Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks

I told you, I am ill and went to sleep at like 9pm last night, so today is your lucky day. You get two posts and it is only 8:17am.The first thing I baked in my new pad was flapjacks. Not any old boring flapjacks, but deliciously cinnamony, and moist (eurgh) with apple flapjacks!
Ah yes let me just tell you quickly, bare with me with the photos. Some times I go all out, and use the old mini SLR, and on such occasions I will have a plethora of pictures. But most of the time I just use my trusty iPhone to take a picture of the final outcome. Like so….

Recipe

Recipe adapted from Woman and Home.

Serves: 12 (at least)
Prep time: 10-15 mins
Cooking time: 30-35 mins
Skill level: Easy Like a Sunday Morning

Equipment
20 x 30cm cake tin (lined with baking parchment)
1 medium saucepan
peeler
knife

Ingredients
225g  butter
100g* caster sugar
175g (about 7 tbsp)  golden syrup
450g  porridge oats
3  eating apples (peeled and chopped)
1-2 tsp  cinnamon (depending on how much you like)

*the original recipe called for 225g of sugar, I always put less sugar in anything I bake

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180c/ / 160c (fan)/ gas 4. Chop and peel apple.
  2. Melt butter, caster sugar and golden syrup together in medium pan. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in oats, chopped apple and cinnamon.
  4. Spread mixture in prepare tin.
  5. Bake for 30-35 mins or until golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool before turning out of tin.
  7. Cut into bars (or eat it straight out of the tin like I might have done)
Best flapjacks ever.

KB x

Take 2!

Oops.

Okay,  so I got slightly carried away with summer and I forgot/ couldn’t be bothered to really get this thing going. Well I am ill in bed, on a day that I would really rather be at placement. We were going to go shadow the Speech and Language Therapist on ITU today! Anywhoo. Take 2.

I have at least 15 things I have baked and pictured that I can blog about, so my plan is to do a bit of a back track and post a recipe a week. Maybe even two if I am really procrastinating!

Back to Uni

So I am back in London, to complete my final year of uni. And I am EXCITED. As much as I would love to spend the rest of my life having Wednesday afternoons off for sports (PAH!), and having 4 month long summer holidays, I actually do want to get on with real life…maybe.
I have moved to East Finchley, which I must say is a rather nice area. I got very excited on my first weekend here, when I discovered the wonderful little fuit & veg shops and bakeries, located literally minutes from my house!
My first shopping trip resulted in (from top left) Prickly Pears, a halloumi roll, a few figs and some okra (or Bhinda).
Prickly Pears: I had to google what to do with these things. To be honest I wasn’t even sure when they were ripe and what colour they should be. They were ok. Nothing special. The internet said, that when you juice them they taste like bubblegum. I tasted no such thing. They were just a bit sweet.
Halloumi roll: Everybody loves halloumi. If you don’t, you probably haven’t tried it or you don’t have any taste buds. So this roll, it had a lot of dill in, which I think it could’ve done with out. Also, the halloumi was all on one side. It had halloumi in so it was obviously not bad but it really wasn’t as good as I had expected.
Figs: They were good. Forgot about one in my fruit bowl so it went all squishy and gross.
Bhinda: I don’t know why these are called “ladies fingers”. How many ladies have seen with fingers that look like that?! I made some Pilau rice with half of these and the other half I froze. They were actually good! You won’t find many Gujarati (I want to say Indian but I don’t know if I can make such a generalisation) people who don’t like Bhinda.
As excited as I was about my finds, they were a bit of a let down.

KB x

Here We Go!

Here it goes, my first blog post!

I thought I would begin with a little taster of what you might expect to find on this here blog. I warn you now, I usually have ALOT to say, but I will try to keep it brief. I remember looking at other food blogs thinking “all I want is the recipe not all this chatter”! Looks like I am going to be one of those people. Oh well!
I’ve been attempting to write my first post for uhm…maybe a year!? I’ve either been to busy (procrastinating on foodgawker or buzzfeed) or too lazy (watching Parks and Recreation) The other problem I face is I tend to only take pictures of the finished product, and not the process. I have noticed that the norm is to document every flick of the whisk and sizzle in the pan. Over the past couple of years I have built up quite the collection of photos that have been posted on Facebook (obviously) or “edited” on instagram (again, obvious).
I reckon people think one of two things when they see I’ve added a photo on their newsfeed; A) Eurgh why must you taunt me so with pictures of such delicious treats or B) Eurgh nobody cares man!!! I’m hoping that more people think the former rather than the later, either way, there ent no stopping me!
Anyway, here are few a few of said pictures, giving you and idea of the sort of foods I like to cook (and eat!)

It would appear that I have a diet that consists mainly of sugar. Alas, this is not true. But I do seem to only take pictures of sweet treats. I think they are more photogenic. Savoury dishes, well the ones I make anyway, just never seem as pretty! However, I shall no longer hold such a prejudice view and make sure to photograph all the things!