Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sought for, loved, and keeping

Over the space of the last two weeks, from the moment I first heard Light All My Lights on Triple J, I have been in the process of falling completely and utterly in love with Seeker Lover Keeper - the collective effort of Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann, and Holly Throsby. So much so, that I just had to share their three debut videos with you, each starring lovely Australian actors. If you haven't already dipped your ears into the deliciously shiny sounds that these three ladies produce, please pour yourself a lovely cup of tea or a glass of your favourite wine, sit back, relax, and enjoy...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Slow lane

Life has hit the slow lane and I feel like I'm crawling along at a mundane pace where the scenery doesn't change very often. That's not a complaint, it's just where I am, and why I don't have a terrible amount to say lately.

I've started looking for work, but the fact is that there are no jobs on a par with what I was doing back in Perth. In fact, there are relatively few jobs full stop. In the month and a bit I've been looking (where we define looking as searching on Seek every day) only two roles have come up that I would even consider applying for - one of them I'm still waiting to hear back about, and the other I got an immediate rejection for which I can only assume is because the role was filled prior to it being advertised but, being a governmental role, they had to advertise anyway. I assume this, because I ticked every single box they wanted ticked, in pretty multi-coloured pens, folded the checklist up and created a beautiful origami crane with it, and then the crane came to life and flew around the room leaving rainbows in its wake. I can only say that frustration levels were rather high when an application that should have hit right on the recruiter's dream list didn't even warrant an interview.

My fitness and nutrition regime continues, although I'm starting to look at challenging myself a bit more now. It's been nearly three whole months since I've had a cup of coffee (excluding the traditional black coffee with rum in it on Anzac morning prior to the Dawn Service), and I'm still not sure why I'm avoiding it other than the fact that I have been for so long now. His Travel Romance and I visited Cofield Wines last weekend where we discovered a new red we'd never heard of before - the mighty Durif - which was described to us, most accurately, as a Shiraz on steroids. Delicious. This weekend we made a quick trip to Melbourne where I obtained my Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate so that, if I decide to, I can try to get some casual work in nearby wineries. I also remembered how much I love the city of Melbourne...

Beautiful buildings, an amazing atmosphere, cozy little lane ways full of the most amazing cafes and shops, museums and art galleries you could spend weeks wandering through... It's enough to make a girl want to go back again next weekend for the  Good Food & Wine Show AND the Melbourne International Jazz Festival which are both on at the same time...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wafer bake

About a kazillion years ago, or possibly roughly two months ago, I made some delicious choc-studded honey wafers for HTR. I took photos of them, and then my camera battery went flat before I could get the photos onto my MacBook, and it was then that I realised my camera battery charger was in all likelihood, still in Paris.


So today, my new battery charger arrived from Hong Kong! Huzzah! So here are the photos of the lovely choc-studded honey wafers.

And if you would like to make them, you'll need to do the following:


50g of butter, and chop it
2 tablespoons of honey
60g of brown sugar
50g of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or essence
2 egg whites
1/2 cup blanched almonds, and roast them and chop them
1/2 cup dark chocolate, and chop it


Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Heat the butter and honey in a small saucepan over a low heat until melted.

Place your sugar, flour, vanilla, and egg whites into a bowl and whisk in the butter mixture until it's all lovely and smooth.

Place two teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto a backing tray lined with baking paper, which you may have to (as I did) spray half to death with cooking spray, and then spread the mixture out to be around 10cm in diameter. Sprinkle the mixture with nuts and chocolate, and then bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.


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