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Cooking myself towards my holiday July 31, 2007

Posted by Sarah in baking, cake, dining in, food, home made, organic, recipe, Uncategorized.
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Today I’m home from work, with one day between now and our holiday! I’m so looking forward to going home, it’s going to be great! There is a slight dilema with going away for three weeks though, and that is what to do with the few items of food you have left in the house. This is really a domestic bragging post, i’m just showing off how very 1950’s housewife I am. I even ironed Joh’s shirt for him last night :P

Anyway, this is what I had to use up:

4 onions, 2 organic tomatoes, a huge bunch of parsley, 1kg of organic potatoes, 1 cup of buttermilk, 7 organic eggs, a knob of ginger, rosemary, thyme, 5 apples, half a bottle of cranberry juice.

And this is what I’ve done. We don’t have any ‘raw’ ingredients left now, just the next 5 meals cooked and ready to go. And something in the freezer for us to defrost and have when we get back to Sydney in three weeks. Genius.

I peeled, cored and sliced the apples, and put them in an oven dish. I covered them with the cranberry juice and cooked them for half an hour in the oven until the apples were soft and the juice mostly evaporated. These are now sitting in the fridge ready to be eaten on muesli, or with yoghurt, or on top of the coconut cake.

I used the buttermilk to make a Coconut Buttermilk Cake, which also used up the last of the butter in the fridge, and used an egg. This will be great for Craft Night tonight.

I used two onions and the potatoes and rosemary to make a delicious potato soup. This also used up 1 litre of home made vegetable stock from my freezer.

And I’ve made a soup with canned organic tomatoes, organic barley, red lentils, ginger, onions and the parsley. This will freeze well if we don’t eat it all tonight.

With the remaining eggs I made a frittata, and added lots of parsley, thyme and the tomatoes. It also has a little bit of roasted red onion from last nights dinner. Yum!

And I made a chana dhal to put in the freezer for us to have as an easy meal on the night we get from NZ.

Happy holidays to me! Happy holidays to Joh!

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Crafty gifts! July 31, 2007

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Saturday night I had a party for my upcoming birthday. I had such a fun night, thank you to everyone who came and made it so special. I really feel so lucky to have such an amazing group of friends. And an extra special thanks to Joh, you really make every day so much fun.

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I can’t blog about the present I’m taking home to NZ with me for Mum yet.  It’s her birthday on the 9th, so I’ll let you see it then :)

It feels a bit silly writing a post about presents, but they’re just so special I had to share it with you.  And it’s my birthday so I can do what I want :P

I didn’t get any good photos of my new ceramic knife that the boys gave me, but it rocks my world.  And my chopping board.

This cake was given to me from the lovely Brian and Helen! So tasty!  They also spoilt me completely with a fantastic new book and a pair of awesome new stockings.  Spoilarama!

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This is a traditional sake jug that has been fired in a Japanese kiln for 7 hours. My friend Tan made this! See – it’s even signed by her.

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The lovely Jackie brought this hand made woolen bag back from Mongolia for me! How special is that? I really love the design on the front, I’m going to move into it this afternoon :)
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This owl necklace was a gift from Hannah. It’s made from perspex and sterling silver. She knows me so well, I love red, and I love owls. She also got me these cute little wooden guys, i love them!

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Kate and Neil gave me these awesome kitchen goodies! I can’t wait to try out the new pizza cutter – i’m a bit afraid of cutting myself on it so I’ve left the plastic shield on it for now. We will have to wait till we’re back from holiday to try it out. I’ve already made a coconut cake in the tin, it’s such a nice heavy metal tin, and the cake just slid out of it when it was cooked. Now I just have to wait till craft night tonight to sample the cake!

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A birthday present for Helen July 22, 2007

Posted by Sarah in cosy, knitting, llama, scarf.
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It was my friend Helen’s birthday celebration Friday night. I got the invitation on Tuesday, started knitting that afternoon, and had this alpaca wool scarf finished on Thursday.

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I’m especially proud of the tassels, considering this is only my second attempt. In fact, these tassels look far better than the ones I put on Amanda’s scarf.

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The ‘back’ of the scarf looks really good too, you can only just see where the ends have been sewn in.

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How to make the perfect scones July 15, 2007

Posted by Sarah in baking, dining in, food, home made, scones.
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Do I like scones? Do I love scones? Do WE LOVE scones?

The recipe here makes 6 massive scones. Enough for two people to eat and stuff themselves on.

Buttermilk Scones (my way)

Preheat oven to 200°C

Place the following ingredients in a food processor:

3 cups Organic white flour

60g cubed cold unsalted butter

2 heaped teaspoons baking powder

1 pinch salt

Whizz together quickly until the butter has been chopped through the flour. This should take 20 – 30 seconds at the most.

Pour this mixture into a bowl and add:

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

(at this point you can also add 1 cup of dried fruit if you like – dates work well)

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Stir together gently with a knife until the mixture starts to come together. Tip the mixture out onto a floured bench and knead lightly into a round shape.

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Flatten slightly and cut through to make six triangles.

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Place on greased tray with a gap of 1cm between each scone. Sprinkle the tops with sugar.

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Cook in the middle of a hot oven for 20 minutes, until starting to brown on the outsides.

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Make yourself a cup of tea to have while you wait. And wait. And wait.

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Enjoy with said cup of tea. Serve with liberal amounts of jam and cream.

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My cushion cover July 15, 2007

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Hmmm

You may remember me talking about this a while back. Well, I went ahead and finished it last week.

Thank goodness for Hannah. Without her help it would have stayed in the cupboard for months, making me feel bad about myself.

I purchased some silk and attached it to the cushion cover to make a pillow-slip. I’m actually pleased with the way the silk looks coming out the bottom, and having stitched it this way I can remove the cover to wash it, which will be good.

Now all I need to do is attach some wooden buttons to stop it curling up.

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Lucky lucky, you’re so lucky July 15, 2007

Posted by Sarah in cosy, gift, home made, knitting, scarf, Uncategorized.
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A gift for my older sister Karen. I finished this in just two nights! I love the way it has turned out, and she’s going to suit the colour so well. Pink is her absolute favorite after all. Too bad she’s going to have to wait a whole month until I arrive in NZ to receive it.

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Present time July 8, 2007

Posted by Sarah in gift, home made, knitting, scarf.
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I’ve been hesitating about posting about a few things I’ve made recently. Mainly because they are gifts and i’m not sure if the recipients read this blog or not. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but I’m so proud of them I thought I’d show you anyway. Throw caution to the wind I say. I’m wrapping them to post today so had to take some photos to show off first.

p7070003-small.jpgp7070004-small.jpgThis is made from a 51% Alpaca 49% Acrylic mix. The scarf turned out lovely and soft. It is for my Niece Amanda who is turning 21 in a few weeks. I scoured the markets and shops to find an appropriate broach to attach to it. I’m glad I found this lovely little mushroom person – so very cute. And because it’s wood it wont stretch the wool like a metal broach would.

p7070008-small.jpgp7070007-small.jpgThis is made from Cleckheaton Vintage Hues (100% wool). I’m really happy with the way the colours have come through. Each line of knitting is different from the next. I made the scarf longer than I normally like them so that it can be wrapped around a few times for extra warmth. Hopefully it comes in handy on the farm for Joh’s Mum Fianach.

$50 the Organic way July 3, 2007

Posted by Sarah in food, organic, Uncategorized, vegetables.
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I’ve just received this weeks delivery from Lettuce Deliver Organics.

I went for the $50 box because the $35 box just wasn’t enough vegetables for two last time. We’ve used a different company and I must say I’m much happier. The service from these guys has been awesome. This box arrived today at 8:04am! They have their own drivers which is great because I don’t have to wait around the house all afternoon waiting for a courier like the other company we were using. The quality of this produce is stunning! The capsicum is probably the freshest I’ve seen in months. The salad bag looks tasty with little edible flowers through it. Nothing in the box is bruised, and it all came in a cardboard box! I can’t wait to cook with it all. And look! The potatoes even have mud still on them. Choice!
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