Thursday, July 21, 2011


Everything about this picture is perfect, the lighting, the hearty beef & rosemary pot pies, perfect for a rainy day like this and how beautiful are those duck-egg blue ramekins, sigh...

You can find the recipe over at Real Living Magazine and the clever lady behind the styling and photography is the well-known Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate. I only just discovered her blog, where have I been?!?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Use the Force

I think it's safe to say there is a Star Wars OBSESSION going on at our house at the moment, it's been here a while and isn't showing any signs of going away. I don't mind one little bit, I'm a bit of a Star Wars fan myself, more so the original 3 movies, seriously who cast the 3 newer episodes? All time classic scene - Anakin Skywalker yelling "What have I done?!?"

I can be found many a day at 7am having light saber battles with my eldest, constructing battleships out of lego and having deep and meaningful conversations about the benefits of Darth Maul's double ended light saber over the Jedi single ones.

Anyway, I have gathered a cute little assortment of some of the Star Wars items available on Etsy right now that other parents of tiny "Jedi" or Star Wars geeks like myself might like too :-)

I'd love to buy them ALL for myself, I mean for my boys ;-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Casserole Central

Now that it's Winter here in Sydney the cooler temperatures call for heartier meals. Cheesey potato-bakes, rich casseroles and roasts all make for a happy family (and thicker waistline in my case). I am well-prepared for this cook-fest with an array of casseroles fit for a feast!

Here are some favourites...

A cute cast-iron casserole by Cousances - originally a rival to Le Creuset who bought the company in the 1950s.

A lovely Noritake casserole, I love the crisp white and dark blue.

A fab enamelled casserole with cast-iron body and steel lid, I love the retro pattern on this, it was made by Swiss company Von Roll.

I'm sure I've featured this beautiful green casserole before but couldn't resist showing it again, fab!

This lovely aqua blue baking dish is perfect to make a pie for two :-)

A Denby casserole in a lovely steel blue/grey.

Initially I loved the retro pop-art look of this casserole but eventually decided it wasn't for me and sold it on eBay, it now has a new loving home :-)

And last, but definitely not least, ANOTHER Raymond Loewy Le Creuset Cocotte, I LOVE it! It's wider and flatter than my turquoise one...

Don't they make a lovely pair?