Ladies Trip!

Ha! You thought I’d forgotten my blog again….BUT I HAVEN’T! I have instead spent this past weekend in Sydney on a girls trip with my Mum and twin sister. Which made THE BEST CHANGE from being there for work.

We flew down on Friday afternoon, and after checking into a hotel that was much fancier than we are, took my Mum straight down to The Rocks, so she could see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House (this being her first ever visit to Sydney). We had the most amazing burgers (truly, dirty smashing experience), shared a bottle of wine before wending our way back to our room.

Saturday morning, after a sneaky coffee in bed (one of the best things about travelling with my Mum, she’s up first and gets the kettle on!) we headed into Darling Harbour for breakfast and a walk around the National Maritime Museum (they had a Shackleton exhibit on!) and my sister getting seasick on the Endeavour replica (it was at dock…..).

Then we headed across to the QVB, because its a beautiful building and I wanted Mum to see it. For the first time ever I found the Zumbo stall….and as you can see it was just amazing.

We bought a cronut, decorated fondant, and some macarons to share. The macarons we ate on the go, but the rest we saved for breakfast Sunday morning.

After a bout of Pitt St shopping we then had our absolute favourite food experience. A late lunch at jones the grocer. We ordered a charcuterie platter, a bowl of hot chips (because we’re human) and a bottle of fizz, which went immediately to our heads.

The pork and pistachio terrine, the mixed meats, the most delicious olives….it was tempting to sit there all evening, with a second platter and another bottle….but we headed out and later bought woodfire pizzas and cheap fizz to have in the hotel room in our pjs.

Sunday (after the cronut of awesome and half the decorated fondant, too rich to eat it all) we headed on the ferry out to Manly, which was just beautiful.

We had fish and chips by the water then headed back across the harbour, and took a bus to an outlet mall. Once we’d had our fill of shopping we headed back into town with thoughts of going back to jones the grocer, but as it was closed we had to settle for Jamie’s Italian. The Plank we had was great, but just not on the same level. (If you have to go and buy more cheap fizz and a packet of crisps after a meal there’s something wrong).

All in all it was a brilliant weekend away, and I’m now researching where to find the amazing olives and antipasti we had at jones the grocer….as well as looking for a pork and pistachio terrine recipe….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cinnamon, Sugar and Scrolls

Remember the donuts I made with extra brioche dough? Yeah, the were epic. You should make those.

Anyway, the real reason I made the brioche dough was to make these. I have a soft spot for Cinnamon Scrolls. I think a few visits to the USA might have infected me with a love of all things Cinnamon. (Except Chai. I don't get this thing with Chai).

So I rolled out my dough, sprinkled my cinnamon and rolled up my lovely scrolls. It was a really easy one to follow, although, I have to admit I wasn't so good at the glaze, but to me, thats just a great excuse to try again.

 

 

July 4th….on the 5th

Living in Australia, we don't celebrate the American 4th July. Its not a long weekend, and its not our independence. Probably because we're still not independent. Thats ok. But this year, Hubby and I hosted my sister, her hubby and little girl for a 4th July BBQ.

To be honest, we just wanted an excuse to eat our own body weight in BBQ, and Thank You! America for providing it.

Of course, these things never seem to go quite to plan, so we had our BBQ on the 5th July. And the night before my oven broke. Which meant corn bread and apple pie were baked in our hooded BBQ.

So what did we eat? BBQ Brisket in bread rolls with coleslaw and cheese sauce, Chilli Dogs that were so Chilli no one but me could eat them, Corn Bread, and Corn Cobs, and then Apple Pie made by my sister with a custard pastry served with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Ice Cream made by me.

And the receipe I'm sharing here, is for the Jalapeno Poppers I made. Which were delicious and so close to the ones I had in Hawaii on honeymoon.

I found the receipe here, and the only thing we all agreed on was that something needs to be done (perhaps blanching?) to take away that 'raw chilli' element. When reheated they were amazing, so I'm thinking next time, cook them, then reheat in the oven when we want them…….I reckon they'd even freeze and reheat beautifully……

Thanks America, you star-spangled legend you.

 

Chewy, lemon and delicious

For my mums birthday, we got her a cookbook that looked vintagey and fun. So much so that my sister and I bought our own copies as well. Mum started cooking recipes from it, and to our relief, they worked.

Its taken me a while (we bought this in March!) but I finally made the chewy lemon squares that both my mum and sister had already made. I even got lucky and had two fresh lemons from my sisters tree to use.

They worked out perfectly, and cut into 16 squares, 15 of them were wrapped up and frozen to take to work for afternoon teas.

Its worked perfectly. I can't recommend this one enough (and being lemon, I don't have to share with hubby!).

Tangy Lemon Squares (from The Australian Women's Weekly 'Baking Day' pg 115)

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (40g) icing sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (185g) plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar, extra

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease a 23cm square pan, line with baking paper that extends about 5cm past the edges.

Beat butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of the flour. Press the mixture evenly into the base of the pan.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until browned lightly.

Meanwhile, place eggs, caster sugar, remaining flour, rind and juice in the bowl. Whisk until combined. Pour the mixture of the hot base.

Bake for a further 20 minutes or until firm. Cool in pan before cutting. If you want, you can dust with the extra icing sugar. I didn't, because I didn't think it needed it.