Saturday, February 03, 2024

Weekend Cooking: What I Baked (In My Kitchen) in January

The first Saturday of the month is when I share all the things that I baked in the previous month. After quite a lot of baking during December, it was the complete opposite this month, partly because we were busy, but also I had a couple of weeks of not feeling great! Hopefully I will get to bake more during February.






The one thing I did make was delicious though!! As I mentioned last month, I got some giant produce from my sister and I had to try and figure out what to make, so I decided I wanted to make something lemony. I also had some bundt tins that I got a few months ago and I wanted to at least try making some mini bundt cakes. A while ago I watched a Great British Bake Off recipe where one of the challenge recipes was a Lemon and Thyme Bundt Cake so I decided to give that a try in said mini bundt tins, and I'd say it was a success! I took some to work and got good reviews! The recipe also says you should make candied lemon peel and candied thyme but I didn't go quite that far.



I have been tasked with making a birthday cake for my sister at the last minute so that will be one thing that I will be making in February at least! I'm a bit anxious about it at the moment but I will make it tonight and it will be what it will be right?




I did get one new cookbook this month. I ordered it at the beginning of December from the UK but it took forever to get  here and then when I did receive it was damaged which was disappointing






One fun thing that we did this month was to go to Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition which was on at Melbourne Museum. A similar exhibition was here years ago but it was still fun to do again. When you enter the exhibtion you are given the name and some information about a passenger and at the end you can see if you survived or not, which I have both times now. 





You may wonder what that has to do with food! Well, this time we treated ourselves and had high tea, which was delicious. We love a good scone with jam and cream (always jam first then cream). I am trying to convince him to do more high teas this year. I'll keep you updated on how that progresses throughout the year.






We had a three day weekend last weekend for Australia Day, so on the Sunday we thought we would go for a drive to a small town called Woodend which is an hour and a bit away from us. There is a bakery there that does the best vanilla slice. This is something that we do on occasion but it has been a while. I have also now joined a Facebook group which is all about the best places to find vanilla slices so maybe we can find some good ones a bit closer!





What we didn't expect when we were there was to buy a painting but these things happen. We need we wanted an indigenous painting for our formal lounge room (affectionately known as the fireplace room) and as soon as we saw this we know the colours would match perfectly. The colours remind me of wildflowers.



I thought I would start recording the new recipes we try each month, if I can remember them. Here's what we tried in January



Vietnamese Baked Chicken (Dinner by Nagi Maehashi) - Delicious


Herbed Steak and Potato (5 Ingredients Meditteranean by Jamie Oliver) - would make again


Rioja Beef Ribs (5 Ingredients Meditteranean by Jamie Oliver) - yum


Spicy Sichuan Pork Noodles (Dinner by Nagi Maehashi) - Quick, easy and delicious


Creamy Mustard Pork (5 Ingredients Meditteranean by Jamie Oliver) - Also quick, easy and delicious


Giant Baked Beans (5 Ingredients Meditteranean by Jamie Oliver) - Underwhelming. 



I am sharing this post with In My Kitchen hosted at Sherry's Pickings



Weekly meals

Saturday -  Steak, baked potato and salad
Sunday -  Giant Baked Beans
Monday - Baked Fried Rice
Tuesday - Spicy Sichuan Pork Noodles
Wednesday - Creamy Pork
Thursday - Roast Chicken, potatoes and broccoli
Friday - Takeaway





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24 comments:

  1. I don't bake at all anymore . Everything looks delicious and the Titanic exhibit sounds interesting. Thanks for hosting and have a good week.

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    1. I enjoy baking, except when the pressure is on! Have a good week Judee!

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  2. I remember that Lemon/Thyme bundt cake from Great British--good for you for giving it a try. I love lemon anything! I'll have to look for the creamy mustard pork recipe--that sounds great. I have at least one of Jamie's cookbooks.

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  3. Lemon and thyme sounds delicious together. I hope to make that one day.

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  4. The cake looks lovely! Love the painting too. High Tea is on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    1. Thanks. I grade my own cakes harsher than other people do! lol

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  5. thanks for joining in this month Marg. Hope you are feeling better now. Yes a good vanilla slice is a marvellous thing - and rather rare :=) Have a good Feb.!

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    1. Vanilla slices are one of my favourite treats Sherry!

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  6. There is nothing better than a High Tea, a relaxing and delicious time spent out. Count me in on the painting, it is quite lovely, soothing in it's own way.

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  7. Hope you are feeling better, and I really need to buy myself some mini bundt tins :) Thanks for sharing your feelings on the new recipes you made.

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    1. Nearly better, but it has taken a while!!

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  8. Beautiful bundt cakes! I really should make one, they are so fun. My aunt gave me a bundt pan decades ago.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  9. They are definitely fun Mae!

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  10. I do like those mini Bundt pans!
    The art work does have lovely colors. I'm glad you found something to fit your need. I'm going to link up with my latest cooking post. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for joining in Weekend Cooking Martha! I hope you join in again!

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  11. Oh I love that vanilla slice! They remind me so much of Australia :) Beautiful bundt cakes too, I love the shape of those pans

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    1. I am looking forward to another excuse to use them!

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  12. I saw the Titanic exhibition when we were in Melbourne several years ago. It's chilling, especially since one of my distant relatives (a great aunt) died when it sank. The vanilla slice looks delicious, I don't think we see that particular dessert here in the US. Also a lovely idea to try new recipes and then critique them. I may borrow it.

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