Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Refrigerator Cookies

Do you say cookies or biscuits? I know they mean different things in America, but in Australia, it has always been biscuit. (What Americans call biscuit, we call a scone). I mostly say biscuit but I've always referred to these as cookies, it must be an American recipe. Whatever you call them, they are easy to make ahead and store in the fridge or freezer, and they taste delicious!

Refrigerator Cookies (or biscuits)

  • Cream 250g of butter with 1 cup of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 Tablespoon of milk.
  • Sift in 2 cups of plain flour, 1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder and half a teaspoon of bicarb soda. Mix to a soft dough.
  • Divide dough into 3, and add whatever you like to make them interesting! These where rolled in sprinkles, sesame seeds and the last one had cocoa added to the batter but the possibilities are endless. Roll in raw sugar, add lemon zest, mix in some Parmesan cheese and white pepper..
  • Place 3 squares of greaseproof paper on your bench, roll each portion of dough into a long sausage.
  • Put in the fridge for at least 1 hour, but up to 5 days. Or put in the freezer if you want!
  • When ready to cook, thaw if needed and slice each sausage into 24 thin rounds. Place on a cookie (biscuit) tray with some room around them, because they will stick together if you don't.
  • Bake in a hot oven for about 10 minutes, cool on rack.

 



Perfect with an afternoon cuppa!

xx

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cooking with the harvest from my vegetable garden.

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Oops, let me rename this correctly:

Cooking with the harvest from my vegetable garden -
THE REALITY

Sorry to disappoint you, but this is not the harvest from my vegetable garden.
Keep scrolling down to see my awesome potato growing efforts.







Yep, there they are. To be fair, I knew that potatoes don't grow best in an old wheel barrow, but it was the only garden space I had available and I had a few gourmet potatoes that had started to sprout. Potatoes like to be in a bed that is constantly built up around them, so their stems turn into roots and form new potatoes. And these gourmet ones where a small cultivar, anyway..



I dug over the bed and thought about what else to grow there. I'm super keen to grow flowers here but we are in the middle of a very cold (for here) winter, so I thought in the meantime I could grow a quick crop of something else, while we wait for it to get warmer.



Radishes are a super quick crop, and can be eaten cooked, which is nice because I don't like them raw. Have you ever cooked radishes? They lose their bityness and taste sort of nutty. Nice in a stir fry. These look like carrots, I might roast them.....if they grow.


I was determined to cook those tiny taties so I sliced them thinly and sauteed them in some butter with onion and bacon, and when they had cooked I added peas, then put the lid on to steam for 5 minutes. Delicious!

Served with sumac roast pumpkin that I didn't grow, and schnitzel.

The salad a the back was tiny roast beetroot and Persian feta cheese on a bed of the beetroot leaves and some coral lettuce. I did take a photo of the beetroots but they where so tiny you couldn't see them.

xx

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Children are Weird

The Gentleman took Kora, our new puppy, to school for his show and tell yesterday. We checked with the teacher who though it was a great idea; and being trained as a seeing eye dog, Kora was beautifully behaved in a room full of excited 7 year olds.

The Gentleman stood up and gave a very detailed talk about Kora, and how we've adopted her as she was unable to be a seeing eye dog. He went on to explain that Kora was very well behaved and had already been trained, how she had a microchip in case she gets lost; and then (for the sake of accuracy, I guess) he announced that "Kora couldn't have any babies because she had had an operation." At which point another boy stood up and announced (very clearly) that this meant 'HER UTERUS HAD BEEN REMOVED'.

All the kids lined up so they could take it in turns to pat Kora, who was very keen to lick one little boy in particular, on his leg. This boy explained to me that it was because Kora could smell his cat on him. Because last night, his cat came and did a wee on his bed in the middle of the night! And he woke up and it was gross! And he called to his mum, Muuu-uuuuummmm! And she came and cleaned up his bed, and he had to have a shower in the middle of the night! But he might have left some wee on his leg...

Finally, another boy commented on how soft Kora's ears where. Yes, I said, soft like velvet, sweet little child. This boy then told me to cut off her ears, and when they grow back, keep cutting them off, until I have enough to sew them together into a pillow, because that would be so soft and lovely.

And then I took my dog and left.

xx

Thursday, July 19, 2012

5 Gorgeous Chaos Notes

Last night, Teenage Daughter and I went to the Queensland Premier of the New Batman movie - The Dark Knight Rises. I had won tickets through The PR Company's face book page, which was pretty cool. I am not a Batman nut, although I do sometimes have ..um...grown up lady thoughts about the caped crusader. If you like lots of special effects and violence, then this movie will be right up your ally. It has a few awesome twists, and is the final in the Dark Knight Trilogy. It is essentially the story of the Batman finding himself, and redemption, as he saves Gotham City.
 
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We both really enjoyed the movie and had a fun night, then came home and brushed our teeth. It was only today when I picked up a local paper that I realised what a big deal it was to win these tickets. The US premier was this morning?  Then how did I see it last night? Hardcore Batman fans where staying up until midnight tonight for the Australian 'Premier', and bemoaning on face book how Imax had been sold out for months. Wish I'd known yesterday what a big deal it was. I'm not much of a Christian Bale fan, but let me tell you Anne Hathaway was an absolutely inpsired choice for Cat Woman. But why was this guy only around for the last half of the movie?

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Monkey Boy's new favourite word is 'Gorgeous". Hello Gorgeous Mum! Your earrings are gorgeous! And your hands, I love them, they are gorgeous. Hello Kora, you gorgeous thing! Mum! This dinner is gorgeous! He is just gorgeous. But he lied about the dinner, he didn''t eat it at all. (pork spare ribs, corn on the cob and salad, really it was gorgeous) The Gentleman is starting to realise that he can actually read quite well, he just needs to stay on task and keep his eyes on the page. This is a bit of a lightbulb moment for him. Normally, he gets halfway through a sentence and stops to ask 6 questions; tonight he started to realise if he just kept reading, he would learn the answers. Amazing.


Who needs to read a recipe? It's gorgeous.


Kora is fitting into the chaos household so well. She is such a dainty lady, not at all the big boofhead lab that I am used to, although that was pretty special. She is very clever, and so gentle with the kids. She likes to jump up when she is excited, but stops when you tell her to. No excessive barking, no digging, no taking clothes off the line, no chewing, no innapropriate dog wee, thank god. She loves to eat and we are going to have to be careful or she will put on weight in no time. Also, she is constantly licking the floor - gross, yes; but the floor has never looked so clean. Lucky we recently acquired a steam mop!

I went to dinner last Saturday and ate the best greek food - a giant platter of chicken, octopus (I know)haloumi cheese, proper greek salad, lemon potatos, cucumber yoghurt dip and some beautiful soft fresh pita bread. And lots of red wine, and funny cool friends to hang with. It was just lovely to go out and have fun! I should do it more often. Well, like tommorow - I am having lunch with 4 other brilliant bloggers. Looking forwad to it!

Remember my post about bananas being bad luck for fishing? It's true.

2 Taylor, 2 Flatheads, 2 Bream. OK, not all from one fishing trip..


What's been going on with you?
xx

Monday, July 16, 2012

Puppy Love

So, we have a new puppy. Her name is Kora, and she is a black Labrador. She is gorgeous.



We have adopted her from the Guide Dogs Association. Every year, the Guide Dog Association trains (at great expense) dogs to be seeing eye dogs, but not all of them turn out to be suitable to this job. They might have a minor (or major) health issue, or behaviour problem. These dogs are re homed, and adopted out to families just like us. There is a screening process to go through, and a representative will come and inspect your house and yard, and spend some time chatting with you. Then you go on a wait list that might be 6 months or longer, but it is worth it.

We waited for what felt like ages, and then a few weeks ago they finally called to tell us about Kora! She is technically on a two week trial and then they will come back to do another inspection, and make sure that both dog and owner are happy. At first we told the boys we where only babysitting a dog, just in case ...... but after a few days we knew she was our forever dog. We also felt we where robbing them of that 'new puppy' excitement. I could see The Gentleman holding his emotions in check so he wouldn't be disappointed when the babysitting time was over. It made me feel sucky, so we spilled the beans once we where sure.



Kora will turn one year old in a few months, and she has a beautiful temperament. She is very intelligent, gentle and loving. She loves to play, and like most Labradors loves to eat. She has been trained by an expert trainer and would have been an excellent guide dog - except that while undergoing the stringent testing that all potential guide dogs undergo, she was found to have 2% retinal displaysia. This is so minor, it will make no difference to her life and will never progress; many dogs go through their lives happily unaware they have any retinal displaysia at all.

So Kora is unable to be a guide dog, which is a shame. But for us, this means we have a lovely new addition to our family. A beautiful dog who is a micro chipped, desexed, pedigreed Labrador. One who is house trained, vet checked, vaccinated and has already learnt not to chew anything. For a much reduced price. She spent the first few days walking around looking for something to do - you know when a new person starts in your office but hasn't been given any direction? That. We almost felt like giving her a job like mowing the lawn or something..

I think now she has realised that this is her new life, she is a bit more relaxed. She is very friendly and relaxed, loves to play, and has lots of energy. She is very sweet and wanders around the house saying goodnight to everyone. She has already been trained and knows lots of commands, but after the trial period is officially over we will be off to obedience classes, just to keep up the good work.


I think adopting Kora is going to be one of the best family decisions we have ever made.

If you are interested in adopting a puppy from the Guide Dog Association, get onto their website and start the process! There is a different organisation in every state, so just google it. You won't regret it.

xx


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Donna Hay Giveaway Winners!


Fact: lots of women are under a huge amount of stress.

Fact: Sometimes, a little bit of what you like, does you good.




The winners of the Donna Hay Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake Mix are;


Kelley at Magneto Bold

Sarah at Sassying It Up

Michelle at Blundermum


Please send me your details asap and a little bit of delicious stress relief will be winging it's way to you in no time.

Thank you to everybody that entered, and thank you Donna Hay!

xx

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Abbey Medieval Festival

Every year, I rave about the Abbey Medieval Festival, and people (who haven't been) look at me strangely. It is held on land next to the Abbey Museum, at Caboolture, just north of Brisbane, Australia. Every July, people who are nuts about some aspect of the medieval era travel from all over the land to spend 2 days living their fantasy. I am not an enthusiast to extent of the participants, but it is certainly a fun day out. So much to see, and do. The kids love it.
Crowd watching in the entry queue is fascinating, you never know what or who will turn up. The queue was long but it was worth it to see this viking/family man walking along with his wife and kids. I wonder what he gets up to at home? There are lots of generic looking wenches, and lots of knights in very authentic armor. There are hardly any 'fantasy type' outfits - the rules are pretty explicit that this is an authentic experience, not comic con.



The entry is a bit Shrek like in that instead of lights or buzzers, the check out ladies wave a yellow flag to let you know the next available operator. If there is a problem they wave a red flag, and the front end controller runs over in her big billowy skirts and wimple. Once inside, take a moment to get a grip on the scale of this. It is astonishingly large - there is a jousting area, a medieval market place including a food court, at least 2 taverns, a Castle List, and 36 participant groups divided into several camps. Take a deep breath and wonder if you should have got the weekend pass instead of the day pass.


We went straight to the 'Koffee Kastle' and ran into some friends. Gypsy Husband is either waving hello or hiding his identity, not sure. Then it was off to wander..


Druid Tree Walkers, a medieval girl band, and an educational fashion parade to start. It pays to plan your day using the program, as you don't want to miss things like 'Knights Order of Lion Rampant' giving a talk (demonstration?!) on Medieval Feminine Hygiene. But if you do miss it, later on they do a ..workshop??...on Medieval Women's Underwear. These are only 2 of 60 activities that go on during one day alone. Not including the banquet and the carnivale. Did I mention it is big?


My favourite place in any festival - the Marketplace! Buy some pottery, jewelry, medieval books, soap, get a vigorous medieval foot massage (!!) buy some tarts from the tart cart...the food court is full of things like 'The Shank Shack', which sells cooked shanks obviously; 'The Stag Inn' which is a pub selling mead out of wooden cups..lots of authentic things to eat like rosewater cordial, strawberries and cream, toffee apples. You won't find any hot chips because they are not authentic to the medieval era; no corn, tomatoes or capsicum either.



There are lots of authentic looking medieval clothes, including this fur cape outlet. They did a roaring trade. Obviously there was no PETA in the middle ages!



Knights getting ready for battle. I always wonder who makes their costumes and weapons? Do they learn blacksmithing skills in order to make their own swords? How often do they get together and practise fighting? Does their wife yell at them to send the boys home, dinner is about to be served? Do they have the chain mail equivalent of a stitch and bitch? Where did they travel from, and how do you get a battle axe onto a plane? Inquiring minds want to know!


Watching sword fighting is thrilling - the thwack of hitting someone on the back or head is just so loud.They certainly don't hold back. They also have these very long handled axe thingies that look super effective.


This was the tent of the bird handler. The birds are beautiful and well trained, but this crowd was 3 deep watching a man and his wife eat a mandarin in silence while the owls turned their backs and shut their eyes. Awkward.


It was overcast all day, and then finally the heavens opened, but still these knights got themselves ready for battle.


Another battle in front of the 'castle' - a very realistic wooden front. This is the main area to show off battle re enactments, canon firings, and archery. And earlier - 'Medieval So You Think You Can Dance'. Awesome.


We went to the Jannissary Barracks to see some traditional Turkish Oil Wrestling, but one of the wrestlers had scarpered off, and the Kazuri Tribe Gypsies where holding a dancing lesson. Which the 3 boys jumped into without any persuasion. They started off well, but it went on for ages and ages, the music was really slow. They got a bit distracted.




And started their own dancing, which wasn't welcomed, I don't think....anyway..


These are the Shuvani Romani Kumpania Gypsies, and they are awesome. They do a range of different dances including a 'Mother Daughter' dance that moves me to (embarrassing) tears.


Their camp includes a lot of authentic vardos and tents. There is a fortune teller, a gypsy horse, they sell gypsy wares..it fulfilled all of my childhood fantasies about what a Gypsy camp should be like. There was even an authentic Gypsy wedding that the crowd was privileged to watch - for real! The Gypsy leader's son married his sweetheart in true gypsy style, with hand fasting and everything. A celebrant performed the ceremony, so it was a proper legal wedding. Everyone laughed when the groom vowed to 'always remember his wife is right'. Then they both started a slow dance that all of the Gypsies joined in one at a time, holding hands and weaving back and forth in a circle.

It was thrilling, and I can't wait to go next year.

xx

You can learn more about the festival here.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Home Made Pasta

On the weekend, I like to get into a bit of fiddly cookery. Something that will need fresh produce, maybe a fancy machine or at least an hours worth of chopping, simmering and stirring in the kitchen.

Homemade Pasta isn't that difficult at all, but there are some tricks to make it so much more of a pleasure to eat. The recipe is basically eggs, flour and salt; knead into a smooth dough then let sit for a while; roll out thinly; boil.

Let me share my tips with you. 



Regular plain flour is fine, but using '00' flour will give you a more delicate result. You only need a pinch of salt, so use the good stuff.

A recipe will tell you to use 2 eggs per 165g (6 oz) of flour, but if the flour is drier, (this can be caused by the age of the flour, or even the weather when it was ground) it will need more eggs. This 500g packet of flour used 5 large eggs.



Sift the flour on the kitchen bench with the salt. Make a well in the centre and crack your eggs straight in. I started with 3 and then added 2 more, because the dough wasn't developing the way it should. Combine the eggs using one hand, gradually bringing in flour from the edges of your well until all the flour is used and you are using both hands to knead the flour into a smooth, elastic ball of dough. Don't hold back on the kneading, because this is what causes the protiens in the dough to break down and relax, and this is what will give you tender pasta.




Wrap the dough in glad wrap, then leave it somewhere to rest. It doesn't have to rise so don't leave it in the sun. A cool place on the bench is fine. Leave it there for a few hours.


I went to the vege garden and found some greenery to use in the ravioli filling. I was planning on making spinach and feta ravioli but when I retrieved the feta from the fridge, someone had nibbled most of it away, so there was hardly enough for 6 hungry people! I decided to make as much ravioli as I could, and use the rest of the dough to make fettuccine.

The filling was chopped silver beet, shallots, ground white pepper and feta cheese. I steamed the silver beet for a few minutes in the microwave before letting it cool and adding to the rest of the ingredients. Besides taste, the most important thing about ravioli filling is that you want it to be dry. Very wet filling will leak out during cooking.



Cut your pasta dough into pieces about half the size of your fist. Work with one piece at a time, and keep covered what you are not working with otherwise it will dry out and wont roll properly.



Flour your surface, and squash the pasta down a bit. If you don't have a pasta roller you can use a rolling pin, but your arms will get a big workout. If you have a pasta roller, keep it floured at all times otherwise bits of dough will break off and stick inside the rollers. This will be very bad.


The roller has notches on the side that go from 1 to 7, 7 is the widest. Roll your lump of pasta through on 7, then reduce it until eventually you are at 1, and your pasta is super thin and super long. You can fold it over a bit to tidy up the sections if you need to, just give it a few extra rolls.
More rolling = more tender pasta. When you have finished, cut it in half so that the long lengths are easier to work with.

Put teaspoons of filling (not too much or it will explode during cooking) at regular intervals along the long bit of pasta. Using a brush (I use a 1 inch paintbrush, because it is cheaper and I like the job it does) paint some water around each lump of filling. Carefully place the other piece of pasta on top, and press down around each lump. Your goal is to eliminate air bubbles without breaking the pasta. Be gentle!


Once you have done that, use a pasta cutter or a sharp knife to cut into squares. Place uncovered on a chopping board to dry for about 30 mins or so, this will help the pasta retain it's shape during cooking.


I made a big pot of simple tomato sauce, using onions, tomatoes, garlic and wine, then let it simmer for 20 minutes. Once it has simmered for a bit, my favourite thing to do is to just turn the heat off and let it sit. I think this lets the flavours marry and intensify nicely. It works really well on spag bol as well.



Back to the roller to make the fettuccine. Roll the bits of pasta out as before, but then roll them through the fettuccine attachment at the other end of your roller. I get the kids to do this, they think it is fun!



Cooking the pasta is easy, but make sure your water is absolutely boiling and salted before you put the pasta in. Packaged pasta can be added to the pot before the water is on the boil and it won't be a disaster, but you cannot get away with this when cooking fresh pasta. It will be a big sludgy swampy disappointment.

So bring water to boil in your largest saucepan, add a big pinch of salt, then gently put in the ravioli. When it has risen to the top it will be almost cooked; give it a minute then take one out to taste. Cut it in half to check the filling before you eat it. Scoop the ravioli out of the pot using a slotted spoon. Bring the water back to the boil if you are cooking fettuccine, and the trick is here to keep stirring until it is cooked to taste.

I ended up saucing the fettuccine and placing in bowls, placed some ravioli on top, then sprinkled over some grated cheese and a small hand full of chopped shallots.

So yummy.

Do you cook your pasta from scratch sometimes?  What are your favourite tricks? What is your favourite recipe using fresh pasta?

xx

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Leibster Blog Award


This Charming Mum nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award!

How exciting! I don't want to sound like a cliche but it really is an honour just to be chosen as a nominee. I would like to thank my agent, the director, the producer and most importantly - Craft Services. Because no one should blog on an empty stomach. Now I will do my Sally Fields impersonation of 'You like me!! You really like me!!!!!!!!!!!' But I won't vlog it.

The Liebster Award is to give encouragement to up and coming blogs, who have less than 200
 followers. Somedays I don't feel like an up and coming anything, but what I love about the blogging community is that it can wave a bit of sparkle at you when you least expect it but most need it. Lately I've been feeling that my blog isn't anywhere near where I'd like it to be; but the only person who cares about that is me, and the only person who can change that is me as well. No pressure!

So thanks, Charming Mum, for your Leibster love. I really appreciate your sparkle this week!

Here are the rules:
1. Each person must post 11 facts about themselves
2. Each person must answer 11 questions set by the person who tagged them
3. Each person must set 11 questions for the people they tag
4. You can then choose 11 people and link them to your post (they should have 200 followers or less, but really, who can tell.)
5. Tell them you have tagged them.
6. Remember, no tag backs – pay it forward :)

11 Facts about Me
  1. I am a dedicated omnivore - I really will eat anything - in a dainty lady, delicate flower kind of way, of course.  One of my favourite quotes is from Patsy Stone of Absolutely Fabulous fame: 'If it's got a pulse, it's lunch!'.
  2. I have a fascination with cephalopods. I will eat anything (see above. Keep up!), but I struggle to eat Octopus, as delicious as they are, because I think they are so intelligent, so beautiful, so awesome, that maybe I shouldn't. Freaky, but true.
  3. I think I am a pretty good cook. I would rather cook than eat. But who needs the stress of Masterchef? Not me..
  4. One of my earlier role models was Malificent, from Sleeping Beauty. (No, I haven't shared this in therapy, why do you ask?) Now I find out that Angelina Jolie, one of my current role models, is to play Malificent in a movie. Perfect casting.
  5. I went to Hawaii for my honeymoon, and loved it. 22 years later, the memory of that beautiful place is still so vivid in my mind that I would move there in a heartbeat.
  6. I have never been sea sick.
  7. I dream of having more children, but my husband crosses his arms and says Nooooo deal!
  8. I am scared of clowns. Stephen King has a lot to answer for.
  9. I have more dreams and plans that I could physically fit into one lifetime, sometimes I worry that I am never going to achieve any of them.
  10. When I was a teenager, I had a big crush on David Lee Roth from Van Halen. I would still go there if the opportunity arose, and if I wasn't so scared of catching Hep C from him.
  11. I still cannot drive a manual, and I have no intention of learning how.


11 Questions for me, from This Charming Mum:

1.Why did you start blogging? I started blogging to record those funny, happy, family moments that fly in and out of your head in an instant. Now I still blog about that, but I also blog for the community, the laughs and the self satisfaction.

2.What’s your first memory of using ‘The Internet’? In about 1996, my husband bought a computer home and connected it to the internet. I spent hours downloading a web cam view of some guys Koi Pond in Chicago, only to realise that it was night time on his side of the world, and I couldn't see a damn thing anyway.

3.What book are you reading at the moment? All The Tea In China, by Kyril Bonfiglioli. I have his other 4 books, but this has eluded me for years. I've seen it on Amazon; '$35 US, missing some pages, water damage' and had given up on ever reading it until my clever teenager discovered The Book Depository. Brand new hardcover, $22AU, free shipping! Woot!

4.What was the last concert you went to? Well, there was a live band at the premier of Rock of Ages. Before that, I think it was Darren Percival at The Basement, circa probably 2003? He was good.

5.Is there a future for the paper-based magazine or newspaper? I think that there will always be a market for the tactile experience of the written word. But eventually, I think it will become extinct, earlier for newspapers.

6.What is your favourite conspiracy theory? That aliens are about to land, and take back control of the world. Actually this scares me because I am not so much a believer, as an open minded sceptic; and if you listen to people who love this theory, you will end up believing it too. Is it a coincidence that there are so many alien movies coming out now? I hope so!

7.Catwalk fashion – is it textile art or unwearable nonsense? A bit of both? Even the most far fetched articles of Catwalk Art have a nugget of next years knock off in them. I've watched the Devil wears Prada, I know the drill.

8.What is your favourite city in the world? New Orleans, but sadly I haven't been there since my last lifetime. It's the one place I absolutely must visit. (again)

9.Will you watch and take an interest in the next Olympics? I like to watch the opening ceremony, with a nice glass of something. But really, I am willfully sport challenged. So probably not, no. Maybe by accident?

10.Have you ever had a recurring dream? I've had series of dreams - like chapters of a book about the same thing, but not an actual reccuring dream. There is always a variation. For many years I had dreams about a P&O style house, that I had never seen before, until one day I actually drove past it! I almost died of shock but I never dreamed about it again.

11.Is there anything a little bit scary in your fridge right now? OMG Yes!!

11 questions for my Liebster Lovelies:
  1. How do you manage to fit 'blog time' into your schedule? NO, really - I need to know.
  2. What happened the last time you saw a ghost?
  3. What is your superpower and do you use it for good or evil?
  4. What is your comfort food?
  5. What is the worst thing in your wardrobe?
  6. What have you been putting off for more that 6 months?
  7. Dinner for 6 - who do you invite?
  8. Who is your celebrity crush?
  9. What is the best way to spend 1 hour, if you suddenly had that free?
  10. What is your favourite cocktail?
  11. Where would you love to visit, and why?

The 11 blogs I would like to pass this award onto are; (while you listen in your head to a drum roll please know that if this isn't your thing you don't have to play along, we are all still friends mkay?)
  1. My Vintage Vow
  2. Sassying It Up
  3. Sheri Bomb
  4. Blundermum
  5. Redcliffe Style
  6. Falafel and the Bee
  7. Crap Mamma
  8. Uber Simplicity
  9. Modern Sauce
  10. Domesblissity
  11. Kate's Fab Four
There you go my Leibster Lovelies! Your blogs brighten my life, and I am honoured to pass this award on to you. I thank you for being so entertaining and inspiring.

xx

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Donna Hay Giveaway




Donna Hay is the BOMB, yo. For realz. I love her so hard, and I don't even know her.

I am quite intimate with her clever at-home bake kits though.

They contain no artificial colours, preservatives, or flavours. Because that is so important when I about to devour some delicious chocolate cake!

This Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake contains no flour, which is great because I have been seriously considering the Paleo Diet. It contains some premium ingredients like quality chocolate and ground almonds. It is incredibly easy to make.

And it is super impressive to visiting mother in laws.

And it provides solace in times of stress.

Would you like to try it yourself? I have 3 packets to giveaway! Just leave a comment and tell me your favourite stress relief tip. Keep it clean! Australian residents only, I'm so sorry. Winners to be drawn on 11th July 2012.


Of course a Flourless Choclate Truffle Cake needs some thickened cream. It's just a garnish!



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