Every now and then a package arrives in the mail that is too good not to share in it’s entirety. WD gifted me a box last week with a lovely collection of sweet things to accompany the stylish little My Passport Ultra hard drive (I just love how tiny it is) – and it couldn’t have come at a better time. My photo library is in a shambles, and the thought of something bad happening to my laptop (and losing all those badly filed photos) scares the life out of me. So, this weekend I’m going to set aside a chunk of time to organise and store all those precious memories of little Sunday. Also pictured above is a collection of stationery from Kikki K, yummy rock candy from Suga, and a lovely set of magnets from my Instagram photos that were also included in the package, from Origami. See what I mean about happy mail?! I hope you have all had a great week.
I’m a fan of most things that are personalised, so naturally loved the handprinted love pillowcase that I spotted from the sweet Geelong based brand, Little Louli. Sunday can now sleep soundly on her name every night. The Swan Quilt cover is also really lovely, as are the cute t-shirts, and the range includes sheets in cot sizes too. The crisp cotton range is all hand printed in Australia and no two items are the same, which is a refreshing break from the mass produced bed linen out there.
It’s great finding out about new brands through my blog, and Sunday was recently lucky enough to be gifted with a cute set of PJ’s. Thread is a new label that produces a lovely collection of quality kids sleepwear. The first range consists of 11 cool pieces, which are sold as separates, and are all 100% cotton. I also love their recent dreamt campaign shots by talented children’s photographer Hayley Sparks (check them out on the website). As you can see, Sunday was rather impressed with her set from the Goodnight Moon Collection. If only she was this happy to actually go to sleep every night ; )
I know I’m in the minority when I say I don’t eat chilli. It’s a bit un-cool and often receives a blank look from waiters when I ask the kitchen to hold on the spice. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s if I do happen to eat some – I get a ridiculous choking cough and my eyes water for the next hour. Anyway, I digress….the one spice I can handle is that incredible pink mayo (chipotle tartar sauce) that you’ve most likely had on a soft shell taco in recent years. I’m happy to say that Mark has mastered the delicious condiment at home. All hail the tin of ‘Chipotle chiles’ pictured above. Below is a recipe for delicious Baja Fish Tacos…It’s an easy recipe but a bit time consuming, but if you’re like my husband and enjoy spending an afternoon in the kitchen – you’ll really enjoy preparing this crispy-battered fish in a corn tortilla, topped with a coriander slaw and chipotle tartar sauce. For me, I was just thrilled to get a chance to eat some Mexican.
Baja Fish Tacos
Makes 6 to 8 tacos
1 cup dark beer
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
600g boned and skinned flathead
12 to 16 corn tortillas, warmed
Cabbage and Coriander Slaw (see instructions below)
Chipotle Tartar Sauce (see instructions below)
1. In a bowl, whisk beer, flour, and salt until well blended.
2. Rinse fish and pat dry; cut crosswise into 2cm wide strips.
3. Pour about 1 inch of oil into a deep pot over medium-high heat; bring oil to 360°. With a fork, carefully dip each piece of fish into beer batter; lift out and let drain briefly. Slide fish into oil, a few pieces at a time, and cook until golden (adjust heat to maintain 360°), turning if necessary to brown on all sides, 2 to 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200° oven while you fry remaining fish.
4. To assemble each taco, lay a tortilla on a plate and top with the slaw and a couple of pieces of fish. Serve with the chipotle tartar sauce to add to taste and lime wedges to squeeze over the top.
Cabbage and Coriander Slaw
Makes 4 1/2 cups
6 cups finely shredded cabbage
1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
pinch hot chilli flakes
salt to taste
In a large bowl, mix 6 cups finely shredded cabbage, 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander, one grated carrot, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, a pinch of hot chilli flakes flakes, and salt to taste.
Chipotle Tartar Sauce*
Makes 1 1/2 cups
2 tablespoons canned chipotle chiles
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup chopped onion
In a blender or food processor, combine 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. canned chipotle chiles, 1 cup mayonnaise, and 1/4 cup each sweet pickle relish and chopped white onion until smooth.
I spotted this ‘fill in yourself’ list on Jodi’s blog, Practicing Simplicity – who originally saw it on Pip’s blog, Meet me at Mike’s. I’ve got a lot of things flying around my head at the moment, so it was with perfect timing that I sat back, and took stock. I highly recommend it! Get Pip’s blank list here, if you also want to give it a go.
Making: a design board for a client’s master bedroom Cooking: orecchiette and meatballs for dinner Drinking: rosé, sparkling water and a coffee a day – I’m trying to give up diet coke Reading: emails and ‘Spot’ books Wanting: a visit to the hairdresser Looking: at a pile of random toys Sunday gifted to me at my desk before she went for her afternoon nap Playing: Justine Clark on Sunday’s pink CD player Deciding: what email to reply to next Wishing: my Mum lived closer Enjoying: seeing my small business busier than ever Waiting: on a quote from a carpet layer Liking: watching less TV Wondering: if Sunday will ever eat her vegetables Loving: learning transcendentalmeditation Pondering: a floorboard colour for a house I am working on Considering: a holiday in the sun Buying: yummy organic food from ‘About Life’ in Cammeray Watching: re-runs of Play School on my phone in the early mornings with Sunday Hoping: to get to the gym four times this week Marvelling: the people at the gym that work out every day Cringing: my readers might think this is a strange blog post for me (but I’m still enjoying writing it) Needing: a manicure Questioning: my new shoe purchase Smelling: Eternity by Calvin Klein (old school) Wearing: a new scarf from Country Road Following: the bizarre recent news story on Rachel Dolezal Noticing: the floor needs a mop Knowing: I’m trying to juggle too much at the moment Thinking: about my Grandma, always Admiring: Sunday’s tiny nose (this morning I was, anyway) Sorting: receipts for the end of the financial year (oh, the joy!) Getting: not enough sleep and too much caffeine Bookmarking: an article I read advising teenagers to invest money early and wisely (the thought of Sunday affording to get a roof over her head one day terrifies me). Coveting: a new armchair Disliking: over-sharing on social media Opening: an invitation to Sunday’s cousins birthday party Giggling: Sunday’s attempt to hop on one leg at ballet class this morning Feeling: happy, but a little stressed Snacking: strawberries and tamari almonds Helping: my sister with school pick up today Hearing: rain and a car horn