Monday, August 31, 2009
I loved the thought of this, because a) It connects me to other Aussie bloggers & b) It provides inspiration for posts.
My first Blog this challenge is this question:
If you could choose a day, a week, a moment in time to re-live - what would it be?
I have had a think about this. I was instantly thinking about whether there was anything i regret that i would like a do over of. I thought briefly of a bitter first relationship, would i like to go back in time and grow more of a backbone? No.... all of the turmoil, angst, love, and challenges in that relationship shaped who i am. It made me stronger. It is also what led me to meeting my True Love.
Would i want to do over any part of my childhood? Again no... again, it is part of the patchwork that makes up my life. I really don't believe in regrets. Every moment in life, no matter how achingly sad, or painfully embarrassing, make us who we are. Part of growing older is experiencing life, and all it has to offer.
I instead throw my thoughts to the happiest day of my life (to date!), my wedding day. Admitedly it really wasn't that long ago, as it was only at the beginning of this year. This is a day i would love to relive, over and over again. It was everything i wanted it to be. Is there anything i would change... hmm... I would perhaps actually look at my Future Husband to Be as i started going down the aisle, instead of grinning madly at my guests and trying to get a look at everyone because i was so damn excited. I would perhaps actually pay attention a bit more during the ceremony, because it was over before i knew it (again, because i was too excited and looking around everywhere to actually pay attention). However, i doubt any of that would change. I WAS excited.
I was marrying a man that I firmly believe is the most wonderful loving man in the world. I was committing to sharing my life with him. I was surrounded by everyone that I love. It was a beautiful sunny day, all of my plans had come together and it was the happiest day of my life.
Who wouldn't re-live a day like that over again?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The next morning we set off. with Mike still saying mum on where we were headed. Once i saw a sign taking me towards Balmain i started to bounce gleefully in my seat and shout gleefully 'ZUMBO CAFEEEEEEEEEE'.
I have been wanting to visit this cafe for a long long time, well before Adriano Zumbo's Masterchef fame. I have read many many reviews of his culinary delights throiugh a huge number of sydney based blogs. I have drooled over a great many images of his sweet delights.
We arrived at Balmain by 10:30 am and headed first for the patisserie. Sadly, a peek through the door showed quite a line, and almost not sweets left. We headed off towards the Cafe Choolat a few doors down, where we waited in line for a bit before gaining a seat.
I already knew EXACTLY what i what i wanted from hours of browsing his website
We ordered two hot chocolates - One dark (mine) one milk (Mike's), and decided to share two desserts, The Younger years and It's not a hamburger! ...It's a macaron.
We firstly had the It's not a hamburger!... It's a macaron. This "Hamburger" was made of two giant chocolate macarons filled with dulce de leche gelato and was nestled on top of a bed of banana and caramel rice pudding, finished with a sprinkle of bitter chocolate soil. This tasted truly great, with the macarons still warm, and rice pudding was just awsome! It tastes like a banoffe pie (which is what Adriano was going for).
Next out came The younger years. This dessert is served in a kidney dish, with a warm chocolate fondant, gorgeous peanut butter gelato and an injection of vanilla anglaise and raspberry coulis, finished with a crunchy scattering of salty peanut caramel. When the fondant is injected with the anglaise and raspberry mix the fondant explodes like a volcano with chocolate lava dripping over the sides.
After the rolled our way out of the cafe we decided to duck in and hae a quick look at the patisserie again. We decided to buy one of each flavour of the macarons, which we consumed over the nect 3 days (although i would say they are best consumed within 24 hours).
Flavours (from my rusty memory) included Rhubarb, Salted popcorn, Salt & Vinegar, Blackcurrant, Mocha, Pear, Passionfruit... ooohhh that's all i can remember!!!
These were really beautiful. It was the first time either of us have had a macaron and we really enjoyed them.
I would definately recommend a visit if you are in the area. Hell, even if you are not in the area, visit it anyway!!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Two weeks later (today) we finished the project. I spent the Saturday painting the older part of the pergola as the colours weren't quite an exact match.
Today my Dad, Mum and Mike's Dad all came over and we finished putting the roofing on. We brought some doubled sided cream corrugated sheeting from Stratco. We had an existing semi clear sheeting on the existing part, but that stuff actually adds 8 degrees to an area. However we did want to add in some natural light, so we interspersed the cream sheeting with the clear.
The end product looks AWESOME! All up it only cost $1500 so it came in within budget!!
Friday, August 7, 2009
3 teaspoons baking powder
150g softened unsalted butter
2/3 cup water
1 1/3 cup Sticky Toffee topping
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Sift together flour and baking power
In a separate bowl beat butter for 2 minutes. Mix the two sugars together. Add 1/3 of the sugar, beat for 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining sugar, beating for 2 minutes after each addition. Beat until mixture is light and fluffy and sugar dissolved
Add eggs, one at a time. Beat for 1 minute after each addition.
Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
Add 1/3 of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
Add half of the syrup mix and beat until combined. Repeat this process
Add the remaining 1/3 of flour and beat until thoroughly combined.
Spoon mixture into cupcake papers. Bake for 18- 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from trays and cool.