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Broccoli & Cheese Party Snacks

Now, I understand that broccoli is not necessarily something you think of when someone says “party snacks”, but trust me, these are yummy and a good dish to have if you are serving vegetarians (and don’t want to give them the same boring old hard-boiled eggs or carrot-sticks-with-dip type scenario).  Easy to make and easy to eat – what could be better?  Serve with a nice, rich tomato sauce for dipping.  Yum!

Ingredients

400g broccoli florets (blanched for 1 minute in boiling water and chopped finely)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese (but any cheese that you can grate would be fine)

3 spring onions, finely chopped

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

1 egg white

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Mix all of the above together in a large bowl until well combined.  I actually cheated and bunged the cheese, bread and spring onions all into a food processor so I didn’t have to grate and chop, but either way is fine 🙂  Take spoonfuls of mixture and form into ovals, roughly the size of two walnuts (hope that makes sense – I couldn’t think of anything else to compare them to!).  Bake on a tray in the oven at 200 c for approximately 20 minutes, turning over halfway through.  They should be nice and golden and holding their shape.  You could easily make them larger and flatter, to form a burger, if you wanted to perhaps serve them as a meal for dinner with a salad or other accompaniment.

Give them a try – they’re tasty and almost healthy (if you don’t think about the cheese!).  They actually have an almost meaty taste so your non-vego friends will like them too (and if they don’t, too bad – more for me!).

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

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Love the Moment

Hello everyone 🙂  I have been on leave for a couple of weeks and placed myself under a strict no crafting ban.  I knew if I got stuck into making things (and, therefore, making a mess) I would never get tidy and organised.  So I had two weeks of sorting and culling and making my home fit for human habitation.  My craft room was going to be last on the list as it is an area I close off anyway and doesn’t get seen unless I want it to!  Needless to say, it is still in a mess.  I just didn’t time to complete the tidy up in its entirety.  But the rest of the house looks good now.  I even had some visitors during my leave and I wasn’t embarrassed to have them in my space.

On my final two days, I let myself do some crafting.  I figured it was my reward for doing adult stuff like dusting and ironing (ugh!).  I started with this canvas – a freehand painting with acrylic paints.  I drew a design straight on to the canvas, which is something I don’t normally do and did not incorporate any paper or mixed media elements.  I decided to just go with the flow and not think about any of it too much.  The worst thing to do is start comparing your work to someone else, so I tried really hard to just enjoy the process, regardless of whether the finished piece was good or not.

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I was pleased with the final outcome.  I don’t mind that she’s got a big head and ridiculously long neck, or that her hair resembles a teddy bear hat.  I am just glad to have had a go and not fussed over it all too much.  I’m not normally brave enough to put a design straight on to the canvas, so this was new for me.  Normally I draw it out first and often draw and paint the person on a piece of paper, before cutting them out and gluing them to the canvas, after I’ve worked out the background.

I had some issues with the wording – it took me forever to decide on the words and I just couldn’t make anything work.  I had this “Loving the Moment” stamp that I had picked up in an op-shop, and it seemed to fit the space perfectly.  The design itself didn’t stamp out very well, due to the non-flat nature of the canvas, so I had to fill it in afterwards, but it looks ok.  I’m not sure exactly what “moment” she is loving (best not to ask a lady these things!) but I’m going to say it’s representational of me just enjoying some peaceful, creative crafting time, all to myself.

So, I am pleased with this one.  It isn’t perfect, but that’s ok.  I’m going to keep practicing and trying to find my own style.  It’s the only way to get better.  And, in the meantime, I am enjoying the process and the moment 🙂

Thanks for stopping by x

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Apple Crumble Cookies

I love cooking shows.  You can get some really good ideas from them and, even if the dishes have something in them you don’t like or can’t eat, you can always adapt the flavours.  It’s all about inspiration and having a go.

These cookies appeared on Jamie Oliver’s show, Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food, where he makes yummy meals and dishes using only five main ingredients.  I hastily scribbled down the recipe, hoping I had got all the measurements right.  I am always looking for a good cookie recipe – something that is simple and quick with not too many ingredients or steps.  These fit the bill.  I love apple crumble so what could be better than a cookie based on those flavours, right?  I did add cinnamon because I think that is ESSENTIAL when you are making anything with apple.  So this is technically a six ingredient recipe, not five, but hey, I was never very good at maths anyway.

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Next time I make these, I am going to try leaving out the egg.  I like a really crisp, crunchy cookie, and these were a little softer than I would normally make.  Omitting egg from cookie recipes will generally give you a less “cakey” cookie.  Don’t quote me on that – I’m not an expert.  It’s just my experience.

So, anyway, here is the Apple Crumble Cookie recipe.  Try them – they’re simple, no fuss,  and delicious.  Plus they have my Mum’s seal of approval, which is good enough for me.


Apple Crumble Cookies

Ingredients

100g dried apple
100g butter, cubed
100g caster sugar
200g self-raising flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method

Process apple in a food processor until it is chopped finely.

Add butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon and process again until it resembles bread crumbs.  Remove about 1/4 cup of this mixture and set aside.

Add egg to remaining mixture and process until a dough is formed.

Roll spoonfuls of dough into small balls, about the size of a walnut, and place on baking tray lined with baking paper.

Flatten with a fork.  Sprinkle set aside crumb mixture on top of each cookie.

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Bake at 200 C for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

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Apologies to Jamie Oliver for borrowing his recipe.  But these deserve to be shared 🙂

 

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Personality Tests

What kind of person are you?  Do you lean towards being introspective and introverted?  Or are you outgoing and energetic, motivated by contact with other people and new activities?  Personality tests can be a fun thing to do (when you probably should be doing something else but need five minutes distraction) and are often quite insightful.  They can help you to understand yourself a bit better and even point you in the right direction in regards to careers and life goals.  Or, from another viewpoint, they are a load of codswallop and have no real merit.  But sometimes it’s nice to have something vaguely scientific explaining the way you feel, act, and interact with others.  Even if you have to accept some unwanted truths about yourself.

Either way, they can be enjoyable to do.  Unless you get a result that tells you you’re a psychopath or something.  That’s probably not ideal.  You probably just answered a question incorrectly.  Don’t worry about it.

I have done the Myers-Briggs Personality Test a few times over the years and always get the same result.  I am an INFJ (The Advocate), which means I am (apparently) “typically compassionate, idealistic as well as imaginative and visionary. They are also sensitive and reserved” but also prone to stress, exhaustion and over-zealousness.  I am also “quiet and mystical”.  Ha ha.  Why don’t they just say I’m weird and be done with it?

INFJs also tend to “internalise conflict into their bodies and experience health problems when stressed”.  Yep – that’s me alright.  Spot on.

I share my weird personality traits with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Alanis Morisette, Carrie Fisher, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, so I am not in bad company.  Fairly sure they have some other secret superpower though.  Like, I dunno, awesomeness, talent and courage in the face of adversity.  I still need to learn those things so it might be a while before anyone names me a saint or screen-prints my face onto a t-shirt.  I can wait.

You can take take a version of the test HERE

 

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Fishy Fish Collage

This collage came about not, as you might think, because I am a Monty Python fan (I’m not), or because I like fishing (I don’t), but because I had to cover up an existing collage I had done (and completely botched) and couldn’t think of anything fish-related in terms of a quote to go with the picture.  As soon as I put the fish on there, all I could think about was the scene in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life where the strange man with the long wonky arms and his equally strange transsexual man/woman friend discuss the loss of a beloved fish.  It goes something like this :

STRANGE MAN: I wonder where that fish has gone.

STRANGE WOMAN: You did love it so. You looked after it like a son.

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

STRANGE WOMAN: Is it in the cupboard?

AUDIENCE: Yes! Yes! No!…

STRANGE WOMAN: Wouldn’t you like to know? It was a lovely little fish.

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: It’s behind the sofa!

STRANGE WOMAN: Where can that fish be?

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Have you thought of the drawers in the bureau?!

RANDOM: Shh!

STRANGE WOMAN: It is a most elusive fish!

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

STRANGE WOMAN: Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!

STRANGE MAN: A-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh.

STRANGE WOMAN: Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!

STRANGE MAN: That went wherever I did go.

So, with this playing disturbingly in my brain, I made this collage.  I was compelled, or possibly possessed…  Anyway, I do like creating things with fish on them.  They are the birds of the sea, and quite beautiful.  I am still thinking about giving this one a monocle.  I feel he needs one…  Thoughts?

Hope you’re having a happy day and keeping track of your fishies! 🙂

 

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