This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

~Cook Up With Donna Hay (No 18) ...Vicki...and Irina~porcini and mixed mushroom risotto and ~Pirates of Penzance~

First of all a lovely welcome to Irina who has joined me in doing Cook Ups from Donna Hay magazine
We cook something from the latest issue of the magazine and then blog it.....easy peasy
Anyone can join so just drop me a line if you are interested

Menu from Issue 64 Aug/Sept 2012

Porcini and Mixed Mushroom Risotto ~very similar recipe over here
Strawberry, Mascarpone and Almond Tray Tart
Chocolate Butterscotch Truffles with Almond Praline
Salted Dark Chocolate Truffles......because I couldn't resist

Basic Chocolate Truffle recipe over here

The can't see the Mushrooms really well as I went a bit crazy with the Baby Spinach Leaves and Parmesan Cheese.......but wow, was it delicious
I used Porcini......Portobello......Swiss Brown and Baby Mushrooms

I used a Gluten Free Pastry from Rick's Pantry available at Coles

Salted Chocolate Truffles.....not as smooth looking as Donna's......but nice and salty

And the Butterscotch Truffles......delicious with a glass of Butterscotch Schnappes
A very, very tasty meal and a seal of approval for the Salted Chocolate from Mr Armchair

Only 2 weeks to go until The Bay Theatre Players production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance opens

I'm part of the Chorus of Police and we have been rehearsing since May
Sunday is our first full dress rehearsal and then after that it's 3 times a week till Curtain Up
So not much stitching will be happening here at a guess but I will try and fit some in Chooky

Till next time......Happy Stitching and Bon Appetit


Susan said...

Your dinner looks so good, I think I can smell it though the internet!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Oh I should only read your blog after I've eaten.. Now I'm ravenous, all those dishes look soo delicious. The photo of you as a policeperson is so much fun, enjoy your rehersals!!

Anonymous said...

boy your cooking looks great Dzintra,you are so clever.xx

Cubby House Crafts said...

I always enjoy seeing what you have made from Donna Hay magazine and they look so yummy! I have only just started getting her magazines (plus a few others but I LOVE!)

RitaGri said...

Gardu maltīti esi uzbūrusi.
Lai lustīga teātra spēlēšana!
Rita(gaidot šī rudens lielāko vētru, ceru, nebūs tik traki...)

Cathy said...

Yum....I love risotto and those sweet things...mmmmmm!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DZINTRA! I so enjoyed going to Irina's blog and sitting down to a virtual meal with her! And to know that you were joined in with her made it so fun. We are now having our fall and it is in full swing now, with the blustery mornings and evenings.

I am so tickled when anyone is engaged in a theatre production! YOU LOOK STUNNINGLY beautiful as a bobby!!!!

And yes, it was always a treat to run over to the five and dime as we used to call them, to get a spool of thread for mum's sewing. To this day, I enjoy just taking a long walk for one little special item...because it reminds me of her.

HAVE FUN!!!!!!! Anita

Simone de Klerk said...

In the Netherlands we have a program called "taste police". This came up when I first saw what you cooked and then you as a police.
Have a wonderful weekend.

maffy neri said...
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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


What fun. The theatre is an experience that never leaves you. I had the most fun DIRECTING my students these last past nine years and it was their favorite experience in their fourth grade. YOU ARE DOING IT!!!!

Yes my dear, my mum's spirit lives in me as I walk to the shop to get what I need to complete a project....funny how memory works....I never forget my parents because their creativity is in ME. I find myself tinkering around my basement looking for something to help me adjust something, just like my dad used to do in his garage.

HAVE FUN is your spring now, isn't it?

LOVE! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how I wish we could watch a bit of your performance! HEY! Could you get someone to record a moment of the show and you can make a Youtube out of it???? Anita

Jeni said...

Your dinner just wonderful as always
enjoy your rehersal

Palomasea said...

Thank you for the warm welcome, dear friend!!!
Oh my, everything looks amazing! Yummy, I love mushroom risotto, and the sweets..I am drooling, Dzintra! :)))
Can't wait to get this issue, my dear!
And I am so excited for your look fabulous, and I would imagine your hand is all healed up...
Have a ball!!!
Love to you!
- Irina

maffy neri said...

I love risotto! I haven't tasted it for such a long time. Now that I've seen your photo, I'm kind of craving for it. Wew!

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