Thursday, September 30, 2010
I sourced a recipe from the Masterchef website - Ricotta Gnocchi with Eggplant Salsa, one of the junior recipes (figured it would be less complicated - and set about picking up the ingredients after work. Can you believe that the Broadbeach Woolworths doesn't stock Romano cheese? I know, I wasn't impressed either and figured my next best option would be to substitute with parmesan.
Arrived home laden with grocery bags (I forgot to take my environmentally friendly ones which was not a good effort on my part) to find S playing around with new badges for his car. He looked up, asked 'what's all that?' to which I replied dinner. He asked what was for dinner and when I told him, he asked if I even knew what I was doing.
I was more than a little offended by his question as I get this often from him despite being quite a proficient domestic goddess with no kitchen disasters lurking in my past (that I can recall right now). He tells me its because I'm so easy to 'wind up'.
Anyways, so I like to experiment in the kitchen and was looking forward to this recipe although when I actually took the time to read the method beyond the ingredients, it was pretty basic. Like all good Italian dishes, there is only a handful of ingredients so while S was prepared for a lengthy wait to sit down to dinner, he was surprised when I called him to the table with 30 minutes.
I'm a really slack blogger and forgot to take pictures before we ate so the best I can do is post a pic I found that looks similar to what I served (I forgot to garnish with fresh basil though, even though I have my own herb boxes).
S was pleased with the end result although to be honest, I like eggplant a lot less than I thought and won't be putting the salsa on regular rotation.
For a simple but yummy meal, I recommend you download this recipe to try! Its beyond easy, quite tasty and actually quick to prepare.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I have also decided to pop over to Pacific Fair in my lunch break today (damn you for being only 5 mins from my work) as I need to add to my work dress collection and Cue is on sale. S wouldnt agree I need to add (I already 5 or so) but dresses are just so convenient, especially for summer - its almost a whole outfit that doesnt require any thought apart from matching shoes.
My birthday was not limited to one day but rather, an entire long weekend and then some.
It all started with lunch out on Thursday at Latin Quarter with my boss and friends - the boss paid for lunch too (he is very thoughtful like that).
Then Friday my mum, her 85 yo uncle (Jimmy), my sis & her husband and my bestie C and baby S all met me for lunch at Envy Hotel - my mum paid for my lunch this time.
Friday night S and I went to an engagement party then Saturday I spent the day with M & C drinking wine and lots of laughing.
Saturday night I went to an annual awards evening at the Casino for work and Sunday, S and I enjoyed a late brekky then I went shopping followed by dinner with my fam and friends at Earth'n Sea - best pizzas.
Over the course of the weekend, I was totally spoilt and given lots of DJs gift cards in lieu of presents so that I could buy some new sunglasses (loving the Chanel 5171s).
I went into DJs on Sunday with all intentions of buying new sunglasses but was quickly distracted by the Oroton display - what can I say, I'm addicted to handbags.
Anyways, instead of sunglasses, I walked out as the proud new owner of the Oroton Venice bag:
S is not impressed, he rightfully pointed out that I have bought 3 Oroton bags this year. Oh well, I'm a happy camper with this new baby in my wardrobe, just need to convince S that I really do need a new pair of Chanel's to match the bag now :)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I know, it snuck up very quickly.
I am trying not to think about the part where I turn another year older and edge closer to the big 3 0, instead focussing on the lunches, dinners and kind messages that go with celebrating my birthday.
My birthday means lunch the day before with K (my old supervisor), T (our bookkeeper at work who is in once a week on a Thursday) and our boss M. It always involves a glass of french champagne and a delicious meal somewhere nice. Not sure where to go this year, tossing up between RockSalt & Latin Quarter...
I then get taken out to lunch on Friday (my actual bday) by my mum and lil sis which always makes for an entertaing time. I think we will go to Envy as the menu I saw a few days ago looked quite yummy.
S and I have his cousin's E Party on Friday night (unfortunately I had to sacrifice the Titans semi for this but still looking forward to it) and I have a work annual awards ball on Saturday night so we will be doing dinner with my family and extras on Sunday night at the newly opened Robina Earth'n Sea - looking forward to all 16 of us sitting down to a meal as its always loud, entertaining and lots of fun.
Everyone keeps asking what I want for my birthday and to be honest, I am stumped. I have a tendency to buy something if I want it so there is not really anything I want that I dont already have when it comes to birthdays and Christmas. With this in mind, I decided the best present would be a pair of Chanel 5171s in black to replace my longsuffering pair of mother of pearl CC's. Everyone now has the option to donate $$ or giftcards and they all seem pretty pleased I have taken the pressure off them this year.
Note - I tried to put up pics of the restaurants & my sunglasses but they aren't loading grrr
The Country Road grey marle tie-waist skirt
I have been stalking this skirt on ebay since it left the store and have tried calling around Australia for the skirt but met a million dead ends as I didn't know the item code.
So yesterday I decided on one last try and called my local store to see if they had taken any delivery of earlier season stock for the sale including this skirt.
The lovely Emma was super helpful, went through their lookbook, figured out the item code, searched the computer and tracked down the skirt in my size. It is now on hold awaiting my collection.
I just love Country Road staff, they are always so helpful.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
These are the most entertaining little books. Written in 1913 by Blanche Ebbutt, these books offer advice to husbands and wives for a successful marriage.
In all honesty, they are completely hilarious and although a little outdated, there is truth to some suggestions:
FOR WIVES: Don't let your husband wear a violet tie with grass-green socks. If he is unhappily devoid of the color sense, he must be forcibly restrained, but -- don't be sarcastic about your husband's taste in dress.
FOR WIVES: Don't try to excite your husband's jealousy by flirting with other men. You may succeed better than you want to. It is like playing with tigers and edged tools and volcanoes all in one.
FOR HUSBANDS: Don't give up cricket, or football ... or whatever outdoor sport you have been accustomed to just because you are married. Athletics will keep you from becoming flabby.
For wives: Don’t forget to ‘feed the brute’ well. Much depends on the state of his digestion. Don’t keep your sweetest smiles and your best manners for outsiders; let your husband come first.
For husbands: Don’t flirt with other women. Your wife may or may not be jealous, but she will certainly despise you if you do. Don’t try to ‘drive’ your wife. You will find it so much easier to lead her.
They are a bargain at around $7.95 per book so I ordered them online from Angus & Robertson to gift to my sister and her husband this weekend - that's right, the wedding of the year is happening this Saturday and I cannot wait!
I think my sister and brother in law will get a good laugh out of these as they both have a great sense of humour and love to debate who wears the pants - my brother in law is smart enough though to agree my sister is always in charge.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
My HG foundation - Teint Idole by Lancome (usually $92 at Myer but only $52 at SN before my loyalty discounts)
My current powder - MAC Studio Fix $35 at SN (I was strongly advised against this product by my wedding makeup artist but it seems to do the job - a light swipe to seal my foundation):
I didn't buy this but am considering doing so:
Eau Mega by Viktor & Rolf. My favourite (and every other day) perfume is Flowerbomb but I don't want to wear this for my wedding as I feel the wedding deserves its own new and special scent. I am quite liking Eau Mega and leaning towards it as my wedding perfume.
Can anybody suggest anything similar to Flowerbomb or Coco Mademoiselle (my other fave) for consideration?
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Any suggestions? M is my best friend and such a wonderful person so I want to get her something special.
Bob our bus driver (very nice man, request him if you ever book a Filippos Tour) picked us up in a very comfy coach and whisked us to our first winery of the day, Rumbalara. S & I were both nervous as to how we would 'back up' after the night before and sipped our first sample apprehensively. One sip was all I needed to put me back into gear and ready for an entire day of wine tasting.
After the liquers, we visited The Dairy Shop which had a delicious variety of cheeses but I personally didnt enjoy it thanks to odours coming from the cheese room - the fermenting and maturing etc really smells gross.
Last winery of the day, The Summit. S and I especially enjoyed this tasting session as we snagged the table and chairs closest to the fireplace (it was freezing by this stage people, 4pm was way colder than the morning) plus the wines were lovely. I especially enjoyed the sparkling and also the special topshelf sample they provided us - Tempranillo. Its a red spanish grape evidently with a floral kind of flavour. Very different to anything I've tasted and S surprised me by purchasing a bottle of this for us to enjoy in the future.
It was 6pm by the time we got back to our accommodation and we were both completely exhausted but I insisted we keep our dinner booking at Annas, a local italian restaurant highly recommended by locals and tourists alike.