Thursday, January 28, 2010

Evil, evil biscuits

These biscuits are a dieters nightmare, basically pure butter and sugar, but they are so, so good. You have been warned!

I only call them evil, because I am helpless against them. Truly, if I could only ever eat one biscuit again...

They are the Shortbread Biscuits (Fancy) from the Country Women's Association cookbook (p. 247). Basically the recipe calls for equal amounts plain butter and flour, and then a third as much of icing sugar and (now this is what makes it special) custard powder! Four ingredients and that's it.

Then just cream together the butter and sugar, and add the sifted flour and custard powder. Form into small balls and flatten with a fork. Bake to a pale brown in a moderate oven. You can then sandwhich two biscuits together with "butter icing flavoured with vanilla". I could not find butter icing amongst the recipes in the CWA cookbook, but rang DH's family aunty who makes these as her speciality, and really she just uses icing sugar with water, maybe with a little softened butter. I just had to add the water slowly to get the right consistancy, and I forgot the vanilla. But it didn't hurt these little babies one little bit.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

I love a train ride

[image - WikiVisual]

So I'm pretty excited about catching The Prospector to Kalgoorlie tomorrow. Eight hours on the train! I'll be meeting my sister there to transport home a darling little staffy puppy for my brothers two little girls.

have a great weekend, next week I'll post the most delicious biscuits EVER! I'm not kidding.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Very Happy New Year

 [rice paddies]


2010 is going to be a wonderful year. I know I'm a bit late with the New Year business but we've just spent the last two weeks soaking up some very needed R&R in Bali (DH works very hard).

We landed early this morning and I am so very excited to be HOME. There is nothing sweeter than disgorging from the airport and smelling the clean, dry air of home. Tropical climates are nice to visit for a little while... but going away always reminds how much I love Australia and just how lucky I am to live here. I'm so much more a home-body than a traveller, two weeks is just about a week too long for me.

There are other things I've missed while away, like my MacBook and my blog reader, which is now very full! I have some serious catching up to do there :), my little vege garden, our own bed (I didn't miss my pillow because it goes with me everywhere), being able to make my own food, the internet, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, I am glad to be home and looking forward to a magical year.


*the Cornerstore in Seminyak where I bought a cute hat and drank the water and didn't get sick