Thursday, December 29, 2011

Focaccia for New Years

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and you are all looking forward to the New Year, I know I am and most of the people in Canterbury are hoping that 2012 is going to be a good one.

I have been posting a lot about food lately, but it's Christmas and New Year time, time for eating good food and lots of it. Plus I really enjoy photographing food, it doesn't move and it is patient. 
For those of you that have been asking I promise to do a fashion shoot in the New Year, now that I actually have more clothes to photograph.

I have made this Focaccia bread on a few occasions, it is fairly easy to make and nothing much beats the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven!

Dry active yeast

I used a high grade flour for the Focaccia


4 cups of  high grade flour or bread flour
2 Tablespoons of oil
2 teaspoons of iodised salt
2 teaspoons of dry active yeast
2 cups of lukewarm water
A sprinkle of mixed herbs
A few sprigs of chives
A couple of pinches of rock salt for the top of the bread

Knead together flour, yeast, mixed herbs, chives,  iodised salt, oil and water for about 2 minutes.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with glad wrap and sit in a warm place for an hour, I usually put mine in the hot water cupboard.

On a floured surface knead dough for a couple of minutes and roll out into a rectangle 2 inches thick.
Brush some oil on top and sprinkle with rock salt (you can also sprinkle some mixed herbs on top).

Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven on 180 degrees C. for 30-35 minutes.

You can substitute the herbs in this recipe for anything you desire, sometimes I like to add a bit of garlic.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Leaving dinner for a special friend

I had friends over for dinner on Sunday night to say bon voyage to a dear friend who is going to explore life overseas. I will be very sad to see her go, but I am also excited for her adventure ahead.

We decided to cook dinner rather than go out, it is much more intimate.

We made, bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with mushrooms that had been slightly cooked in red wine accompanied with fresh carrots and potato rostis. For dessert we made creme caramels, this is the first time I have attempted these. I was pretty excited when we lifted the ramekins up to see that they had worked perfectly. They tasted sooooo good!!

The start of the creme caramel, we attempted this part twice :}

Okay, it doesn't look the prettiest but trust me it was yummy

It was such a fun night, I will have to have dinner parties more often. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Offensive Christmas cards

I have a pretty awesome friend called Lauren, she has just finished her Design Degree and decided to put her mad skills to use and make some Christmas cards.

They are offensive, hilarious and creative.

Give these to people that have a sense of humour.
These cards are for sale and start at $10 each, please do bare in mind that they are one offs, pretty special right?

Email Lauren at

Offend a family member this year.