Friday, November 16, 2012

How does your garden grow?

I mentioned yesterday that I have been spending some time in the garden. We like on an acre of land so there are lots of gardens.

But my favorite part of the garden is in the front which is our cottage garden.



The mini roses are flowering. I saved these five plants from a nursery 3 years ago. The pots where dry and the plants looked dead. They where priced at 50c. I thought I could give them love and care. And 3 years later they healthy and strong and in full bloom.





 

I went to Bunnings and bought a whole lot more plants to put in. I can't wait to see all the white petunias in bloom.

While I was at the counter I saw this beautiful Owl. He just had to come home with me.


And I even spotted these little tea light holders. One each colour please.






























I always find all these little items that I just throw into my trolley at the last minute and it always throws out my budget.

Well with all the rain we have been having the last few days my new little plants are just going to thrive.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Passionfruit Macarons......

Wow I feel like I haven't been near a computer for a while. I have been doing lots of gardening and baking this last week and having lots of fun doing both.

Last week I told you about Adriano Zumbo cake and macarons boxed mixes. I made the passionfruit ones just the other day and they where delicious.  They where quite easy to make. The hardest part was getting the almond meal through my sieve.




It is a must to get this all through the sieve so you don't get a lumpy mixture.

Don't they look so yummy all lined up ready to go in the oven.


I did find it hard not to get those little pointy bits.


This is what they looked like when they came out of the oven. I was very proud of myself I have never made them before and to get them with the little foot at the bottom was very exciting.


This is what they looked like once the passionfruit filling went in. I thought they would have been more shinny and smooth on the top. But that did not affect the taste at all. They where good, they only lasted about 6 minutes after the kids came home from school. And with 4 kids nothing last long after school. I got 38 macaroons from the packet, which I thought was pretty good.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Adriano Zumbo is cooking at my place....

Well not him personally, but he has carefully prepared all the ingredients for me.



I was doing some quick shopping at coles and while walking past the cake section I spotted these. There are 4 different boxes, Passionfruit Macarons, Salted Caramel Macarons, Mirror Finish Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Brownies.

I wanted to buy them all, the urge was so strong but only two would fit into my basket. You all know how I love his little patisserie in Balmain.


Can't wait to go back to coles now to pick up the other two boxes.

I will be back once I have made them to tell you how easy they where to make and how they taste.

Now everyone can have a bit of Adriano in their home....