How To Be More Environmentally Friendly In The Kitchen

First off, I just want to start this post by saying that The Small Adventurer is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE. I am NOT here to tell you what to do, judge you for what you do, or try to make you feel guilty. I will be the first to admit that I don’t do nearly as much as I could for the environment, but like everyone else, I am trying to make small changes.

2018 has been the year that people – including myself – have really woken up to the environmental issues, particularly the problem with plastic, and how much it is affecting our ocean life. It’s heartbreaking what’s happening to those animals, but it’s great to see so many people trying to make a difference in the world.

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Whilst I was baking one day, I realised that there were choices I could make that would help lessen the effects that I personally was making towards the amount of waste that goes to landfill, especially considering that sometimes I bake three different recipes in one day!

So, these are just some small changes that I am going to try to make as often as I can, and if you have any other ideas for me, then let me know! Some of these things had never even occurred to me before, until I started looking for ways to create less waste, so there is probably many more things I could do to be even better at it.

Once again, this is a judgement-free zone. You can do all of these, one of them, or none, and I’m not going to say a word, because I know not everybody is in the position to make changes like this. I just thought I’d share them with you all today as I honestly hadn’t thought of a couple of them until I really tried looking for things to change. Perhaps they’ll give you a lightbulb moment like they gave me! Either way, happy baking ☺️💕

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Homemade Musk “Stick” Candy Hearts

So, I have made a couple of boo-boos recently. I wouldn’t go as far as to call them mistakes; they are more so just little oversights on my behalf.

You see, I didn’t realise my last THREE recipes – my fairy bread cake pops, my Allen’s Strawberry and Cream cake, and these guys – are all AUSTRALIAN recipes. That itself isn’t such an issue, except most of my readers are from America or elsewhere, and have told me that they’ve never heard of fairy bread, or Allen’s lollies. Oops.

As for these musk sticks, whilst I THINK they’re somewhat more well known than my last two recipes, according to Wikipedia they are mostly popular here, in Australia. Once again, this was something I realised AFTER I had already made them. D’oh! 🤦‍♀️

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If you’ve never had musk sticks before, just know that they are DELICIOUS – they’re my all-time favourite candy! – and also quite unique. I honestly don’t know how to describe the flavour, but the actual candy is a slightly-soft-hard candy with a chalky texture that has been piped out with a star piping tip.

They usually comes in sticks (hence the name “musk sticks”), but you all know I’m not about doing things the “normal” way, so when I decided to try my hand at making them, I made them into hearts – because we’re always full of love over here at The Small Adventurer 😜💕 Anyway, let’s get onto the recipe!Read More »

Giant Allen’s Lollies Strawberry and Cream Cake

As most of my readers are from America, I’m not sure how many of you will know about Allen’s, so let me doing a little explaining! Here in Australia, Allen’s is an iconic brand of lollies (ie: candy) 🍬 According to Wikipedia, they are mostly known for their product Minties, which are soft mint lollies.

Whilst I do love those lollies, I feel like Allen’s has way too many awesome products to be defined by a single one. Their freckles are another classic, as is their party mix – which includes some of my favourite lollies such as milk bottles, bananas, snakes, and their strawberry and cream! 😍

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These lollies remind me of all the good parts of my childhood and – as my Instagram bio says – I am a child at heart, so it was only a matter of time before I made something to honour this product that has brought me such joy over the years! Besides, my Strawberry and Cream flavour extract from Queen Fine Foods hadn’t been used in a while, so I thought this would be the perfect time 😋

Just in case you’re wondering, this post is not sponsored, I honestly just love these lollies that much! As soon as these photos were taken, Daniel and I ate the entire bag and had zero regrets 🙊 If you’d like to make your giant strawberry and cream cake – which you DO, trust me – then keep on reading!Read More »