Time out on a Thursday


First time out moment today at Cafe Sofia in Erskineville with a Blondie cupcake, Mint, Lemon and Ginger tea and In Style magazine…it was MM’s first day at child care. It was definitely me with all of the tears. And after sitting with MM for most of the day making sure he was settled, I really take my hat off to the Carers at Explore & Develop Alexandria. So much patience and enthusiasm all day in such a demanding job. I am so enjoying this moment for me…

Published in: on April 19, 2012 at 5:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Wintry waffles and perfect pancakes

After a glorious spate of sunshine in Sydney, we’re back to the last of the winter days  for 2011. As I look out the window and see slanted rain, cool wind and grey skies I can only think about warming my hands around a hot cup of tea and scoffing down a stack of buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon on the side.

Mr ELG, baby ELG and I recently traveled down to the snow with my sister and her family. On any road trip that includes children, it’s hard not to bring all but the kitchen sink with you and to an observer witnessing us try to load on bag after bag onto the ski tube up to Perisher, I’m sure they would have been having the last laugh! Included in the loaded luggage was the only appliance (apart from the hairdryer) to make the trip – my brother-in-laws trusty waffle machine! As soon as I saw the Sunbeam invention, I started salivating over the thought of golden hot waffles drizzled with maple syrup, homemade hot chocolate sauce and scoops of vanilla ice-cream. As it was unpacked, he explained that he had had to resort to bringing a pancake bottle shake mix instead of carrying eggs up to make his usual creamy concoction.

We raised eyebrows together and this kick-started a conversation over the huge pros always outweighing the cons of the Betty Crocker/White Wings-style powder mixes. At the end of the conversation we both agreed that making your own waffle/pancake mixture from eggs, flour, milk and any other additions was the the #1 preference 100% of the time despite the convenience and ease of the so-called bottle mix on holidays and we were both eager to see how the waffle machine married up to this second-rate powder mix.

In answer to that, it didn’t. The waffles were a shadow of their usual self and the shake ‘n’ bake resulted in soggy smatterings of waffle slivers. And so once we were back in Sydney, my cravings were subsided by whipping up a batch of fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes doused with icing sugar and lashings of syrup. Meanwhile I heard that the waffle machine also made a welcome back appearance somewhere in an upper north shore home and we both vowed never again would we succumb to Betty Crocker. Now, where did I put that maple syrup…..?


Published in: on August 12, 2011 at 6:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to eatlovego; a work in progress


Pull the words apart, I think  put the words together. Either way these three verbs are synonymous with me and why not talk about them daily? Well that’s the question I posed to myself on Friday just gone.

To eat; strawberries, Ben and Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, fresh squid ink tagliatelle and banana fritters immediately come to mind. To love; recipe books, new Midas velvet shoes, David Austin roses, farmer’s markets and weddings are current adorations. To go; Morocco and Turkey are alluring, Tassie and Queenstown are booked but oh how I ache to go back to Paris and dine at Chez Julien at the end of the Pont Louis Phillipe bridge on the Marais side.

Put the verbs together and you are touching the silver lining of this blog.

So taste something new this week, go to Xage in Surry Hills and see how it stacks up against Phamish and live life like Cole Porter, “Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.”

Published in: on March 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm  Comments (1)  
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