Archive for May, 2010

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nicoletta ceccoli…

May 31, 2010

S and I enjoyed the most beautiful walk to Elwood this morning and did make time to have a drink at the old Turtle Cafe and stop in at shop Wild at Heart where we were struck by the whimsy of cards and books by illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli…. (image here…)

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choc chip cookies…

May 27, 2010

I have to share this recipe with you because it’s the best one I’ve ever tried (with peanut butter which we love…) and there’s nothing like it around… so here it is (you can see I put in a mixture of choc chips – they don’t have to be dark!)

Peanut butter Choc chip cookies 125gbutter cubed, 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter, 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar, 1 egg at room temp., ¼ cup cocoa, ½ cup plain flour, ¾ cup SR flour, 250g dark choc chips         Preheat oven to 180c. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick paper. Cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Add egg and mix well. Stir in the combined, sifted cocoa and 2 flours.  Add the choc chips and mix well. Roll 1 tbls of mixture into a ball and place on tray – flatten a little with spatula… should make 24.  Bake for 12 mins. Let stand on tray for 5 mins before transferring to wire rack for cooling.

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beef and fennel soup…

May 21, 2010

This really is the tidiest little spot in my kitchen as I attempt this Beef, Fennel and Vegetable Soup from April’s AWW…  if I had my own TV show it would be called “Mucky Chef”… (P my dishwasher will confirm that!)

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Five faves…

May 19, 2010

Been reading Meet Me At Mike’s Five Faves for a while …. good to have a go… it is actually a great anti-depressant to notice what’s good around you – so here goes…

1. Women’s Weekly ‘Slow Cooking‘ book – last year there were hardly any slow cooking books around and now my bookshop is full of them!  I took a few minutes the other day to peruse the selection and have got to say that the old faithful – Women’s Weekly has come up with a beauty – not your usual offering from them – this is hardcover – nice pics, etc… I’m getting one!

2. Aesop Camellia Nut Hydrating Cream – around this time of year when you’re in heated houses my skin gets a little sensitive, and this cream feels soothing and lovely and smells a treat too…

3. Jo Sharp Knit Issue 8 – I bought this at the newsagent’s a while ago and just love to flick through and dream about what I’m going to knit next… mmm… the wool blends with cashmere and silk… and the lovely textures… moss and cable stitches…

4. Looking forward to getting my re-fashioned men’s shirt from Twisted Fig

5. Autumn sunshine….

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potato and rosemary pizza…

May 18, 2010

What to cook when there’s just potatoes, rosemary in the garden, and a few pantry items….?  I made up my own recipe for this pizza with a little caramelized onion… but you can use THIS recipe if you like…  it’s delicious, and with a heap of garlic – it might even keep the bugs away…

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best of the market…

May 16, 2010

this was the BEST photo taken by my daughter, where the BEST customers were 2 of my ex-students, and the BEST stalls were Twisted Fig and CSerpent… (who was so gorgeous as to do a swap with my illustrator daughter…)

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for my sentimental friends…

May 13, 2010
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making for a new market…

May 11, 2010

This is the latest ‘spare pocket’ I’ve made… There’s a new market in town debuting this Saturday 15 May at Ormond Hall behind the Belgian Beer Garden 11 – 5 – and I’ll be there with my wares if you want to pop in and say ‘hi!’  For more info – check out Up and Comers Market.

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Just eating…

May 6, 2010

If I put up another recipe here – will you all think I am just eating?  … Well, maybe I am… Nim and I are feeling poorly and we are watching Harry Potter movies and eating this CAKE!

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Porridge…

May 5, 2010

We’ve never really been a porridge family – every time I make it – it never stacks up against a beautiful recipe I had once at a Yoga retreat many years ago…  We’re going to try this recipe from TASTE this morning – looks good doesn’t it?….with it’s caramelized bananas, cream and cinnamon!…. Tell me – is it really about the goodies you put on top?

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