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Oven baked crispy spicy onion rings with lime chilli yoghurt dip

2014 November 23

Sometimes I prefer fried onion rings to chips, sacrilege I know!  I’ve never made them though because the take-away ones are pretty good.  With our milk delivery the other day though, we received the quarterly magazine which had a recipe for onion rings in it so I spontaneously thought I’d give it a go and they were surprisingly easy, not only the process but the fact that I had all the ingredients already (I love that!).

Crunchy, spicy and great on their own with dips, this crispy little snack would also be brilliant alongside a home-made burger.

And now that I feel so clever for making these, I might have a go at crumbed calamari one day!

onion rings

onion rings
onion rings
onion rings
onion rings
onion rings
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    Cocktail Fridays: strawberry iced tea (non-alcoholic)

    2014 November 21
    by emma

    Iced tea is so lovely; for those super hot days when even I, a hard-core tea drinker can’t handle hot tea, it’s a refreshing drink to keep chilled in the fridge.  I prefer mine only slightly sweetened but to enhance the strawberry flavour you do need at least a teaspoon per serving.

    strawberry iced tea recipe

    strawberry iced tea

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      Blondie’s Dreaming

      2014 November 19
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      by emma

      dreaming
      Feel like a bit of Blondie?

        Spicy salmon soft tacos with avocado, cherry tomato & corn salsa

        2014 November 16

        I love me a taco!  So I whipped some up recently with buttery, spicy salmon – combined with fresh summer vegies and a zesty, spicy sour cream dressing, these were really delicious but also nice and light.

        spicy salmon
        spicy salmon tacos
        spicy salmon salsa
        spicy salmon tacos
        spicy salmon tacos
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          Happy Friday

          2014 November 14
          by emma

          Here are some gorgeous peonies I took heaps of photos of a while back (it’s difficult to take a bad photo of them); they’re the loveliest flowers but quite expensive.  It was worth it though, to be able to walk past these luxurious flowers on my dining table for a few days (we live a modest life but occasionally I like to splash out and buy something beautiful but completely unnecessary).

          Happy Friday!

          peonies

          spring peonies

          pink peonies

          peonies

          pink peonies

            Celebrating vintage movies

            2014 November 12
            by emma

            I’ve been getting into old Jane Fonda movies lately; Barefoot in the Park, Klute, Coming Home and On Golden Pond to be precise.  Gosh it was a different world back then!  I find it difficult enough to come to terms with how much the world’s changed in the last few years but to go back to before I was born or when I was a baby, when my parents’ generation was young, is fascinating and a little sad – I can’t help but feel I’d like things to be more like it was back then.

            I love how Jane has evolved both physically and emotionally in her characters through generations; from a young newlywed in Barefoot in the Park to a cynical call girl in the thriller Klute then a housewife who finds herself befriending an angry Vietnam war vet in Coming Home while her own husband is away in combat.

            On Golden Pond is different to those other movies in a way.  I was a kid when I first saw this 1982 movie (although it was a few years later) and it’s always been one of my favourites.  Jane wasn’t the reason for watching this particularly even though she was great in it; it was mostly her dad, Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn who stole the show in this laugh-out-loud funny, yet poignant movie situated in one of the most heavenly places I’ve ever seen (I think New Hampshire or Maine was the setting).

            Anyway, Jane’s a wonderful actress and her movies are so iconic and worth watching.  Off topic but I also admire her political beliefs, she’s a true activist and despite heavy criticism over the years, has always stood up for what she believes in.

            Movie posters and images from: Barefoot in the Park (USA, 1967), Klute (USA, 1971), Coming Home (USA, 1978) & On Golden Pond (USA, 1981)

             

              Berry cheesecake flavoured Eton mess

              2014 November 9
              by emma

              berry cheesecake eton mess
              Eton mess is a lovely dessert, easy to whip up and perfect for spring and summer weather although it can be made at any time of the year with seasonal fruit.  Traditionally made with cream, I added some Greek yoghurt to this for some zesty sharpness in amongst the sweet flavours which reminded me of cheesecake – never a bad thing.  I also used pure double cream, the cream which is super thick so you don’t need to whip it up, just pile everything in a bowl and dive into the cool richness.

              Oh and you don’t need the coloured meringues or you could even make your own, however I spotted these cute little pastel, flavoured meringues in the supermarket a while back and loved how they looked but plain white meringue would be just as nice.

              berry eton mess
              berry eton mess
              berry eton mess
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              berry eton mess
              berry eton mess

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                Cocktail Fridays: Kahlua milkshake

                2014 November 7
                by emma

                Guys, this is so good!  It doesn’t even taste like there’s alcohol in it (haha, probably a bad thing I guess) and it’s so full of creamy, luscious coffee flavour, more like a fancy iced coffee.  I used full fat ingredients but have an idea this would be just as good with lower fat.

                Happy Friday!

                kahlua milkshake recipe

                kahlua milkshake

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                  The Two Faces of January (movie review)

                  2014 November 5
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                  by emma

                  I watched The Two Faces of January recently; this subtle psychological thriller set in the early 60s and based on the 1964 novel of the same name is in film noir style, very stylish and really enjoyable.

                  The storyline’s based on 3 main characters – a seemingly wealthy and glamorous couple and a young man, one of whom is a con artist, meet in Athens, Greece and become reluctantly involved after a violent incident.  Starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen (always a pleasure to see this talented fellow in movies, he never makes a bad one), you’re never sure who to trust as jealousy, betrayal and paranoia abound (if you’re into Hitchcock, you’ll love this).

                  the two faces of january

                  the two faces of january

                  The Two Faces of January

                   

                  Images from the movie: The Two Faces of January, 2014, USA, UK, France, Magnolia Pictures

                    Spring spaghetti with zucchini, cherry tomatoes & peas

                    2014 November 2

                    I’m always banging on about spring produce but this time of year always inspires me to cook up huge, steaming bowls of pasta with this season’s fresh and lovely vegies.  There’s something about their sweet, crisp flavour combined with comforting spaghetti;  fresh, lemony and perfect for a weekend lunch.

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                    spring spaghetti

                    spring spaghetti

                    spring spaghetti

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