Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Spoonflower Design Challenge: Year of the Rabbit

One of the up and coming design themes for the weekly Spoonflower challenge is to coincide with the Chinese lunar New Year of the Rabbit.
After doing some brief research into the symbolism and meanings of bunnies in eastern cultures I came up with my design Jade Moon Rabbit. According to Chinese folklore, there is a rabbit that lives on the moon with a toad. This bunny spends his days pounding herbs with a mortar and pestle, making the elixir of life for the Immortals.
According to Japanese and Korean folklore he is actually just pounding the ingredients for rice cakes! I think I like the Chinese legend better :)
Jade Moon Rabbit - Spearmint colourway
Jade Moon Rabbit in Duck Egg Blue, Autumn Eve & Spearmint
My Jade Moon Rabbit design is available in three colourways, and can be used with my Miniature Woodland Herbarium design, also available for purchase in three colour ways. You can see these designs in more detail and my other fabric designs at my Spoonflower profile.
Miniature Woodland Herbarium in Autumn Eve colourway
Miniature Woodland Herbarium in Duck Egg Blue, Autumn Eve & Spearmint
Stay tuned for posts showing the printed fabric from Spoonflower. I have plans to make a sweet little pinafore dress for my little Ms B, although I will have to make sure it has a full skirt as she won't wear dresses that don't twirl! Are all 3-4 year old girls like this?
Have a wonderful day today, especially if you're celebrating Australia Day. My family will be celebrating at one of the free events on in the capital and dropping in on the Triple J hottest 100 songs of the year on the radio.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Zucchini Pie?

This summer has been wet, wet, wet. About 4 months ago, an official announcement was made "the drought has broken".
Here in Australia's capital we have been in drought for a decade, that meant for us no watering gardens with hoses between 10am - 7pm, and when you could water it had to be every alternate day, no running through sprinklers, no green lawns etc.

This summer has brought more rain than I have seen since I was a child. Thunderstorms every week! Rain every other day! It has been very odd, but wonderful at the same time. The Dams our city relies upon for
drinking water were around 48% full a year ago, they are now 100% full and have been for the past few months.

All of this means that every tiny scrap of vegetation is GROWING! My garden looks like a lush tropical wonderland, the grass at the roadside is up to 2 metres tall (much to my husbands dislike).

The one thing that is growing like crazy in our garden at the moment is our solitary zucchini plant. So when the kids picked a few this morning I asked them what we should make with them and the answer came back, "zucchini pie".

So here is my made up recipe for Zucchini Pie (really a quiche!)

Zucchini Pie

1 medium sized Zucchini/Courgette sliced thinly
1 sheet frozen short crust pastry
4 free range eggs
1 tomato diced
1 small onion finely chopped
1 handful of grated cheese
1 tsp Korma curry paste
1 Tbsp sour cream
1/4 tsp sea salt
ground black pepper

olive oil

Take pastry out of freezer to thaw.
Set oven to 180 degrees Celsius (365 Fahrenheit).
Grease 22cm pie tin.
Line a shallow pie tin with pastry sheet and blind bake for 10 mins then remove from oven and leave to cool a little. Leave your oven on.

Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan, add some olive oil and saute onions.
Add tomato, zucchini and korma paste and cook until soft.
Remove from heat and leave to cool.

Beat eggs, add sour cream, salt and pepper and beat some more. Add cheese.

Spoon tomato/zucchini mixture into pastry tin.
Pour egg mixture over tomato/zucchini and bake for around 10-15 mins or until your "pie" is golden brown on top.



Queensland Flood Crisis

The past week has been a difficult one for many Australians.
We have seen images of houses and cars being swept down streets, some with people still inside them.
We have heard stories of courage & amazing rescues but also of tremendous heartbreak.
My heart goes out to those who have lost their loved ones, friends and neighbours.

You can help by donating funds to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal or the Salvation Army's Flood relief Appeal.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Pretty Good Year, well I'm sure it will be soon.....

It has been so long since my last post and so much has happened since then but not the sort of things I was hoping for. The week before Christmas a family friend who I grew up with, tragically passed away. It really has shocked me and my family deeply to realise we could lose someone so young and full of potential in the blink of an eye.
Christmas has come and gone with many lovely meals and drinks with family members and friends. New Years eve was very quiet in my household, during the week leading up to it we had in our house two cases of flu, one case of tonsillitis
and an ear infection resulting in a emergency trip to hospital to treat a perforated ear drum. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for the children :)) I was the unlucky one who had flu and the ear infection :( .

So now that's all out of the way I intend on having an outrageously wonderful and most productive 2011. There are a few things I have on my resolutions list for 2011: eat more fruit, drink more water, spend more time with people, eat more wholefoods and most importantly watch the clock less, don't worry so much and enjoy the moment :)

I received my tea towel calendar order from Spoonflower
last week, sewed them up and have seen them sent off to far corners of the world. Yes they will be a little late, but I'm sure the recipients won't mind. Here are some snaps of the design printed onto cotton/linen fabric.

My trusty vintage Husqvarna

Pretty Good Year tea towel design on Cotton/Linen fabric

Close up of January-February

Sending all of you positive thoughts and lots of creative energy for the start of this new year of ours.