Thursday, 4 August 2011

Sketchbooks and Cookbooks

I was delighted to be the "winner" of some art stuff from Gina's giveaway last week ...........



I love the brilliant clear colour of the Koh-I-Noor dyes and have decided to join in her colour sketchbook challenge "Close to Home"Having spent the last week dithering about a starting point (now decided but will save that for the next post) I've chosen the colour green.  I was rather concerned about the limits of one colour for me personally so green fits nicely.  Both the lime and jade in the dyes are very pretty plus I can play around with yellows and blues and still have green!


Unfortunately the cling film (Morrisons) didn't have enough "cling" (sheets 2 and 3) but luckily I had already used a sheet of plastic canvas weighted down onto the wet paint for sheet 4 to give a textural effect .......................





The second book in my cookbook challenge is "The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook".  The Key Lime pie with 2 cans of condensed milk is very, very sweet ............. especially when it has a meringue topping!  I didn't actually make it but I did have a hand in deciding that the filling needed a longer cooking time than specified:


Some other things from the book (not all this week lol) ............. Pineapple and Coconut cupcakes (greatly reducing the butter content for the frosting):


Chocolate cookies ................


Rocky Mess Road .................

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With regards to the last post, yes, the Brownies could have done with a little less cooking.  I did check them at 27 mins but wasn't too sure so left them for 35 (35-45 recommended I think) plus I used silicon bakeware so they were a little drier at the edges.  I have a Nigella recipe so will have a go at that one some day too.
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2 comments:

Gina said...

Some super looking cakes there! Really pleased you liked your parcel and are joining in the challenge.

Sandie said...

Lucky lady!
Funny you should mention Hummingbirds.... I had a large mug of coffee and a piece of 'Hummingbird' cake this afternoon in an Italiand coffee bar,it was very nice but, the topping was very sweet for me.

I like the canvas impressed, sheet no.4, firstly for the texture, then the colour.
What are you going to do with the samples?

Sandie xx