When this came up on a deal site a few months ago I couldn’t resist the urge to relive my childhood. I bought them (15) for just over $50, I think, and I am quite happy to pay $3 a book for the Roald Dahls when one day I fully intend to be reading them to my children. And look! It has all the good ones! Actually … it could have all of them, full stop.
I haven’t reread them all … yet. I am so excited about it, though.
Needed some extra storage in the flat, so brought back my old bookcase from home. Previous to being this nice seafoamy colour it was right purple to match my bright pink and lime green room.
Anyway, from the top, left to right: ramekins (9cm), spices, my egg receptacle (it’s a ceramic mixing bowl, really), deep pie fish, flan dish, oval baker (those are the three boxes piled on each other), 12cm ramekins, pretty teapot, lasagne baker, cake tins I, cake tins II, gravy boat (under cake tins II), cookbook stack, potatoes.
In the stack: lots of Annabel Langbein (usually there’s another one there), the Cook’s Encyclopaedia, not one but two chocolate specific books, and – usually, but not in this picture – my own personal compiled cookbook.
Excuse the lack of pretty in this entry – it’s simply an update, for those who are interested, of the weekly run of things. I have a blog all set for tomorrow in which I mention that I have set out daily themes. This is the way it’s going to go (of course, these are subject to change, and in no way should you bank on there actually being a daily entry – this blog is periodical for a reason, and calling it daily pretty would just be tempting fate):
Monday: Botanics (i.e. my fabulous photography taken in botanic gardens all over New Zealand).
Tuesday: Videos and intrigue (curious things uncategorisable. Music videos. Things I can’t live without).
Now there is method in this madness – I simply do not have enough of any one thing to run a blog on. However, if I separate everything out and run a category a day, I have material to last me years. And if I notice a jump in views on any particular day, I may conduct stocktake and see if I can stretch to giving that category two days a week. We’ll see.
So, since last time I’ve posted there has actually been quite a big development in my life. I got a sweet job for next year!
I’m pretty sure everyone knows of the existence of RAs in university halls of residence, and next year I’m going to be one. When the applications were going in, it occurred to me that it could be a bit of fun (and the salary covers the rent) and so I filled out the form and threw it in on the last possible morning.
There were three stages of application – the form application was first, followed by group interviews, followed by one-on-one, or rather three-on-one interviews. Somehow, I made it as far as the three-on-one and they seemed to like me (amazingly. I thought the interview was terrible and I had to run to it from a lab which I was desperately trying to finish early). Because they gave me a job for 2010!
This year I’ve lived at International House (I will post pictures of my lovely halls of residence at some stage) but next year I’ll be an RA at Huia Residence, which is just over a bridge from here, next to the medical school (very handy for me) and involves cooking your own food (darn). O, and it’s alcohol free. It’s very different to I. House, but I am looking forward to it.
Anyway. I have started collecting recipes for my year of doing my own food, and the first thing I did was to grab a pretty notebook to write them all in. I started it with nine cupcake recipes (good effort, huh?). And here it is.
My Huia recipe book.
(Huia, for any non-New Zealanders, is a type of bird. It’s black, iridescent, rather small, and very extinct.)