Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Daily Outfit

This is what I wore to work yesterday (a cold Friday). It is more casual than I would normally wear but it was the end of the week and too cold for bare legs.

The blazer has a matching pleated skirt of the same colour. I love the three quater sleeves of the blazer and how warm it is (wool).

Underneath is a slate coloured silk tunic and gray leggings.


Tofu scramble from last week. Based on the one for Skinny Bitch in the Kitch

Here is the menu for the coming week:

B - Coffee and pear and ginger muffin
L - Leftover Mexican beans and salad
D - Baked sweet potato with haloumi and candied olives (add chicken for the meat-eater)

B - Oatmeal with chia seeds and raw almonds
L - Leftover gratin of cabbage and lentils
D - Caramelized onion and Brussels sprout soup (a Sophie Grigson recipe).

B - Toast with peanut butter
L - Leftover soup and roll
D - Flatbread pizzas (husband to make these)**

B - Fruit, yogurt and nuts
L - Leftover soup and a roll
D - Leftovers/takeaway (giving blood and I never feel great after)

B - Oatmeal with blueberries and agave
L - Desk meal (usually soba noodles in miso)
D - Rice paper rolls with satay sauce

Saturday - one year wedding anniversary!
B - Pancakes with butter, sugar and lemon (bacon and maple syrup for him)
L - Out
D = Pumpkin soup and crumbed cutlets (husbands favourite)

B - Coffee and pear and ginger muffin
L - Falafel with hummus and apple pie with cream (Sophie Grigson again)
D - Leftovers

** - These are actually made with naan breads and leftover bits and pieces and only take a few minutes under the grill. The idea came from the one Nigella has in Express (hers has mushrooms and fomtina cheese).

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Weekend

Be-warned this is going to be a bit of a photo dump at the end!

So, it is quite obvious that I have not been posting every weekend as I have been planning to. Today is Friday and I got so excited driving home for the last time for the week (I have a 2 hour commute on Friday as I live where most people have their weekenders) that I thought I might try doing a post on all the things I am looking forward to doing on the weekend and also put up some photos of the last week (well last few in this case).

So here is my list for August 12, 13 and 14.

  • Pore over Sarah Wilson's blog. If you are obsessed with food and the different way people eat and why then this is a good blog for you. It is a lot to do with health and while I do not agree with everything Sarah says or posts about it has a lot of great links to other food-like-minded bloggers/websites and articles.
  • Walking along the beach on Sunday morning. I have grown up most of my life near the water (as in 10 metres away) and while I do now live about 20 minutes away I am still relatively close, for the last 2 weeks I have been enjoying this more that I thought I would. I walk for about an hour. This weekend it is supposed to be a bit rainy - which is even better because that will mean less people and generally wilder surf.
  • Getting into bed early with a pot of tea (but sadly I have run our of Sleepytime) and cookbooks to flick through and dream up my menu.
  • Catching up with family on Saturday morning - I feel like I haven't seen my Grandparents in forever. I will make them some friands.
  • Cleaning the house. Yes, it is therapeutic and I have to do it to face another work week.
  • Watching the Block with my husband. Sadly we have been drawn into the vortex of a renovating reality show! Argh!
  • Getting ready an outfit for the 50's Fair. I have been making a dress for the past year and a bit. First the sewing machine broke and then I got married and blah, blah, blah. But now I have a new machine and I have been married for almost a year (a week after the Fair this year) so should be able to finish.

OK, get ready for the photos:

The above 3 are from some Vanilla Bean Scones that I made last week when I wanted something to eat cream with. They are from Woman's Weekly Tea Time. They turned out well and my husband who was screwing up his face as I offered him one, ate 4!

This is a picture of our spare room, with the new curtains I made. Too blue?

The above three are two Donna Hay recipes I tried from Fast, Fresh, Simple.
Goats Cheese Souffle - with an apple salad
Cheat's Creme Brulee - easy and delicious (maybe not so much sugar next time).

These last two, not-so-attractive photos are what the kitchen normally looks like. A mess and a hovering cat.
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