Thursday, January 31, 2013

Domestic Stuff.

 Garden's a wreck. It's going to take a lot more than 20 minutes of mindless pruning to sort it out. 
I may have to call in a Professional.
 Baked an almond and cherry tart
 And baked an apricot shortcake for my friend C who was flooded.
I got the recipe from a tin of apricot halves and it was excellent. I always trust a recipe on a tin. Because you know it's been tested and it's going to work. Grease and flour a loaf tin  and put the oven at 170 fan forced or 190 otherwise. Mix 100g butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 and 1/2 cups of self raising flour, and some vanilla. The batter is pretty stiff but don't panic- it needs to be sufficiently load bearing to handle the apricots. Shove the fruit on top. I added almond flakes. Sprinkle the top with 2 tbsp of sugar.Cook for 30 minutes then take out and cover with alfoil for the last 30 minutes. 
I reckon it'd work well with quince, apples, nectarines, or plums and you could use walnuts macadamias or pecans instead of almonds. 
 and contributed in my own small way to the Flood Recovery by doing C's washing
 About 18 months ago I bought these little orange leather shoes on line for my little boy. Must have been the height of my orange obsession. 
He's just had his inaugural wearing and he looked adorable in them
 Shoving cuttings in everywhere? Me too. 
Fingers and toes my cordylines pentas geraniums and gingers strike.
 Watched Nigelissima tonight. She's so beautiful to look at. Cannot wait to make that attractive yogurt cake. 
Anything nice planned for Friday? I'm meeting the Twins to talk necklaces and then I've got a Birthday Party.
Cheerio.
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29 comments:

  1. THanks for the recipe ! I'll try it with plums tomorrow as bought far to many to make Brigie's chilli plum jam... but now can't be bothered and don't have enough jars.... mores the pity...
    as you were..
    M x x x x

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  2. Will definitely try the apricot shortcake, sounds and looks scrummy. Love Baby FF's orange shoes - so very cute! I'm decluttering tomorrow.

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  3. FF,
    The orange shoes are killer.

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    1. How very kind of you to help out the flooded Orphanage mom by doing her laundry! This weekend going to the "big" city with my daughter for a getaway!

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  4. I too love orange. I even have an orange leather couch (which sounds crazy) that is sleek and modern in my living room. I am building a new house and the primary color for my kitchen: orange!

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  5. Nigelissima was great, luff that show. I want to make that yoghurt cake too, and the tiramisu! Hope you can pull the garden back into order. I was thinking about venturing into unfamiliar territory and starting a herb garden. Any tips you might have are welcome!

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  6. That book under your Chanel nail polishes is beautiful, isn't it? (If it's the one about Balenciaga and Givenchy .) The page design is supreme. x

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  7. Love the Orange Big Boy shoes! In the US, our shortcake is a lot like that recipe, but we don't cook it with the fruit. We split it open and spoon cold fruit that has macerated in sugar. (And, if truth be told - the addition of Grand Marnier.) Then add whipped cream or ice cream. I'll try your recipe for my Mah Jong group and tell them it's Faux Shortcake.

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  8. Yes to orange shoes, Nigella and apricots, and a big wow to flowers that are growing in January.

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  9. I do love an apricot shortcake - I do a Women's Weekly recipe - but you can't beat the recipes on packets! The salad on the packet of Chang's crispy noodles is the best ever.

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  10. Those little shoes are adorable- love nigella, cannot get over how beautiful she is. Must buy the book.

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  11. Ooooh love the shoes. I love Nigella too. That shortcake looks delish. Tinned fruit always reminds me of my dad. He used to make us tinned peaches in syrup with cornflakes and cream for pudding when we were little.

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  12. I'm off to the coalface today and tomorrow so enjoy your day knowing some of us are JEALOUS.
    Nigela is gorgeous.
    Those shoes are so cute
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  13. Today's my birthday! Yay! Lunch with darling hubs, coffee with friend, dinner with another friend, staying overnight at my niece's then an early flight to Melbourne for the weekend with my gorgeous daughter! So looking forward to it
    Have a great weekend too! Love the boy's shoes, sweet!
    Judy xx

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  14. Nigella is gorgeous in that silver screen goddess kind of way. I lust after her kitchen and pantry.

    The FF garden snippets always look great, hiring in some help like shop bought pastry cases isn't shameful. Plus think of being able to sit back and enjoy some else's hard work. I bet nigella has someone tend her backyard.

    Friday is big day we have orientation morning at baby T's daycare then lunch at a friends new house.



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  15. Oh my lord, those little shoes, I die over the adorable! Cute :)

    Apricot shortcake sounds delectable right now.

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  16. Oh my god I forgot Nigella was on. I must have been very distracted It's usually my highlight. recipe looks excellent.

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  17. The orange shoes are gorgeous. I'd love the recipe for the cherry and almond tart, that sounds amazing. I'm too scared to head into my garden due to two recent mouse sightings. I am working on conquering my fear....albeit more slowly than I would like.

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  18. Council will be collecting green waste from Monday so we have a big weekend of cutting up storm-related branches and fallen trees and assembling them on the kerb. Not fun but sadly necessary. My Dad has lived in Brisbane for all of his 70 odd years and says he's never seen weather as fierce. Here's hoping for calmer days ahead..

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  19. Remember just to 'talk' (not buy) necklaces with the twins today.....after all it is FRUGAL FEBRUARY and I'm a joiner. Does coffee and cake for afternoon tea with my husband break the rules??

    Today is decluttering and baking day for me - inspired by you of course!

    Love the orange shoes on little FF.

    Best Regards,
    Lorraine E
    xx

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  20. Nigella is such a Saucy Minx. In a good way.
    Luffing the orange shoes on the bubba. He is going to be one stylish little fella.
    Nothing much on this weekend, recovering from work, Jetlag (came back a week ago from Cuba), and have a little lurgy.
    Perhaps a movie? Zero Dark Thirty? Some curry? May action a banana cake and some decluttering.
    BUT very excited about the Melbourne food and Wine festival. Just booked a french dinner for me and the fella, Manu Fiedel and Phillipe Mouchel will be cooking.
    Melb Food and Wine Festival! Run, don't walk, FF! :D
    Cilla xx

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  21. We have just bought an electric hedge trimmer and it is wonderful. What took an hour just takes 5 minutes.

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  22. Oh god! I just realized that Frugal Feb starts TODAY!

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  23. Hi FF,

    I've been meaning to drop and let you know I wrote about your blog on a uni discussion board this evening. Am back studying after one zillion years exactly and in one of my writing subjects we had to briefly write about our favourite blog. I know, I shouldn't have. Sorry if this takes up too much room here but I thought you might like to hear what I had to say.

    Nx

    Back when I was writing my own blog there were a number of other ones I followed like a convert. Now, I rarely drop into Bloggington (what I’ve officially named the blogging world), it's sad but true. When I do, there's only one blog I'm faithful to and it is http://fauxfuchsiastyle.blogspot.com.au

    In the bluthogger's (does my blogger/author hybrid work?) own words, "she never said it was a blog about world peace" and it isn't. That’s why I like it. It's one woman's journal of the parts of her life she is willing to share with the cyberworld. It’s nice and light, so it feels like entertainment when I'm reading it. Comfort food for the weekend mind. It's funny and quite often witty. She has a particular vernacular that frequently makes me chuckle. She doesn't love things, she "luffs" them, 11/10. She luffs fashion and all things Jackie O, who she refers to as "our Leader". She coifs her own hair into a ponytale modelled on ye old Karl Lagerfeld. "The universe directs her to bake” so she does, all sorts of amazeball goodies. She reads a lot, she gets out a lot and her friends and family mean a lot. She loves travel and has loads of interesting stories from back in the day when she was tripping the light fantastic. She calls her workplace "the coalface" and is the most vibrantly dressed solicitor I’ve ever seen, it's glorious technicolour stuff, though I can’t really say I know what she looks like as she crops all her pictures just below her eyes. It's a privacy thing. Respect. What I do know is that she is mad for Christmas and good grooming, and don’t get her started on chipped nail polish. She’ll "run, not walk” in the other direction.

    It may not be your cup of tea but it is mine and a gazillion others too I might add. I’ve heard her following referred to as cult. Jackie have mercy.

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  24. Hi FF,

    Man, I hope this is not the second time you're having to read this but couldn't tell if it posted the first time so am back for another shot. Had to write about our favourite blog in uni discussion forum this week and thought I'd drop by and show you what I had to say about mine :)

    Nx


    Back when I was writing my own blog there were a number of other ones I followed like a convert. Now, I rarely drop into Bloggington (what I’ve officially named the blogging world), it's sad but true. When I do, there's only one blog I'm faithful to and it is http://fauxfuchsiastyle.blogspot.com.au

    In the bluthogger's (does my blogger/author hybrid work?) own words, "she never said it was a blog about world peace" and it isn't. That’s why I like it. It's one woman's journal of the parts of her life she is willing to share with the cyberworld. It’s nice and light, so it feels like entertainment when I'm reading it. Comfort food for the weekend mind. It's funny and quite often witty. She has a particular vernacular that frequently makes me chuckle. She doesn't love things, she "luffs" them, 11/10. She luffs fashion and all things Jackie O, who she refers to as "our Leader". She coifs her own hair into a ponytale modelled on ye old Karl Lagerfeld. "The universe directs her to bake” so she does, all sorts of amazeball goodies. She reads a lot, she gets out a lot and her friends and family mean a lot. She loves travel and has loads of interesting stories from back in the day when she was tripping the light fantastic. She calls her workplace "the coalface" and is the most vibrantly dressed solicitor I’ve ever seen, it's glorious technicolour stuff, though I can’t really say I know what she looks like as she crops all her pictures just below her eyes. It's a privacy thing. Respect. What I do know is that she is mad for Christmas and good grooming, and don’t get her started on chipped nail polish. She’ll "run, not walk” in the other direction.

    It may not be your cup of tea but it is mine and a gazillion others too I might add. I’ve heard her following referred to as cult. Jackie have mercy.

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  25. Your apricot tart looks divine. Have a happy weekend! xx

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  26. Would love to use some of my stash of frozen poached quince to make the shortcake . Do you have to cream the butter and sugar ? How many mls in a British yoghurt carton, do you reckon ? GOD BLESS YOUR BLISSFUL BLOG !!!

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  27. I love your recipes FF and I do agree anything on a packet or a tin invariably works wonderfully.
    Good on you for helping out with the flood clean up. This country is just crazy at the moment. After swealtering for weeks it is now cold and windy in Canberra, madness.

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  28. FF, I love all of your recipes! Have a good weekend xxx

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