Saturday, January 30, 2010

RECIPE : anzacs

So, this isn't a Southern recipe, but I thought I'd post it anyway because I made them for Australia Day. I've always thought Anzacs are best chewy, so this is a good recipe.

Recipe from Taste
Makes about 24

1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut
3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar
125g butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and brown sugar.

Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.

Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.

Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.

Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack so they cool completely.

'straya day

We had a few people over on Australia Day (well, it was the 25th here. We are 17 hours behind Melbourne). We had been thinking about doing it for a while, but weren't sure how many people would fit in our little apartment. In the end, we had a small (but good) amount of people come and it worked out well. We had sausages in bread, chicken wings and some salads. And beer, there was of course, beer. I also made Anzacs. We showed them last year's AFL grand final (recorded on DVD by Jon's parents), and listened to the Hottest 100 for a while too. It was a good night, and we were glad we decided to do it. It was nice to have people over, to share dinner and have a few drinks – it's something we enjoyed doing back in Melbourne. Hopefully we'll do it again soon, I know Jon is keen to knock up some pizzas for them!

PS. I don't know if anyone is reading this blog, but we were interested to hear what people thought of the Hottest 100? There were a few good songs in there, but our favourites didn't seem to rate as high as we thought or hoped (and I was sure Phoenix be no.1)...

Here were my favourites from last year:
• Clare Bowditch - Start of war
• Doves - Kingdom of rust
• Florence & The Machine - Dog days are over
• La Roux - Quicksand
• Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
• Peter Bjorn & John - Lay it down
• Phoenix - Lisztomania
• Sarah Blasko - All I want
• Silversun Pickups - Panic switch
• White Rabbits - Percussion gun

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

back to the french quarter

We spent another afternoon in New Orleans last Thursday. We had a visitor from Australia, and it was my 25th birthday – good reasons to head down to the big easy.
We basically spent the afternoon eating, drinking and walking through the French Quarter. I took a few photos, though they're mainly of building signs, like this...

You can see more on Flickr.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Winter has set in over here. This week has been especially cold. My weather widget says it's only one degree outside now, and tonight the low will be -7. Chilly!

On Sunday, we had lunch at Capital City Grill and then went to the Louisiana State Museum in downtown. There are two permanent exhibits in the museum. Downstairs covers Louisiana's history, and upstairs has displays relating to culture (food, festivals, football/tailgating etc). We spent most of our time downstairs, looking at the displays on the Mississippi and the Louisiana purchase. We ended up rushing through quite a bit downstairs, and everything upstairs (we thought we'd be booted out at closing time), so we are hoping to go back for a better look.

That's about it for this week, just staying in to keep warm (and drinking lots of tea). I'm off now, to start some pea and ham soup for dinner.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


We saw this dog, Skidboot, on a 'best of' Oprah show yesterday (couldn't find the actual clip, but he did this same trick). So cool!

Friday, January 1, 2010

happy new year!

Hoping you had a nice Christmas and great new year's eve (happy birthday mum)! We still have a few hours left of 2009, but saw some shots on the local news from Auckland and Sydney's new years. We aren't really big on new years, so we're going to make pizza and have a couple of drinks at home.

Christmas was pretty quiet for us. We stayed in, baked ham and watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We opened our presents on Christmas eve while Skyping family (on Christmas morning) in Melbourne. It was strange spending Christmas away from home and family, but still nice and very relaxed.

Jon has a few days off over Christmas/new year, so we are trying to get out and about. On Tuesday, we spent the afternoon in downtown Baton Rouge. We started off with lunch at Poor Boy Lloyd's, which is right near the Mississippi. I had a delicious shrimp po-boy, and Jon tried a hot roast beef po-boy which was pretty much dripping with beef gravy, yuuum! We had planned to visit the State Museum afterwards, but it was a nice clear day, so we walked over to the State Capitol building instead (hoping to go up to the observation deck). We spent a little while looking around the hall, and the Senate and House chambers. Unfortunately the observation deck was closed, so we didn't get to see BR from 27 floors up this time. We finished off our day with a coffee and short walk along the Mississippi.

We took a few photos over Christmas and in downtown, which I've uploaded to Flickr. I've also upgraded my account, so all our older photos can now be viewed (previously you could only see the 200 most recent photos). We had a look back at some of the pics we took in LA and during our stay in the trailer – fun times (and Jon's hair was so short)!