Modifying a Chicken Egg Incubator to Proof Bread

In my blog, I recently spoke of using a chicken egg incubator as an alternate to the Brod and Taylor Folding Bread Proofer. My logic behind using a chicken incubator was the cost to purchase was far less than the $400 price tag of the Brod and Taylor.

The chicken incubator, however, needed modifications before being used. The end result is now a near-perfect device, which suits my needs. Continue reading “Modifying a Chicken Egg Incubator to Proof Bread”

Christmas Fireplace

It’s meant to be bad luck to begin decorating your Christmas tree before December, but with my kids now reaching the age where they understand Christmas, it’s hard not to get excited early. It’s also harder to try and stick to the December 1 rule. So instead of risking the bad luck that comes with erecting a tree before December 1, I started on making some decorations in preparation for the date. My first activity is a Christmas Fireplace. Continue reading “Christmas Fireplace”


Why Origami

Origami is one of those activities I sometimes enjoy more than my kids, it’s a great activity to do when the weather is wet or cold outside, the animals and shapes we make usually leads to some other type of activity, such as a puppet show, or building a Zoo or Ark. Continue reading “Origami”

Sourdough Starter

Why Sourdough?

Sourdough bread would have to be my favourite. If it were available to me, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the cost of it can be inhibiting, along with the fact that it doesn’t have any preservatives in the ingredient list; making its shelf life shortened, when compared to the other breads I’ve made. Continue reading “Sourdough Starter”

Bread Proofers

If you live in one of the warmer states of Australia, bread proofing can be a cinch, just place the dough on your kitchen bench and an hour later it has formed into a bubbly dough, twice the size of that it was left. In the southern areas of the country where I live, this won’t happen in the winter months. A piece of dough can sit for hours without the slightest rise; what’s more, it is also frequently threatened by the Australian wildlife, bugs and little children, if left too long unsupervised. Continue reading “Bread Proofers”

Kids Bead Bowl

Recently I set my boys the task of making this colourful melted bead bowl.  Usually they bicker and fight when being set a task together, but I found this activity in particular forced them to work together, with them being more focused on using their fine motor skills, they were distracted from upsetting one another. Continue reading “Kids Bead Bowl”

Sri Lankan Beef Curry

I love a spicy beef curry, full of flavour and taste. In winter I especially enjoy having my slow cooker running; filling my house with the delicious smells of a curry slowly being made. This recipe I have converted to be made fully in the Thermomix, the end result is a delicious curry, with tender meat and the perfect level of heat for me. Continue reading “Sri Lankan Beef Curry”

Sri Lankan Milk Toffee aka Kiri Toffee

Traditional Sri Lankan Sweet treat for dessert or midday reward. This chewy toffee with crunchy cashews will satisfy the sweet tooth in anyone.

Served as a dessert, Milk Toffee will appeal to the sweet tooth in the house, only a small portion will satisfy such taste buds. With a smooth caramel flavour and crunchy cashews, this is a nice occasional treat. Continue reading “Sri Lankan Milk Toffee aka Kiri Toffee”

Grass Egg Heads

Fun activity to keep the kids amused for days and weeks. Using eggshells create these cute characters in under ten minutes.

Cooking from scratch and making Egg Pan Hoppers regularly means I go through a lot of eggs. Eggshells have a multitude of uses, but a fun activity to do with the kids  is to make Grass Egg Heads. This activity takes under ten minutes to do, and requires very little maintenance afterwards to keep the hair growing. Continue reading “Grass Egg Heads”