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I bought a lovely little moleskine sketchbook about 4 years ago when I finished high school.  Ever since then it has lived in my handbag along with some sort of writing/drawing instrument. I go through stages of drawing in it and ignoring it but lately I have been so inpired to just draw. I used to treat my pretty little book like a sacred thing and would only draw in it occasionally but recently I realised that I like things that are full of details and drawings and colour. I want to fill my book. Here are some photos of my favourite book that I am more than a little bit attached to.

Meet my moleskine…

First pages

Momentous occasions…first day at uni, o-week and other assorted drawings

A recent more colourful crazy page

I am very proud of this page…I like that I somehow managed to keep my characters consistent. I have lots of trouble with that!

Just so you get an idea of how attached I am to this baby…I had this ridiculously vivid nightmare the other night. I was with some friends by this big dark pool/lake and my older brother decided to threaten to push my handbag inot the pool. And then it actually fell in and I was so mad. And the only thing that we could find was my moleskine and I opened up my soggy sketchbook and all my drawings that weren’t drawn with a waterproof pen had all washed away. I was hysterical. (I make an honest effort to only draw with a waterproof pen now)

And just because this made me happy, here is a photo of my breakfast today. My sister and a friend came over for dinner last night and they wanted to make a quiche to have for breakfast at a park. So we stayed up late baking a lovely quiche with asparagus and zucchini and tomato and we had a minor sleep in and got some takeaway coffees and a cherry danish to share. Then we went to a park by the river and just sat and ate and talked and prayed for some friends in need. I love those mornings…and I love my friends that I have been blessed to have in my life. (my sister took this photo, and then I played with actions in photoshop to get it to look all pretty and vintage like).

I feel like I just let you take a look in my own personal diary…but I have been so proud of my drawings lately. Enjoy my friends!

p.s. I am quite excited about a collaborative project I am planning with a good friend. I can’t tell you what it’s about exactly and it’s going to take a while but I am still very very excited!

p.p.s. Sorry about the lack of updates lately…I took lots of great photos on my holidays that I can’t wait to share but I put them on my parents’ lap top but I keep on forgetting to get them. Some great projects happening that I can’t wait to share. xo

Here is a modified recipe for a risotto that is delicious! I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it’s really simple. Take the time to read the recipe and understand it before you actually start cooking. This is my second risotto…the first I made was from a Jamie Oliver cookbook of my sister in law’s (the recipe was for roasted butternut squash, pancetta, chestnut and sage risotto). I highly recommend that recipe. It ignited an interest in making more risottos.

This recipe is modified from another recipe I found in a google search. The original recipe is here…http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/006126butternut_squash_risotto.php

Ingredients

2 cups arborio rice
1 small butternut pumpkin aka butternut squash (or half a jap pumpkin)
1 cup dry white wine
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 small onions (or a big fat one) diced finely
2 cloves garlic diced finely
3-4 tbsp butter
1 small zucchini thinly sliced (use a vegetable peeler for best results)
1/2 cup grated/shaved parmesan cheese
3 rashers bacon
olive oil
salt
garlic powder (optional)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Cut pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds with all the goopy orange fibres
3. Spread tsp olive oil onto baking tray and put the scooped out seeds onto the tray and sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.
4. Slice up pumpkin (with skin on) into 5mm thick slices, put some olive oil onto big baking tray and toss pumpkin pieces so they have a light coating of olive oil.l
5. Place both trays in oven, set timer for 10 minutes (pumpkin seeds should go on top shelf)
6. After 10 minutes, check pumpkin seeds. They should be lightly browned.
7. Remove from oven and let cool, keep tray for cooking bacon later
8. Turn oven down to 180 degrees, cook pumpkin for 30-40 minutes or until they are roasted nicely and are soft to touch.
9. Remove from oven and set aside to cool
10. Heat stock in pot, leave on low heat while beginning the risotto
11. Melt 2 tbsp butter in large frying pan over medium heat
12. Add onion, cook until onion is soft and transparent
13. Add rice, stirring and cooking for 1-2 minutes until the grains look transparent
14. Add wine, stir until absorbed/evaporated
15. Ladle in a spoonful of stock and gently stir risotto til stock is absorbed
16. Repeat step 15 til the rice is cooked…this takes 15-20 minutes
17. In between ladles of stock, place 3 rashers bacon onto seed roasting tray and cook in 180 degree oven until crispy
18. Slice up roasted pumpkin
19. In the last little bit of risotto cooking, add the zucchini and stir til combined and zucchini is soft. Add pumpkin and half of the parmesan and mix it in
20. Slice up bacon
21. Garnish risotto with crispy bacon, parmesan and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Yummmmy! The roasted pumpkin seeds are so delicious, I don’t want to ever let another one go to waste!

Let me know how this risotto goes if you make it. I love hearing from fellow food lovers…