Category Archives: Food

Every day is Christmas – 4/5

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Another five days of treats. It’s good to have these little beauties to blog about, otherwise I’m pretty sure the silly season would have got to me and I would have totally abandoned my blog!

Day 16 – gorgeous handmade gift tags (they will be saved for VERY special gifts!); day 17 – assorted vintage scarves (I especially love the red and blue one which has subsequently been added to an opshop straw hat); day 18 – Lindt chocolate – not pictured for obvious reasons; day 19 – very cute Typo pencil sharpener ; day 20 – mini bunting made with washi tape – what a great idea.

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What I gave: some more vintage linen – a sheet and a tea towel, an old-fashioned cookbook, some more vintage cutlery and a little handmade embroidery. I got the idea from some of the images on Zara’s pinterest page so I really hope she likes it!

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I left it in a ‘raw’ state so Zara could use it how she saw fit. It will be interesting to see what she does with it as she’s so clever!

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It’s been nice this week to start feeling a bit Christmassy, getting dressed up and spending time colouring and reading with sick kids at the hospital.

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And getting dressed up and having fun with my girlfriends.

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Shopping mishaps

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Pop does the shopping online. Consequently there are sometimes mishaps. Like last week when he accidentally ordered 1kg of root ginger! Not to worry. It was a great excuse to make crystallised/candied ginger. Which is delish and will be coated in chocolate at some point too.

I also made a batch of my own biscuit/cookie recipe – Wholemeal chocolate chip and pumpkin seed. It’s been ages since I made them, and boy are they good. Sometimes I use sunflower seeds too, but unfortunately when these were ordered from the supermarket 500g of VitaPet Sunflower Seeds in Husks turned up! Oops! It will keep the birds in the back garden happy though.

As we’re getting near to Advent, I thought I’d have a little giveaway. I was given this pattern by a friend as she accidentally got two. It’s just not me. I know it won’t suit my shape so I thought I would have a little giveaway. I’m happy to post internationally so if you want to win this pattern, leave your email address and a comment below with a story of one of your own shopping mishaps. I’ll draw the winner next week so the pattern can arrive before Christmas.

Linking in here.

The Spice Draw

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This last line of this scene from an episode of the Simpsons is one I use a lot. I find it useful when describing those moments in life when you realise how fundamentally different from someone  you can be.

Marge: So… you want to go on tour with a traveling freak show.
Homer: I don’t think I have a choice, Marge.
Marge: Of course you have a choice.
Homer: How do you figure?
Marge: You don’t have to join a freak show just because the opportunity came along.
Homer: You know, Marge, in some ways, you and I are very different people.

I have these moments with my husband often, particularly when he wants to explain things like ‘how the moon works’ to me. This time it was organising my Mother’s spice drawer that made me think of it. Here are the before and after shots.

Satisfaction levels: high and rising from all parties!

Pop’s birthday dinner

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We are well and truly back in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s taken a while to adjust I have to confess although there is something so nice about being somewhere where people know you, where you can run into someone at the local shops…

But until we get back on our feet again, we’re in limbo mode again. But limbo with perks. We’re camping out in my parent’s spare bedroom where we receive free board in return for cooking. It’s an arrangement that makes everyone happy, especially after a year without an oven!

It was my Pop’s birthday this week and he requested fish, a yummy salad and new potatoes. So we delivered spicy walnut encrusted fish, orange and parsley salad, green salad with lots of yummy bits and new potatoes with just a little butter. I also made Tiramisu from my Italian friend’s home recipe, the kind that’s been passed down from generation to generation… delish. (Although not a pretty site after it’s been demolished by a spoon. Then it turns into Tirami-suvius.)

Then we road tested the new crystal glasses we gave him with a snifter each of Laphroaig. Not a bad night really, and nice to say Happy Birthday in person rather than on Skype.

The mayonnaise and mustard soup cook-off

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One of the discoveries in the Dutch cuisine has been mustard soup. We’d never heard of it before (even with my husband Alex’s Dutch family) and we think it’s delicious.

I’d also been talking to neighbour Inge about home-made mayonnaise. We try and make as much as possible from scratch to avoid nasty additives, preservatives, colours – you know, all those unnecessary numbers on the labels. She wanted to give it a try too and so after discussing how to make mustard soup we decided to have a cook-off.

It was a lot of fun and need I say delicious, or as we say in Dutch heerlijk!

Comfort Food

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What do you do when:

  1. You find out after waiting about eight months your visa application will probably be denied and you may have to leave the country,
  2. You have no proper ingredients in the pantry,
  3. Your husband feels miserable and hungry and it’s his birthday the next day?

Make potato soup. Five ingredient comfort food. Everything feels better with a full belly.

Oh, and open some early birthday presents and feel loved.

Bread making workshop (and a little dressing up…)

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So I taught a bread making workshop this week.

It was a first time for me and I was lucky to have a group of wonderful students there and it was a lot of fun… even despite getting an oven rack stuck in the very deep restaurant oven and burning my arms trying to pull loaves of bread out with tongs. It was a bit like a culinary forceps birth!

My foodie friend Olive organised the workshop and the brief for the dress code was “girly floral” because, hey, it’s nice to look good in the kitchen and she wants to create a total experience for her workshops. Love it.

It’s a little hard to see my whole outfit but what I’m wearing is:

A pink top from a vintage store in Amsterdam called Episode, a handmade skirt that you can see better here, the same green market shoes that you can see here, and some pale pink lacy tights from the market. They’re a bit out of my normal wardrobe sphere but at € 1 it’s a risk I could afford!

Looking good, tasting good and linking up here with ladies frolicking in the snow.

Wardrobe Wednesday at SailorSpy.co.nz