A pasta bake’s always a welcome, comforting dish. I made a pumpkin pasta & walnut bake a few weeks ago, threw in some fresh herbs and roasted the vegies beforehand to give them that sweet, caramelised taste. The roast pumpkin slightly breaks down into the pasta and cream, making this dish super creamy and delicious with garlic and onion flavours.
I’m always heartened to see so many folks loving books as I do. Two lovely places to go in Brisbane are pictured below:
So turn off your devices and visit them for a bit if you enjoy a read. Happy weekend all!
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I just wanted to feature my enamel milk pan and porcelain ice cream bowl with spoon I purchased recently (I really am the worst spontaneous shopper but have been wanting a milk/porridge pan for ages) from Father Rabbit, a beautiful online homewares store from New Zealand.
Their products are simple yet aesthetically very pleasing and practical, they have speedy delivery (3 days from NZ to Brisbane), they ship to most countries and everything’s wrapped nicely and tied up with string.
(not a sponsored post or anything, just my own thoughts)
How sweet are these dresses! So nice and flirty for our impending spring I think, with some adorable shades to go with.
Spotted via Daydream Lily and more can be seen online at their vintage boutique store; they are true vintage though, so there’s only one of each. Click on the images to get to the original source/page.
All images from: Oh Deer Boutique
This is a spicy and flavourful Jamaican dish which is a combination of a fresh and dry rub over hearty chicken legs. If you buy chicken with the skin on, you’ll get a crispy skin thing happening however I prefer not to eat chicken skin. I also roasted it in the oven; I have eaten Jerk chicken barbecued or cooked on a skillet previously and it was pretty awesome, so cook it as you wish, just make sure the chicken is cooked completely.
The marinade is spicy, obviously, but also slightly sweet and fragrant with a fresh herb flavour coming through. I paired this with a quick fried rice, a squeeze of lime and watercress.
This man-made wetland down the road from us is a lovely little calm hideaway right in the middle of our suburb. With friendly quacking ducks, birds, butterflies and greenery and featuring a boardwalk, I love wondering down there, taking photos and just sitting in the sun. If anyone lives near me, it’s a sweet little place! Although contrary to what it says online, you can’t feed the ducks (sadly). Understandable I guess, since they really should know how to find their own lunch for survival.
I’m really enjoying the new ABC historical drama series ANZAC Girls, based on true stories from war nurses’ experiences at Gallipoli and depicting a group of Australian and New Zealand nurses in WWI, their war work and personal lives. As an ex-registered nurse I still love watching anything nurse related and this is so out of the realm of my reality it’s really interesting. The first episode on Sunday night started with the first landing of our troops at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
I really like that for once we have a show which recognises nursing personnel in war time! These were mostly young women who volunteered for active service; leaving their homes to travel across the world, putting themselves in danger to perform physically, spiritually and mentally demanding tasks for young men with devastating injuries and with no specific combat medical training or support. Those were the days of just getting on with it, I suppose it was either sink or swim.
I think they were very special people and should be remembered more. Apart from formal recognition which they now receive, I’m not sure that medical personnel back then (or any subsequent war for that matter) were eligible for the same health and social benefits that war veterans had and that’s just plain wrong.
Anyway, I really recommend this show if you’re sort of a history buff like me.
Loved this movie, was the very first one I saw him in.
Image from: Good Morning Vietnam, USA, 1987, Touchstone Pictures
While making my usual winter pumpkin soup recently, it occurred to me that with a few tweaks, it would make a lovely, healthy sauce for pasta, so I gave it a go.
Adding nutmeg, sage and a decent amount of full fat coconut cream, this turned pumpkin soup into a lush, creamy and flavoursome sauce which goes equally with simple dried pasta or fresh filled pasta such as Agnolotti or the larger sized ravioli. I also really enjoyed this with toasted pine nuts scattered over for a bit of toasty crunch to contrast with all that creaminess, but you could also use chopped walnuts or hazelnuts. A nice hunk of rustic bread would be great to mop up the excess sauce here too.