Comfort Baking

I never used to bake much; always ate to survive, rather than living for the pleasure of eating.

I grazed on the run, grabbed a piece of fruit on the way out the door, hurried down a few slices of toast for lunch, downed a glass of milk before bed… all whilst vaguely ensuring I covered my nutritional needs.

And then, children entered my life. I vowed that they wouldn’t grow up as dysfunctional as me in the kitchen, rolled up my sleeves & started to bake with them.

After a while (a few, painful years, of trial, error & cook-ware that needed replacing), I managed to bake edible cup-cakes, scones and biscuits (whilst managing little people in the kitchen – who all wanted to be ‘Head Chef’ at the same time!).

These days there are so many wonderful products to help avoid disasters in the kitchen: ‘Non Stick Cookware‘, of the kind easily available from Tesco-direct, has literally saved my bacon several times (though I still burn the sausages from time to time!).

Here in New Zealand the autumnal season calls for lots of kitchen action. Combine foul weather with school holidays and the cookware comes out the cupboards for some much needed comfort baking.

Thankfully, I have a fabulous helper who loves to bake… And one little tummy that frequently demands to be filled…

A girl who loves to bake and a sister who likes to eat

My Mum-in-law sent me this wonderful cake-stand (which is available from the Cookware section of Tesco direct):

Cupcakes and cupcake stand from Tesco

It was put to good use for cooling the cupcakes down today – but no one was interested in icing them – it was too cold for mucking about; we just ate them, fast!

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