Wednesday, September 07, 2011

the way to a man’s heart …

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach then surely it follows that the way to a man’s inner-nerd heart is through a huge meatcake in the shape of pacman chomping on a tasty dot?



Sunday, September 04, 2011

Our Daddy is pretty fab

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Jonny took the kids out for the day.

Jon is our resident artisan baker, marmalade my personal poison and tea, surely it goes without saying, is much better when poured from a vessel both short and stout.

An opportunity to show off my new vintage dress!  Though it probably won't see the light of day til things are much less chilly.  And yes, it would seem that my children like to stroke their own reflections with grimy fingers. I wasn't actually trying to disguise my identity.

And my t-shirt is finished! My first ever sewing project that I can wear the result of, though whether or not I will remains to be seen. It is massively over-sized and baggy and I feel like one of those awesome people on who talk about their genius alterations coz I ran a little piece of elastic through the bottom hem and now it looks much better, but still not awesome. At least I have some very fun turquoise shoes and a turquoise cardi to wear it with in case I do end up going in that direction. But WHATEVER! It's FINISHED and I MADE IT!

Now to make some din-dins for the fabulous people who are coming to eat with us this evening. Hope you've all got some goodies ready for the dads and granddads out there!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Raw Materials

So who would have thought that Jon’s much-scoffed-at pre-compost practice of burying vegetable scraps in the backyard would have paid off so brilliantly! Gilbert can’t help himself, he’s back there every five minutes scrubbing about for more of these things that the rest of us seem so excited about. Bless him. He’s all enthusiasm. And it was a TWO EGG day! Our aged chooks are having some kind of revival.

Combined with the world’s most mammoth clove of organic garlic (note peg for scale), some olive oil, flour and natural yoghurt, these little back-yard ‘taters will make a truly magnificent accompaniment to the boneless leg of lamb, slathered in seeded mustard, that’s gradually melting in my slow cooker.

Sylvie lovingly scrubbed and wiped the garden off our potatoes and we thinly sliced and baked them only to eat more than a third before the dough was even ready – apparently, we all lack patience, not just the toddlers in our midst.

The one minor tradgedy of the day has been the total lack of fresh rosemary – we went to two separate grocers with no luck but came home with a bag of my unlikely favourite, Brussels sprouts (to cook like this), and a bag of the cheapest bananas I’ve seen in ages. Actually, most of them got eaten at the park…

And what Wednesday would be complete without a little bit of post-park painting mayhem?

Dinner turned out great!

And as for the 2011 Year of Craft, look at the treasures I uncovered at my new favourite place:

Here’s what I’m hoping to finish off tonight:

We'll see how we go...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bestest Books Ever

Last Updated: Tuesday 30th August, 2011

Not all the novels I’ve ever read, just all the novels I’ve ever loved (and can remember...)

Erin, this is for you.



Adams, Douglas

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

3. Life, the Universe and Everything

4. So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

5. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

6. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul

Adiga, Aravind

7. The White Tiger

Alcott, Louisa May

8. Little Women

9. Good Wives

10. Little Men

Atwood, Margaret

11. Alias Grace

12. The Handmaid’s Tale

13. The Robber Bride

14. The Blind Assassin

Austen, Jane

15. Pride and Prejudice

16. Northanger Abbey

17. Emma

18. Mansfield Park

Barry, Sebastian

19. The Secret Scripture

Bronte, Charlotte

20. Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily

21. Wuthering Heights

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

22. The Secret Garden

Byatt, A.S.

23. Possession

24. Angels and Insects

Calvino, Italo

25. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

Camus, Albert

26. The Outsider

Capote, Truman

27. Breakfast at Tiffany's

Card, Orson Scott

28. Ender’s Game

Carey, Peter

29. True History of the Kelly Gang

30. My Life as a Fake

31. The Fat Man In History

Carroll, Lewis

32. Alice In Wonderland

Chopin, Kate

33. The Awakening

Conrad, Joseph

34. Heart of Darkness

35. Victory

De Botton, Alain

36. Status Anxiety

37. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Dessaix, Robert

38. Night Letters

Dickens, Charles

39. Great Expectations

40. A Christmas Carol

41. Little Dorrit

Dostoevsky, Fyodor

42. Crime and Punishment

DuMaurier, Daphne

43. Rebecca

Eugenides, Jeffery

44. The Virgin Suicides

45. Middlesex

Faulkner, William

46. As I Lay Dying

Ferris, Joshua

47. The Unnamed

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

48. Tender is the Night

49. The Great Gatsby

Forster, E.M.

50. A Room With A View

Franzen, Joshua

51. Freedom

Gaarder, Jostein

52. Sophie’s World

Golding, William

53. Lord of the Flies

Haddon, Mark

54. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hamilton, Clive

55. Affluenza

Hardy, Thomas

56. Tess of the D’Urbervilles

57. The Mayor of Casterbridge

Heller, Joseph

58. Catch 22

Hemingway, Ernest

59. The Old Man and The Sea

Hong Kingston, Maxine

60. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Hornby, Nick

61. About A Boy

62. High Fidelity

Ishiguro, Kazuo

63. An Artist of the Floating World

64. Never Let Me Go

James, Henry

65. A Portrait of A Lady

James, P.D.

66. Death In Holy Orders (that’s the favourite out of too many others)

Lawrence, D.H.

67. St Mawr

68. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

69. Aaron’s Rod

LeCarre, John

70. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Lee, Harper

71. To Kill A Mockingbird

Lewis, C.S.

72. Until We Have Faces

73. The Great Divorce

74. The Weight of Glory

75. The Four Loves

76. Mere Christianity

77. The Narnia Series

Malouf, David

78. The Great World

79. An Imaginary Life

80. Remembering Babylon

81. Johnno

82. Fly Away Peter

83. Harland's Half-Acre

84. Ransom

Martel, Yann

85. The Life of Pi

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia

86. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Nabokov, Vladimir

87. Lolita

Niffenegger, Audrey

88. The Time Traveller’s Wife

Ondaatje, Michael

89. In The Skin of a Lion

90. Anil’s Ghost

91. The English Patient

92. Running in the Family

93. Divisadero

Orczy, Baroness E.

94. The Scarlet Pimpernel

Orwell, George

95. Animal Farm

96. Nineteen Eighty-Four

Phillips, Caryl

97. Cambridge

Plath, Sylvia

98. The Bell Jar

Rhys, Jean

99. Wide Sargasso Sea

Robinson, Marilynne

100. Gilead

Rowling, J.K.

101. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

102. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

103. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban

104. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

105. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

106. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

107. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Salinger, J.D.

108. Franny and Zooey

Smith, Zadie

109. White Teeth: A Novel

Steinbeck, John

110. Of Mice and Men

Süskind, Patrick

111. Perfume

Tolkien, J.R.R.

112. The Fellowship of the Ring

113. The Two Towers

114. The Return of the King

115. The Hobbit

Tolstoy, Leo

116. Anna Karenina

Twain, Mark

117. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

White, Patrick

118. The Tree of Man

119. Riders in the Chariot

Wilde, Oscar

120. The Picture of Dorian Gray

Winton, Tim

121. Dirt Music

122. Cloudstreet

Woolf, Virginia

123. The Waves

124. A Room of One’s Own

Zusak, Marcus

125. The Book Thief