Do you remember my post, roughly 12 months ago, about the Sydney Opera House? Well last year was a big year for this beautiful building, which also celebrated it’s 40th birthday. Last month, I too celebrated a birthday. If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed that one of the gifts I received was a tile on one of the largest sails of the Sydney Opera House! I didn’t receive an actual tile but in purchasing a virtual tile, my husband and became Housemates. The funds raised via this project will go towards maintaining and renewing this iconic building for the next 40 years. If you too would like to support the Sydney Opera House, or see who else is a housemate, you can visit the Own Our House website or see frequently asked questions here. We could be housemates together!
In preparation for Australia Day, I made an Aussie icon—the humble lamington. If you have never encountered a lamington before they consist of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate, then rolled in coconut. Upon searching for a recipe, I discovered that there are various methods, which left me wondering which version to make. Should I use ganache or icing? Should I spread jam in the middle of the lamington? Should I use dessicated or shredded coconut? The consensus amongst my friends was that you should only use jam if you are adding cream, so to kept it simple I went with icing, no jam and toasted shredded coconut (I think toasting the coconut was the best decision I made!). I didn’t use one recipe in particular but if you would like to make your own lamingtons the links below may be of some use, I particularly like the idea of mini lamingtons that can be eaten in one bite!
Happy Australia Day!
Attention Sydneysiders! You only have a few days left to experience Exxopolis, the giant inflatable sculpture that has been occupying the Sydney Opera House forecourt for the last few weeks. The Architects of Air have created another fantasy world of light and wonder that you can explore. Having seen one of their luminariums a couple of years ago, I knew it would be worth another visit. So if you haven’t seen Exxopolis yet January 27th is the last day, don’t miss out! And if you want to save a few bucks, book your tickets the day before.
So the Christmas holidays are over and I am back in Sydney trying to get back into a routine, which is proving difficult when sorting through last year’s holiday snaps. Continuing on the tour around New Zealand’s South Island, today’s post takes in Blue Pool (which actually looks more green in my images!), Cardrona, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Lindis Pass. A severe storm hit the island during our visit but the mister and I were lucky to avoid most of it, we had to skip Milford and Doubtful Sound due to the bad weather but this meant more time in the snow so it all worked out. So if you are sweltering in Oz right now and are struggling to keep your cool in the heatwave, just imagine yourself floating in the pool below, I know that’s where I’d rather be.
The adventure continues! I knew before I visited New Zealand’s south island that it would be beautiful. What I didn’t know was just how diverse the lanscape would be. Into the lush rainforest that I posted images of last week, advances Fox Glacier. The glacier is one of the most accessible in the world, with walking tracks leading up to the glacier terminus. However, feeling a bit more adventurous, a helicopter flight and glacier hike was decided upon. The weather had been a bit unpredictable during the first few days of the trip and we weren’t sure if our heli-hike would go ahead but luckily for the mister and I the sun came out and along with our guide, we ended up being the only people on the glacier! Amazing! This was one of the highlights of the entire holiday.
I still have a few more photos from New Zealand to share with you but they may have to wait until after Christmas, I have some baking to do! So until then, have a happy Sunday and enjoy the rest of your weekend
Well hello there! My name is Mahani.
I am a printmaker, graphic designer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. Picturette is a place for me to document my creative adventures.
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