Posts from — January 2014

Sweet Little Something 7

January 31, 2014

Why… hello, Friday! That means it’s time for a Sweet Little Something – an end of the week morsel that we would love your comments on. It may be a photograph, a link, a poem…some tidbit of inspiration. Leave us a note or create a haiku for a photograph if it takes your fancy. We heart your creativity!

From Hannah:

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From Ria

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In: Food, From Hannah, From Ria, Sweet Little Something

Time Travel 2

January 26, 2014

I’ve driven back to my past. Almost two decades worth of time travel which took less than two hours. Two comfortable hours, through mist, past cows in fields, on highway and we are here.

I visited Waikato University in my final school year as a favour to a friend who thought she might study science here. It was the quintessential Waikato day with a needling, chilling mist that settles against bones and weighs upon, well, your sense of hope. Thank God it’s not me, I thought, shivering, whilst giving her encouraging glances. Until, that is, I read the course brochure which described exactly what I was after. Cue heart-sink. Less than a year later I was in Hamilton and she wasn’t. Go, as the Americans say, figure.

 

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Today, I parked my car in a familiar car park and stepped through puddles towards the University library. The old “K” building loomed ahead of me. It looked exactly the same. Not grey, more of a dirty cream, square and seemingly purposefully uninspiring. Exactly the sort of place you should house your Arts and Social Sciences students. As if we didn’t have a propensity for depression in the first place. It made me smile.

 

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In: Food, From Hannah, Travel, Writing

Sweet Little Something 1

January 24, 2014

Yes, it’s Friday again, which can only mean it’s time for a Sweet Little Something, an end of the week morsel that we would love your comments on: a photograph, a link, a poem…a tidbit of inspiration. Leave us a note or create a haiku for a photograph if it takes your fancy. We’ve had some fabulous poems already this year!

From Hannah:

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From Ria:

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In: Food, From Hannah, From Ria, Sweet Little Something

The Alchemy of Caramel 2

January 19, 2014

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I discovered something last year that opened my mind to what I was capable of producing in the kitchen. I followed this recipe for salted caramel sauce, with its list of ingredients more like a casual mentioning–sugar, cream, butter, salt. Just a scattering of ingredients. Things I almost always have in the house. But did I as often have caramel sauce in the house? No. Not because I was trying to be a good girl, but because I always thought making caramel was way more involved. Like, requiring a candy thermometer (those things still scare me). I thought good quality caramel was the kind of thing you splurged on at fancy import stores and poured sparingly over your ice cream.

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In: Food, From Ria

Sweet Little Something 2

January 16, 2014

Yes, it’s Friday again, which can only mean it’s time for a Sweet Little Something, an end of the week morsel that we would love your comments on: a photograph, a link, a poem…a tidbit of inspiration. Leave us a note or create a haiku for a photograph if it takes your fancy. We’ve had some fabulous poems already this year!

From Hannah:

Longing for just the right sort of party that requires a vintage caravan bar like this one from One Lovely Day. Something slightly Famous Five about it… if they were all grown up and liked mojitos with tons of garden mint. Garden wedding? 40th? Book launch?! Surely I can drum up an excuse.

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From Ria:

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In: From Hannah, From Ria, Sweet Little Something