26 November 2008
I finished up my decs for the swap. They have a clip on the back so you can put them on the tree. My hope is that the little nest they are in now will suit any tree type and make it look like a little bird has nested there. I hope to get organised and make my own tree, I am currently using the spikey yucca but it just doesn't say xmas to me .....
I rediscovered the joy of dips. The kind you eat, like hummus etc...dips are hard to find here in Tokyo and really not part of the diet at all. Reflecting on what is found at an Aussie party, dips are right up there. So, we were invited to Thanksgiving at a neighbours on the weekend and we were asked to bring something Aussie....so after beer, I made some dips, lasagne, LAMINGTONS and a couple of other bits and bobs....YUM, it was so nice mixed with all the huge chunks of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin things...lamingtons were a hit and I guess, they really are tasty and easy to make :)
Just a few weeks until we go home. To say I am excited is an understatement :)
21 November 2008
M is for miso and G is for a great cooking class!! I do have a lot of photos but genius that I am, I forgot my memory card so they are on the camera but until I get a cable that fits that's where they will stay...so just a little drawing instead :)....there are some good shots of the class in action and the amazing house!! The class was held at a house belonging to a glass artist who makes her living making stained glass windows and of all things, kaleidoscopes...they are so beautiful...and her hobby is painting big canvasses....of course all in her super fab studio in her basement....all complete with a glass kiln....made me jealous because I thought of my work space............. the kitchen bench, usually piled with all manner of non related stuffs and bits and bobs......which I'm not very decisive what to do with so they stay there....until I get sick of looking at them.....ANYWAY...the theme of the class was MISO. That very delicious bean paste which is the base of many Japanese dishes. I was really keen to go to this class as I wanted to broaden my Japanese cooking skills. So the miso paste was handmade earlier this year by a couple of girls in the group....we made about 5 dishes using various meats, veges and combinations. I learned a couple of really basic rules, things I can use everyday so I'm thankful just for those small things. Another bonus was it was all in Japanese.....I miss being immersed in the language, I'm sure my ability would improve out of sight if I had that exposure. Of course I can understand far more than I can speak (just like mooey...!!) so I tried my best and we had a great time. I was so full I couldn't eat dinner but its always good to be full of good food...and boy does Japan do good food :)
20 November 2008
17 November 2008
....we did have a nice dinner, home made gyoza dumplings. I have avoided making these as I always thought they were really fiddly but in actual fact they are really easy and so tasty. I wanted to have a kind of 'family dinner making activity' where we could all do a job, but it kind of got a bit complicated so I made them while moo gave bean shoots to Daddy one by one.....it was nice to hang out while making them and talk and just spend the last of Sunday together :)
4 spring onions
15 November 2008
Melted butter, to grease
215g (1 cup) caster sugar
300g (3 cups) almond meal
1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
Preheat oven to 170°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) springform pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line base with non-stick baking paper.
Place the oranges in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes (this will reduce the bitterness of the peel). Refresh under cold water. Drain. Coarsely chop oranges. Remove and discard any seeds.
Place the orange in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.
Use an electric beater to whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl until thick and pale. Add the orange, almond meal and baking powder and gently fold until just combined. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
Meanwhile, to make the orange syrup, use a zester to remove the rind from the orange. (Alternatively, use a vegetable peeler to peel the rind from orange. Use a small sharp knife to remove white pith. Cut rind into thin strips.) Juice orange.
Place rind in a saucepan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Drain. Return to pan with orange juice and sugar. Place over low heat and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the syrup thickens.
Turn cake onto a serving plate. Use a skewer to gently prick the top. Spoon over syrup. Cut into wedges to serve.
12 November 2008
This year I have joined in the freshly blended xmas decoration swap. I joined in 2 xmas's ago sending off my little birds just days before the mooch was born. Last year was a little crazy around that time so with some headspace this year I'm looking forward to making and sending some new fashioned goodies all over the world :) noice
10 November 2008
but this lovely park nearby was the best place to run around and breathe some air and enjoy having some space and leaf piles...
7 November 2008
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2 November 2008
I cut out some basic shapes and painted them with a sponge using brown paint. I then used calligraphy ink to paint quickly the shape on each "feather"....
1 November 2008
There was also a real pumpkin, huge and shiny and perfect for a lot of little people to climb all over...
of course the attention span of a two year old is only so much......