Thursday, February 25, 2010

Things to come indeed!

A new dress in my shop. It's been an age and I am really pleased with it. The colour is just so lively and... coral!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Would you believe...

Today was the first time I have ever, in my 28 years, tried a pear. It was a bit squashy. But the flavour was nice. I think that I can now officially say that I Like Pears.

Please note the lovely plate from AtelierBB. The super-nice Brigitte added it as a gift when I ordered a set of dessert plates a little while ago. Also, for those keen-eyed readers, you will spot a bit of ric-rac braid on my chair - a sign of things to come?? WE SHALL SEE!

Monday, February 22, 2010


We finally got our beachy day yesterday. As anyone in Sydney will know, it was HOT yesterday. I got sunburnt. Naughty. But you know how going to the beach leaves you feeling refreshed, light, and quite health-ful and alive? That's what I most enjoyed. And so it was fitting that we had a super fresh, cool, and delicious dinner to complement our day.

Roast Beetroot, Button Squash and Rocket Salad

I roasted a fresh beetroot, diced, in a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Added some button squash near the end. Then in a little pan I made some caramelised onions and then fried some chopped bacon. When everything was nicely refrigerated, I combined rocket, the beets and squash, the onion and bacon, some corn kernels, and a healthy measure of fresh dill with a little dressing of balsamic vinegar with a smidge of olive oil. Delicious!

This was just something I made up as I perused the fruit market produce. I used dill because I am a dillaholic, but chives, basil or other fresh leafy herbs would work too. Sweet potato would also be nice instead of the beet, and I was being good so didn't have cheese, though a fetta, haloumi or bocconcini would have been great.

I am a bit of a fan of yummy salads this summer. What's your favourite?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Longing for some beachy days

You know what, all I have wanted to do for the last few weekends is go to the beach. And for the last few weekends all it has done is rain like there is no tomorrow. So here I am, to live my dream through the internet. These are photos of the last time I was at the beach - at Walkerville, in South Gippsland, Victoria.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A new temptation

I may be light years behind everyone else, but I have just discovered the Book Depository. They have a massive range of books, ridiculously cheap prices and free postage to anywhere in the world. You can't get much better than that! Today my first order arrived:

A Year In Japan by Kate T Williamson. It is the most gorgeous book - a travelogue, with small handwritten essays and lovely watercolour paintings of the little details of Japan and everyday life there. It makes me so excited about my upcoming trip - and that reminds me, I need to stay away from websites like the Book Depository.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A cute dress for a cute bub

My aunt recently asked me to make a sweet little outfit for a friend of hers' baby. She liked cherry prints and polka dots, and this is what I came up with! Sweet, huh?