Friday, March 6, 2015

Easy Pork Sang Choy Bao for a Fast Kids Dinner

My kids absolutely love sang choy bao.  I used to make this dish alot for dinner party entres, pre kids.  The recipe seems to have been in a slumber for 15 years or so.  I forgot how easy and tasty it is to whip up.  The Beach House Brats have been asking for more Asian food in our weekly meal plan, so I recently dusted the sang choy bao recipe off.  I have made it twice in as many weeks.  It's a great way to get a few green vegies into them and textually they love the crunch.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Things to Do in Bayeux France

Bayeux is a medium sized town located in Normandy and very close to the D Day landing beaches.  What is remarkable about Bayeux, is that unlike many of the towns of Northern France, which were reduced to rubble as the Allies moved inland, on their way to Berlin, Bayeux was not bombed at all during WW2.  The reason for this was that the Mayor was a integral part of the French resistance.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Gorgeous Beachside Mansion

OMG this is house porn at its best.  A historical home built almost 100 years ago, bought into the next century with a beautifully tasteful renovation, including all the mod cons.  Now that is my kind of house. She even has her own self contained studio and pool.

  Retaining many period features and just a short work to the beach, this house in Collaroy, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, is simply stunning.  For all her qualities and a detailed floor plan go here. 
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Baked Figs with Prosciutto and Goats Cheese

Just a quickie from me today as the window of opportunity for figs, though delectable, is short and oh so sweet. I find figs are best eaten simply, as the French and Italians do it.  I was recently inpired, when I dined out with my three longest standing girlfriends for dinner.  The Italian restaurant served them with Gorgonzola, which worked equally as well as Danish feta/goats cheese, which is what I have used here
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Easy Chicken Recipes to feed the Family

Good Morning Domestic Godesses

I have some really simple and fabulous chicken recipes to feed the family on this blog and I thought I'd gather them all in one spot, so you can use them too.  These ones are all on rotation in my house and I have cooked them many times, so I do know they are easy, quick to prepare and completely delicious.  There is something here to please the whole family.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe

If you are here for the easy lemon chicken recipe scroll down, but first a little about my life right now. 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Gorgeous Avalon Beach House

Woohoo this sure is one lovely Avalon Beach House.  The best features for me are the alfresco bar and paved  entertaining area.  The real stand wow factor is the funky light fittings.  This house is all class and just a short flat walk to beach and village.  More details here.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Historic House Exteriors

I love the irony around the Historic Houses of Hobart.  Tasmania has not always had the economic opportunities of the states on the mainland of Australia, thus forcing it to retain alot of it's old buildings through necessity. That concept has paid dividends and meant that Tassie has a plethora of heritage listed buildings and streetscapes.  As a lover of history and houses, a city like Hobart is paradise to someone like me.  Take a look.  I trust you will be inspired.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

I Stand For Mercy #IStandForMercy

Hello Beach Dwellers 

I am devastated that these executions are moving rapidly forward like a train wreck.  Putting these men to death in such a brutal and cruel way, far outways their crime, which was grave indeed, but they have paid with a decade of incarceration and have been reformed and helped others to do the same.

Lets face it we've all done something we are ashamed of.  Forgiveness is liberating.

  Please make yourself heard before it's too late, by sharing this message in anyway you can.  If not for them, then for their mothers and families  Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Beautiful Beach Cottage in Palm Beach

This house is situated in one of my favourite Northern Beaches locations.  Just a short walk from the stunning Careel Bay in Palm Beach, this gorgeous beach cottage has it all. For more details you can go here.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Things to Do in Hobart Tasmania

There are many reasons to visit Hobart, Tasmainia and the biggest one for me, is the history.  Hobart was settled by Europeans in 1803 and was actually the second British settlement in Australia after Sydney.  The beginnings of Hobart came about because, in typical style, the Brits were worried about France establishing a settlement and blocking important southern shipping lanes.  I kind of wish that a French settlement had arisen, as I think that might have been good for the Tasmainian tourist industry today.  But it was not to be.  Hobart was a very British outpost and the colonists have left their British stamp, all over the city.
The irony is, that Tasmania is one of Australia's less affluent states.  As a result, they were forced to keep alot of their historic buildings, when the likes of Sydney and Melbourne were mowing them down  in the 1960's and 1970's, to build boxy glass sky scrapers.  That happy fact in Hobart, has resulted in a charmingly historic cityscape and lots of interest for a visitor.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

A Beautiful Beach Cottage in Queenscliff

I am loving this beautiful beach cottage in Freshwater this week.  She has views and some lovely living spaces.  For all her details and a floorplan, check this out.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How to Make Spring Rolls

How to make a professional looking spring roll is actually not that difficult.  This post takes me back to one of the several night school cooking courses I did, when I first started flatting.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

A Beach House with a View on Sydney's Northern Beaches

The thing I love about this beach house, apart from the stunning view, is those fabulously high ceilings.  This looks like a beautiful home and you can find out more including a floor plan right here.

Have a fabulous weekend Beach Dwellers 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Study Space Make Over

I have been concentrating on all things high school over the last two weeks, so Desire Empire has taken a back seat.

One part of getting ready, was spending more on my son's school uniform, than I would ever dare to spend on a wardrobe for myself.  Accordingly, there was not much left to create a workable study space in the Beach House Brat's bedroom.
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