Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Macaroon Distraction

It's a little embarrassing when you realise that people know they can distract you with food....like a 5 year old!

Our graphic designer at work resigned last week. She knew I would be upset, so she bought me a macaroon and gave it to me just before she told me the news. Kind of like you do when you're about to tell a kid that "Mummy and Daddy love each other very much...but we're not going to live together anymore." But here, have a cookie.

It was from Chouquette. Talk about bringing out the big guns. It was delicious. Fudge brownie type centre inside a melt in your mouth, fluffy casing. Hard to be annoyed when you're having a macaroongasm.

Dirty trick!

But I'll miss her...

The Music Kafe

My cousin Alana has been asking me to come and listen to live music every weekend in West End for ages. It's such a simple and easy thing to do, I don't know why I hadn't done it sooner.

This was at The Music Kafe (love the venue, HATE the incorrect spelling) on Boundary Street. Live acts 7 days a week and the kitchen is open until midnight! I love the sheer grittiness of this place, no bells and whistles, no fancy schmancy audio or special effects and the curtain was held up by gaffer tape to the walls to hide the entrance to the bathrooms.

We saw a couple of bands and solo artists and they were fantastic! Acoustic sounds and raw voices is so refreshing compared to the synthesised crap you hear on the radio. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

Cousin Alana and I

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


So I got that gorgeous dress from Birdsnest and it arrived the very next day in this divine packaging. Those Birdsnest girls has seriously nailed their marketing and branding. Even the delivery bag was branded.

I do almost all of my shopping online these days and there's so much competition, it must be hard to distinguish yourself. Congrats to these girls!

Oh and I LOOOOVE my dress!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Should I get it?

It's pretty!
But I don't need it.
But it's pretty!
But it's Winter.
But it's pretty!

Monday, July 16, 2012

No Hot Water!

I will never, ever, EVER take hot water for granted again! We are on our third day without hot water. The tank had a huge leak (which I hadn't noticed, I'd just been blaming Josh for taking too long in the shower) and had to be shut off. It's an old hot water system and they couldn't find the parts for it, so it looks like it will need to be replaced. Hopefully tomorrow.

In the meantime, we've been using the kettle, stove, whatever we can get our hands on. Those new saucepans sure came in handy. The first night I didn't have a chance to pick up any supplies like buckets, so I filled up the bath by carrying the kettle and saucepans from the kitchen to the bathroom. It's a teeny bath, but it took a loooong time to fill. An hour and a half!

Bathing is soooooo last century. Now I know what it must have been like to live in the 19th century. It was such a pain in the ass I can kind of imagine why the English only used to bathe once a week (kinda, not quite totally) in those days.

The only thing I could find to scoop the water onto my hair was the plastic top of container of Anzac biscuits I bought at Woolworths, and that melted this morning when I stupidly put hot water directly onto it.

Tonight at least we have buckets, so it's not too bad. I bought four of them and fill them up half way with hot water and then the rest with cold in the bathroom. Splash one. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

I'll never take hot water for granted again!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A night of nostalgia at the drive in

I had a super nostalgic weekend with Josh. I took him to the Yatala Drive In :-).

This is the only drive in left in South East Queensland. Bit sad really, considering there used to be so many in the 60s and 70s. I remember as kids we would all pile into my Uncle's Tarago and lay in the back in sleeping bags under the stars. It was such a simple life then. The people in the ute next to us had strapped a lounge chair to the back. Genius!

The Drive In was actually packed, which was really good to see and we saw a double feature - Ice Age 4 and Spiderman. This was the first time I'd been to this drive in, but it looked pretty much exactly like the ones I'd been to in the 80s, so I'd say it was all pretty original. Josh thought the whole concept was awesome and I was pretty chuffed with that - I worry he doesn't appreciate the simpler things in life.

I bought one of those deals online - 2 tickets plus drinks and popcorn for $21. It was another $10 because we decided to stay for the second movie, but still overall a pretty cheap night. The original diner had typically terrible food, deep fried everything, chips, lollies, soft drinks, but that's to be expected.

We brought our own food...sort of. Red Rooster have brought back the Hawaiian Pack. Hilarious!!! I remember this as well as a kid - deep friend banana and pineapple. Really quite weird if you think about it. I literally LOL'd when the ad came on and said to Josh that was what we had as kids and I HAD to get him one, just so he could try it. He said it was the weirdest, nice thing he'd ever eaten.

So we had an awesome, nostalgic night (well, nostalgic for me, maybe for Josh in the future), I'm pretty keen to go again.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I was supposed to be writing a press release last night, but I didn't really feel like it. Like any job I guess, when you do it all day then it's the last thing you want to do when you come home.

I was procrastinating. Big time. And when I procrastinate, I bake. So I made these brownies and by god they were delicious. They came out of the oven slightly crunchy on the outside and deliciously gooey and warm on the inside. And they were gluten free and made with almond meal so the texture was dense and slightly chewy.

There were 18 pieces last night and today there are just 3. I took some to work, Josh took some school and we're not sure what happened to the rest.

They *may* be in my tummy ;-P.

The Macaroon Addiction

Ohhh this addiction is not good. And proving quite expensive. $20 today on these babies. My Mum would kill me if she knew.

But they're sooooooo scrumptious!

Actually, you'll be glad to hear I didn't scoff them all by myself (even though I REALLY wanted to). We had our weekly team meeting and I thought it would be nice to share. They all declared them delicious as well.

I picked them up on the way to school so they were extra fresh and so Josh had one for his lunchbox. He guarded that packet with this life, looking like he would have taken out anyone who went for his macaroon. This isn't new. When he was 4 we flew to Townsville to visit my parents and the flight "meal" included a pink cupcake. He carried that thing around with him for the 2 hour flight and all the way to my Mum's house. It was kinda gross by then. The icing had gone hard and the cake was all crumbly and dry but he held onto it for dear life and gave the evil eye to anyone who came near it.

My Grandmother must have got a bit too close because he ran into a corner and gulped it down in about 2 bites. It looked so dry I'm sure it would have been like eating saw dust.

God I love him. He was a cutie, but man, could he EAT!! I guess the apple never falls far from the tree ;-).

Monday, July 9, 2012

The best macaroons in the WORLD

If I had to choose a last supper this would soo be on the menu. I can't even begin to describe how delicious these are...they just explode in your mouth like a fluffy, airy heaven. They're from French Patisserie in Toowong - not cheap, $2.50 each and they're teeny! But so worth it!

We had one each for dessert. Ahhh...I'm in foodie heaven.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Valley

I inadvertently set fire to my bamboo steamer the other day, so I had to go to the valley to get some replacements.

I LOOOVE going to the Valley, especially Yuens, it's so...authentic. Everything is packaged, or dried, or salted with either terrible Chinglish or no English at all. Half the time I don't even know what I'm buying, but the picture looks good so I'll give it a go.

There's no visual merchandising to speak of, the floor is usually made of old tiles that don't look like they haven't been mopped since last century, there's a bizarre smell and the service is always terrible. But you get so many amazing things I just don't care.

I had some tofu rice paper rolls at PhoB on my way out.

And made an awesome stir fry for dinner with all my Valley wares - tofu, shitake mushrooms, chilli. A Valley day is a good day.

Finders Keepers Markets

I went to the Finders Keepers Markets yesterday with Tehana and Nathan to try and find some homewares for the new house. I love these markets so much, it's a shame they're only one twice a year.

People are so very talented. They had some beautiful, sophisticated handmade items, but sadly with a price to match. There was some lovely artwork that I would have loved, simple stuff like cut out birds in front of book print, similar to this one I saw on Better Homes and Gardens on Friday night -

I know I could make it for probably $20 so why pay $80 (even though I know it's totally worth it because of the time it takes to make it and the quality of handmade. So I didn't end up buying anything at all. Got some inspiration, but I guess I was hoping to come back with enough to decorate a whole room, but alas it wasn't meant to be.

I had some awesome cupcakes there though ;-).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shiny New Cookware

I didn't ever think I would get so excited by a new cookware set...but well, here we are.  And here's my new cookware set!!!!

This is the first set that I've had that has actually matched. We always just had a mish mash of saucepans and pans, hand me downs and different brands that i've bought because they were on special.  Although it's always bugged me that nothing ever matched, it was too expensive to replace everything with a good brand.

For my birthday just gone my darling Aunty and Uncle gave me $100 and I cashed in some credit card points for a $100 visa gift card. I'd had my eye on this Analon cookware set for ages and they had a sale online - 6 piece saucepan and pan set normally $1339 (yep, you read right) down to $289 (!!!!!) from www.yourhomedepot.com.au - with free shipping!! So it cost me all of $89!! Woo hoo!

Isn't it divine!!?? And...it all matches! I just love it. There are a few considerations though, the lady at another store I saw it in told me. Firstly, you can't put the heat up too high, which shouldn't be a problem. Secondly, you can't use it on induction. The new house doesn't have mains gas, but I hate electric and induction, so will probably get a gas bottle anyway. Thirdly, you can't use olive oil on it. This, apparently is true for any non-stick, and just cooking in general. Olive oil changes at high heat and isn't something you're meant to cook with, just use in salads or pastas at the end of cooking. I didn't know this.

Anyway, I'll follow all of this to the letter because I want this to last. I think they're on sale because they're bringing a new line out that you can use on induction. Either way, I'm happy, I just need a wok I think and I'm set.

Happy days!

The Pantry Chicken

My Dad sent me this chicken that you put in the pantry and it supposedly keeps out pantry moths and insects. It's ridiculously cute and smells like cinnamon and cloves.

It's funny when Dads stop being parental and start...sending you pantry chickens.


Monday, July 2, 2012

ASOS Addiction....again

D-oh! Another ASOS impulse purchase. Well, not really impulse, it's been in my Saved Bag for weeks, but it's been out of stock. It came back in stock and when I bought it, I noticed it then changed to "Out of Stock" so I must have got the last one in my size.

It's by Cheap Monday, which is ironic, because Monday has turned out to be anything but cheap for me. But it's cute right? Great for summer, totally not for Winter, unless I put some leggings and a long sleeve shirt I guess.

Sigh...I really must stop looking on this site...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Block!

Shut the computer, take the phone off the hook - The Block finale was on tonight!! Love, love, love this show!! I wish I had the budget to renovate a house like this! And sell it for a $506K profit - holy crap!

We had burger night in front of the TV while the finale was on. Was fabulous! I don't know what I'm going to do now that it's finished. Maybe now I'll get some work done on my own house!

ASOS Addiction

Sigh...the ASOS addiction rises again. The problem is that they save your credit card details online, so I don't even have the opportunity to feel guilty while I go and get my purse out and put my details in. I just click "buy" and it's done.

Anyway, this has been in my saved items for ages and it came on sale - $29. I don't know why I'm buying beautiful, summery, flowing dresses when it's the first day of Winter. It's pointless! But oh so pretty...

Saturday Lunch

Ahh the lazy weekend lunch...I so love it! And I can always count on my foodie cousin Tehana to find somewhere. I hadn't caught up with her and my Aunty for ages.

We went to Comfort at My Table in Milton. It's been a long time since I've been to a girly, girly cafe. This was a bit shabby chic, with bunting and lamps and pots and pots of plastic flowers.  A bit nana but very cute.

I had the pumpkin gnocchi with beetroot, waldorf salad and creme fraiche. When it came out on an enormous plate it looked teeny tiny. So tiny I thought there was no way it could fill me up. But it did and oh my god it was delicious.

Salivating much? It's orange and almond cake with marscapone and in the background was the tiramisu. God, so, so, so good. We shared it between the three of us, but couldn't finish it.

Good choice Cuz!

Man, I love weekends!!