Monday, January 30, 2012

summer birthday sweet

Summer (in my opinion) is the best season to entertain and celebrate. A summer staple in the desert stakes? The ‘Pav’. This dary beauty, with a fudgy and rich chocolate base, has appeared twice this month for birthday celebrations. A cake in the heat isn’t fitting, but this mound of deliciousness dressed w. whipped cream and berries, ‘takes the cake’ when it comes to serving a crowd (and in the heat).

Serves 12

Whip 12 egg whites until satiny peaks form. Then gradually beat in a tablespoon at a time of 600 grams of caster sugar. Fold in 6 tablespoons of sifted cocoa, 100 grams of finely chopped dark chocolate and 2 teaspoons of red wine or balsamic vinegar.

Spread out over a lined baking tray into a rectangle shape, and place in the oven at 180 degrees for one hour. Turn off oven and leave door ajar to cool.

Spread 600mls of whipped cream over the top, garnish with 400 grams of mixed berries and a grating of dark chocolate.

Monday, October 31, 2011

mini break

Ahh the mini break.  When it’s needed, it’s needed. Morning waterside walks in another city, lazy lunches, tea + toast with family, betting on horses (you don’t even know of/haven’t even read the form guide), catching trams here + there, eating cakes like you don’t care, taking time, coming home (why didn’t you book Qantas? You’d get to stay longer) and realizing the mini break wasn’t enough. You need a break. You just need to figure out the type.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The cusp of Red Hill/Paddington. 5.45am. Jasmine plants in Brisbane. They’re flowering everywhere this time of year. From climbing and entwining the fences at my childhood home to the garden of little cottages in the local ‘hood’. It grows with abandonment, and coats with the sweetest scent.

The cusp of Red Hill/Paddington. 5.45am. Jasmine plants in Brisbane. They’re flowering everywhere this time of year. From climbing and entwining the fences at my childhood home to the garden of little cottages in the local ‘hood’. It grows with abandonment, and coats with the sweetest scent.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Collectable + contemporary

Very collectable watercolour works by illustrator Cate Parr. Elegant and poised in the subject matter, seamless and controlled in the practice. Note the reference to the Rorschach inkblot test. Australia artist Ben Quilty used this in several of his works in 2009. Notably, his Archibald entry of Jimmy Barnes. Oh to own a Quilty! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

sunday snapshots

Little Cove. Noosa. 10.33am.

A friend’s published story on a goat that thinks it’s a dog in the country’s largest selling Sunday newspaper. It’s a cute little thing.

Noosa national park. Two friends and a walk without shoes back from a remote beach.

Hastings Street. Bistro C. coconut chicken salad w. shredded tofu, snowpeas, asian herbs, toasted cashews, nuoc cham dressing.

An afternoon with a very old friend.

One Massimo’s gelati please.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

il bel far niente/the beauty of doing nothing/aka sfa

A wise woman told me after I’d told her I had serious trouble sitting still and doing nothing, that as the years grow, your time to yourself and devoted to your own interests diminishes. Instead, time is directed at the pursuits of others and their activities. The emotion once easily directed into yourself, is instead channeled into those you love. Her teaching? Make the most of the down time while it lasts and taking time for your own activities, is not indulgent.

Today was dedicated to those pursuits I’m certain I won’t have that much time for in the future. A snapshot. Three hours over three newspapers (plus their weekend magazines) in a local cafe, accompanied by good coffee and a perfect plate of eggs (it’s the simple things). Planting the herb garden, I’ve long considered since moving into a new house six months ago (better late than never) and after buying countless bunches of herbs each week at the farmers market. Dill, mint, rosemary, oregano, ‘apple mint’ and Italian parsley. Kitchen experimentation, one very lush blueberry and banana smoothie. Cups of tea and novels.

Lesson learnt.