’twas a dark and blustery afternoon …


… markets have been plundered, rodents fed and played with, and the new school week looms large.  What next?  Hmmm … accept that it’s that time of a wintery weekend and settle into an afternoon at the kitchen table.


We baked hammy cupcakes for lunch (recipe below) …


Concluded that two heads were better than one when it comes to long and complicated fraction homework even when you are wearing old spice …


Set to frantic knitting of the school scarf so that it might be worn during what promises to be a cold week …


:: how many times does 30 go into 203 – 6 remainder 23 – huh! – 6 remainder 23, so the answer is 6 23/30 – huh! – did you say 203 or 230 – 230 – well then it’s 7  2/3 –  no the answer says 6 23/20 – did you say 203 or 230 – 203! ::

Seeking out extra brain power when the fractions become fractious …

And then cosying up on the sofa – muma, girlie, lovely Simon, the demented dachshund and the crochet blanket – to sing along to The Sound of Music.  Okay, so I’m singing and Abby is cringing.  See – she’s twelve – of course she’s cringing now, but in a few years …

:: Hammy Cupcakes ::

We here in Bootville are working on our diet at the moment – we are cutting out the sugar, reducing the wheat, and aiming for an almost exclusively whole food diet.  So there’s been some experimentation in the kitchen.  I won’t share our wheat free, sugar free chocolate biscuits yet – they’re a bit weird and we’re only eating them with fresh strawberries beat into a few tablespoons of cream – mind you, that’s darn fine in itself :-)  But today’s lunch was a hit and we now have extras in the freezer for school and work lunches.  Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try …

:: Ingredients

2 slices of ham off the bone, chopped into narrow short strips

1 capsicum finely chopped

3/4 cup frozen corn kernels

3 eggs

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon of whole milk plain yoghurt

butter for greasing

:: Method

* Heat oven to 200 celsius.

* Grease a 12 hole cupcake tray with butter

* Place all ingredients except eggs and yoghurt into a medium sized mixing bowl.  Stir until combined.

* Beat three eggs in a small bowl, add yoghurt and mix.

* Add egg mix to the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.

* Dollop into greased cupcake tray and bake for 20 minutes or until egg mix is firm and tops are crispy golden.

Serves 4. Enjoy!

p.s. our new hot chocolate mix is LovingEarth’s Coconut Chocolate Butter – oh yum-O.  We are now receiving our veg, fruit, milk (be still my beating heart  – we have finally found a source for organic milk to replace our beloved Barambah – Miranda Dale Jersey Full Cream non-homogenised), dried goods and organic Coconut Chocolate Butter from Melbourne’s home delivery service www.organicangels.com.au Oh my, it is soooo good.  Ingredients: organic raw coconut butter, organic raw cacao powder, organic raw agave syrup, and himalayan crystal salt.  You simply add two full teaspoons full to two cups of full cream milk and heat on the stove, stirring until combined.  It’s like a healthy, hot chocolate crackle!

5 thoughts on “’twas a dark and blustery afternoon …

  1. Hey Lily

    I love your blog. Thank you so much for the recipe! Please keep us posted on your whole food adventures. Isn’t loving earth just he BEST! I love their range. We have just this weekend picked up a bag of their single origin drinking chocolate :) YUMMO! :) I never thought to use their chocolate spread for hot chocolate :) Thanks for the tip :) xxx Have a great week :)

  2. Oh – and I also meant to say, I found it quite funny you call your guinea pig and rabbit folk (not sure exactly what your rodent population consists of?) but we too refer to them as a collective ‘rodents’! How funny :) xxx

  3. Hi
    literally have just read your post and realised – I have EVERY ingredient – including some ham left over from Christmas (that was fozen) – so my version of your cupcakes are in the oven as we speak. I didn’t have quite as much corn as you did so I added some zucchini!! Looking forward to munching on these!!

  4. I think hammy cupcakes will be coming out of my oven this week! Thank you for the recipe.
    I’m off to research your hot chocolate links. There is nothing like a hot chocolate on a cold Sunday afternoon! :)

  5. Oh my two boys would devour those ham cupcukes. Thank you for the recipe! And you are making me want to fast forward to hot coco weather. We do ours with ours with raw milk plus unsweetened organic coco and then just a touch of honey to sweeten. Zach is so used to this way he can’t stand store bought chocolate milk – “too sugary mama!” Crazy huh?
    Stay warm and enjoy the cozy (and the Sound of Music, sing it girlfriend!)

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