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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

What's On My Kitchen Bench...

Just ready for Easter, a nest made from Twigs, Ivy, old Pine Needles and Moss.
Something for my Kitchen Bench.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Playing With Mayo...

Crush 1 1/2 tablespoons of Wasabi Peas in a Mortar and Pestle....

Combine with the same quantity of home made Mayo...
Tomorrow I'll know if it's got much of a kick!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Old Meets New...

I recently went to an auction in Hughesdale...such an amazing restoration ....
The old facade such a classic.

Beautifully restored front rooms.

Glass door details.
Classic retro.

The new additions, kitchen, dining, lounge and outdoor area.
As well as upstairs master bedroom.

All style and function
Upstairs bathroom.

Beautiful outdoor treatment.

Living wall sculpture...

Monday, 26 January 2015

What's For Dinner...

Trevally poached in White wine, garnished with sautéed tomato and  Puff Pastry,
 with creamy Spinach.

With a glass of Rose  Wine... delicious.
I followed an old recipe with so much Egg, Butter and Cream
that entrée size is really enough for Main course.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Scenic Drive To The You Yangs...

On Saturday I took a drive out to the You Yang Ranges.
It's on the road to Geelong you just turn right at Little River.
The area has rugged landscape and lots of low growing trees and rocky outcrops.

A lovely little Lizard  kept us entertained at lunch, don't know his species,
 but he was so well camoflaged
you could hardly see him in the surrounding environment.

The view looking back out to the bay.

 It was a lovely day and a lovely country drive.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Guest Post...

This is the Pie and the recipe that was made from the 'windfall apples' from Nundle, 
courtesy of my sister Elizabeth.

Recipe for Mum and Nana's Apple short cake

Soften 4oz butter (120g)
Mix in 2 eggs with whisk
And 2 tablespoons sugar
Then mix in 2 cups of SR flour with a knife
Turn onto floured board and knead into soft dough
Cut 1/3 off for top
Roll the other 2/3 of dough out on floured surface and line a pie tin.
Nana used to fill with hot cooked apple to start the cooking of the base straight away.
Roll out remaining 1/3 dough, brush a little milk around edge.
Place over apple and press around edge with fingers to seal the pie
Brush with a little milk
Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar
Cut a small hole in the top to let steam out
Bake in pre heated moderate oven for about 30 minutes or until golden
Serve with cream or custard or both
You can add rhubarb to the apple as Nana used to.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


Double Dad.... outside the Antique shop in Nundle.

Apple Picking With Penny....Country Style...

At Nundle we came upon some Apple trees laden with fruit
 which had dropped sweet little Apples all over the ground.
 It was a perfect opportunity to pick a bag
to take home to make Apple Pie.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Bamboo Shoots...

With Swiss Brown Mushrooms and a dash of Soy Sauce.
On my walk today I passed a clump of Bamboo and picked a few young stems.

It a bit of a job peeling the husk off.
But you end up with some tender green bits that are rather like Asparagus.
I cooked mine with Onion, Garlic and Ginger just saute with a little oil and water.
Quite delicious!.

Summer Breakfast...

Museli with Figs and of course coffee...