In breaking news: Woog & Berry podcast, episode 1

Well look at this. To be totally honest I am going off like a frog in a sock with excitement at this development.

With my mate Mrs Woog we have developed a podcast where we basically just talk about whatever takes our fancy. Naturally we think we are hilarious.

You can subscribe through iTunes but I’ll be posting it here and promoting it on FB and Twitter until you all yell at me to be quiet.

Go listen!

Overnight raised waffles

The best waffle recipe there is. Fact.

I bought the boys a waffle maker for Christmas. They’d mentioned wanting one on and off throughout the year but it still blew their collective mind when it was unwrapped.

Get in my belly.
Get in my belly.

Naturally in the weeks leading up to Christmas I was researching recipes for waffle batter and settled on two from my spirit baker Smitten Kitchen.

These far outshone any of the other recipes we tried. They are rich in flavour and so delightfully crispy.

It needs you to start the night before but it is far from arduous. You also have to leave the batter out overnight which may make you cock your head but just do it ok? In the morning the mix can look a bit funky but stir in the eggs and baking powder and brace for the best waffles around.

Pressshous
Pressshous

I can’t offer any real cooking advice as the Breville machine I bought has it all built in and you just select your type and it cooks it accordingly. Bless it.

Overnight raised waffles
 
The best waffle recipe around
Author:
Serves: 8 waffles
Ingredients
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2¼ tsp (7 grams) dry yeast
  • 2 cups warmed milk (not too hot, it will kill the yeast)
  • 115 g butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
Instructions
The night before
  1. Combine the water, yeast, milk, butter, salt and sugar in a bowl
  2. Whisk in the flour (I find that if you scatter flour over the top of the wet mixture and whisk as you gradually scatter more over then it doesn't go too lumpy)
  3. Cover and leave on the bench overnight
In the morning
  1. Lightly beat the eggs then whisk into the mixture along with the baking soda
  2. Cook according to your machine.

 

Onward!

Stuff n’ nonsense

I’ve been thinking about this new years resolution malarkey. Last year it was to only press the lock button once when leaving the car, not the standard fifty. I achieved that by March so all in all a good year.

Naturally this year there is the compulsory 20kg I’ve been resolute to lose every year for the better part of the last decade but that was making me feel moribund and resulting in the consumption of even more cream (this season’s go-to apparently).

Basically my diet from the last two weeks.
Basically my diet from the last two weeks.

So I thought, what would I really like to do. The answer? I want to start quilting again.

So that’s my resolution for 2016, to start quilting again. Just clearing off the table where I do so will be no mean feat, having been consumed by boxes of lego and now largely inaccessible due to a keyboard rarely played.

But I’m excited. I need a new decent sewing machine of course so this really is going to be a year long resolution but the idea of doing something creative has put a kick in my step.

In other news I am getting old.

For the better part of a year I’ve had this, increasingly unbearable, pain in my left heel and mildly in my right. Self diagnosis and the experience of friends tells me its plantar fasciitis, apparently common in “middle age”. Also common in young people on their feet alot like athletes and soldiers but let’s not kid ourselves.

I put it down to a number of factors a) old, b) fat, c) live in thongs (flip-flops) in summer, and d) live in work boots in winter.

That’s right. It’s time for the orthotic, supportive shoes. My first foray into this realm has been a pair of fancy (read expensive) thongs that have improved the situation markedly. My SIL (not old or fat but also not a soldier so, anomaly) has already been down this road and assures me these will help cure my crippling pain in as little as three months.

I figure this is some sort of karmic arse-slap for all those times I mocked Blackbird on shoes she liked that I thought were ugly.

It's come to this, orthotic thongs. #old
It’s come to this, orthotic thongs. #old

I bought the pair on the far left but immediately regretted it and wished I had gone for the ones on the far right. The bling ones in the middle never stood a chance.

Another indication of my ageing is the athritic pain in my thumb joints but I’ll save that scintillating story for another day.

What’s news peeps. Christmas is done, new years is done, January is underway. How’s the world in your neck of the woods?

 

ONWARD!

 

Corn fritters

What’s your favourite brekkie if you go out? For me it’s corn fritters, ideally with avocado, maybe sour cream and a chilli jam or roasted tomato to round it out. I also prefer the fritter to be more corn than batter and some diced capsicum is a welcome addition, as you can see from the recipe below. You can easily use tinned corn but I prefer fresh because it has that satisfying crunch.

Enjoy.

My #everyfuckingnight - corn fritters with avocado, sour cream and today's chilli jam.
My #everyfuckingnight – corn fritters with avocado, sour cream and today’s chilli jam.

Corn fritters
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (I used 6 smallish cobs for this)
  • ½ cup red capsicum, diced (about ½ a large capsicum)
  • ½ cup sliced spring onions (about 4-5)
  • ½ bunch coriander, chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix the eggs with the milk
  2. While whisking scatter in the flour in a steady stream - this stops it getting lumpy
  3. Then gently fold in the baking powder, salt and paprika
  4. Add the corn, capsicum and coriander
  5. Heat a frypan over medium heat and add a little oil
  6. Dollop in heaped tablespoons of the batter and cook for a couple of minutes on either side
  7. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, roasted tomatoes, bacon, chilli jam... you get the idea.

 

It looks like a bucket of sick but it's really tasty (corn fritter batter)
It looks like a bucket of sick but it’s really tasty (corn fritter batter)

Onward!

New favourite

Saw it today.

GO.AND.SEE.IT.

 

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