We have a winner.

30 Apr 2009

cashmere baby holding a cashmere tiny baby

Just popping my head in to say hello and announce the winner of the give away for the tiny baby.
At the moment it is nestled in the arms of the big baby but next week it will be winging its way to Naomi of Omi Creates.

Naomi is a wonderfully talented seamstress who makes the most beautiful clothes for her two gorgeous daughters and is expecting a new baby in July.

A big thanks to all 96 of you who took the time to be included in the give away.
I wish it was possible for everyone to win but then it wouldn't be special would it.
I will hold another give away at the end of May so stay tuned.

The big baby will be for sale at the Niche Market , this Saturday and Sunday, Academy of Arts Gallery, Inveresk, Launceston.

cashmere baby holding a cashmere tiny baby

I have been sewing madly and having a lovely playing with dolls all week.

Most still need some finishing touches, somehow I always leave the face until last.

It is very cold here today, I was so grateful to see my mum and dad arrive around afternoon tea time laden with a basket of goodies to give sustenance to the poor worker ( me ).

Mum also made sure the fire was well and truly stoked , the washing was brought in and the kitchen was tidy.
Bonus Brownie points to mum.

It's certainly stick to your ribs pudding cold weather here so I thought I'd share a couple of super easy recipes for family puddings that are very popular around here

chocolate pudding

First up is Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding straight from my 1969 Cookery the Australian Way.

Now you will need a greased pie dish and set the oven to 180C ( 375F)

Now collect 1 cup of self raising flour,

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon cocoa

1 egg, beaten

Sift the flour and cocoa, stir in the sugar.

Stir in the melted butter add the egg and milk and mix to a smooth batter.

Pour into the pie dish or you can mix it in the pie dish to cut down on the washing up.

Now for the sauce, mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cocoa.
Sprinkle this over the pudding batter and then gently pour over 1 1/4 cups of boiling water.

The sauce starts out on the top of the pudding and ends up underneath.
You can increase the sauce by half as much again if you are feeling saucy just make sure you have a deeper pudding dish.

Cook for about 45 minutes or until the cake part of the pudding is cooked when tested with a skewer.

It is essential to serve this with whipped cream ( or ice cream if you prefer) and try not to be too disgusted if your children mix it all in together to make chocolate cream pudding ( it does look disgusting but I'm told tastes delicious)

steamed pudding

Now this is called Delicious Fruit Pudding, what more do you need to know.
This recipe comes from the West Launceston Primary School Cook Book in the late 1970s I think.

You will need :1 cup of mixed dried fruit , the kind you use for a fruit cake.

1/2 cup of sugar

60g ( 2 oz) butter

1 cup water

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

You put all of this into a large saucepan and stir it over as low heat until the butter melts then simmer it for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
It does froth up because of the bicarb , that's why you need a large saucepan.

Remove it from the heat, let it cool a little then stir in 1 cup of sifted Self Raising flour.

Mix it well.

Now put the mixture into a 1 litre pudding basin.
Cover either with the basin lid or some baking paper or greased brown paper and a layer of foil.

Steam in a large pot for about 2 hours - you know how to do this don't you, you need a pot larger than the pudding basin and you need to fill it with water that comes about 2/3s of the way up the pudding basin.
You will need to replenish the water every 20 minutes or so.
Keep a lid on the big pot.

After two hours you can turn out the oudding and serve it with whatever you like :: whipped cream, ice cream, custard.

Stephen likes to eat the leftovers cold with a spread of butter.

Right, now I need to get tea organised and then continue with my doll finishing.

This last picture is the miniature sunflower that is defiantly flowering at my front door

miniature sunflower.

A last little blast of summer.

9 Responses to “We have a winner.”

  1. Mmm yum self saucing pudding. I've taught my eldest son to make this so now he cooks this when he thinks we should have pudding. He also does yummy apple turnovers, and crumbles. I'm liking this aspect of having teenagers.

    Good luck with your market. Do you make the tiny baby's to sell? I'd be interested in buying some.

    cheers Kate

  2. Hi Kate, yes I do sell the tiny babies. I will have some at the market and what doesn't sell there will go into the etsy shop on Monday.

  3. Love the sunflowers. I have requested husband to plant a couple of long rows this summer.

  4. Hi Jenny, Congratulations to Naomi on being the lucky winner. Our Mum's & MIL are special. I recently had my MIL stay as she had just been released from a rehab hospital after a knee replacement, and each day she insisted on ironing 4-5 items and by the end of her stay my ironing pile was very much reduced. My MIL has fond memories of her Mother arriving unannounced and getting on with the job of ironing, which in a household of 4 sons & a husband all wearing shirts for school & work, was much appreciated.
    I hope all goes well for you at the market on the weekend. from Jenny McH

  5. Gorgeous sunflower! Lucky Naomi :-) Thanks so much for the great pudding recipe. This will make DH (and me, too) very happy, indeed!

  6. I'll look out on Monday then, but I'm sure you will sell everything at the market.

    cheers Kate

  7. oh what a lovely surprise, you have certainly made my day...Thankyou so much Jenny!!!
    This little treasure will get a lot of love at our house, the girls are sure to adore it! I would love to keep it for myself, but somehow don't think they will let me:)
    Sound like you have been very busy preparing for Niche, what a blessing thoughtful parents are. So nice that yours are around to help out.
    Thankyou again, cant wait to hold this little baby in my hands!

  8. Hi I've just come across your lovely blog , lots of nice things to look at and yummy recipes , thanks .

  9. hi
    I am going to try your self saucing pudding all the ingredients see to be the ones that can be found here in India...
    I love those flowery plates where are they from?
    Are they melamine or glass...I love floral prints all over the plate look great...


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