30 December 2009

Living by the sea...

I had NO idea this place would change so much over Summer when I moved here in September this year.
  1. Our local plaza has opened what seems like a 'Holiday Shop' stocking necessary items such as magazines, chips, sunscreen and blow up beach toys
  2. We now have to ride our bicycles EVERYWHERE as driving takes far too long (planning a movie at the drive-in soon, we'll call it the ride-in)
  3. It's acceptable to wear bikinis/boardshorts at anytime in any place
  4. Swimming in the sea is like swimming in a public pool
  5. People park their Land Rover Discoveries in the garage and drive their Mini Moke's instead
  6. Every house on our street had put their bin out for kerbside collection
  7. The carnival AND circus is in town! 
But it's still a beautiful place to live... just really really busy.

29 December 2009

Rich Hazelnut Fruit Cake...

I made this cake for Christmas hoping to please both traditional Christmas Cake lovers and haters... and it worked! This cake is very dense and moist, it is full of fruit, nuts and has a chocolate flavour.
No glace cherries either!!
It can be made up to 6 months ahead (I made it a month ago).

2 1/3 C sultanas
2 1/4 C chopped raisins
1 1/2 C chopped seeded dates
1 1/4 C chopped seeded prunes
2 T raspberry jam, warmed, seived
2/3 C Franjelico
185g butter, chopped
1/3 C Nutella
1 C firmly packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1 3/4 C plain flour
1/4 C cocoa powder
1 t ground nutmeg
1 t ground cinnamon
1 C roasted hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 C Franjelico, extra (for pouring over)

Combine fruit, jam, liquor in a large bowl, cover, stand at room temperature overnight or up to one week.
Line base and side of deep 18cm square cake tin with about 3 layers of baking paper, bringing it up 5cm above tin.
Beat butter, Nutella and sugar in a bowl until just combined. Add egss, one at a time, beating until just combined between additions. Stir butter mixture with fruit mixture along with sifted dry ingredients and nuts.
Spread mixture in to prepared tin.
Bake in slow oven for about 3.5 hours.
Brush hot cake with extra Franjelico.
Cover hot cake with foil; allow to cool in pan.


Extracted from The Australian Women's Weekly - The Christmas Book.

28 December 2009

MoniKa with a K...

Monika's mother has always spun wool, so it was only natural for her to pursue something creative involving beautiful linens, natural fibres, vintage fabrics and wooden buttons... walking in to Monika's Wednesday stall in Mornington is like walking in to a natural wonderland. A large red 'K' stands outside and her wares sit in front of hessian lined walls.
In the Summer months you'll find adorable one of a kind hair clips, zip pouches, aprons, pillows, knitted softies, back packs, felt journals, head bands and big roomy sling bags. In Winter her line changes slightly and she adds hand knitted clothing and baby blankets but the pièce de résistance: her mother hand spins wool as part of the stall.
You can find Monika on her stool, making hair clips every Wednesday outside Fat Williams, Main Street, Mornington from 9am to 3pmish.

10 December 2009

12 totes...

Just sent these totes off to the lovely Local Shop in Northcote!
Check out the tote at the front, the map of Australia seems to be missing ACT.
Local Shop is at 262 High Street, Northcote VIC Ph: 03 9489 8651

01 December 2009


A couple of weekends ago I had a little stall at the Dromana Primary School Christmas Market...
The night was a total fizzer and my stall looked exactly the same at the end of the night as it did at the start.

Oh well.