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2014 November 27

I love me some Lush so here are a few of my favourite things in the store currently;

 

 

Some pretty Christmas presents for a special person maybe?

    Saying goodbye to At the Movies

    2014 November 26
    by emma

    As most Australians know by now, At the Movies is ending on 9th December (for ever!  Can’t believe it).  As an enthusiastic movie buff, I’m actually really gloomy about this (not to mention the hammering ABC is copping re: funding cuts!).  I’ve been watching Margaret and David and their friendly banter, disagreements and movie prowess for almost 20 years, from their first show The Movie Show on SBS to At the Movies on the ABC.

    They’ve been one of the few constants in my life since school and uni and TV won’t be the same without them; I’ve found so many gems watching them, that I might not have heard of or bothered watching, given the lack of promotion and airplay a lot of independent and lesser known movies receive nowadays.

    Thanks Margaret and David you legends!

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    in-the-heat-of-the-night-posterinfinite manPridea kind of loving

    Movie posters from:
    The Knife in the Water, USA, 1962
    Ice Storm, USA, 1997
    Blue Velvet, USA, 1986
    Muriel’s Wedding, Australia, 1994
    In the Heat of the Night, USA, 1967

    The Infinite Man, Australia, 2014
    Pride, UK, 2014
    A Kind of Loving, UK 1962

      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!

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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

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          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.

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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!

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              spring peonies

              pink peonies

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              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.

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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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