Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hello.

Because I've never met a Sequin I couldn't connect emotionally with, when I found this $14 top arrangement, Reader, I purchased it quick smart. It borrowed heavily from the school of Malene Birger. 
Anyway Happy Australia Day! We're not having our Traditional BBQ until Monday.
All this rain's conducive to baking bread rolls
And rain proof hairstyles are Essential
The garden's pretty happy
To make the rolls I use the Defiance Flour recipe, and so should you because it fool proof, Fool Proof I tell you. Mix 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cups of warm water, a packet of dry yeast, an egg, 2 tbsp of either melted butter or vegetable oil, 2 tsp of caster sugar, a half full of love and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover it with glad wrap. Let it rise (I like to balance it on top of the dehumidifier which is warm to speed the process- feel free to use a heater or any other hot appliance), punch it down, shape it into roll shapes, let it rise again and shove it into a 220 degree oven for abut 12 minutes. I like to brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle them with Maldon sea salt before I whack them in the oven but you don't have to.
 Voila! Hello Darlings.
 I asked Mrs Danvers and Consuela to change the sheets and make the beds but because they are Fictitious and deadset lazy I had to do the whole thing myself. Dammit.
 I don't know about the rest of you but I spend about 76% of my time at home putting things away, wiping up spills, washing filthy things and cleaning up non-specific mess.
Glamorous it isn't.
 Met the Girls for lunch yesterday. Here's Old Lotus:
And last night we went to a sort of "Despiriting" of an Old Spooky house that may have been haunted. A priest gave a blessing so all should be well. Fingers and Toes.
 Figs are retailing for $14.99 a kilo!!! I know. Happy Times. So this was our lunch:
Remember how back in the day the Baby used to live in an Exclusive Gated Community, 
population 1?
Well those days are over. Mr FF took the gate down today and we're moving it Elsewhere.
Look, All Gone:
 Speaking of Old Mr FF, he's whipping up a sort of ragu arrangement with pork bones and lots of other tricky little things. It smells fantastic.
 Happy Australia Day. Where ever you are.
What are you doing to celebrate? And more importantly, what are you eating?
Tell Aunty FF Everything.
xxxxxx

83 comments:

  1. Pizza and bread rolls look delicious. Oh to be invited to a party at a spooky house. Looks very glam for all the spookiness though. Happy Australian Day, and maybe we can look forward to a barbecue post?
    Love barbecue.

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  2. My birthday is on Monday, so I can't help think that the Birthday celebrations start today :) Butterflied herb and garlic chicken will be front and centre on the BBQ tonight with roast potatoes and a salad, all washed down with a bottle of Chandon Sparkling :)

    V x

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  3. I had friends over for dinner last night. My friend Lauren brought her 4.5 yr old and in the past (only months ago and for years past) she used to arrive at the door, rush past me and collect all my glass and other breakables moving them to higher ground. Now she just arrives and says hello entering like any other person. It must be good to have your gate down.

    For my dinner party last night I made Fusilli with Artichoke Pesto & Pangrattato and Italian Bread & Tomato Salad. For dessert Nigella's One-Step No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream in a brioche bun. My friend Ronald declared it the best meal I ever served him and he's here about once a month for dinner.

    I haven't made bread with yeast since I was a teenager but I should get to it.

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    1. Lauren so funny but a good guest in her own way.

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    2. Lauren so funny but a good guest.

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    3. start baking with yeast you will NOT regret it! x

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    4. Lu it was so funny and a little disconcerting too.

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  4. Made lamingtons and ate millions of them. Doing Nigellas butterflied balsamic lamb thing tonight. I'm sickof the filth on the floor so am buying a steam mop tomorrow. fingers and toes it helps.

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    1. my steam mop broke- I should get a new one too...I miss it x

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  5. That ol' Mr FF is such a keeper. xx

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  6. BBQ at the neigbhours lime and chilli chicken on the BBQ home made meat pies, beautiful salads and pavlova for dessert.
    Had to move from the verandah to indoors due to the torrential rain blowing in from the east.

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  7. Dear Ms FF, Happy Australia Day to you too! It is bucketing down here - very welcome as the countryside looked parched. I love the name, "Defiance Flour" - one imagines there must have been a good story. We celebrated Australia Day by boosting the economy - we bought two couches, an ottoman/coffee table arrangement and cushions (heeding your directive TNKUC). It is hailing now and I had better rescue Mr LiC who is taking a tent down in the garden before it blows to Bungendore. love Lindaxxx

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    1. furniture sounds excellent!

      I loathe hail- good luck x

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  8. Fresh Australian prawns, thousand island dressing and beer for Mr Sans and bubbles for me. A dip in the pool. Can it get anymore Aussie?

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    1. Thanks for the affirmation, FF.

      Love your sequins. Can't bedazzle enough for Australia Day.

      And I forgot. Lamingtons with fresh cream and jam for desert with a cup of tea (not coffee, of course). And listening to the Hottest 100.

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  9. I am so envious of all the Australia Day BBQ action, and even more so of that 2002 Pol! I bet it was spectacular!! It's just tipped over to Australia Day here in the 'Couv, so while it's the 26th for all of us - Happy Australia Day from me to you!!

    Love,
    Buphee
    xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Dear Buphee

      Happy Australia Day!!! We miss you!! The 2002 was v. special!

      miss you xxx

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  10. Hi FF Happy Australia Day to you and your family!
    We have had fresh snapper, mash, garlic beans and other veges for dinner. Yummo!
    Judy xx

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    1. yum sounds wonderful, I luff snapper x

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  11. I've tried the defiance recipe before but my bread rolls came out like rocks. Wonder where I went wrong? Maybe I forgot the half full of love.

    Today we ate bbq Fauxorrocan Chicken and salad as a picnic on the beach.


    How cute does tiny baby FF look locked in behind the gate. Garden looks lush and quenched.

    Every time I see your new necklace I think 'chunk and shine'. Its amazing. Is it comfy to wear?

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    1. so comfy!!!! I luffed chunk and shine as a phrase x

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  12. We had people over for lunch. R did most of the cooking, he made meatballs with dried figs and yogurt and other things, fattoush (sp?), lentil/rice onion ring thing, and roasted beetroot dip. I made chicken filo pastry roll things... ladyfingers. They were deepfried. And some pork souvlaki. They just left.

    I think I would prefer the baby's gated community, because I'm unsure about gated communities but I know I like the baby.

    Would like more information re haunted house? for example what was happening prior to blessing etc.

    Rest of weekend: tomorrow going out for breakfast and seeing Django Unchained, can't see self doing much else.

    Enjoy the long weekend X

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  13. * also- your breadmaking makes me happy. My dad used to make fresh bread every morning and occasionally buns. Those were the days

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  14. pretty please aunty FF post the fig almond tart recipe. xx

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  15. I have a spooooky presence in my house (not quite a ghost). Sometimes when I am sitting at the computer, I can feel "something" behind me, and sort of touch me on the shoulder and I get all goose-bumpy and chilly. I've tried speaking to it (to attempt to bore it away), but nothing. Its bloody creepy.

    Australia Day feast of Tom Yum and a fireworks viewing are on offer in my house tonight.

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    1. you need a priest and some vintage champagne!

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  16. Pol Roger 2002 - what a good way to settle a restless spirit.
    Faux mexican is on the menu for tonight's dinner.
    Isn't the grey, rainy weather a welcome change from the retina burning sunshine and blue skies? Yes,only an Australian could complain about too much sunshine-Happy Australia Day.

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  17. Sequins - there are simply not enough of them in Chez 'Abulous. We acknowledged all that is great about the wide brown land by snacking on lamingtons the size of house bricks.

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  18. We've come to Launceston because mum was doing a lamb roast. Only 76%......what's your secret?! Rx

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    1. I only sleep for a few moments at night. Between 6 pm and 11 pm when I get home from work 76% of my time is spent cleaning crap up.......xxxx

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    2. I long for sleep....almost every waking moment is spent on domestic duties & still my children get in the car without shoes & unbrushed hair! Keen

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    3. Oops....iphone tricky....keen to share tips! Rx

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  19. Happy Australia Day FF! Thanks for the shout out last post (hope you got my handwritten sequinned embellished thank you card). Glad to hear the garden is so happy and that you are embracing a rain proof hair style. Just heard on E- news that Vanity Fair are running a best dressed challenge for mortals- Judging by that $14 sequin top arrangement, they may as well already announce you as the winner. http://www.vanityfair.com/best-dressed-challenge#gallery (seriously, I think you can win this!)

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    1. got the card!!! so funny re the VF shoutout.

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  20. I will happily come and change sheets for you (I am a clean-freak Virgo who as a child volunteered to do the dishes because I enjoyed it, I'm sure my mother took advantage of this), if in exchange you will feed me freshly baked bread, ragu, and those little raspberry tartlets from the Dehaunting - they look so pretty!

    My house is celebrating 'Straya Day drinking Amaretto sours (essentially Amaretto with sour mix ice cubes, so more of an Amaretto slushy really) and eating chocolate dipped strawberries. Have a fab BBQ on Monday - hope it doesn't rain!

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    1. luff an amaretto sour. If you've been reading since 2009 you will recall they are my cocktail of choice. I have a Virgo rising which explains my loathing of mess and squalor xxx

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  21. Hi FF
    Sydney siders on holiday in Noosa with 6 yo daughter enduring tropical cyclone conditions but making the best of it, doing the usual holiday things but accompanied by driving rain. On the upside have read 2 books since arriving on Thurs. Battening down the hatches tomorrow. Flying home on Monday weather permitting. Hope you stay dry.
    Carolyn

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  22. I love your $14 top and absolutely adore the green necklace. I always covet it when it's featured on your blog!

    We had a yummy Chinese meal at our fav local restaurant (which makes deliciously clean, fresh and light Chinese food). San Choy Bow and honey and pepper king prawns. Perfect! Followed by a peanut butter Lindt ball... and watching the Australia Day fireworks display from the window of our spare room (in my PJ's).

    I hope Monday is glorious for your BBQ!

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  23. We had a tom kha gai not very Australian but then what is these days??? perfect soup though for this weather xxx

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  24. For lunch, we had home made sausage rolls, salad, assorted nibbles, sparkling shiraz and beer by the beach.

    Not very Australian but dinner was shrimp po'boys and sweet iced tea (going through a deep south phase!)

    Everyone's meals sound delicious!

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  25. We visited my parents farm, ate roast lamb with Nigella's crunchy potatoes, and patted some donkey's ( I kid you not). Not very glam but fun none the less :)

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  26. We visited my parents farm, ate roast lamb with Nigella's crunchy potatoes and patted some donkeys (I kid you not!). Not very glamorous but fun none the less :)

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  27. I'm suspicious this post is specifically designed to torture me with the photos of copious alcohol and gluten based products I'm specifically banned from eating at the moment.

    I think I spend 98% of my time cleaning up after my personal demolition/ dirt creation crew. I don't get a lot else done in that remaining 2%, except collapse in a heap somewhere. xx

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  28. The gate has gone, what a rite of passage, sweet freedom for the boy!
    I wipe all day long, I can't bear a dirty surface or a single stain, I drive everyone nuts with my overly clean ways.

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  29. Love partners that cook well!!

    I undertook a comparative study of my own cleanup hours and came up with a figure closer to 96%...interesting.

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  30. FF,
    Since we're still in the Ice Age in this Hemisphere, we're shoveling snow this morning in sub freezing temp. In my head I'm on a beach with an umbrella drink.

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  31. Due to miserable weather in Brisbane our BBQ was cancelled so we went to the Brewery at Newstead, then to some American joint where we got a kilo of buffalo wings for $10 (with blue cheese dipping sauce)...they were good but I wouldn't recommend to have it on a regular basis

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  32. Dear FF,

    Long time reader, first time poster. Have read your gushing about the Domestc Goddess and your cunning plan to procure Nigellissima pre Frugal Feb. I am pleased to report that you can gently ease yourself into frugality by picking up a copy of Ms Lawson's latest tome at Myer for the bargain basement price of $24.95. I myself secured a copy today. She is such a soothing presence at Casa Mea. Bon appetit!

    P.

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    1. P, I went rushing down to Myers as soon as I read your comment. There was nothing but an empty shelf, the faint smell of hairspray and a couple of sequins on the floor. I suspect some FF followers got there before me.

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    2. Hilarious! Such is my devotion to Nige that after being evacuated due to flooding on Sunday night, I rescued Nigellissima from its elevated post on Monday when back surveying the damage. I will read it like a novel until I have a kitchen again! Anyhow, the shelves may be bare but have you tried the virtual world? I've always had excellent service from Myer Online. Not the same as instant gratification but their delivery is prompt. Good luck!

      P.

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  33. Happy Australia Day! Some day will make it to your fair country. Hope the beehive gingers benefit from the rain-- love the snaps of those.

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  34. Happy Australia Day to you! We're finally getting some rain here so my garden is beginning to recover. (We've had weeks of cold DRY weather followed by warm DRY weather...it was getting Dire.) Like you, weekends and evenings are about housekeeping and chores. We still have a gate, but it's for confining dogs in the kitchen. I'll tell them they're living in an exclusive gated community.

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  35. Spending the long weekend at the beach and loving it even though it's a little cool (am in Victoria). Saw some beehive gingers in a flower arrangement today and thought of you!

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  36. Happy Australia Day!!! You are so much fun!! I especially LOVE the part about how you've never met a sequin you couldn't emotionally connect with!! Thanks so much for visiting by way of the loveliest Mai Tai! And so glad to find you!! :)

    xo, sam

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  37. Happy Australia Day! Love the sequins, you look glam as always xx

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  38. Our support systems can be either fictitious or lazy but not both.

    You crack me up.

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  39. I slow cooked shoulder of lamb and served it shredded with pomegranate and parsley and mint (a sort of Nigella arrangement) I don't think I'll eat lamb another way now
    It was Amazing! Served with roast potatoes and baby spinach salad. Pavlova and lamingtons for dessert.... yum....
    Skimama

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  40. Oh and have actioned some yeast baking this morning... Made cinnamon and date scrolls and will finish them off with maple syrup icing when they are out of the oven. Skimama

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  41. We had lamingtons from Jocelyns Provisions. Yum!

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  42. Hhhmn, my children have been complaining of seeing apparitions in the night - a person in a white nightie- and lights turning off- might have to borrow that priest!

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  43. Just saw the weather report for Brisbane and hope you and the FF family are OK.

    Lorraine E
    xx

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  44. Hi FF
    Were celebrating Australia Day Monday with a tradition barbeque.
    I have made a black- bottomed lemon meringue ice cream pie( so easy) out of the Delicious cook book my son gave me for Xmas.
    Looking forward too using my new cooking blow torch to brown tne merinque and hopefully not myself.
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  45. The spooky de-spiriting party looks fun! Good luck with the gate down, it's sad when they start to grow up isn't it. Loving the pix as usual FF xx

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  46. PS: We spent Australia Day driving through SE QLD on the way home from a so-called beach holiday, was so wet we'll resume it at another time. Thinking of you all in the rain FF, take good care xx

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  47. The garden is loving this rain. I, however, am over it.
    I am a much better mother when Toddler C and I can leave the house.
    As a result of severe cabin fever today, he ended up watching too much Peppa Pig and I ended up baking too many yogurt cakes.
    Let's hope for a break in the rain tomorrow.

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  48. Had to go Google up "lamingtons", as such a thing does not exist here in America (as far as I know). Looks delicious! One does learn a lot from this blog.

    ---Jill Ann

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  49. Very wise to take down the gate before they start climbing over it and chance getting an injury. I have made a pot of Chicken Sausage Chili for dinner. Chopped a ton of colorful peppers and now my fingers are burning. If I had dreamed how hot these peppers were, I would have worn my usual Jalapeno chopping rubber gloves.

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  50. Hello Madame FF, luff your work. Do be safe from the floods. They are not good for glamour, nail polish, cushions, sequins or humans.
    Stay fabulous.
    Cilla x

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  51. Faux, where did you get your beautiful rugs? They're magnificent.

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    1. a Charlston's auction in late 2004 they are Iranian x

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  52. I need your gate to keep me away from the drinks cabinet! Hope you had a good AD.

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  53. Lilian Harlow, where is this "clean, fresh Chinese food" you speak of? Please tell me it's in the Brisbane vicinity!

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