Every Spring this pretty tree in our front yard blooms spectacularly in a tumble of pink blossoms, I love it and always feel obliged to take photos. Happy Friday!
My gran used to have milk delivered, in glass bottles left at the back door early in the morning (I’m not a hundred years old truly, this was back in the 90s). Anyway, I loved collecting them for her and used to wave to the milk lady as she drove off in her little van, it was sort of a ritual I enjoyed.
So this tradition has been restarted in the form of company, Aussie Farmers Direct, who not only offer regular milk deliveries, but also great quality fruit and vegies (including organic), eggs, juice, meat, sustainable seafood, gourmet meals and .. baked goods! These guys sell delicious cupcakes, muffins, bread and bikkies; my favourite treat being the fairy cakes pictured below.
The process for standing milk deliveries is this; one night a week I leave one of their little blue cold bags outside our door and sometime early in the morning, our milk is magically delivered for us to pick up for the week. If you like, you can stick an icepack in the night before, but I don’t usually do that. You can always change your order by midday the day before and if you go on holidays, you let them know by the website.
This isn’t a sponsored post or anything; I just really like this company and thought I’d give them a shout out.
Whoop it’s that time of year again! This year I’m offering lemon ricotta pancakes with lush berry sauce for Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, tomorrow.
You can serve these just with unsalted butter, lemon and sugar on their own and they’re amazing; soft, fluffy, lemony/sweet and reminiscent of pancakes your mum might have made. I do love a thick, luscious berry sauce though! It’s so easy to make and elevates these pancakes a bit more, as berries and lemon go so well together.
You will likely have heaps of sauce left over and I highly recommend it served with unsweetened Greek yoghurt, ice cream or porridge.
I made this lovely fresh pasta dish on a recent weekend. It only requires a few ingredients which most people would have on hand and the flavours pack a punch; lemony, fragrant garlic, fresh herbs, crunchy walnuts, salty parmesan and a bit of heat.
Have a lovely one!
I make muffins quite often to freeze for morning teas and such, so thought I’d use some blackberries I had in the freezer and a few limes left over from gin and tonics on a recent weekend to bake some summer inspired, vegan little cakes.
There really isn’t any difference between these and muffins using eggs and dairy; they rose beautifully, are comfortingly soft and fluffy, just like traditional muffins and you get to save your eggs and help the chooks a bit. I loved the lime flavour and burst of sweet blackberry with each bite and as usual, these taste best warm from the oven with a cuppa.
Just a quick chat about sugar and vegans; since I’m not vegan nor do I have anywhere near a complete understanding of the vegan lifestyle (and the sugar issue is an important one), I found some links which might explain things a bit better than I can:
I’ve been buying from Organic Road, an online company based in Rosebank, northern NSW (down the road from where I grew up incidentally), for a couple of years now.
I really like this company; they have quite speedy customer service (although I don’t recommend using Fastway Couriers when choosing the delivery method FYI), offer all number of delicious, healthy and unusual products and also, check out the lovely recipe section. If you’re on the lookout for 100% Australian owned and organic products, then this is the place for you:
chia or flax seeds
different varieties of flour
maple and coconut products
beans and lentils
healthy treats (the date & coconut rolls pictured below are lovely)
Note: this review and all opinions are mine
I saw Nigella making these the other day on her Forever Summer series and thought how lovely and fresh they looked, I also loved the idea of the classic julep flavours of mint and bourbon for plump, sweet summer peaches.
The fragrance of this syrup while cooling was so beautifully fragrant! It tasted wonderful, sweet, orange and vanilla scented and I think has a few possibilities; poured over ice cream or yoghurt for breakfast perhaps (although drinking bourbon at breakfast! Maybe not). Don’t worry, you can’t really taste a strong flavour of bourbon (it looks like a lot written down). I’m not that keen on alcohol based desserts but I find a subtle flavour can be worthwhile in a sauce.
Anyway, this sort of special dessert of poached peaches in gorgeous syrup on a summer day was really enjoyable, although it did give me a hankering for a proper mint julep. I must try one of those. Oh wait …
Add 30mls of bourbon to a glass with lots of ice, mint leaves muddled a bit, some of the syrup, soda water and icing sugar to taste – you don’t want it to taste too sweet but just enough to take the edge off.
(decanter was my Christmas gift to Ant – pretty sweet eh?)
Although I was only a babe at the time, I love anything 1970s and the music is the best bit.
So the other night I stayed up until the early hours and created a 1970s music collection; it was so much fun, the time just flew by. I’ve managed to capture early new wave, disco, country, rock and folk (where would a 70s playlist be without the Angels, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed, Donna Summer, Elvis Costello or Blondie?) - so have a listen to a few if you like.
-Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, the Angels
-Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd
-Are Friends Electric, Tubeway Army
-Are You Old Enough, Dragon
-Baby Blue, Badfinger
-Because the Night, Patti Smith
-Benny and the Jets, Elton John
-Best of My Love, The Emotions
-Blitzkrieg Bop, the Ramones
-Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
-Boogie Shoes, KC & the Sunshine Band
-Brain Damage, Pink Floyd
-Bridge over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
-Bye Bye Baby, Bay City Rollers
-Cecilia, Simon & Garfunkel
-Celebration, Kool & the Gang
-December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), The Four Seasons
-Disco Nights, G.Q.
-Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
-Eagle Rock, Daddy Cool
-Fly Robin Fly, Silver Convention
-Get Down Tonight, KC & the Sunshine Band
-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
-Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac
-Heart of Glass, Blondie
-Heart of Gold, Neil Young
-Heroes, David Bowie
-Hot Child in the City, Nick Gilder
-I Feel Love, Donna Summer
-I found a Reason, the Velvet Underground
-I Want You to Want Me, Cheap Trick
-Last Dance, Donna Summer
-Life in the Fast Lane, Eagles
-Living in the 70s, Skyhooks
-Lola, the Kinks
-London Calling, The Clash
-Lust for Life, Iggy Pop
-Never Can Say Good Bye, Gloria Gaynor
-Personality Crisis, New York Dolls
-Play that Funky Music White Boy, Wild Cherry
-Proud Mary, Ike & Tina Turner
-Psycho Killer, Talking Heads
-Pump it Up, Elvis Costello
-September, Earth, Wind & Fire
-Shadow Boxer, the Angels
-Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin
-Sunny, Boney M
-Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
-Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
-Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground
-Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Lou Reed
-That’s the Way I like it, KC & the Sunshine Band
-The Jean Genie, David Bowie
-Tiny Dancer, Elton John
-Way Down, Elvis Presley
-Won’t Get Fooled Again, The Who