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After a long weekend doing a whole lot of nothin’, I’m feeling very relaxed and back on top of all the bugs and sickness that have tried to bring me down lately – boom!

My Easter Friday started off working, which being a nanny, to be honest is not a bad way to start a holiday. I took the kids to a special Easter Service at their church, where they had an hour choir practice to start with, so unfortunately I had to find an open cafe and enjoy a nice coffee before going back up to the church and watching the performance of how Jesus ended up on the cross and hearing my kids sing. It was a pretty cool rendition and the kids sounded amazing!

Saturday…. hmmm… do you ever find that when you have a holiday all your days blur into one?? Im pretty sure Kieran and I just hung out at home and didnt do a whole lot! On Sunday afternoon, I do remember that Kieran and I went out fishin with my dad. It was an absolute blast! We havn’t been out on the boat for way too long so was great to get out on the water again with me old man! There was a massive low heading over the land while we we’re out on the sea, and it looked magic looking back at the land which had dark black clouds looming over it:

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Kieran was like a fish master, and pretty much everytime he dropped his line the fish jumped on it! Unfortunately they were little bubbas, so we told them to go tell their folks we had good food, and eventually got two keepers – dinner!!

Dad actually took us out for dinner, where I enjoyed a delicious creamy pasta at Ripples, Kieran had an amazing cajun burger and dad had delectable fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks – YUM!

So Monday night we cooked the fish up and I tried a recipe I havnt used before, where you use seasoned cornflour to batter the fish instead of flour. I couldnt really taste a noticable difference, but it was nice and neutral so the fish really stood out. At the end of the recipe it said to put balsamic vinegar in the pan, where youd already put garlic, rosemary and olive oil, and then let it burn off till its reduced to half, and then you add lemon juice. I really didnt find this part of the recipe very good, as it also said to put the garlic into a hot pan, where it just burnt, so it was pretty much a waste. Luckily this didnt ruin the fish (Kieran would have killed me!), so we both thoroughly enjoyed our freshly caught meal!

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Was really pleased to see that Kieran didnt consume all the fish for dinner, as I bought some yummy wholemeal wraps and made a chocka-block fish wrap for lunch yesterday with the leftovers:

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I had really wanted to make a parsley dressing, as my parsley is trying to take over my garden, but unfortunately I couldnt get the consistancy I wanted from using my blender or food processor. I decided to brave the Easter sales and see if Briscoes had a smaller hand-held one but all there shelves were bare and the queue was from one end of the shop to the other!

On my dinner plate you can see the little pile of green stuff which is what I made, but what I actually wanted was more of a dressing consistency that would have been runny… oh well, its more of a relish now I guess!

Hope everyone had a great Easter and enjoys a short week this week!

Peace

xo

The weekend just gone was certainly one full of two things I love – friends and freebies!! My good friend Lucy and I attended the Urbis Design Day on Saturday just gone, and because we were both Design Day virgins, we both had no idea what to expect. I had been offered some work for the same day in the afternoon and thought surely 2 hours would be enough to get around and explore all that this day had to offer…. luckily the work was cancelled because boy, it took aloooot longer than anticipated, and I certainly wouldnt want to have rushed it!!

We started off the eventful day at the Mini Cooper shop in Newmarket, and was greeted with a free sandwich and drink (darn, wish I hadnt just bought that muffin and coffee!). We explored their creative displays which showcased their minis and brought new light to why each mini is special, and how you might see yourself in them. A great start to the day.

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We then got shuttled off to the next exhibit at ECC lighting and furniture, where I was in lighting heaven. More pretty, unusual and ginormous lighting than you could shake a stick at! Here they had free Nespresso coffee on offer and the most delicious organic NZ icecream you could ask for – oob!! (I’ll take an extra one for later thanks…)

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Lighting

Now I was all jacked up on my second coffee of the day, off to the next place! We visited a bathroom show room, which aside from the free cheese didnt really standout and offer us anything too exciting, so into the shuttle and onto the next stop – Bo Concept.

This place was fuuuun! They had free wine, George fm cranking live and get this: a section that had a rack of top-of-the-line designer clothes, models, shoes and accessories and you got to design your own photo shoot where a professional photographer then took shots in a little photoshoot and gave you a copy of it!! Heaven!! Aside from the rather pushy stylist that was there (trying) to give direction, it was awesome, and such a brilliant idea.

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After this one, we went up to Parnell and saw some of David Trubridge’s stunning lighting fixtures, which are always a pleasure to look at. He hails from one of my favourite places in my beautiful country, Havelock North. I love how his designs have such a natural look about them, yet have a really sophisticated and modern effect when dangling from the ceiling. After viewing these at Backhouse, we then jumped on the shuttle again which took us to our next destination where we went through a little maze to figure out what type of font we would be.

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What font are you?

After so many eye catching and creative displays around, my eyes needed a wee rest after they had been so deliciously stimulated all day! Lucy and I had a wonderful day out together and were both thoroughly surprised at how amazingly well thought out and put together this event was. We would totally recommend it for next year!

Peace

xo

P.S. check out Urbis Magazine here, well worth a look!

So I’m finally feeling back to ‘normal’,  and just in time – for my birthday! I had a fantastic day yesterday, mostly by myself! I had a delicious lunch, then got a Shellac manicure and saw Oz the great and powerful in 3D – all on my lonesome! Was actually really nice not having to consider what someone else might want to do or see – selfish, but hey, it’s my birthday!!

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Chang Thais: Panang Curry, Sweet & Sour chicken and money bags

This was a Thai-riffic (I totally copied this off their receipt!) Thai dish that I had for lunch. Enough to fill 2, and at $15.90 I thought it was great value from Chang Thai.

My wonderful man got me a beautiful travel wallet which is something I really wanted, as not only is it gorgeous but so practical because we have now booked and paid for our flights to Germany and Vancouver – ahhhhh IM SO EXCITED!!!

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Shellac Manicure and Red Current travel wallet

And to finish off a wonderful day, I went out to dinner with some friends at an AMAZING Japanese restaurant in Milford: Musashi. They make amazing authentic Japanese food, probably the best I have ever eaten. We ate Takoyaki (octopus balls – no, not that kind!), Deep Fried Octopus arms, Pork Dumplings and Pork Hooki Yabi. They all had such amazing flavours that I could only ever imagine about how to go about recreating them at home.

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Best friends and good food - what more could I want??

Today was straight back into real life however – painting our home! The colours we chose I feel are really modern, but classic and I think it looks fantastic! We had a few friends and lots of family members pitch in, but you can never predict what Auckland weather will do… we had to stop for rain a couple times, but managed to give the bottom half of the house 2 coats and the top 1. Yay, 3 down 1 to go! And more importantly, my manicure is still intact ; )

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After a hard days work, I really felt like a soft, spongy, dilectable cakey dessert to sink my teeth into… I couldnt find any recipes, so I decided to do some educated ‘winging’! Pretty sure I made that word up, but anyways….

I also wanted to add some of my fresh ripe stone fruit I have in my fruit bowl, so I made a nectarine and white chocolate vanilla sponge, and a apricot vanilla sponge. It was so fun! I felt like that halerious lady off Bridesmaids when she makes that single cupcake … even though I really didnt know if it was going to work and what it would taste like (although if the batters anything to go by….yum!!), and I made two things! Call me greedy.

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Voila!

Hope your having a great weekend, what have you been doing?! I hope its yummy whatever it is!

Peace

xo

Having been sick for waaaay too long now, its about time I started getting healthy!! I normally eat pretty well, I very rarely eat greasy fast foods, and I looove my fruit and veges, so I don’t mean changing my lifestyle or anything. But I need to do something to help kick all the disgusting germs I have. Stuffy head, fever, blocked nose, cough, you name it, I’ve had it this last week. Any ideas or secret medicinal recipes you got for me?

Lying on the couch for the last 4days suddenly got extremley boring today, and whilst I was out already for an appointment this morning, I decided to go and stock up on lots of fresh fruit and vege.

While in the waiting room for my appointment, I came across a super easy recipe for zucchini and corn fritters with lemon prawns. As much as I would have loved to add the prawns to my lunch, my stomach is still very much on the fragile side and I dont think it could have handled them just yet. Soon tho hopefully!

So here was the recipe I adapted from the Australian Womans Weekly magazine 

Ingrediants:

  • 1 medium size zucchini, grated

  • 1 corn cob, kernals removed, 

  • 1 potato, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/3 cup of flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chives or spring onion

After you have grated the zucchini and potato, seperately or together if you like, place the gratings in a paper towel or clean tea-towel, and squeeze out all the excess juice. Now chuck it all into a bowl, mix it up and get a frying pan on a medium-high heat.

Place not-heaped tablespoons of the mix into the frying pan and press down gently. Let it brown for about 3-4mins, then flip and let it brown. Keep them warm in the oven on a plate while you cook the rest. 

Unfortunately I didnt have any tomatoe chutney or relish to go with these, only tomatoe sauce, but they were still veeery enjoyable, and healthy (I think!?)

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Give them a go, they would be especially delicious with some bacon and hollandaise for a bit of an indulgent weekend brunch – Yum!!

Peace

xo

One of the many things I love about summer is all the beautiful flowers. I recently had a mole removed from my ankle and my wonderful man bought me three bunches of the beauties! Here are some of the bright bunches of flowers brightening up my home at the moment:

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Bright bunches

If no-one is buying you flowers, go out and get youself some of these beauties of nature.
Peace & Love
Xxx

Four Eyes and Train Tracks is written by a 23 year old young lady called Rhi. She spends majority of her days thinking about food, her beloved partner Kieran, her 7 month (at time of blog creation) niece (also the new love of her life) and what little time she has left, is probably thinking about food she can eat tomorrow. She enjoys the beach, fishing with her dad, eating the food from her mums garden and making crafty knick-knacks  by recycling items or spending as little money as possible. She doesn’t purposefully spend as little money as possible, because more often than not she would like to spend more, it is simply because she is (majority of the time) a poor student. In her second year studying to become a primary or intermediate teacher (probably the later), she is thoroughly enjoying herself and has recently decided to specialise in Steiner. Not necessarily to teach at a Steiner school, but to help her understand a different concept of teaching and personal development more than anything else.

In this blog she will hopefully enlighten readers on how to create wonderfully easy (only very often is she patient enough to wait for the more difficult things to cook or bake) things to eat, nifty ideas she has picked up from somewhere or miraculously thought of herself , and hopefully not bore you with just some general banter from time to time.

For some reason it was a lot easier talking about myself in third person, but enough of that… Enjoy and happy Rhi-ding!  (my name is pronounced ree, so get used to some lame puns!)

xx