Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eat It ! Wear It!

A while ago posted about sushi cushions...
Delicious bites of Japanese goodness you could pass to your fellow sofa sitter and pretend to be a giant sushi train...

Anyway why sit on it when you can wear it! While surfing i found these very cute earrings!
Tamago! Tamago!

And get this! you can choose your favourite sushi! Hahaha! How Cute! I love Tamago (egg) and theres Ebi (yum) or salmon! Makes you wish you had more ears to wear them on!

There is a matching Necklace and bracelet for those interested purchasing... i think its US tho

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The cake you have to work for

A while ago I found fresh raspberries at 3 punnets for $5 bucks! Now that is a bargain considering now these days you pay $7 bucks for just one punnet. And even better raspberries are freezable! :) Joy.

So what do you do with raspberries? You make a raspberry cheesecake! Okay that's easy right?

WRONG!

I have just put into the fridge to set the most difficult cheesecake you can imagine...

First make the base, mix biscuits and melted butter and press into pan... Well thats not hard... so far so good...

Next
Whip sour cream, cream cheese and caster sugar til smooth... Easy Peasy

Next (Make Anglaise)
Whisk yolks, cornflour, sugar add heated (but not boiled milk) and stir Erk!

Next (Make Jelly)
Stir gelatine over a hot basin until dissolved Grrr

Next (Make Meringue)
Whip egg whites until stiff peaks appear What theres more???

THEN mix it all together, plus the raspberries and throw into the fridge.

PHEW.

If I had to bake the mess I could have added souffle into the dessert repertoire

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pork, Sweet Potato, Cranberry(ish) Roast

I love it when a recipe works! Its funny, all those gourmet traveller, Vogue Food and Living have recipes that never work. But good old BHG or Family Circle (hey what happened to them?) have recipes that always deliver!

Pork, Sweet Potato, Cranberry Roast
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tbs crasins
  • 1 tbs jellied cranberry sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 pork cutlets
  • 16 sage leaves
  1. Preheat the oven to 200*C Line the roasting pan with baking paper and spray.
  2. Put the pork cutlets on your chopping board, season with salt and pepper on each side and spray with oil. Set aside
  3. Peel and cut the sweet potato into 0.5cm thick slices and arrange in stacks of 4, Peel and cut the onion into thick rings and place one set of rings on top of each. Top each stack with a teaspoon of crasins and a dollop of cranberry sauce. Salt and pepper, spray with olive oil and bake for 20 mins
  4. Remove the dish from the oven, bung on the pork cutlets and return to the oven for 20 mins.
  5. Remove the dish after 20 mins. Put 3-4 sage leaves on each cutlet respray and return to the oven for 5-10 mins, until cutlets are cooked through. Serve Immediately
Whats for Dinner Ma?
And even better... it still works with a bit of variation. I didn't have crasins (sultanas) or jellied cranberry sauce (fig jam) or sage leaves (nothing)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Bargain Shopping

Tower of TP

At Broadway Coles, Steph and I were picking up the last ingredients for a Raspberry Cheesecake (will blog later) and at the checkout we found 9 packs of Purex toilet paper for $2.49!
We bought a big packet of 8x9packs and $20.00 later we were the proud owners of 72 toilet rolls at 28cents each!

We were a bit red faced at the checkout... I cant imagine how Lulu and Denzil managed to pay for 3 big packets when they did their run for themselves, Team Burton and us!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Fab Pav

Saturday night was a feast fest at Kathleen's place. I made Pav. Also Thursday night I bought a cake stand which is excellent for non drippy cakes... But Pavs are far from tidy. Topped with whipped cream, dragon fruit, plums and nectarines drizzled with passion fruit.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Handbag Run

I am too use to Sydney’s desire to shop.

My handbag was broke during the easter break….

(Long Story Short: Small bag, fit everything perfectly, Steph sticks his wallet, mobile and sunglasses in. Zip Breaks. Never the same again.)

It would take me a good 15 mins of stops and starts to get the zipper closed. And if I gave up the bag was held together with just a zipper in the middle with two big open holes for that lucky pick pocketer.

SO...
Situation: Need new Handbag
Scenario: PUBLIC HOLIDAY!

Steph and I went down to Rundle Street Mall. For those who haven’t been its about 2-3 times the length of Pitt Street Mall. And on Easter Monday, It . was . dead. The ghost town reminded me of Hobart on a Sunday, and the outcry even made in the news. We walked down the mall to Kenny G, Micheal Jackson scurried past a liberal person doing his own dance version of Australia’s got Talent to Crowded House. The only thing opened was Hudson, Gloria Jeans and Bookshops.

Only 3 clothing stores were opened. Copy Cat – selling formal girl’s dresses, Surf Shop - thongs, rip curl and Nova. Who happened to stock Charles and Keith! Now is that a sign or what?

I bought a pretty little black and white tweed/black suede bowling bag. Pockets on each side, and its big enough for those additional male accessories I seem to acquire every time we pause…

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Great Advertisement

I don't like beer, the taste is something that must be loved I guess... But i do love a good ad.

I never liked the catapult ad... but the latest is just gold.

See the ad in better Q click here...

Also the use of a classic Tom Jones song helps too :)

Later:
Links to the other cool beer ads

* Flash Beer
* Big Ad

Later Later:
Everyone should have the same advertising budget as beer makers!!! Then I would look forward to ad breaks.

* Heinekin - Pain Barrier (Quando Quando)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Banana Cake

Now that Bananas are back around the $2.00/kg mark we can afford to let bananas over ripe... therefore its Banana Cake time!
Banana Cake

4 oz (120g) butter
0.5 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2x eggs
3x very ripe bananas
1tsp Bi-carbonate of soda
1Tbls milk
1.5 cups SR flour

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla, gradually beat in eggs, and add the peeled and mashed bananas.
Add Bi-carbonate of soda to milk stir.
Sifted flour Add to the butter mixture folding in gradually alternating with milk mixture.
Bake in 2x greased 7” round cake tins.
Moderate oven (180*c or 150 fan forced) for 25-30 mins
Skewer test
Leave in tin to cool slightly then onto a cake rack to cool competely

Icing

4oz (120g) packaged cream cheese
1oz (30g) butter
1 tsp vanilla
2x cups icing sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter smooth, add vanilla and gradually add in sifted icing sugar till a spreading constancy.

Smother the cake and then eat!

Comments:
  • Cake was rather dry but i only had 2 bananas, (steph had one for breakfast)
  • I only have big cake tins, with the spread moisture may have been lost.
Action:
  • Need to get smaller cake tins and hide the bananas.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Earth Hour 2007

On Saturday 31st March Sydney celebrated earth hour, but blacking out for 1 hour.

We had an earthhour bbq :) Steph gave the BEAST a full workout, and after 2.5 hours of cooking we had a veritable feast of meat, grilled veggies (yum!) cous cous and polenta. Dinner was eaten in the dark with the TV and candles lighting the food. Then after a quick feed the team popped over to Sydney Park to see the view less the lights. I found a pretty cool pic of the light out difference on the age.com.au.

I wasn't able to go across as some late visitors arrived, but we ate and chatted and had a good old time.

Next weekend EASTER in adelaide!!! hooray! im soo looking forward to it!