Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday- Still life's


This is the still life's Miss Three took.  I think she's incredible, passionate, feisty, opinionated, free-spirited and intensely creative. I think she's got a great eye for the everyday and home life. 

Joining thelittledrummerboys for Wordless Wednesday.

How about becoming a member of the blog just head on over to the right sidebar of this blog post and click join go on I know you want to and over on Instagram @thepoppyfox. If you are interested we are running a recipe/cooking link up each Tuesday -in the kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} for those that want to participate. All you have to do is link up on my blog post your favourite recipe blogposts and we will be on our way.

Have a great week all. 
X Mummafox

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Kitchen Series- Lemon madeira cake

Today is another recipe and a link up for The Kitchen series. Just link up below and share a recipe blog post, it's that simple. We had seven link up last week and I'm doing the happy dance. {I'll visit, we all think you're brilliant, and we'll learn some great recipes}.
Our colds are still lingering so there has been a lot of time at home, it's too cold to be outside for long periods. It's a week till Spring so fingers crossed the warmth will come with it. So what to do with a toddler when it's to cold for being outdoors? Bake! 
I'm also a real believer in growing and using seasonal produce. Our lemon tree has grown big, juicy lemons this winter {hallelujah} so we picked a bunch. We made a lemon Madeira cake with citrus frosting for our Montessori lesson. The recipe is from Wild Sugar desserts by Skye Craig and Lyndel Miller it's such a beautiful recipe book for those that love to bake.  Miss Three read the ingredients along with me, weighing ingredients, cracking eggs and mixing the batter. Icing the cake and then licking the spoon at the end was probably her best bit. 
Here's how you do it.



ingredients
250g butter, softened
200g caster {superfine sugar}
2 lemons, zested and juiced
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
5 eggs, lightly beaten {this makes a dense cake for a lighter version use 3 eggs}


how to make
Preheat oven 170 degrees. Prepare two 20 cms round 8 inch cake tins by greasing with butter on base and sides or one really big cake tin.
In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar, mix until light and fluffy, then add lemon zest. Set aside. In another bowl, add flour and baking powder using a whisk to combine.
To the butter mixture, add eggs gradually and add about 1 tblsp of flour after each egg. this should prevent curdling. Beat well, after each egg. Gently fold in the flour mixture into the two pans evenly, smooth over the top gently. This recipe is worth care.
Bake for 25 minutes in the centre of the oven. Set your timer. Check with skewer. When cooked, remove from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes, and then remove carefully onto a wire cake rack to cool.
Dress your cake as desired we went for a citrus icing as we had cream cheese and lemons already.
Serves 10-12 people.

how to make in the thermomix
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. grease and/or line a 20 cm cake pan and set aside.
Place 300g of raw sugar into the TM mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9.
Shake Tm bowl and place sugar in a bowl then reset the weigh button on the thermomix and measure 200g of sugar into the mixing bowl. Add all other remaining ingredients and mix 5 sec/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix for a further 10 sec/speed 4. 
Pour cake mixture into a prepared cake pan and bake 45-55 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Variations to cake
lemon or orange poppy seed cake: add 2 tbsp of poppy seeds when adding all ingredients and proceed with recipe.

Frosting {bling for your cake}

Chantilly Cream
1 cup of pouring cream
2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
1 vanilla bean {cut down the centre and scraped inside} or 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Whip all ingredients together until soft peaks form

Cream Cheese frosting
250g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese
200g of icing sugar or add the leftover sugar you blitzed into the TM bowl 
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Lemon cream cheese frosting
250g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese
zest of one lemon
200g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract {optional}
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.

Black Cherry and Vanilla Frosting
100g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese
300g icing sugar
50 g black cherries {about 8 cherries}
100g sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla paste/extract
Combine all ingredients in a bow and mix until smooth and creamy
I usually do this in the TM thermie bowl for 10 sec/speed 6.



Now for the Kitchen Series Link Up:

All you need to do is link up your blogpost and share your recipes and we will be on our way. For those that tried to link in last week I have downloaded the link up again so go back {here to In the Kitchen Series #1 and try to link up again.}
Have a great week everyone.














Sunday, August 25, 2013

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection


This week-
The rain has been heavy, with high winds, creaking stairs, visiting cockatoos out our front window for entertainment, and the fire on as we have bunkered down on the couch. Our little tribe are truly over being sick, I came down with what is best described as the flu Friday night. High fevers, shivering and a voice like a lounge singer without the stage, dim lights and booze. Winter has not been our friend and we have all been sick this week. After seven weeks of one or more of our family being sick I feel like there is a neon sign over our front door yelling "HELP". I've been holding my youngest for a week and a half day and night as he struggles with congestion, poor feeding and exhaustion. Both my little ones want their parents to hold them it's probably the reason we now are fighting colds. I'm grateful that I'm able to be there for them, but it also takes it's toll. I feel like I've got nothing left and I'm praying God gives us a better week and a return to good health. Please Jesus I need a miracle!!!! 

1. Resting on the couch watching old Disney classics and Peppa pig reruns.
2. Playing picnics, a big part of our days.
3. Honestly I gave up climbing the stairs to put him to bed, for him to wake up moments later coughing, so the couch nestled with cushions was the next best thing. 
4. The chaos of floor play. Miss Three's shells and ribbons & Little Fox's baby things. 
5. First foods, the carrots and brussel sprouts are my kids favourites. It must be our Polish roots.
6. Our Montessori lessons this week have focused on homelife- making beds, washing dishes, doing the washing and hanging it out and practising cleaning things up. Miss Three did a great job.
7. There's been lots of reading, thank you God for libraries. 
8. Pj days have become the norm this week and building huge structures. This one was a zoo castle.
9. Miss Three taking photos of home life and her brother.

What did you get up to this past week?
Joining the Beetleshack in Stills: a weekly collection

How about becoming a member of the blog just head on over to the right sidebar of this blog post and click join go on I know you want to and over on Instagram @thepoppyfox. If you are interested in recipes + cooking we will be starting a link up this week on Tuesday's in the kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} on this blog for those that want to participate. All you have to do is link up on my blog post your favourite recipe blogposts and we will be on our way. I'll have a link button to download, we will visit each blog during the week and there is an invitation for other bloggers to join us. 
Thank you to everyone that has left comments recently you really lifted my spirits while I've been stuck with a family of sick ones. 
x Mummafox

34/52: a portrait project

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."



Poppy: you keep me on my toes, such spirit and wonder, always creating & being the storyteller. You are smart, beautiful, passionate and fiercely independent. Such an immensely creative and fun loving little girl.
Tully: rolling everywhere, into everything. Your smiles melt my heart and make my soul sing. Poppy adores you and watching you discover the world and learn to play is filled with such wonder. You're nearly ready to crawl and turning 8 months old this week, how time has flown on by. 

~ Joining Jodi over at Che and Fidel for the 52/2013 project ~

How about becoming a member of the blog or over on Instagram @thepoppyfox. If you are interested in recipes + cooking we will linking up this week on Tuesday's in the kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} on this blog for those that want to participate. I want to build community and get a link up community happening. All you have to do is link up on my blog post your favourite recipe blogposts and we will be on our way. I'll have a link button to download, we will visit each blog during the week and there is an invitation for other bloggers to join us. Please share the love! Thank you to everyone that has left comments you really made my week!
x Mummafox

Friday, August 23, 2013

Taking Stock {the story of our week}


Something I found on Pip's blog. Something I feel might help me take stock and ease my way back in after a few days of baby holding, feeling sick and not much else. 

:: So here goes ::

Making : time for myself and Ads it's much needed. 
Cooking : Wintery loaves of sourdough and chia seed bread, soups, tagines and bakes.
Drinking : a pot of milky Melbourne breakfast & honey. {Throats killing me}
Reading: Frankie
Wanting: Warmth and sunshine
Looking: forward to a sunny day to venture outside. 
Playing: picnics with Miss Three, comforter to little fox and all round mum.
Wasting: time worrying about the long list of things for tomorrow's baby market stall. {I have to be up at six OMG}
Sewing: nothing we've been to sick to head out to Nana's. My sewing machine sits on her table alone and quiet {and that's fine as I can't get off the couch at the moment}.
Wishing: I had more time to create. Rest/sleep. And cook. And garden. And play.
Enjoying: reading blogs while I hold Tully over the course of the day and night. Yep that's how we roll. 
Waiting: for Ads to come home from work. {yep pathetic but there you have it}.
Liking: it's nearly the weekend and we get to spend time as a family. 
Wondering: when Little fox will figure out how to sleep in his cot, be unswaddled and sleep through. My bed is not where you should be. {I'm serious, dead arm is not fun and I'm bent like a question mark}
Loving: my tribe, I'm so lucky and they are so incredible. 
Hoping: Little fox feels better soon. Hate him being sick and struggling to feed. Ultrasound went well and I'm hoping the medication starts to work.
Marvelling: at how incredible spontaneous declarations of love and hugs from Miss Three just help me get through the days. 
Needing: some 'me' time. {of course it's been so long I would'nt know what to do}.
Smelling: my new Jacqueline Evans beauty products to renew this tired face. 
Wearing: my old faithful lululemon trackies, singlet and my favourite shawl.
Noticing: the sunflowers ripening ready to flower. Incredibly strange to have winter veg growing and sunflowers self sown standing tall. 
Knowing: God is with me, He is my strength and it'll all be ok. 
Thinking: do I have to?
Feeling: immensely blessed to be married to Ads, his unconditional love is such a gift. The cup of tea he makes me as I hold Little fox and another, and another is also fantastic. 
Opening: new library books and reading to Miss Three it's great to share my love of books with her. 
Feeling: Like I could sleep forever if I had the chance and someone could look after the kids. 

So how about you? 
What's going on in your life?
Do you want to play Pip's game too? Copy and paste the blank list from her blog. Here's the link http://meetmeatmikes.com/2013/08/taking-stock/ 
And let me know so I can come take a sneaky peak and see what you're up to.
Have a great weekend everybody.

X Mummafox

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wordless Wednesday- home life


My little fox is sick. He's going in for tests and an ultrasound tomorrow and he is miserable. I can't blame Him. Lots of holding and cuddles as he tries to breathe and feed with his head full of congestion. I hate Winter it's official. 
But I count my blessings for these two little treasures they are worth it all. All the sleepless nights, the lethargy, the tears {mine this time round} and mess. I'm honoured to be their mum they make me a better person each and every day {even when I use my grumpy voice}.



Joining thelittledrummerboys for Wordless Wednesday.

How about becoming a member of the blog just head on over to the right sidebar of this blog post and click join go on I know you want to and over on Instagram @thepoppyfox. If you are interested we are running a recipe/cooking link up each Tuesday -in the kitchen for {The Kitchen Series} for those that want to participate. All you have to do is link up on my blog post your favourite recipe blogposts and we will be on our way. I have a link button to download and would love other bloggers to join us. Share the love! 



Thank you to everyone that has left comments recently, many thanks. I've been enjoying visiting everyone else's blogs even if it takes me the rest of the week you are also incredibly creative women. Happy blogging. 

X Mummafox






Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday's in the Kitchen- Pot Stickers {The Kitchen Series}



Today begins the Kitchen Series.
I'm really excited about starting this link up of recipe blog posts from other bloggers and us. You just link up below and share a recipe blog post, it's that simple. I'm going to need help to spread the word about the Kitchen Series link up so please invite others to join. I would love to build a foodie community. 
We eat a lot of Asian inspired dishes at home because they are usually quick, easy and the perfect size for little fingers. We love our foodie magazines and have an extensive recipe book collection it's often bedtime reading in our house. This one was a great find from the latest Donna Hay and we've enjoyed eating them a lot this winter.

pork and mushroom pot stickers

ingredients
1/2 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
100g shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
200g pork mince
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 x 1cm piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely grated
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp of dried chilli flakes
1 egg white
30g gow gee or won ton wrappers
rice flour, for dusting
Chinese black vinegar, soy sauce and chilli sauce for serving.




how to make
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add mushroom and garlic and cook for 3-4 mins or until lightly golden. Place in a large bowl and leave to cool slightly. Add the pork, green onion, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and pepper, chilli flakes and egg white and mix well to combine. Place the gow gee wrappers on a clean bench top dusted dusted with rice flour and brush edges with water. Place 1 tsp of the mixture into the centre of each wrapper. Fold the edges of the wrappers over and press together to seal. divide the remaining oil between 2 large non-stick frying pans over a medium heat. Add 1/2 cup water to each pan and add dumplings. Cover the pans with tight-fitting lids and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lids and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the dumplings are golden on one side. Serve with the dressings and chilli sauce on the side.  Miss Three likes them with a Keepee Japanese Sesame mayonnaise available at any good Asian food store. 
Make 30.



how to make in the thermomix
chop mushroom and garlic for 6 sec/ speed 6. Scrape down side and cook with a dash of oil for 1 min/ varoma. Set aside.
Place all other ingredients in the TM bowl and chop for 6 seconds/speed 6 to combine. Place in a bowl with mushrooms and garlic and stir. 
Place the gow gee wrappers on a clean bench top dusted dusted with rice flour and brush edges with water. Place 1 tsp of the mixture into the centre of each wrapper. Fold the edges of the wrappers over and press together to seal. 
You can cook as above or for a steamed Varoma version. Place dumplings in an even layer over the two Varoma trays for steaming. I have used a piece of baking paper and placed dumplings on that so they don't stick.  Place 400 grams of water in the TM bowl and cook Varoma/8 mins/speed 2. Check to see if dumplings are cooked through if not cook for another few minutes.

Variations to dumplings
Use diced tofu, chicken, or duck mince instead of pork mince. You can grate carrot in the dumplings and finely chopped kale, cabbage or spinach into the mix alongside the other ingredients.
Serve with the dressings and chilli sauce on the side. 

* I usually prepare in the thermomix and then cook in a frying pan as l like the golden crust to the dumpling but steaming them is healthier.
You can cook half and freeze half of the uncooked dumplings between baking paper in a tupperware container. They keep for 3 months in the freezer. 


Source: Donna Hay magazine Issue 70, pg 96.













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