Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
To keep the boy happy, we also (by 'we' I mean Michelle) put together a tasty cous cous salad.
Ainsley Harriet's citrus tang as a base (yes, we cheated) but then we added craisins, pistacchios and coriander.
Job well done (if I do say so myself!)
We finished off with Eton Mess - completely unnecessary for a casual Tuesday night dinner but it was amazing. We soaked the strawberries in pomegranate juice and topped the layers of meringue with ruby red pomegranate beads for a bit of crunch and tartness to break through all that cream.
We're now resting our fat bellies on the couch, watching The Blind Side. Life is grand!
- Combine mince, 100g feta, garlic, breadcrumbs and mint in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Place sesame seeds on a plate. Form mince mixture into 24 x 4cm patties, then place on plate and turn to coat in seeds. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
- Cook peas in a pan of boiling salted water for 3 minutes, then add asparagus and cook for a further 30 seconds. Drain vegetables and refresh in iced water. Drain again and transfer to a large bowl.
- Heat 2 Tbs oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add zucchinis and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes until golden but still crisp. Add to bowl with pea mixture. Reserve the pan.
- Heat remaining 2 Tbs oil in reserved pan over medium heat. Cook patties in 2 batches, for 2 mins on each side or until browned and cooked through.
- Add patties, preserved lemon, rocket and lemon juice to vegetables and toss gently to combine.
- Divide salad among plates. Top wiht extra mint leaves and scatter with the remaining 50g feta to serve.
Recipe from Masterchef Magazine, Issue 8, p 106
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Hmm, no royals unfortunately.
But a bit of this (hello pearls!) . . .
And copious amounts of this (well - I was stoked with my one glass of French amongst far too many Bird in Hand pinot noirs)
To end up like this!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Fleur Wood's Food, Fashion, Friends is SO me.
A definite stocking filler thank you Father Christmas (Mum, I hope you're reading this!).
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Especially when they're stunning peonies . . .
. . . is there anything more beautiful than a big bunch of peonies?
Love the touch of pink on the tight buds.
Completely adored our bouquets for Bree's stunning wedding, two years ago.
(Happy anniversary PS!).
As you can see above, it took two of us (me and Bree's divine neice Emelia) to hold up the heavy bunch!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I have my mother to blame for this obsession which sees me indulging in a tarte au citron and cappuccino every time. So much for bootcamp this week!
There's something very special about taking time out in the middle of the hustle and bustle of city life and stealing a half hour or so at a table for one with a good magazine or book.
Just call me Carrie Bradshaw!
And I love the fact this cafe features in the 'Lose yourself in Victoria' tv ad. Gorge!
Another 'must-do' in Melbourne in catching up with Lill, my oldest friend in the world.
She was attempting her first ever triathlon on the weekend but still took time out to catch up with me at the cutest little bar/coffee shop at the bottom of the GPO.
Federal Coffee Place. It's fab.
I just love how they make the most of the most obscure of places in Melbourne, nothing goes to waste. Here in the Rad, we lack that 'outside the square' thinking.
Just love the cloisters setting here, very European.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Don't ask me what it is we put together, but I was thrilled with the colours and the instant life it brought to my living room.
Oh, and the perfume . . .
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Okay, I know these are peonies, but it's the only pic I could find on file of me with my Granny!
The Sunday fun continued with a quick visit to drop off some of the first David Austin roses of the season to my Granny and Grandpa.
I love giving the gift of flowers, they can really brighten someone's day.
Then a fabulous afternoon followed at the pub with a dear old friend who I haven't had a proper catch up with in months. The sun was out, we enjoyed a few drinks and talked ourselves silly.
Five hours later got home to slip into crisp, clean sheets and catch up on my blog reading in bed.
How did you spend your Super Sunday?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Es and her hubby to be Ross have created a stunning home just perfect for entertaining with a kick-arse kitchen and gorgeous deck. It was such a pleasure to help out in the kitchen!
Wow, it looks like Christmas!
To my dismay, I had to leave early and missed Ruthie's berry creme anglaise tart. She even made her own pastry (love your work!). But it looked so pretty and I managed to squeeze in a pic on my way out the door. Spring on a plate!
Lots of fun was had and I can't wait til next year's instalment. Thanks Es!
Friday, October 29, 2010
That was not in my 'pale pink strapless Carla Zampatti frock' plan. No, not at all, no siree. And this new fringe I'm sporting is not partial to moisture in the air. A wavy fringe is never cool. Oh no no no.
So I've packed three dresses and while waiting for my tan to develop last night, I discovered what could possibly be my new favey blog - and that's after only three posts so far! Lucy in the Sky comes from the fabulous sister of none other than the sublime Miss Emma Clements of White and Wander fame. What a talented family, I tell you!
Lucy's latest post was right on the money - I was in a frazzle about what to pack for Melbourne but she took away the mystery and explained all the rules so that I, too, can look as fabulous as Elle McPherson strolling through the arrivals lounge. Well, that's the plan.
The above pic from Miss Lucy's blog is pure class and surely worthy of an upgrade. 'Upgrade'. Who am I kidding? I'm flying Tiger, for goodness sake!
Happy Derby Day - stay dry!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
There's nothing better than a hearty meal that really gets you involved - juice dripping up your wrist, sauce stains on your cheeks and an aching jaw from stretching too much to jam it all in at once.
The fabulous Ad emailed me the link to a taste.com.au burger recipe last week and when dear old friends JB and Bree came round for a lazy night on the couch, I knew just what to cook them.
I set up a DIY bar for the girls to load up with their own toppings and finished off with a serve of sweet potato fries. YUM! I was desperate for some gourmet burger rolls or ciabatta or turkish bread or something but when you head to the shops in Adelaide after work, most doors are closed except for mainstream supermarkets. I settled for French continental rolls from Bakers Delight which were actually really good and hit the spot.
We had such a lovely night in - JB and I have been friends for 15 years now and Bree's been on the scene for 12 so there was a lot of catching up to do . . . boys, country adventures, scandals from school and our dreams for the future. So many laughs - I thought I'd actually have to offer Bree a paper bag at one stage to catch her breath for all that giggling!
The mini mint Magnums were a perfect end to the night.
So, next time the girls pop around, give these a whirl! They were just the ticket for a night on the couch with The Block!
1kg beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbs grated parmesan cheese
Pinch of grated nutmeg
2 tbs olive oil
4 ciabatta buns, toasted
4 tbs hummus
1 cup baby rocket leaves
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
Roasted capsicum (optional) and aioli or mayonnaise, to serve
Place mince, onion, chilli, egg, breadcrumbs, mustard, parmesan and nutmeg in a bowl, and season. Use your hands to shape into 4 patties. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in a non-stick frypan over medium-high heat, then cook patties for 2-3 minutes each side or until cooked to taste. Spread bun bases with hummus, add rocket, tomato, a pattie, some capsicum, aioli and top of bun.
My only hot tip would be to use less mince - I made nine burgers from the 1kg mince so can only imagine how big they'd be if you stuck to the recommended four serves!
I also threw in some avocado for good measure - just love it in a burger, but anything goes really. Sliced beetroot would be yum . . . albeit very messy!
Recipe from here.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Such a gorgeous day last year, how time flies when you're having fun! They are now expecting a little bubs in February next year which has the family over the moon. So exciting.
Won't the little one have the shock of her life when she sees her parents in full swing on their wedding day?
(Please let me know if the video doesn't work)
My camera is officially dead so during my housesitting stint at Mum and Dad's this weekend, I took the opportunity to download some pics from their camera that I've 'borrowed'.
Found this gorge pic from my visit to the Parap markets with the gorgeous Bree in Darwin a few weeks (eek, months now!) back. Loved the markets - paw paw salad, best laksa and fabulous fresh juices.
Am committing to indulging in fresh flowers at least once a fortnight - and for those in between burts of colours - there's always budget-friendly daisies. Nothing better to brighten up your life!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Amedei Single Origin chocolae, honey crumble, cocoa husk and vanilla
Penfolds Bluestone Grand Tawny
So rich and so ah-mazing. The perfect finish