21 April 2017
Hello from Melbourne! Tony has an exhibition opening tonight and we've been bumping into friends and eating lots of great food. How has your week been? I've been trying to avoid all of the Girls spoilers and powering through a spooky novel. Here are a few things to share:
A tiny pause.
My winter splurge.
Salted dark chocolate and coconut bites.
A beautiful weekend.
Adding this Japanese place to my Sydney restaurant list.
Pay what you want (and help save the planet while you're doing it).
Mint choc chip cookies!
Julie Synder on the making of Serial.
And I was feeling a little ordinary this week - these words from Joy perked me right up. Make sure you check out all of the linked posts for maximum perspective :)
19 April 2017
After getting into the habit of cycling to work - and showering there too - I've updated my make-up bag. I've narrowed it down to six things: a CC cream that's SPF 30+, an easy-to-use concealer stick, an eyebrow cream with an inbuilt brush, the lightest powder (for my shiny nose), a peachy cream blush and a magical eyelash curler. It feels good to be working with less.
I've also started stashing this hand cream in my bag to combat the cooler and drier days. Lipstick is still a date night/going-to-a-wedding occurrence, I'm working on that :)
P.S Here are two things I'm keen to try - Joni's go-to eyeshadow and mascara.
17 April 2017
Did you cook anything new over the Easter break? While we were sweating our way through summer, I was scrolling through recipes for warming comfort food from a handful of American blogs. I've been saving them for these very months, which are my favourite for cooking... and eating. Here's what I'm planning to try:
Gnocchi with preserved lemon alfredo sauce
Brussel sprout and speck mac and cheese
No boil pasta bake
Broccoli, cheese and potato soup
Spicy roasted vegetable ramen
Taiwanese spicy beef noodle soup
Tomato-glazed meatloaves with mashed potatoes
Beef goulash with soft egg noodles (I've never made goulash before!)
Savoury winter cobbler (which happens to be vegan too).
Chocolate blackberry pudding
Pear, ginger and pistachio crumble
Rose apple tart
P.S - Here are my favourite weekday dinners from 2016. Nigella's quick chilli, apricot balsamic chicken with rocket and creamy tortellini with prosciutto and peas are three of the best.
14 April 2017
Hello! I hope you're relaxing into the long weekend. It's a beautiful day here - the air is crisp, the sky is blue and the sun is out. We're about to ride our bikes into town for coffee and I have the simplest of plans for the days ahead. On today's agenda - making spaghetti bolognese for dinner. That's it :)
Trying out this clever self-watering pot (mine's yellow!).
Baked chicken with mushrooms, cream and thyme.
Design, Instagram and a cult cafe.
"All you did was throw things away."
40 movies about photographers via Garry. I haven't seen a single one and am intrigued by #9.
Sage advice from journalist Jenna Price.
I'm insanely excited about this collection of recipes from Bon Appetit.
And I whizzed through Making Oprah this week - it was such a fun podcast. Next on my list - How to Be a Girl. I'm also keen to check out Terrible, Thanks for Asking.
Have a great Easter!
12 April 2017
I use a recipe from Sophie Hansen's cookbook, which I've adapted to include some leftover sourdough starter. If you don't have any starter, the recipe will work just fine without it.
You will need:
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup milk
Finely grated zest of one lemon
1 tbsp caster sugar
3/4 cup active sourdough starter
Place all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside for 20 minutes.
Heat a fry pan on medium-high heat and add a small knob of butter. Cook 2 tablespoons of batter at a time, flipping each pikelet when the surface begins to bubble.
Keep your growing pile of pikelets in an oven on low heat to keep them warm.
10 April 2017
We've just worked out what we're doing for Easter - we're staying in. Tony's keen to spend a few days in his studio painting and I'm looking forward to chilling out at home. I'm planning to read, watch movies and try out a few new recipes (these brown butter choc chip cookies look so good).
While we'll miss out on a long weekend in the Blue Mountains with Tony's family, we're excited about hosting a few friends for breakfast on Sunday. I'll be serving hot cross buns and Easter eggs and keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather so we can go for a long walk afterwards.
I made a few batches of hot cross buns on the weekend to share with friends. I use a recipe from this book and might tweak it over the long weekend to include choc chips and chai-infused dried fruit. And I'm hoping the Easter bunny brings me this :) Let's hope this week flies by for us all.
07 April 2017
Do you have much on this weekend? My friend Maayan is hosting an Eastover dinner on Saturday (Easter and Passover combined!) and I'm bringing hot cross buns. We're also catching up with Tony's brother who is town for the Canberra marathon and I'm going to try and get a meal or two in the freezer. Here are a few things for the days ahead:
Double chocolate cookies for Easter.
A girls weekend with a twist.
How cute are these DIY face planters?
9 podcast episodes worth discussing (I'm going to start with Making Oprah).
Coconut and jam pudding.
"If you want to talk to me when I'm dead, go to the bench." So glad I listened to this.
This photographer's personal Instagram account is lovely.
And here's a suggestion for an easy Sunday night dinner - one-pot French onion pasta followed by chewy Nutella cookies and tea :)
Catch you next week.
06 April 2017
It was properly cold over the weekend and while I'm a little nervous about winter, I'm also really excited about the cosy months ahead. Here are a few things I'd love to gather, starting with this subtly scented candle. My sister-in-law gave me one for Christmas and it's very hygge.
A box of spicy tea to brew in my flask for weekend walks and work days on the road.
The power issue of Salad Days, to keep me strong and motivated during the coldest months.
And a new baking book that promises to re-invent the classics because nothing heats up a small space like having the oven on :) I'll be making apple crumble whenever I can.
02 April 2017
We spent the weekend catching up on jobs around the house, which helped clear my head and make room for more creative thoughts. I finished listening to S-Town while running errands (my verdict: it's brilliant, even if I was cynical in parts) and now the pantry is re-stocked and the garden is coming back to life. We even made it to the art school ball.
After a busy March, it was really nice to slow down and take stock. I could feel myself getting a little anxious these past few weeks, going from one thing to the next. But now I'm feeling ready for the month ahead. Tonight I'm making porcini tomato pasta and might watch Julie & Julia if Tony has to head back to the studio.
P.S Here's what we're having for dinner this week: curried lentils and rice, smoky beet burgers and pea and parmesan soup :)