AK turns 30, and other such things.

I feel like I’ve blinked and the past month has flown by. Being busy at work and quiet at home doesn’t really lend itself to the most inspirational blog posts (I’ve watched a lot of Dawson’s Creek, but Frannie beat me to that). However I do have a few fun things to share.

1. We went to a 4th of July dinner in celebration of our wonderful sister-in-law. So much delicious food, and great company as well. L1006010

I discovered that strawberry shortcake is an actual thing, not just a cute cartoon. Here’s the recipe for this AMAZING dessert.

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter, chilled, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup pure cream
  • 1/2 x 300ml tub double cream
  • 250g strawberries, hulled, sliced
  • Icing sugar mixture, for dusting

-Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Grease and line base of a 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) round cake pan with baking paper.

-Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add sugar. Using your fingertips, rub butter into flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Whisk egg and pure cream in a jug. Add egg mixture to flour mixture. Mix with a flat-bladed knife until a soft dough forms.

-Place dough in prepared pan. Using fingertips, press evenly over base of pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

-Using a serrated knife, cut shortcake in half crossways. Spread double cream over cut-side of base. Top with strawberries. Sandwich with shortcake top. Dust with icing sugar. Serve and eat it all. Yum.

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Then AK had his birthday party – the big 3-0, dirty thirty etc etc. As I tend to do with all major events, I took a whopping 3 photos. Despite my flu, I was just having too much fun catching up with everyone and chatting and drinking and eating and accosting a girl from ‘Australia’s Greatest Bake Off’ in the bathroom… there simply was no time to play paparazzi. Here are the only photos. L1006706L1006714

(This was supposed to be for an outfit post – ASOS faux fur coat, Stop Staring dress… but really there’s not much point. Fail on my behalf.)

Ooh and here’s Frannie and I.20130730-074932.jpg

Anyway, suffice to say the party was a lot of fun. We held it at Crosstown Eating House in their private bar – Uptown. Great venue, people, food and beverages.

I’m off to Stanthorpe for a winter getaway on Friday so I promise to take lots of photos 🙂

30 can’t be that bad… right?

For as long as I can remember, 30 has cast a shadow over me – always creeping closer, looming, threatening and mocking me with its finality. From about the age of 15, I had earmarked 30 as the age by which I would have accomplished all of my life goals – successful journalist, well-traveled, married with children, published a novel… you know, the usual. For some ridiculous reason I believed that if I hadn’t achieved these things by 30, they were as good as gone. As if human beings become incapable of ambition and creativity once they have lived through three decades.

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