I am need of real water today. The kind that sustains life in every way….like the woman at the well. Do you ever forget to drink? Drink the 2 litres we all should and don’t. For me the temptation to have another coffee is too great…How are you doing?
At the end of a day I cook and we eat together as a family 90 percent of the time. This helps me unwind. I have a great husband who helps with the menial stuff and easily does his 50% at home. When the day is done I pretty much always pray and kind of review what has gone on in my day and thank God for my amazing, blessed life.
I have been fortunate to have formed a creative partnership with this gorgeous friend of mine, Jasmine Mansbridge. With only three more sleeps until the opening of her new exhibition at Hope & Co I thought it would be good to share this interview we did.
I am always keen to understand the ideas and inspiration that drive creative people. But as a woman who juggles a busy family life, friends and faith there are other questions too that provide an interesting picture of the artist herself. Enjoy reading part 1.
On my last trip to the city I loved exploring The Essential Ingredient in Prahran. How many muffin and cake paper cases does one girl need? I was strong and didn’t buy any on this occasion. Such a great essential for Christmas baking. I took some photos instead……
I have been working on a little sewing project for a friend. This has been taking place behind the scenes of family life for months now and I am so excited that it is almost ready to be revealed here. It involves art and fabric and an exhibition. So stay tuned this week for more information.
But just for a little sneak peak at the project I thought I would share some of my inspiration. I was writing about my own creative endeavours and what influences my ideas. Denyse Schmidt has been very important over the last few years. She creates and breaks the rules about colour, pattern, texture and placement. And so do I. When my sewing lines are not straight and I use the natural curve and shape of a garment in a new project, it breaks conventions. Freedom!
This is an image from one of her workshops in the US.
I have to share this today, so you have something to make over the weekend for lunchbox treats. Many of you will know that I have had a bit of a ‘thing’ for healthy lunchbox treats and have trialled many muesli bar style recipes. Some have been good, but this one is great….and easy. I made mine with cranberries, hazelnut meal and some dark chocolate…so strictly not all that healthy but fabulous!
These are actually called breakfast bars, by my favourite domestic goddess…Nigella. But if you want to just print and bake follow the steps below and enjoy! I am sure there are new ideas you can create from the one base recipe. Let me know what you come up with.
Feeding the family is often a fairly pedestrian task. Making food and getting it to the table in the midst of work and school and extra curricula activities. So last weekend after a week of holiday we had enough head space to come up with this idea – a world tour at our table. So the kids put together a list of countries they liked and we randomly drew one out of our ‘magic’ bag. China.
So the challenge this week has been to cook Chinese food. Ordinarily this should not be such a challenge. My father is Chinese. He came to Australia, met my Australian mother, taught her all he knew about Chinese cooking and once she had mastered it he promptly “forgot”. So Mum has been such an inspiration when it comes to food during my life. She has now started to teach my children. But the more complicated Chinese dishes I know are not amongst my quick, easy stand by recipes.
In spite of that, this week we have enjoyed Steamed Ginger fish, Hoi Sin Chicken, Wonton Noodles and a feast. Now this feast was essentially prepared and cooked by my eldest children. The highlight amongst the four dishes they made was satay prawns ( a Women’s Weekly Chinese Cookbook staple). They have learnt the process of good Chinese food preparation and how to work the wok, the line up of ingredients and most essential – to wash up as you go. Delicious.
I wonder where we will go next week!