Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
As a kid growing up in Australia, there are few staple treats that appear at pretty much every school fete or birthday party you go to growing up.  Fairy Bread, Coconut Ice, Frogs in a Pond, Honey Joys and the ever popular Chocolate Crackles.

Although a degree of adult supervision is required due to the hot melted Copha, chocolate crackles are usually one of the first things you learn how to make as they are really simple and can be decorated however you like with sprinkles of all shapes and sizes, mini choc chips or grated chocolate for example.  For this batch I decided to mix things up a little and replace the desiccated coconut that is in the original recipe with something a little more exciting… popping candy!!!

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Meatloaf from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
One night, the hubby and I were watching Better Homes and Gardens where Fast Ed was making meatloaf.  The hubby was pretty impressed with it, maybe the fact it was wrapped in bacon had something to do with it, and I talked about making it for him.  Well, a million years later it finally happened.

The nights have started getting quite cool in our neck of the woods, after all that is generally the effect winter has, which makes it perfect for a nice, hot, comforting meal.  Our friend J was coming over for dinner and it was a good opportunity to make the meatloaf so the hubby had someone to share it with.  Now it ended up being a little bit of a mess when it came time to serve it, but the flavour was there and that’s really what matters at the end of the day.

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Maple Apple Cake

Maple Apple Cake from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
So you will have gathered by now that I am in love with the rose shape/swirl as I use it for my cupcakes, on cakes and even, to a possibly far-fetched connection, in my vegetable tart.  It will come as no surprise that I actually own a rose shaped cake tin.

I have had this beautiful tin from NordicWare for quite some time now and I definitely do not use it enough.  So it was time to call on another recipe I have had pinned for quite some time now, being a Maple Apple Cake, to showcase the gorgeous shape this tin creates.

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Milk and Cookies Cupcakes

Milk and Cookies Cupcakes from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Quite a while ago, 2nd July 2012 to be exact, a very cute post appeared in my feed reader for some cupcakes.  The post was by Steph from Raspberri Cupcakes, who inspired the Fruit Tingle Macarons, for her Milk and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes.

I tend to decorate my cupcakes quite basic with my favourite rose swirl piping technique, but there are quite a few different cupcakes on my Pinterest board decorated with mini pancakes, various flowers, cream puffs and mini versions of baking equipment that I hope to try.  These cupcakes are quite cute and really easy, plus you cannot beat this classic combination so I present these Milk and Cookies Cupcakes for your viewing pleasure.

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Hash Browns

Hash Browns from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
The hubby and I do love something special on the weekends for breakfast with his preference being waffles, and mine pancakes.  But one thing we do agree on is nothing can beat homemade hash browns.  This wasn’t the first time we have had a go at hash browns ourselves, with our first incarnation being good, but not quite good enough.

Early last year a video popped up in my YouTube subscription from the wonderful Laura Vitale, who you may remember is the source of the soft pretzel recipe, for her homemade hash browns.  We finally got around to making these during my epic weekend of baking apple cake, macarons and cupcakes and needless to say we were not disappointed!

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Chocolate Macarons

Chocolate Macarons from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Following the Easter long weekend, the hubby and I took the following week off as well to enjoy a short break.  Whilst we went away over Easter, when we returned home we pottered around the house and had a little stay-cation.  Of course I had big plans of catching up on the ironing, sorting out some of the kitchen cupboards and cooking a whole bunch of meals to put in the freezer, but alas, none of that eventuated.

The kitchen did end up getting a bit of a workout last weekend so stay tuned to the blog over the next few weeks as there is some deliciousness in store for you my friends.

First on the agenda was a batch of macarons.  It has been over six months since my last macaron post, and on this occasion I thought I would whip up a batch of simple, but very tasty, Chocolate Macarons.

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Anzac Biscuits (Two Ways)

ANZAC Biscuits (Two Ways) from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Today is Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand which marks the anniversary of both countries’ first major military action during World War I.  The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli on this day in 1915 and suffered major casualties through to the end of that year when the allied forces were evacuated from Gallipoli.

April 25 has become a day not only to commemorate those who lost their lives during WWI, but for all who have served and died in subsequent wars, conflicts as well as peacekeeping operations.  Services are held at dawn, being the time of the original landing, as well as marches later in the day where ex-servicemen and women take part.

I remember participating in these marches with my Pop when I was at primary school and despite having parents, grandparents, uncles, cousins and other relatives who have served in the military, I must admit I don’t think I really appreciated what Anzac Day meant until I was older.

One baked good that makes an appearance at this time is the Anzac Biscuit which is an eggless sweet biscuit which may or may not contain coconut.  Although you will come up with a gazillion hits when you search the interweb for a recipe, I used the two recipes found on the Australian War Memorial website.

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Seed Mixture (ALPS Blend)

Seed Mixture from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
Way back in 2012, there was a health and wellbeing initiative called the 1 Million Kilo Challenge where Australians were encouraged to sign up and receive meal and exercise plans to collectively shed, you guessed it, one million kilograms.

I signed up to a team with some friends and family with one recipe sticking with me for the years since.  It isn’t a crazy, full on recipe, something rather simple with so many uses.  In the meal plan they called it the ALPS Blend, but the hubby and I simply call it Seed Mixture and eat it everyday.

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Spiral Vegetable Tart

Spiral Vegetable Tart from Cath's Cookery Creations! |
About a year ago I pinned one of the most awesome looking vegetable tarts I have ever seen to my Pinterest board Vegetarian and Vegan Delights .  Rather than the veggies being laid flat in the tart base, the slices were arranged in a spiral perpendicular to the base and the result looked amazing.

My version was not quite as amazing looking as the original Vegetable Arty Tart from Vicky’s blog Statsy , but it certainly was very tasty and I can’t wait to try this again with some other vegetable and filling combinations.

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