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Sayonara Winter, you bitch

August 31, 2012

I have not loved this past winter. No, sir-ee Bob, I have not.
We’ve had cold, after cold, after cold….damn, these little people are petri dishes of bacteria! I never knew people could catch this many consecutive colds. The rounds of snot got my spirits down at times, so I’m ready to herald the change of season with topless cheerleaders and dancing bears….although the bears may be deemed a touch un-PC.
I wanted to farewell winter with a haiku –

This winter sucked balls
My butt was quite frozen
Thank dog it’s over

See….culture. That’s what you get with the Holsbys.

Back at the beginning of Winter, when I saw Bunny.Eats.Design’s Winter To Do List, I loved the idea.
I try usually to keep my recipes to family friendly, quick meals, but I need to challenge myself also…, I’m a massive bum-licky, show-off, over achiever…..but you already know that.

B.E.D. had 10 items on her list, and because I had just had a baby, I thought I’d do five. I figured I’d smash that early and cruise for the rest of the season.
Except I forgot all about it after the first three……

But I’m not here to talk about my failings, no, no. I’m here to celebrate the things I did do, and we won’t give another thought to those pesky croissants. Perhaps one day when I’m gagging for a culinary challenge, don’t have large piles of washing to do and have 2 kilograms of butter lying around I’ll get onto it. Maybe even this Spring?

So, let’s just recap on this past winter’s feats, shall we?

Lamb Tagine cooked in the actual tagine

This little puppy was first cab off the rank. Perfect winter fare and I’d hail it a roaring success. We loved it, Boy loved it and there was sufficient for left-overs. What more can a girl ask for?

If I was to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing, and once more I’d like to flip Food Gawker the bird because I thought that photo totally did justice to how delicious the meal was. Food Gawks, consider yourself flipped.
You can read all about this delicious meal here.

Make Salt Caramel Ice Cream

Holy hypoglycemic shock, gang, this ice cream was amazing and intense and sweeeeet. I loveses me a bit of caramel, don’t get me wrong, but the praline didn’t stay pralined and turned into gooey caramel sauce in the bottom of the container.
It was definitely delicious, but your ass expanded as you ate it and your insulin levels shot through the roof.
Next time, I’d do less praline, if at all……..but the salt caramel ice cream bit was to die for.
If you’re keen to have a crack at giving yourself diabetes, check the recipe out here.

Make My Own Yum Cha

If you can excuse a moment of absolute immodesty, I smashed this one out of the park. Although none of the elements of this lunch were particularly difficult, I really felt a sense of pride and joy sitting down with our dear friends and eating this meal.
My pork buns may not have been as fluffy as at the Chinese restaurant, but I wouldn’t change a single thing.
If you love a dumpling, these are tasty and simple. Check out the post here.

Duck It Up

Phew, bit of a race to the finish line with this little puppy. As I said, I kind of forgot about the list and it was only when I actually saw a duck in my supermarket and felt the first whiff of the Spring breezes that I remembered that I really wanted to share this salad with you guys.
If it’s your turn to cook, and you want to impress while not breaking a sweat, this is your dish. Check it out here.


Well, well, well, you divine, buttery pastry cresents, I may not have got to you this time, but believe me…….your days are numbered, because Mister H laid down a gauntlet many months ago.
He said –

If you truly love me, you will make me croissants.

No pressure.

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  • Reply empressnasigoreng August 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Yum! I love that description of children as little petri dishes of bacteria. You didn’t just watch that petri dish experiment on Myth Busters did you?

  • Reply Abby August 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    That ice cream looks amazing! x

  • Reply Bunny Eats Design September 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Well done. I’m so proud of you! Your efforts look amazing. I’m sure that when you get that pesky crossiant, it will be teh awesome.

  • Reply mrsdsmaunderings September 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Yummo Mrs H. I made that evil caramel icecream once years ago – was definitely a sugar laden delight.
    Now that I’m a lady of leisure (read unemployed) I’m planning on tackling a few recipes I’ve been wanting to try .have a great Saturday 🙂

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Lady, I don’t know about you, but being a ‘lady of leisure’ is farking hard work, no? I never worked this hard in a studio, lemme tell ya! Get in that kitchen and reward yourself for those loads of washing……

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