Word on the street is that good things come in small packages, so recently I've been playing around with a recipe for mini donuts to brighten up the lunchboxes. A little bundle of sweet deliciousness topped with sprinkles that is the perfect size for the little compartments. Not surprisingly I've had very eager taste testers in the house, almost salivating at the thought of eating one a la Homer Simpson at times. It's great when the little ones want to be involved in the kitchen.
Sometimes when I least expect it, I'll glance over to the fruit bowl on the kitchen bench and notice some bananas a little beyond their prime. The matte gloss of the yellow peel has faded while the brown creeps in and they've softened to the touch. It's about that time that I do a little happy dance because it means I have an excuse to make banana bread.
The beginning of the year marked a new phase in my life - two at school, one at kinder and for the first time in seven years, time all by myself. Alone. After drop-off each Wednesday, my thoughts and I would get some quality time together, usually in a local cafe over a cup of coffee made by someone else while no one tugged at my sleeve. Or insisted on putting the sugar in my coffee for me, then watching it sink, then lifting the glass to see it at the bottom of my latte.
Good times. For a while, anyway. Then the bad habit would kick in...
I've mentioned before how much I adore baking and scones are one of those treats that take me back to my childhood. I'm sure my creations then weren't as good as the ones I make today - these are light, fluffy and oh so delicious warm with my favourite cherry jam and a dollop of cream - but the memories that are made over them are just as special.
In my childhood one thing that regularly appeared in my school lunchbox was a Vegemite sandwich. So much so that there were days when I tossed my lunch in the bin at school because I couldn't bear the thought of yet another one. I craved something different to the triangles of white bread laden with butter and Vegemite. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind a Vegemite sandwich but when it's in the lunchbox looking the same day after day (after day, after day) it gets a bit old.
This chocolate chip cookies recipe is one of the favourites of the tiny & little crew. They love both the baking and the eating. The cleaning up? Not so much, unless of course there's an overlooked chocolate chip in the mixing bowl...