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The Pie Project: raspberry morris pie

Affectionally named as such because it was made with my friend (Tom) Morris on a lovely Saturday afternoon.

Morris is a pretty excellent pie maker. The kind of pie maker that can carry on a conversation while still making dough without a recipe. I am not that kind of pie maker. I’m the kind that loses concentration if the cat makes a noise and has to check the recipe a hundred times (then still gets the baking soda and baking powder confused and ruins the whole thing).

Hopefully by the end of my pie project I will be a…

The Pie Project: strawberry skillet pie

I’ve mentioned previously that I have a small pastry eating problem. That’s nothing compared to my newfound streusel eating problem. Especially when you realise that streusel is essentially just butter, sugar and rolled oats and you’re therefore kind of disgusting. Luckily I still had enough streusel left over to cover the pie, because that really added the extra awesome to this awesome strawberry skillet pie!

I didn’t have adorabley small farmers market strawberries like the original recipe (not quite berry season here yet!), so I ended up cutting up some boring supermarket strawberries…

The Pie Project: mini blueberry and lemon cream pies

These little pies very nearly didn’t make it into the oven. I managed to drink a glass or two of wine before starting and ended up eating a surprising amount of both the raw pastry dough and the blueberries.

So in the end I had about five of these tasty little mini blueberry & lemon cream pies that actually went through the oven. I don’t have a mini pie pan (YET) so I used a regular ol’ muffin tray which worked perfectly fine, and had I not eaten so many of my ingredients…

The Pie Project: chocolate caramel coconut pie

I feel so bad for this pie. This poor, poor delicious pie stayed in the fridge for over a week before I could photograph or even taste it. I got sick, and then busy, and then busier, all while my poor lonely pie sat in the cold by itself. Luckily it still tasted great even after spending a whole 7 days chilling! I added a little bit of extra cream to the chocolate layer to offset the bitter dark chocolate, and included an extra bit of sugar in the caramel layer…

the finders keepers market

I had a pretty spectacular trip flying up for the Finders Keepers market in Melbourne last weekend. What a market, and what a venue! We spent the better part of five hours just wandering around, drinking in the stalls, music, food and people. I love seeing so many creative people in one place — such an awesome vibe.

Some of my favourites were the fabulous illustrations of Laura Blythman and Little Quarters, the beautiful textiles of Secret River and the delicious New Orleans & Louisiana street food of Gumbo Kitchen (deep-fried cheese croquettes, hnng).

The next Melbourne Finders Keepers is on…

one fine day

What a weekend! I have the best job. My totally babein’ boss whisked me away to Melbourne for a few days of excellent wedding fair inspiration at One Fine Day, plus some shopping and my first ever trip to IKEA (I know, right).

We met some wonderful new people and saw more than a few familiar faces! The Abbotsford Convent is a spectacular venue, full of beautiful old rooms with high ceilings. We attended both days — the Friday night session plus the Saturday daytime, and both were full of excellently creative bits and pieces. Very, very cool event. Great…