Wednesday, June 29, 2011
We spent today at the Singapore zoo ... running between monkeys and big cats and elephants ... trying to keep dry.
And enjoying our morning tea almost as much as the gecko did.
Monday, June 27, 2011
*No, not that stalking.
I'm afraid I'm talking about all the stalks off all those greens you bought at the market on the weekend. And how we're going to use them.
(Hope I didn't disappoint you)
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Here we are. Singapore.
Already we've walked down affluent Orchard Road and wandered the Botanical Gardens. We've eaten sushi, imbibed cold Tiger beer and hot green tea and steamy espresso. We've watched Nelle charm paper airplanes out of taxi drivers, bites of pork from food vendors, her own brand of sushi out of waitresses, and a stuffed panda bear out of the flight crew.
(she's charming, our girl)
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
In my opinion, the 'kills 99.9% of germs' thing is really getting out of control. Advertisers would have us spraying every surface in our houses and disinfecting our hands after touching anything in the public domain. Good mums sanitize. Bad mums let kids eat dirt, or touch the sides of escalators, or pick up food they've dropped on the floor of the Manly Ferry and eat it (uh ... not that I've ever done that ... ). Because kids are particularly 'at risk' of contamination by all the horrific germs out there.
Or are they?
Scientists know that the process of killing some (even most) bacteria on your benchtop/toilet seat/hands means that the bacteria left over are the tough ones.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The countdown has officially begun ... a week from now we'll be feasting on market food in Singapore - finding Robbie's favourite chilli crab in Chinatown, bartering for scarves on Arab Street, and seeing if our favourite little cafe still exists in Little India.
I. can't. wait. It's been a busy few weeks (months?) for our little family, and sometimes we need a trip to re-set the equilibrium. And Sinagpore's only the beginning ... (I'll be posting lots from overseas in the coming weeks!)
But, before we go, I feel the need to binge on Green stuff.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
If you're like me, ginger is a bit of a boom or bust thing around the house. Sometimes, I have none. Sometimes, I have so much there seems no possible way to use it all. But, you know me - I hate waste ... so I've developed a few ways to use my ginger up, or store it for when I really need it.
And when - you ask - does one really need ginger?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Nelle and I make lots of waffles. I’m sure I may have mentioned that? (here? and here?) Seriously, they’re a favourite at our house. And if you have to ask why, then you obviously haven’t been living life to its fullest. (i.e. with waffles.)
They’re easy to make, can include lots of healthy, wholesome ingredients (like fruit puree, or grated veggies, or wholemeal flours, or coconut milk) and are the perfect medium for butter. What else has perfect, built-in butter catchers??
“Mummy, can we make waffles?” Nelle says.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
On a cool Sunday morning, we took a walk along the beach. We perused the mudflats. Skipped over the grassy lawns. Jumped in puddles. Waved to the pelicans. And then wandered home with sandy shoes - to warm up with soup.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
My friends E and R recently had a taco night ... which may not sound like a big deal, but we are in Australia. A place renowned for its flawless beaches, its diversity of animals with pouches, its endearing accent, and its easy-going nature.
Australia is not known to produce good Mexican food. There are exceptions, but in my experience they are found in the kitchens of American friends.
Friday, June 10, 2011
We fell in love with dragonfruit last year on our trip to Singapore ... a city that definitely takes its food seriously. Our hotel had a breakfast buffet larger than my townhouse, and we piled our plates high with fresh, tropical fruits.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Did you realise how much food we waste?
Ah, no well I hadn't either. But ... before I get to the stats, I have to tell you that this is in fact an archived post, with new elements. New photos, a new twist on the original ... because, after all, it's still my second favourite muffin recipe (after this one). Great for lunchboxes or morning teas.
And it's now June, and freezing outside, and my little helper is oh so much older! I retook the two muffin photos with a recent batch - made as cake instead. And - I'm pretty happy about this - I recently acquired 10kgs of cooking pears from Food Connect (for only $15!). I've been making chutneys and crumbles and jelly ... which is how I ended up with a cup of pear puree that I couldn't bear to throw out (because you strain out the juice to make jelly). This is the perfect recipe for saving the puree, and makes me feel very awesome.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
(Ha! Little do they know … )