Doing What Makes Me Happy


March 1, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson

After a little bit of a break due to health and circumstances beyond my control, I am now back Doing What Makes Me Happy!

In this time of reflection, Elbio from elbio patisserie & cafe here in Campelltown, South Australia shared that one “cannot call 2015 a new year just because is a different number,” and went onto say “What about if you try to really make it a new year and shape it to your liking, then it really will become a new one, a different one and perhaps a better one.”

My blog has come such a long way from its humble beginnings, from when I first learned what a blog was and the very first blog I read and admired was Lorraine’s Not Quite Nigella.

It gives me great pleasure today to invite you back into my kitchen via Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial’s monthly In My Kitchen series.

Thermalina (my Thermomix) now has a sibling Rank Arena Air Fryer who compliments what she can do!

Perhaps you can suggest a name?

Rank-Arena-Airfryer-whatsonthelistLook forward to experiencing my Rank Arena Air Fryer Cookbook!

For those who may not be familiar in what it does, think of it as a mini-oven that sits conveniently on a flat surface (inside or out) and cooks and bakes in A LOT less time than a conventional oven.

Who doesn’t want to save time and money these days?

“They say” a picture is worth a thousand words; here are some of the dishes I have created to date; the featured photo is Grilled Cajun Chipolte Chicken — delish!
Quiche-eggs-airfryer-whatsonthelist                                 Ham, Gruyere, Tomato and Onion QuicheOmelette-eggs-airfryer-whatsonthelist                                                 Omelette Souffle
Muffins-apple-cinnamon-airfryer-whatsonthelist                  Joanna’s Apple & Pear Mini Muffins topped with Cinnamon
as inspired by What Katie Ate’s Apple Cinnamon Buns
Gruyere-thyme-popovers-airfryer-whatsonthelist                                         Comte & Thyme Popovers
as inspired by Erika’s Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers
Prawns-Italian-Asian-airfryer-whatsonthelist                              Prawns Three Ways — Italian, Asian & Cajun
Prawns-Moroccan-airfryer-whatsonthelist                        Moroccan Prawn Skewers with Feta & Balsamic Vinegar
Chicken-satay-airfryer-whatsonthelist                                             Chicken Satay Skewers
Chicken-peri-airfryer-whatsonthelist                        Chicken Drumsticks with Sugarless Peri Peri Sauce
Chevaps-beef-pork-airfryer-whatsonthelist                              Healthy Beef Chevaps with Smashed Peas
Backed-macaroni-cheese-whatsonthelist                                            Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Chicken-bacon-pesto-airfryer-whatsonthelist          Bacon Wrapped Chicken Involtini with Pesto & Sun Dried Tomato
Ciabatta-bread-airfryer-whatsonthelistI was very excited with the outcome of each and every dish, but making this Ciabatta Bread made me very happy and it was the perfect size!

Speaking of bread and baking, I can’t wait to make authentic French baguettes and breads with the new Couche aka Baker’s Cloth, Rattan Proofing Basket and imported French Flour that “magically” made its way into my kitchen; think holiday, birthday and/or anniversary magic!

Baking makes me happy and if it is anything I have learned along the way, creating takes time!

Creating from the heart is always a baking start!
Flour-baking-basket-rattan-whatsonthelistI do hope you can feel HOW HAPPY cooking and baking PASSIONATELY makes me?

I recently saw Pumpkin-Seed Oil and was quite intrigued with it as I have never seen or used it, have you?
Oil-pumpkin-seed-whatsonthelistI don’t know about you, but I have heaps of recipes challenging myself that I yearn to do!

While I have made many varieties of Pull Aparts, I have never made homemade Cinnamon Buns; you know the ones that make the kitchen smell amazing with icing drizzled on top?

I am one step closer, as the pan was “magically” sent to me from a friend in the States!
Cinnamon-buns-breakfast-whatsonthelistI believe things happen for a reason in life and one is connected with people by chance, by fate, but there is always a reason.

Without embarrassing, I would like to personal thank Jason from Don’t Boil the Sauce (a fellow IMK participant) for a variety of reasons, but will stay focused today and also thank another “extraordinary and inspiring person”; if you get a chance, hop over to Tune into Radio Carly as indirectly, this “wonderfully quirky” soy jam donut candle via Melbourne’s Bakery Range by Aacute came my way!Candle-baking-donut-whatsonthelistAnd then, there are the gadgets!

You didn’t think I forgot, did you?

These two gadgets are EGG-ACTLY up my alley; pun intended as the first one is a Square Egg Gadget where the eggs come out as slices!

Look forward to a future blog post and then of course my friends amused me with this pressie (Aussie lingo for present)…The Rollie where “perfectly cooked eggs” rise up vertically out of the gadget in minutes!

I shall certainly put that to the test and look forward to the results!
Gadget-egg-slice-whatsonthelist Gadget-egg-whatsonthelistI am always inspired by chocolate and while at the dollar discount store, this silicon alphabet mould was marked for clearance.

How could I resist?
Chocolate-mould-gadget-whatsonthelistLastly, have you ever wanted to make Stuffed Burgers like the restaurants do?

My friends in the States thought I would be amused with this StufZ.

Look forward to me trying this one out too!
Gadget-burger-stuffed-whatsonthelist Burger-gadget-stuffed-whatsonthelistWhile I recently have been offered my own Cooking TV Show (which I politely declined), perhaps a gadget video or two “may” come your way with actual results and a real review of gadgets “As Seen on TV!”

Which of the above recipes would you most like to try?

Which gadget would you most like to see the results?

If you enjoyed this post, please share it, so in turn in brightens someone else’s day!

What’s On The List has a new Google+ home and would love to see my ol’, not old friends welcome me there too!

Thank you!

All comments genuinely make me smile and uplift my day!

86 thoughts on “Doing What Makes Me Happy

  1. this is the second blog post i have seen mentioning air fryer. sounds bizarre:) glad to hear you are feeling better. interesting things in your kitchen! you turned down a tv show??!

    • Thanks Sherry and yes, I LOVE the Rank Arena Air Fryer and look forward to my cookbook!
      Thank you for the kind thoughts and yes, the timing was not right for the TV show, but maybe again one day! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my Goodness that is a lot of food Joanne! Where did you get the proving basket from, Ive been looking for one for my sourdough. I have made the baguette recipe out of the new Basic Cook book and it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Liz xx

  3. Good to see you back Joanne and glad to hear that you are feeling better! I was so pleased to see you commenting on various IMK posts! You’ve had a wonderfully busy and productive kitchen – all your food looks absolutely delicious! Pumpkin oil reminds me a little of toasted sesame oil – have you tried it?

  4. Joanne, I’m thinking (craving?) your Moroccan Prawns or quiche (or, or, or…) — what tasty fun you’ve had with your new gadget! I agree with you, 2015 is “THE year” for making the most of it — or what you want out of it. (Life’s too short not to!) Hope you’re feeling better after your recent health concerns. xo!

  5. Yes can definitely feel your passion and love of baking and cooking, it’s wonderful. I’m sorry to hear that you were poorly. You have an action packed kitchen though, so many amazing things. I’ve also been toying with the idea of making cinnamon buns but have never quite got there yet, I look forward to seeing yours. The egg gadgets are a hoot!

  6. You’ve been busy! The macaroni and peri peri chicken look especially yummy. I do love spicy! And I have an idea to name the air fryer: Friar Tucker. Haha! Hope it’s not too corny. 😉 But I like cutesy names like that. ~s

  7. Welcome back, Joanne! You have so many new kitchen gadgets- how do you find the space to store them all? I especially have my eye on the Cajun Chipotle Chicken dish- do you know that I found cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for sale at a Foodland store in Brighton? Maybe next time I won’t have to bring over so many cans of these from the U.S.!

  8. So glad to see you back with your usual joie de vivre Joanne. I have seen those Rollie egg things on TV and they make me laugh. I was so mesmerised, I even thought about buying one but quickly came to my senses. I look forward to hearing what you think. I’ve had pumpkin seed oil and thinks it adds an interesting if somehwat strong taste to dressings. I like it though. cheers Fiona

  9. A lot of lovely dishes there. I will be interested to hear your thoughts on the Rollo. I have always viewed it with much suspicion 🙂

  10. Glad you are back and doing what brings you joy! It looks as though you’ve been busy, I got quite hungry looking at all that food. The quiche speaks to me right now.

  11. There’s always so much going on in your kitchen Joanne that I feel quite exhausted just reading through!

    • Thanks Anne for stopping by! My kitchen is always buzzing with excitement and if we all enjoyed the same things in life, the world would be a boring place indeed! Thanks for you kitchen view this month too!

  12. Kavey says:

    I think your fryer reminds me of Wall-E and Eva, maybe a name inspired by them or other friendly robot characters?

  13. Welcome back Joanne I hope you’re feeling a lot better now. It’s been a bit quiet without you around! I’m a bit hungry looking at all your creations – especially the bacon wrapped chicken x

  14. sharon says:

    Wow, glad you are feeling better! Looks like you are ready to have fun in your kitchen again. 🙂

  15. ale says:

    Awesome post. Lots of yummy food. Love your little oven.

  16. Amira says:

    Woow, look who is back on track again.. you’ve been missed my friends and I hope you are doing better now and everything is OK with you. These are a lot of gadgets here I like the air fryer I want to purchase the Phillips one but waiting till I move.

  17. Glad to see you back in action Joanne. And you’ve got so much good stuff here. I’ve been contemplating an air fryer purchase. Glad to see one mentioned here!

  18. Lots of yummies and fun things to explore in this post! I’m so happy you are back Joanne! Take good care of yourself!

  19. Your dishes look so good! I’m just now learning how to bake bread. I’ll have to look through some of your recipes in more detail. #ibabloggers

  20. Welcome back Joanne!! I know first hand the trials of keeping up with blogging or lack their of when dealing with medical issues etc. I am SO glad you are back! I would love to have you do another guest post on APIMP in the near future! I love my hamburger stuffed gadget! It is SO much easier to eat a burger stuffed with yummy goodness than trying to get it all to stay inside the bun! See you soon!

    • G’day and big thanks Cathy and GREATLY appreciate your friendship and support!
      I would LOVE to do another guest post once I settle down and get back in the blogging groove! I can’t wait to try out the burger gadget and so hope it works!

  21. Glad you are back Joanne! Lots of delicious looking dishes & fun gadgets in this post! #iba

  22. Becky Meng says:


    I saw an airbake oven for the first time here in the U.S. a few weeks ago and wondered if it was legitimate. Thanks for the demonstration on what you can do with one AND for your product recommendations. You make me want to spend more time in my kitchen!


    • G’day and thanks Becky for stopping by and honestly, had I not seen first hand what the Rank Arena Family 4L could do, I might not have believed it too! I thought for $89.00, it was worth it to try as opposed to the more expensive models which this can do everything they do too!

  23. Mary B says:

    Welcome back! Glad to see you are dodging life’s little curveballs being tossed at you. I think you need to name the Air Dryer Frank. Because honestly, when I saw the name, that is how I read it in my head. #ibabloggers

  24. I enjoyed your post, welcome back. I haven’t ever seen an airfryer, is it like a mini-convection oven?

    • G’day and thanks Liz! I have a mini-convection oven somewhere in the closet too! It is more like a mini oven and has a different technology, but it does cook and bake without the need for oil in a LOT less time with minimal clean up; bonus and anything that saves time helps me!

  25. Glenda says:

    Joanne, your cooking in your air fryer looks fabulous – I want one now 🙂 Love the look of that cinnamon roll pan. Gee you have some great gadgets.

  26. Kirsty says:

    Joanne, what an amazingly versatile machine your air fryer is! How about Ariana Air Fryer? I am intrigued by your cinnamon scroll pan. Do you cut the dough onto scrolls then squish them into the tin, or pour in a batter and it cooks it to shape? I just love what you can get in the states. I have been eyeing of a delightful Nordic Ware bundt tin. Maybe Santa will be kind this Christmas! cheers Kirsty xx

    • G’day and thanks Kirsty for stopping by and yes the air fryer is only limited by one’s imagination and thanks for the suggested name too! I think one only pours the batter into the mould and am off to view a video as there seems to be one of almost everything these days as a guide! Look forward to how they come out!

  27. ardysez says:

    I’m so happy for you to be doing what makes you happy, and that you are back blogging. The RAAF name for the air fryer is a good suggestion! Lots of delicious looking food in your kitchen. Have a great month!

    • Thank you ardysez for stopping by and glad we are reunited through our passion of food and peeking in other people’s kitchens! 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion re the Air Fryer name too!

  28. trudy shearer says:

    Welcome back Joanne. I know you have been busy cooking up a delicious storm which in time I know you will share. Your experiments with the air fryer look wonderful!

  29. Oh boy, you’ve been busy. I must keep an eye out for one of those burger gadgets!

  30. I hope you are feeling better now! We really missed you. Your blog has definitely come a long way and you have learned so much in the process. You have also taught us so much over your blogging time. Can’t wait to see what else you have to offer us.

  31. So glad to have you back and to read a new post. You may have been on a break but very buys! Great new ‘toys’ and wow one all the recipes.

  32. Welcome Back my dear friend! I wish I had room in my kitchen for more gadgets and appliances. This looks great, and after the mess I made in the kitchen today, your Airfryer sounds like a great addition.

  33. Oh yummy! It’s lunchtime here and I’m starving. Everything looks so delicious. Glad you are back, feeling better, and blogging again! I think I’d have to call your new machine Karena (ranK ARENA). LOL. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN.

    Life With Lorelai

  34. Nancy Fox says:

    Missed you Joanne!!! Everything looks so delicious. 🙂

  35. Carolann says:

    So good to see you back! I love that Stufz burger gadget! Awesome post with loads of great info!

  36. Welcome back to the world you love! It’s good to see you back. Great new look for your site. ((((hugs)))) ~Sue

  37. babso2you says:

    Welcome back Joanne! Hope that you are doing better! I think you should name the air fryer RAAF. 🙂 Hugs to you my dear and it nice to see you back at doing your blog again! Be well… ^..^

  38. So glad you are back, Joanne! It’s lovely to see you again! Sounds like you are right back in the swing of things – I so enjoyed reading this post!

  39. jeanne says:

    welcome back joanne and its about bloody time girl. Your back doin what you enjoy and we enjoy reading x

  40. Welcome back!!
    We missed you!
    Thank you for the virtual tour in your kitchen. I love these posts, it almost feels like I’m in you’re kitchen and we are chatting over a cup of tea

  41. Winnie says:

    I’m soooooo glad you’re feeling better Joanne 🙂
    Welcome back to blogging!!
    I love that silicon alphabet mould

    • Thank you Winnie as I have missed you and your wonderful creations too!
      I am glad you enjoy the mould and am sure it will be used often during the year to surprise friends with special food chocolate messages!

  42. Welcome back to the blog Joanne! Hope to read more about your adventures 😀

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