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Ten Things

14 Sep

#1. This post is inspired by my lovely sister-in-law’s post which was, in turn, inspired by Bec’s post

#2. I can’t wait to see Brooke Fraser in concert. I hope she plays Arithmetic and CS Lewis Song. My friend Stacey always states “I love Brooke Fraser, and I want to be her” – I share the same sentiment!

#3. I had a job interview yesterday, and it’s a job I’m pretty desperate to get. I hate interviews with the fire of a thousand suns – but what I hate even MORE, is that we must wait for SIX WEEKS until we find out if we were successful or not! Sadists…

#4. My husband and I spent this last weekend in Canberra for the Floriade. It was beautiful. The sun was shining, the jazz was wafting, the breeze was blowing, and hands were holding. We all know how much I love holding hands. I kept declaring that “My cup runneth over”.

#5. We stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra, which is super swanky. We were upgraded and given access to the Ambassador Lounge where we could nibble on pastries by day, and beautiful canapes by night. It was delightful. I delight in free stuff. Free expensive stuff particularly.

#6. I have a list of girls names, and a list of boys names compiled on my phone. I always add to it when I hear one I like. Too soon??

#7. I love my niece Lily Josephine within an inch of her life. She is breathtaking, and I love our dates where we just hang out together. I’m super excited to watch her grow up and hear what she has to say.

#8. I think Lily’s mum Linzi is the best mum out. Well, equal with Sammy and Clare-bear!

#9. My mum bought me a big bunch of poppies yesterday. I adore poppies, I love their colour and their fragility. They are wafting a soft, springy scent through my nice and clean house. Happy days.

#10. Lastly, happy birthday to my darling, most beloved husband for Saturday. I met him when he was 24 years old… and now he’s turning 30! I thought I loved him at 24, but boy I love him more now! John Lennon happened to get inside my heart before I was even born, and write the words I feel about you…

“Thought I’d been in love before,
But in my heart I wanted more
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you

From this moment on I know
Exactly where my life will go
Seems that all I really was doing
Was waiting for love

It’s real love
It’s real, yes it’s real love
It’s real”

Happy Tuesday!

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Donna’s Pavlova

23 Jun

My mother-in-law is crazy.

I would go so far as to say that she is insane.

Crazy loud, crazy busy, insanely loving, and insanely generous.

I was watching MasterChef one night, and it was the episode where they had to make Donna Hay’s pavlova. As I often do, I thought out loud via my Facebook status, and typed something along the lines of “MasterChef is makes me want a mix-master!”

The next week at Sabbath lunch, my sister-in-law Linzi said to me “What colour mixer do you want?”  

Helene was at it again. Crazy and insanely generous.  

So, disguised as a present for Mother’s Day, Helene bought Linzi and I a Kenwood Mixer each – yep, a present for her daughters, on Mother’s Day – go figure!  

  

The combination of a  very new, very shiny, very cool mixer and nightly MasterChef viewing, has inspired me to make several (many) pavlovas from scratch.  

They really ARE the easiest of easy desserts. And they are cheap too.  

I use the Donna Hay recipe off the official MasterChef website.  

Donna Hay’s Pavlova

Ingredients
  • 150ml egg white (approximately 4 eggs)
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour (corn starch), sifted
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

NB: I usually double the recipe. When Linzi makes hers, she follows Donna’s exact amounts. Both our pavs are marvellous!  

 Method
  • Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).
  • Place the egg white in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, whisking well, until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Add the corn flour and vinegar and whisk until just combined. Shape the mixture into an 18cm round on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
  • Reduce oven to 120°C (250°F) and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the pavlova to cool completely in the oven.
  • Decorate with your desired toppings.

  

Linzi's magnificent pavlova! Definately the prettiest thus far!

   

My very first pavlova - not the prettiest, but my favourite!

 

  

What not to do - Do not let your husband lick the perfect stiff peaks!

 
 

Linzi's beautiful pavlova waiting to be dressed

 My top tips for a successful pavlova
  • Use room temperature eggs
  • Make sure you get your eggwhites to STIFF PEAKS before adding any sugar, otherwise you just end up with royal icing
  • GRADUALLY add the sugar, don’t rush this part
  • Allow to cool SLOWLY
  • Top with the most decadent of toppings!

   

   

   

  

Cooking for Love

11 Jun

I am a family girl.

Family is the most important thing in my universe.

In November I was blessed with a second family to call my own. When I married my beautiful husband Mark, I inherited his Mum and Dad (Helene and Gerald), two older brothers (Brett and Peter), and sister in law (Linzi). Since then, the magnificant little Lily Josephine has joined our family, and enriched it beyond imagination.

Today is a sad day for Linzi and Brett, they are attending the funeral of Linzi’s dear friend’s mother. Funerals are exhausting things, I always leave them feeling incredibly flat and making dinner is often the last thing I feel like. And I don’t have a 3 month old baby either!

I am fortunate enough to have four days off work over the long weekend, and because i’m oh-so-organised (!) I had my housework all done quite early today, so I turned my attention to making Linzi and Brett (and baby Lily) a comforting, wintery, home made meal. I think cooking for someone is such an easy, but pleasureable thing to do. It is something we can ALL do, meaning that we can’t take the sadness of a friend dying away, we can’t make a baby sleep through the night, we can’t make a mother’s exhaustion disappear, but we can make food. 

My Mum often cooks this recipe, and I feel warm and cozy whenever I eat it.

Ultimate comfort food!

Cottage Cheese Loaf

Ingredients
  • 500g lite cottage cheese
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 large finely chopped brown onion
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vegemite
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Sprinkle of mixed herbs
Method
  • Simply mix ingredients together using your (freshly washed, ringless) hands
  • Spread mixture into a greased oven proof dish
  • Bake for 40 minutes at 200’C
  • Serve with any vegetables your heart desires!

I would serve this with boiled baby potatos with butter and chives, lovely green asparagus and anything else I had in the fridge! 

A little tip on boiling potatoes – or anything starchy! If you add a splash of olive oil to your water, you won’t get that horrible starchy foam which boils over and makes your stove look dirty!