Friday, 30 December 2011
All of the text comes from the Doctor Nurse trashy romance novel I bought here last year.
So this year I had a go at making a spinach and ricotta filo spiral, and it looked JUST like the one in the recipe. Totally easy to make. But don't tell anyone.
Ooh, that reminds me, a little filo pastry left, we can make an apple turnover too.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
So when I was cooking and noticed all eight kids playing various games in one room, I pounced. Left to right, we have : Xanthe, Catriona, Jonathan (on floor), Mitchell (on chair), Jessamy, James, Thomas and Connor.
My work here is done.
Monday, 26 December 2011
Here from left to right we have : Jonathan (hiding), Thomas (in crown), Mitchell (green top), Connor (tall), James (white shirt), Jessamy (pink shirt), Catriona (green shirt), and Xanthe (black bathers).
Do admire the pyramid - it didn't last long after this!
Here it is under construction. You will notice the inside is full of treasure, and also SNAKES! They are getting sealed inside.
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Yesterday Catriona, Xanthe and I shopped for the decorations - Dollar Sweets make sprinkles in gold and silver this year! We discussed the shape of the house. Jonathan wanted it to be full of lolly snakes. Like, FULL. We hit on the idea of a pyramid!
Also yesterday, I made the dough and popped it in the fridge for chilling. We were going to bake too, but Jeff and I decided to go to the movies. Like you do.
Today Catriona, Jonathan, Thomas and I rolled, cut and baked.
Friday, 23 December 2011
All the other material I'm using is scrounged here - newspaper magazines and the like.
This is the first finished card (not counting the one I don't want to show). No, her grumpy attitude is not mine, it's just a good phrase I found in the book.
This years pencils are Derwent tinted charcoal pencils, so we're going to have a rather earthy palette. And messy fingers.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
And yet this flavour of chips seems to be going down in history as the least popular ever. The sign says discounted from 50c to 20c, but before that they were $1, and before that $1.50.
Poor Smiths. Next time stick with salted.
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Today I tried making it in the usual slice tray, and the last little bits into mini muffin pans. They have set perfectly!
I monitored the temperature as I stirred, and turned the heat off when the mixture got to about 116 degrees Celcius (240 degrees Farenheit). That's a bit hotter than recipes normally state, but I think that's the way my thermometer skews.
Oh, yes, and THIS is my thermometer. It clicks into a silicone spatula, and of course comes apart for washing. I bought it in Paris. I hope you are envious!
Fancy the recipe? Here it is, exactly as my Mum wrote it out for me.
Recipe for Scottish Tablet (Fudge)
1 kg sugar
1 cup milk
tin condensed milk
Place sugar and milk in a large saucepan, cook over a gentle heat until all the sugar is melted. Stir as you go but not too vigorously as the sugar should not coat the side of the pan.
Add the butter and the condensed milk, return to boil and boil vigorously with stirring until the fudge is ready. This takes about 30 minutes, and you must stir all the time. Test a little trickled into a cup of iced water – it should make a soft ball.
Remove from stove, add vanilla essence and beat like crazy till it is lovely and fudgey looking (half a minute or so will be enough). Pour quickly into a greased tray and mark into squares. Leave to set.
Variations : you can add a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder if you want chocolate fudge, also you can add crushed walnuts.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Bleah. I was supposed to be the talented one.
Oh well, nice work, I suppose, Catriona.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Work Christmas party tomorrow night! Jeff and I work together, so we are both double-invited! Always a pleasure to go to these events - the boss enjoys good food, and MAKES good wine (Gentle Annie boutique winery, look it up), so we always enjoy the night.
This year is special.
First, it's on a boat.
Second, we have lots of female employees this year. It's been a good year for recruitment. Naturally, all the tech women had a meeting today to discuss the important issue of - what to wear! We agreed to go for dresses, as elegant as possible.
I nipped out to my fave clothing shop at lunch time, not expecting success, but found a terrific silky green dress. My favourite green too.
But I don't have any suitable shoes. Really not a big shoe person. I do have these sort of silver flats that are very comfy. But they don't match at all.
So I whipped out my tiny bottle of Golden Paint's "Green Gold" and gave these shoes a quick green makeover. I'm delighted with the results!
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Actually she's so nice she would say nice things about anything sent to her, so I decided to indulge and make a SUPER GRUNGY one!
I've used my Belgian stamps, some new Aussie stamps by Kaiser (fabulous backgrounds), and some Stampin' Up ones too (the bird, eggs, bug and cage). And that grid-patterned tape is Japanese Washi tape, which I brought back from Paris! I'm sure you can get it here now, but THIS is from Paris.
Best of luck with the freelance writing, Emma!
All on the outside of course, but still...
It was hard to recover and get to sleep...
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Now, a computer program is made of heaps of bits, and many people work on them. And we keep every version of every bit. So at release time, someone has to pick out which version of each bit is set to go right now. That's Kai. It's not straightforward, because people are making last minute changes, and some are working ahead on the next version already.
We decided Kai needed a great title. "Release Manager" was taken - that's a whole different job, negotiating with customers about who wants what feature, and when. Management. Yawn. Kai needed a way more exciting title for his interesting IT job. So he's now the :
I made him a card, and Jeff and I game him a little present - the ninja in this Lego set is called Kai!
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
This is so cool - they are playing together and getting along so well. Let's sneak into the art room and watch...
Mrs Swan-for-a-Head: "Hey, Raven, wanna hear a secret?"
Raven: "I suppose so..."
Mrs Swan-for-a-Head: "HOOONNNKKKKK!!"
Raven: "You're leaving soon, right?"
In a side note, I really need to think of a better name for my doll.