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Today I love….Cupcake Wars

16 Aug

Today is the RSPCA Cupcake Day!!!

So I hope that you are all munching away on pretty, lovely, yummy little cupcakes and of course, donating lots of $$$$ to a good cause!!!

If you missed my post about the RPSCA Cupcake Day, you can find it here….

In the meantime….

There is a war going on in our kitchens…..

A war over CUPCAKES!!!!

Love, love, love the idea…….

“Cupcake Wars pits Cupcake vs. Cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet.

In the latest episode, 4 cupcake makers vie to have their treats presented at the Alma Awards.

Judged on taste and presentation, only one will win the gig.

We are about to put on our helmet, pick up our frosting gun and go to battle.

The war is on!”

Cupcake Wars : Cupcake Wars : Food Network

Look at this amazing photo I found while searching for the above pics:

All images courtesy We Heart It

Today I love….Ice Cream for Breakfast

11 Aug

Ice Cream for Breakfast?

There is only one word to say about that… Yummmm!

Every day Give Kids The World’s Wish families enjoy delicious ice cream from early in the morning until late in the evening. In fact, we have been serving ice cream for breakfast at the Village for over 20 years and now we think its time to share the concept with the rest of the world!

Give Kids The World Village invites everyone to support this delicious idea during the month of July by giving a “Scoop of Hope” for the families who stay at the Village every day of the year. Your “Scoop of Hope” will help ensure that we can continue to serve ice cream, every day of the year, to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Having all the ice cream they can eat is just one part of the magical vacation Give Kids The World provides to these special children.

Here’s how you can Get Involved today!

Donate and Share a Scoop of Hope

By donating just $5.00 and picking your favorite Scoop of Hope, you’ll be helping us continue to serve ice cream for breakfast year round.

Get Involved :: Ice Cream for Breakfast

Today I love….lovely lamb (Glamping recipe)

8 Aug

Get some lovely, lovely lamb from your lovely local butcher….

Ask that lovely shopkeeper for some ‘souvlaki‘ meat or maybe lamb backstraps if they decide to look at you like you have two heads….

In the morning after your yummy bacon and egg or pancake glamping breakfast, grab that lamb and marinade it for the day……season it with some ground paprika, lemon juice, and dried oregano and a splash of the good ole olive oil and then soak that lamb baby for the arvo while you go exploring/fishing/bike riding/bird-watching……

Skewer that lamb when you get back from the lovely wilderness and baste it in the liquid – keep a bit for later on and seal and wrap your meat up in foil….cook it over your fire….not too close! Over hot rocks is best and cook that baby for about 45 mins per kg. Unwrap it and cook till the outside is crispy and golden brown….

Serve your deliciousness sliced and dressed with lemon juice and wrap it in a pita bread either whole or split in two for the little munchkins with sliced red or brown (white) onion, sliced  (cherry ones are the best for this) and shredded lettuce and get yourself some tabouli if you are really feelin’ fancy!  (Let me know if you want my tabouli recipe too folks!) Dress this little wrap of wuvly goodness with a mix of crushed garlic – hit it with at least 2-3 cloves or 5 if you are daring….and a tub of greek yogurt….

Do it like this to share it round the campfire!!!

You can also boil/steam some little potatoes cut into slices – (but I personally like quarters = more crispy sides!!), and then fry them in a pan till crispy and you have your own home made chippies to go with it!!!

Like these:


Salad + meat + chips = YUMMY warm glamping food!!!!

Today I love….Mini Nerds

5 Aug

Loooooook what just landed in my lap!!!

Thanks Mr. Wonka and special thanks to my spunky Mr. Big!!!

I couldn’t resist sharing these little cuties with you…

Today I love….ecococoon

5 Aug

What a blast from the past these are!!!

I saw some of these in an op shop the other day but they weren’t in the best condition and in hindsight I am glad I didn’t part with my hard earned $ because I can now buy them brand new!!

When I was little, our family used to go out on U.F.O’s as my Mum used to call them (Definition of U.F.O = unidentified family outing. We never knew where we were being taken to so it was always a surprise and hence unidentified!). We always took these cups with us – in their little zip up leather holder….and because they were stainless steel, they were also very handy at keeping drinks cold! I would put money on it that my Mum does still have her set somewhere in the depths of her house….

The old skool set…..

The girly girl set….

The family set….

Individual cups as well!

ecococoon cup sets

Today I love….Kitchen Yoga

28 Jul

With my recent run of bad back problems, a friend of mine suggested I start doing yoga to try to strengthen my back to alleviate the problems I keep experiencing and lo and behold look what I found by accident today!!!

Kitchen Yoga by Ruth Shaw….

You can download sample travel cards and also a sample of the book from the above link….

Who is Kitchen Yoga for?

Kitchen Yoga has been designed for young people and seniors alike; for the retired and the active; for experienced yogis and tentative beginners; and for survivors of bad backs, frozen shoulders, bum knees, broken bones, and broken hearts.

Target your hot spots:

The heart of KITCHEN YOGA is comprised of 8 warm ups and 16 easy to follow yoga poses, which are divided into 4 colour coded chapters or “series”. Each series addresses the most common “hot spots” of pain and discomfort i.e. Shoulders, Back and Hips as well as a Balancing series, which strengthens and supports the other three areas.

What about my level?

To help you find your personal level of expertise, each of the 24 warm-ups and poses is accompanied by the unique 3-LEVEL CHILI SYSTEM. 1 chili – beginner, 2 chilis- intermediate,
3 chilis- advanced.

TO BUY HARD COPY: Click here

TO BUY EBOOK: Click here

You can buy the four sections of the ebook for only $3.95 each!!!

So, I am currently downloading the Back section – I’ll let you all know how many times I fall over in my kitchen trying to do the moves….

Ruth Shaw Yoga

Today I love….Kings of Pastry

26 Jul

16 Chefs

3 Days

1 Chance

It’s the Tour De France of Dessert!!!

Now that our beloved Masterchef is over what are we all to do with ourselves every evening at 7.30pm? Hopefully our networks will put a show on that is worhty of our time wasting abilities….but that may be wishful thinking….

In the meantime, check out “Kings of Pastry” for some dessert porn!!!

“This is no MasterChef-style cook-off…The tension is almost unbearable.”
Sydney Morning Herald

Here we go again – they call them macoroons!!!

Check out this fantastic blog post on the delectable macaron definition spelling debate:

Footpath Humm

Kings of Pastry

Today I love….Hasselback Potatoes

20 Jul

My grandfather taught me to make these….a very long time ago….and I love, love, love them!!!

They are of Swedish origin and yes, they do take a little longer to chop up than normal roast spuds but the upside of this is that the potato does cook quicker and you will end up with beautifully crunchy roast spuds EVERY time – guaranteed!!!

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Nutmeg/Garlic if you’re feelin’ fancy!!!

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Chop your potatoes in half length-ways so they are as long as possible. Place one half of a potato, cut side down on a board and make thin, evenly spaced cuts at 5mm intervals, about two-thirds of the way through.
  3. Place in a bowl. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  4. Add oil and seasonings as you wish to potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  5. Place in a roasting pan. Bake in oven, turning occasionally, for less than 1 hour or until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a serving bowl to serve.

Today I love….Edible.com

20 Jul

Okey Dokey folks – Who wants to make some Hornet Honey Aioli???

“Edible aims to bring you delicacies that you may never have considered or perhaps seen before, whether it be recreations of ancient aphrodisiacs consumed in the court of Queen Cleopatra, Insects eaten by the street traders of Phnom Penh or more sedate but equally interesting fayre such as rare chewing gum from Japan with unique weird and wonderful flavours to rare chocolate, teas or coffees found by our epicurean explorers around the globe.”

Check out their departments!

Insectivore – edible insects like Locusts and Beetles and oh, wait people – it’s an oven baked Tarantula!!!….

Aphrodisiacs – products like a 24 carat gold lollipop (gimmee, gimmee!!!), Scorpion Vodka and pearl dust….

Carnivore – meat and fish products like crocodile thai curry, reindeer pate (excuse me??!!) and ostrich eggs….Masterchef THAT baby!!!

Herbivore – fruits, nuts and vegetarian products like weasel and civet coffee and monkey picked tea – wow!!! Are they battery monkeys or free range I wonder?

Herbs and Spices – Wild Black Vanilla Bean Pods….

The English Garden Collection (What? For some sanity here??) – Nope – it’s Worm Gin!!!

Apothecary – Skincare range – Monkey Picked Tea Wash and Scorpion Extract Wash….

Happy Shopping!!!

About « Edible.com

Today I love….One-Ingredient Ice Cream

20 Jul

Usually I freeze my old bananas to make into a banana cake…..(this is my Mumma training here)……

Then I found this great idea for using up the old frozen banana stockpile…..

It is way too cold in my part of the world to be eating any ice cream whatsoever but I hear there is a massive heat wave in the US of A so maybe someone over there will find this helpful and cooling – please let me know if you make it!

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it actually is to make!

The second best thing is it contains no fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar – just yummy, creamy and sweet bananas!

You will need about 4 frozen bananas (or 1 per person). Break them into chunks (if you can, muscle woman/man) and put them in the food processor. Pulse the processor a few times to break up the chunks then turn on full bore and run for about 5 minutes; scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally (make sure you STOP the food processor 1st!). Place the mix in a bowl and re-freeze to firm for about 15 minutes or bugger that and just eat it!!! A spoonful of Milo (or drinking chocolate) and some chopped nuts goes beautifully served with the ice cream.

Yes, so the title of this post is ‘One Ingredient Ice Cream’…..theoretically you could do this with ANY frozen fruit – berries probably work best but let me know what you try (a mix of fruit maybe?) and please let me know how you go!!!

If you are still feelin’ HOT HOT HOT, check out my Honey Ice Cream post!!!

This is also a great idea – get your bananas and fill ’em up with chocolate chunks then bake ’em or whack them on the barbie (BBQ/Hotplate for you non-Aussies out there) to get some chocolatey banana-ery goodness!

Or aren’t these pretty????

Pretty damn easy for the little kiddies to do as well I say….

These are a few of my favourite things – Part 5 – Doorbells & sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

19 Jul

Doorbells…..

Check out the Doorbell porn group on Flickr!

Sleigh Bells…..

Oh, what a lovely sound this is…..

Schnitzel with noodles….

Click on the picture above for the Rachel Ray Schnitzel recipe……

Today I love….my day today

16 Jul

Yes, I do agree!!!

Things have been very, very, very boring here lately….

Well, it’s not all my fault…the interweb has been shhhhhhh!!!! Oh, so quiet lately…well, to me anyway….

I really don’t want to bore you all with the doldrums of my daily existence….but I fear I have no other option….

This is my life today in pictures…..

8am – Up

9am – Work

10am – Breakfast

11am – Work

12pm – Work

1pm – Lunch

2pm – Work

3pm – Work

4pm – Leave work/Shop

5pm – Haircut (explanation required here, I know!)

6pm – Pub? Yes, please!

7pm – Pub

8pm – Home/Cook/Masterchef class – smoke it up!!! With some hard herbs…thanks to Georgie!!! And OMG OMG Iron Chef Sakai will be on soon!!! Woop, woop…(happy dance)…

Um, hello??!!! This place is awesome….I wish it was mine….

Most (99%) images courtesy We Heart It

Today I love….Food Arranged by Color

15 Jul

Well, this is just SUPER-COOL stuff!!!

I love, love, just freakin’ love all this food arranged by colour – what a great idea! The colours are so bright and vibrant and simply gorgeous!!!

By Linda Lundgren, a talented food stylist from Sweden

You’re making me hungry now!!!

Food Arranged by Color

Today I love….Free Rice

13 Jul

Well, well, well…..we finally seem to have a worthy “click” charity here….most of the ones I’ve found seem to be run by the dodgy brothers…..anyhoo…..

Some of you may or may not believe this – but my Mother found this one!

Yay Mum! What a legend she is….on the same bandwagon as her daughter….finding super cool stuff on the interweb…..

So…..how do we get the Free Rice!!??? No, it’s not free for you ya big douche! All you will get is (hopefully) a bigger brain….I bet you are sitting there in front of a computer in a nice warm place, at an actual D.E.S.K with fresh running tap water nearby I am sure…. this is for the United Nations World Food Program

* Click on the right answer in the middle of this page.

* If you get it right, you get a harder question. If you get it wrong, you get an easier question.

* For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance… (more)

via FreeRice

Today I love….The Zenchilada

12 Jul

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit….

Well, that’s never a bad thing!

I love, love, love a good foodie magazine!

Here is the latest offering and the best thing about it – it’s completely free!!!

Each issue focuses on a particular topic – this one is corn and I am looking forward to the next one – “What came first – the chicken or the egg?”

Epicurious says:

“Food magazines are dead and dustbin bound. We all know that to be true.

Zenchilada, a digital mag, which just published its first issue, begs to differ.

Published out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and edited by Ronni Lundy, a rock star of a scribe who made her bones in Kentucky, writing about the food and music of Appalachia, Zenchilada offers a broad view of culinary culture.

Ronni’s take on food is inclusive. In this first issue she surveys peoples and places where corn matters.

Marilou Awiakta, the Cherokee poet, gets her say.  So does a corn smut fetishist. And Matt Rowley, a moonshine historian. Corncob wine is on offer. And so are cornmeal cookies, baked in the Italian tradition.

Zenchilada, which publishes articles with mellifluous titles like “Whole Lot of Slakin Going On,” is a hopeful shot across the bow at those pessimists who believe that smart words and good food are no longer copacetic partners. Read it”

Read More at Epicurious Here

The Zenchilada

Today I love….Living Below the Line

9 Jul

I love, love, love being frugal (read: tight-ass)….

Living below the line…Hmmmm….

Is is really that hard? We can all do that can’t we?

Especially in these tough times….

I am sure we can all use an extra dollar or two and then help out others by putting this money to a good cause….

The Global Poverty Project’s vision is a world without extreme poverty within a generation.Imagine if you only had $2 to get by on each day…

This is the challenge faced daily by 1.4 billion people living under the extreme poverty line. Today it is the challenge we are asking you to undertake.

From the 2nd – 6th August, we invite you to Live Below the Line – to live on less than AU$2 of food per day.

For five days in August you will experience one of the basic challenges faced daily by those living in extreme poverty – struggling to obtain the basic food reqiurements each day. You will sacrifice the things you take for granted… Your resourcefulness will be put to the test… But it will become one of the most rewarding weeks of your life.

Your involvement will not only be enlightening to yourself. It will engage your friends and family to be challenged by some of the realities of extreme poverty.

It will also enable you to fundraise towards your choice of two causes that are working towards a world without poverty: the resourcing of new schools for remote communities in cambodia, or the Global Poverty Project’s Poverty Education Program.

Find out more about these projects

Sign up to take part now

The eat on only $2 a day theory is workable and proven here by one participant with a shopping list and meal plan….

08 Jul 2010 by Sarah

When I first signed up to Live Below the Line, I planned on doing it as an individual, not as a team. I didn’t really feel comfortable asking my friends to put themselves out of their comfort zones. I was pleasantly surprised to find though, that just by chatting with a few people about what I was going to do, I had volunteers waving their hands to join! I’m actually heading overseas at the beginning of August, so I will be Living Below the Line next week. Thanks to my wonderful friends, I’ll be doing it in a team of three. This is a rough shopping list I’ve put together for us to work from:

5 day Shopping List for a Team of 3

900 grams Coles Smart buy Oats – $1.30

2 Litres Coles milk (full cream)  – $2.10

1 kg Coles smart buy raw sugar – $0.97

Bread x2 – $2.20

Eggs (a dozen) – $1.99

Stock cubes (6) – $.0.75

1 kg Lentils (red) – $4.63

1 kg Coles long grain white rice – $2.45

Fresh fruit and veg from market (I’ll be looking for things like potatoes, onion, garlic, pumpkin, leek, broccoli, carrots, bananas and oranges, plus any oil/butter, spices etc) – $13.61

TOTAL: $30

Meal plan:

Day 1:

Breakfast: 1 serve of oats – 100grams (maybe a little bit more for my two male counterparts), cooked with water and 50mls of milk, tablespoon of raw sugar. Also plan on finding some nice ripe bananas at the Vic market this weekend for mushing into the porridge. Yum!

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup and toast

Day 2:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (if this isn’t filling enough, a small serve of porridge as well)

Lunch: Mashed potato (potatoes + small amount of butter and milk) and steamed veg + Snack of fruit

Dinner: Soup

Day 3:

Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Potato Omelette

Day 4:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (+ porridge)

Lunch: Mashed potatoes and steamed veg + fruit snack

Dinner: Soup

Day 5:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup

I’ve also included a mock shopping list and meal plan for individuals just to illustrate the difference.

5 day shopping list for Individuals

Fruit and Vegies from market – $5.00

Loaf of bread (20 slices) – $1.00

Peanut butter – $1.50

Dozen cage eggs – $2.00

Meal Plan:

Day 1 – 5:

Breakfast: 2 eggs on toast

Lunch/snack: Fruit and Peanut butter sandwiches

Dinner: Vegetable Soup

Honestly, I was shocked at how hard it was to write a five day shopping list for just $10. The end result seems quite limited and monotonous. This really brought the ‘lack of choice’ aspect of poverty into perspective for me – imagine having to eat the same thing EVERY DAY. I find it hard to deal with left overs from the night before! With only $10 to spend though, there really is no other option.

This shopping list is a good example of the limitations of Living Below the Line as an individual. Working as a team allows you to pool your budgets and buy products in bulk, allowing for greater variation during your week. Overall, writing these lists has really shown me how spoilt we are when it comes to the decisions we make about food, and how much more appreciation we need to develop for what we have.

Sarah is a participant in the Live Below the Line campaign – click here to sponsor her

You can share your stories too…

Live Below the Line

Today I love….Uguisu….

7 Jul

Oh, so cute!!!

It’s lolly and cake post-its!!!

I am placing my order now….

It is a sale price so get in quick folks with shipping worldwide!!!

SALE PRICE! USD$5.00

“”Fake Sweets Stationery” series by Editions de Tokyo. So detailed and cute that you’d almost want to eat them!

Stick and remove cute little slip memo set in 9 different designs -biscuit, macaron, cake, tart and more “fake sweets”! They are all neatly presented in a tiny book-like package.”

While you are there, don’t forget to check out the Come Home Magazine from Japan….full of the most beautiful and inspiring simple and natural decorating ideas for your home, cooking, clothing and crafting….

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Check out their stunning paper lanterns as well!!!

Also, oh so cheap, cheap, cheap!!!

via Slip Memo Set { Chocolat } Fake Sweets Stationery Papergoods by Editions de Tokyo

Today I love….NMAA cooks

6 Jul

This little gem of a book was in my household and used regularly when I was growing up…..

My Mum used to make a lovely fudge from this book for me and my brother and I used to sit and watch movies and eat (read: devour) it!

Now, every time I see the movie Dumbo, I can taste this the flavour of this fudge in my mouth and it is so so easy to make!

Here is my (and Mum’s of course) edited version of the recipe:

Creamy Toffee

It’s fudge to me!

Ingredients

  • 125g Butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 1 can condensed mik
  • Vanilla essence to taste
  1. Melt butter, add sugar, syrup and milk. Boil slowly and cream with a wooden spoon for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla essence and cook for 1 min.
  3. Pour onto a plate or into a tin to set in fridge.
  4. Cut and enjoy!

Today I love….Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

6 Jul

It’s Cupcake Day!!

Everyone say YAY!!!

This is one of my favourite cupcakes of all time….

Kims Creative Cakes

So to get involved in the cupcake day….

On Monday 16 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will descend on their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of scrumptious homemade cupcakes to be exchanged for donations to the RSPCA.

To get involved…

  1. Register in your State/Territory. It’s FREE! We will automatically setup a fundraising page on your behalf
  2. Send your fundraising page to all your friends and family
  3. Download resources
  4. Plan your Cupcake Party and bake up a storm
  5. Add donations through your fundraising page
  6. Upload a photo to win fantastic prizes

Last year, you helped us raise $1.1 million to assist in the care and protection of Australia’s animals. This year we want to top that total with hundreds and thousands, and reach our target of
$2.5 million! The cherry on top of the cupcake is that for every $100 raised online, you’ll receive one additional entry into the draw to win 2 Kymco scooters – perfect for those last minute bakery deliveries!

Whether you register as a Cupcake Cook or go into training as a Cupcake Eater – you’ll be supporting the 155,000 animals that the RSPCA cares for every year.

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

Here is some cupcake inspiration for you thanks to all my friends at We Heart It

Today I love….The High Tea Party

5 Jul

Oooh, I just love a high tea….and what a great excuse for one here…

$5 from each ticket sold will be donated to the McGrath Foundation….

THE HIGH TEA PARTY
is a gorgeous excuse to catch up with the girls!

An all day event that includes a decadent high tea sitting, complimentary pamper stations, tastings, workshops, parades, and boutique market stall shopping plus a gorgeous gift bag for each guest.

Click here to purchase tickets and choose which time you would like to take high tea during the day.

High Tea Sittings: 10.30am, 12:30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Click here to see some of the exciting brands that will be on hand to indulge you!

The High Tea Party – Melbourne 17th – 18th July 2010

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