August 30, 2010

The sun is shining, the doors and windows are open (though I do have an extra layer of clothes on to allow this!) and this morning I noticed that the once bare tree outside my apartment is now covered in these gorgeous pink blossoms. They smell divine and are such a welcome sight!

There are also freesias galore coming in to flower and lots of happy bees buzzing about. What a lovely start to the week!

everybody loves cake

August 27, 2010

I'm in a sweet mood this evening.

I've been looking at photograph's of beautiful cakes for the past hour or so.

These are some of my favourites.

I really feel like baking (and eating!) a cake now.



What's your favourite cake?

Mine is definitely chocolate. No flour. High quality dark chocolate. A bit crumbly on the top. Dense and delicious on the inside. 


diary of a monday

August 23, 2010

antique spoon garden markers from hammermann.

Today I woke to see a beautiful golden light trying to push its way through my bedroom blinds. After some of the grey Winter days we have had lately, it was a welcome sight to see the sun shining brightly against a clear blue sky. These first few glimpses of Spring bring with them a renewed energy and joyfulness.... so much so that I decided it was too nice to be indoors.

Instead I packed up the car and headed down the freeway to R's house. I even had the windows open in the car - I love the feeling of the wind in my hair while driving fast (though I'm sure it's not very fuel efficient, hm). The afternoon has been spent outdoors in the garden - getting my hands dirty, checking on the lettuces I planted last week, and planting some more veggies (a few beetroot and some cabbages). Oh how I've missed gardening! I live in a teeny tiny apartment with not much space for a garden, so to spend some time in a big backyard with lots of trees, flowers, and a big veggie patch is really special.

I'm more than ready for Spring to arrive and have been dreaming of warm days, walks along the beach with bare feet, pretty floral dresses, lying on the grass under a shady tree, and sipping lots of summery drinks. Yes, I'm definitely ready for all of those things!

Bring it on.

more things to do on a rainy day

August 15, 2010

Well it's yet another rainy day in Melbourne - a perfect opportunity to stay in and get creative in the kitchen! I have been in such a food mood recently - wanting to bake and try new recipes and stock my pantry with all sorts of new and interesting things.

When the rain momentarily stopped this afternoon I grabbed my coat, hat and scarf and went for a walk to the green grocer, where I filled my basket with pumpkin, sweet potato, ginger, and lots of other delicious vegies. I even bought broccoli. This is significant as I've never been a fan of broccoli, but lately I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm very lucky that my man knows how to cook, and cook well enough that even I, the broccoli hater, can be converted.

Anyhow, I've been chop chop chopping away all afternoon to a soundtrack of Doris Day and Dolly Parton. There is no better music to listen to while wearing a red floral apron with a wooden spoon in hand.

My first cooking project was this pumpkin, sweet potato and ginger soup. So good and warming on a chilly Winter day. 

I've just ground the spices for a vegetable and cashew nut curry I am going to make tonight. They smell so good! I love my mortar and pestle. I may have to roast some more cashews though, as the first batch seems to have mysteriously disappeared over the past couple of hours....

Happy Sunday! x

things to do on a rainy day

August 10, 2010

1. Stay in bed until 11am.

2. Finish jigsaw puzzle of retro Kellogg's cereal boxes.

3. Watch this movie and this movie.

4. Eat cookies, baked from this recipe.

5. Come home relaxed and happy after a lovely couple of days off.

post market wrap up

August 8, 2010

Phew! The rabbit and the duck have returned from 3 very full and very long days at Magnolia Square. I was lucky to have some wonderful stall neighbours, who were lovely enough to do coffee runs, watch each others stalls for bathroom breaks, and share lots of chocolate treats with. Special thanks to Pia and Philippa who helped to pull apart my annoyingly large and heavy IKEA bookcase at the end of the 3 days. I am forever grateful!

Some snaps from the event:

Handcrafted resin bangles by Milkwood Design.

Cute softies from Evie Lala.

More softies, this time from Clucky.

Gorgeous hand knitted beanies by Pia Handmade.

And our stall! A bit of a different layout to our regular market set up, it was fun having a mini-shop for the duration of the event. 

For those who weren't able to make it along to Magnolia Square, we are doing it all again this Saturday at the Sisters Market in Brunswick Town Hall on Sydney Road. Pop by and say hello - the market is open from 10am-4pm.

counting down

August 2, 2010

Only a couple of days remain before the rabbit and the duck pack up the car and head to Magnolia Square. You will find us in the foyer of the beautiful Malvern Town Hall, surrounded by such talent as Green Olive, Milkwood Design, Philippa Gerrard and Evie Lala

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