Moving and Shaking

Friday, August 5, 2011

We’ve done it. Moved out, that is. I won’t pretend that it wasn’t a bit of a wrench leaving our current apartment. It was a wonderful haven, somewhere we loved coming home to, somewhere we loved hanging out in, somewhere full of wonderful memories. Unfortunately circumstances beyond our control meant we had to bid goodbye to it. Perhaps temporarily, perhaps forever.

Er, that does sound rather dramatic doesn’t it?  It’s not that alarming really. The apartment is having remedial work done to it and we’re not sure if we’ll end up moving back or whether we’ll just move onwards now that we’re out.  Both Mr. Kitchen Hand and I are not backward-looking types. We’d rather push on and try something new, who knows what adventure awaits around the next corner.


 The last thing I baked properly (not counting the crumble) were these Graham Crackers. The recipe is a Nancy Silverton recipe, found at 101 Cookbooks



Moving has been quite cathartic actually. We’ve culled all the excess stuff, the stuff that lurks in the corners of cupboards and under beds. The stuff that breeds quietly when everyone is sleeping. I don’t know about you but no matter how careful I try to be when purchasing things, always mindful of need vs want, somehow stuff just seems to multiply. Every time we move, I vow that if it’s something that cannot be eaten up or used up, then it’s not coming through the doors, but still we end up with all this stuff. I think it’s a natural consequence of having children. Kids = stuff magnets.

So the move has been good  that way, helping us to travel lighter again. And we’re looking forward to hanging out in our new, albeit temporary, home. It’s really close to the beach, and looks like it will be the ideal place to spend the coming Summer. What I’m most looking forward to is getting back in the kitchen properly again. Time to make friends with a new oven :)





Of course, graham cracker would not be complete without marshmallows and chocolate right? Home made marshmallows, half quantity of recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

So thank you for visiting while I’ve been busy packing  boxes. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share some stories from the new kitchen once we get our internet connection sorted out. See you all real soon (I hope!) and have a great weekend.

Before I forget, here’s a recent post on Nectarine Cake I wrote for the Project 365 challenge if you’d like to have a look.



I want s'more of this ;) Actually, I had no idea how to make a s'more properly and had to google. I found that just toasting the marshmallow on the gas hob didn't get it hot enough to melt the chocolate. I ended up wrapping the whole lot in foil and popping it in the oven to get it all gloriously gooey.

12 comments:

Hungry Dog said...

Ah, congratulations on the move...it can be hard to leave a loved place but new adventures await you! And homemade graham crackers must have made the transition a little bit sweeter...

Fiona said...

Happy de-cluttering - I so admire anyone who can move house with less than they arrived with. Never yet managed it, but I live in hope. And how wonderful to be close to the beach!

Marcellina said...

I haven't popped in for a while but I love your graham crackers and great idea to melt the smores in the oven! YUM!
Congratulations on decluttering! From personal experience I know moving really uncovers just how much has grown around you!

Beth said...

Your s'more looks wonderful! I guess it's a North American thing - I grew up having them at camp, and they're such a perfect summer treat!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I am so curious what home-made crackers taste like. Yum. Can I have a piece? Hope with your new place. You have fun creating a new garden too.

grace said...

moving and marshmallows represent two polar opposite feelings for me. i LOATHE the moving process, but i could eat nothing but marshmallows all day. :)

3 hungry tummies said...

How exciting Shaz! Must be a wonderful feeling after the culling :)

Karen said...

Hi Shaz, so glad to hear the move went well! You are so right, it is amazing how much stuff one accumulates even when being mindful with purchases. As much as I hate moving, I love the feeling of a " new slate" and of a lighter load of stuff. Can't wait to read about your new kitchen adventures! Have a great week. :-)

Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi said...

All the best in your new home! I love to take advantage of moving with a huge 'stuff' cull. Good luck getting to know a new oven .. I find it takes a little time ..

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wishing you all the happiness in the world in your new home. Cant wait to see how your new place inspires you to make loads of fabulous treats :D
*kisses* HH

Juliana said...

I am glad that the move went well...it is always so much work...now that you are all set, I look forward to see your new creations in the kitchen :-)
Hope you are having a great week Shaz!

shaz said...

Thank you everyone! I am finally back on the internets. Can't wait to blog again.