Saturday, February 26, 2011
Pears and bamboo

I have been buying fruit and vegetable boxes from Flemington Direct. The quality has been great and compared with what I pay locally, the prices aren't too bad either. One of the things I like about it is that I have limited control over what variety of fruit and veg I get and it challenges me to find new and interesting waysto cook what I receive. However, that is also part of the problem. For example, we received an abundance of pears and I only eat them unripe (soft pears? eeeeuw!) and they don't stay unripe for very long at all. Chris only eats them when I cut them and serve them with cheese. Alex has never been much of a fan of pears. So.. what do I do with all these pears I have received?

My own recipe.

250g butter
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups SR flour
3 eggs
3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
3 tablespoons milk
2-3 pears diced


  • Preheat oven to about 165 degrees C
  • Cream butter in a medium bowl
  • Add sugar and beat till light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time a beat rapidly
  • Add milk and yoghurt and beat till combined
  • Fold in flour and cocoa
  • Line a baking tin
  • Pour about 2/3 of the batter into the rpepared tin
  • Add pears - do not stir
  • Add remaining batter. It does not matter if not all the pears are covered
  • Bake for about 50 minutes or till a clean dry skewer comes out clean. Turn oven off.
  • Rest in oven for ten minutes
  • Tip out the cake, remove the paper lining and leave to cool on a wire rack
  • Serve plain or with a dollop of heavy cream. Delicious!

Okay, so that's the pears.. and what about the bamboo?

I got some undyed bamboo blend yarn yesterday and decided to try dyeing it to see how it will turn out. The heathering wasn't as bad as I expected and the yarn took colour well.

A closer look...

Perhaps this is something I should stock in the store. next thing to do - knit it up into socks and seehow they feel!

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The yarn sounds good, but I can't see the photos.
The sock yarn looks pretty and i too like the heathering :)
Bamboo yarn is great to work with. Love them!
That cake looks so yummy!!!! Too bad I'm not much of a baking person :P
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