Kitchen appliances, there are many!

My pie maker decided not to work anymore.  I did have many good years with it. My quandary was whether I wanted to replace it or not. 

I hadn’t really decided one way or another when I was out shopping one day and I saw a little samosa maker on the markdown shelf in a store for $5 much cheaper than a pie maker.

As you can make many non pie things in a pie maker, cakes, pancakes etc I had to see what this samosa maker could do.

Yes the first thing I made was a pancake, well 6 little triangle pancakes that came out pretty good in 2 minutes. As per usual the hardest thing is not to open it up every 5 seconds to see how it’s going.

This is great for my grand kids snacks.

No I’ve not made samosas in it yet.


Reuse, recycle, repurpose.

Not all fruits or vegetables can be bought at farmers markets and sometimes you have no choice but to buy packaged. There are times you can reuse some of that packaging. I have found that I have a use for the plastic containers my mushrooms come in, they stack in my drawers nicely to hold my socks. Other containers fit my various bits for my card making or crafts. Different sizes for different items. My grandkids can leave their little projects in them for another day. Replace when broken.

Take away food containers are washed and when my boys and their families visit the left overs go home with them. They then reuse to pop meals in their freezer or work lunches.

Not all can be reused or repurposed and those go into my recycling bin.


Coffee Scroll Biscuits


Coffee Scroll biscuits

Prep Time 10 mins
Course Snacks & Sweets
Servings 18


  • 1 1/2 Cup Plain flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Packed brown sugar
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup Currants (or chopped sultanas)
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon All spice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Pink chocolate top
  • 100 Grams White chocolate melts
  • Pink food colouring


  • Beat softened butter and sugar.
  • Mix in vanilla then mix in egg white.
  • Fold in dry ingredients.
  • Fold in currants.
  • Cover the bowl and pop in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven.
  • Roll dough onto a lightly floured board or between to sheets of baking paper. About 3mm- ish thick.
  • Using a circle cutter cut the rounds and place on a baking tray. To get the scroll effect lightly indent the top with a smaller round cutter or another smaller round item to give the 'scrolled' effect.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until baked. Place on a cooling rack.
  • Pink chocolate top.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave in small 75% boosts being careful not to over do it.
    Pop a touch of the food colouring into the chocolate and mix until you're happy with the colour. Dab and spread onto each biscuit.
  • Store in a sealed container for up to a week.


I divide the dough in 2 and freeze half for another time.
Yes you can pop normal pink icing on top but the white
chocolate is what makes these biscuits perfect.

Scant, what does it mean?

What does scant mean when you’re cooking or baking?

It simply means that you only want just enough of that measurement or a little under.


1/2 Cup self raising (SR) flour, scant.

Just a little less than half a cup.


Raw sugar

Have you found a recipe that calls for raw sugar but you’d like something a little more refined/smaller granules?

Just pop your raw sugar into a blender or bullet and give it a blitz. For me I measure the recipes raw sugar first then blitz and use.

Alternatively you can blitz raw sugar to use instead of white sugar if you go fine enough, remember raw sugar is a light brown and can colour a white cake a little.

Not sure I’d use this method making a meringue or something that calls for very light and fluffy but if you take the chance and it works out let me know.

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