Friday, 22 June 2012


Ah, it's Friday and the weekend stretches out before me, filled with anticipation and thoughts about how it could be filled...

There is always so much I would like to do and Sunday evening comes around so quickly.

How are you going to fill your weekend? Do you have plans or are you going to see what comes?

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Dinner Parties, Pies and Puddings

I often find cooking dinner a chore but I love the weekend when I have the time to read through recipes, gather ingredients and experiment.

We had special guests for dinner last night so after the Saturday sports were done and dusted I got to work...

I recently purchased a pie bird so pie was definitely on the menu. The Ale Pie with beef and beer, topped with puff pastry was a big hit and tasted as good as it looked when it came out of the oven.

While I was preparing and cooking the pie my new slow cooker, affectionately known as 'George' (as it is the George Foreman brand) was cooking a Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding. I have never cooked a dessert in it before but it was delicious and 'George' will definitely be doing dessert again!

Some people would have licked their bowls if they could!

Have you been cooking something special this weekend or maybe you have found some time to read some inspiring recipes?

Happy weekend!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Ballet, brunch and browsing

Last weekend saw my mum and me on a road trip to Adelaide for a cultural  and cosmopolitan weekend...

ballet festival theatre

We have been planning a trip to the ballet for a couple of years now and it finally arrived.
Graeme Murphy's Romeo and Juliet, presented by the Australian Ballet did not disappoint with spectacular costumes and sets and beautiful music and dancing. Definitely something I would do again! In fact I will be stalking The Australian Ballet with my eye on the next tickets to buy.

 Ballet pictures courtesy of Canberra Critics Circle blogspot

Ballet pictures courtesy of Canberra Critics Circle blogspot

Living in a place where there is very limited public transport meant catching the train from the Adeaide Railway Station was an adventure but one well worth having as we got to brunch with a friend in the very cool Queen Street Cafe in Croyden.

Some retail therapy was also in order and despite the long drive I came home feeling physically and culturaly refreshed...

Festival Theatre
Solar Mallee Trees sculpture outside Festival Theatre

View of Torrens River and Adelaide Oval

Rundle Mall, Salvation Army
Salvation Army Band

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