Thursday, May 24, 2012

Up, Up and Away

Looking forward to spending a weekend in fabulous Melbourne with some gorgeous ladies! Weather people say 10-15 degree temps and heavy rain....ahhh....quintessential Melbourne, wouldn't want it any other way! Just wish I could pack my smalls into this gorgeous suitcase....Bon Voyage!!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Brisbane's Biggest Morning Tea

Brisbane's Biggest Morning Tea

Follow this link to find out what the lovely Caryn from My Life. My Style. is doing to raise funds for the Queensland Cancer Council. She's a real goer and a fabulous woman, to boot!!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Mother of the Year?

It's all systems "go" at the Kitchen Kitsch house at the moment. I have put my hand up to convene the Sweets and Jams stall at Miss M's school fete this year so I've been busy writing school newsletter articles, collecting jars, handing out ingredients and wondering why the hell I took this on.....
I thought I should start putting my two cents worth in and got cracking with some serious chutney making over the week end. Here's what I made:

               Apple and Cranberry Chutney                

700g Granny Smith apples
250g dried cranberries
1 onion
350ml Apple Cider vinegar
200g sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp salt

Peel, core and chop the apples into cubes, dice the onions, whack the whole lot into a large pot and simmer quickly for about 45 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and the fruit has softened.
Spoon into sterilised jars and screw lids on tightly. Store in a cool dark place.

Seriously easy, seriously good!!

Et Voila! Complete with cute little hats.....Fete style!  Remember me when you're voting for Mother of the Year.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

To Pick or Not to Pick???

........I'm not talking noses here, but if I was the answer would be a definite "yes"!! What??? No, I'm talking about my Garden of Neglect. Here is my latest creation.....

My very first Gerbera, my fave flower of all time, the bloom that featured in my bridal party all those moons ago. I don't really know why I've never attempted to grow these before but by Jove's they are a hardy bunch.  This is the pot that, weeks ago, housed my huge harvest of basil that I made my pesto out of. It grew spontaneously and I thought all would be lost for my Gerbera who was trying to share its home with the pushy basil. I must say I focused more of my attention on the basil as I thought it had more of a chance.  So proud.....but now, not sure if I should pick my single bloom as a prized treasure to put on my table for Mother's Day or leave it flourishing in its own beauty in the garden. Oh the decisions......"without further adieu" (don't you love, yet hate that phrase?) I wish all the fellow Mums out there, especially my wonderful Mum, a very happy Mother's Day tomorrow, and I hope you get all you wish a day to yourself without the hubby and kids....!!!! Oh behave!!


PS. Apologies for the hiatus, I didn't realise how long it has been since my last post....(feel like I'm in the confessional with Father Bernard.)

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