Proscuitto and Baked Eggs

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I have been a little quiet of late. My new job has been keeping me very busy. I suppose I envisioned it to be fairly simple to keep my blog up to date while doing a full time job, but these blogs take time and it certainly makes me appreciate the effort people put into them.

So finally, I have put aside some time to share this lovely breakfast idea and I think it makes the most yummy start to the weekend.

Ingredients:
12 slices of prosciutto
6 eggs
2 tablespoons coursely chopped fresh chives
grated parmesan

Method:
Preheat oven to 200 C. Oil a six-hole muffin pan (I used my texan muffin pan).
Using 2 proscuitto slices per pan hole, wrap the slices around the edges and along the bottom of the pan to form a cup.
Break an egg into each cup, top with the fresh chives and sprinkle some grated parmesan on the top.
Bake for about 10 minutes, making sure the eggs are cooked.
Serve with croisssants and a great cup of coffee.

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Rainy Day Muffins

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Berry Yogurt Muffins

It’s raining, it’s pouring! Let’s make some muffins!

When there is flash flooding all over your city, perhaps you deserve some yummy comfort food?? I think so!

These muffins are so scrumptious and a perfect treat after braving the elements out there (and in case you need to maintain the high sugar levels after all the Easter eggs this weekend).

Ingredients:Muffin ingredients
1 1/2 cups (225g) self raising flour
1/3 cup (30g) rolled oats
3 eggs
3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (200g) yogurt
1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
180g fresh or frozen berries

 

Method:
Preheat oven to 200 C (180 C fan forced). Grease a six-hole texas muffin pan.
In a medium sized bowl combine sifted flour with oats. Stir in eggs, sugar, yogurt and oil. Now stir berries softly into the mixture.
Spoon mixture into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Yummy Muffins

The Mystery of Mercy Close

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The Mystery of Mercy CloseMarian Keyes is probably my favourite author, if I had to be honest with myself. She is entertaining, witty and just downright HILARIOUS. Her books always have me laughing out loud, in an almost “knee slapping” kind of way. Which generally means a “people staring at me on public transport” kind of way (note to self: do not slap your knee or snort while laughing in public – raises an uncomfortable weirdo alert in others).

Her writing style is just one hundred per cent my sense of humour. Here are a few examples: our hero of the story, Helen Walsh, describes crazy people as madzers (I really want to incorporate that into my daily lingo), keeps a Shovel List (a list of things/people that annoy her A LOT) and categorises her surprise throughout the book. You can read more here about the book from the publisher.

To my surprise (category: pleasant – hahahahaaa!), the Sydney Autumn weather has been incredible and making the most of my last days as a “Lady of Leisure” (this phrase is on MY Shovel List), I actually read a fair few of these pages in my bikini on the beach. It never ceases to amaze me when I have a day off from work (or, more recently, a few MONTHS off from work) how many other people do not seem to have the normal 9 to 5 office jobs. There are some obvious “non-workers” that I can identify: the student (which makes sense), the stay at home Mom (again, makes sense), slightly older possibly retired person (I get those). But who are the other mysterious beach bums and why are they not at work? This is quite honestly quite high up on my list of things that baffle me! Perhaps they are all in the same situation as me, and I just missed a massive opportunity to make new friends. What do you think? Have you ever noticed this? Or do I just need less time on my hands to stop thinking about such trivial things.

Off the Beaten Track ~ 21 March

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Off the Beaten Track
I am trying something new on my blog called “Off the Beaten Track”. Basically, these are just things in the last week that were on my mind, have made me laugh or are just plain awesome.

I had great news at the end of last week: I got a job and it was the one I wanted! So as of next week, I will be a working woman again. I never thought I would be so excited about work, as opposed to just lazing around at home. But I think people need a purpose in life, something to aim for. So I look forward to joining the Sydney workforce and getting into more of a routine. I hope this will help me to feel more settled and at home here.

My friend has just visited for a few days from Melbourne and we had a fantastic time exploring, spending time on the beach and catching up over a few glasses of wine. It was great to see a familiar face again and we hardly stopped chatting the entire time. We realised it was almost a year ago since we last saw each other, it’s great to have those friends you can just pick up again where you left off, as if no time has passed between.

And here is a roundup of my week:

I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend (almost there!).

The Glenmore Hotel

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The Glenmore Hotel
We’ve been lucky enough to already have had a few visitors in our first couple of months in Sydney (a friend from London, my Aunt and Uncle from South Africa and a friend from Melbourne). Although the accommodation for our guest pioneers has been a little basic (a mattress on the floor – we really should assess our spare room situation), we have been so excited to show them around our new city and do some exploring with them.

Recently I took my friend from Melbourne to The Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks. This old Aussie pub was built in 1921 but I’ll have to admit, we didn’t visit for the history. It’s the rooftop bar we were after, which happens to have one of the most stunning views of Sydney and is a perfect location for a sunny afternoon drink. It overlooks Sydney Harbour and also has some great views of the city.

I plan to bring a lot more people back here, the music was great, the vibe was fun and above all, who isn’t a sucker for a great rooftop bar? There’s nothing like having a drink with a beautiful view.

Glenmore Hotel View

The Glenmore Hotel

The Glenmore Hotel
Website: The Glenmore
96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney