Sunday, August 28, 2011


TOF hit the jackpot this week and brought home a lovely book -  Simply Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free by Grace Cheetham.  It's has some interesting takes on traditional treats and desserts as well as meal recipes.  Between us, we can eat neither gluten, dairy, mushrooms nor beef. We don't really have a problem with meals, but treats, oh treats....

Today's treat is our take on Grace's chocolate and fig biscuits.  As we couldn't find our stash of dried figs from last year's plunder of public fig trees in Canberra, we subbed dried apricots. The chocolate called for was a 70% cocoa solids, but we used Whittaker's 50% bitter sweet because it was open and is still dairy free.

Total win.  The resulting biscuit was moist but not mushy and we got 15 biscuits.  A darker chocolate would give a richer result and I can't wait to try it with figs.

Friday, August 05, 2011

12 in 11 July update

Nothing at all to report this month.  Nothing new came in either by purchase or by gift.


Not really wanted much, although we have a ball to go to in October, and I have nothing to wear.  I got rid of all the evening wear when I lost weight and it's the last thing to be replaced.

Finding a ball gown is impossible and I haven't the inclination to sew.  I suspect it will be cocktail length rather than formal length this time around.

While I was on leave in June I threw a few pale and/or stained items into a dye bath.  I now have several indigo coloured revamps - just like new clothes.  Hope to turn a few of my navy shoes black this month as I've had to get rid of some old favourites recently and the work shoe situation is getting dire.