Notes from Sydney!!!

So we’re here in Sydney in the middle of winter and its absolutely beautiful. It does get a tad cold from time to time, but we’re enjoying every minute of it. Walking through the grocery isles over here is amazing. There is so much to choose from, whether it is fresh produce, meat and seafood or baking ingredients and accessories 🙂 I’ve been a happy camper just looking through stuff, like a kid in a candy shop. I haven’t really got down to serious cooking or baking yet, as we are still in the process of settling in, finding a place to stay, job hunting and the like.

We’re moving into our rental home in another days time. Its a cozy little place and has a tiny little kitchen. Not something I’m used to, I must admit. Cooking here will be a little challenging but I know I’m going to work my way around that. Maybe, I’ll start noting down a ‘chronicles from a little kitchen’ series while I’m at it 🙂 It just may encourage others with limited space to try their hand at a home cooked meal.

Oh yes, I did stop by a local craft store yesterday and boy! was it a big one. There was so much stuff in there. I originally went in to buy some yarn to crochet a few things, but there were so many options, I didn’t end up picking anything. That just not like me. But I fully intend going back once we move and getting started on a few projects.

Notes from Sydney will continue as we explore more places and experience what this fabulous city has to offer. Don’t forget to stop by soon. 

SRC: Chocolate Oatmeal No-bake Cookies

This is my last SRC post from my current home in India. Hopefully, it won’t be my last. We’re moving from Mumbai to Sydney in a few days time and I’m looking forward to blogging from my new home there. These last couple of weeks have been absolutely frenzied in terms of activity levels. We’ve just gotten rid of almost all of our stuff that we’re not taking along with us, including both of my dearly beloved ovens.

For this months SRC assignment I was assigned the blog Jenna’s Cooking Journey. Jenna’s blog is full of yummy goodness and she has such a variety of baked goodies, that I was sad I wouldn’t be able to try out one of her baked recipes which I had originally picked for this month’s reveal, but hadn’t got down to making it yet. And now that I didn’t have an oven at my disposal, I went back to her blog to see what I could whip up. And you know what, I found a gem of a recipe there for no-bake cookies. The ingredients listed sounded delicious. I had everything I needed in the pantry waiting to be used before we took off, so that was another plus point. I knew I was going to try these cookies out. I’m so glad I did. These were not only easy to make and were so quick to put together, but they tasted divine. Thanks Jenna for sharing such a wonderful recipe. This one is a definite keeper for me. I know I’ll be making these cookies more often. I stuck to the recipe as is and I’m glad I did. But in the future I know I’ll be trying out other variants of these cookies to, it does seem like a recipe that is quite versatile. One thing I’ll do a little different next time, is I’ll cut the sugar quantity a little. Mind you, these cookies are NOT overly sweet, but my husband and I both agreed that we’d love it even more if it was a tiny bit less sweet. Do give it a try and see how addictive these little yummy mounds are. They remind me of a yummy bar of Snickers, with a big difference, I know exactly what’s going into these. I halved the recipe and got a dozen cookies and those are the quantities I’ve listed below.

Chocolate Oatmeal No-bake Cookies
(Yields 1 dozen cookies)

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. cocoa
1/4 cup peanut butter (I used the chunky variety)
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Place the butter, sugar, milk and cocoa in a saucepan on the heat. Bring it to a rolling boil and boil for one minute thereafter.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients till everything is well combined and drop spoonfulls of the mixture on some baking / parchment paper.

Let it cool to set.