Thursday, May 26, 2011

How to:: {Hummus & Tabouli}

Mmmm... Tuesday night's family feast was delicious!

Unfortunately it was mostly eaten before I thought about taking photos, however, I took a picture of my 'leftover plate' at lunch yesterday in between Miss Daisy's demands for 'more, more!'

Both of these are super easy to make if you have an electric mixer. You could do the tabouli by hand and I used to do the hummus in my blender, so don't despair if you don't have an electric mixer! There are lots of options! 

hummus

Here's how to make yummy hummus, this recipe has been tweaked a little from the recipe in {donna hay | modern classics book 1} We tend to add a little extra garlic and cumin (as detailed in my recipe below)

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process 400g drained canned chickpeas, 3 tablespoons tahini, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, 2 tsp cumin, 2 gloves garlic, sea salt and cracked pepper in a food processor until combined. With the motor running, gradually pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil, processing until just smooth. Serve with tabouli.
Makes 1 3/4 cups.


 



tabouli


I noticed that most tabouli recipes I've seen have the same ingredients and even the same proportions of each ingredient. This one is straight off the packet of Bourghal and is typical of what you'd find online and in recipe books. The only change is, I have found scraping the seeds from the tomato before processing helps to keep the mix from becoming too wet (I forgot to do that this time.)

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Soak 1 cup *bourghal in 2-3 cups water for 1 hour. 
In food processor combine 4 shallots, 2 tomatoes (seeded), 1 cup mint, 1 1/2 cups parsley, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
Strain the bourghal and stir through the processed ingredients. Add mixture of oil and lemon. Stir, season to taste and enjoy!

 



*Bourghal is a cracked wheat product popular in middle eastern dishes. It is usually in the health food aisle at grocery stores or available in your health food shop. It is high in dietary fibre.

We served the hummus and tabouli with a salad of spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and Australian fetta; as well as lamb and wholemeal lebanese bread. Yum!





Yesterday we had Cuban Chicken in the slow cooker and it was GREAT! We're using the leftovers to make some yummy Enchilada's tonight. A slight change of plans but we still had salad/lamb leftovers for lunches so opted to use the Cuban Chicken for another dinner! Easy!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{Guest Blog on Plushka Craft}

For those of you who don't already follow the amazing Katia over at Plushka Craft you should definitely go and take a look. She makes the most delightful little soft toys, pincushions and so many other crafts!


Katia is on holidays at the moment but today there is a special guest post... from me! It's one of my yummy muffin creations! 
Go on over and take a look - they're so yummy! Thanks again Katia.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

{meal planning} :: |a week at our place|

So last time I posted about organisation {January} my sister said she loved my printables but really had hoped as she opened the document to see all the meals filled in for her to use! 
source: google images


I posted my free organisational printables again this last week and thought, hey, I could easily share some of my meal time recipes with you aswell!


So, here are the meals that we are having this week! I will post some of the recipes over the course of the week for you to enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Get Organised!

One thing I have learned in the last 10 months (yes, Miss Daisy is 10 months old!) is that being a mummy requires organisation. 
{See my post on this from back in January!}

The jobs we undertake each day are many and varied, cooking meals, cleaning the house, packing and unpacking nappy bags, making lunches, doing laundry, grocery shopping, ironing (not much of that here!) and the list goes on and on!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tea Party Inspirations

This month I had the opportunity to do a guest blog post on Plushka Craft - a delightful blog based around the fabulous crafts and inspirations of the lovely Katia.



Katia decided on a Tea Party theme and I was asked to do a recipe or two. 
I'm not sure if both are appearing on her blog so I won't publish my own post about this until I've seen what is published at Plushka on 25 May. Keep your eye out! 

Definitely a blog to check out - she always finds the most delightful links/blogs to look at & Katia's own creations are amazing!

Check out her madeit shop here.

Here's a little tea party teaser! 



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Monday, May 16, 2011

{Life at 2}

My lovely little niece Miss {Sweet} Pea turned 2 this past week.

Having been sick I hadn't got onto sewing her birthday present, when I stumbled across these ideas at Make It and Love It for using 'scrap' fabrics! And got inspired!

Miss P is the best little "Mummy" I've seen! 

She's been changing her dolly's nappies (quite expertly!) as long as I can remember! So I thought with a new brother or sister on the way later this year, what better gift than her own Nappy Bag complete with little nappies, wipes and a change mat!

I found this great idea here and just drew up my own little 'pattern' to cut out the nappies. I cut all of the items for this project freehand (the bag, the lining, the wipes, the mat and the nappies!) - hopefully at 2 years old Miss P isn't looking too closely!



A quick and fun project for a sweet little girl!


I really want to get a photo of her changing a dolly - she even lifts the feet with one hand! I think she'll be a great help when that little baby arrives!


Happy Birthday!


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{Scavenger Hunt Sunday #3}

Blogger has not been cooperating with me (and many others) all week! I decided not to attempt posting after hearing of so many others losing things all week.

I've made it back just in time for this weeks Sunday Scavenger Hunt hosted by Ashley Sisk. Take a look at the fabulous photos from others by clicking below!








Here is what I came up with this week :) 
(some are from 'the archives' - sorry I was unwell this week!)

{Give me Flowers}
This one is an old photo - also from our trip to Port Arthur, Tasmania in 2009. But I love it and it instantly came to mind when I thought of flowers. The same church as my first weeks Scavenger Hunt is in the background!



{Visual Contrast}
We took our new car out driving in the Southern Highlands of NSW today. The National Park was picturesque on quite a chilly Autumn's day. We had lots of fun and I snapped this shot. Isn't she so teeny tiny next to this big car!



{Friendship}
This delightful shot is of Daisy-girl and her cousin Miss MJ! So cute. Miss Daisy was lucky enough to have a thoughful cousin share her Vegemite sandwich! Now that's friendship! 



{Before and After}
My beautiful niece turned 2 this week. She had a delightful little party with a few close friends. She loves to finger paint so her party game/activity was to paint some rocks. It was a hit!




{Dark}
didn't find a shot for this one! :( looking forward to seeing others' interpretations!


Have a wonderful week!


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

{Scavenger Hunt Sunday #2}

{scavenger hunt sunday #2}

Well, I've enjoyed thinking about photography a little more actively this week as I truly scavenged through my mind for these photo opportunities as we went about each day!

I carried my camera along with me most of the week to make sure I didn't miss an opportunity!

Here is what I came up with:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

{Stopping to watch the grass grow}

It's been busy here of late, we've bought a new car and sold an existing car. 
We've had poor Miss Daisy with terrible teething and everything horrible that comes with it. We've double and triple booked our weekends and evenings.

All of the above have been rewarding, well perhaps not the teething, but tiring!

So I haven't visited blog land as much as usual. 

However, in my absence...
I've also been enjoying some sewing, photography and cooking and a little guest blogging. 
(I'll keep you posted on where to look!)

There will be plenty more happening here in the coming weeks. 

Looking forward to sharing more with you. I especially cannot wait until next Sunday's Photo Scavenger Hunt... I have 4/5 photos ready to go! 

Today we stopped to watch the grass grow.



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Sunday, May 1, 2011

{Scavenger Hunt Sunday}

This is something new for me - linking up with the big wide blogging world.

You've heard of my newfound love for photography... well... 
I loved the look of this Scavenger Hunt Sunday challenge and think I'll try again this week (with new photos - these were from 'the archives)

Sorry if you're a 'follower' and have seen them before but I liked the way they fit the categories. If you're not a 'follower' - come follow me and I'll show you some amazing new photographs next Sunday! ;)


{Architecture}

Churches are one of my favourite things. 
Sitting in this old church in Port Arthur, Tasmania, was one of the most surreal feelings. It was mesmerizing being in such a grand and magnificent building. Or what was left of it anyway. 
We also stood in here at night and listened to stories of convicts building this church, being forced to attend each Sunday behind a closed curtain, and murder/suicide pacts on the worksite!

Sorry this one is SOOC (straight out of camera!)



{Rimmed With Light}

This has been one of my favourite shots of late. My little Canon Ixus has done me proud I think! I love the way the sunlight just beams radiantly on the already stunning web. All in my own garden.



{Toes and Feet}

My precious little girl at only 3 days old! 
Oh how the time has flown. Little Daisy-girl is now 9 months old... nearly 10! 
{sigh} Those toes are just delightful!

Sorry this one is SOOC (straight out of camera!)


{This is My Favourite}

Another favourite and one of my more recent shots. 
We planted a little vegie patch (Our Daisy Patch) including some lettuce/spinach in an old wheelbarrow... here is Miss Daisy 'helping' and having her first taste of dirt!



{Shade(s)}

My two favourite people, it's not really what we're after... But Daddy is wearing shades and they're both wearing the most magnificent smiles! I {heart} my family!
PS> Miss Daisy is unlicensed and no laws were broken in the taking of this photograph!

Sorry this one is SOOC (straight out of camera!)







Please leave a comment - I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Thanks for stopping by! :) 
See you next Scavenger Hunt Sunday! 

Want to play along??...







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