Zucchini Slice


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This is how I used one of the enormous zucchini I got this month.

It’s a fairly easy one to make, and it tastes good. It’s great to have in the fridge for lunches.

You can make it as a slice, or in muffin tins for easy pre-portioned serves. The other benefit of making it in a muffin tray is that all of the pieces have nice crispy cheesy edges 🙂 I made this batch in a slice pan because my muffin pans were in use at the time.

*Edit* I ended up eating all of this, Hubby didn’t have a single piece. He’s not a big fan of quiche-like things, so I guess he didn’t even bother trying it. Wuss.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bacon rashers, diced
  • 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup grated cheese, plus extra to sprinkle on top
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease baking pan or muffin tray.
  2. Fry bacon until browned and slightly crispy. Cool slightly.
  3. Combine bacon, zucchini, carrot, cheese, and flour in a bowl. Add eggs and milk, and mix until combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and level the surface. Bake for 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cheese is nicely browned. Stand in pan for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

These will also freeze well 🙂 It’s easy to make these vegetarian, by leaving out the bacon.

~K

 

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Apologies…

Sorry for the lack of Tutorial Tuesdays posts!

I’ve got a couple lined up, but I need to get photos to go with them, so I need to persuade someone to help me… I’m hoping to get those done in the next couple of weeks or so.

The move has gone well, and we’re sort of unpacked now – my study is still not unpacked, but that doesn’t matter so much at the moment, as I’m not really using it yet. I’ll get to it last probably, once I’ve sorted out the rest of the house.

I’m going to be house/pet-sitting for a family friend for most of December, so I’m cooking madly to stock up the freezer so Hubby doesn’t have to worry about cooking while I’m away. It should also reduce the cost of food for the month I’m not home (I hope).

Thanks guys for putting up with this lack of interesting posts! I’ll try to get back on track content-wise in time for Christmas 🙂

~K

I Hate Mondays

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So the things that happened today that made this a typical Monday:

Firstly, my dryer tied up the towels inside the doona cover

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Don’t ask me how it happened, but they’d twisted up INSIDE the doona cover. It took me almost half an hour to untangle them all. And they were still all wet, so I had to put them through the dryer again (doona cover separate this time).

Then, Jacket decided to go roll in the dust patch outside, then “help” me with the folding.

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Can you spot him? Guess what, my white shirt was the last thing I put on that pile too.

Finally, while cutting onions for dinner I sliced my thumb. Blood everywhere, I made a terrible mess of a tea towel. And the first aid kit hasn’t been unpacked yet and I don’t have a CLUE where it is – it took me the better part of 15mins to find a bandaid, all while running around with my hand wrapped in a tea towel. Hubby was no help at all :S now the tea towel is soaking in the laundry sink, hopefully the blood comes out (I just happened to pick up the WHITE tea towel, because it was closest). Yay for bleach.

And I still need to make Hubby’s lunch for tomorrow. Hopefully that’s my 3 things (bad luck always comes in 3s) and I can get on with everything!

Slightly more positive note, I went and got my library card sorted out at my local library – and now I have books to read 🙂 2 knitting/crochet books, 2 cook books, and 2 science-y recreational reads 🙂

I still hate Mondays though.

~K

Liebster Award

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Hey, so I’ve already done this in the last 6 months (see my original post here), so I won’t be nominating people again, but I’ll answer the questions put to me by Space to Babble (thank you for the nomination my dear!).

My 11 facts:

  1. I have spent the better part of the last 8 years dying my blonde hair red (because I got bored of being a blonde, then I liked how it looked and it was too much effort to turn it back), but when I decided to go back to being my natural colour, I went the drastic route – I did Shave for a Cure, and cut all my hair down to a #1 in March this year.
  2. I have had an insane amount of trouble deciding what I wanted to do ‘when I grow up’, because I’m interested in so many things!
  3. Everyone calls me a crazy cat lady, but I only have 1 cat… though, he is my fur baby! And I guess I would have more if we could afford it
  4. I am ambidextrous – my handwriting is better with my right hand purely because that’s how I was taught to write at school. I do everything else with whichever hand is easier. My left/right perception is a little screwy because of it though
  5. I’ve never had a job I hated. I’ve always enjoyed my jobs, and I’m still not sure if it’s just because I’ve been lucky and gotten good jobs with nice people, or because that’s just how I am…
  6. I have little patience for idiots or people who waste my time or stuff me around. I also tend to bottle things up. Which has basically given me the reputation of “You DO NOT want to see her get properly mad”. Very few people have seen me in a proper, full-blown rage, and apparently it’s scary. The people who haven’t seen it don’t believe that someone who (quote) “Is so nice and understanding” could actually get that mad… The ones who HAVE seen it just tell them to hope that they never do!
  7. I hate the actual process of moving (like packing and unpacking), but I quite like the actual experience of living in a new place – like learning to navigate the area, finding the little shops and stuff, checking out your local library, etc.
  8. The technology in our house is neatly split – I have all Apple stuff, and Hubby has Windows/Android. Neither of us will use the other’s technology unless there is no other option.
  9. I love camping, and wish we could do it more often – hopefully, we’ll be able to with Hubby’s new job.
  10. I tend to binge-watch TV shows, rather than actually watching them week-to-week – somehow, I always seem to miss them when they’re actually on TV, but then I’ll sit down on the holidays and watch all 10 or 12 episodes that I’ve missed.
  11. I love cooking and crafting – my favourite sort of procrastination is procrastibaking.

Answers to the 11 questions:

  1. What made you decide to start blogging?
    It was something I’d been thinking about for a while, and one day I just decided that if I didn’t just start, I’d keep over-thinking it. I wanted to connect with other people, and doing it online is far easier than in real life. I also wanted to share things I’ve learned, and bits and pieces about me and my life, have rants about things – without them being seen by people who I necessarily know in real life. (Only a few people know I blog, and only 1 of them actually knows my blogger name. That sounds really weird when I write it out, but I think a lot of other bloggers would understand… Maybe I’ll change my mind later, but because I talk about things that happen in my life, the anonymity is as much for the sake of my family as it is for me.)
  2. What is your current favourite song?
    I don’t really have one – I’m rather enjoying The Script’s new album (No Sound Without Silence) and GRL’s song Ugly Heart, but my favourite song really depends on how I’m feeling at the time.
  3. An object you cherish
    I have a ceramic figurine that you wind up and it plays music while the figurine turns – it’s a girl in a pink ballgown, and it was made for me when I was a baby by a great-aunt who was essentially an extra grandmother (she had no grandkids of her own, so she sort of adopted me and my sister). It’s funny, because the dress on the figurine looks a lot like the dress I had for my school formal.
  4. Top 5 favourite books?
    This will be series as well, because otherwise the list would have more than 5 books… Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Wheel of Time, Going Postal, The Dark Tower. I have too many favourite books, these are just the ones I thought of first, off the top of my head.
  5. What do you like to do to pass the time?
    I read, listen to music, and knit/crochet – usually at the same time haha. I need to keep my brain and my hands busy! I also like gaming, but I have to be in the right mood for it.
  6. Name 3 superpowers you would have if you could choose
    Flying, super speed, invisibility
  7. You’re writing the screenplay for a horror movie, where is it set?
    At a university – a House of Horrors if I’ve ever seen one 🙂
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
    I’m not 100% sure – I’ve never really been anywhere except around Australia – but I’ve always loved the little old whitewashed houses you get in the country in the UK, and I would totally live in one of them… My more ‘realistic’ option is somewhere like the Adelaide Hills.
  9. If you could date any celebrity, who would it be?
    Ummmmm not really sure… Most of the actors I like are twice my age and already married! Hahaha
  10. Favourite drink?
    Tea (all kinds)
  11. Who inspires you?
    Anyone who goes after their dreams, even when people or circumstances try to hold them back.

~K

Boiled Fruit Cake

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This is a recipe that’s been passed down through our family from my Mum’s grandma (and probably before that, but it’s called “Nanna’s Boiled Fruit Cake” in Mum’s recipe book). I’ve grown up eating this, and it’s one of my favourite sweet things 🙂

The best size cake tin is a round 20cm, or equivalent square (23cm square I think it is). Larger ones make a slightly flatter cake, which can dry out in the oven if you’re not careful. Smaller

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter
  • 500g dried fruit
  • 200g glace cherries
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarb
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Put butter, dried fruit, glace cherries, water, sugar, and bicarb into medium to large saucepan. Bring to the boil, boil for 2 minutes, then set aside to cool. You’ll need a saucepan that is large enough that the ingredients only fill half of the pan or less, otherwise they’ll boil over (it’s a pain to clean it off the stove if it spills).
  2. Once cooled to almost room temperature, add flour and eggs. Make sure the mix is sufficiently cooled, otherwise you’ll scramble the eggs when you add them (done this several times. There is no resurrecting the mixture if the eggs scramble). Mix until smooth.
  3. Grease and line cake tin, then pour mixture in and smooth top. Bake for approximately 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin for about 5-10mins before turning out onto a cooling rack.

This cake will keep for at least a week, often longer if kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

This makes a fantastic Christmas cake, and I usually make 2 or 3 of these to take to all the family Christmas events.

~K

The good… And the not so much

Good things that happened today:
1. My piano came over from the old house 🙂 and the jostling from getting moved seems to have freed up some of the sticky keys, because it’s playing better than it was before.
2. Our internet FINALLY got connected
3. AWESOME summer storm!
4. Choc-mint icecream om nom nom

And the not so good:
Because our provider stuffed us around with the connection, I was cutting it fine to get the paperwork for my summer unit in on time. So I rang uni, and suddenly got informed that it all had to be POSTED in, and was due today. Whereas when I spoke to them last week, the person I spoke to said I could email the paperwork. Cue minor meltdown.
I think I’ll just have to suck it up and do 5 units in first semester next year to get it done, because I just want to get this FRICKING degree FINISHED.

~K

So frustrating…

The worst part about getting other people to help you move? When they pack stuff weirdly.
Case in point – I have all the bottoms of my Tupperware containers, but none of the lids, because I kept all the lids in a container together. And Mum put the lids in a different box to the bottoms when she packed them, and I haven’t been able to find that box yet!
Thank you all for your help, but why can’t you put things that go together in the same box!?!?
At the same time, I apologise for being short-tempered while we were doing the move – I honestly can’t help it, the heat makes me feel awful and I can’t think, and everyone wants me to make snap decisions! I really do need just a minute to think it through 😦
Yay for aircon in the new house!
~K

Moving house

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The move is going well, we’ve got all the big stuff into the house – now we just need to go sort through the crap left behind at the old house and decide what to keep.
Jacket is having fun exploring – he’s still a little confused about all the boxes, but in typical cat fashion he’s been over, under, and through everything he can find 🙂
Hubby forgot to bring the kitty litter over last night though… So I woke this morning to find that my handbag had been peed on. Oh well, I’d been planning on getting a new one anyway haha now I have an excuse lol (I don’t have a hope of getting the smell out of the bag). I also need a new wallet, because it smells like cat pee now too :S That part I am annoyed about, because the wallet is one my Mum bought for me in Paris 😦
Now, off to finish sorting stuff out!
~K