Another busy week - the bulldozers are scheduled to roll in next week to begin demolition of the old playroom and bathroom and start our major renovation, and so I have been cleaning and sorting and moving things in readiness. We won't have access to our entire back garden for the next 6 months, so all the outdoor furniture and plants/ children's toys and laundry equipment has been moved under the side verandas and into the main part of the house in preparation. It's not been much fun. We are now rather squashed in.
In between all that activity, I have kept on with normal day to day things. I went out to lunch for a friend's birthday on Thursday. After reading Coulda Shoulda Woulda's post on Emannuelle Alt, I felt inspired to become another facsimile of her and to copy her style slavishly, so wore my Max Mara tweedy jacket with a white herringbone Thomas Pink shirt (circa 1999, when they still had real mother of pearl buttons on them), black waxed J Brand jeans, old Chanel belt, pearls and black patent heels.
I've been cooking up a storm this week. Firstly I made these delicious Country Carrot cupcakes from the After Dinner Mints for Breakfast cookbook (I love reading through it, as it has little stories from each contributor about the recipe and when they've made it, along with a photo). I didn't get to eat them due to the diet, they were apparently delicious as I took them to a school morning tea and came home without any. As an aside, does anyone else find these decorative cupcake wrappers incredibly disappointing? They are so pretty without any cake batter in, but as they do not have a grease proof lining, they loose all the decorative detail when cooking. At least, they do for me.
One of the School Mum's gave me a huge bag of home grown produce on Wednesday, so I whipped up a batch of eggplant chutney.... here it is starting to cook
I also did some slow roasted vegetables with the rest. There's pumpkin, zucchini, onion, cherry tomatoes and capsicum. Just coat in olive oil, lots of sea salt and pepper and roast at 140 C for around 3 hours. Add some fresh rocket, some quinoa or cous cous, avocado and kalamata olives and mix together - no dressing required. Delicious, and often this is my lunch, as well as a yummy and easy side for dinner.
I also had a huge bag of figs from my mother in law's tree, so I made a batch of Fig Jam in the Thermomix, which I reused some old Bonne Mamon strawberry jam jars for. I've stopped buying Bonne Mamon jam... I'm trying to support local producers - we have such great food producers in South Australia. I've switched to Douglasdale jam instead, which is made in Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. It's very good. Slightly more expensive than the Bonne Mamon, but I think it's actually better anyway.
|and now you can see why we are putting in a new kitchen......|
Mr AV has gone to London and New York this coming week for work, so we went out to Giallo Wine Bar for dinner on Friday night. I wore this outfit. Yes, you may have seen these photos before. I couldn't be bothered taking new photos of an outfit I've already worn, so here are some from last year instead. Sergio Rossi heels, waxed J Brand jeans, black silk top (Nicholas?) and a sparkly Kate Spade necklace.
If you've made it this far, now is time for my public service announcement. In Thursday's Financial Review newspaper, there was a front page article about a little known law that was passed in Federal Parliament and is now coming into effect. If you have a bank account that has not had a transaction in 3 years, the government will now take the money from it. This is to plug a big budget black hole, so they are clawing money back any which way they can. As no one I've spoken to about it has been aware of this, I just thought I'd put it out there. If you have a rainy day fund, or are overseas and haven't accessed your savings accounts for a while, you may just want to look into it.
Lastly, in reading news, I've started War and Peace, as recommended by Pamela, committed blog comment maker. I'm fairly confident in stating that you will now not hear of me reading anything (other than this book) until the end of the year. I've read just over 100 pages this week... only another 1200 or so to go! The thing about the number of pages is that I'm fairly certain I'll be needing glasses by the end - the type is in absolutely tiny print. I'm going to try to get to a couple of Writer's Week events this week (Writer's Week runs this week, along with the Adelaide Festival and Fringe events - it's a busy time of year in Adelaide.), this will be difficult as there will be a lot of reading temptation in the book tent..... but I'm committed to reading it, and I'm enjoying it so far.
The upcoming week will mark the start of a lot of house renovation talk from me. We are very excited that the back of the house is finally going to begin its transformation. We are not quite so excited that we will be living in the house while this goes on..... We'll survive, but brace yourselves for a lot of boring renovation moaning and groaning!
Hope you had a great week xx
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