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March 2nd, 2010

Three Days Late: Tiramisu!

Tiramisu: Daring Baker's Challenge, February 2010
I’m three days late on posting the Daring Baker’s Challenge for February – so its MARCH LAWLS! But I’m hoping its okay because a) this challenge was DELICIOUS and b) Uh, I can bat my eyelashes really impressively? :D :D

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February 11th, 2010

Well that settles it…

Amy Acker is the CUTEST EVER (as always) in Julie & Julia
I’ve left this blog and quite a few others dormant this last month or so, since my health has taken a rather swift nose dive and real life is a merciless slave driver as I’m sure EVERYONE knows.

But. A few hours ago, a resplendent Bec flew into our room all aglow and announced that, after wanting to watch it since she’d first heard about it, she’d just finished watching Julie & Julia that she thought it was LOVELY, that I’d especially enjoy ‘Julia’s’ … Well its hard to replicate on the page, let’s just go with her exuberant sound… ;) And if Greg didn’t mind did I want to watch it before I went to sleep.

Having been entranced by its concept when Bec first told me about the film months ago, I managed to persuade (and by persuade I mean flippantly ask if he’d mind in a casual manner with a kiss or two for good measure) Greg to let me watch it and carefully went to the lounge to take Bec up on her offer.

WELL! After thinking I’d watch it while doing some other things I was utterly taken by the first ten minutes, turned off everything, shut my computer and started it from the beginning to pay PROPER attention.

I loved EVERY SINGLE MOMENT! It was just, joyous, and fun, and INSPIRING! When I rate it for my darn movie challenge (this is the FIRST movie we’ve seen this month – SLACKERS!) I’ll be rating it out of butter. Delicious, glorious, sticks of butter. And I’m mentally ready to BURST FORTH into the kitchen and cook up a zillion storms and blog about them profusely.

Now if my damn body would just oblige me.

But I don’t care, next week while at Mum & Dad’s I’m planning on taking LIBERAL liberties with their stand mixer and get January & February’s Daring Baker’s challenges done and dusted. And hopefully DELICIOUSLY!

I saw my genius massage therapist, Mr Beaton, today and I’m going to see him again the Tuesday following our return anyway, so he can undo any punishment I’ve done to myself over that week. Which I’m sure wont be that much since my darling partner will be looming over me the whole time making hrrmmmmm faces and generally telling me to rest. WHICH I PROMISE TO HEED.

Mostly.

PS: FORMAL FIFTIES DRESSES WITH POCKETS! WHAT A TRIUMPH!! *adoration*

January 3rd, 2010

MATRYOSHKA MEASURING CUPS?! Where have you been my WHOLE life?!

Russian Doll aka Matryoshka Measuring Cups. THEY NEST!!

Russian Doll measuring cups?!?! Fredflare, stop teasing me with your awesome, AWESOME items. KTHX!? GODDAMN I’ve been eyeing off Bec’s newer measuring cups for a while now, thinking I should update mine (which are actually her old ones from when we were all in Uni xD) and then, THEN, I find these.

MEASURING CUPS, THAT HAVE GOOSHY CHEEKS. And… THEY NEST!?

The grabby hands have reached maximum, the fingers are flinging themselves about so fast you can’t hardly see them. THESE CUPS HAVE REDUCED MY HANDS TO SCARY FINGERLESS NUBS! Or at least the appearance of that.

Maaaan, and I just HAD to be baking right this moment, staring at my clearly now inferior cups with the pursed lips of one who really shouldn’t slight that which has been so useful for the span of nearly a decade. But come ON my already-owned cups, why don’t YOU look happy to see me?!

October 21st, 2009

Corned Beef and further exploits…

My first recipe to this blog actually has two recipes included in it. Because I’m crazy like that, and also its because its what we ate for dinner tonight.

We’re rather destitute at the moment, and so its come down to what I call ‘Survival food.’ Good, wholesome meals that fill you up but don’t cost you much of anything, as we don’t have much to spend! xD

Two days ago I rememebred that my mother had foisted a frozen beef silverside upon me and said “MAKE THIS” the last time we visited. As I’m rather partial to corned beef, I didn’t protest TOO hardly that she seemed to be handing over the entire contents of her burgeoning pantry to us and into my partner’s rather space-challenged car… xD

Thusly two days ago, I threw it into the slow cooker:


Slow Cooked Corn Beef

Ingredients:
1 Beef Silverside
3/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar (not Raw Sugar)
Bay Leaves
Whole Peppercorns
1 Large Onion, quartered
Water

Method:
Place beef silverside in slow cooker, fat side up. Drop in all of your ingredients, then pour in enough water to cover the cut of meat. Cook on the high setting for eight hours. At this point you can eat, but I like to put the slow cooker on low and leave for another ten hours.

Take the meat out and serve! Keep the leftovers in the fridge to slice off and put in sandwiches, other meals etc.

MY GOD IT IS HARD to not wax lyrical during recipe instructions! *laughs* I so wanted to put 893948209483 notes and such in that. You can add stuff to taste – more balsamic, more brown sugar? GO! xD. Personally, the long way I’ve found you don’t really have to do much, and the silverside can even be frozen. HURRAH! xD Less work for a big payoff = everybody’s happy.

Okay so this evening for dinner, we’re eating pov style, as I mentioned, and thusly I thought what better meal than corned beef on potatoes!? NOOMMMISH!


Corned Beef on Potatoes

Ingredients:
2 medium/large potatoes
2 slices Corned Beef
1 medium onion
grated cheese
olive oil
powdered chicken stock
white wine
pinch of sugar
freshly ground salt and pepper

Please note, this serves one, all you need to is times the quantities by number of people and delicious.

Method:
Quarter the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a microwave proof bowl, add a little water – just 1cm or so on the bottom – cover with cling wrap. Prick the cling wrap a few times then place in the microwave for ten minutes on high.

Grab a fork and separate the fibres of corned beef. Finely chop the onion and place in a frying pan/wok with a little oil. Sweat off the onions, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add a little sugar to help the caramelising process, and some white wine for extra flavour. When the onions are translucent, add in your seperated corned beef. Sprinkle on a liberal dash of powdered chicken stock. Keep stirring until the corned beef has heated up.

Take onions and beef off of the heat, and remove potatoes from microwave.

Remove plastic from potatoes, pour off any residual water. Grind salt and pepper to taste on the potatoes, then pour the onion and beef mix on top. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top, and add a little grated cheese. DEVOUR!

WOW! Even the most simplest recipes that you just make up on the fly require a WHOLE LOT of writing. XD This’d also be great with a little cabbage cooked with the onions, using both sweet and white potatoes, and adding wasabi and horseradish to the onion/beef mix for a little more kick.

For a little more elegance to the presentation, flake off your cheese from a block with a potato peeler, and put some fresh herbs into/onto the mix.

I GUARANTEE NOMS!!!! :D

PS: I DON’T HAVE A PHOTO AAAUUUGH! But I promise to take one asap. xD

October 21st, 2009

Cooking for Kat…

An altered a caramel ball recipe to suit my needs as Bill had requested: Pink Icing, Caramel, Honeycomb for his cake, back in January 08

The results of a caramel ball recipe I altered to suit my needs as my friend, Bill had requested a specific birthday cake theme: Pink Icing, Caramel & Honeycomb, back in January '08

Recently a friend of mine, Kat, has been blogging about how she’s going to cook planned meals for a week etc and talking about how she’s attempting to domesticate herself. The impact of that was LOST utterly on me (I cook practically every day) until today when she explained that she and her partner eat out EVERY. DAY. And have done forever. She also claimed that that’s just how people were in her area and that basically everyone ate like that.

THIS. BLEW. MY. MIND! I come from a background where if I eat out even once a week my parents lament that I’m wasting too much money. We had home cooked meals for every meal – with large portions of the ingredients coming from our garden or locally produced – for my entire childhood.

Amusingly, and possibly because of our upbringing, my brother is a trained chef. He’d be working as one still if a tragic car accident hadn’t robbed him of normal mobility nearly half a decade ago.

I’m rambling, but all this basically means I cook, and I cook a lot, and I love to cook.

I’m a very VERY experimental, holistic cook, however, and when Kat asked me to post recipes for her I was excited at the idea but equally a little daunted. Rarely do I EVER cook the same thing twice!

BUT! I figured, food is just as inspirational as visual aesthetics, thusly I’ve decided to also post recipes/food adventures in this blog to help out a friend, and to look back upon with possibly wide-eyed disbelief. xD

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be tucking into my dinner. ^_^