Monday, 8 December 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
My classes are getting lots of attention too with the school holidays commencing soon so I might be too busy to post over the next few weeks... Vida x
Saturday, 14 June 2008
I hope your guys get a chance to see them there, my cupcakes are on trial to see how things go but I am hoping I will be supported and that they sell well enough to survive... Vida x
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
This is my "rose" pasta... I got this idea from a fellow blogger who sadly now has invited guest only to her blog... a loss for everyone...
I filled these with goats cheese, roasted pumpkin and amaretto biscuits...
There is no recipe as I just made the pasta and add the filling along the length of the pasta... with the rough edges coming together to look thinner and petal like when rolled around... I made these ages ago so my memory is quite vague but I think I used either water or egg wash to "glue" the ends together... I then popped them into the freezer whilst I got the water ready... Angelika was firm on this advice as they held together with the freezing and you could then cook them at your leisure or leave them in the freezer...
Alana plans to do them for a school project and I have suggested using beetroot to colour the pasta and laying them on a bed of leaves so they look a lot more like roses as such...
I will post those photos once she is ready...
Monday, 12 May 2008
I made these,
I had my spa treatment today and I feel radiant, silky smooth and I think I even dozed of at one stage but luckily my snoring woke me!!!
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Sorry for the lack of posts but my camera cord is broken and I really am unable to upload to the laptop (any suggestions please sing out!!!) and so it seems a bit funny to just write without photos...
Anyway tonight the girls went off to the footy with family and friends and I had the run of the house (must get used to saying apartment) and it was time for me to catch up on kitchen capers. The quince were really waiting for me to get into action so finally I did and in a big way... well three ways that is, first preserved in my trustee Fowlers Vacola preserving "thing", then I cut some up and made a paste and I dare not waste the skin, pips and bits because they all went into a pot with water and sugar to make jelly. I almost thought I could make a cordial too but exhaustion got the better of me and really I did not have THAT many quince.
So now I wait for everything to cool a little then I can store it all away. The quince paste will take a week or so to set and then I can wrap that up and label/tag it. I do have some lovely tags my dear friend gifted me last year and I might just use them and return the favour by giving her some paste.
I hope I can get some pictures tomorrow and somehow upload them to show you. I will miss the sweet perfume the quince have delighted me with these past few weeks sitting on my coffee table but I will enjoy eating them too... Perhaps a little bit of the jelly as my liquid for a few cupcakes or even in the icing perhaps... yum...
Pink and pretty is all I see in the jars in my kitchen, such glee!!! Ahhh a poet to boot!!
Perhaps the lovely Jackie would like some of my spoils for all her talents helping me photograph my cupcakes, in order to update my website... lookout Jackie, I am coming your way!!!
Saturday, 19 April 2008
My cupcakes (I Bake Babycakes t/a Class Cupcake) are now available at the award winning Red Rhumba Cafe Restaurant, 98 Waverley Road, Malvern East... Drop by, have a coffee, say hello to Kevin the owner and sample my very own cupcakes!! Vida x
Red Rhumba doesn't have a website but you can still look it up and here's a link to the cafe on Your Restaurants. (Thanks Thanh.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Oooops, I bragged about being on page 3 when in fact, on seeing the paper again, it's page 8, which really kinda looks like 3!!! Anyway I done good, just to get there at all!!!! This is the Ararat newspaper and lady furthest to my left (your right) is Jenny, a dear and wonderful friend who helped me and my family settle into a new neighbourhood more than a decade ago... she lost her father just three short months after I lost mine... the lady closest to myself is Judy (her mum) and the wife to Bill who lost his life to cancer. Judy wanted to raise $5,000 in Bill's honour and I am proud to have been asked to help and proud to say she more than achieved her goal!!!! Not bad considering how hard the country has been hit by draught etc.
The money will go to The Cancer Council for research/and or whatever their needs may be. A plaque will be put up in Bills memory... Both my parents suffered from cancer and I was also doing this very much for them both...
These cute "cupcakes" are made of soap and were gifted to me by Jenny in recognition of my support of this fundraiser... The quince is from Judy's tree, also gifted to me as well as eggs, chutney, chocolates and so much more...
I do so love fresh produce, free range eggs and lovely homemade goods... I really appreciated all my gifts... oh and did I mention I was taken to a lovely lunch in a sweet cafe in Ararat too!! I cannot tell you the number of people that thanked me for my cupcake efforts too, I felt very appreciated and cared for...
Judy held a fashion parade for over 100 people, a morning tea for more than 30 (I went up twice over the last month to help with the food for both), a relay and a garage sale... she worked so hard to show her love and respect of her husband of over 50 years... I met Bill on many occasions and he was a good, honest man... they both were very avid fundraisers in their community and again it was a pleasure to give back to them both...
Thank you to all of you who take the time to share my experiences...
My living room is perfumed with the sweet fragrance of quince... time for sweet dreams and rest... Vida x
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
On the other hand the catering aspect is going along in leaps and bounds... it started with an order for 2 dozen and then it became an order for 10 dozen and this week again an order for 10 dozen...
This picture shows the latest order for 10 dozen... they look like little soldiers... this one was never going to be too intricate as it was for a fundraiser and I was wearing all the cost (not the way to do good business) but they still look cute and hopefully I will get a student or two come my from it... wish me luck, I am travelling to Ararat with these babies in tow... Vida x
Friday, 4 April 2008
I will (as the website tells you) share all my knowledge about cupcakes... I have spent almost two years researching all I can and I will not be holding back any information... I will give you a goodie bag to take home which includes piping bags and nozzles, cupcake liners in assorted colours, also 4 food colourings to get started with, I will show you techniques, I will give you many recipes and it will all be done in under 3 hours and hopefully it will be comfortable and welcoming in my own home... I will provide cupcakes to decorate and take home... You only need to bring yourself and nothing else...
My website is http://www.classcupcake.com.au/
Let me know what you think... If you think I could add more to the experience please let me know!! Vida x
Friday, 14 March 2008
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
40g dutch cocoa
150ml sour cream
2 large eggs
For the icing
75g unsalted butter
125ml sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon golden syrup
300g golden icing sugar, sieved
1/2 teaspoon hot water
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a large bowl. Then using an electric mixer, add the butter. In another bowl whisk together the cocoa, sour cream, eggs and vanilla, then slowly add this cocoa mixture to the ingredients in the bowl, beating until thoroughly mixed.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
1 egg yolk
1 ts vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon
¼ ts salt
½ ts nutmeg
150g flour plain
150g hazelnut meal
¾ cup raspberry jam
Whisk butter, sugar, zest and vanilla – 3 mins
Add eggs and yolk.
Sift all dry ingredients and add ¾ in whilst mixing with mixer then add last ¼ to be mixed in with wooden spoon.
Cook at 160 for 35 mins.
Tip for professional and EASY way to get base into loose based tin…. Pipe the lot in starting with tiny circle in middle and just keep going all way to the end then add a little border up sides. Spread your jam into base then pipe lattice on top.
Friday, 7 March 2008
And I am on there in the Australian category of course! I could not believe it when I saw little old me there in the listing BUT what was more fabulous it seemed like I could look up blogs by geography and then I would assume culinary style... I mean if I feel like something Asian, I could search through Asia, something Latin, off I go to South America.... I think this is fabulous and I imagine there are a few of you bloggers out there that would have to agree!!
Actually I think this is just another way for me to be even more engrossed with the blogging network than ever, my family will hate that I found this site...
Check it out and please let me know what you think!!