Saturday, 30 May 2009
Thanks Chris for the idea. This is my home made macro photo studio and then a couple of subjects I shot tonight with the mobile... as usual.
I followed the instructions for the box from Strobist. Total cost - zip, nada, zilch, nuffink. I used my video light on one side and just an ordinary bed side lamp for the other.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Overall? Best Thai food ever. Thanks Longrain.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
- 100 grams butter
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1 cup of sugar - you could probably half this amount no worries
- 100 grams of plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Beat softened butter, sugar and lemon zest till nice and white and creamy.
- Add vanilla and the two eggs and beat some more. Till they're light and fluffy I suppose.
- Sift in the flour about a third at a time and fold it into the mixture. No beating now because that would be... bad.
- Spoon the mixture into your Madeleine lightly buttered and slightly floured tray (pictured below). What? You don't have one? This is the first time I've used mine and I've had it for 6 months so you don't have to rush out and buy one in a hurry. Actually, the last time I made proper Madeleines I used a cup cake mold tray. Anyway the mixture will mound slightly above the tops.
- Cook in a preheated oven, 190°C will do the trick, for between 14 and 17 minutes. You can probably tell mine are slightly too brown on the bottom, at least they're not black, so maybe check them after 10 minutes. They're done when they're golden brown and when you touch them gently with your fingertip they spring back into shape.
- Turn them out onto a rack and sprinkle them lightly with sugar.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
The battery needed to go on the charger overnight but she started up well enough. Might need a service though.
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Swans 16.10 (106) Eagles 15.11 (101)
Realfooty match report here.
Poached eggs, tomato sticks, croutons fried in olive oil, sprinkled with crispy fried bacon bits, and all in a tomato tea (consomme). God damn this was delicious and very easy.
This is actually called a Poached Egg Salad and comes from Masterchef's Masterclass on Friday. Video here.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
- Carnaroli Italian rice
- Pancetta (we used a nice smoky speck instead this time)
- Home made chicken stock
- White wine
- Garlic, butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley
That bloke had a one man protest going on out the front of the shop. I chatted to the him for a while as I was leaving. He was stopping passers-by and customers and asking them to read the latest Quarterly Essay, Quarterly Essay 33, Quarry Vision, Coal, Climate Change and the End of the Resources Boom by Guy Pearse, as an antithesis to Heaven + Earth. This bloke was suggesting that Professor Plimer is nothing but a shill for the mining industry because Plimer is on the board of a mining company. He also suggested that the book I'd bought was just paying for trip Plimer is taking to Paris next year(?). I asked the protester a few questions but he essentially said that he wasn't a scientist and did know all the science behind climate change but we are destroying our children's future. When I brought up the IPCC he claimed that it was comprised of industry stooges as well. 80% he reckoned.
I said I was mostly convinced that global warming was man-made but I am willing to see what someone like Ian Plimer has to say. The dude suggested that people shouldn't buy the book because it would only confuse them and may lead them change their minds. Unfortunately he was coming across as an environmental fundamentalists and didn't appear to be able to speak to the substance or science of the debate.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Anzac Biscuits are easy and delicious. Michelle even likes how these ones turned out. Finally I have some validity.
- 1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of rolled oats
½ cup of coconut
125 grams of butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 tablespoon of water
½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- Add the sifted flour, sugar, oats and coconut to a bowl. Got to watch the spelling of the word bowl - an extra "e" changes the meaning entirely and this recipe doesn't call for a colonic.
- Melt the butter and add the golden syrup and water.
- Stir the bicarb into the butter syrup mix.
- Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix.
- Roll the mixture into walnut sized balls and place on a greased baking tray. I use baking paper - less washing up and no sticking.
- Throw the tray into the oven for 15 - 20 minutes at about 175°C.