On getting stuff done

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I haven't done much work on my quilt, I haven't done much work in the garden, I haven't taken many photos, I haven't done much work refinishing the wardrobe for the kids room, I haven't done much exercise but I have spent some time browsing blogs and being amazed at how productive other mums are.
How do you do it?
My days aren't manic but there's a steady hum of activity that goes right through to the late evening and then I roll into bed with several things still undone and it all starts again the next morning.
I enjoy the time I get to spend with the kids now but I look forward to the days when I can immerse myself in a project and spend hours baking and decorating. How's this for eye candy?


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wouldn't that photo collage look better with a pic of the finished dish? Well, yes it probably would but I was too busy eating to take one. Trust me, it was delish! The kids can't get enough of those enoki mushrooms. Go figure!
Beijing-style Braised Eggplant
Ingredients: (NB this feeds all 6 of us)
4 large eggplants
vegetable oil for frying
3 tbsps light soy sauce
1 tbsp sliced spring onions
1 tbsp fresh, young ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tbsps cornflour dissolved in 4 tbsps water
2 handfuls of snow peas, sliced
1 handful of enoki mushrooms
Cut the eggplant into circles, score the slices and then cut into fingers.
Deep fry the eggplant until golden and drain well.
Combine the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, spring onions, cornstarch and water.
Cook sauce in a hot wok until the ginger and garlic are fragrant. That only takes a minute or so.
Add the eggplant, snow peas and enoki mushrooms and stir fry until hot and the snow peas are nice and green. That only takes 2-3 minutes.
Served with plenty of steamed rice to soak up that yummy sauce.
The recipe I first made this from suggests adding a tsp of salt but I think that makes it too salty. Mr Duyvken always thinks I undersalt things so if it doesn't seem seasoned enough that might be why!
The lovely Rachel from Two Windmills asked for the pie recipe from the other day, I'll post it soon!

Winter in Sydney

Monday, June 08, 2009

After weeks of wet weather the sun finally broke through and it was truly spectacular. The weekend was sunny, mild and extra long thanks to the Queen's birthday public holiday.

We went to the park to ride our bikes and packed a picnic. We spent most of Sunday lazing in the sun, watching the kids cycling around and around and around the bike path, ate pickles and cupcakes and read our books.

We looked good in our curls and hand-me-down coats,

and we practiced the ancient art of toddler tossing. Mr Duyvken and I are becoming pros!

Dinner tonight

Thursday, June 04, 2009

I didn't grab the camera quickly enough so this was taken before the kids finished tonight's feast of vegie pies (kumera, carrots, zucchini, onion, celery, cumin, paprika, tomato paste, olive oil in puff pastry), haloumi, roasted tomatoes and green beans with a seeded mustard vinaigrette.

No leftovers tonight!

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