Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday tidbits

I survived THE birthday.

I made a cake for THE birthday, which was absolutely scrumptious,  but I didn't exactly go all out on the presentation and I forgot to buy candles or decorations for it, so had to make do with what was on hand. I don't think I scored many points for chef of the year yesterday. She asked for "the" coconut cake, which is an Australian Women's Weekly recipe, at least it tasted really really good. I love how this photo turned out, even though the icing looks really awful. I think a couple of younger people may have sampled some of it as I'm sure it didn't look quite that bad earlier.

Here's a photo of me trying to look fabulous in the kitchen and trying to make the cake without clearing a nice big space on the bench/countertop beforehand, like most sensible sane people would do. 
Bitchypoo thought it would be good to have some overhead shots, a la TV cooking shows, lol.  They also show my new hair colour.  Much lighter!!!!!!

In other culinary news, Kirsten from  Kirsten's Cooking recently posted a recipe, Grilled Veggie Sandwiches.  I had lots of lovely veggies in the fridge so roasted them and made this for lunch the other day.  It was wonderful, and it's so versatile, I used purple carrots, zucchini, carrots, capsicum, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes basil pesto and mozzarella. Next time I'm going to try it with feta. If you click on the link above it will take you to the recipe.

That's purple carrot hanging out of the left side, on top of the normal colour carrot.

Unfortunately it's full of vegies, and they have to be cut up, so I know someone who won't be making it, he he he.

I have been occasionally attempting quilting the Strawberries and Champagne quilt.  I haven't made much head way with this, the pebble quilting takes me forever, but I'm very happy with how it's coming along.  Don't hold your breath for a quick finish on this one. I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to quilt the rest of it, between the circles. Sorry about the crappy photo, but it's really not that exciting yet and not particularly worthy of a lovely photo at this stage.

I've also been making a few pinwheels using two charm packs, one of Martinique and one of Oasis.  They are quite pretty but most of the prints are of similar value so it may or may not look great once I've put it all together. Individually the pinwheel blocks are cute, so we will just have to wait and see.


  1. I do wonder why on earth masterchef needs to do all those overhead shots. I get a bit seasick watching them - I suppose it's camerasick really but it's the same thing. Your hair colour looks really nice in them though.

  2. Hair looks great, as does the veggie burger. I love those things but can't be bothered slicing, roasting, I'm just too lazy. The pebbles look great - all the RMQ practice is paying off! I like the mix of different sized pebbles, more interesting than all the same size IMHO.

  3. Was BitchyPoo standing on the kitchen bench to get those shots or perhaps a set of step ladders lol? New hair looks fabulous and I agree - pebble quilting takes forever - but so worth it.

    So glad the birthday celebrations went well and many happy returns to BitchyPoo xxx

  4. Love your hair color...and absolutely adore your pebble quiltung..amazing!!!

  5. Ditto on the hair color and the pebbles. I haven't done the grilled veggie sandwich yet, but I am being enticed.

    Were you going to use sashing on the pinwheels? Pinwheels are my absolute favorite.

  6. Happy Birthday Bitchy. ( I feel really bad everytime I call her that) especially when it's so close to her birthday.

    Tell BP I love the overhead shots. Very artisitc. You lookd pretty great in them -just like a real masterchef. And I think the cake looks wonderful.

    Lurve the pebbles. They look mighty fine. Stop looking at little bits of that quilt and visualise the whole thing. It's going to rock.

    I may just make that vegetable thing of Kirsten's to spite you. Wanna come over and help me chop the vegies?

  7. You look the real deal in the kitchen. I'm glad you survived it all. Love your pinwheels the fabric is so pretty.

  8. Oh b'day prep looks great. Love the cake shot and the overhead shots do look very professional! Nice to see you! :-)

  9. You have been a busy bee. I so want to eat that Birthday cake! It looks amazing, Yum! Great shots of you looking like a celebrity chef! Lots of lovely sewing too , Im impressed by your pebbles, I find them really tricky. I like your pin wheels, all dreamy and beautiful.

  10. we are so similar marg....this made me laugh...i am so bad at the detail and finishing touches...i just dont think of all the twiddly bits...and i am famous for starting cooking in a tiny uncleared bit of the work surface.....by the way, youngest is in noosa and having a ball. she tells me the weather and place is wonderful. lucky you x

  11. Lots of tastiness going on for THE birthday.

    Love how the pebbling looks!

  12. Hope THE birthday was a success, the cake looked good.

    I really like those pebbles, are they hard??? they look it :-)

    had a good chuckle about the chopping of vegetables comment Hee Hee :-)


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