Thursday, March 25, 2010

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?

It's that Mad Men question... are you a "Jackie" or a "Marilyn"?

I'm can't decide on who I'm more like.. who are you?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Make Your Own Adventure

At the moment I'm really inspired to cook everything myself.

I'm on a "Make Your Own Adventure" discovering just how much a normal, domestic cook can make at home.

Maybe I'd be as happy as this woman if I made my own olive oil? Image from VintagePosters.

I want to; make my own butter, bake my own bread, create my own pasta, make my own soft drinks (like ginger beer)... I'm even trying to get my head around making my own chocolate - anyone done it?

I'd prefer to use up my time in order to make something delicious and special - rather than buy something prepackaged and uninteresting. I think the quality is always better when you've made something yourself.

I'm also inspired to make everything myself because of one of Michael Pollan's "Food Rules", #39 Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself. The caveat is probably "in moderation" - little does he know I'm determined to cook all of my favourites!

How do you feel about packaged foods?

Have you tried making butter (or anything labour intensive) from scratch?

Friday, March 19, 2010

MYO Birthday Cake?

I am extremely sorry for my lack of posts, but in order to get online I have to squeeze onto my Mum's desktop in the moments that she's not using it - the small timeframe, and sterile-ness of her computer leaves me completely uninspired.

I am still awaiting delivery of my new laptop - which they now tell me is going to be at the end of March (hopefully in time for my birthday).

Image from ThomWatson.

In the meantime answer me this; is it sad to make your own birthday cake? Or completely acceptable? I want to make mine because I love baking!

P.S. If you think it's completely acceptable - what should I make!?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Death by Laptop

I didn't realise until early last week just how much of my life revolves around a machine.

My laptop has died - and with it has gone much of my inspiration.

From - a wonderful collection of retro computer ads.

Luckily I have most of my files backed up, and will be able to access the rest of my files because the hard drive didn't "drop off it's perch".

However, this will mean a continued lag from blogging until I track down a new one (hopefully next week!)

So far I like this one.

What computer/laptop do you use? Can you recommend any?

Tell me honestly; does a tiny piece of you lie in the contents of your computer/laptop?

Monday, March 01, 2010

A Boulangerie Teleporter

The past week has been an absolute blur... Uni started again, P. moved to an apartment in a wonderful neighbourhood and my lovely Granny arrived from England.

I've been running to keep up with it all - but here I am. Tired and wanting to hear from all of you.

Image from jmvnoos.

First, a quick story. I love where P.'s living. The first morning there (Saturday), I went out to get us some fresh croissants from the French boulangerie up the road. Everyone who works in the bakery is French.

I bounded in the door and may has well have been teleported to France. I ordered croissants and some bread, all the while chatting in french to the native French speakers. It was strangely comforting - I was in Australia, speaking French and it couldn't have felt more "right".

Anyway, what have you lovelies been up to?

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