Sugarbird's Sweet Nothings

I am passionate about food. And cooking. And baking. And running. Come and find a new recipe, a funny story, some strong opinions and whatever else I feel like throwing in the mix today.
August 28th, 2011

Vanilla Brown Sugar Breakfast Polenta

Its been a busy week. I have done a lot and baked a lot and run a lot. All good 🙂

I have made a load of 21st birthday cupcakes in vanilla, carrot and chocolate flavours

I have made and delivered a Golden Wedding Anniversary Cake

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June 30th, 2011

Creamy Vanilla Risotto Rice Pudding

It is no secret that I have a mild fetish for rice pudding. If I come across a new recipe for rice pudding, whether it be Blueberry Brown Rice Pudding, or just Old Fashioned Rice Pudding. All puddings of rice are good by me. So when baking angel Joy the Baker posted a new Rice Pudding recipe, that was not only a delicious looking pudding, but a completely new method of making a rice pudding, how could I possibly resist.

Rice pudding is just a comforting eating experience. Its like a warm duvet, fluffy socks, or soft pyjamas. Its like a velvety, creamy, delicious hug. And I am in dire need of hugs and warm comfort at the moment so I feel totally justified in making rice pudding for dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

May 1st, 2011

Rhubarb, Vanilla and Sour Cream Crumb Cake

I can’t remember the last time I had rhubarb. When I think of this long, leafy plant (which is technically a vegetable and not a fruit) I think of the rhubarb crumble and custard that my mom used to make when we were kids. I love sour things (I eat lemon, much to the bewilderment of anyone nearby) and I always loved the contrast of the very tart rhubarb and the smooth, creamy custard.

My green-fingered neighbour Geri has an enormous pot of rhubarb growing in her back garden, and when I was over there last weekend, Kevin mentioned that they did not know what to do with it all. It was a monster of a plant.  I recalled that I had received a Delicious Magazine a while ago that had a few rhubarb recipes so I offered to take some off their hands and return it in the form of Rhubarb, Vanilla and Soured Cream Crumb Cake, and a Rhubarb and Orange Cheesecake. Kevin, being a huge fan of all things baked, jumped at the idea and on Friday they turned up at the door bearing a huge bunch of beautiful rhubarb, leaves and soil-covered stalks and all. Awesome 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

April 16th, 2011

White Chocolate Blondies

Technically, white chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all as it does not contain cocoa solids. I did not know that until recently. But I never really though about it, let alone did any research on it before. White chocolate contains cocoa butter (pale yellow pure vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean), sugar, milk solids, vanilla and lecithin (an emulsifier that allows all the ingredients to be bound together in a stable way). Beware of any white chocolate that does not contain cocoa butter. The cheap & nasty versions replace the cocoa butter with generic vegetable fat.  Shame on them!

I have a renewed interest in white chocolate lately and subsequently have made a few cookies and biscotti containing white chocolate. so when I came across this recipe in my new Fat Witch Brownies book, they were on the To Do list immediately. And now I have read up on the subject of white chocolate a bit, so if you’re at all interested you might like to know… Read the rest of this entry »