Baking and grilling in CH (amongst other things)
Hello beloved readers ❤
How are you all? How’s the weather where you are? We had a few glorious sunny days here last week, but this week it is looking wet and downcast. Perfect for staying indoors to read. Let me share with you a few things that I’ve only discovered recently:
(1) It is possible to enhance those boxed cake mixes. Also, it seems bingeing on cooking competition shows on Netflix may not be a waste of time.
Regarding the former, this post and this write-up provided some useful ideas. Confession: I “stumbled” on them while deliberating on how I could improve the taste of the box of cake mix for a summer party at Jaime’s school. The resulting cake looked and tasted promising …before cracking. Experienced bakers will no doubt tell me that I committed the rookie mistake of being impatient, removing the cake from the pan while it was still hot. (Click here for some handy baking hints including to wait for the cake to cool down before attempting anything).
Panic and doubt ensued. EIks. Perhaps I should have taken the easier route and bought a ready-made one? The inspiration to improvise ala Netflix’s “The Big Family Showdown” saved my day. The battered cake was chopped into cubes and placed in individual cups. Nutella buttercream poured on top of the cubes. (Sidenote: I would reduce the amount of sugar when making this icing next time). Aside from smearing some buttercream on my new summer dress on the way to the school, everything else went swimmingly well. The cups arrived safely, Jaime’s was appropriately ticked from the list, the cake was popular with the crowd, etc.
(2) Grilling vegetables on the BBQ does not have to be messy or tedious. An epiphany for Emilio and me who are continually retrieving boring dropped veg pieces from in between the grills, even though they were skewered. This revelation came to us during a recent weekend in bigger-than-you-think Saarbrücken, where we witnessed our friends casually place aluminium trays containing seasoned mushrooms and peppers on to the grill. Not much fuss and yet the outcome was delicious. We started using aluminium trays on our grill (an alternative is this). We also made sure that we thoroughly seasoned the vegetables (broccoli, peppers, etc.) with herbs, spices and oil. They taste great!
Meanwhile back at the (our) ranch
The ‘settling in’ wheels are continuing to turn. I’m happy to report that Jaime seems to be looking forward to going to school, cracking jokes on our way there. Hurrah. Isabel is also slowly adapting, encouraged by the various bribes being offered (by me). As for me, conversations with my mentor=counsellour=twin sister and attending classes at a local meditation centre have reminded me that everything around me re my mental projections. This realisation somewhat banished the blues and lifted my spirits. To keep this momentum, I am making an effort to use both the Insight Timer and Calm app frequently. Rereading the cult book Getting Things Done has instigated a formal “Project List” and “Items of Actions” the latter being actively executed. Much more manageable now that I’m not spending a lot of time at the daycare. All still very much work in progress as usual. I wish you well. xxx