#MadeItMonday: A Rocket Cake

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

I know, I know, like practically every second #MadeItMonday post these days is cake. What can I say? I like cake!!! Anyway, this one was my son’s birthday cake recently. It was a Toy Story party, but I refuse to do commercial-themed cakes, hence, Buzz’s rocket! I was planning to get a photo with Kiddo’s Buzz toy standing by it, but it was so hot at the park that after literally 2 minutes of the cake being there, the fins (which are made of white chocolate) melted o.O So not cool. Also, it nearly fell over sideways at 10:30pm the night I was making it. That was a terrifying moment, but I chocked it up with some spare cake and it ended well in the end, and Kiddo was super impressed, so yay :3

Birthday cake shaped like a tall rocket - cream with purple drippy icing and lime green fins with sparkling sprinkles.  The rocket cake on a concrete bench at the park.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

#MadeItMonday: Zucchini Pasta/Courgette Pasta

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Today I’m sharing a recipe that was first made by my sister, and then was further developed to increase the degree of laziness required to make the dish. Lazy dishes are a must when you get home from work exhausted and brain-dead, and healthy, filling food is a must when you’re feeding small hungry people (and husbands, ha). This is now a two-pot dish, one for the pasta and one for the sauce, and it takes as long to make as it does to boil a large pot of water and cook the pasta, so not terribly long. As for the brain-dead component, literally all you have to do is a bit of chopping, then dump everything in a pan and let it fry. ‘S my kind of weeknight recipe!!

Pasta dish with delicious chunks of zucchini, baked sweet potato, home-made garlic bread and topped with parmesan cheese in a white bowl with a silver fork

INGREDIENTS
Spaghetti for 4 (or spirals, they work great in this)
2 sml or 1 lrg orange sweet potato (might be a yam where you live)
Olive oil for frying
1/2 t Moroccan seasoning
1/2 t ground sage
1/4 t lemon pepper seasoning (or just pepper, and add a dash of lemon juice)
1/4 t chili flakes
generous shake of garlic salt, to taste (or salt to taste, and add crushed garlic to taste)
1/4 c pine nuts (or crumbled pecans)
90g butter (ish; more or less depending on how much fat the frying needs – about 3 ounces)
1/3 c breadcrumbs (preferably the herbs-included variety; more if you need more crunch towards the end or need to use up the packet)
1/4 c fresh grated parmesan (using fresh grated really does make a difference; more or less to taste)
2 sml zucchini, sliced (might be a courgette where you live)
150g soft (Danish) feta, or other soft, salty cheese (about 5 ounces)

METHOD
1) If you’re organised and have time, peel the sweet potato, chop it into 1-inch-ish sort of shapes, and bake it with olive oil and salt until blackened around the edges. If, like most people, you’re pressed for time, just microwave it until it’s tender (7 mins in my microwave at full power).

2) Put your large pot of water for the pasta on to boil.

3) In a frying pan or saute pan, heat up your oil over a medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add your herbs and spices, the nuts, and the breadcrumbs. Fry ’em up, stirring constantly, for about a minute or two. Don’t let them burn. Crispy is good. Charred is not.

4) Add in your zucchini and parmesan. You don’t have to stir constantly, but do flip the mixture over and around every so often to give new zucchini slices a chance at the heat, and to make sure the crumby-nutty mix doesn’t burn.

5) Around now, you should be right to put your pasta into a boiling pot of water. Cook it until tender according to packet instructions.

6) Sweet potato will now also be ready. Drain it and dump it in the pan with the zucchini mix. As per 4: you want the veggies to have the chance to develop a little bit of a crispy crust if you can, without the crumby mix burning. You’ll probably be right to turn it off before the pasta is cooked, giving you the chance to dig out some bowls.

7) Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and dish it out into bowls. Portion over the veggie mix, and then garnish with the crumbled feta. Alternatively, you could dump the pasta into the veggie pan and mix it all through, because who can be bothered plating up twice? 😉

BONUS: The recipe is vegetarian, and if you simply omit the butter (use a little more oil instead if you need it) and the cheeses, it could be vegan!
What have YOU made this week? Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

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The Earth Speaks Not In Flowers, But In Squeaks And Pings!

Last Friday I mentioned that one of my favourite composers, Kerry Muzzey, had composed a track including the sounds of the Earth as ‘heard’ from space. It’s seriously amazing, so of course I had to share 🙂 (And OHMYGOSH when I went to find the video for today’s post, I realised THERE’S A VERSION WITH DANCE FROM THE LXD, who, as you’ll know from last week, is one of my favourite dance troupes! I either missed this a few years ago when I first found the track, or had totally forgotten, and OHMYGOSH SQUEE THIS IS SO MUCH AWESOME YAY).

So, uh, yeah. Ahem. Here’s the blurb from YouTube, explaining the ‘sounds of Earth’ bit:

In October 2012, NASA satellites recorded mysterious radio waves emanating from Earth. These radio waves known as “Chorus,” were given an audio rendering. This is what they heard. For the very first time, we could hear the Earth speak. So we decided to speak back.

See? How cool is it?! (Or is it just me, happily geeking out over here? :D) Leave a comment and let me know what you thought, and if you’d heard of the idea of the Earth making sounds before!

#MadeItMonday: Yet More Cake (Wedding Cake This Time)

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Yet another cake this week (I know, I know). One day soon, I’m going to tell you the utterly hilarious story behind this cake, but for now, pictures 🙂



This is four filled layers of mud cake, two dark chocolate with orange curd buttercream filling, and two white chocolate with lemon curd buttercream filling, covered in Italian meringue buttercream and decorated with 24-carat gold leaf and hydrangeas from the garden of the mother of the bride 🙂 Believe it or not, there is a whole bathtub’s worth of flowers here!! See:

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

EEE My Favourite Dance Troupe + My Favourite Composer = SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE

Ermagersh, I couldn’t believe it when I found this video the other day: LXD are a dance troupe who’ve done a series of short films about dancers with superpowers (there are four seasons of it at present, and it’s directed by Jon M. Chu, who also directed Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D, movies I unashamedly *adore*) and they are AWESOME. Like, seriously, these guys are so pro it hurts. And the composer of the piece of music in the video below, Kerry Muzzey, is one of my favourite composers of all time too. The track that first made me fall in love, where Muzzey wrote a track setting the sounds that the Earth makes to music, (I should post that next week.) is just sheer glorious genius. So when I discovered that the two had been combined into three minutes of awesomeness on So You Think You Can Dance? (another fav show of mine, for the limited time we were able to get it here in Australia :\ #unimpressedfaces), I almost died of happiness 😀 Do yourself a favour: take three minutes out of your schedule, hit play, sit back, and enjoy the show.

Anyone else out there obsessed with dance shows? What good moves have I missed by not having access to all these amazing American dance shows? Leave a comment and let me know!!

A Happy Moment

In the midst of world chaos and a personally hectic week as school returns for a new year here in Australia, a bright spot arrived in the mail today:

Oh good, my fingers are perfectly covering the byline >.< That’s Liana Brooks’s name and my name under my fingers there, to reassure you 😉

And LOOOOOOOK!! I am *SO* happy with how these illustrations turned out. Some of them are better than others, but considering they were a last-minute thing that I couldn’t spend a huge amount of time on, I’m super happy. Look, here’s my favourite one:

So there we go. The pretty, shiny, Darkness & Good anthology 🙂 Available in online stores in print and ebook in early March.

Yay!