Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Butter and sugar compliment each other so nicely.
Adding the eggs. One at at time of course!
The cake waiting to be dressed.
The dressed cake
The eaten cake.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I love donuts and had wanted to try Dunkin Donuts from the minute I first caught a glimpse of one of their shops in Berlin while travelling there in June 2004. Sadly I was travelling with a super-budget-conscious boyfriend and a super-diet-conscious sister. I had to endure five days of passing numerous Dunkin Donuts’ outlets around Berlin until I threw caution to the wind and purchased two from Zoo station on our way to Weimer. Yes I ate both donuts and no, that is not the funny part of the story.
We arrive in Weimer, head to our hostel and find our three beds in a dormitory filled with German high school drama students. The rest of the day was a normal day in the life of a traveller, exploring Weimer while trying to spend as little money as possible.
Eventually we head back to the hostel to call it a night. I had the top bunk, my sister the bottom bunk and the boyfriend had a bunk on the other side of our dorm room. I go to hop up on my bunk bed and instead of settling into my sleeping bag I fall straight through the bed. The slats of my top bunk had become dislodged from their railing and I landed on my sister’s bunk below. I found myself entangled in slats and my sleeping bag with the mattress jamming me against the wall.
As my sister eventually helped me out of what remained of my bunk bed, she very seriously said to me, “I guess you won’t be eating Dunkin Donuts again.”
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
How fabulous is this little box? It makes my heart melt with happiness.
I love that the tart is so stuffed with strawberries and glaze that it is almost too big for the box. You can see where the top of the box is meeting the strawberries.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Without digging through my belongings to find my 2008 diary I have no way of knowing what joys, stresses or thoughts were my life on the 25 March 2008. I can make a few random guesses though:
I was unhappy with my job
I was studying
I was looking for a new job
I was stressed about studying
I was stressed about looking for a new job
I am a big stress-head. I also have the tendency to over think things. My DNA is comprised of worry genes, panic merchant genes and ‘but what if this happens’ genes. I am 100% sure that there would have been many things that I was worried about on 25 March 2008. The simple fact that twelve months later I can’t clearly remember the specifics of any of these worries is proof that I need to work on de-stressing myself and managing what life throws at me without a drama.
After finding and reading my 2008 diary
The entry for 25 March 2008 shows that my first uni assignment was due that day.
My first uni assignment for 2008 caused me great stress at the time. Interesting how over twelve months later I have no recollection (without prompt) of the stress I would have put myself under that week. This realisation demonstrates that the daily issues that cause me great stress, that make me snap at my nearest and dearest, that aggravate me, that inflame my insomnia, that form knots in my stomach need not be so debilitating.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I can't seem to enjoy my Sunday night wind-down routine without a British murder mystery on the ABC. Four weeks ago I was in bliss as the ABC started screening a new run of Agatha Christie series. I love Agatha Christie, especially during the winter time.
Sadly tonight's episode will be the last of the current screening of Agatha Christie mysteries. In honour of farewelling my beloved Sunday night television show I thought it fitting to bake a self-saucing chocolate pudding from The Australian Women's Weekly cookbook circa 1970.
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teapsoon vanilla (I always put in much, much more than this meagre amount)
1 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 cups hot water
3/4 brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
Heat butter and milk in a saucepan, stir unti butter melts and remove from heat, add vanilla. Sift dry ingredients into basin, add butter mixture to well in centre, stir until smooth, pour into deep, greased 2 pint ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with topping, carefully pour over hot water. Bake in a moderate oven 40-45 minutes.
Serves 4 or 1 greedy person who is mourning the disruption to their Sunday night routine.
Pictures begin with the end result and work their way back to the mixing bowl. Just for something different.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Fortunately I happened to find my fantastic tiramisu recipe today while I was looking through my bank statements. Maybe it is a sign that my bank account needs a 'pick me up'.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I must admit that I loved the non-Copha version. Copha wasn't the only thing I substituted. I left out the coconut (of which I'm not a huge fan) and added in marshmallows, extra rice bubbles and dried cranberries.
As much as I love my traditional White Christmas it is nice to have another version up my sleeve.