Monthly Archives: October 2014

a good baking day


opps….its been a while since my last post!. i have been taking photos but not getting round to writing up posts – must do better!.

about a month ago there was a voucher in the local paper for 25% off the price of books at a particular bookshop. the bookshop was located in the eastern part of the city – an area i dont visit much, so my dad and i went on a little trip!. sadly the bookshop didnt have the range i’d have hoped for as i was after a particular book. they didnt have it, so after a nosey around, i decided to get this book i had borrowed from the library. i have another in this series and love them as they are real recipes from real everyday cooks, not chef designed restaurant meals that arent practical in the everyday kitchen.


my mum had requested i do some baking and wanted chocolate chips and brownies. i wanted to try a recipe from the book called oddfellow slice, and more cheese scones wouldnt go amiss!.

below is the brownie – this is a recipe from the internet as the book didnt have a recipe – its not a tradition NZ bake. as you can see, its a semi fail – even though i had the tray quite small, it was still too big and the brownie spread rather than grew!. the taste is ok, but not chocolatey enough for me, so i wont be trying this recipe again.


below are Ethel’s choc chip biccies from the book – they seem quite nice, maybe a touch too much butter or a touch over cooked. it was hard to tell as they are quite soft when they come out of the oven. i would make these again.


below are cheese scones – i use Brett McGregor’s recipe and they are lovely.


i didnt get a photo of the oddfellow slice. its a peppermint slice made with crushed oddfellow sweets and chocolate biscuits. its ok – i didnt crush either enough so its a bit chunky and didnt bind well. still delicious though!!

i’ll be back soon with a project life update, and some garden photos.