Boot baking and dressmaking

9 Jun

Just a wee note to show off my latest cake and baking/cooking creations and to share a few wedding-related stories.

I happily enrolled for another cake decorating class recently. Unfortunately there were a few last minute cancellations by students, so the class only ran for one out of four nights (since most people had already baked cakes for the first class). Despite this setback, we managed to make some awesome some high-heeled boot cakes. It ended up being sold for a worthy cause at my workplace’s Pink Shirt Day bake sale. I forgot to wear a pink shirt, but at least I brought cake! Thanks to my colleague, Linda Nguyen, for the bake sale photos.

 

I must admit that the cake I baked beforehand actually fell apart, so the cake under all of that fondant in the picture was actually one that my teachers made. Luckily for me, they had baked, frozen, thawed and brought along an extra cake in case someone had a cake fail… Oops. BUT the decorating is all my own handiwork. I was looking forward to making more amazing looking cakes, but I shall have to wait until the next class and until I decorate my own wedding cake the week after next! Wow, time has flown by so quickly!

I also tried out another of the wonderful recipes from the marvellous Outlander Kitchen website in preparation for another Outlander-watching-marathon. For those who didn’t manage to read my last post, OK (Outlander Kitchen) combines two of my favourite things by posting “historical and character-inspired recipes from the fictional world of Diana Gabaldon”. Food + fiction! What could be better?!?!

So, I tested out the recipe for bannocks, found here. Bannocks are kind of a flat, oaty scone. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but they were delicious, especially when hot from the oven and smothered with butter on a wintry, wet Sunday. Don’t worry if they don’t rise too much. Mine didn’t, but I don’t think they’re supposed to if the picture on the OK site is anything to go by. Here’s a picture of my scrumptious bannocks.

Ma wee bannocks

Ma wee bannocks

The Outlander-fest was once again held with my wonderful MOH. What is an MOH, you may ask? If you haven’t been perusing wedding websites lately, especially American ones, you may not know that this is an acronym for “Maid or Matron of Honour”. I tend not to use this title as it’s a bit old-fashioned for me, so “Chief Bridesmaid” is bandied about more often. Also, I have been known to call her “O Chief of the Brideslaves!” :). We both have a fondness for great food and men in kilts and she has been absolutely invaluable in the planning of the wedding. Long story short, my COB is amazing and I don’t know what I’d do without her! I’m looking forward to sharing another pre-wedding Jamie-marathon, I mean, Outlander-marathon, with her soon!

The other recipe I wanted to share was BBC Good Food’s Creamy courgette lasagne. Just another one to add to your repertoire that’s a bit different and doesn’t require a million ingredients, as many other lasagne recipes do. I used fresh pasta sheets instead of dried ones, to make the process a little quicker, and I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta as it’s cheaper and easier to find. Plus, I can’t really tell the difference between the two…

Creamy courgette lasagne

Creamy courgette lasagne

Lastly, it pays to shop around, and not just for cake boards and flowers. I went to two different dressmakers to get quotes for alterations to my wedding dress. One, which shall remain nameless, quoted upwards of $350. They urged me to make an appointment with their bridal specialist as soon as possible. It was a fancy chain store in a more upmarket area of Auckland, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. The second quote was from a very experienced seamstress who works from home. She quoted the music-to-my-ears sum of $120. Needless to say, I didn’t book that appointment with the bridal specialist!

Ok, so my next post will be post-wedding!! I’m really really really looking forward to marrying the lovely BFG and I can’t wait to tell you how it all goes… Stay tuned!

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  1. Frocks, jocks and polka dot socks – The Wedding: Part One | Ambrosia Baby - December 3, 2015

    […] with the help of my trusty MOH/COB (see previous post here), we found the perfect dress at a physical store. It was an hour out of central Auckland and it was […]

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