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30 May 2009 @ 10:34 pm
Coconut Cake

185g butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoons coconut essence
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup milk

Bake in fluted ring tin
Cream butter, sugar, essence
Add eggs one at a time
Add milk, flour, coconut.

Bake at 180 fan forced for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
Stand for 5 minutes hen turn out.


Was really yum!
08 May 2009 @ 07:39 pm
From Australian Good Food May 2009

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Very nice recipe, with just a slight lemon flavour, enough to be yum.

30 June 2008 @ 05:44 pm
Just saw Voyage of the Damned.

I hate the ABC for waiting so long to play it, but at least the finally did. I was so impatient for it though that i was almost tempted to stay home from the ball to watch it live instead of taping it. (I didn't, because I'd spent good money on my ticket, but I was very tempted.)

Good thing i wasn't watching it in public or it would have been rather embarassing.

Been on a bit of a Classic Who craze recently. First time I've watched most of them them since I was about 10 or 12, when my Aunt had a whole bunch of videos. I'm glad I still like them; you have to take them as they are, but there's a lot of good elements to go with the low-budget special effects and the occasional rushed storyline.

I'm also glad I was a classic Who fan before I saw the new one;  I can't quite imagine it being the other way around. And even though I never actually watched Doctor Who when it was originally on (too young!), because of my Dad and his sister it was a huge part of my childhood, and so the new who feels like it is too.
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
15 February 2008 @ 08:27 pm
My Anzac biscuits... failed to be Anzac biscuits. They were all soft and chewy instead of tooth-breakingly crunchy. I think i like them this way, although it really undermines the whole Anzac-ness... now they're just perfectly normal yummy oat biscuits. I think if I made them flatter it would probably solve the problem, but i don't know if i can be bothered - the dough's so sticky. I probably added to much of something...

Of course, it's not quite the same level of failure as one batch of biscuits which turned into a cake  due to an ill-timed page flip.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
05 February 2008 @ 09:07 pm
Went to see the movie "P.S. I Love You" today, by myself as my friends had all either seen it or didn't want to see it. Surprisingly, I quite liked going by myself - a little weird, as everyone else at the session seemed to be in couples, but it did mean i could just relax and watch, which was nice. I usually feel compelled to dissect movies afterwards, and that's just annoying for friends.

I really liked the movie though. Too many seem to just rub me the wrong way recently - either they're something i just want to watch, or they're "romantic" comedies which i now find tiresomely predictable or, in some cases, slightly creepy.

This movie was good though - a few things that irked me, but i didn't feel like it was aimed at someone completely different to myself. Obviously i have been watching the wrong movies. Maybe i should try more based on books. I actually bought the book for this one straight after I'd watched the movie - I'll have to see what the book's like.

The movie, being about how to get over somebody rather than how to get together with somebody, was a nice change. Holly was a likeable character, and pretty much all her actions felt reasonable rather than movie-land must-advance-the-plot stupid. I liked how she and Gerry were presented at the beginning, and the little glimpses of the relationship shown throughout.

Other that that, it was good. Very good.

What is up with the trailers though? Some of them looked like bloody stupid movies. What sort of a title is "Run Fat Boy Run"? especially when the character is, in fact, not fat. He is, however, a complete loser who abandoned his pregnant fiancee at the altar. Then, five years later, when she's happily with a successful marathon - running guy, the idiot decides that all he has to do in order to win her back is run the marathon too? I sincerely hope that's not actually the plot, although it was definitely the impression I got. 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
04 August 2007 @ 01:03 pm
OMG i just received the best present ever.

A complete 6 person dinner service of Noritake China with the pattern that shares my name. It's about  40 years old and i can't believe it was still in excellent condition.

6 dinner plates, 6 entree plates, 6 cups+saucers, 6 sweet dishes, 6 bread+butter plates, 6 soup cups/dishes, plus salt/pepper shakers, a vegetable serving dish, an oval serving platter, a  creamer and  a sugar bowl.

I'm not normally a big fan of china but this is just a gorgeous pattern - pink + grey flowers with gold trim.

I'm going to be floating around on a happy little cloud for the rest of the weekend.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful