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Sunday, 29 May 2011

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For.....

ICE CREAM! That's right! I made ice cream!! Cookies and Cream ice cream to be exact! And to be even more correct, 1 week later I have none left =(. But not to worry! Since the recent acquisition of my new favourite kitchen appliance, I will have homemade ice cream all year round! I love my new Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (from KitchenwareDirect - currently on sale!) in my favourite colour too =D.

Oh how i love thee.
I've been contemplating getting one of these babies for a long time now, but i couldn't justify the cost of getting one since I wasn't really eating that much ice cream. But a few weeks ago i just thought 'What the hell, the only way I'd be eating more ice cream is if I buy one'. And so I did.

The first recipe I decided to try was vanilla of course, and it was from the manual that came with the maker. It was very basic, which surprised me since most of the recipes I've looked up have heaps of other stuff and require stove time, I'm guessing because raw eggs are involved. But I'll be experimenting alot with this thing so there's plenty of time to make and compare!


So basically, I pretty much just chucked all the ingredients in an electric mixer and mixed it all up for a bit......


....turned on my ice cream maker and churned it for about 1/2 an hour.


While the machine was churning away, my little brain was ticking away thinking, 'how can this get any better?'. And as I was fumbling around in my pantry, the answer came to me in....


OREOS!! So I quickly ripped open some of these snack packs and bashed the living daylights out of the cookies in a zip lock bag.


The manual said to add any bits in a few minutes before the churning was supposed to stop so that they didn't sink to the bottom or get too mixed in. So with a few minutes to go I poured them into the chute and watched them get all mixed up.


And a few minutes later, VOILA! I had homemade ice cream! And it tasted O.M.G. like a maccas Oreo McFlurry. I had to leave it in the freezer for a bit because it was still a bit 'soupy' but it firmed up really good after a few hours.


Mmmmmmm. If you love ice cream you need one of these! The flavour combinations and possibilities are endless!!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Polka Dots!



I really need to start using colours other than black and gold =P.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Fake! But Pretty!

On the weekend I went to another friend's 21st, and decided to wear fake eyelashes for the first time! I like em'! Definitely wearing them again. I bought mine off eBay - So many pairs for under 10 bucks! And from what I know they're pretty good quality.



The glue is a bit dodgy, but nothing that can't be fixed. They were also a bit fiddly but I'm sure that will come with practice. Probably wouldn't use each pair more than about twice or three times, but that doesn't matter because they were pretty cheap! What do you think?


Monday, 23 May 2011

Chocolate OVERLOAD!

HULLO!! Hope everyone is having a fantabulous Monday! I know I am =D.

I made this Chocolate Nutella Cobbler about 2 weeks ago, and we only just managed to finish it off yesterday. It was so god damn chocolatey and rich.....mmmm.


When i made this I had no idea what a cobbler was. So, according to Wikipedia its supposed to be a fruit or savoury based dish  that is covered in pastry then baked. Another definition stated that the filling was covered with something like a batter. Whatever it is, all i know is that it tastes so good.

Sorry i don't have any awesome pictures of it oozing chocolate lava. I was just dying to try it and forgot all about taking pictures. And yes, it actually was like chocolate lava, all gooey and rich and just yum. DEFINITELY need to try this yourself! I'm sorry if you gain weight. Jokes, not really, its just so irresistible you wouldn't care either ;).

Because its so rich you should definitely eat it with some plain vanilla ice cream, or even a bit of cream or something.

(If my pictures are not enough to win you over, just click here to see the original and the lovely pictures that made me drool)


Chocolate Nutella Cobbler
Recipe by Alice from Savory Sweet Life


Ingredients
3/4 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbs cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Nutella
6 tbs melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 & 1/2 cups hot tap water

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tbs of the cocoa and 1/2 cup of the sugar.

3. Stir in the milk, Nutella, butter and vanilla. The mixture should be similar in consistency of peanut butter.


4. Spread the mixture into an large, deep baking dish.

5. In a separate bowl combine the remaining 3 tbs cocoa and 1/2 cup sugar and the brown sugar. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter.

6. Pour the hot water over everything and DO NOT STIR! Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the centre is slightly firm (mine took around an hour and a bit - I didn't want it to be like water...)

Sorry its not very clear, my oven door is a bit grimey =P
7. Serve into separate bowls while warm. It may seem watery at first, but when you mix some of it around a bit the chocolate 'sauce' thickens and tastes absolutely divine.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Ebay Cosmetics Haul

HULLO! I just completed my second last ever uni exam! WOOHOOOO!! Only 3 more weeks of hell to go till my last!

Anyways, onwards with my post =). A couple of months ago I bought a whole load of cosmetics (mainly nail polish) off ebay (oh how I love thee). Because a) you can't get some of them here in the land of Oz, and b) they were dirt cheap. Mascara, concealer, nail polish, eye shadow - you name it. It's like a gold mine. Here are pictures of some of my haul (yes, only SOME of it =P):

Essie (L to R) Chubby Cheeks, Midnight Cami, Chinchilly, Mesmerize, Heavenly Sunset

China Glaze (L to R) Jitterbug, Camel, Midnight Mission, Medallion

Milani Eye-Tech and Nailpolish (Truth or Bare)

First of all, I'm still in the process of getting through all the nail polishes, trying new combinations with patterns and what-not. I'll definitely have posts on all that coming your way. But the one thing that I reaaaaaaaally really loved from all the purchases was the Milani Eye-Tech Liquid Eye-Liner.



I have trouble finding good eye liner that doesn't smudge or run, and I used to resort to cheap brands.....until I found this! It applies beautifully because the tip is like a fine felt point brush (much like a felt-tip pen), allowing you to build up the thickness and intensity of the line more accurately. And the best thing is that it stays on for a whole day without even any sign of wear!

Left: Just after application (morning, 8am)
Right: Just before washing my face (midnight – long day =P )

The only way it will come off is if I rub my eye reallllly hard or if i wash it off with water AND facial soap. No joke it's amazing. And it was only $5!!

I'm telling you ladies (and men, if this suits your fancy =P), ebay is the place to go. Look out for more posts  on my make up hauls!!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Shave for a Cure

HULLLO! I have an exam tomorrow, but procrastination rules. I also have a slight chest infection which is only now starting to disappear, so this is my 'study break'. One of many.

Last week one of my best friends, Nathalie (Nat!), shaved her head for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of their 'Shave for a Cure' campaign. She made an event of it, having all her friends and family over, getting a nice barbeque going - had a real buzz in the atmosphere! I swear I was more nervous than she was about shaving her head.

This is Nathalie =)! Oh how pretty she is! And her beautiful hair!

It was quite exciting, as each of us got to cut off a piece of her beautiful hair, and then shave the rest of it off.
Me shaving Nat's hair off! Sorry Nat, it looks like im grabbing on hard there....

Had a bit of fun and gave her a moehawk before we shaved it all off haha

I can't express how incredibly proud I am of her and what a good thing she's done for people who need support in their darkest hours. Most woman would cringe or back away from such a thing, purely for vanity's sake (one of them being me =P). My best friend Kalli put it as 'losing your woman-hood' (temporarily of course), which is really interesting, because while i agree with this, I also think that some women, like Nat, feel empowered by such an act. I admire her more so because she has such confidence and pride to do such a thing, because again, it take guts to shave off your hair and walk around on the streets where people still look and stare, which is quite intimidating.

Anyways, she has managed to raise over $800 which is such a great achievement!

Kalli, Nat (baldie haha!) and Myself
Again, Nat, i'm so very proud of you and can i just say you look absolutely beautiful (and no need to worry anymore, you have a nice shaped head haha)

OLE!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Checkmate.



Excuse the tip wear =P.

Inspired by Erika at Chloe's Nails =) (she has some of the most amazing nails!) Of course her's are way neater, this is the first time i've ever tried using scotch tape and i really like it! Definitely needs a bit of practice....

Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Gingerbread Man!

HULLO! I've just completed my third last week of uni - only 2 more to go!! WOOHOOO!!! of course, then comes the daunting task of work placement, but let's just ignore that for now....

Anyways, yesterday was the 21st birthday of another one of my good friends (yes, i am in the middle of the 21st season of my friends), and we surprised her with a SHREK themed get-together! Twas SO much fun! We all dressed up in our fav Shrek characters and knocked on her door to scream SURPRISE at her haha. I dressed up as the gingerbread man because my 'outside' voice pretty much is on par with his. See if you can spot the difference! We're practically twins!!

The REAL gingerbread man!
Me in my gingerbread man costume!
Hard to tell the difference eh!?! Ok, my costume was the bomb! Apart from the fact that i must have used glue instead of white paint to paint on all his icing features......yea bit of a fail. But other than that the similarities are just uncanny right?!?!??!

Hey, for a sewing expedition that started at 1am the night before, i think i look preeeeettty good =P.  

Needless to say, walking up to our friend's house dressed up in our gear, we got more than a few odd looks from the people in the passing cars... 

Hahaha anyways, as well as dressing up, we all made different foods to match the theme. There were things like 'worm cupcake' brownies, 'Shrek's swamp' chocolate tart with green cream, 'ogre's dandruff' lamingtons, 'rat tail curry' pasta, 'swamp sand' fried rice' - very interesting range! I, of course, chose to make gingerbread men!

Aren't they cute! Love gingerbread, especially when it's not too gingery. Hope you like them!


Gingerbread Men
Makes 16 (and a few mini gingerbread men =P)


Ingredients
125g butter, room temp (i microwaved mine for 20 mins, straight out of the fridge)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup golden syrup

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Line cookie sheets or baking trays with baking paper.

2. Beat butter and sugar together till light and creamy. Beat in egg yolk until combined. 

3. Sift in dry ingredients and mix together. Stir in golden syrup.  Mix dough together and knead on lightly floured surface.

3. Roll out dough until approx. 3mm thick. Cut gingerbread men shapes using cookie cutter (you can use other shapes if you like). Re-roll left over dough and cut more shapes.

4. Place shapes on trays and bake for 10 mins or until lightly golden. Cool on the trays.

5. Decorate when fully cooled.


Happy Birthday (Princess) Fiona!!!! xoxox


(Image Source: Google Images - Thanks for the bday photos Nish!)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

90's Flashback

HULLO! I’m VERY sorry for the lack of posts! Once again uni work and laziness have become my pastime for the last week or so.

So while I haven’t been blogging, I’ve been watching channel 111 on Foxtel - all my favourite shows from the 90's and beyond!! After overloading on these sitcoms i began to realise how much I LOVE the 90's. Well, its not like its a revelation, more a....reminder? It was like a trip down memory lane. Nostalgia to the max. I LOVE listening to Mix 106.5, including Love Song Dedications, just because they play (or used to...) play the classics from when I grew up. As of late they have been playing more new age pop crap which is ok, but the 90's sh*ts on it hard (excuse my French). Just recently a friend of mine put together a compilation of all these songs that took us on a trip down memory lane. It was very comprehensive, but even looking back on it now, there are soooo many more hits that could have been added. I believe the 90's was a decade full of one hit wonders. LOVE IT.

Here are a few that didn’t make the cut but are still 90's classics:


One other thing I LOVED or LOVE about the 90's is the fashion! Short high-waisted mini skirts, leotards (more late-80's/early 90's), high waisted pants, vests, stockings, clumpy shoes, kitten heals, power suits, voluminous hair, those clothes which could only be compared to the likes of tapestries, maxis with awesome patterns, COLOURS everywhere!....and then late 90's with the long skirts, crazy twisted hair styles, straight hair, short hair,  funky colours (a bit psychedelic at times), when everyone didn't wear bra's (NO idea how that came along but I SWEAR for about half of the Friends seasons Rachel didn’t wear support...not that she needed it =P).......oh how I wish I had the courage to wear all this now.

But when you read back on it, we actually DO wear half the stuff listed there, just in a different way, or a different cut. Slightly altered to fit what is "acceptable" or seen fashionable in this day and age. Anyways, again, not exactly a revelation, but an interesting thing to note =).

Friends is shown on channel 111 constantly, and from watching these episodes, interspersed with Frasier, and Sex and the City (which is more in the 00's than the other two and way more out there with the fashion), I realised I would have loved to be a 20 something year old in the 90's.



Look at those clumpy shoes!! Hahahaha



I <3 THE 90'S!!!!

(Image Source: Google)

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Crazy American Chocolate

So, I went to Sugar Fix at QVB, as you do, and I stumbled upon these.....only from America =P.




Well, the peanut butter ones are awesome. But the other two are questionable =P.

But these are totally justified. Existence cannot be questioned. Er......good source of protein.....yea *shifty eyes*.


Yes, i did buy them all. Purely for research purposes. Ahem.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls

Hi peeps. Im feeling not so well today due to one too many glasses of wine at my friend's 21st last night =S Needless to say it was a lovely 21st, good fun (maybe a bit too much =P). So i've decided to post this recipe for Pork and Fennel Sausage rolls from the Bourke St Bakery Cookbook, just so you guys know i'm still alive. I made these for the Good Friday Picnic I went to 2 weeks ago. They turned out quite well and I LOVE the taste. Definitely making these again =). Enjoy!!

Haha definitely not the world's best food photographer =P.

Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls
Recipe from the Bourke St Bakery Cookbook by Paul Allam & David Macguinness


Ingredients
1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 & 1/2 tbs (40g) fennel seeds, finely chopped (how on earth you chop these i have no idea, i just ground mine, maybe you could use pre-ground fennel)
4 thyme sprigs, leaves picked (i only had dried thyme at home, so i just added ad lib =P i would suggest sticking to the recipe haha)
150g brown onion, finely chopped
150g celery, finely chopped
150g carrot, finely chopped
1.2 kg of lean minced pork (the fattier version would add more flavour i would imagine)
40g breadcrumbs
1 tbs (20g) salt
3 tsp (15g) white pepper
Puff pastry (I used about 5 store brought sheets)
Egg wash (1 egg and 1/4 cup of milk)
Fennel seeds for sprinkling

Method
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the fennel and thyme and stir for 1 minute (until aromatic). Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes, until onions are browned. Add the carrots and cook for 20 minutes, until mushy (mine didn't really go 'mushy', more soft...). Remove from heat and allow to cool.


2. Place pork mince in a large bowl and add the cooled vegetable mixture, salt, breadcrumbs and white pepper. Using your hands, mix the meat forcefully for 3 minutes to combine.


3. Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle (or lay out your store bought puff pastry sheets). Pre-heat the oven to 200C (or 400F)

4. Divide the filling mixture onto the puff pastry. I just formed long sausages to the thickness I liked and placed them on the sheets. Roll them up and use the egg wash (all the egg wash ingredients mixed together) to seal them. Cut the sausage rolls into the size you like. Place them on baking paper lined trays and brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with fennel seeds (I didn't do this to all of them because i think the flavour is too overpowering).
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 190C (375F) and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.


Mmmm yummaaayy
All gone!!
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