Tagine, I Love You…

January 31, 2011 § 4 Comments

If you haven’t got one already, I highly recommend getting a tagine. ‘The Cook and the Chef‘ has a wonderful description of this awesome cooking method:

“Tagine is the name of a wonderful conical Moroccan cooking pot as well as the name of the recipe itself. Tagine recipes are aromatic, flavoursome slow cooked stews of meat, fruit, vegetables and spices.

The tagine pots are half glazed clay pots. The base of the Tagine is both a cooking and serving dish while the cone shaped cover acts like a closed chimney trapping the moisture in the pot during the slow cook. Chef Anour from the Moroccan Casbah restaurant describes them as “a Moroccan microwave”

Traditionally the Tagines would be cooked in Morocco over the coals or open flame but Anour explains that people can use tagines at home over their gas flames, electric elements or in the oven. Recipes should give you times but depending on the meat Anour slow cooks a Tagine serve for two from two to three hours on the gas flame.” You can watch one being made here.

I have a beautiful Emile Henry tagine (the one below) and love cooking from it on the stovetop. Tagines can be bought from any good homewares shop. Here is my own tagine recipe, Sweet Chicken Tagine, which I love to eat and has been tried and tested many times on friends and family. Rich, buttery, sweet. Enjoy!

Insert cheesy pun here…

January 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Ah… the Swiss. They’ve given us Heidi, Montreaux, Roger Federer and loads of snow but even I didn’t know their awesome cheese could be this handy! You can pick this door wedgie by KIOSK up from Third Drawer Down.

Swiss Cheese Door Wedge, $12

Pretty Little Neck…

January 28, 2011 § 3 Comments

Sweet adornment! Melbourne gal Berri Drum, of Hand Hook Yarn, makes these beautiful neck pieces and does so with considerable panache. She has great talent and a great eye for mixing modern sweet and classic elegance. Two of my favourite below (about $65), and you can check out the rest here.

Sick of Being Sick…

January 25, 2011 § 6 Comments

This post is coming to you courtesy of the walking dead. That’s me.

I have been sick pretty consistently for over a month now, the latest being a viral infection (blocked ears, nose, throat, throwing up). In the past month I have had food poisoning, a cold a week, terrible tummy problems and a busload of anxiety. My last doctors visit yesterday came with the results of a breath test (for tummy bugs) and 18 (18!) blood tests. The weirdest thing was, all levels of my health were normal and functioning really well, except for a little higher infection rate, little higher insulin levels and…

…very, very low Vitamin D.

Well, this was a revelation! A few people I know have had terrible health due to just one thing: low Vitamin D levels. If you are inside most of the day (I write from home), and not catching those rays, you could be at risk of developing some health problems. I have been advised to take Vitamin D capsules, and I’m already feeling a slight change two days later. I’ll let you know how it pans out by the end of the month. Maybe you should get yourself checked out by a doctor if you are experiencing the same sorts of problems I was… there is nothing more important than your health!

Lastly, I have felt so terrible in the last month that I was finding it incredibly hard find the good in anything and to write (with a pen!) until I felt the urge to write in my journal all of a sudden a few weeks ago. This is what came out:

“When times get tough and feel they are too much to bear, you learn how wonderful, brilliant, spectacular the most mundane times are when you feel better. One of the only ways to appreciate eating is when you are so sick that you can’t keep the most basic things down. Soon, toast becomes lobster, water becomes wine. To me, this means that Jesus continues to turn water into wine even now.”

Hope this encourages you to appreciate the little things. E xx

Tick, Tock, Book, Clock…

January 24, 2011 § 4 Comments

There is a great market near me called the Rose Street Artists Market. I bought a fantastic clock (which is still packed away after moving a million years ago) there which was made from a book in a series I was obsessed with when I was 12, “Malory Towers” by Enid Blyton. Whenever I see my clock, I smile and dream about midnight feasts, midnight swims and any other general midnight shenanigan you can have at a boarding school in Cornwall. So, if you live in Melbourne, go to Rose Street and pick up a gorgeous book clock, or for my international friends, you can enjoy making one of your very own thanks to instructions by Disney at Ruffles And Stuff who made the lovely clock below. I cry at the thought of book murder, so please choose your book to ‘clock’ carefully! No first editions of anything!

Cloud Nine…

January 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

I am not a huge fan of cutesy things, but I have been ‘known’ to own 8 Spongebob Squarepants DVD’s and watch Shming Swimming about a thousand times (of which 1.06min-5.45min is the most riveting, and don’t forget to mute the entire video). However, I have to say, my heart exploded into fireworks of rainbows, butterflies, cupcakes and raw sugar when I saw this jumpsuit called “Mr. Cloud’s New Scarf” at Threadless ($15). I am going to make a baby now, just so he/she can wear it forever!

I'm so pleased for you and your new scarf Mr. Cloud!

Click, Snap, Drink…

January 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

So often I find coffee rings around my house. Stained into the buffet, all over the coffee table (next to the unused coasters), on important bills and, on occasion, precious photos or priceless books. Thanks to clever boots Parul Arora of Just Noey, now we can all slap our hot drinks down on whatever precious photo we like with these great ceramic Polaroid Coasters. Choose from a variety of original photos by Just Noey and let the staining begin!

Ceramic Polaroid Coasters by Just Noey, $12

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