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Happy Halloween

2014 October 31
by emma

Happy Halloween all (if you celebrate it that is). Here are some spooky stories if you’re game!

Haunted places and ghost stories of Brisbane; and
Village of the Dead: The Anjikuni Mystery

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    Enough Said (2013)

    2014 October 29
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    by emma

    enough said

    I really enjoyed this cute, heart warming movie.

    Enough Said is a grown-up romantic indie comedy basically; about being middle aged and worrying about the future, dealing with children leaving for university, divorce, single parenting and attempting to meet potential partners at a stage of life which must be difficult when life experiences start to weigh you down.

    The extremely talented James Gandolfini (being the big guy’s last movie, it’s difficult to come to terms with knowing I won’t see his friendly and rumpled persona in anything new) and the lovely Julia Louis-Dreyfus play two people (Albert and Eva) who meet at a party and find they share divorces and impending empty nest syndrome in common, then start dating.  There’s a catch though as massage therapist Eva also, unbeknownst to all, meets Albert’s ex-wife at the same party and they become friends.  Eva meanders between her new friend and Albert without being truthful to either of  them, being privy to the personal details of their marriage breakdown which then starts to affect her new relationship, until an inevitable confrontation.

    I loved how this movie showed the minutiae of life in a perceptive, sometimes awkwardly funny way; I like to imagine that both of these really likeable and empathetic characters are close to James and Julia’s true personalities.

    Trivia:  the actress Eve Hewson who Albert’s daughter is U2’s Bono’s real-life daughter and plays nurse Lucy in the Knick!

     

    enough said

    enough said

     

    Images from: the movie Enough Said, USA, 2013

      Italian baked stuffed capsicum

      2014 October 26
      by emma

      I’ve been making these gorgeous roasted, stuffed capsicum for years.  Fresh, warm coloured capsicum filled with tomatoes, olive oil, basil, olives, toasted pine nuts and cheese (lotsa cheese!), you bake these until the filling is bubbling and cooked through …  I overcooked ours a bit as you can see.  These are actually even better the next day after storing in the fridge for a day or so.

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      stuffed capsicum
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      stuffed capsicum
      stuffed capsicum
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        Cocktail Fridays: the apple bourbon

        2014 October 24
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        by emma

        When I told Ant I was going to make a cocktail with bourbon and Appletiser he wasn’t that keen …. “does Appletiser go with bourbon?” he asked sort of sceptically.  I said, oh come on, you know you’re going to drink it (he loves my new cocktail Fridays thing because I experiment with the actual cocktails on Saturdays!  Win).

        Anyway, hard-core bourbon drinkers might not think this is a legit combo but it is!  Bourbon being rich and dark with a dash of maple syrup works well with the fizzy, fresh apple flavour and a thin, crispy slice of apple.

        apple bourbon recipe

        apple bourbon

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          Bruschetta toasted cheese sarnie

          2014 October 19
          by emma

          Well I love bruschetta and toasted cheese sandwiches are my favourite thing ever so why not combine them?

          You could always slowly roast the cherry tomatoes beforehand, however I prefer them fresh and steeped in the olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing beforehand.  The combination of melted, decadent cheese with fresh tomatoes is really delicious.

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

          bruschetta toasted sarnie

           

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            Cocktail Fridays: watermelon, strawberry & vodka slushies

            2014 October 17
            by emma

            Remember slushies on a hot day at the beach from the 7-Eleven?  Well these are so much better!

            For one thing, they’re made with real, fresh, summer fruit and for another, well they have a shot of vodka in them.  They’re great for having people over and were fun and sparkly on a hot day a while back and you can easily make them without the voddie and have an awesome summer drink for kids.  Oh and obv. use seedless watermelon but then I don’t think the seeded kind is really around anymore.

            It’s easiest to make the fruit mixture the day before, for freezing, then the next day you can just spoon it into glasses with strawberries and mint for your delighted guests!

            watermelon strawberry vodka slushie

            watermelon vodka slushies

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            watermelon slushies

            watermelon slushies

            watermelon slushie

            watermelon slushies

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              Flickr love – Jaimie Wylie Photography

              2014 October 15
              by emma

              I spotted these sweet animal photos (the soft tones and colours!) on Jaimie’s photostream recently, which manage to show so much personality and gentleness; the kind eyes on the giraffe and the babies and mamas cuddling just made my day!

              Check out the rest of Jaimie’s beautiful photostream here and click on the photos below to get to the original source/s.

               





              Photos used with kind permission from Jaimie Wylie

                Spicy maple pecan roast sweet potatoes

                2014 October 12

                I’m not quite ready to give up sweet potato even though it’s already hot here and turning the oven on is a bit of an effort.

                This is a side dish but to be honest, I had a bowl of these for lunch on their own; sweet, caramelised, spicy and with a gorgeous, fragrant crunch from toasted pecans, it was a sort of decadent, dessert-like treat in a way, however is really quite healthy.  This is one of those dishes which is great for Christmas or holiday events; I made a similar dish a few years back as a side for Christmas Day roast chicken and it was really appreciated.

                maple roast sweet potato

                spicy maple roast sweet potato

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                  Happy Friday

                  2014 October 10
                  by emma

                  Have a sweet Friday all!

                    Wholemeal berry buttermilk muffins

                    2014 October 8
                    by emma

                    Oh hi there.

                    Like this recipe, but with mixed berries and wholemeal (whole wheat) flour.  Happy Wednesday!

                    wholemeal berry muffins

                    wholemeal berry muffins

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