Wednesday 25 April 2012

    Salute to the sacred ANZAC biscuit

     

    It’s ANZAC Day in Australia :: Australian New Zealand Army Corps.

    I really should bake some ANZAC biscuits using Anthony’s award winning recipe

    ~ he won 2nd-prize at the Ekka in 2002!

     The story

    Made by women for their men serving in the WWI trenches, the brittle treat was designed to last the long boat journey to Europe. Where lesser baked goods would have failed, stale and crumbly are not in the vocabulary of the ANZAC biscuit. They are best slightly moist and without the six-month shipping period!

    Anthony’s Recipe

    1 cup plain flour
    1 cup rolled oats
    1 cup sugar (you can use less or substitute with brown sugar)
    3/4 cup desiccated coconut
    125g butter
    2 tbs golden syrup
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    Oven at 150-160.
    Combine flour, oats, coconut and brown sugar in a bowl.
    Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tbs water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
    Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
    Roll mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.
    Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

    {Images via 1. australian traveller & 2. bojon gourmet}

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    Monday 9 April 2012

    easter party

     

    A very pretty easter table with bunting, a bright cloth and enamel jugs filled with flowers – just add delicious sweets!

    {Image: Photographer Dan Duchars via House to Home}

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    Thursday 15 March 2012

    a tea party in the rain

     

    It’s a rainy day in Brisvegas.

    {Image via Photography Inspirations by Hayley}

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    Wednesday 7 March 2012

    HB2U, HB2U, HB2U

     

    It’s my birthday!

    And it has turned into a  birthday week with a series of rolling quality celebrations ~ lucky moi.

    I wonder if I hold onto those balloon strings will I float away in a cloud of gorgeous Dior perfume?

    Image: from the pretty Dior Campaign that was shot, directed and idealized by Sofia Coppola.

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    Monday 5 March 2012

    being in the moment

     

    Believe me ~ I haven’t turned my back on blogging. Sometimes life and being there for friends takes priority.

    Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 RTW

    {Image via Once things lookup}

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    Monday 20 February 2012

    I love MONA

     

    MONA – Museum of Old and New Art  :: on the banks of Hobart’s Derwent River in Tasmania, Australia.

    MONA is extraordinary ~ a place that once experienced can be addictive! For the best treatment centers for drug addiction, check this link. 

    David Walsh built it for everyone to enjoy and share his passion for Art.

    Built by art-lover and self-made-gambling-savant David Walsh,

    this privately funded museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art.

     

    {Image via Australian Design Review}

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    Monday 20 February 2012

    take me away :: barcelona, spain

     

    The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona has a history that dates back long, long ago—2000 years ago, in fact, with a spellbinding vibe of light, passion, culture and character.

    {Images via This is Glamorous}

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    Wednesday 8 February 2012

    snow in Rome

     

    Snowflakes falling in Rome and beyond ~ thinking of my Italian friends in the cold as I enjoy an Aussie summer!

    Italian snow scenes:  on February 4, 2012.

    The snow-covered dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, seen from a hill in northern Rome :: Snow surrounds the ancient Colosseum Rome :: A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm ::  A layer of snow caps the forest of openwork pinnacles and spires set upon the flying buttresses of Milan St. Ambrose’s Cathedral.

    {Images via The Atlantic ~ there are many great pics of the snowfalls across Europe.}

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    Wednesday 8 February 2012

    winter & horses

     

    Some lovely winter white horses from Vogue China, 2005.


    Capes and Coats
    Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
    Model: Carmen Kass

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    Monday 30 January 2012

    New York, New York

     

    New York has two beautiful Christmas tree traditions.

    Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

    The spectacular annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony signals the start of the Christmas season in New York City. The Christmas tree glitters with more than 30,000 multicoloured bulbs, attached by 5 miles of wiring.  This “Swarovski Star”, that has topped the tree since 2004 is 9.5 feet in diameter, was created by German artist Michael Hammers.

    The tree, usually a Norway spruce 69 to 110 feet tall, has been put up, with the exception of 1932, every year since 1931. The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony is loaded with live entertainment and a special performance on the Rockefeller Center’s famous ice rink.

    History ~ Although the official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933 (the year the 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened),the unofficial tradition began during the Depression-era construction of Rockefeller Center, when workers decorated a small 20 foot balsam fir tree with “strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans” on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1931, as recounted by Daniel Okrent in his history of Rockefeller Center. Some accounts have the tree decorated with the tin foil ends of blasting caps. There was no Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1932.

    The decorated Christmas tree remains lit at Rockefeller Center until the week after New Year’s Day, when it is removed and recycled for a variety of uses. In 2007, the tree went “green,” employing LED lights. After being taken down, the tree was used to furnish lumber for Habitat for Humanity house construction.

    Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art continues a long-standing Yuletide tradition tradition unveiled its time-honored Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Nativity scene, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world for 53 years.

    A vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene — embellished with 50 suspended 18th-century Neapolitan angels & cherubs, adorns the candlelit twenty-foot blue spruce.

    Typical of an Italian nativity, the scene boasts the ruins of a Roman temple, quaint houses and the procession of the three Magi. There are also the adoring shepherds, of course, followed by a crowd of peasants and townspeople and an assortment of animals — including sheep, goats, horses, a camel and an elephant.

    The annual christmas display is the result of the generosity, enthusiasm and dedication of the late loretta hines howard, who began collecting creche figures in 1925 and soon after conceived the idea of combining the roman catholic custom of elaborate nativity scenes with the tradition of decorated christmas trees that had developed among the largely protestant people of northern europe. The unusual combination was first presented to the public in 1957, when the metropolitan museum initially exhibited howard’s collection. More than 200 18th century creche figures were given to the museum by howard starting in 1964, and they have been displayed each holiday for more than 40 years.

    The towering tree, glowing with light, is adorned with delicate cherubs and some 50 gracefully suspended angels with perforated options here. The landscape at the base displays the figures and scenery of the neapolitan christmas crib. On other advertisements, checkout this health blog about these 4 signs.

    The display mingles teh three basic elements traditional in 18th century naples: the nativity, with adoring shepards and their flocks; the procession of the three magi and their exotically dressed retinue of asians and africans; and, most distinctively, a crowd of colourful townspeople and peasants. The theatrical scene is enhanced by a charming assortment of animals, sheep, goats, horses, camels, ans an elephant, and by background pieces serving as the dramatic setting for the nativity, including ruins of a roman temple, several quaint houses and typical italian fountain with a lion’s mask waterspout.

    Loretta Hines Howard, was an avid collector of Neapolitan figurines, first presented her Christmas display at the Met in 1957. Loretta’s daughter, Linn Howard, worked with her mother for many years on the installation, until Loretta’s death in 1982. This year, Linn’s daughter, Andrea Selby joins her mother in the family tradition.

    Dramatic tree lighting ceremonies take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 4:30 p.m. “It’s exquisite,” Trenton resident and environmental lawyer Roxeanne Jayne Bernstein said Tuesday. “It’s an amazingly beautiful thing to see.”


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