Monday, 26 January 2015

Easy Apple Slice

The following recipe was posted on FB (source http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com.au
and it was so easy I decided to make it.  Who doesn't love an easy bake recipe.  So here it is.

APPLE SLICE

2 cups self raising flour
1 cup of sugar (I used just over 3/4 cup)
3 apples, peeled, cored and diced, 1 cm, (I used 4 small Granny Smith apples)
125g butter, melted
1 egg
(I added a little cinnamon, about 1 teaspoon)

Toss apples with self raising flour and sugar in a medium mixing bowl.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on the stove top or in a small bowl in the microwave.  Stir in egg.

Pour butter and egg into the apple mixture and mix until combined.

Spoon into a greased and lined slice tin.  (I used a 30 x 25cm tin).

Bake at 180C for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Keeps for about 3 days.



I made this for a dessert served it with cream, ice cream or both.  Happy baking.


Anne xx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Visiting Somers

Tuesday last week while our relatives were here we decided to go for another day trip to a very special place, the seaside town of Somers.  The reason it's special is because hubby and his four siblings grew up there when it was very small and not home to the wealthy who have holiday houses there now.   We decided to have lunch at the Somers General Store Cafe which use to be, no surprises here, the town general store.  Hubby and three of his siblings had jobs there during school holidays when they were in their teens so there was a goodly amount of reminiscing between hubby and his sister about what use to go on.  It was lovely to hear their tales while we ate a delicious lunch.  



 Hubby use to dispense petrol from these bowsers and was very happy they have been retained for nostalgic reasons.  We loved the couch grass growing up into the glass.


I loved the decor inside the cafe which was boho and eclectic.  I loved these cushions on the seat where we ate our lunch.


 Hubby has reluctantly allowed me to post this photo of us which I adore.  He is rather internet shy when it comes to photos.

  


 After lunch we went for a stroll on the beach which is just across the road from the cafe.  It was lovely and calm, perfect for a little dipping of feet in the water.

Looking toward Phillip Island between the trees.

Phillip Island in the distance which is about 5 miles across the water from Somers.

The path down to the beach.

Coastal flora.

Philip Island on the horizon.

Looking up toward the path down to the beach.

Colourful seaweed.

Hubby took this photo.



We came across this unusual sculpture on another path back to the road.


And this carving of a koala made from a dead tree.

We did go for a walk through a reserve for koalas in the area but unfortunately didn't see one.  Maybe next time.  All in all we had a lovely day and hope that we can get down to this lovely spot on the Mornington Peninsula again soon.

Anne  xx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Family

We've just had a lovely visit from hubby's sister and brother-in-law who live in Adelaide.  We don't get to see them too often so it was lovely to catch up and take some time to go exploring and relax together.

Monday we visited Warburton and had a wander around this lovely town including a walk along Yarra river which runs adjacent to the town.  We found a lovely place to have lunch, it was so good we went back for afternoon drinks before we set off home.  Here are some photos from our day.

The RiverView Cafe & Bar where we had lunch.

Lovely mosaic steps near the town information centre.


Warburton water wheel.  More information about the wheel can be found at this link. http://www.warburtoninfo.com/warburton-waterwheel-Information.html 


 Walking around the river we came across this dead tree.  Some adventurous person has yarn bombed it and looking at the state of the yarn, it must have been some time ago.



The Yarra River.
 


A lovely avenue of Agapanthus leading to the bridge and a crazy Genevieve underneath.



On the swing bridge.
Ducks enjoying the sun.
 
One of the magnificent trees lining the river.
It is the last week of the school holidays and many families were making the most of the fine weather, enjoying picnics and kids were paddling in the river.  We enjoyed our day very much and I reminisced about the time I went tubing down the river about 5 years ago on a girls weekend away.  Tuesdays day out will be the subject of my next post.

Anne xx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Summer days

Melbourne summers are usually a bit hit and miss and of recent days it has been more miss than hit with quite a bit of rain.  I'm not complaining though as it saves me from needing to water the garden.  One of the joys of summer is eating stone fruit and as much as I enjoy eating it fresh, I love to use up peaches and nectarines which are just a little bit too soft to enjoy fresh by stewing them.  In this instance I stewed them with a little brown sugar, vanilla, a sprinkling of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, the rind and juice of two oranges and a splash of red wine.  Served with Greek yogurt it made a delicious dessert.



Unfortunately the nectarines and peaches weren't home grown but the rhubarb below is and it was made into a rhubarb and plum crumble.


We've been harvesting more vegetables.  The spring onions, garlic, pak choy, snow peas and cabbage in the photos below went into a yummy stir fry recently.






Less healthy food made and eaten (not all of them yet), are these yummy Monte Carlos I made last night.



Home baked biscuits just taste so much better than store bought wouldn't you agree?!
 
Moving away from food and cooking now and onto animals.  Genevieve's cat Bungee decided he would try and catch some birds on her lap top.  He's never exhibited this behaviour before and was rather cute.



It's been an expensive week with the two cats and dog getting their annual checkups and vaccinations at the vet.  Stripey has a yearly blood test for hypothyroidism to check if his medication is at the right level and in addition to that Sophie has terrible skin allergies and requires special food and medication for her itching.  The price of the food has gone through the roof (U.S. made), so I'm trialling her on an Australian brand I've just found and hoping it works as it is considerably less expensive.  I've been assured it will solve many of her problems, so fingers are crossed.

On one of the rare occasions I was up early recently, we had a magnificent sunrise and although I can't see the horizon because we are surrounded by trees I was still able to enjoy the colours.




I hope wherever you are, all is well with you and yours.  Thank you for taking the time to read my post and follow my blog.  

Anne xx