New Bag and New Bar

I have been busy as usually (nothing new I am afraid!). Work is manic just before Christmas. It is like people are preparing for the end of the world and want to do everything BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

To keep myself going and reward myself for the hard work I bought a new bag. I am a big fan of Marc Jacobs. I just love that casual New York style combined with French classic. I actually needed a small cute handbag to take to work, travels and evening catch ups.

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The x ring in the picture is also new..I know I am a shopaholic..will tell about it later..

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Dress: Betty Basics
Fur: Jane Ramsay Australia
Bag: Marc de Marc Jacobs
Shoes: Nine West
Sunnies: Oakley

I love that grey striped dress. I bought it in Lorne, the store had a large selection of Betty Basics clothing. Perfect to every day life, high quality cotton, fits beautifully and stays well in the washing! I have 3 dresses and I ordered even two more as they are just so nice. I am going through this phase that I mainly wear grey, navy blue, white or black..

Last weekend we also trialled the wine bar nearby. We have lived here almost a year and I cannot believe we have not been to this place. It has been rated one of the nicest bars in Melbourne and I have to admit it is. Food was excellent and wine selection superb! The bar is called Bellota.

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I ate delicious vegetarian eggplant dish. And my husband ordered John Dory fish.

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So nice isn’t it? We had a great weekend. I have been knitting like a crazy person -my way or managing work stress-. I will soon post some instructions for anyone who is interested. A super easy knit.

I will write more soon. I am on my lunch break and running now back to work! Just wanted to post quickly some updates. I cannot wait for Christmas holidays!

 

 

Minttusuklaa fudge -Mint Chocolate Fudge recipe

Lupailin herkullista fudge (toffee) reseptiä. Töissä eräs kollegoistani toi töihin mitä ihaninta fudgea joten kysyin reseptiä ja tein fudgea, kun kaverit tulivat kylään muutama viikonloppu sitten. Oli kyllä herkullista ja päätin, että teen toistekin. Vaikka taloutemme on melkoisen maidoton ja munaton nykyään, teen aina ajoittain poikkeuksia ja tässä yksi niistä. Lisäksi resepti on niin helppo ja nopea, että se sopii juuri täydellisesti tällaisen kiireisen äidin elämään. Ennen reseptiä halusin postata muutaman kuvan aivan ihanasta mekosta jonka ostin. Mekko on 100% silkkiä ja niin mukava päällä. Se on yhdestä lempikaupostani täällä nimeltä Trenery.

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Resepti:

100g voita

395g (1 purkki) kondensoitua maitoa

2 1/2dl ruskeaa sokeria (ei fariinia vaan ruskeaa sokeria)

2rkl vaalea leivontasiirappia

180g tummaa suklaata

1 tl piparminttuesanssia

1.Laita voi, kondensoitu maito, sokeri ja vaalea siirappi kattilaan. Kuumenna (ei kiehuta) ja keitä noin 10-15min kunnes seos sakenee toffeeksi.

2. Kun seos on paksua, lisää nopeasti suklaa ja piparminttu seokseen. Sekoita tasaisksi ja laita leivinpaperilla vuorattuun astiaan.

3. Anna jäähtyä ja kovettua jääkaapissa n. 2h.

4. Tarjoile! On herkullista kahvin kanssa pienenä herkullisena jälkiruokana.

I promised a recipe of the amazing mint chocolate fudge. It is super simple and quick but tastes heavenly. In fact the perfect dessert after the BBQ when people are not very hungry but carve for something small for dessert. I served this when we had the Footy Grand Final party. Everyone loved it! Above a couple of photos of my recent purchase from Trenery, a maxi dress, 100% silk and feels fantastic. Perfect for hot Melbourne summer days.

100 butter

2tbs golden syrup

395g condensed milk

1 1/3 brown sugar

180g dark chocolate

1tsp peppermint essence

1.Put butter, condensed milk, golden syrup and brown sugar into the sauce pan and cook (do not boil) for 10-15min until the mixture thickens.

2. When the mixture is thick add chocolate and peppermint essence and mix until smooth.

3. When the mixture is thick and smooth pour it into the tray covered in baking paper. Put the tray into the fridge and let it sit for 2h until ready for serving.

4. Yum!

Viikonloppu Yarra Valleyssa ja muutamia ajatuksia ulkosuomalaisuudesta – Weekend in Yarra Valley

Päätin kirjoittaa vaihteeksi suomeksi. Tuntuu jotenkin siltä, että oma suomenkieli surkastuu täällä ulkomailla, sillä suurin osa suomenkielisestä kommunikaatiostani on lapsen kanssa, sanavarasto ja ilmaukset on hiukkasen hukassa. Joskus naurattaa, kun tapaan muita ulkosuomalaisia ja kun he kuulevat kuinka kauan olen ollut poissa, he kommentoivat, että ”onpas sun suomen kieli vielä hyvä..”mitä lie tarkoittaakaan..ei siltä usein itsestä tunnu.

On ikuisuus viime kirjoituksestani. Aika rientää. Täällä on kesä kohta ovella, lämpö kohoilee kohti kolmeakymppiä ja päivät ovat ihania! Ostettiin pyörät ja ollaan pyöräilty pitkin meren rantaa. Melbourne on kyllä mahtava elämän laadun näkökulmasta. Me ollaan ajeltu autolla melkein joka viikonloppu ympäri Melbournen lähialueita ja viinitiloja. Joka kerta kun mennään Yarra Valleyyn tai Mornington Peninsulaan ihailen maisemia niin suunnattomasti ja koen sellaista aitoa onnellisuutta, että  saan asua juuri täällä. Välillä on aivan kamalia koti-ikävän kohtauksia, ne tulee aalloissa, mutta sitte lohdutan itseäni, että päästään kohta jouluksi kotiin Suomeen ja näen kaikki rakkaat ihmiset. On tää kuulkaas vaan silti tosi rankkaa joskus olla ulkosuomalainen, etenkin lapsen kanssa. Sitä on vaikea selittää. Toisaalta on kamala ikävä kotiin mutta toisaalta tuntuu, että 6 vuotta (en tajua sitä itsekään viela – yli puoli vuosikymmentä!!!) muualla on vaan paljon ja joissain asioissa on vaan vieraantunu Suomesta melkoisesti. Joskus oikein mietin, että miltäs tuntuisi paluu. En osaa työsanavarastoa ollenkaan suomeksi. Suomen politiikasta olen ihan pihalla (vaikka koetankin lukea HS netistä..). Monissa asioissa on oma mieli muuttunut ja katsoo asioita todella toisesta perspektiivistä kuin Suomessa asuessa. Joskus on kuitenkin sellainen olo, että sielu lepäis Suomessa, kun saisi hengittää suomalaista kirpakkaa pakkasilmaa, puhua joka sekuntti omaa äidinkieltä, kehon stressitila olisi matalampi, kun ei joutuisi joka päivä ja sektunti pärjäämään lapsen kanssa ihan yksin (kaksin miehen kanssa) ja voisi vaan kuunnella sitä hiljaisuutta mitä talvipakkaset tuo tullessaan, tai vaan istua järven rannassa kesämökillä ja liottaa jalkoja viileässä vedessä ja rentoutua. Samalla kuitenkin pelottaa, että miten sitä taas tottuis moniin muihin asioihin, jotka on kovin toisin, ei olisi viinitiloja kivenheiton päässä (vaan Alko), ei olisi 2kk talvea (lue syksy) ja jatkuvaa aurinkoa, ei olisi kotimaisia avocadoja, mangoja, papaijoita tai banaaneja.. On se elämä sellaista valintojen vaihtokauppaa, eikö. Ja mikä sitte viime kädessä tekee onnelliseksi, se on vaikea kysymys.

Tällä hetkellä on kuintenkin todella hyvä olla, ja koti-ikävän kanssakin voi olla todella hyvä olla.  Tässä muutamia kuvia meidän viime viikonlopusta. Yllätin mieheni synttäri viikonlopulla Balgownie viinitilalla Yarra Valleyssa. Ollaan viimeksi oltu siellä juuri naimisiinmenon jälkeen, ihan yksi mun lemppari paikoista Yarra Valleyssa, mahtavaa kuohuviiniä tekevät. Illastettiin viinitilan  Rae’s ravintolassa, joka on arvioitu yhdeksi Yarra Valleyn parhaista ja sitä se onkin.

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Seuraavana päivänä olin järjestänyt viinimaistelun De Bortoli tilalla ja lounaan kavereidemme kanssa Locale ravintolassa De Bortoli tilalla (ylläri tämäkin).  Locale on yksi Yarra Valleyn parhaista Rae’s ravintolan lisäksi. Molemmat ravintolat olivat upeita ja koko viikonloppu aivan ihana. Yarra Valleyn hieman kukkulaiset maisemat, viinitilat silmän kantamattomiin ja se punainen Australialle ominainen auringonlasku olivat ihanaa vaihtelu arkeen.  Tyttäremmekin tykkäsi kovasti olla luonnon helmassa!

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PS. Mulla on muutama mahtava resepti, jotka haluan jakaa pian, toinen on minttusuklaa fudge (toffee) ja toinen on vege-pita, jotka on mun facebookissa seikkaillu jo. Pysykää kuulolla. Lupaan, ettei kestä kolmea kuukautta tällä kertaa!

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I wanted to write in Finnish this time. Summer is here in Melbourne soon. Here some photos of our amazing trip to Yarra Valley. My husband had a birthday so I surprised him with a weekend getaway at Balgownie Estate in Yarra Valley, we had dinner at Rae’s restaurant, wine tasting at De Bortoli and then a surprise catch up with our friends for lunch at Locale restaurant at De Bortoli Estate! Was amazing!  I cannot believe it is so long since I wrote the last post. I have been just terribly busy at work and then haven’t had much free time. Every weekend we have been driving somewhere and enjoying our new car and spring months. I have promised to myself to be better with blogging now, particularly as I have two great recipes to share and one knitting instruction (for those who interested).

Melbourne Zoo and Italian Heaven on Lygon Street

A couple of weekends ago we went to Melbourne Zoo as our daughter loves animals.

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It was a beautiful day in the middle of the Southern Hemisphere winter.

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Lygon Street is famous for its fabulous Italian food. As it was not too far away we walked from the zoo to find some tasty Italian lunch. We ended up in the place called Tiamo. It was super popular and we luckily managed to get a table. Later when we told about it to our friends we heard it is an institution on Lygon Street and no wonder as the food was amazing!

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I ordered calamari salad and it was superb! Such fresh and pure flavours.

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My husband loves all kind of seafood pasta so he chose to go for one of their special seafood dishes. Food was just fantastic. I can recommend this place to anyone looking for a good Italian in Melbourne!

Dirty Delicious Chinese

Both my husband and I decided to change jobs, we also organised to have some holiday together at the same time, take our daughter to daycare and just enjoy some couple’s time which we never ever have. We have always lived far away from our parents so we have never had any help with our daughter. We could not pass this kind of opportunity to just spend time together and enjoy Melbourne. We went for shopping first as it is the end of financial year sales here. We found so many amazing clothes. It is so much fun to shop in Australia as there are many brands that are not that known in Europe but still super cool and good quality. My favourites are Sportscraft (over 100 year old Australian brand ) and Marcs (Australian as well but super amazing modern casual clothing and silk shirts! I have bought so many of their silk shirts lately). Those are pretty much the ones I visit if I want to find something nice. I also like Tommy Hilfiger for both men and women. Their jeans are the best I reckon.

After a big shop we went for the Chinese feed in China town.

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I have been eyeing on this one place on Little Burke street for a long time and I am so happy we managed to get there -the line up was huge. The place is called Shanghai Street (46 Little Bourke St). The same place has a smaller quick eat in place in the bottom of Little Burke Street when you turn on Little Burke from Elisabeth street. The place was so packed and the dishes were amazing!

We ordered…a way too much..

Chilli peanut wontons -we thought we would load ourselves with peanut as our daughter was not with us. We cannot really go to Asian places or eat nuts around her due to her severe allergies..so now was our chance.

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We also went for pork buns…which were the best I have ever eaten..

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We ordered two noodle dishes the classic Shanghai noodles that again was one of the best Shanghai noodles I have ever had…

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After these we had to surrender and take the last dish home with us..we felt bad to return it to the kitchen without even touching it..so we have dinner now!

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All these were home made noodles..now I understand why this place is alway full of Chinese and it always has huge line ups in front..It is so worth it!

So I recommend this place for anyone who wants to eat super good Chinese in Melbourne! Yum!

South Melbourne Restaurant Jewel

A little while ago my dear husband took me for a weekend lunch. Like usually we got our baby to sleep in her pram and strolled for a late 2pm lunch to a local restaurant. I had hardly noticed this place before as it is in the quiet area of South Melbourne almost in the Albert Park. It was fantastic. The place is called Lamaro’s.

I could not believe what a fine dining experience it was just on my door step. To start with I went for a fig, chevre and walnut salad. A very classic combination which can be really boring if not done well but this one was beautifully prepared and presented.

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My husband went for something a bit meatier!

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For my main I chose trout. I have not been eating meat much lately, I am somehow a bit tired of meat and prefer vegetarian or seafood at the moment.

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The crunchy corn with beetroot was different but amazing!

My husband went for a pork belly as expected.

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The dining experience was great, the wine selection was fantastic and service great! If you are looking for a great little place to eat in South Melbourne this is it!

I am back…Life is great

So sorry about this huge silence. Everything is good I have been just too busy. In fact my work was too intense for three months, I worked a way too much and spent a way too little time with my sweet little girl. Like I said in my previous post I am not a person who just keeps on going and feels miserable I always search for the change to make things better. In this case better meant changing my job. I just simply needed a job with better work life balance. I don’t want to miss these special years by working when my daughter is super cute and lovely . Life is too short for that. I feel happy, relieved and rejuvenated. I took a week off in between the jobs and I truly feel like now I can breathe freely and I have a chance to discover this amazing city.

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Yesterday I just went for shopping all by myself which was so relaxing..you will probably see some outfit photos soon. Today I went to see Jurassic World in the Crown cinema at Southbank. When I was 5 years old I was determined to become a palaeontologist. I read all the possible dinosaur books before they even became fashionable, I knew the latin names of those creatures and I was super excited about the first Jurassic Park movie back in 1992. Today in the theatre I felt the same goose bumps that I felt when I was in the primary school watching the first Jurassic Park movie. Now when I live in the continent that actually has some dinosaur excavation work maybe I make a career change when I hit 50 year crisis haha! Anyway these two days have been so relaxing.

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Last weekend we went to Mornington Peninsula which I absolutely love. A particularly great spot is T’Gallant. The restaurant is super cosy and casual and wine great quality for the price. I love fine dining but with a toddler I hesitate to go to white table cloth restaurants these days so T’Gallant is actually a super good middle ground!

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We bought three bottles of their great Pinot Noir!

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Another great spot is Merrick General Wine Store in Mornington Peninsula. Food is great and wine selection amazing. I got so fond of this fantastic Elgee Park sparkling. It is like one of my favourite champagnes Pol Roger!

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I warmly recommend!

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Have a great start of the week!