Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Oven Roasted Pears or Quinces
• 80 grams butter, chopped
• 6 pears or 3 quinces
• 150 grams castor sugar
• Juice of 2 lemons
• 6 lemon verbena leaves (or a vanilla bean, scented geranium leaf, citrus peel, cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick or a star anise)
• Honey-flavoured yoghurt or double cream, to serve
What to do:
Preheat oven to 150°C. Melt butter in a 1.5 litre-capacity baking dish.
Peel pears, halve lengthways, remove cores with a twist of a parisienne spoon and roll in melted butter. Wash and peel quinces, halve lengthways and remove cores if you wish (they are quite edible after 3 hours cooking). Roll in melted butter. Turn fruit so it is cut-side down in baking dish and scatter with sugar. Drizzle over lemon juice and add lemon verbena leaves or other flavouring. Cover tightly with a doubled sheet of foil and roast for 2 hours.
Turn fruit and baste with syrupy pan juices. The pears may be tender at this time and can be lifted onto a plate. Re-cover and bake quinces for another hour; they are ready when tender and highly glazed. Serve fruit with honey-flavoured yoghurt or double cream.
This recipe is from Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion (Penguin Lantern 2009).
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
I hope you are all well and have managed to avoid any of the nasty bugs that seem to be on the rounds at the moment.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
It was great to trial my new "Travel Pillows" made using some vintage teas towels from my collection and my "Hip to be Square" crochet cushions. Thank you to the lovely lady that purchased my black crochet cushion. I was really happy with how it turned out and it made my day to know that at least someone liked it too :) Enjoy!
I hope you all had a great weekend and are not suffering too much Monday-itis!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Don't forget the Suitcase Rummage is on in Brisbane tomorrow from 12 till 5pm at Redacliffe Place (at the top of the Queen Street Mall near the casino). I will coming along with some handmade goodies and can't wait to have a look at all the amazing stalls.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I absolutely love his apartment it is filled to the brim with his amazing art collection. He has such a eye for design and has paintings on every spare bit of wall space in the apartment, including the bathroom. Many of them he has picked up in op shops and auctions over the years. Every time we visit he has changed the colour on the wall or added something new.
Happy Birthday Uncle Barry.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
In Bangalow there are some great homeware and gift shops to check out including Little Peach which is great for everything Japanese from kimonos to authentic kokeshi dolls; Aurora which stocks eco-homewares and supplies; and a new shop further down the main road, The New Collector. It was full of awesome vintage industrial design items including old cameras, typewriters and school maps. It really reminded me of shops I went to in Melbourne last year.
Of course we had to have a coffee so we visited one of our favourite cafes Utopia. As you can see below the food, was as always impeccable. What I thought would be a simple bruschetta came out on a beautiful wooden board and was filled with caramelised figs, peach and prosciutto. It was delicious! It was something a bit different to what I would normally order but I was glad I did.
It was however sad to see that our other favourite place to eat the Urban cafe and the gift shop next door burnt down a few months ago. It was such a shame and we really hope it will reopen sometime soon in the future.
Country House Antiques was lovely but it was largely filled with expensive furnishings rather than knick knacks and collectibles which is more my kind of thing. However it was nice to have a look around. The best thing we found though was the Harvest Cafe across the road. It was packed with people and looked like a great place for lunch. We will definitely have to try it out next time.
It was such a lovely day full of the best of things in life, good food, antique shops and good company. If you ever feel like Sunday drive this is such a great place to visit.