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Down time.

Hello folks 🙂
I’ve been busy filling in for a workmate whilst she has a well earned holiday away from the laboratory. Here’s a little of what I’ve been doing in my down time.

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Making Orange and poppy seed muffins.

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These were a very easy recipe that used oil and buttermilk that gave them a very nice crumb texture. They were meant to come with a cream cheese frosting but I felt it would detract from the lovely citrusy flavour and the poppy seeds would give you a teeny euphoric lift anyways 😉
I made a yummy Garlic prawn risotto for our tea last night and it made so much that we will be eating leftovers for tea tonight.

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I also spent most of the afternoon making a whole big pot of delicious golden chicken stock which I’m about to pack into individual freezer bags for future recipes.

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Our house is pretty much finished being externally renovated excepting the last few coats of paint and wood oiling and the lights being put in. The carpenters came and cleared away all the wood pieces and planks they’d left behind and I was able to get in and weed a part of my garden that I hadn’t been able to safely get to for most of the year. Still have a bit to go there but it’s looking better. I have to move a pear that is dormant at the moment, from where it is to a spot up a terraced section of the garden where I can also plant another pear to help pollination. I wondered why I never got any pears till I learnt that pears need two to produce fruit. Talk about a naive gardener 😛 I feel spring in the air. The sun is just that little bit warmer and it’s rising in the sky just that little bit earlier in the mornings 🙂
Here’s a picture of my newest acquisition in the pet stakes. He doesn’t make a lot of noise thankfully. I won’t be getting neighbours hammering on my doors saying he wakes them up early in the mornings 😉

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I haven’t really thought of a name for him yet. The little metal kitty that was my mums is looking a wee bit terrified of him judging by the look on his face.
Here is a photo taken in a large shopping centre in Perth recently whilst I was on a mission for some child friendly gifts. The things you can do with Lego is amazing 🙂

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I will leave you with a final photo of our favourite little French restaurant Lavender Cottage. It is where Jason and I go on our date nights and sometimes, if we have days off together we get to go there for one of Elis soufflecinnos! Magnificent cappuccinos with and inch of creamy froth on top 🙂

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Have a wonderful life and, in the words of our dearly departed Robin Williams (as Mork, from Ork), Nanoo, Nanoo!

Happenings.

I thought I would share with my blogging mates our house renovations. We originally were just getting a new front patio with extra veranda around the side and front of the house and a new upper deck balcony off our bedroom around the back with an attached service walk. We then decided we needed new windows around the front of the house as our old ones are no longer safe nor are they secure. The glass will be much thicker and the locks secure. They and the decking are made out of Jarrah so will also be termite and ant proof. We were then talking with our lovely builder about our dream of one day being able to afford to have the house rendered and he came back with a fantastic quote that we can more than afford and will also include sealing and painting. Hence the huge amount of scaffolding surrounding the house just for the renderer.  We are looking forward to sitting out on this patio all year around.

 

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This is off our kitchen/dining area where our old patio was about to blow away with the next strong breeze. I can’t really say I’m loving my new beige frosted glass windows though :D. You can see the jarrah frames that will be termite proof. Glazing will happen after the rendering.

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This is around the front of the house and corner where we are getting the veranda built.

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This is the lift and tonnes of scaffolding required to render the house which we hope will be starting this coming week.Oh, don’t be fooled by that palm tree. We live on the southern most point of Western Australia but it seems to be thriving down here. Global warming anyone?

I’ve also been making some yummy Beef stock and I’ve mostly followed a Stephanie Alexander recipe for veal stock just using meaty beef bones, leeks, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme and peppercorns.

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At the time of going to press the stock is still bubbling slowly away on the stove as it will be simmering all up for 8 hours! Smells divine. Jason is going to make Beef Pho for our tea tomorrow night using this stock. Cannot wait! Yum!

I’ll bring you more renovation photos soon. Stay tuned 😀

The things we do with our time.

Since we’ve been married, our house has become the centre of destruction so it seems 😀 We initially had plans drawn up and approved by the powers that be our council, and since then, our lovely sensible, perfectionist builder has been making suggestions that Jason and I have pounced on with gusto! They are all within our budget and will combine to make our forever home, forever liveable both in and out.

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We are now having 2 single external doors replaced and made out of Jarrah and glass,  2 ancient decrepit aluminium sliding doors replaced with jarrah and glass tri-fold doors and 4 external old aluminium windows replaced with lovely jarrah and glass windows. After they are put in, then we get a really good renderer in who will turn our mission brown brick outsides into one nice smooth creamy coating of a house 😀

After that is done, then the decking and the verandas both front and back and the upper story decking can be finished. I’ll keep you all posted on how mad it gets! Our builder Gibson Towns, is a wonderful careful man who has won awards for his building but we chose him through word of mouth. Our friend is coached in Karate by him and we also researched him on line before we approached him. It’s so nice to have a builder who is always talking to you about what he is doing or about to do, what any holdups there are and what we are able to do ourselves. Unlike our last experience with a builder just trying to get him to reply to a phone call was an ordeal. Gibson gives us precise estimates for building works and they are more than workable.

Today, I made a couple of jars of blueberry and raspberry jam with the last of my blueberries. There are still a few berries growing and ripening on the bushes but I think that’s about it. I threw in a nectarine I had lying about as well. Can’t let fruit go to waste 😀

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It tastes yummy!

I made some lovely Gluten free chocolate friands the other day for my hubby (Squeee!) and they are my new most favourite thing to make next to jam 😀 .  Here’s the recipe and a couple of photos. It is a slightly changed Donna Hay recipe for those wanting to see the original.

Chocolate Friands

1 cup (110g) Almond meal (or hazelnut)

1 and 2/3 cups (250g) of gluten free icing (confectioners) sugar, sifted

1/2 cup (75g)of gluten free plain flour sifted

1/4 cup (30g) of good cocoa powder, sifted

1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

5 egg whites, just very slightly broken up, NOT whisked ( a bit like scrambled egg)

200g of butter (or non dairy substitute if your also lactose/dairy intolerant), melted

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (320 F) . Place the almond meal, icing sugar, flour , cocoa and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the egg whites and stir to combine. Add the butter and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into paper patty pan lined muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes or until springy to the touch.

Makes  10-12

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Very, very scrummy to have with a cuppa!

I also uplifted and slightly thinned out the lemon tree this morning as well so we don’t poke an eye out of a builder. That would be unfortunate.

Will be back soon with more delicious recipes and pictures from the destruction zone 😀