Mar 31, 2018

This Easter.

A certain someone wanted to make doubly sure that none of his Easter chocolate would melt this long weekend.  The Moet is just a distraction.  Let's focus on the strawberries instead...

It's no secret that I love the Easter long weekend.  The only evidence of blatant hyper-commercialisation of Easter is the fact that hot cross buns appear in our supermarkets on New Years Day.  There's none of the pressure of Christmas to both cater all the meals of the break to Donna Hay levels and beyond.  There's none of the relentless build up in the retail industry to find that perfect gift for your nearest and dearest (though I do love the Easter long weekend sales... bargains and four days over which to casually peruse them).  

Instead, Easter is four days plus (if you're me and got Thursday off) to contemplate the religious significance of Easter if you wish but also spend some quality time with family in a city that's noticeably less highly strung than it normally is.

No wonder I wore a grin this wide as I rocketed out of the work car park Wednesday afternoon.  

I'm happy to report that I managed to transport 16 Lindt milk chocolate bunnies to kinder on Thursday afternoon.  In 30 degree heat without any of them melting or getting decapitated along the way.  Not blowing my own horn or anything but in some ways that was just as hard as if I'd delivered 16 perfectly iced cupcakes to school...

My other school mum win of the break has been discovering my hidden talent for making rock pets.  

Elmer's School Glue is the best.  It dries clear and holds both googly eyes and pom poms with the tenacity of slime sticking to every soft furnishing in your lounge room.  It's even guaranteed to keep those eyes (and the gastric contents of your pet rock) firmly where they're meant to be throughout the fidget spinner 'rides' your resident five year old may wish to treat their pet rocks to.

This is Mr and Mrs Rock settling in for the night on a couple of blankies and a matching blue recorder.  I'm on the look out for more rocks to add to the family.  And that rogue bottle of red OPI I thought I still had.  To paint mouths on.

This weekend's feature baking project involved chocolate, surprisingly or not.

As an aside, Lindt's 70% Smooth Blend is amazing.  Both in cakes and on its own.  I just remembered to take a photo of the packet for you before it went into the recycling.

The other key ingredient were those overripe pears I mentioned in a recent post.

Curious?  It was the Chocolate Pear Cake by Kirstin from A Pastry Affair.

Everything was going so well.  Until it came time to unlatch the mixing bowl of batter so that I could pour it into my cake tin.  It was firmly stuck.  So firmly stuck that I needed to WD40 the entire mixing bowl and stand mixer interface before gently tapping on the bowl handle with a tea towel wrapped hammer.  How's that for application of the basic sciences (and WD40)?

I highly recommend Kirstin's suggestion to top the batter and pear slices with grated dark chocolate and raw sugar because while time consuming, it makes your baked cake look like this...

Almost cookbook perfect.

The cake was delicious, densely chocolatey and also very moist thanks to the pear.  The sugar and chocolate crusted topping was brought it all home for me.

The cake was definitely the star of Good Friday lunch.  Competition was intense, though. The chicken and broccoli pasta bake was a huge hit with the children as well while the baked salmon was a hit with the adults.

Aside from the feasting, we've been building Lego with purpose here at SSG Manor 2.0.  I've finally finished the Creator London Bus I bought myself for Christmas. For some reason, Master SSG didn't like the route number Lego gave this bus so he's made his own labels with a more pleasing number on them.  He's also managed to fill the bus with a  pair of Lego bicycles and some favourite Lego people from other sets of ours.

It's been a weekend for exploring with my trusty red backpack as well.  Newly attached to my backpack is one of the Bath and Body Works hand sanitizers I picked up in LA earlier this year.

Coincidentally, this was also the weekend I visited the new Bath and Body Works store in the basement of the QVB.  Very impressed with the stock levels (practically everything available in the US is also available here) and also that the PocketBacs aren't too ridiculously overpriced.  The store itself is true to the feel of the US stores and I'll definitely be back for a shop soon.

Unsurprisingly, a fair bit of long weekend retail therapy has already gone down.  I'll update as and when I receive my various orders but to begin with,,, NARS blush.  How good it is still?  It's been years since I've owned one and I'm deeply regretting our estrangement. I just bought Torrid to replace my current Milani blush. The texture is as amazing as it was back in the day.  It's so easy to build up and buff out (been using my new $5 MINISO brush with good effect).  It lasts all day and the colour is glowy without any frostiness or macroscopic chunks of glitter resting in unfortunate areas of my face.

What have you been up to this Easter?

1 comment:

  1. Happy Easter SSG! This sounds like a wonderful way to start the Easter long weekend! We have our big family today after church, we've spent some time at the beach and tried to be a little productive too. ENjoy the rest of your long weekend!


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