Mornings



Four instagrams over four mornings.
1 Hallway sunshine
2 Our first breakfast in our new house
3 A new dawn. It feels good to know we are staying put for a wee while.
4 A good morning ghostie

Three men and a baby


Uncle Dan, Grayson and Mark came over for tea and cheese scones. Wish Max and I could've seen them play on Friday night. Next time I'm booking them in for a gig in the lounge. Xylophone, pots and pans and ukelele. So So Modern unplugged.

Cheese and herb scones (a la good old Edmonds)

3 C standard plain flour
6 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
75g butter
1¼ C grated cheese  
2 tbsp chives
2 tbsp parsely
1 - 1½ C milk, approximately
extra milk for glazing

1. Preheat oven to 220 C.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.  Cut butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add cheese and herbs.
2. Add 1 cup milk and mix quickly with a knife to a soft dough, adding more milk if needed. Knead a few times.
3. Lightly dust an oven tray with flour.  Press scone mix out on floured bench or tray, cut into 12 even-sized pieces.  Place on oven tray, brush tops with milk and place in top half of oven to bake

4. Bake scones for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Once golden brown with crisp crusts, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Cooling on a rack will give you crisp crusts, while covering them with a clean tea towel will give a soft scone.  

Stolen Flower #1


13 Selbourne Street

A new project. Portraits of flowers stolen from other's gardens. Naughty but nice too.

I have a blue house


We have a home. It's been seven weeks of living in limbo. It's a huge relief to know we are going to stay put somewhere for a little while.

I know I haven't been posting often recently- life has been a mess and we've just got internet sorted. But  also a small confession: I've become an Instagram addict. My user name is @alionessyou.  I'll post some of those photos on here but at the moment I'm trying to keep the two worlds separate. Is that even possible?

Too many memories

Going through all my boxes stored at my mothers, it seems I have never thrown anything away. Six suitcases of photographs and negatives. I'm trying not to get too distracted but I got lost in this stack of old Polaroids for a good hour. Here's a couple of my faves.

Feijoa and speculaas cake


The rains have begun. It's not cold really, just a bit grey and wet. So I thought I'd do some baking and try to combine the best of New Zealand and Holland in one cake. Here's my Feijoa and Speculaas Cake recipe.

125g soft butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup milk
1 and 1/4 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp speculaas (having tasted it I would probably double this)
Up to 2 cups of peeled & halved Feijoa (cut each one in half then scoop them out with a spoon).
Brown sugar

Combine the first 5 ingredients, then sift in the flour, baking powder and speculaas. Mix until well combined. Pour into baking paper lined 25x25cm deep cake tin.  Push feijoa halves (pointed side) down into the cake mix until the top is kind of level.  Sprinkle with the brown sugar.  Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes (but check it earlier- because mine was a tad overdone).
Serve with a cup of tea. 

Slumming it in Remuera



The good news is we've found a house, but we can't move in for another week. So meanwhile we're in short-term digs in Remuera, where we kind of don't fit in, Remuera being a rather posh suburb.
Max is understandably really unsettled, so it's been a quiet week- cups of tea, walks and lots of naps. I am so looking forward to having our own home very soon.

Zach meets Max


It's the Women's Weekly Photo Caption Competition!
What did one baby say to the other baby?
Winner gets a meat pack.

Wee Bernie



Little Bernadette is so tiny. She makes Max feel like a monster. It's weird how you can't remember your baby being so little. Not that Max was ever quite as small as Bernie. Congratulations Rose and Rob on your gorgeous wee girl. She's perfect.

Uncle Dan bought us a child size drum kit


Not sure how I feel about that. Max is stoked though.

Orange finds

It was Queen's Day in the Netherlands earlier this week. I love Queen's Day! I celebrated it by going opshopping and buying orange things. Here are my finds.