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Sunday, 17 February 2019
We had a nice time the city (although there was one shop where I waited patiently for the shopkeeper to finish with one couple who had a very complicated question and when I had a few quick questions after them I was told to wait for a few other transactions which ended up not being as quick as I was told it would be. I would have left if I could have found the products anywhere else.) Hosier Lane is a nice place to calm after an experience like that, even with tours and tourists and an unwilling child beside me!
So above and then next few pictures are 2018 with a the above one alluding the Marriage Equality bill and a few below having a footy theme because the grand final was nigh. It was just a few weeks before 3500 tulips were planted in Hosier Lane because they were destined for the bin because local sellers could not sell them. Wish I had got down there to see that. But the beauty of the place is that it is always changing.
Below are the photos taken on the weekend.
"All I want in 2019 is water. Yes. Water in Melbourne ... actual water. And men's restrooms - functional ones. Next water tap and restroom located in Toronto, Canada. Nothing in Melbourne. Sorry. (No we're not really.)"
Wow I know the water situation isn't great but it isn't like Johannesburg!
More Hosier Lane Street Art:
Street Art in Melbourne #9 Hosier Lane June 2014
Street Art in Melbourne: Hosier Lane 2015
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
More Christmas leftover recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Baked brie with cranberry sauce and walnuts (gf)
Candy cane brownies
Cheese, cranberry and thyme muffins
Cranberry, apple and butterscotch muffins
Cranberry and orange glazed tofu (gf, v)
Fruit mince flapjacks (v)
Fruit mince scrolls (v)
Rice krispie slice with peppermint candy canes (gf, v)
Chocolate peppermint candy cane slice
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas 2018
1 cup almond meal
2 cups desiccated coconut
1/3 cup cocoa
4 candy canes, crushed (optional)
1/3 cup margarine or butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp peppermint essence
250g white chocolate melts (or dark chocolate)
1 tsp vegetable oil (optional)
8 candy canes, crushed (or desiccated coconut)
Mix almond meal, coconut, cocoa and candy canes in a medium bowl. Melt margarine with maple syrup (I do this in the microwave and mixing these stops the butter splattering everywhere). Now pour margarine, maple syrup and peppermint essence into the dry mixture and mix well. Press into a greased and line slice tin (18 x 24cm). Leave in the freezer about 10-20 minutes until set.
Melt white chocolate. If you want to cut into neat slices I advise adding vegetable oil but I didn't and it was fine but messy. Pour white chocolate over and spread evenly (ours had a few dark spots from the base but these weren't so noticeable once chilled). Straightaway before the chocolate sets, scatter with crushed candy canes.
Freeze for about an hour before cutting or refridgerate about 4-6 hours. I loved it both frozen chilled rather than room temperature. Cut into squares or shards. It lasts at least 3 weeks.
NOTES: We crushed our candy cane by putting it in a bag and bashing it with a wooden rolling pin on a chopping board (warning: once we did this on the table and it left marks on the table). If you wanted this vegan or do not have leftover candy canes (and a daughter who wants a white chocolate topping), I would advise using dark chocolate on top and then scattering with desiccated coconut.
On the Stereo:
A hundred million suns: Snow Patrol
Friday, 8 February 2019
And now onto some holiday reflections. I'll try and make them quick because the holidays are over and we are busy working and collapsing afterwards. (More holiday posts can be found in January when I had more time.)
Glass Den's Nourish bowl. Not so keen on the mock chicken chunks but had to have blue rice. The rest of the bowl lovely and so colourful (avocado, nori, edamame, pickled daikon and pickled ginger with the slightly spicy sauce underneath so as to note destroy the beauty.)
- I was recently told that if people eat lots of turmeric, it has been found that their brains are slightly yellow.
- A colleague picked up whooping cough in China and took the plane home with a tickle in his throat before it was diagnoses. Doesn't that make you shudder about long haul plane trips!
- A quick rant about crazy politics - ignoring extreme climates (we had a massive thunderstorm and 2 hour power cut this week), Brexit is a mess, I can't believe how Trump has used public servants' salaries as pawns, and now the Banking Royal Commission is responding to all the bad stuff banks have done by punishing mortgage brokers. If I had a choice, it would be a no brainer that I would trust my mortgage broker over my bank.
- We put out about 5 bags of Sylvia's old clothes and a few toys after a big clean out in her room. It is not that I suddenly got into the Marie Kondo decluttering. We still have clutter but with kids growing out of clothes and toys, it is necessary to do a cull regularly. We gave away some stuff to family and put the rest in the op shops (charity shops). I had been worried the op shops would not take our stuff because they apparently are inundated due to the Kondo craze but they did. Phew! But then I felt guilty anyway because I have been reading that some of the op shop clothes goes to landfill.
- One of my little victories of the holidays was to have a parking fine withdrawn. The Council sent a fine for parking illegally at an address I had never been and when I provided documents to show I wasn't there, they said just pay anyway. So I appealed again to express my outrage that they had ignored their mistake and never apologised. They dropped the fine. No apology of course. The Council acts as if people who park in the wrong places are the only ones that ever make mistakes.
- How digital natives think. Sylvia told me that the internet was around before travel agents. When I asked how people bought houses she told me, on the internet!
I am sending this to Eat Your Greens being hosted by VegHog.
More kale recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Kale and broccoli salad (gf, v)
Kale, cheese and mole quesadillas (v)
Kale sourdough tortillas (v)
Tahini lime rice with kale and cashews (gf, v)
'Teriyaki' tofu with brown rice and kale (gf, v)
Tomato and kale soup with pistachios (gf, v)
Kale and Pea Soup
Adapted from Veggie Desserts
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 potato (or more), diced
4 cups water
3 tsp stock powder
5 large leaves of curly kale, roughly chopped
1 cup peas
1/2 cup soy milk (or more)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and cook onion, garlic and potato for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add water and stock powder, pinch each of salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add kale, peas and cook a further few minutes. Stir in milk, nutritional yeast flakes and vinegar. Blend.
On the stereo
Best of the Kinks
Monday, 4 February 2019
The January holidays are over! School's back! Work's back! No more sleeping in and swimming. January was both busy and relaxing. We were either out all day and exhausted or sitting around at home doing nothing but watching Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events tv series on Netflix. Sylvia enjoyed some cooking over the holidays and we have eaten lots of easy summer meals like the hummus platters above. I am just back to work after 5 weeks off work and still getting my head around being in the office. And getting back to riding to work again which was not fun when I got a puncture on my second day on my bike.
Sydney with a small amount of souvenirs. A tea towel and fridge magnet from Manly.
pizza and flatbreads. The most amazing pizza I made was pretty simple with some leftover mac and cheese on a tomato sauce with some cheese on top. Mmmm crispy crunchy carb on carb comfort!
Jolly Good Food: a cookbook inspired by the stories of Enid Blyton. So over the holidays she made some recipes from it. Above is the Perfect Porridge with blueberries and cream. Not pictured is the tropical smoothie.
We Bare Bears over summer. Her favourite bear is Ice Bear who likes to hang out in his fridge knitting and watching tv. When his brothers have a drink he has a glass of ice. So here is Sylvia's Ice Bear hanging out in our very crowded fridge with his cup of ice.
Small Numbers, a small batch bakery. The baking was amazing. I tried the peanut butter and chocolate chunk biscuits and swooned. I was so tempted by the miso caramel shortbread but went for the Scandanavian style cinnamon rolls. They smelled so so so good and tasted every bit as good. Soft and aromatic and full of spice. I hope to see them again at the farmers market.
I am sending this post to Sherry of Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen event, that was started by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by 13th of the month. Or just head over to her blog to peek into more kitchens.