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Atlantic salmon, baby potato & watercress salad with creamy lemon dressing

2014 September 21

Watercress is one of those elusive things in Australia but I love the fresh little peppery leaves and how well it goes in salads so always grab a bunch when I see it.  I remember my mum growing it near a creek at the bottom of our garden when I was little and we’d walk down and pick some in the afternoons to have with dinner.  It’s supposed to be super healthy too!

As it’s spring, this salad is light and full of delicious contrasts; luscious, rich salmon, hearty potato and some crisp salady things .. but then the dressing!  Creamy, yet with a full on zesty lemon flavour.

potato salmon salad
radish watercress
salmon salad
salmon potato salad
salmon salad
salmon salad

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    Cocktail Fridays: the strawberry Limoncello

    2014 September 19
    by emma

    I’ve decided to start a fresh new thing on this here blog: a new cocktail, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, for Friday night drinks!  I probably won’t be able to commit to a post every Friday but I’ll give it a go hey?  I might add in a snack suggestion every now and again too.

    This lovely little number is an ode to spring; bright lemon flavours, some fizziness and a fresh strawberry you can pop into your mouth after you’ve finished your cocktail.

    Happy Friday!

    strawberry limoncello recipe

     

    strawberry limoncello

      An old cemetery visit

      2014 September 17
      by emma

      I love historic cemeteries, they’re fascinating, poignant and peaceful all at the same time.  Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans is on my wish list (I’m weird, I know!) and when I backpacked around Europe years ago, like a lot of gen-Xers, I visited Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery which was sort of touristy yet the cemetery itself was romantic; ornate and full of history.

      We visited an old, local cemetery recently and Ant and I spent an hour or so there, wandering around in the late afternoon sun looking at the beautifully aged headstones and graves, a lot of them crumbling and broken (which was fairly distressing to see at first, why can’t they be looked after better by the council?!).  There’s a gorgeous, massive old tree there and I spotted tiny yellow leaves falling down and dappled sunlight across the headstones.  As we were walking out though, we saw one with a new photograph attached of a middle aged bloke with a huge grin, hugging an older lady who looked like his mum and I became suddenly very sad.

      Anyway, if you want a strangely peaceful afternoon and a healthy dose of perspective, a lovely old cemetery’s the place.





      There’s always one!


        Cinnamon roll cakes

        2014 September 14
        by emma

        cinnamon roll cakes

        These are exactly like cinnamon rolls except in soft, fluffy cake form.  They really are decadent.  And oh the cream!  It makes for such a gorgeous cake.  And aren’t saturated fats good for us now or something?  Hah.

        They’re at their best warm out of the oven with the icing slightly soft and drizzly, however I froze the remainder and heated them in the microwave for breakfasts and they were still deliciously soft.

        As you can imagine, these cakes are ideal with a cup of coffee and I sat out on our deck while I ate one in the morning sun.  Bliss!

        cinnamon roll cakes
        cinnamon roll cakes
        cinnamon roll cakes
        cinnamon roll cakes
        cinnamon roll cakes

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          Happy Friday

          2014 September 12
          by emma

          Isn’t this the cutest cake stand?  From Hunt & Style, a local store.  I plan on always having baked treats in it.

          Have a wonderful weekend all.


            1990s playlist

            2014 September 10
            by emma

            1990s playlist

             Oh yeah the 90s!  Talk about overdosing on nostalgia.

            My uni days; an era in music which personified alternative/indie, boy bands, grunge, angry chick songs and dance music, this will always be my favourite decade because, well, let’s face it, it was the last true iconic, or at least, easily recognisable era.  So if you want to check out my mega epic awesome playlist (130 songs and counting!), click on the widget.  For more playlists, click here.

             

              Lentil, feta & roast carrot salad with garlic croutons

              2014 September 7

              lentil carrot salad

              I’ve not cooked with lentils for a while.  Recently though, I’ve spotted this salad and this one and their loveliness inspired me to make a late Autumn salad with lentils and carrots.  There’s a few steps to this dish but don’t let that stop you if you’re keen for a hearty and healthy salad (it serves at least 4 so is really worth it) with spicy/sweet yet salty, fresh and crunchy flavours.

              lentil carrot salad

              lentil carrot salad

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                Hello Spring

                2014 September 5
                by emma

                It’s so lovely out at the moment.  I took some of these on a walk a week back.

                Have a beautiful weekend all.

                  Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

                  2014 September 3
                  by emma

                  brown sugar body scrub

                  Years and years ago, I ordered some vanilla brown sugar body scrub from an online fancy cosmetic store for about $40.  Clearly I had more money than sense at the time …. when I used it (and it was lovely) I noted it only had a few ingredients in it and thought how easy it would be to make at home.  Not being particularly housewifely, it’s taken me this long to actually do it.

                  This made my skin feel soft and smooth, however, because it has oils in it, be careful while using in terms of slipping over in the bath and make sure you don’t have any skin conditions.  Be mindful also that this is quite a coarse scrub (which I really like, grrr) so you need to be gentle.

                  brown sugar body scrub
                  brown sugar body scrub
                  brown sugar body scrub
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                    Berry yoghurt cake

                    2014 August 31
                    by emma

                    This cake doesn’t rise much but the crumb is so soft and rich (I guess this is what happens when you throw in an extra egg and more butter).  It’s one of those every-day, not overly sweet cakes you can make from ingredients you’d have around, like frozen berries and Greek yoghurt.  It’s super easy to whip up as there’s no icing or waiting for the cake to cool completely.  I served this with some Greek yoghurt and smashed berries and the yoghurt’s sourness was a nice foil for the berry-sweet cake.






                    berry and yoghurt cake
                    fruit yoghurt

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