Oct 30, 2012
The recipe was very simple (serves 2):
150grams of pork mince
2-3 handfuls of dry pearl barley
1 litre of stock (I used salt reduced chicken stock but you can use vege stock)
Dice the onion (they used a small brown onion, I used half a red) and sweat off in some oil. Add in the mince, breaking it up and cook, do not brown the mince though. Throw in your pearl barley and stir the mix as the bottom of your saucepan starts to go a bit toasty. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine or stock. Here your risotto goes along as a normal rice risotto would - adding your stock a cup at a time until your barley is cooked. I added a little crack of black pepper towards the end.
At the end stir in a little olive oil to give it a creamy/emulsified feel. Serve with a little parmesan on top.
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
I've been having so many ideas lately for little craft projects. A lot involving magnets, washi tape, pegs and twine. After my adventures on the weekend at the Craft Show I lashed out and bought a few rolls of washi tape. It was a total 'everyone else is doing it' purchase. Sad I know. And then I bought some twine off the internet yesterday too, for almost the same reason. But that's another post.
I had a little play with my new supplies this morning and came up with this idea. It needs a little refining but I think it's cute. Fridge art!
Oct 23, 2012
In years to come they will get hard, dry, squeezed into wildly impractical and uncomfortable footwear, countless blisters and generally mistreated.
Hopefully though they will serve her well, take her on some interesting journeys and maybe enjoy a pedicure or two.
Oct 22, 2012
|beautiful handiwork from Croatia|
|a great book on Gaudi from Barcelona - and look what was on the first random page I flicked to!|
|a gorgeous bag from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam - totes jealous (haha get it?)|
|a couple of little cross stitch kits from Belgium|
|and the piece-de-resistance - a Vulcan Minor (to go with the Vulcan Major I already have) from an antiques fair in Scotland|
Oct 21, 2012
|Cat 7 Amateur - Anne Meikle "Christine's Tiny 9 Patch"|
|The Challenge Quilts - I swear one year I will enter!|
|the chicks enjoying the show|
My favourite part by far this year was the Red and White quilts which came from the Mt Isa Quilters. They decided after seeing the Red and White quilt exhibition that took part in the USA that they would like to emulate it. I love red and white and the beautiful quilts that were on display did not disappoint. Great credit is due to the Mt Isa Quilters for their wonderful quilts.
I also like these little ones from the Bundaberg Quilters which were made to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Here are a few more snippets.
|Cat 4 Amateur - Trish Parker 'Gatton Stars'|
Oct 18, 2012
In the end I think I got quite close on my first try.
|the finished jam on my bread with some triple cream Brie|
You will need:
350g punnet of strawberries, cut into small pieces
100g of jam making sugar (in Australia CSR make Jam sugar with Pectin in it, comes in a red packet)
half a cup of good balsamic vinegar
a squeeze of lemon juice
Cut the strawberries into small pieces and leave to macerate in the balsamic vinegar and sugar for a couple of hours. I give it a little mix about half way through to try and get the sugar dissolving in the liquid.
Strain the liquid off, reserving the strawberries, and heat on the stove until the liquid has reduced to approximately half its original volume and it is starting to thicken. If you want a thicker jam you will need to go further with this stage.
Add in the strawberry pieces and cook for a bit longer until you are getting quite a jammy consistency, add the squeeze of lemon and adjust your flavours as you want.
Transfer to sterile jars and put in the fridge. It will harden up in the jars in the fridge so don't worry if it is still a bit runny for your liking.
You could use balsamic reduction for a much richer balsamic flavour or a little less sugar. It is really just a matter of your taste. And if you want a paste instead of a jam then you will need to reduce your jam more or add some more pectin.
This is a nice jam to have with cheese and even on bread on its own as it is just that little bit less sweet than regular strawberry jam.
Oct 17, 2012
So one day my mother in law and I set up a full on test kitchen to try and make a dent in the huge backlog of Kale. After experimenting with different combinations we hit the Kale pesto sweet spot.
So would you like to know the magic combination? Since Kale is the new super food and all. Assemble the following: Kale, parmesan cheese, pinch of salt, blanched almonds and macadamia oil. Toast your almonds and assemble your pesto as you would normally and blitz. Now you can use olive oil ( as I did the other day) but macadamia oil just adds another layer of flavour.
This pesto is really good on pasta.... and rice cakes as I discovered at lunch time yesterday.
Oct 15, 2012
This year I have set myself some fairly large goals but I have started early. Here is my first finished item. A hand crocheted throw rug.
See you later, I'm off to work on number two.
Oct 12, 2012
1. You have a big, bold personality my baby.
2. You adore your brother and Dadda but Mama is still number one.
3. Sleeping at night is not your forte however you aren't too bad during the day.
4. You are very musical. You groove along to songs and love it when we sing Incy Wincy Spider and Row Row Row Your Boat.
5. You have a lot to say, even more than your brother did at this age, and we thought he was vocal. Mama, Dadda, Guy, dog dog, woof woof, no, out, Grandad.
7. Sometimes when your brother is upset you go out in sympathy with him other times you laugh at him.
8. You have a killer smile and love making friends. You stare at people until they acknowledge you and then you flash them a big dimply smile.
9. Your tongue is frequently out testing the world around you or just for concentration. You remind me of a little lizard.
10. You are an absolute delight to everyone who meets you and such a special addition to our family.
Oct 8, 2012
Pop on over to the Monkey and Me Facebook page for your chance to win a super cute clutch purse.
And if you don't happen to win you can always purchase your very own clutch or iPad sleeve or other great handmade object.
Oct 5, 2012
Oct 4, 2012
it over with one of them and then usually persuade one of them to help/ supervise. But more and more as I examine what my little family eats and what I keep in the fridge or pantry I find myself wanting to try new things.