Sunday, 29 September 2013

Granola bars

Granola Bars have been on my mind for a couple of weeks now, ever since I bought a horrible brand of Muesli Bars. So bad I cant even remember the brand. I used to buy Carmen's Muesli Bars until Simon decided that he like to eat 2 a day. We can all do the math on how long they lasted. So switching brands in an attempt to cut costs hasn't been going to well. So my solution ....make my own bars. I found this recipe and changed a few ingredients, I still think it needs a bit more work. I'll keep you posted with changing ingredients and hopefully I can master the perfect Granola Bar.

1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pepitas 
1/2 cup dried cranberries 
1/2 cup mixed nuts I used almonds/walnuts/peanuts 
1/2 tbs chia seeds 
2/3 cup peanut butter 
1/2 cup organic rice syrup 
1/2 tab coconut oil 

Heat peanut butter, rice syrup and coconut oil in medium pan on low to mix together. Add all other dry ingredients in bowl, add syrup mixture to dry ingredients mix in then put in lined greased slice tin. 
Bake in oven for 25 minutes on 200c 
Slice into bars and top with melted chocolate if you like ....... enjoy. 

Let me know how you go if you give this recipe a go!!!! I still think it needs work maybe more syrup less peanut butter or honey as well. It's a start anyway. 

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Banana cake

I've posted this recipe before but today added walnuts on top. Its a no fail recipe and very moist. It's a lovely day and the sun is shining through the kitchen window. Getting odd jobs done around the house and banana cake is perfect for that afternoon tea break.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Our trip to Bangkok

We spent 8 days in Thailand so nice to do a girls trip with such a great bunch of ladies. We spent the first day at one of my favourite shopping malls then went to Siam Square and after that did a quick dash to the wedding dress shops to see if Tracy could find a dress, no luck. The weekend was saved for the markets where we spent all day shopping for vintage treasures. It poured down with rain and that was a good time to get beers, paella and have a break and people watch. On Monday we went out of the city on a private tour to Kanchanuburi, where we spent 2 days enjoying the sun and sites. Then back to the city where we did the last of our gift buying and had some great thai food at a local restaurant that we go to often. This trip we managed to find some great coffee shops, one in the photos below is located at the art gallery and has drip coffee, very nice indeed. 

Thailand essentials 

Abloom apartments
Melissa bought a cat bag 

Siam Square 

Vintage at the Weekend markets

Looking for braces for the boys to wear at Tracy wedding

Beers and paella while it rained

Shopping trolley gives you street cred

Drip Coffee in Bangkok 

Iced Coffee

Rim nam cafe 


Streets of Bangkok

Lovely Thai food