a little bit of the Winter blues yesterday which included;

a) a lack of concentration

b) mood swings and

c) the disorganization of any plans

I was left exhausted and restless reminiscing about my childhood as I enjoyed the gentle comedy of The Princess Diaries with my princess of a puppy Ruby.

However, after a long and much needed sleep I woke this morning in a better place ready to channel my inner fifties housewife and bake my blues away. Being the health conscious person I am, with the self control I have, I wanted something a little bit sweet without the added guilt.

What better way to spend a cloudy, cold, winter’s day than indoors baking up a storm and shaking some action to Nova’s daytime tunes in some bangin’ leg warmers? 

I had the kitchen to myself and after finding a delectable recipe for zucchini bread on foodgawker, I was sold. Cakes, slices, muffins and breads that use vegetables are always the underdog; tasting far better than they sound or one expects. It’s also the loophole to getting a daily dose of veggies in. Win win.I’ve done banana bread before but this was a first meeting for zucchini and I in the baking sense but I like a challenge. Bring it on. 

Baking is one of the best ways to zone out and stress less, especially when there’s no deadline or expectations weighing down on the concoctions. Add some tea and tunes and I’m in heaven. The recipe came from the app ‘foodgawker’ on my iPhone which linked me to a food blog where someone else had already tried it out. It got me thinking about how social having a blog can be and how easy it is to stumble upon a common interest with the click of a button.

I know I’m only an amateur and I’m not planning on becoming anything more to be honest. But I think that’s the appeal. It’s what I like about other food blogs when I get my stalk on. They;

  • talk to me on my own level
  • include success and failures and
  • give simple steps

If you want to try out your own baking skills I recommend giving zucchini bread a go. Easy, tasty and healthy! 🙂

Here’s a link to the blog I stole it from but I just used normal salt, not kosher, on the ingredients list.

Better start cleaning up my mess. -.-

Have a good week kids!

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