Friday, February 24, 2017

Recipe: Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookies (Refined Sugar Free)

Peanut butter and chocolate - they're a match made in heaven aren't they? This recipe has been languishing in the family recipe book for years and years and I thought it was high time I shared it here. Well, it hasn't exactly been languishing - I've been using it, I just haven't gotten around to sharing it!

These cookies are quick to whip up, evilly more-ish to eat and are excellent for packed lunches, picnics or to dunk in your afternoon cup of tea. Just make sure you dunk them quickly, or you might end up with chocolate flavoured tea. They also happen to freeze wonderfully.

The cookies in the photo are made on spelt, but you can use whole wheat or even unbleached white wheat flour if you prefer. The choice is yours with the peanut butter too - crunchy is my personal favourite.

Happy baking!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Knitting For A Baby Boy

Baby knits would have to be one of my favourite things to make. Making such tiny things is delightful, and thinking of the baby who will be wearing them is just such lovely part of the process.
Recently I had the pleasure of knitting up a few gifts for a friend who's first baby boy will be arriving in Autumn. They live in a much cooler part of Australia than we do, so I knitted up some snuggly woolly things for when he first arrives.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Subtleties of the Seasons

The first changes in season are very subtle, probably more so in this sub-tropical climate. I was out walking the dogs last week, looking at the paddocks and it suddenly struck me that summer is beginning to wane. It's not that the temperature has particularly changed or anything, in fact nothing really has, but somehow there has been a subtle shift that seems to say that summer is on the way out.
In this climate the first month of Autumn really isn't that cold. But the biting heat does tend to leave, while in a good year the rain will still continue (fingers crossed for that this season!).
So, truthfully, I'm not sure exactly what made me think that summer is coming to it's end. Perhaps it is the long, long grass starting to go to seed. Perhaps it is the chickens growing beautiful new feathers and crests (which they'll most likely lose during Autumn). Perhaps it is the breeze that doesn't feel so summery, or the fact that the cicadas aren't singing as loudly as they were a month ago.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Recipe: Date & Ginger Slice

Ginger would have to be one of my favourite flavourings. It's divine in both sweet and savoury. This slice is very quick to mix together, perfect for last minute baking when you have guests on their way over. Feel free to add more ginger if you like it spicey!

Recipe notes:
The slice pictured has been baked using purple wheat, but I usually make it with spelt. It also works well on regular unbleached white flour, just decrease the flour to 1 3/4 cups instead. You can also substitute with your preferred sweetener

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Craft as Therapy

I don't know what I'd do without my knitting some days. When things are topsy-turvy and stressful, I love being able to simply pick up my needles and work a few stitches or rows. It keeps me grounded, sane and gives me something to focus on.
And I've heard so many other crafters say the same thing. Some people even take up crafting on purpose in a particularly stressful period of their life. It becomes their escape, and their coping mechanism.
Crafting and creating brings so much to our lives - there's the act of actually making something, and then the joy in either using, or gifting it to someone else. Having handmade something yourself is a wonderful conversation starter, and if you knit or crochet when you're out and about you'll find people will stop and talk to you about it. It's much the same if you share your crafting online.

© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall