This last month was busy with birthdays and Mother's Day.
Victoria Sponge Cake with Chocolate Ganache frosting for Mother's Day.
I had never made a ganache frosting before and it was surprisingly easy. I used very dark 80% chocolate and it bordered on bitter. Next time I'll be a bit more generous with the sugar. The fresh strawberries made it juicy and sweet.
Also for Mother's Day I made a tropical fruit salad with apples, oranges, raspberries and strips of mango.
I finished my "Twenty Hour Challenge" of bread baking. I learned a lot. I like the routine of it, and there is something to be about a process that billions of cooks have done for centuries. I'm not sure what my next kitchen challenge will be.
For my birthday my hub bought me a glorious Le Creuset sauce pan. For it's maiden voyage I made a Bearnaise sauce. Mostly I've been using it to flash boil veg. It's just the right size for peas, green beans or broccoli.
The rest of Mother's Day was pretty quiet so I made some pasta. I don't make pasta from scratch very often but I bought a bag of good semolina flour and thought I'd try it out.
The paper toy for the month of April was tiny books, which you can find here...
Finally, I've been posting a dragon's hoard of jewelry in my Etsy shop, lots of shiny happy things.
What's been happening in your kitchen?
Wishing you a creative week,
Don't be afraid to attempt something new.
Remember, it was amateurs who built the ark.
It was professionals who built the Titanic.