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Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Wot Blog?

Here is something I carved yesterday and today. Have to say, I'm pretty happy with the result! Except for the little bit of bun I accidentally Speedballed off.

Its purpose in life is to decorate the front of Miss C's pink windcheater. She reminds me a lot of Little My. She often frowns and smiles at the same time, she's small, and she bites. Feisty!

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Apple Charlotte

Yum. In my top 3 fave cakes (along with Pavlova and Polish baked cheesecake). This is a recipe I got from mum, who has been making this since I remember.

500 g plain flour
8 eggs
250 g butter, softened
300 mL (yeah...go figure) sugar
6 large Granny Smith apples, cored/peeled, quartered and sliced approx. 5 mm thick
Extra sugar (to taste) to sweeten apples

Layer apples, sprinkling each layer with sugar to taste, in a sieve. Cover and leave to drain over a bowl while you make rest of cake.

Bring a small pot of water to a simmer. Break eggs, separate yolks and carefully slide each yolk into simmering water (I do it off a tablespoon). Simmer until hard (but don't overdo it). Cool and press yolks through a sieve.

Chop butter into flour until resembles breadcrumbs. Add yolks and sugar, and combine with hands into a dough (add a little water if needed). Take a bit over half the dough and roll to fit a square oven dish/tin (about lasagne dish size).

Fill with apples (discard drained liquid). Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon.

Roll out rest of dough and cover apples, sealing the edges. (You can save any offcuts to make decoration/s for top of cake!)

Prick all over with a fork (I go in lines like a farmer's field).

Bake until golden brown in a 180 degree C oven (about an hour).

Serve (warm or cold) sprinkled with icing sugar and with cream (whipped or not).

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Meet Me at Pip's!

Hotty (hot tea)
Originally uploaded by Pink Thistle
Pip is having a lovely e-get-together so we can all introduce ourselves and meet each other! Nice!

Hope to see you there.

Friday, 6 June 2008

The Flickr Game

1. María Magdalena Guatemala, 2. mash and gravy, 3. Cambridge mums: Mummy, I like those patterns!, 4. Two for the Road - Lilac and Iris, 5. Edward Norton, 6. Milk Street, 7. A perfectly ordinary beach in Finland a sunny day in May, 8. Lavender crème brûlée with fresh berries, 9. Mrs. Erika Bartos, graphic designer, children's book illustrator / Bartos Erika, művész, grafikus, gyerekkönyv-illusztrátor, 10. Snowmen family in TX, 11. don't worry be happy new year, 12. Top of Lavender Patchouli bar

Pip from Meet Me at Mikes got me into this. Fun!

This is how (in Pip's words...I think!):

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker and make a lovely mosaic to put on your blog or flickr! Simple pimple!

The questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favourite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favourite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favourite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

These...ahem...last few days!

Ok, so I can't stick at something for one measly week. Never mind! It's been a busy week.

So here are a few pix from the last few days, taken mostly in the mornings.

Desktop, taken by MissM (red due to finger over flash) (my desk is an ex-door from the 40s, complete with handles, albeit one fallen out).

Made for lil' Isaac born on Monday. Used a thrifted felted jumper. There is a fine line between quaint and lame, and I can't decide on which side this guy falls. Not that it matters, as he's made with lotsa love.

I made this cut-out birthday card for James, then took a pic of it while holding it over the monitor with some gorgeous Koji Tomoto illos behind it.

Making butter bikkies.

And a cheesy 70s tune which apparently Asia is going nuts for, and makes me bop a bit in my chair.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

This evening...

Today I went straight from bed to work (where I was going to take a pic of the shelves of medications, or some ace measuring flasks, but forgot), then straight from work to a 1st b'day party, and straight from there to mum's for dinner, so the first time I had head-space to think was when both girls sacked out in the back seat, and I was driving home tonight in this soupy fog.
So here is this evening, not this morning, and taken with my not-very-good phone camera.