Month: October 2009

Anzac Caramel Slice x 2

This is the cake I made for Miriam’s birthday, and bookclub.  I’m going to put two versions on here.  The one I made which is available at Ironic Cafe is the top recipe.  IMG_2243

250g flour, 300g sugar, 2.5 cps coconut, 2.5 cups rolled oats, 200g butter, 3tblsp golden syrup, 2tsp baking soda, 4tblsp boiling water.

Mix the first four ingredients and make a well in the centre.  Melt the golden syrup and butter, add the water and lastly baking soda and add to dry ing. (best to mix the water and the baking soda I think) add this to dry ingredients.  Mix lightly.  Add two-thirds of this mix to a 30 cm greased spring form round cake tin (or not).  Level it out in the bottom of the tin.  Bake at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 min.  While this is cooking make the caramel (or cheat and add 1.5 tins of Highlander caramel)

Caramel:  125g butter, 2tblsp butter, 2tblsp golden syrup, 1 can condensed milk.

Melt the butter and golden syrup in a pot and add the condensed milk, stirring all the time.  Take the base from the oven and pour the hot caramel over it, then gently sprinkle the other third of the base mix over the top like a crumble.

Put it back in the oven for a further 30 min till golden on the top.  Let it cool and slice it onto a serving plate.  Decorate with dark chocolate if you want.IMG_2244


The one below I found online and think it might be better – a bit less butter.

Caramel-600g condensed milk 50g butter 1 Tab golden syrup Put all ingreds in pot and stir over low heat until melted and thick. Set aside to cool
Oatie base-1 1/4cups 4cups “>wholemeal flour 3/4cup each:plain flour, desiccated coconut 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 1/4cups each rolled oats,brown sugar 2 eggs lightly beaten 225g melted butter 2 tsp coffee essence(they used actual espresso shots)1tsp vanilla essence
Combine dry ingreds in bowl. Mix wet ingreds together and stir into dry ingreds, sticky mixture. Reserve 1/4 for use as topping press oatie mix into 26cm loose base cake pan,pour caramel over top, dot with remaining oatie mix so it forms crumble topping. Place in 180C oven with tinfoil draped loosely over top to stop browning too much After 40 mins remove from oven and leave to cool and set. Serve with thick yoghurt or whipped cream & berries, yum on its own as well, enjoy


Happening outside now!

Spring has sprung and the garden is coming along nicely.  The last couple of days have been really warm which means greening up, aphids and a big growth spurt.  I took some photos the other week and thought I’d stick them on because most of the things I photographed have now passed on, and are being replaced by other gorgeousness.



The pulsatilla is lovely, and lasted quite a long time, much longer than last year.  Next year I will divide it, which is my fave – two plants from one.  However, a quick check of wikipedia for some info about this plant have left me frightened.  Check this out: “Pasque flower is highly toxic, and produces cardiogenic toxins and oxytoxins which slow the heart in humans. Excess use can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and convulsions,[1] hypotension and coma.[2] It has been used as a medicine by Native Americans for centuries. Blackfeet Indians used Pasque Flower to induce abortions and childbirth.[1] Pulsatilla should not be taken during pregnancy nor during lactation.[3]” ” That is just downright scary and that is only the half of it!  I was a little bit pleased with the photo I have to say.

The Swingy Man

The Swingy Man

The photo of the Swingy Man is for L.  I know how much she likes him!  He looks quite cute at the moment with the Peris behind him in full bloom.  I’m very keen on the peris, shame it doesn’t have a scent, but when it is out it really means it is spring I think, this one flowers really early.  It needs a bit of a haircut actually so will give her a trim when the flowers have finished which won’t be long away actually.

Mr Swingy Man is a creation of my Dad, he sells them should you be interested in purchasing.  They come as boys, girls or twins.  Girls even have hair, a bit ropy the hair, but very attractive in a certain light.  Want one?  Sure you do, contact me and I will give you his phone number.

Flowering CherryThe final photo is of the flowering cherry.  The blooms are nearly gone now and it is busy leafing up nicely.  This tree has been slightly problematic, it is an upright one, but was far too upright, like it only went straight up.  Looked terrible, so Dad and I have anchored down the side branches to the fence in an effort to make it spread out a bit.  Not sure that this will actually help in the long term, have been driving round looking at other peoples to see what they do when they are older and generally they just grow straight up, like a poplar.  Well we will see.  In the meantime it has nice blossom, attracts the bees and is growing nicely, albeit straight up!

The Topp Twins

movie_front_mediumTonight folks, I will be at the Regent Theatre along with the rest of the lesbian poplulation of Dunedin, and indeed a whole bunch of staight ladies and gentlemen to see The Topp Twins. Woot to that we say!

It will be fun, funny and frolicky and I can’t wait.  My ticket is an early birthday pressie which is pretty damn cool.  I have always wanted to learn to yodel, mostly cos I really in my heart always wanted to be a Topp Twin, sadly I’m a shy and retiring kind of a girl and the stage – and singing in public was not for me.  Sigh.  Looking forward to a night of lots of audience interraction and ridicule.  Last time I saw them was with my lovely sister at the Blossom Festival a long time ago, and woman o woman did we have fun!  So I imaging tonight will be a similar hoot.

Paeony time

It is with a large measure of excitement, that I can report the sighting of the first paeony in my garden.  If you live in Central Otago you will have had ye olde white paeony out for ages, but not me.  So, here are pictures of the first bloom in all it’s glory.  Probably should have weeded before photo – but no.

Paeony Number 1 2009

Paeony Number 1 2009