An Evening of Fine Wine and Floral Fantasy

A night on the town tonight; we attended the opening night showcase of Laurie Bullied’s floral art celebrated with fine wines and vermouth by Bettenay Wines and Margret River Nougat and a grazing table presented by Gourmet Food Merchant of Cowaramup – what a lovely evening.

 

 

Review: Digby and The Duck – Max Landrak

Digby and the Duck

Digby and the Duck

Max Landrak

Hachette Children’s Books

Lothian Children’s’ Books

ISBN: 9780734417770

 

Description:

A book about determination, discovery and a duck . . . or maybe it’s about nothing at all! From the creator of DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM.

 

Digby can’t shake the feeling he’s being spied on, but by who? Curiosity and investigation will pay off – in the most unexpected way!

 

A wonderfully illustrated, off-beat story that will delight kids, parents and educators.

 

‘Max Landrak’s first children’s book is a delight . . . bound to bring forth giggles’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING on Max Landrak’s DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM

 

 

My View:

What toddler/child does not love a story that involves a pooh hunt?  J

 

Max Landrak you do not realise what you have started…our toddler grandson is obsessed with the hunt and he is very good at it.  We live in a semi rural area – lot of birds, ducks, kangaroos and dogs. Our grandson takes great delight in discovering the offending article and standing guard till it is removed.  We have the cleanest garden in the west.  J J

 

I Think I Am Being Sent A Message

Over the past few weeks I have read 3 books; A Place to Remember, True Blue and the Book of Colours, (4 if you include the The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart with its gorgeous cover and flower art between the covers) that have spoken to me about art, painting, creativity and the therapeutic value of creativity. The universe feels like it is sending me a message, to say I have been inspired is an understatement – I cannot stop painting! And I am loving the process.

 

A Place to Remember True BlueThe Book of Colours

 

 

 

Unicorn Rice Paper Rolls: Unicorn Food – Sandra Mahut

 

Unicorn Food

 

‘Unicorn Food by Sandra Mahut (Murdoch Books RRP $19.99)

Unicorn rice paper rolls

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Makes 6 small rice paper rolls

 

 

½ packet bean thread vermicelli

1–2 drops natural blue food colouring or blue spirulina

1 carrot

1 cucumber

½ red cabbage

A few pink radishes

½ avocado

6 rice paper wrappers

A few green lettuce leaves

A few black and white sesame seeds

½ mango for decoration

 

Lemon coconut tahini sauce

1 tablespoon tahini

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Juice of ½ lime

1 tablespoon coconut cream

1 teaspoon light soy sauce

1 drop natural blue food colouring

 

Cook the vermicelli according to the instructions on the packet, adding a little blue food colouring

to the cooking water. Once the vermicelli is coloured, set aside in a bowl of cold water. Cut the carrot and

half the cucumber into thin matchsticks. Thinly slice the red cabbage. Slice the radishes into rounds and

thinly slice the avocado.

 

Moisten a sheet of rice paper and place it on a slightly damp, clean tea towel. Cut off the top

edge of the wrapper (to give a straight side for an open-ended roll). Arrange the lettuce leaves

and vegetables in the middle, starting with the ingredients that will show through. Wrap up the roll,

using your fingertips to tightly close the lower part.

 

Place the rolls in the refrigerator. At serving time, sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds, then

decorate with stars cut out of the mango or the rest of the cucumber.

 

Blend the sauce ingredients, except the food colouring, in a food processor. Add the drop of blue food colouring and swirl once with the tip of a knife to make a pretty spiral, then sprinkle with a few sesame seeds. Serve the rolls with the sauce.

Unicorn Rice Paper Rolls

 

Post Script: Unicorn Food – Sandra Mahut

Unicorn Food

Unicorn Food: Natural Recipes for Edible Rainbows

Sandra Mahut

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781760634414

 

Description:

No unicorns were harmed in the making of this food! But unicorns have magically inspired all the recipes in this book adding technicolor sparkle to your sushi and fairy tale magic to your mocktails. Why eat boring when you can enjoy a rainbow-coloured noodle bowl for dinner? And it’s all deliciously natural – no nasty e-numbers or preservatives, just beautiful food colourings made from berry juices and vegetables. From the show-stopping Unicorn Cake and Cosmic Donuts to Rainbow Veggie Sandwiches and Celestial Swirl Soup, these brightly coloured edibles can be naughty and nice. Create the most unbelievably Instagrammable dishes ever seen. Cook, post and enjoy and the likes will multiple. Move over mug cakes. This is internet explosion unites the zeitgeist for all things magical, pastel, and unicorn-esque. Brightly coloured, and not too serious, Unicorn Food is shared experience – how could you not want to share such amazing and magical delights created in your own kitchen – and all natural and vegetarian.

 

My View:

This must be the most colourful and spectacularly designed recipe book I have come across – the photography is amazing, (the writer is also a photographer and food stylist – that is evident on each and every page). You will find yourself racing to the kitchen to prepare some of these wonderful, healthy  treats–“no artificial food colourings are used in this book; they are all plant based.” P4

The colourful, joyous creations will put a smile on anyone’s face. If your best friend needs to be cheered up – a plate of Unicorn macarons will do the trick, need a unique gift for that arty friend? Unicorn white chocolate bars look divine and are easy to create in the home kitchen. (p.50)  And there are so many choices for party/birthday treats you want know where to begin. But don’t stop there – there are recipes to add sparkle and glitz to breakfasts (Mermaid toast, Rainbow smoothies, Blue latte, Starlight smoothie bowl ), lunch (Unicorn dips, Rainbow veggie sandwiches…) and dinner – Unicorn rice paper rolls, maki rolls, veggie noodle bowls….YUM I want to eat it all !