Posted on April 21, 2017
I’ve got a great recipe for homemade hot cross buns. Also, I have a ton of exciting news!
First: If you don’t feel like making 30 hot cross buns with this recipe I’m bringing to Fiesta Friday today, after a long and regretted absence on my part, you can make two giant hot cross buns and just bake them a little bit longer than for individual buns.
This Easter I had 15 hot cross buns and 1 hot cross loaf and both iterations of the recipe turned out delicious. Since I nearly always use whatever flour I have on hand for baking, I’ve used half spelt flour which gave an added earthiness and detracted from the usually very sweet taste of hot cross buns, at least for my palate.
Next: As many of you know, we moved to Vancouver, WA in August last year!
More pics at end of post . . . .
The weeks leading up to the move really socked it to my emotional equanimity but once we arrived, all turned out well. Vancouver is just across the bridge, literally, from Portland, OR, where I work and where I’ve been eating my way through town. My husband took a job in Amboy, WA, which is kind of in the middle of nowhere but wow is it beautiful country out there. Stay tuned in the coming months as I share with you all about our move, how strange and fabulous Portland is, and what I’ve been up to in my kitchen and out at restaurants. For now, I’ve got these awesome hot cross buns, some winter and fun Portland and Washington pics, and a giant hug to all my old friends who are a part of the Fiesta Friday community.
Finally: I’ve also begun writing restaurant reviews with the amazing ladies over at Female Foodie. Another double-F for the win! I’m beyond excited, and honored to be a part of this community that not only has the most delicious restaurant recommendation resources for anybody who loves to travel, but also some invaluable information and tools including photography and wordpress blogging tutorials for aspiring food blogger/photographer entrepreneurs. I have truly learned a ton about photography, monetization, and social media as it relates to food blogging via these gals. I especially want to mention that for the Female Foodie elite members, there is an upcoming (next Tuesday) webinar with Si Foster from A Bountiful Kitchen who has been a very successful food blogger since 2008. She will talk to us about her experience growing a food blog/business dedicated to tried and true recipes for the at home cook trying to make practical and delicious food, and will be available for questions. Since I am trying myself to navigate whether I want to put some more intention and business mindedness into my blog, I for sure will be attending. Join me!!
Very finally, definitely hop on over there to read my bittersweet burger goodbye song review of one of my favorite places in Los Angeles: The Apple Pan.
Now, for the homemade hot cross buns recipe:
For the Buns:
For the Cross:
For the Glaze:
Now for some fun pics:
Posted on January 11, 2016
This week I’m taking you over to my friend and fellow blogger Elaine’s site to widen your horizons with vegetables via her “Pimp your Veg” series. I’m employing a method that imparts a lot of great texture and flavor to the humbles and sometimes blandest veg, the cabbage.
I’m bringing this dish, by way of Elaine, to Fiesta Friday #101 along with generous thanks to this week’s hosts Jhuls@thenotsocreativecook and my fellow meat and basset hound lover Mr. Fitz@cookingwithmrfitz
Let’s all say a very hearty thank you and congratulations to Angie@thenovicegardener for creating this wonderful community. May the next 100 be as awesome and delicious as the first 100 parties. Happy New Year y’all!
Posted on March 6, 2015
I’ve got a nice solution to the the dilemma of what to eat for dinner or pack for lunch during a busy work week when your cupboards and refrigerator may not be overflowing. Read More
Posted on February 20, 2015
One of the things I’ve been doing a lot of since returning to work full time is roasting vegetables at night, after dinner, while I’m on my evening stroll. Read More
Posted on February 14, 2015