Sunday, February 27, 2011

Skull cap, Art, and some sort of delicious biscuit.

 Yippeee!! I finally found my skull cap!
I stumbled across the loveliest vintage store in Prospect. It is everything I want from a vintage shop:
 Loads of 50's, nicely priced, classy decor, glass cabinets full of hats and accessories and a delightful range of shoes. This beauty set me back $18. It originally had netting over it but was very shabby and almost completely covered all the gorgeous detail.
So off it came. I love it!
Earrings $10 from a wicked vintage shop on the way to Melbourne. Top from Rewind Fashions in Glenelg, $5. Its full of holes (other than the ones that are meant to be there) and the sleeves constantly fall off my shoulders but I still like it.


Here is my latest. She is from Northern India and her eyes had me captivated.
I'm pretty pleased with this one. OooOoOoooo... and I sold the Masai girl painting! Yay!


As requested... Lemon and pistachio biscuits.

Pre-heat oven to 180. In electric mixer place 200g almond meal, 1/4 cup rice flour, 1 cup caster sugar, 1 large tbsp lemon zest and 2 egg whites. Buzz for 2 minutes.
Roll mixture into balls and place on lined baking tray. Squoosh them down using 3 fingers (2 is not enough, 4 is way too many. I hope you get my monty python reference?!))
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
Once cooled mix approx 1 cup (you may need more) icing sugar with enough lemon juice to make thick icing. Whack a blob on the cookies and top with chopped pistachio's, approx 1/4 cup.
You should only do about 4 cookies at a time as the icing still needs to be wet when you put the nuts on top so that they stick on.
On tasting these I'm sure your mum will feel that being gluten intolerant is not all that bad after all :)

To be had with tea of course xo

Monday, February 14, 2011

Butterfly Cakes

 Almost how nanna used to make them (she used strawberries not raspberries)

Monday, February 7, 2011

found in the closet

Found in my mothers closet, hidden away, a pile of records waiting for kiddies of today...

The Record has a beautifully illustrated story at the front, which kids can read along with - as well as the songs!





When In Sydney...

I wanted to show you my list in the making of places to see, things to do when you visit us in Sydney.. I know I'm forgetting so many things but here goes:

  • Visit Bethel
  • Spend a few days at Dave & Amy's - beach included! (hope to show pics of her place in a blog one day)
  • Max Brenner Chocolate - entire experience essential so be prepared!
  • All you can eat Korean BBQ in Belfield - I found another blogger has pics of what to expect from this place here.
  • Portuguese Chicken burgers in Petersham (as seen on Food Safari) even this other blogger agrees it's the best in Sydney.
  • Newtown - this involves a few things. Awesome shops, even better restaurants. Includes, breakfast in a funky backstreet cafe, possible Dendy film, op shopping, clothes and home ware and music shopping, but most of all the best Thai food! This is Indie/funky ville in my opinion.
  • Market Trips:
  • Vintage Markets in Kirribilli (I've not yet been but who better to go with??)
  • The Rocks - down by the Harbour there are these markets in amongst ol' Sydney town-style buildings.
  • Paddington Markets Trip - includes wander down the well known Oxford street
  • Flemington Markets - Great food on the Friday, and then Saturday it's up early for junk! Loads of stuff to go through for cheap, cheap, cheap!
  • Auslan witno - see if it differs much here
  • Yum Cha -  Marigold
  • Kebabs - a must in the west
  • Sovlaki - we will do a trip down to Brighton Le-Sands, buy one of the best Sovlaki's and sit on the beach watching planes land.
  • Cabramatta - Vietnamese food!!!!!
  • Bondi Beach - well you just have to go at some point in your life...
  • Hit Random Op Shops
  • Blue Mountains - can do the touristy stuff, and op shops, and then hit the cafes.
  • Bathurst - Fav Cafe, sight see, then head from here to Mudgee for Wineries! On the way try to catch some random tiny country town op shops
  • Interested in Luna Park?
  • Bowral - my new favourite place. Farms, rainforest's, rivers, waterholes, ALDI (lol), amazing op shops I'm saving up for, and only say 20mins from beaches near Dave and Amy, and yet about an hr from Sydney. Did I mention the whole place smells like chamomile tea? And that flowers grow there in beautiful abundance and glow when accompanied by the nighttime mist which passes through the land... I may be exaggerating slightly, but I've honestly never been somewhere and gone, I could TOTALLY live here. Other than the Bowral/Moss Vale area. And if I like it, I'm sure you will too.
  • Victoria's Basement
  • Victoria Room - I think you will love this just looking at website...
  • The QVB - Queen Victoria Building. OK so you will love this in general, but wait till we go right to the top and indulge in The Tea Room     oh yeah there is Gluten free too hehe
  • Wander around the city on foot - get great pics of places like Hyde Park, Botanical Gardens, beautiful buildings etc.
  • Ferry to Manly or anywhere, Luna park Kirribilli, the gap wherever!
  • Vintage Shopping  - especially Coco Repose in Surry Hills
Well, I thought of more than I originally did. I know it's a lot but you may not want to do them all, and you will visit more than once right???
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