Bacons big reveal party

Welcome one and all to my good friend Bacon’s big reno reveal!

Boy what a ride and we all know the ‘joy’ of reno’s..they are one of the most stressful things a normal person can do…well normal may not be the word!

Bacon has been through a huge change at his place and after many years of either bad health or work it was time to refresh..oddly you have to semi kill yourself to get refreshed!

I understand only too well..the last house we had it was the bathroom dude from ACME bathrooms…may as well have been..note to self we can build a better bathroom…just sayin..

I have smashed old fibro cement walls out and nearly discombobulated myself in the process..i have spent so much time pulling old 60’s tiles of bathroom and laundry floors that i started to actually see the face of Jesus in them..seriously..drove me mad..i have painted until my feet and fingers were about to drop off..had they done so i would not still be waging war on the painting of the fences here by brush..urghh..

Here we have pulled out a kitchen.,..yes it was a treat…some pics of the festive event..

How's that colour..

How’s that colour..

Urghhh

Urghhh

Yep..a beaut..

Yep..a beaut..

 

Of course Doc and Forrest played the part of tradies assistant..when Phil went to work i took over...i will never look at slate the same way..

Of course Doc and Forrest played the part of tradies assistant..when Phil went to work i took over…i will never look at slate the same way..

Our handy tradie was the BEST..such a great guy..

Our handy tradie was the BEST..such a great guy..

Sometimes you just have to call in the big guns..

Love me a machine

Love me a machine

Well we survived here..barely..and still have a main bathroom and ensuite to do..all the flooring which has split due to drought..and the bedrooms need painting and reflooring..the list goes on..so while we have a rest let us all have a bit of a celebration and salute the latest reno achievers.

I know Bacon and his family have culled until they could cull no more and decluttering is so therapeutic..so in celebration of this great reveal..i invite you all to grab the stuff you want to declutter and throw it on the bonfire!

Go for it folks!

Go for it folks!

Oscar will help he loves a good bonfire…and i know Bacon has some great food at his place for his reno reveal party but also we have here some grub..so grab some and head to Bacon’s with a plate..

My homemade Macarons..

My homemade Macarons..

And since Bacon Loves Apples..grab some of these to take ..

Delish!

Delish!

And i would be remiss as a co-host if i did not offer some of prize winning Apple Pie..yes it did NOT win this year although in a strange turn of events i did receive a certificate in the mail for best decorated Apple pie..

Hot and delish folks

Hot and delish folks

Now you all enjoy Bacon’s Southern Hospitality and go enjoy the new reveal..a long time coming and well worth all the hard work !

Hugs Fozziemum

Shopping Around the World

Hi guys and it’s another trip to the great halls of food and wonky trolleys…

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My good mate Bacon and i have been having so much fun learning about the way we all shop..the things that we buy and the costs that are so varied across the world..not just what the leaders in countries say we pay but real time real people prices..

This week i am proud to announce Australia is the winner..yes we have been nominated the most EXPENSIVE country in the world to live in…Bravo!

So before my dodgy at best internets has a hissy fit again here we go with this months list!

Now as we approach Winter the task of discussing costs of heating/cooling and thermostats finds us at the cooler end of the scales.

Now during winter here we get cold, not arctic cold as in our Northern Hemishpere friends but cold enough.

For me that means the house needs to be a constant warm temp..as we have super insulation i am grateful..double brick also helps.

I prefer the rooms which are mainly open plan to be around 22C seems a bit warm for some but old mate Athritis dictates it to be warm.

To do this we have an annoying but handy gas wall heater which is a last ditch run out of wood way to heat the house.

Now if we have no wood this bad boy will use (for cooking we are gas as well and water heating) during a cold snap a bottle a week at $100.00 so as you can see we get wood! and that means either trees that have fallen and can be used from our property(after checking they are not habitat) or buying in loads of wood.

Now to cut and stack your own is great..but it has to be available dried and it is time consuming when hubby is working.So we try and do this weekends.We have a few trees that Rabbits have under pinned which need removing (i love them but they really are destroying at a rapid rate 😦 ) but it will still need to dry..green wood not good for the flue…

 

The search for wood..

The search for wood..

 

A load of wood we get is usually a cubic metre and costs $140.00 and depending on the quality could last a month..sometimes less sometimes more.

So that is our heating for Autumn /Winter.

I must say as much as i love a wood fire i look forward to the day i can have push button heating and cooling…no dust ash fireboxes to clean..urghhh.

Now next item: Fave meat..well i do not really have one, i am pretty much a what i am in the mood for gal..and this week i have craved Mussels!

This week a kilo of Mussels cost $6.00

 

Freshly farmed Mussels

Freshly farmed Mussels

They really are delicious take no time to cook and only six hours to scrub and debeard…just sayin…

The next item was the go to vegetable..i am so happy my veggie beds are almost finished..i am sick of the quality and price of some veggies and really prefer my home grown.just one bed gave us 15 kilos of tomatoes this summer..fantastic!

This week my go to veggie is the red capsicum or red bell pepper i think my USA friends call it…always dearer than green but full of goodness.

A less than perfect capsicum

A less than perfect capsicum

I paid $1.91 for this one..they are $8.69 a kilo this week..

My random item is one i use a bit and i had run out..it is always a dear item as it is the most labour intensive spice and therefor you pay for it.

The item is Saffron..the product of a crocus flower..

Tiny little packet

Tiny little packet

At $7.48 for 5 grams it is more expensive than gold i think…works out at $1.496 a kilo….

I use it sparingly as it is strong in colour and flavour so it does last a long time..i used about 5 or 6 strands last night.

Which brings us to homemade dish of the month…

I have been craving ,as i said, Mussels and apart from Mussels moulinere i felt like Paella..

So last night as the internet war waged and hubby was on the phone trying to sort it out and my never ending email debacle i gathered my goodies.

Mmmmmmm

Mmmmmmm

The first step is to take your mussels and scrub them then debeard and wash..

Take one and a half red onions and finely dice..Take either half a cup of white wine or fish stock and add 2/3rds of you onions..heat until bubbling (in a decent pot) add the mussels put the lid on and gently shake for about 3-5 minutes or until they open.

Remove from heat and drain reserving the mussel liqor.

If you have a paella pan great if not take a wide based pan or pot and heat half a cup of olive oil add the remaining onion..one finely diced red capsicum 4 crushed cloves of garlic a small amount of diced speck (or bacon)  and some strips of chicken ..saute for 5 minutes.

Add one diced fresh tomato one small diced Chorizo or other spicy deli sausage and a pinch of cayenne pepper and some smoked paprika about a half a teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper and reserved liqor from the mussels and i cup of paella rice.Stir.

Add 2 cups of heated chicken stock which has been infused with about 5 or 6 saffron threads (you can use the powdered saffron but use caution as it is super overpowering) stir until all well mixed bring to the boil then reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 15 minutes without stirring.

After 15 minutes remove the chicken if almost cooked and put to one side.

Put some frozen peas about half a cup on top and push gently into the rice(i like frozen as they cook down and stay bright and do not mush up) if you have green prawns add them now and also push them in to the rice..cover the pan or pot and leave on low heat for ten minutes.

After 5 minutes add mussels to the rice and finish cooking for the next 5 minutes..if the rice is not quite cooked add a small amount more of hot stock but do not stir just pour on top (mine was fine so i needed to add nothing ) .

When done turn off heat and rest for 5 minutes.

A good paella will have a crusty bottom referred to as the ‘ Soccarat’ because i used to burners to cover the size of my paella pan my Socarrat was mainly in the centre and the outside..i usually cook paella on the bbq with a more even wide based heat.

Makes no never mind to me it was super delicious.

 

Paella

Paella

Now the total cost worked out at $33.00

This gave hubby and i two serves last night and a meal each for lunches..so $5.50 Per person per meal which to me is good value!

So there you have it another fun shop around the world..thanks for joining Bacon and i again and please have fun seeing what everyone ‘cooks’ up this month!

 

 

Shopping around the world

Well here we are and here we are and here we go…shopping all over the world…with myself and Bacon

For your entertainment to get you in the mood for the big shop….

Ready to go now!
Well this month is the random month..

First off we have the random Condiment

Mine is Balsamic Vinegar

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I use white balsamic in dressings and the dark balsamic in nearly every dish that has an Italian flavour..i love it.
I have fond memories of forgetting i was making a balsamic reduction once..casualty list…one good saucepan..and the kitchen was a thick haze of eye burning smoke.

At the moment a 250 ml bottle is on special for $5.40 Aus.

250mls is 8.45oz US
US dollars 4.21
Canadian dollars 5.26
British Pound 2.73
Rand 48.58
Krone 28.02
Euro 3.75

The next random item is a frozen meal
I confess the only frozen meals we usually eat are meals i have made with left overs..
However the frozen wedge is always in my fridge..

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I love these handy wedges and this week they are on special for $3.00 Aus for 750grams

750gram is 26.45 US oz
US dollars 2.34
Canadian Dollars 2.92
British Pound 1.51
Rand 26.99
Krone 15.57
Euro 2.08

The next item is random dessert..
Well i do love desserts and usually make them so i tend not to buy them…however a staple in my pantry for dessert making and pancakes is Steeves maple syrup..Erma Gerd my fave!

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It’s never cheap but imitation syrup is rubbish..
At the moment it is on special for $5.36 Aus for 250ml
250ml is 8.45 US oz
US Dollars 4.17
Canadian dollars 5.22
British Pound 2.71
Rand 48.22
Krone 27.81
Euro3.72

Next is random fruit..for me it’s strawberries..stupidly dear at the moment considering it’s summer?

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On special ?? yep i query that! at $5.48 Aus for 450grams
450 grams is US 15.87 oz

US Dollars 4.27
Canadian Dollars 5.34
British Pound 2.77
Rand 49.3
Krone 28.44
Euro 3.81

And last up is random item of choice..for me as this week i have a sweet tooth that cannot be satisifed..it’s my childhood fave..

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Chips and biscuits..i love me some Tim Tams dunk them in a cuppa and them suck in them like a straw..delish..or just eat them..and the mint biscuits are a real luxury biscuit too..after eating these i always crave salty chips.. go figure!
This week you can buy two packs of the bicuits or two packs of the chips or one biscuit and one chip for $5.00 Aus..

US Dollars 3.89
Canadian Dollars 4.87
British Pound 2.52
Rand 44.98
Krone 25.94
Euro 3.47
Now i am hungry!!!

Thanks again for joining Bacon and i on our shopping trip..we love seeing what you all pop in your trolleys 😉

Meet …greet… and eat

Well everyone today was a big day..Phil and i headed off to Melbourne for my appointment with the rheumy..who was lovely and all of ten years old..but she knows her stuff so i felt quite happy with her and confident she has the latest in autoimmune diseases.
So we left home at 7am ..took 2 hours of painful traffic..had my appointment..had my bloods stolen..and left.
We headed to see our little girl (yes 29 and still my little girl) had a coffee and a chat and dang forgot to grab some figs that were growing like crazy in her backyard!

We then headed off to Lygon Street..home of little Italy and cakes cakes cakes…yes..

And who did we meet up with?

Well we had our little guest with us..we stalled his departure until tomorrow as we KNEW he had to say a quick G’Day to this special person…

Yes Bashful got to have a reunion and we got to have a face to face with the lovely Sharon or as Bacon calls her Aunty Sharon from Gentle stitches

Aren't we cute :)

Aren’t we cute 🙂

Bashful was so excited to see Aunty Sharon..the last time he saw her they headed to Japan!..seems when Bashful comes to Australia he takes mini trips within his trip hahaa 🙂

You want those cakes don't you!

You want those cakes don’t you!

It was so nice to meet Sharon and we had a great chat..about blogging,craft what makes us happy and of course food!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

We met at Brunetti’s..THE best cake shop and a paradise for sweets lovers..talk about try and decide!!
Sharon had a Baba which looked amazing I got Fozziedad a Pistachio number and i had a spongecake that looked like a strawberry with a strawberry jelly inside….DELISH!

Inside Brunetti's

Inside Brunetti’s

The coffees were great and it was so nice to have an actual face to face ..when it was time to go we said our farewells and will catch up soon at my place as i have a spinning wheel to give to Sharon as i know it will have a good home and be given the workout it deserves! i also have three bags full (yes a nursery rhyme) of fresh wool for her..so i am happy that this will be used too 🙂

Sharon gave me a gorgeous little blue heart she had made because i had been in the hospital..it sits with the Simba she made me ..

Gorgeous :)

Gorgeous 🙂

Cakes everywhere...and this is not even the whole shop!

Cakes everywhere…and this is not even the whole shop!

It was a full day and we did not get home until 4..

Luckily i bought a take home pack of cakes..they are so divine…i think i deserved a treat for being jabbed don’t you?

Ooh la la....

Ooh la la….

I mean i was brave..just sayin…

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Thank you again Sharon for a lovely chat it was truly so nice to see the lady behind the amazing crochet!!

Bashful says farewell to Australia

Well we have had a ball taking Bashful with us on holiday up to Cairns.
We tried to make sure he saw as much as we did and experienced all that the Northern part of our beautiful country has to offer…sun sand sea and rainforest.
I think he had a ball..this is the second time he has visited us and it was a long time in the planning!
In fact when we booked our holiday early in 2014 i spoke to Bacon and the plan was hatched! so we kept the secret for nearly a year..amazing for me!

This week the little guy will wing his way home..and i am sure he has many tales to tell..and i also believe he has a little explaining to do!! (more of that later 😉 )

So i have got a little group of pics to show as we bid our little mate farewell and say safe travels…

Bashful arrives for Xmas

Bashful arrives for Xmas

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We travelled from our home town up North

 

We stayed in Melbourne the night before..early flight the next day

We stayed in Melbourne the night before..early flight the next day

 

Airport in the distance

Airport in the distance

 

On board the plane..morning tea

On board the plane..morning tea

We arrive at our destination and head to the resort

We arrive at our destination and head to the resort

We have a break at Cairns..Bashful at the lagoon

We have a break at Cairns..Bashful at the lagoon

Resort arrival and Bashful is ready to relax!

Resort arrival and Bashful is ready to relax!

We unpack and head to the pool

We unpack and head to the pool

Bashful and i share a cocktail..let the fun begin!

Bashful and i share a cocktail..let the fun begin!

Bashful met a Rhinocerous beetle

Bashful met a Rhinocerous beetle

He had a chillax pool side

He had a chillax pool side

Met some relatives

Met some relatives

Had romantic dinners with Fozziedad and i

Had romantic dinners with Fozziedad and i

He hit the beach

He hit the beach

He enjoyed the warm temperatures

He enjoyed the warm temperatures

Loved the food

Loved the food

Dined alfresco

Dined alfresco

Loved the scenery out in the rainforest

Loved the scenery out in the rainforest

Enjoyed all the rest stops

Enjoyed all the rest stops


He didn't eat the crocodile curry Fozziedad had

He didn’t eat the crocodile curry Fozziedad had

But nibbled my calamari salad!

But nibbled my calamari salad!

Gelati by the beach

Gelati by the beach

Pulled pork rolls poolside

Pulled pork rolls poolside

Yep that Bashful loves to eat!

Yep that Bashful loves to eat!

Prawn rolls beachside

Prawn rolls beachside

Oh and cakes of course :)

Oh and cakes of course 🙂

Bashful really wanted to stay at the resort

Bashful really wanted to stay at the resort

And all the staff were sad to say goodbye to him

And all the staff were sad to say goodbye to him

But all good things come to an end

But all good things come to an end

Resting on my cushion on the plane

Resting on my cushion on the plane

The ouchie toe needed some help when we got back..

The ouchie toe needed some help when we got back..

So off to the hospital for me and Bashful for an xray..

So off to the hospital for me and Bashful for an xray..

So it seems fitting to say bye bye to Bashful with some fireworks..we sat on the beach on New Years eve..eating fish and chips and watching the fireworks over the coral sea..Bashful had a great night and so did we..so adieu my friend and let’s do this again!
Loves Fozziemum xx

Shop til you drop

Well again it’s time to join Bacon and I in a blog hopping shopping trip..

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Please do not TRIP on your trip…

Just sayin...

Just sayin…

We enter the arena of wobbly wheels in search of these goodies this week:

Olives..yes I love me an olive…my faves are dried and hard to come by they are more intense in flavour and kind of sweet..but this week I got my next fave..the pitted Kalamata olives..i bought a box once an tried to preserve them myself..it just didn’t happen despite my best daily efforts at rinsing and rebrining..oh well…thanks to the Deli I do not have to go without!

Kalamata Olives

Kalamata Olives


At the deli this week they were $14.99 Aussie dollars a kilo

Next is Room defunk-ifyer..usually this old 60’s baby burns incense..my fave being Frankinsence or White Sage..the Frankinsence reminds me I am sure of a past life in ancient Egypt (and explains my kitty love and various statues).I can close my eyes and imagine I am in front of a pyramid..ahhh
The White Sage I burn when I think there is too much negativity around (see there’s a side to me you may not know)
But when I want a long lasting and gentle smell through the house I burn this bad boy….

Delish

Delish


It’s an Airwick Essential oil candle (apple and cinnamon this week )
And it cost $6.26 Aus dollars this week on special saving about $2.00

Next is Lettuce..now may fave is cos or I think my American friends call it Romaine? but they were not available..ironic winter is the best time to grow lettuce and summer is when we want it.
So I settled for the much underrated Iceberg..which as a child I used to sprinkle sugar on the leaves and eat..ewwww.go figure!

Sorry I ripped into it for a sanga:)

Sorry I ripped into it for a sanga:)


And this lettuce this week cost a ridiculous $2.99 Aus Dollars! nuts!

The next item was light globes..pretty much all we can get are energy efficient..which cost a bomb and despite the claims of super long life..die well before they should..of course being warrantied you can get a replacement as long as you can find the receipt..which we now put into the empty box..so we have a cupboard full of empty boxes..this will end up an episode of hoarders..just sayin…

Let there be light

Let there be light

Since we oddly did not need one for a change I have no correct price but they run at about $10.00 Aussie dollars i think..
And now the Random item..

Quinoa

Quinoa


Yes Quinoa..i love this stuff..i use it as much the same way as couscous but the various colours are a super delish alternative..
I can add anything it cooks up beautifully and is super good for you..because they say it is bwahaah.

It costs $19.90 Aussie dollars a kilo which has come down a bit since all the cool folk started to cotton on to it..amazing how expensive things are when they are unpopular.
But then there are now many many Coeliacs now and the Gluten free products are still rudely expensive!

So there you go my list done..being absent so much i thank Bacon again for being a stalwart at the shopping blog post..and now..time to put the feet up and have an olive..with a glass…and maybe some Vermouth…
Thanks again for joining the shop til you drop blog hop and have fun checking out everyones carts 🙂 loves Fozziemum x

Shopping around the world

Well I have been awol..and remiss in blogging for not quite a week and yet it seems like forever..i haven’t been well but am fine now and look forward to attempting to catch up…urghhhh so again Bacon and I are at the shops..this time with a healthier trolley…

This is an interesting one as always the fruit and veggies will be very different due to seasonality..i always try and buy in season as the quality is superb and believe it or not whatever is in season is usually what your body needs for the time of year also..and the costs should be better…

So let’s grab a trolley..and some running shoes and head to the shops..

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First on the list is Apples…I love Pink ladies…they are crisp..sweet and a bit tart..i love them fresh..stewed and of course I use them with Grannies to make my award winning Apple Pies and cakes..

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Pink ladies this week are $5.99 Aus kilo..they are not really in season and can get down to a much better price in February..my Apple trees are waking up from winter at the moment..

Strawberries…love them ..love to make jam from them when they are in season..which they aren’t at the moment..
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A 250gram punnet is on special this week for $1.99 Aus

Carrots I love too…and they make great cakes 🙂
This week they are $3.29 a kilo..still a bit pricey!
Carrots

Beans are next..and boy have they been expensive!! I prefer fresh and love them steamed and then tossed with some garlic and sautéed mushrooms..but the prices have been up to $12 Aus a kilo!
green beans
I buy green round beans..and in the right season I love broad beans..double peeled and tossed in pasta with some lemon zest and pancetta…

This week they are $9.89 a kilo Aus…

Lettuce…wow what a variety now..when I was little it was only iceberg available…and for some reason I would eat the leaves with a sprinkle of sugar??? yuk!!
I usually buy a lettuce mix with rocket and other goodies..
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This week iceberg lettuce is $2.69 Aus each..
Funny the lettuces grow best in winter ..
Now on to our random choices…
My random Fruit is an all time fave ..Blood orange or cara cara..such a beautiful fruit..i make a lovely blood orange curd tart..too die for ..only available for about three minutes a year it seems and on my tree list to buy.

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This will be my morning tea..
At $6.39 a kilo Aus this week…worth every bit..
And my random vegetable is the Celeriac..
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What a bizarre knobby and weird looking veggie..but I love them..they make a delicious puree with roasts after simmering until tender in some milk..yumm
This week they are $5.59 Aus each!
So that is this weeks list..thanks so much for sharing your shopping experience with Bacon and myself..and I will get around to visiting you all soon…lots of news and things happening and very much on the hop