Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Afternoon with Rosalie & Chiara

I had a lovely lunch with my dear friend and her tiny pink baby. I love Chiara's parka. She looks like a giant, polkadot marshmallow.

Who's the cutest? Oh yeah, me!

GoogleServe 2010

It's that time of year again - time to serve the community in the cold. This year I bowed out of the organising committee as it was way too time consuming last year, and instead participated in a few events. One such event was bush regeneration in Woollahra at Trumper Park.

I'm not really the gardening type, so it was hard to get into the spirit of weeding. It was great, however, to see a huge area of weedy land transformed into a field of baby trees.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dessert with Adriano Zumbo

I have long been a fan of Adriano Zumbo, the fantastic pastry chef based in Rozelle. I found a cooking class he was taking at the restaurant under my building - Signorelli. An evening with Zumbo? Who could resist?

The unlikely celebrity, Adriano Zumbo.

The class fell on an evening with torrential rain. Many people were running late - including the star of the night. Adriano arrived, full of apologies and bearing several trays of intriguing looking ingredients.

Adriano demonstrated two desserts that he had created just for the occasion. A new version of tiramisu and a lemon curd tart with olive oil sorbet.

Watching Adriano in action was fascinating. The softly-spoken man had the room's attention with his every move and word. Several members of the class were scribbling down notes furiously, asking questions that would help them re-create the recipe at home. I happily know what my baking limits are, so was content instead to photograph and listen to the words of wisdom the great chef had to depart on us.

As he cooks, Zumbo shares his tips and stories of his childhood. He tells us about his time in France and his dislike for their huge food wastage. After he mentions this I notice as the night goes on that nothing goes to waste. Any extra material is boxed up in plastic containers for re-use. Burnt pine nuts are salvaged.

Most interesting is watching Zumbo crack open eggs on handed, with the reflex of one who has cracked more eggs than I shall ever consume in my lifetime. He shows us how to separate the yolk using our hands for a cleaner separation (some recipes require the yolk and egg white to be cooked at different temperatures, so having bits of white left on the yolk can spoil the dessert).


Zumbo whisks up the first of many frothy components.

The finished product, "tirimisu".

Lemon curd tart with olive oil sorbet.

After the two-hour class, we get the chance to speak with Zumbo. He is humble about his success and thanks us sincerely for coming to his class. We bow in worship a few times before heading out into the cold night.

I meet the genius.

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Ground floor of Accenture/Google Building
Trouton Place Pyrmont NSW 2009
(opposite Metcalfe Park)
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sydney Winter Weekend

After a month of solid rain, the skies cleared and the brilliant blue I love came back. To make the most of the weekend we took a friend to Balmoral Beach.

Beauuutiful day!

Sitting in a cave under the rocks.

Sunny day = sunny husband.

Alec and Greg, his work twin.

The next day Alec and I had a date on the harbour again. After brunching at Burnt Orange, we did a bush walk around Middle Harbour.

Such a glorious day!

It's amazing how beautiful Sydney is when the sun comes out.

Happy 30th B'day Katia!

A few weeks back, my dear friend Katia turned 30. We spent a lovely afternoon out in the Sutherland hire to celebrate.

With the birthday girl.

Alec makes a friend!

Welcome to the 30s KB!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rain, Rain, Rain

It's rained almost non-stop for three weeks. I understand that we need rain, but surely we've reached our quota and it's time to send some rain on down to Melbourne?

Date Night: Balmoral

After Pizza at Pizza Olla, Alec and I drove to Balmoral for a walk on the beach. It was a beautiful night. Finally no rain, and almost no-one out on the streets.

Sydney Fashion Weekend

A few weeks back I went to Sydney Fashion Weekend for the first time. It was chaos! So many stalls tightly packed with discounted stock. There was simply too much stuff and not enough time to get around to everything.

There were a lot of brands there and bargains, but too hard sorting through everything. It was super hot and crowded, so not a great shopping experience. As part of our tickets we had included a catwalk show. It was not bad! Nothing extraordinary that I wanted to run out and copy or buy, but entertaining to watch the skinny giraffes walk up and down the catwalk.

So very tall and expressionless ...

They all had great hair ;)

After the catwalk we had another prowl around the stalls and had a makeover at Napoleon. I got completely punk'd by my make-up girl, but thankfully Fadz had a fabulous job done and looked stunning.

Fadz gets a touch-up at Napoleon.

All-in-all, I think it was a bit of a waste of money. I don't think I would go again. It was too stressful tearing through the clothes to find something I liked, too hot and too many people. I don't need a bargain that badly!

Baby Photos: Chiara

I took photos of my other favourite baby, Chiara, on the weekend. She is so beautiful and so much fun.