Saturday, April 17, 2010

Feijoa Creme Brulee

I thought my feijoa cooking days were over for now until Tono came over with yet another bag. So creme brulee it was!
Unfortunately I don't have a blow torch, so I fired up the grill as high as possible and sat the ramekins directly under it so the sugar caramelised nicely.
I thought creme brulee was something that could only be eaten in restaurants, but it was ridiculously easy and soooo delicious with stewed feijoas in the bottom.
Now I can have my very own Amelie moment anytime I want. (Well, when plenty of egg yolks are handy.)

Friday, April 16, 2010


My search for a nail shop in New Zealand that does my dotty nails has always fallen short.
I was walking down High St the other day, when I spied something familiar...a nail shop..but not just any nail shop...a Korean one. I poked my head in the door, "Dot-u?" I said.
Dot-u indeed.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Being booky

My job at the bookshop is going really well. Everyday I am doing something different - yesterday I spent half an hour chatting to a customer about Dick Frizzell, I unpacked some books, prepared some nibbles for our event for the New Zealand Fashion Design book by Angela Lassig and photographed her talk.

My favourite thing to do at the moment is to be the window dresser!
So far I have made an art studio, an Peter Rabbit/Easter bunny wonderland and packed it full of balloons and toys for the school holidays. In preparation for the Fashion book event, I made it look like a wardrobe. My favourite part is the floral "wallpaper" (really it's wrapping paper.)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Spinach Update.

A few posts ago, you would have seen the first sproutings of my spinach seeds. The first seeds I have ever planted.

Would you look at this! Almost ready to chomp on.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Feijoa Chocolate Cake

Tono gave me a GIANT bag of Feijoas from his tree. Getting Feijoas in Dunedin is like striking gold, but in Auckland everyone knows someone who has a tree.

I found a great Feijoa chocolate cake recipe at Thinking About Food. I'm not a confident cake maker, they are a lot bigger than mini muffins and require a bit more concentration when trying to bake perfectly.

I had some old Dunedin friends - Tom and Claire as official cake samplers and they enjoyed it. Wahoo! I've just pulled a Feijoa cobbler out of the oven and now, the bag of feijoas finished.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

I managed to get a whole FIVE DAYS OFF over Easter. Amazing!
So far I have managed to see some music at Wine Cellar, do lots of washing, read most of "Solar" by Ian McEwan, eat Stu's delicious breakfasts, load 900 wedding photos onto my computer, garden and bake. Unfortunately, no biking though as my tire popped and it is being repaired.

We also managed an Easter day trip an hour up North to Matakana.

Just up past there is where Sarah has family holiday digs.

We swam (I went in waist deep, way warmer than ol' Dunedin) and took in the lovely serenity.