A year of simple daily pleasures 2015
Posted January 1st, 2015 by Mimi
I would like to document my year of simple daily pleasures. I've just finished reading French Women don't get Fat (3rd time!) and love the philosophy that food is NOT the only human pleasure in life. That really resonates with me. So much of my day revolves around food so it's an important reminder that we have eyes, ears, a sense of smell and touch that all need to be satisfied just as much as taste buds :) Today's simple pleasure.... Walking on the beach, sand between my toes, warm wind in my air, breathing the beguiling scent of suntan lotion and sea spray. Beautiful and better by far than French Fries :)
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- Fresh and tasty Malaysian Pineapple Salad...
- Really easy Gnocchi...and delicious made Gluten Free too...
- Barramundi Spring Rolls make a filet-o-fish go a long way...
- Lunch box cakes...Spiced Honey Cake...
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- Champagne marinated, avocado stuffed Chicken Legs...
- Sweet potato bake with roasted marshmallows...bizarrely scrumptious!
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- An extravagantly decorated table, saves on food that goes to waste!
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- Try a new ingredient.....Capers...Spiral Pasta with Salmon and Capers
- Jewelled Eton Mess in a Cone...nice, easy, truly awesome dessert.
- Light and Modern Sweet n Sour Pork Stir Fry in a tangy broth
- Gift or Scented storage idea..Holiday snap linen sachets...
- Refrigerator Apple Crumble Pies....very yummy no bake dessert
- Comfort food....Cream of Winter Vegetable Soup...no cream
- Comfort food....Nanna's Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Gingerbread cookies...not just for Christmas :)
- Home made Toasted Coconut Marshmallows
- Mimi's Poached Chicken, Citrus Dukkah, and Bar Room Coleslaw + Home made Danish
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- Chicken,Camembert and Cranberry Bon-Bons
- Silverbeet Coconut Curry...grow your own and eat for almost free!
- Creamy Egg Spread...makes a couple of eggs go a long way :)
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- Roasted vegetable salad with spicy sausage and honey mustard dressing
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- Old fashioned, super easy Vanilla Custard Slice
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- Home made After Dinner Mints or Flavoured Choc Thins...easy peasy
- Hasselback Roasted Beetroot with Lemon Feta and Chives...really easy light lunch or Christmas Entree
- Salted Caramel and Ginger Chicken Thigh Cutlets
- A bit of silk and thread = pretty gifts...
- My best ever home facial...cost nil...feel good factor....priceless.
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- Pearlised Butter Cookies for eating or gifting :)
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- Nifty One Fifty..powering through the days chores in 2 1/2 hours!
- Button/Stone/Boiled Egg Soup....a lesson in making do :)
- Power Cooking and ten things to make with Flour and Eggs + simple ingredients
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- Power Cooking...Teabread three ways...Banana, Pear & Craisin, Marmalade & Earl Grey
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- Red Bean Garlic Butter Kievs....very yummy and frugal to boot :)
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- Making the most of meat...Lamb Shank Korma to Spicy Lamb and Bean Soup
- Cheesy Bacon, Tomato and Egg Bake for Breakfast and a reflection on ANZAC day.
- Pork, Veal and Chicken Terrine..mouthwatering meatloaf to serve hot or cold
- Easter Freckles...cheap, cute, colourful and done in under 15 minutes
- 15 minute Luxury Brownie Bites for Gift Giving...pretty and pretty awesome tasting too!
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- Stovetop/Slow Cooker Teriyaki Corned Beef with Sweet Soy Rice
- Low GI Sweet Vanilla Chia Seed Breakfast
- Lettuce Sushi for an easy yummy lunch!
- Cinnamon Apple Fritters..when the fridge is bare and the apples are scary!
- Wardrobe Survival Skills .... making vintage style clothing for my daughter :)
- Mimi's Golden Syrup Tart for sufferers of Cafe` Avoidance Syndrome
- Roasted Pumpkin, Bacon and Onion Microwaved Risotto...when the fridge is bare...
- My Peppa Pig cake and other cake making adventures.
- Petit Fours....little bite sized cakes...morsels of more-ish.
- Hand dyed muslin roses for Valentines Day :)
- Budget friendly Thai Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce
- One Chicken, Many Meals....Mimis' way
- Creamy Fruit Ice Blocks...with Vegan/Dairy Free/Sugar Free Variation
- Turkish no-cheese Pizzas (Lamuchun). Easy, fresh tasting and delish.
- Frangipani Pie...Mums special recipe and a family favourite
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- Easy peasy snow cones and slushies!
- Super cute marshmallow Christmas Trees...inexpensive stocking stuffer treat.
- Caramel Maple Fudge Wedges with Anzac Crumble topping...easy!
- Luxury gold leafed and embellished Coconut Ice...Christmas or anytime treat!
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- Treat night...Black Forest Trifle...
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- Baked Summer Garden Casserole..no egg, vegan, gluten free, scrumptious.
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- Campfire food...Easiest ever dinner! Pasta and tasty herbed veg in foil parcels.
- Campire food...Raspberry Meringue Apricot Parcels
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- Apple Tray Bake...inexpensive, easy and yummy.
- A new kind of exercise...
- Soft-as-a-Cherubs-Cheek Lush-a-Like Face Scrub...
- Six Degrees of Separation...who do you 'almost' know?
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- Dinner tonight...Budget Busting Baked Tomatoes stuffed with crispy bread cubes and bacon...yum!
- Daisy Cake...rich orange cake with macaroon topping..yum!
- Slow Braised Ham Hock with lightly steamed veges..easy, inexpensive, delicious!
- Delectable Orange and Coconut Cake
- Sticky Date Hot Cross Muffins...yum!
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- Cute no choc Easter Gift...eggshell seedlings...easy!
- Upgrade the ordinary to spesh...Smoked Salmon Impossible Pie
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- Baked Cereal Milk Bread & Butter Pudd with Creamy Cinnamon Yoghurt
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- Nude food...Dates filled with Blueberry Rosewater Cheesecake
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- Make Christmas ornaments from pressed leaves and candle wax..pretty!
- No cost gift...a letter from the heart.
- Nude food...Dessert Sushi with dipping sauce
- Nude food...Baked Field Mushrooms
- Nude food...Chilled Confetti Rice with Warmed Salmon, Greens and Honey Mustard dressing
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- Happy Hampers...DIY Gourmet teas and coffees. Too easy!
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