Oh the fun of making stuff up

I'd like you to meet my new biscuit! We might call it, I don't know, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Biscuit?


Welcome to the world, dear sweet little thing! I'm so proud of you. I'll always be here for you. 


125g butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 dessertspoons peanut butter
2 cups self raising flour
1 tblsp custard powder
1 cup rolled oats


Melt butter. Stir in sugar. beat in egg then add peanut butter and stir unitl combined. Add flour, custard powder and oats. Form into small balls and cook on paper-lined cookie trays at about 180c for about 10 mins or until golden. Cool on trays. Makes about 24.


A note on the 20 NEW THINGS (you may have noticed, off to the left hand side of the screen.) 

My 20 year school reunion is actually the reunion of my year 10 class. Kiama High School for some reason doesn't celebrate finishing Year 12. Excellent. 

So while I actually turned into a fairly self confident person, I wasn't always one, and opening the Facebook link for this group sent me scurrying back to sixteen years old. Really excellent.

Everyone has a nemesis at High School, right? Someone that was always there to see you trip over, go out with the boy you adored, always had the self assurance that eluded you. And there she is. On the reunion page. Oh my god this is going to so really excellent. And all of a sudden I REALLY wish I'd invented post it notes. Or moved overseas. Or could at least wear high heels without looking like an idiot. 

So I've set myself some fun things to do to take my mind off it, and maybe you'd like to come along for the ride!

Dulce De Leche is what you get when you boil a can of condensed milk for hours. Incredible caramel. I've never been game to do it with the fear of exploding cans and shattered windows. 

Shall we start with it?

Also, if you have a Brownie recipe you love, please send it to me!! I'm determined to find the perfect Brownie.

See you tomorrow!


4 Comments on “Oh the fun of making stuff up

August 28, 2009 at 1:32 am

Oh PLEASE make the dulce de leche when I am there. Pretty please? Can’t believe they’ve given such a simple thing such a flash name. I was discussing your caramel with Mum when they were here. And now I’m thinking about it again my mouth is watering, again. I love the list, by the way. You will rock at the reunion, you gorgeous, cool-blogging, funky-mothering, well-travelled, fabulous-cooking, did I mention gorgeous? thing you. xo

Alex N
August 28, 2009 at 6:44 am

Dulce de leche is available in jars here (isn’t it with you?). AND, Bonne Maman (of gorgeous jam fame) do one too! Yum. I don’t feel the need to make or buy it to be honest as I can’t think of anything I’d want to do with it, other than eat it out of the jar – please send suggestions!

Nigella’s fab brownie recipe (adapted slightly)

180g unsalted butter
180g dark chocolate (I get 80% c.s)
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g caster sugar
110g plain flour
0.5tsp salt

Line brownie tin. Heat oven to Gas 4/180 deg C

Melt butter and choc in pan. In jug beat eggs, sugar & vanilla. Flour and salt in different bowl.

Add sugar and eggs mix to choc mix, stir then add flour mix. Beat well to make smooth.

Bake for approx 35 mins, but check after 25. I like mine SLIGHTLY more done than Nigella suggests as otherwise it is far too gooey to cut.

Top Tip: when it has cooled, freeze for about 1 hour and cut from slightly frozen. makes it a lot easier and less messy. Also can get smaller bits – BAD for Mummies, GOOD for children.

I don’t add the nuts (not for any particular reason, bbut for the fact that I like my brownies unadulterated – JUST choc, no nuts). If you want nuts, add 150g to the flour mix before adding to other mix. Coating nuts in flour stops them from sinking to the bottom. Works for raisins too, in her DELICIOUS banana bread – can post that too…!

Looking forward to trialing other recipes myself!

Alex N
August 28, 2009 at 6:50 am

PS. Fi, Yorkshire puddings:

4 desert spoons plain flour
2 eggs
milk (enough to turn into a pourable consistency)
1 tsp baking powder

Add to VERY hot fat in the oven for about 20-25 mins in a hot oven. The batter needs to sizzle as it goes in – if it doesn’t, it will be too doughy and not risen enough.

I favour individual ones, but mother does a big one (except for when Rick asks specifically for individual ones!)


Melissa Linardon
August 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I know how you feel about the reunion thing Fi. But my list has more than one person who i would not be to excited to see. But the positive thing is that the list of people I can’t wait to catch up with is full of the most important people and you are on that list. Mel xx


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