Sunday, May 30, 2010

The weekend


...has involved much time spent at Bunnings.

Aside from that excitement there's been research for a new vehicle after my car drove to it's smokey demise last weekend. A what I would call "Royal Mail moment" as I was served a cured salmon entree at Delizia Cucina that was almost too pretty to eat, with the taste living up to the visuals. And a PB for 10km with a boiled egg recovery breakfast.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

A week of Yellow. Day 1

Paying tribute to the last week of Autumn with yellow images.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Portraiture



So the whole Sketch Saturday has fallen by the wayside. I haven't touched my watercolours for months. Yes, I'm missing it, but during the week I'm hardly home. Partly because I'm doing a short course in Portrait photography. Not my forte I tells you. I did like how these low key shots turned out of a gorgeous girl in our class.

Basically it's a black background, with a continuous tungsten light source on the right.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Inspiration


The Melbourne City Library has been a recent source of inspiration for me recently. I'm looking forward to delving into the wisdom of these two books, on a subject I know nothing about!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cable

So while I had a pattern I needed some major help to read essentially another language. All those k's, p's, sl's and *'s. I needed the help of an expert. You know, someone who's been at this a little longer than I. Poor Mum, she had no escape given she's been prescribed strict bed rest after her foot op. It took us three goes, but we got there. A wonky kind of cable, but cable nevertheless.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Artillery


Needles. Check. Pattern. Check. Cable, you will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Late afternoon sun


After a chilly start to the day, we were privy to some gorgeous late afternoon sun. It was so nice to spend a little time clicking away. I must do it more often.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Supplies

As much as I'm enjoying my little crochet project, it's taking forever and I feel as though I need a change of scenery. So I pick up some supplies. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cookies!

Last weekend Saturday night footy with the Golden Child (otherwise known as my Bro) called for dinner as well as dessert. Deservedly so given he had to work all weekend. I wanted something easy that used the ingredients in my cupboard. Thanks again Jamie. His Ministry of Food cookbook came through with the simple biscuit goods.

You'll need a food processor and 30mins to rest the dough before baking.

Ingredients
• 125g butter slightly soft • 100g caster sugar • 1 large egg (free range of course!) • 100g plain flour • 25g oats • 1/4 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp salt.

Additions
• lemon/lime/orange peel OR • 100g chocolate chopped OR • 50g nuts chopped/50g sultanas
Use your imagination or what's in the pantry.

Directions
Add basic ingredients to processor and whiz until smooth.
Alternatively achieve the same results with a wooden spoon, mixing bowl and a little more time.
Flavour with your choice of additions. I used a combo of walnuts, pecans and almonds. I'd like to try cranberry & white chocolate next.
Spoon onto cling film and roll into a sausage shape. Freeze the dough for 30 mins.
Heat the oven to 190C/375F.
Cut the dough into slices (Jamie recommends 1cm - mine were thinner).
Place onto tray lined with baking paper and bake for 8-10mins.
Let them cool down slightly before transferring to a wire rack.

You definitely want the edges to go a golden brown. The middle will still be chewy.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The blues


A couple of weeks ago I did something very out of the ordinary. For me anyway. I made a purchase that included a shade of blue. Those who know me well may need a minute to pick themselves up off the floor. I can't explain what it is with blue, but in the nicest way it offends my aesthetic sensibilities. Don't ask, I am aware of the ridiculousness. But I could not resist the other colours in this necklace from Kristina Klarin. The arrival of the necklace brightened my week even with the blues.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Another year

It's a belated Happy (dating) Anniversary to Mr T. Two years yesterday. I put not remembering down to being ill last week and not wholly on the ball. It won't matter, because I'm sure he won't have remembered either! Thankfully I'd prepared the card earlier. It just needed some last minute cropping.

This year threw up far more challenges than the first. But he's still awesome and I still count myself lucky!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

This week in the garden

I'm seeing the fruits of last weekend's planting already! Given that almost everything is at a standstill in the garden outside, I decided to bring a few pots inside to see if I could raise some herbs, mini cauliflower and baby beetroots amongst others. This is the start of the rocket. I shouldn't lose this lot to caterpillars and snails!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Coconut pie

Last Friday I had dinner with the girls, a fabulous Indian banquet was feasted on, complete with bollywood films playing in the background. I offered to bring dessert and opted for Impossible coconut pie, in that it's impossible for anything to go wrong. I was looking for something that would complement the meal and not be too heavy. Had it been warmer I would have gone for sorbet, but this fit the bill.

Ingredients:
• 4 eggs • 1 cup caster sugar • 100g unsalted butter, softened • 100g almond meal • 1 cup desiccated coconut • grated lemon rind (from 2 lemons) and their juice ~1/2 cup • grated orange rind and it's juice ~ 1/2 cup • 1 cup coconut milk • 1/2 cup plain flour, sifted • Cream & passionfruit to serve.

Preheat oven to 180C
Mix everything in a food processor and pour into a greased 28cm pan. (The mixture is super runny)
Bake for an hour or until golden.

My pan wasn't quite 28cm so I got a couple of small ramekins and baked them too. Which was lucky, because the nine of us polished this off easily and there wouldn't have been anything to photograph!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hump day


Thank god for three seasons of Mad Men. I was off work today ill and thinking tomorrow may hold the same. There's some reading material in there too, namely the latest edition of Inside Out which comprises their annual decorating and renovating guide. Which is timely, because this is the current state of our main bathroom. I tell you, it's an improvement on the pink tiles with matching pink spa that were there, but it's not ideal. A new bath has been ordered, we're just deciding on tap ware and tiles.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Panda Eyes

The Japanese really do have a monopoly on cute containers. I'm looking forward to making onigiri to be carried by the panda. For the moment he's doing a pretty good job carrying my quinoa.