Tuesday, July 10, 2007

rosemary-pesto lamb rack

Last night's dinner. No photo's here, but there are on the epicurious site. I followed the recipe exactly and it worked perfectly. I even enjoyed the pesto more than I thought I would.

rosemary-pesto lamb rack


Monday, July 09, 2007

Let me in!

Let me tell you what happened. It was raining. It was after breakfast. OBI refuses to go to the toilet in the rain. So he wanted to come back inside NOW. Haguki went to the toilet. He's a good boy. He's just shaking off the rain and waiting for the door to open and let him in.


Donna Hay's choc-malt brownies

This recipe is from issue 11 - Spring 2005. I make it whenever I can find an excuse. I'm pretty good at finding excuses to make things cakey and chocolate. Don't think about the ingredients too much, just make it and eat it - ok?

250g dark chocolate, chopped
310g butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
5 eggs
1 1/4 cups plain flour (all purpose)
1/4 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup malt powder
extra malt for dusting
(note: Donna also adds 1 cup choc chips - but I think that's going too far..)

Preheat the oven to 150C. Place chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and combined.
Place sugar, chocolate mixture and eggs in a bowl and stir to combine.
Sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa and malt and stir into the mixture. (Add the choc chips here if you want them)
Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in) baking tin. Bake for 50 minutes or until set. Cool the brownies in the tin. Cut into squares and dust with extra malt at the time of serving. (It dissolves into the brownies if you store them that way).

This recipe gets a rating of 5/5.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Quotes to remember

I'm BACK! Turkey is a great country to visit - I highly recommend it. Paul and I had an amazing trip for 4 weeks - everything was great. I'm hoping to post my travel journal and photos over the next month or so.

These quotes bring back funny memories for me. If anyone is reading I have no doubt you won't find it as funny as me, unless you were there too.

Yelled by Matt over the outboard motor in the boat on the clear, star filled evening on the way to the Smugglers Inn.

2. "I smell human body"
Said by a Mexican guy on an overcrowded, overheated, under air conditioned mini bus from Olympus to the highway.

3. "Aye, thus ud be argghhhh ship!"
Yelled by Brad at 2am (waking the 4 sleeping Poms) over the outboard motor in the boat returning to our gullet (boat/yacht) from Smugglers Inn.

4. "I blame your arse"
Adam blamed poor Rebecca's arse, which was suffering from the effects of Turkey belly for missing a day tour.

5. Rebecca: "Is my hair getting in your face?"
Me: "No, but your arse is getting on my hands"
Yelled conversation between Rebecca and myself whilst screaming around the bay on a BANANA.

If I can remember any more I'll add them in later. Sorry your arse is such a feature in this post Rebecca. Photos to come soon. Promise.

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