Monday, 28 December 2015

Chilling...Baking and Packing

Today has been a stay at home day, enjoying not having to clock watch and do what we want when we want.
I did of course have some objectives....such as packing up all the presents ready for visiting family tomorrow.
It's rather pleasing to see what was littered all over the house, in various stages of neat and tidy in just two bags!
Teen Two seems to have suddenly turned into a typical teen and didn't rouse until around 9am!
Usually he is first up and doesn't like to lay in bed..this morning when I returned to bed with a cuppa for hubby and I, I took Teen Two a cuppa in ( around 7.15am) and he was fast asleep!
I thought I heard movement around 9am so took him one up...he is beginning to really love that little treat.
Teen One would not thank me for taking her one in when she was still dozing...and I remember being like that myself...bed was for sleeping and nothing else... now its a place of retreat, a place to chill and start the morning slowly, with the news on, a cuppa and the lappy...but of course those mornings are usually only on Saturday's...which is why these days at home, with no work, school, college or Recycled Teens to visit, are so special.
I had a butternut squash to use up, so made Teen Two's favourite soup, along with a *cheese and chive soda bread.*
I haven't made soda bread in years and was delighted with how light it turned out. Having said that, it was very filling!
It made for a healthy, hearty lunch, so much so, none of us are ready for dinner now!
Teen One has  been creative this afternoon, with a last minute present
Hubby has been doing a spot of everything DIY...looked like a half hour job, but with the various trips to Screwfix and inevitable problems, has taken most of the day.
In between he has been trying to fix a problem with the laptop.
Whilst it has been partly has created new problems...which seems to be affecting everything I do on here!
Hopefully a bit of tweaking and e-life will be back to normal!
*Cheese and Chive Soda Bread Recipe
200g plain flour (half and half with wholemeal works fine)
1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2teaspoon salt
2teaspoons dried chives
50gmarg or butter
100-150g grated mature cheese ( I used red Leicester)
1 egg beaten
150ml milk some to glaze
Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
Rub in marg then add cheese (save some for topping)
Stir in egg and milk to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly and quickly.
Shape into a large bun shape and place on greased baking tray.
Brush with milk, add grated cheese.
With a sharp knife slash the top into four triangles  (think I should have done 8 as a 1/4 was very filling!)
Bake in preheated oven 200 c Gas 6 35-50 mins until well risen and golden.
Test with a skewer, which will come out clean when the loaf is cooked.
For a cheese and bacon soda bread, replace chives with 100g streaky bacon pieces that have been cooked until crisp.

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