Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
My parents drove my brother back to his home today, they said he was in quite some pain. It wasn't a long conversation, but it was enough to bring me to tears. Leila asked me what was wrong and I always answer honestly, so I said I was upset about Uncle Mike because he was feeling bad. That gorgeous babe rubbed my back and said "don't cry mum, I know it's hard, but try not to be too upset." She then made a picture of "a happy place" and said perhaps we could send it to Uncle Mike, to make him better. We'll send it tomorrow.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Oh and there was brioche too. I felt like some fancy raisin bread so decided this was the go. Reading the recipe I had to hand (Gordon Ramsays Desserts) I knew it had to be wrong - you can't combine 250g of flour, 240g of butter and 6 eggs and get anything resembling an enriched dough. I doubled the flour and it was perfect. How do you let them know their recipes are wrong - particularly when it's Mr Ramsay? OMG this brioche is delicious, I've eaten 3 slices only 10 mins out of the oven, with even MORE butter on top. Next time, more sultanas, but no time to worry about that now, I'm forgoing dinner for another slice, or two.
Of all the cooking that I love to do, baking is what I love most of all. If I had my time again... Really though, if I were to change tact at this point in life, I'm not a night person, which is required if you're a true restaurant chef, but a morning person. I'm used to getting up early now I've had children, I like my own company.... Could I really work from 1am until 9am though and then be a mum ..um, no!
Quirky owl cupcakes.
and a corn dolly with rainbow dress.
Now the owl cupcakes were prompted by my first foray into Pininterest. I must confess that it looks like it should be really easy to navigate and I'm sure it's just me, but I've found it rather time consuming to use.... is it just me, or do you just need to get the hang of it?
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I went to Park Orchards for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Leila and I went to Winterwood instead of shopping online. I thought it was miles away, which is why we hadn't been before, when in fact it's less than 10 minutes from our place. Of course we spent more than we intended, went to a gorgeous gift, clothing, homewares shop next door and then on to a cafe. I loved it and was bitterly disappointed to discover houses there are even more expensive than where we are now!
Today we returned and explored another relatively local park at 100 Acres Reserve. It was quite muddy and slippy - Ella went down 4 times (although without real injury!) - but I imagine quite gorgeous in warmer (not not snake warm) weather.
A very foggy frosty morning where we are. Awake as always before 7am I finally managed to remember the Farmers Market which is on monthly around the corner from us. We were very pleasantly surprised as it had a lot of lovely suppliers. We bought Green Eggs , Happy Fruit, unsprayed apples, last of the strawberries which are suprisingly sweet, leeks and a few other bits and pieces. Gosh you can just tear through money at markets without even noticing.