Monday, December 21, 2009

{cooking} for christmas

growing up, christmas was more about the food than it is about the presents (still is!). there are a few staples that i have to make, for it to really feel like christmas... both these recipes come from my mum. i use the same recipe, but mine never turn out exactly perfect like hers does! don't be deterred, they are always crowd pleaser's!

...the ingredients
250g butter, chilled, cubed
2 heaped tablespoons rice flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 cups plain flour

place all ingredients in a large food processor and mix until mixture begins to form into a ball.
press firmly into well greased small patty-pans, or into one large lamington tray.
prick with a fork in a decorative pattern.
Optional: get extra fancy and push a walnut or pecan into the mixture.
bake in a slow oven (150degrees celcius) for 45 minutes.
cut in the tray when still warm and allow to cool in the pan.

rum-less rum balls 
(so as not to feel guilty about eating these for breakfast every day in december, i usually omit the rum... hey they have weetbix and sultanas! that's a totally healthy breakky, right?!)
...the ingredients
12 weetbix, crushed finely
400g can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup coconut
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup sultanas
Combine all ingredients and mix well
roll handfulls of mixture and roll in extra coconut.
chill until hard.

what goodies make up your christmas?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

a little festive cheer...


a little hand knitted plum pudding...

a plywood evergreen... i have an adversion to plastic green chistmas trees.
nothing personal if you have one, but they're just not my cup of tea.

Noel... a french word for christmas... makes me think of beautiful carols like the first noel, carol of the bells, Handel's Messiah...

there should be a lot of love at christmas...

and lots of mum's shortbread. mine will never be as good as hers!

how have you got into the festive spirit??

Saturday, December 19, 2009

a lovely film

tonight i saw a lovely film...

you've probably heard about it :: bright star. jane campion, writer and director, has made a this beautiful film. it's so vivid, so full. so dreamy. the cinematography is breathtaking: so captivating. it makes me want to visit hertfordshire in the spring...

have you seen it? what did you think?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

a little trip

oh friends, i am just too excited! we're going on a holiday... a wonderful holiday! the flights are booked, so let the planning begin!

one glorious month, just the two of us...  
chicago. new york. london. paris. florence. rome.

image :: etsy

tres exciting, non??

if you know where to find some travel inspiration, let me know! maybe you've blogged about your trip, or know of a great website to visit. maybe you've been there and know that exact restaurant i should go to, and which photo opportunity i should not miss!

i have been following peonie's latest posts on new york with much anticipation!

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