Archive | October, 2010

Kayaking near Meelup Beach

31 Oct
Kayak1

We spent 2 hours kayaking in beautiful, clear, blue water

Kayak2

Why does Myles look so unhappy?!

Kayak3

Meanwhile, I look like I've joined the Surf Life Savers

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D’Entrecasteaux National Park

27 Oct
DNP

We were blown away by how spectacular the coast line is

Coastal heath

The coastal heath floral display was stunning

Salmon Bay

We drove around another bend and found another breath-taking beach

Pemberton and the Karri tree forests

26 Oct

 

PBC

Our first two nights were spent at Pemberton Breakaway Cottages

 

 

Tall trees

The region is famous for its VERY tall trees... this one is 75 metres tall

 

 

Bicentennial Tree

We made it 25 metres up the Bicentennial Tree- that was quite far enough! Did you see the rather perilous spikes we had to climb?

 

 

Big trees

Seriously big trees

 

 

Enchanted forest

We felt like we'd wandered into an enchanted forest

 

Way over west

25 Oct

We’ve recently arrived back from a great holiday to Perth and the south-west corner of Western Australia. Over the next few posts I’ll endeavour to share our experiences via some of our many photos!

Cape Leeuwin

Cape Leeuwin

High Tea at Lindsay House

18 Oct

To celebrate the birthday of our friend Angela, we escaped the rain and wind and enjoyed a delicious High Tea at Lindsay House.

I&A

Lindsay 1

Cakes 1

J&M

Cakes 2

Cakes

Productive times

15 Oct

T-shirts

The t-shirts are based on ideas from ideas I found over at Make It and Love It.

Dress and scarf

The dress is based on a Milk From a Thistle dress I own (and used some super-cheap Ikea fabric) and the scarf was made following instructions from here using an XXL men’s t-shirt from Big W ($7.59!).

 

Recipe of the week: Paella

13 Oct

This is from Karen Martini’s book, “Cooking at Home”. It’s really tasty and a great meal to have when friends are over. It might look a bit complicated but it’s really not and it’s well worth a try. It makes about 6-8 servings depending on how many people go back for seconds!

Ingredients:

100 ml olive oil

2 chicken thigh fillets, skin removed, cut into 2 cm pieces

6-10 green (raw) prawns, peeled and deveined, with heads and tails intact

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon chilli powder

100 ml fino sherry

200 g chorizo sausage, sliced

3 green chillies, seeded and chopped

6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 large red onions, chopped

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 red capsicums (peppers), roasted in a 200°C oven for 25 minutes, then peeled and chopped

350 g calasparra or arborio rice

1.5 litres hot chicken stock

1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted

Handful of coriander and mint leaves

Method:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius then roast capsicums whilst preparing everything else.

Heat half the olive oil in a large deep frying pan or a 5o cm paella pan over high heat, add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes. Add the prawns, half the paprika and half the chilli powder and stir for 1 minute. Add the sherry, stir well, then transfer the chicken mixture to a bowl.

Heat the remaining oil in the pan over medium heat and cook the chorizo for 2 minutes, then add the chilli, garlic and onion and cook for 6 minutes. Stir in the remaining paprika and chilli powder and season with salt and pepper. Add the roasted capsicum and rice and stir for 3 minutes, then add the stock and stir well. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, then return the chicken mixture to the pan and add the peas. Continue to simmer until the dish is less soupy (about 5-10minutes).  Rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Scatter with coriander and mint leaves and serve with lemon wedges.