Feb 22, 2011

The First Hot Cross Buns of Easter 2011.

I held out for as long as I could.  I don't know how things are in your neck of the woods, but Easter foods have been in my local supermarkets since roughly the week after Christmas.  It started with a trickle of baby chocolate Easter eggs discretely hooked up at the check outs and then the stacks of hot cross buns that have invaded the bakery area.
Last night, Mr SSG came home with these.

It's a bit scary when you receive a NAP catalgue beause you're now one of their 'special' customers.  Not a word to Mr SSG.  Not.  A.  Word.

Baker's Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns. 

It's the last week of February, I think I've held out long enough.  I had a couple for dinner whislt trying to read the latest Net-A-Porter catalogue which I personalized very creatively.  The catalogue is the size of your average issue of an Australian fashion magazine (ie not as heavy as the hard hitting American and European titles) but jam packed with the latest runway photos and definitive fashion directives.  Oh, and Alexa Chung!
It was basically fashion icon overload.  Or perhaps it was the sugar and chocolate.  All I could manage was the Alexa spread before needing to find the sofa for a bit of a lie down.  The spectacle of all that luxe fashion being available from the one website was overwhelming, even for hard nosed e-shoppers like myself.

Other than that, it's not been too exciting at SSG Manor.

These are some photos by which to remember the deliciousness that was the Jamie Oliver Baked Cauliflower and Broccoli Cannelloni from Sunday night.

It was great fun making them.

Stuffing the cannelloni shells with the vegetable filling.

Tearing apart the bocconcini for that decadent third cheese part of the topping.

Before finally drizzling some olive oil over the whole lot.

I think I'm going to have a quiet night in tonight.  It's so wintery at the moment here in Sydney.  I'm trying to finish my current Kindle book so that I can review it here soon.  Oh and finalize my itinerary for the Honolulu and Darwin Grand Tour in May.  Should I take the NAP catalogue as a shopping guide, I wonder?

Take care and have a good one.


  1. It's freezing here, too. Will have to make something just as comforting for dinner tonight! xx

  2. Net-a-porter and chocolate chip hot cross buns? That is my idea of heaven!! Lucky you xx

  3. I've been eating Easter chocolate since January. Ahem.

  4. Cannelloni looks amazing....

    I have never tried a choc chip hot cross bun. Might have to get onto that.

    Take good care.

  5. We've been on the hot cross buns since the end of January, when school resumed.

    I'm riveted by the latest natural disaster - Christchurch. Still waiting to hear from a friend there, but he has apparently been seen live and well on tv.

    I was there when the last one hit - scary stuff.

    TDM xx

  6. TDM: the news about Christchurch is so devastating. I was crying in the car as I heard the sound bites on the car radio. It was lunchtime there and at least 65 souls lost...

    SSG xxx

  7. I love the look of that cannelloni - it looks fantastic. I have resisted the urge on the buns but I may or may not have purchased a bag of crunchie eggs...

    The news from New Zealand is heartbreaking.

  8. I am always getting hungry when I come visit your blog:)
    What´s up with that...

    Have a great day.

  9. Hi SSG - have dropped off the face of blog land lately, only to land smack bang into reality. However wanted to let you know I have just read all your latest posts & of course you have made me smile just when I needed to. So thank you for being you.


  10. Yummmmmmmmmmmm I love cannelloni!!!

    What do you do for work if you're on call? Telll meeeeeee!!!

    I LOVE the Net-A-Porter catalog, the MAIN secret reason I'm dying for ipad II to come out is so I can have the Net-A-Porter magazine at my hungry fingertips!!!

    Hope you didn't get called out tonight.


  11. Oh I really want to try that cannelloni, but I wish someone else would cook it for me! I am going through a stage of just not feeling like cooking. Still feel like eating though......I guess hot cross buns might be the go then....

    Can't stop thinking about Christchurch. Terrible.

  12. Katie: what a lovely comment. Thank you!

    SSG xxx

  13. i am not sure what I covet more - the choc Hot Cross Bun or the Net a Porter catalogue xx


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