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My final installment of food snippets whilst in Adelaide:
Soooo this Sunday we leave for a 5 month trip of a lifetime!
Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Europe (in general!) NYC, then moving to Canada for a year (or two or more or who knows, so don’t ask me!) 😀
So this blog will do one of two things..
a) slow down a little while I enjoy my actual LIFE and can’t be bothered with this cyber world
b) feel bad and put some posts up for my family and friends
c) continue on it’s merry way because I will miss it
a&b&c) a slittle of all
Once moved to Canada this blog will change from “in the sunshine” to “in the snow” and will feature more scarves, boots, beanies, poutine and burgers than ever before! I tried to refrain last time I was over there but it was just too too hard for my weary chipsngravy loving soul!

So. Thus. Finally. To conclude. In conclusion.

Bon voyage! Wish me good times, new food experiences and I’ll see ya soon! Don’t you go anywhere now, ya hear?!
Much love,
your vegie bug.

tomatoey lentil pasta.

roast vegie noms.

3 best spreads!

tandoori vegies!

roast vegetable plate.

pickle burger!

cookies before.

cookies after!


spicy pumpkin soup.

tea with the best cookie ever!

piggy just had to go.

I sure do like beans.

hash, beans, eggs, sauce.

burger set up.

ambience!

mushroom burger perfection.

pea pesto pasta.

pies!

MY GOING AWAY CAKE AT WORK! A SWIMMING POOL!

bubyeee!

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Remember our world travels?


WELL. 

We are extending our Asia part of the trip by 3 weeks!

For Muffin this is mainly for the joy he feels towards Asia.

For ME this is mainly for the panic I feel towards the price of 2.5 months in Europe!

This means 2 weeks each in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos 😀

The stress of saving money is only really helped by one thing.. damn straight that that thing is cookies.

Whether they be choc chip, peanut butter, white chocolate pistachio or cappuccino cookies!

My cookie making has come far and with lots of research (and cookie eating.. for research) I think I have made the perfect peanut butter cookie!

EXCLAMATION!

 


The Perfect Peanut Cookie.

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup (114 grams) softened butter

1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (crunchy>smooth)

1 egg (or egg replacer)

1 1/4 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

dark chocolate to melt (optional)

Preheat oven to 180C

Cream the butter until it appears light and fluffy. Add the sugars, cream for 2 additional minutes.
Mix in the peanut butter and egg.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and whisk out any lumps.

Stir this into the wet butter mix until combined.

Using a dessert spoon shape the dough into balls (wet your hands if it’s too difficult and sticky).

Place cookies on a baking tray about 6 cm apart.

THIS IS THE TRICK NOW.. smoosh them ever so lightly with the palm of your hand. When I say smoosh, I think I mean slap! Mine made a slapping sound one after the other.

Leave them about 2cm thick and they will melt down to ultimate cookie width! Trust me!

Place the trays in the fridge for 5-10 minutes so they are cool to the touch.

Bake until slightly browned, 9-10 minutes.

Cool on baking trays until not soft anymore and then transfer to rack to cool completely.

If desired, melt dark chocolate and drizzle over cookies when they are completely cooled.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

NOM.

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It sure has been forever and a day.

I’ve been cooking – I promise!

I’ve even been photographing!

(just not posting anything.)

More importantly – I’ve been working and saving and WE BOOKED OUR FLIGHTS TO EUROPE!

Funnily enough, our mainly Europe trip has ended up consisting of:

  • 5 weeks in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • 2 weeks in India and Nepal (my heart flutters for Nepal)
  • 2.5 MONTHS in Europe
  • 3 days in NYC (hehehe – this is solely for us to ice skate at Rockefeller Centre at Christmas time!)
  • and then back to Canada to live for a year or two or 5 million, who knows.
So throw any food/restaurant/cafe ideas my way for any of those extremely vague travel plans I have given you!
To keep your tummies rumbling, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately..
Moroccan Chick Pea and Vegetable Curry. Served with cous cous and yoghurt.

A sneak peak into my quest for the perfect flatbread! Tomato, Basil, Onion, Caper and Cheese Flatbread.

Chilli Soy Hokkien Stir Fry.
(I work near an Asian cafe’ and have been stealing stir-fry tips to get the smokey flavour!)

Pizza pizza maaaaan!

What you will need…

FOR THESE RAINBOW CUPCAKES!

Creating some artwork with food colouring and a handy-dandy toothpick!

Fresh outta the oven.

Rainbow Delights!
Both cupcake AND icing recipe are from JoyofBaking.com – I’m really enjoying this website, it’s so easy to find good basic recipes. Everything I have tested from it has turned out great!


CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE.

Nom Nom Nom Nom.

pssst, this is mah new do. Ya dig?!



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It was my birthday a little while ago and all I asked of Muffin was to bake me the greatest cake in the world.
THAT’S IT!

Now.. he is a trained chef, so it wasn’t too much to ask, but this was quite seriously the first cake he had EVER baked at home..  (Which I personally find hilarious!) He even photographed the whole process so I could blog about it! Naww! This one’s a keeper.

So, did he fulfil his task? …. well you take a look and judge for yourself!
(ps, the answer is hell yeah)

 

 

Muffins cake-a-makin space.

Rainbows coming into action.

Holy colour – fresh outta the oven. (blue caused him issues!)

He chose to do a tiered cake because he is a maniac and likes a challenge. He also chose to individually flavour most layers, red was berry, orange was orange (duh!), yellow was lemon and green was lime.
THEY WERE DELICIOUS
and each layer worked well on it’s own and with the others!

 

WHAT WHAT! a girl cant slip in a photo of the picnic sammidge she made?! hahahaha.

ooohhhhh – ahhhhh.

to be honest, the bread I chose wasn’t crusty enough and this went soggy.
Soggy-town = not ok in my books.
Cake = quite ok in my books.

 

Cake decorating time and the anticipation was killin me!

My family came together to create the best picnic ever for me 😀
On the menu was mah picnic sammidge, pasta salad, roast vegetables, cheeses, dips, sour dough bread, coleslaw, stuffed mushrooms, inari, honey joys, chocolate crackles, muffins and sooo much mooorreee! Actually amazing.

MAH CAKE! JUST YOU WAIT…

I love this photo. That’s my Muffin and me! ❤

Lookie here! everyone literally gasped when I cut into it and my young, tiny relative yelled “HOW’D YOU GET A RAINBOW IN THERE?!” awwwww.

Filled with love and more love (and a rainbow).

I was clearly a little excited!

 

The end to a lovely picnic, a lovely birthday and a lovely cake.

Peace out alfalfa sprouts!

 

 

 

 

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Working too much.

Working too hard.

In transit every hour of every day (almost).

No time for grocery shopping.

No time for cooking.

Saving for the Greatest European Adventure ever adventured.

Eeeeeep!

 

Thus, recent food photos are not the most exciting foods ever eaten.

 

BUT FEAR NOT – STILL TASTY!

everyday brekky! baked beans (beans of the gods) with fried vegies and a glass o juice.

Mmm – sauceless pasta. Best with home-grown ingredimots.

So colourful!

lame-ass cheese and home-grown tomatoes on tortilla thing-o.

choc chip coffee cookies!

The cookies are a Joy The Baker recipe (click for recipe!). I luff her blog. It makes me chuckle.

 

Do my cookies look like hers? NO! They don’t.

Mine are all skinny on the edges and I dislike that.

 

Dear baker friends, what do I need to do to get a cookie the same width the whole way through?

 

Things I need to create the perfect cookie:

 

  • mini ice cream scoop
  • perfect large flat cookie tray (no ridges)
  • endless supply of choc chips
  • egg replacer that works (this is how my mind works: egg=ew)
  • floral apron (not imperative)
  • all the time in the world

 

Have a lovely day, my lovelies.

 

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Baking really does make my day.

 

 

I feel like somewhat of a housewife… but I really do love to get into mah polka dot playsuit, don an apron and get my bake on!

less this.

 

more this!

 

And that’s just what I did today! Muffin and I are celebrating our 3 year anniversary on Thursday so I guess this is more so for that than for Valentines Day.

 

Or to be honest, more so just for the sake of baking than anything else; as it’s what I love!

 

 

This was my very first serious go at piping my icing and I sure as hell did enjoy it. My dream would be to be a pastry chef! I just love it. I can’t explain it.. but every thing cakey and cute is right up my alley 😀

 

 

(with that said.. theres only so many cute-cupcake-themed things you can receive for birthday – yaknowwhatimean?!)

 

This cake I have baked before with both success and failure. I think today was a success.. but I haven’t eaten it yet – it just looks pretty! (I always end up cooking it for about twice the amount of time the recipe says however..)

 

I watched many videos and found them super helpful for my icing-confidence-building.

 

I went with this icing recipe and it worked perfectly for piping. I still had some left over at the end too! I added beet juice as dye and a little red food colouring for the writing at the end.

 

 

Anywho. Bliss. What a day. Enjoy your Valentines, peeps!

 

 

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my goodness, I’ve been gone a while.

 

 

FEAR NOT YOUNG BLOGGERS (also slightly older) – I HAVE RETURNED!

 

 

new years resolution: keep my posts short sharp and shiny! More pictures, less words yo.

 

Where have I been you ask? You’ve missed me so much? you cried a little when you realised just how long it’s been?

 

I’ve been off gallivanting in Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Ocean Rd with my Muffin’s Canadian famjam for the past ever!

 

Did I get spoilt and receive a freaking MACBOOK for christmas? WELL YES I DID.

 

My carb-free livin was going relatively well… until.. well.. here’s some little tidbits of my recent times and recent foods:

 

before holiday… note healthiness?!

 

lapping up the sun at Manly Beach.

 

lookie what I found!

 

I fell entirely in love with Grigons & Orr in Melbourne.

 



how could I not?! I was like a kid in a candy store.

 

Glee!

 

Sydney was a bit hit and miss with good food. THIS was the best gnocchi of my life. And I love gnocchi. It was at The Rocks Cafe.

 

note the healthiness beginning? Best chips in Victor Harbor!

 

attempting to create a veggie main meal in posh places..

 

essentially the greatest picnic set ever.

I’ve heard on the grapevine that I throw at EXCELLENT PICNIC!

 

seasonal garden pasta dyed pink with beets!

 

nachos in a cake tin ala bug.

 

christmas lunch #1.

 

christmas lunch #2 (different day – different house…. stop judging me).

 

BEST. BEST. BEST. another tea infuser. and BEST new tea cup! Perfection.

 

the kind of meal that makes you drool when you think about it 2 weeks later. Vegie lasagna with fresh salad and dressing.

 

ahhhhh maaaan I could eat about 76 more of these bowls.

 

making a few new friends.

 

The most Australian dessert ever. Lamingtons, fruchocs and tim tams. Heart Attack.

 

Delicous breakfast field mushroom noms at ETC.

 

and what a way to end. We woke up to this guy standing this close to our room along the Great Ocean Road.

 

I squeeled with delight.

 

Who doesn’t love a llama?!

 

 

love and blueberries to ye all!

 

 

 

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