Saturday, 22 March 2014

Fridge-Magnet Poetry

 My sister got a fridge-magnet poetry kit for Christmas, with a theme of 'unicorns'. Personally, I think not the best theme ever but over the past couple of months I've 'written' a few poems on the fridge. Here are some, in edited form;

 Then ask her in playful wonder,
 'Is a tame unicorn full of gold sparkle or ferocious poison',
 And a solitary star will be up there,
 More mysterious than the woman herself,
 Making you want to escape the cottage,
 And live invisible,
 As a unicorn would,
 Wandering alone.

 Play with that strong tail
 Of dragon-like strength,
 Danger which we wish to love.

 All good battles can save beasts
 Like him.

 If I were free from this,
 I'd always get through this forest
 But only so that they couldn't run with me.

What do you think!? What's your stance on poetry-writing?

Anna x

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Parsley and Cheddar Cupcakes

 Parsley and cheddar cupcakes. Right. Sounds a bit funny but trust me; they're tasty. They're not sweet or anything but they're not bread. Kind of weird. Anyway, my sister's boyfriend got me a book entitled '200 cupcakes' which has a section for savoury cupcakes. I saw cheddar and chive mini cupcakes and instantly decided to try them out. Problem number one - no chives, problem number two - no mini cases. And so with a little bit of tweaking, in a couple of other areas too, I present to you my version of their recipe.

You'll need:
200g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
4-5 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped up
75g grated white cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
8 tablespoons milk
50g butter

 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F. Stir the flour, baking powder, salt, parsley and cheese together in a bowl. Keep a little bit of cheese back.
 2. Melt the butter in the microwave, it has to be a liquid consistency. In a separate bowl mix the butter, milk and egg together.
 3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry until you have a sticky dough. Divide this mixture up into twelve cupcake cases or a cupcake pan that has been made non stick by butter and flour. Then sprinkle the remainder of the cheese over the top (this is where the lovely orange colour comes from!)
 4. Put in the oven for 12-15 minutes until pale golden. Allow to cool, add butter if desired and enjoy!

What's your favourite healthy snack?
 Anna x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Stein am Rhein

 Stein am Rhein was our final stop on our Swiss journey. It's a very gorgeous little town. The buildings are decked out with frescoes and they have shops which sell army knives and pasta and nothing else which is kind of cute. So here is the final installment to my Switzerland collection. We also visited Kontstanz in Germany, but I didn't take many photos {no idea why}. I had a fantastic time immersed in my favourite language apart from English that is. Switzerland is very picturesque indeed. As I was taking the photo of the door, the woman who owned the shop was about to open it and she stood back to let me take my picture. Not sure why I just shared that but okay.

 I can't wait for the weather to pick up again. These photographs are killing me! What's the weather like where you are?

Anna x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Daisy Doggy Doodles

 I appreciate that these photos are out of focus. It annoys me too. Daisy just can't sit still! The first couple of photos are of this crazy dog the day we got her. She was impossibly tiny, but I thought she was ginormous. Then the next ones when she was about five months. She's a white golden retriever and she adores getting totally and utterly filthy. She wallows in the dirt outside. She attempts to get back into the house looking like  a zebra. No thank you.

 Do you have any pets?

Anna x
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