Saturday, October 29, 2011
Well peeps, after much thought and consideration, I have decided to take an extended blogging holiday. Nickel Pickel is feeling like it has run it's course, in it's current capacity at least. I originally started blogging when I moved to Australia and found myself insanely homesick and wanting a way to share what I was up to with my friends and family back home. It then followed me around the world and now 3 years later I am back in NZ, and feeling like it's time for a change.
At this stage, my plan is to be blogging again in the New Year, hopefully with a little more direction then I have now, some new projects and with renewed energy. It might be here at Nickel Pickel, it might be somewhere completely new and fresh! Wait and see, but I promise to keep you posted.
Don't worry blog friends, I will still be lurking and randomly commenting on all your online goodness, but from Nickel Pickel, it's bye for now, and thanks for all your lovely, kind words and encouragement over the years!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I am the sort of person that, when seen entering a kitchen, will often send an oven running in the opposite direction. I can't cook to save myself, so this recipe is SO up my alley. No cooking required!
First, crush up 1-2 packets of vanilla/wine/milk arrowroot biscuits, and put into a large bowl.
Then, gently melt on the stove; 1/2 cup sugar, 125g of butter and 1 tbsp cocoa. Remove from the heat, and mix in 1 egg, and 1 tsp of vanilla essence.
Poor that liquid goodness over the crushed biscuits and mix really really well, ensuring you taste test globs of it as you go... you know, to make sure it's completely mixed in and all...
Press the mixture into a flat(ish) baking tin, making sure it reaches all the corners.
In another small bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, 25g butter and a splash of boiling water. Mix to make icing, and slather it all over the top of the biscuits. IMPORTANT: Lick spoon/knife/spatula/spreading utensil and also the bowl afterwards.
Put the slice into the fridge for a couple of hours to set, then wollah! Remove, cut and EAT.
I was never really aware of how essential sloppy weekend breakfast food was, until we lived in Canada. Things like 'Breakfast Sandwiches' and 'Breakfast Burritos' were completely foreign to me until I was working in a cafe on Salt Spring Island and having to make and serve them to customers! I slowly became accustomed to this greasy goodness, (my heart probably not so much), and now we have started a small tradition at home on Sundays - the ultimate breakfast sandwich. That's bacon, hashbrown, cheese, egg and tomato sauce, oozing out between two pieces of white toast. Oh yea!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I was so completely stuck for ideas at my last silversmith class this week - I needed to come up with something I could complete within my 3 hour time slot.What to do, what to do...I trawled through my blog for inspiration and, seeing as I've had sharks on the brain a bit lately... I made a hammerhead brooch, and I love it!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A friend noted briefly to me not so long ago, that sometimes if you want to put together a really great outfit, you need to dig deep into the back of your wardrobe and revive some of the old things that haven't seen the light of day for a while. I agree, that it's often the unexpected collaboration of items from various different seasons and styles that makes for something so much more fun then a quick all encompassing shopping spree at Glassons.
Well today, without this being my intention at all, I think I've well and truely put together an international outfit.
Black long sleeved top - 'Target' Australia, purchased around 2 years ago.
Black tights - 'Primark' London, purchased 12 months ago.
Cord skirt - Thrifted from 'Value Village' in Victoria, Canada, 18 months ago.
Vest/cardigan - Hand me down from my Mum (originally from 'Sussans', NZ) 3 years ago.
Belt - Naples, Italy, purchased 12 months ago.
Shoes - 'Glassons', NZ, purchased around 6 months ago.
Turquoise necklace - 'Grace Anchor Finery', Salt Spring Island, BC, purchased 12 months ago.
And that people, is a pretty mad example of holding on to things for yonks, trekking round the world with your wardrobe and wearing garments to the grim death!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
It's been pretty quiet in my world this week; the constant rain we've had lately has made me hunker down and semi hibernate. But then today? Be-eautiful. We've had painters around at our place for the last wee while, so I've staked out a spot on their scaffolding and that's me. Got my computer, got my guitar, got my coke and a soft spot to doze in the warm sun. Best Sunday in a long time. Hope it's glorious wherever you are too!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Mix together 1 1/2 cups brown sugar with 250g softened butter and 1 egg.
Add 2 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 3/4 cups flour and 1 tbsp baking powder. Mix all together, then add 1 more cup of flour.
Mix again to form a dough, tip out onto the bench.
Roll out to 5mm thick, cut out circles.
Bake at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Spread half with jam, then sandwich them together.
Mix together 1 cup of icing sugar, 1 tbsp milk and 1 tsp butter and a dash of pink food colouring to make icing. Dollop on the tops.
This recipe is basic - I don't muck around with colouring sugar granules etc for sprinkling on top, too much feffing around and not enough eating!