Sunday, April 13, 2014

PEARL OYSTER BISCUITS



This weekend my beautiful little niece celebrated her 5th birthday with a Mermaids & Pirates party. Her talented mama did such a fabulous job, decorating the house with pretty aquas, pinks and whites, and setting out a scrumptious sea-themed feast with delicacies such as Seaweed Skewers (grapes threaded onto skewers), Crab Claws (carrot sticks), Fish & Chips (Dixie Drum Sticks and French Fries chips). For the party, I recreated some pearl oyster biscuits that I spotted on babyology.com.au. Who'd have thought a bunch of kiddos would gobble down a plate of oysters so quick?!

I used a basic shortbread recipe for the biscuit, fondant and an edible pen for the eyes, butter cream icing and metallic sixlets for the pearls (from Candy Bar Sydney).

Also, have a look at the sensationally sea-savvy party bags made by the hostess with the mostess (my SIL). Beautiful! 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LAMB SHANK PIE



With Easter approaching, I was considering posting pictures of cute bunny crafts or lilac-bowed, frosted sugar cookies in the shape of lambs. That would have been cute. Well... I bring you lamb! Shanks... upsidedown in a casserole dish. 

Still cute.

Summer is gone, everyone. Ripped out from under us like a sandy beach towel and replaced with a fluffy cream floor rug in the shape of a Farthing Wood Friend. Exit: lettuce. Enter: Waaaarm 'n' hearty comfort foods. This pie will get you there. I saw this on Good Chef Bad Chef and you can find the recipe here.

I was a little nervous to make it because lamb shanks seemed like such a grown up, serious thing to cook. Akin to a Sunday Roast (yet to tackle that milestone). But it was so easy, and well received by the man in the house. Baaaaah. 


Friday, April 4, 2014

GARBAGE TRUCKS

The forgotten jolt of a crisp autumn chill met my bare arms this morning, as I tip-toed across the dewy lawn; a three-year-old boy jetting ahead in hot pursuit of the garbage truck. For the past five weeks I've been nannying for three children under eight; they have kept me on my toes. Master Three is absolutely obsessed with garbage trucks. I mean, you have never seen anyone, so besotted. He has in his possession enough toy trucks to launch a fleet. I have a feeling he one day will. At the telltale screeching brakes of the garbage truck this morning, he launched to the front door like a shot. The pure elation on his face as he waved to the driver and chased that truck, driveway to driveway, around the street. I saw a chuckle from the cab's side mirror as the truck rounded the corner, out of view. Master Three came running back, bubbling, beaming, churning out sunshine from his little face. The highlight of his week. We watch YouTube videos of garbage trucks most afternoons. This is my work life right now. I'm okay with that. Mid-video, he turns to me and says, "I want that truck for my birthday [in October]. Do you want it for *your* birthday?" He waits expectantly. Wanting to be truthful, I initially answered no, I would prefer some big girl things. He does not accept this response. He does not ask why, he simply restates the question: "Do you want a garbage truck for your birthday?" This time I say, "Yes. Then I'll come right over and give it to you." He seems happy with this. 

They are a handful. But when this stint is over I will miss little moments like these. 



Friday, March 28, 2014

EARTH HOUR

Earth Hour... what a perfect excuse to mix things up this Saturday night. If the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of Pisa and Times Square, among others, can switch their lights off for an hour in recognition of our commitment to the globe, so should we, I say.

I'm *not* disappointed that I'm going to be out at a wedding tomorrow night, just a fraction disappointed I won't get to participate in a little something like this: with your lover or with a group of friends: lights out, comfies on, candles lit, wine in hand, pizza present, board games/spooky stories at the ready... or just get out under the stars.

It might look a little something like this... x



one. queen b pure beeswax candles two. peter alexander chunky knit pom pom socks three. dr. mcgillicuddy's schnapps four. p i z z a five. s c r a b b l e six. 100% 'stansborough grey' eco-friendly wool knit blanket seven. f o r t u n e c o o k i e s eight. banrock station cabernet nine. c o o k i e s

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ALLIGATOR PEAR AND COCONUT POPSICLES



Yesterday I whizzed up these Alligator Pear (otherwise known as an Avocado) & Coconut popsicles from Sarah Wilson's I Quit Sugar book and they were later taste-tested over an episode of Puberty Blues. Not quite a Golden Gaytime but no doubt better for the bod. On a side note, imagine a 70s mama making homemade icypoles out of coconut water and chia seeds? Lolz. Crazy hippy. How times have changed.

What's in?

1 large ripe avo
200mL coconut cream
Juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons coconut water (Cocobella contains no added extras)
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup (didn't have any, replaced it with honey)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (the white ones)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Whizz and freeze.

And let's take a moment to zero in on some of the contents.

Avocado: Labelled as "the world's most perfect food" these knobbly numbers are high-fiber, contain 20 essential nutrients and vitamins,  are rich in healthy fats such as omega-3 which are the secret to a healthy heart and a brainy brain. Avos, more particularly their high Vitamin E content, are connected to the prevented and reversal of Alzheimer's. Did you know that avocados are also known as alligator pears? I didn't. Makes sense.

Coconut Water: There seems to be a bit of argument about the health benefits of coconut water but if we're to believe the coco-nuts then straight-up coconut water is super hydrating, high in potassium and low in calories. It contains sugar in the form of glucose and fructose in low doses.

Ch-ch-ch-chia Seeds: I don't know how many seeds you have to pop to reap the rewards but these super seeds supposedly slow down digestion and are high in fiber, calcium, omega-3, manganese (which is good for dem bones and helps your body to utilise other nutrients), phosphorous (to synthesise protein for tissue repair and growth), and tryptophan to help regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood. Chia seeds are tasteless, nom, so you can add them to anything and everything. Go nuts seeds.



"Your *kids* will enjoy reaching for the stars with these fun star-shaped frozen treats".