Super Sweet Blogging Award

sugar iced cup cakes
 
 
I have been tagged by the super friendly tweeting  who blogs at Kat Sighs in the sweetest award. Kat must know I have a passion for all things sugary.
 
 
Here I have the chance to indulge in all my favourite sweet treats and share them with you in one post. Time to push the calories to one side; well they don’t count for an award do they? Mr Dentist look away now, you might not like what follows! Ready steady, let’s get sweet!   
 

1. Cookies or Cake?

 
CookiesChristmas Cake Greek honey and almond cake
 
A tough call as a good cookie beats a poor cake, but if both are to my indulgent taste then I go for the cake. With a family of 8 I make all our biscuits and cakes. I’m sure it works out cheaper, but just as important I enjoy making them, the children love to help and I sell quite a few in our holiday shop too. It is fair to say not a day passes where I am not baking cakes or biscuits of some description. I always have a sneaky taste of everything with my bucket of fresh coffee mid morning. This is my moment for me in the day!
 
 Morning Coffee and my baking
 

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

 
Another impossible choice for me as I adore both. When it comes to creme brulee, ice cream or yogurt and biscuits I’ll more likely opt for vanilla, but on cakes, souffles and hot puddings I just can’t resist the aroma of rich chocolate. I almost forgot my Mother in Law’s famous chocolate brownies too which are divine! Clear? I think that may have been a bit of a politicians answer! 
 
Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream
 

3. What is your favourite sweet treat?

 
This kind of changes, but at the moment I am totally taken with my homemade baklava. They look so complicated yet are so easy to make. I’m really rather proud of the way they turned out. 
 
 Homemade Baklava
 
 
On those occasions when the kids have wiped me out of all things homemade, I’ll break off a chunk of good quality dark chocolate from a hidden location I hope the children have not yet discovered! 
 
 

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

 
 
I can be so good all day, except a little treat with my morning coffee. But if I am up blogging late at night then a sweet treat keeps me going. Blogging about food is of course the worst, this post is already responsible for a large chunk of chocolate brownie; just as well I declared up front that the calories are not included on an award *reaches for a second chunk*.
 
 
Chocolate Brownie blogging at night
 

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

 
My sweet  nickname would have to be: “Decadent Farm Bake Fi”!
 
Sweet tooth Fi the Farmer's Wife
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I would like to pass this awesome award on to these lovely bloggers and find out their sweet fancies!
 
Liska the supportive New Mum on Line
 
Laura from Yummy Mummy Flabby Tummy who I know shares my passion for cake
 
Stuart from Daddy 4 Pigs who I have just discovered on twitter 
 
The lively Rachel from Mummy Glitzer

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We have gone on Holiday!

Even living in a holiday environment we still like to take a break when we have the chance. This week we have left the farm in the capable hands of Farmer Ted and Farmer Kym to take our week away “on tour” in Sussex, London and Buckinghamshire catching up with family. It makes a change for Nick and I from daily farm life and ensures we return full of enthusiasm and new ideas for the farm. For the children it is a chance to enjoy town life, catching up with cousins and friends and having Mum and Dad to themselves for a week.

One thing is for certain, you can take Country Kids to the town but you can’t quite take the country spirit out of them. Climbing is in their nature, and if there are no suitable trees, well the park climbing frame, the side of a building, a statue or a lamppost become substitutes!

Climbing Country Kids in Town

The scooters, bikes and skate boards Grandma has accumulated in her garage are always put to use from the moment the kids jump out of the car from the long journey. The close is a perfect scooting ground as is the town skate park. Sorry kids we are not building a skate park at Coombe Mill, it will have to stay a holiday treat!  

 

Scooters and Skate Park

 

What no sand? Brighton beach has a Pier and pebbles, so different from the sand and surf in Cornwall yet perfect for a February Picnic. Of course it wasn’t long before they were down at the water’s edge playing dare against the waves. Needless to say the waves won and 6 soggy pairs of shoes and trouser bottoms trooped back towards the car…..

 

 Beach Picnic and Fun with the Waves

 but not before having a go in this one on Brighton Pier, if only to compare with ours!

 Brighton Pier

 

Negotiating London by car and tube to visit family and friends has been stressful at times, counting the children on and off the tube my least favourite part, but it was all worth for it some great days out together.

 

Family and Friends

 

The only casualty of the week was Clio who managed to break her arm on the first day scooting too fast at the park. she was very brave and we only took her to hospital as a precaution not thinking it was broken! If you look closely you will see her sling in all the photos here.

 

Clio with broken arm

Joining In with Country Kids

I hope you have had a fun half term week too with plenty of outdoor fun in the sunshine. Please do grab the badge and come and share here on the linky. Please try to pop over and see some of the other posts here as there are always some lovely ideas to inspire. Last week I was really taken with An Impromptu Adventure from Taming the Goblin, Finding Letters in Nature from Rachel and the lovely Muddy Puddle video from 2 of Everything.

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

An all time favourite

I had never heard of Baklava before I met Nick, then again apart from one holiday to Rhodes Island with my parents, and inter-railing as a teenager I had no real knowledge of Greece full stop. When I fell for Nick I also grew to love the country his father grow up in, from the customs and welcoming nature of the people to the wonderful food the country boasts. I am known for my sweet tooth and as such Baklava is just heaven to me. I have been disappointed with bought replicas in England so, for Nick’s Big Greek Birthday Party earlier this month,  I decided that I would make my own. I was pretty sure from a Google search on recipes that I could come up with a combination that would beat the shops and indeed I did. This Greek traditional desert is actually very simple yet looks like it took hours to prepare!


Baklava Coombe Mill Style

Ingredients

180g Granulated Sugar

50g Runny HoneyBaklava Ingredients

180ml water

15 – 20 ml squeezed lemon juice (1 good size lemon)

120g butter (ideally unsalted) melted

420g Filo pastry (2 packs of filo pastry from the chiller cabinets in the supermarket is ideal)

175g pistachio nuts

250g Dried figs (if you don’t like figs, dates work just as well)

Method

In a saucepan, gently heat the water, sugar and honey. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat then stir in the lemon juice and set aside to cool.

Brush a shallow 20 x 30 cm baking tin with melted butter

Line the tin with 8 sheets of filo pastry brushing each sheet with the melted butter as you go.


Baklava Making


Chop the pistachio nuts into fine peices (I used a food mixer) and sprinkle over the buttered pastry layers

Layer another buttered 6 sheets of filo

Chop the figs as the nuts and sprinkle these over. Finish with another 8 sheets of buttered filo.


Adding pistachio nuts and figs to Baklava

Brush the top with any remaining butter.

Cut the Baklava into 20 peices with a sharp knife

Bake at 180degrees for 30 – 35 minutes till golden and crisp.

Pour over the syrup mix and leave to cool in the tin.

Baklava ready to cook

Serving

Delicious served alone or with Greek yogurt.

 

Finished Baklava

 

 

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