Monday, January 12, 2009

Working Girl...

Its my first day back at work and its crazy busy – I’ve already got millions of meetings this week alone!

The Daily Grind1

Lately for some reason I’ve been attracted little vintage cropped sweaters, and this little one I got on big sale. I’ve never really been one to wear much brown and so I was a little skeptical, but when I was carrying it around the store (as you should if you can’t decide whether you really like it) I was told it was on sale from $35 down to $8 and so I made my decision straight away!!

I thought I’d do a quick Monday post (now that I have faster internet again) and fill you in on my last couple of days of holiday. If you know me, you know I love to watch cooking shows – poor David is suffering through one at the moment that he hates!! I also love baking – but since being gluten free the joy of baking has become somewhat less because it just never ever turns out the same as it used too. Any way, I was watching a cooking show where they were making pastry and I got inspired to try and find a good gluten free recipe for short sweet pastry. At this point I found a feed talking about the wonders of a gluten substitute (not just your average arrow root or guar gum). So I found a recipe in the Jaime at Home cookbook that I have and decided that I was going to make a gluten free bakewell tart. David popped off to buy the gluten substitute and I was away laughing.

I spent the better part of an afternoon making my tart, but this pastry was the best gluten free pastry I’ve ever seen. Easy to work with, didn’t fall apart, wasn’t dry and crumbly, it was perfect! So all you gluten free ladies out there, the answer to your baking problems is not arrow root or guar gum it’s a gluten substitute! I used Orgran but I’m sure there are many out there. When I make my gluten free flour I tend to just throw in what ever I have (a mix of potato flour, tapioca flour, rice flour etc), I think most of the mixes out there are just made up proportions too, I’m not one to follow instructions exactly when it comes to mixing flour.

Any way, here are the results of my tart (it was yummy and has since vanished into thin air):

Bakewell Tart

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Cake forks

Cake Forks...

The silver spoons and cake forks I’ve had for a very long time and need polishing badly - I got them from a little antique store and the teapot is the one I got from Akaroa.

Happy Monday,

XX
Jen

20 comments:

  1. It's nice to see your hair is still behaving itself wonderfully! That picture with the flowers looks great, that's an old milk bottle they're in isn't it? What a great idea! Thank you for your lovely comment on my photos!

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  2. Love these cute pictures, and your tart looks very good!!

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  3. Yuuuum that tart looks AMAZING. are you willing to part with the recipe?? :) Hehehe!

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  4. oh what a dear little cutlery set! And I really love the new hair cut, I am so jealous of people with naturally curly hair :)

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  5. I love your little cropped sweater! And yummmmmmy the tart looks absolutely delicious! I hope the week settles down for you soon :)

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  6. Hi there-wow, that tart looks delicious, i wish I was more into baking!! I love your outfit too!

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  7. Your hair is looking good in it's natural state, and that gluten free tart is very tempting indeed!

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  8. I have a big thing for short cropped sweaters too. Yours looks fantastic!

    I had no idea that pastry could be made gluten free. Congratulations on your success! It's always such a thrill when a new enterprise is successful.

    Your silver in a box is lovely! I especially like the blue box. When its closed it looks like a handkerchief box or something else equally feminine. ;)

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  9. I love the top! I've been looking for vintage tops like this lately, too.

    That tart look yummy – it's making me hungry!

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  10. Oh your hair looks so pretty! Love the new banner too

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  11. The tart looks really delicious and your outfit is so sweet!

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  12. Just have to say again how much I LOVE the new 'do. And how fantastic to have achieved gluten-free-tart success!

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  13. oh my gosh LOVE your new header! i'm open for business by the way :)

    haha... but seriously the hair is awesome and loving the cute goodies you've been getting.

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  14. It's always so much fun when recipes exceed our expectations! :)
    I had some very yummy gluten-free pecan cookies at a friend's house the other day.
    The case for your silverware is lovely. I love the intricacy of the raised pattern.

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  15. Looking so nice my dear, and that pie seems soooooooooo yummy indeed!!!

    xoxo

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  16. ohhh that looks scrumptious! and what a great deal on your sweater!
    xoxo,
    Micaela

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  17. I love how great the blue looks on you! & the cake looks delish!

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  18. your sweater looks almost purple on my browser! i love your t-straps.

    did you switch to gluten-free because of health reasons? or just to be healthier? i've heard of more and more people doing this lately!

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  19. the silverware set is wonderful - you must love it!

    btw, i don't have a recipe for the rose buttercream - you can take any recipe you like and sub the vanilla with rose! (and a drop of food coloring.)

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  20. Gluten or no gluten, that tart looks delish! Your little sweater is adorable. I just thrifted a little cropped vintage sweater today myself :)

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XX
Jen