Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lemon coconut and cashew nut chocolate truffles























The garden club's Spring show is fast approaching and I am still not sure what I will enter in the cookery competition. An iced marble cake and a plate of five monte carlo biscuits are definite entries...but I need something else. Something else to increase my chances of a prize certificate. A plate of five decorated cupcakes or a plate of five pieces of confectionery? I am leaning towards the confectionery as I do not think I can bake a cake, biscuits and cupcakes in one night. That is a bit too much activity for me and my old age oven on a Friday night. I made some test truffles the other day and things turned out well.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Open garden in Tungkillo

























On Saturday I slept in for a whole half an hour, until 5.15am! How naughty of me! How could I do such a thing when I knew I had to rise early to study? Fortunately, the sleep in did not prevent me from studying for the majority of the morning. This allowed me to visit an open garden in Tungkillo (between Lobethal and Mannum) in the afternoon. I visited the open garden last year with my dad and as we had such a lovely time, that we were more than happy to return this year.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

My breakfast for immunity

























Put up your hand if you did not get the flu shot. Now leave your hand up if you did not get sick. Is anyone there? If so, congratulations! You must be doing something right. As you know, I do love a bargain. You will therefore be amazed to find out that the free flu shot provided by my employer did not seem an attractive offer to me. Instead, I just ate lots of garlic and greens....ok and maybe some other healthy things too.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Coconut sago with stewed berries

























Time for another blog hop. The time goes so quickly. Never fear, the faster the time flies, the closer the Christmas break. For me that means holidays and not having to catch the bus each day at 06.40. Oh...I just remembered I have to study over the break. Ugh. Anyway...This month's blog hop is berry themed. I was not keen on making anything grainy or too sugary. Therefore, I made a simple coconut sago with stewed berries.


Friday, 17 August 2012

Honey soy chicken wings

























In the quest to become a proficient house wife, without actually becoming  a wife, I dished up another warm evening meal for my family. Upon recently preparing my 2012 income tax return I was shocked to see that I OWE the Australian Taxation Office $75! Can you believe it? I try to be a good girl by and save money by placing half my wages into a a term deposit, only to realise I have to pay tax on the interest. Great. This tax encounter prompted me to prepare the above mentioned warm meal on a very tight budget. Honey soy chicken wings were born. At $2.50/kg, how can you not buy chicken wings?! The price is so close to $0 that purchasing them should assist you in saving for your tax bill.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Bourke Street Bakery, Alexandria

























"Let me put my hipster glasses on", I said when approaching the Bourke Street Bakery. From past experience at the Surry Hills Bourke Street bakery, hipster glasses fit right in. Alan and I were in Alexandria to visit home wares warehouse, Peter's of Kensington. On the way to Peter's we noticed the bakery perched on a street corner and knew we had to go there after shopping for chopping boards, tea towels and graters.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

My first roast - Roasted veal rack with vegetables

























Contrary to the title of this post, I have in the past consumed a roast. I had however never cooked my own until last weekend. You know, it was all too scary, too hard, too much effort and too much 'too hard basket'. Preparing and cooking a roast is actually not scary nor difficult and I regret throwing the task into the too hard basket for so long. It was instead surprisingly fun. Throw in acasual  custard competition for fun while watching Top Gear in the Middle East and you have the perfect activity for a dark chilly evening!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Instant mash

























And now for something completely different. Instant mash. Alan and I saw the movie Ted with financial assistance from the Entertainment Book a few weeks ago. If your idea of a great movie is one featuring a drug taking, alcohol consuming teddy bear and a strange child who wants to kidnap the teddy bear, then you will love it. Alan decided to buy one of those movie 'value' packs which I believe are not value. For $20 he received a drink, a popcorn and a bag of M&Ms. I simply bought a choc top:) In mint flavour. Mint!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Monte carlo biscuits

























Who remembers Monte Carlo biscuits? I say 'remember' as these biscuits are a childhood memory for me. As a child they were the biscuits I loathed. My mum would buy the packaged variety and they never appealed to me. I would happily scoff down every other biscuit but would not even bother tasting the Monte Carlos. It was only through baking my own Monte Carlo biscuits on the weekend that I discovered the filling  of these biscuits is raspberry. I never knew they were raspberry biscuits! I always believed the filling was some sort of biscuit factory concoction...

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

White chocolate and raspberry macarons

























The macaron adventure continues. I prepared both mentally and physically for the challenge;I noted down all the required ingredients, looked over the recipe, not once but twice and went on a big walk to burn off fat in preparation for taste testing. All that preparation did not result in a treasure chest full of beautiful looking macarons. Instead I found myself looking at two trays of minute, thin, lifeless macarons.