Posts from — February 2015

The First Waffle 7

February 25, 2015


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I don’t mean the First Waffle Ever, because who could live up to that? (And what would that even be?) I mean the first waffle in, yes, our new kitchen. There will be something of a post about that soon, but first, a different first. I made a lot of waffles in our old kitchen so it seemed a good transition (poetic even) to make, for our first not-scarfing-down-a-bowl-of-cereal-while-unpacking-utensils breakfast, some new waffles.

[Lordy, it’s been a time of chaos around here. Please forgive this truncated post and go make yourself some waffles. You won’t regret it and I will feel a little bit better about not writing more. This is how I make friends: I give them food.]




Waffles are a favourite breakfast around here because they’re so easy, riffable and because they make great portable snacks later (if they last that long). These are a take on Orangette’s Morning-Of Waffle. (I also love her yeasted waffle recipe in the same post.) Do go back and try her version–and experiment with adding your own extras and accents. I use extra-virgin coconut oil because I love the coconutty flavour, but you can also use the flavourless variety–or any neutral oil. You’ll just end up with orange-cinnamon waffles, which is nothing to sneeze at.





Coconut Buttermilk Waffles with Orange Zest


1 ½  cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cornstarch

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. table salt

3 tsp. sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 cup buttermilk (or you can replace the whole milk with all buttermilk for more tang.)

2/3 cup coconut oil, melted

2 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten

Zest of 1 organic orange

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder,  cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Whisk well. In a separate bowl or jug combine the coconut oil and eggs, whisking until blended. Add the milk and buttermilk, zest and vanilla extract. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Whisk to blend well, so that few (if any) lumps remain. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron set to medium-high. There’s no need to grease the waffle maker. Cook until crisp and golden. Serve with maple syrup, fruit syrup or sauce or whipped cream or whatever else you fancy.





In: Food, From Ria, Includes a recipe!

Sweet Little Something 0

February 21, 2015

Some moments are worth capturing and treasuring. Here are ours from this week – images of pretty, quirky, tasty or seasonal things that remind us of a time, an event or an emotion. A flower pressed in the pages of our online journal, if you will! Please leave us a note or a haiku, we love to hear from you. XO H & R

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In: From Hannah, From Ria, Sweet Little Something

The Assemblage of Chocolate 6

February 18, 2015


I don’t know if you’ve noticed this but Ria and I have some food themes going on. She is, very clearly, The Queen of Breakfasts. Looking back she’s posted a veritable bevy of breakfast recipes. Including:


A Moroccan breakfast pancake

Sweet Bread

Almond, Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Granola

Best Steel Cut Oatmeal


Raspberry Scones


(When we stayed with Ria and her beloved (“DH”) I distinctly remember being thrilled to be asked “What do you want for breakfast? Savoury or Sweet?” Knowing, full well, she did not mean supermarket toast with a combover of vegemite vs a bowl of limp cornflakes. Kid makes a mean breakfast feast, let me tell you.)


On the other hand, I’m the first to admit I’m no natural chef. I much prefer the term ‘food enthusiast’ and can cook, will cook, but mainly like to eat. When scanning cookbooks I look for short lists of ingredients and not too many steps. If the recipe has so many steps it walks itself onto the next page then woah, it’d better be good ’cause I’m already starting to switch off. (And when I say “good” you know I mean “sweet”. And when I say “sweet” you know I mean “chocolate”. I make exceptions for chocolate like it’s a youngest child)


Best of all short-recipes-with-few-steps is a chocolate recipe. Even better is one that includes a little savoury – salt, spices, nuts – and even better than that is one that involves very little actual cooking. I joke that I’m better at “assembly” than cooking. I call it “assemblage” – a hybrid of assembly and collage – using already yummy ingredients, combining them, presenting them and shamelessly taking credit (I basically just want to get slightly fancied up chocolate into my cake-hole as fast as possible and pretend like I had a hand in making it taste so damn good. Don’t judge me.)


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So when I read this recipe for Chocolate Bark last week, an idea for an easy Valentine’s gift, I was all “That’ll do nicely”. I make Peppermint Bark every year and this seemed, dare I say it, even easier. No chopping of candy canes and making of ganache. So, of course, I had to test it for all of you out there (oh the burdens). And now that I am not only a P-bark expert but have branched out into other choc-bark genres I have come up with a little formula for you to make your own. Because maybe you don’t have the exact fruit / nuts / spices recommended, but you want to make it anyway. Maybe you’re into a bit of assemblage yourself.

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In: Food, From Hannah, Includes a recipe!

Sweet Little Something 2

February 14, 2015

Some moments are worth capturing and treasuring. Here are ours from this week – images of pretty, quirky, tasty or seasonal things that remind us of a time, an event or an emotion. A flower pressed in the pages of our online journal, if you will! Please leave us a note or a haiku, we love to hear from you. XO H & R

From Hannah:


From Ria:


In: Kids and Parenting, Sweet Little Something

Throwing Out The Kitchen 2

February 10, 2015

Last week, Hannah said some great things about editing and it got me thinking about my own process. While I commiserate about the tediousness of the line-edit, I actually love editing on a more general level. The first draft is my least favourite part (except for the seduction of the initial rush of pages. That part is swoony and awesome). Once I have something to work with, I love going back into it and tinkering, cutting, reworking and building up. Once I’ve got a world breathing on its own, I want to give it things to do, problems to overcome, and that, for me, is during the revision and editing process.

But sometimes things don’t go that smoothly. Sometimes I don’t realise until I’ve bushwacked through the thorny thicket of a first draft that it’s actually just a thorny thicket and not good writing at all. And I have to start again. It hurts like a hammer to the toe, except my toe is my entire body. At times like this I get very sad and eat unhealthy quantities of chocolate.


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In: From Ria, Writing