Email exchanges seeking the best place to see blossoms in Perth lead to picnictimes at the Araluen Botanic Park on Saturday.
With the grand final on and the start of the Royal Show, we figured we would have the whole place to ourselves….we were wrong, there were quite a few people around but we found that everyone else left really early after lunch while we stayed on till closing time.
How to have an awesome picnic
- Bring a picnic basket
- Bring something to sit on
- Bring food
- Bring some bubbly
What’s with bubbly attracting flies?
- Make friends with the local residents
Being at one with nature
- Let boys be boys
(the boys decided it would be fun to shake all the flowers off this tree)
- Delegate the food duties
Apricot and Coconut Slice
• 250g plain sweet biscuits, crushed (I used Digestive biscuits)
• 1 ½ cup chopped dried apricots
• 1 cup desiccated coconut
• 395g can sweetened condensed milk
• 100g butter, chopped
• 200g white chocolate
• 2 tablespoons butter
Line ~23x23cm slice pan with greaseproof paper.
In large bowl, combine biscuit crumbs, apricots and coconut.
Combine condensed milk and butter in saucepan and stir over low heat until smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
Press mixture firmly into pan, refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until set.
For the topping, melt white chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water until smooth. Spread the white chocolate over the slice base and refrigerate until firm.
(This recipe was adapted from a Women’s Weekly cookbook. Adapted means that I added more quantities of the apricot and coconut. I think that next time I make this I will include some crushed walnut or macadamias)
Raspberry Oatmeal Slice
• ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened/room temperature
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 ¼ cups plain flour
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 2 cups wholemeal rolled oats, divided
• 1 cup raspberry jam or preserves (homemade or store bought)
Preheat oven to 175C. Line ~23x23cm slice pan with greaseproof paper.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in 1 ¾ cups of the rolled oats.
Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Spread the raspberry jam (preserves) over the oatmeal base. To the remaining dough add the remaining ¼ cup of rolled oats. Crumble this mixture evenly over the top of the raspberry jam. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes or until nicely browned. Cool and then cut into squares.
(Recipe from Joy of Baking)
Gifts from New York
My friends A and M just came back from a holiday in New York and bought us back all souvenirs. They wanted to buy us all I Love NY tshirts but it would have added to much to their luggage count and I doubt we would all wear the tshirts out at the same time (it would either be really weird or totally awesome). Instead A and M bought us all I Love NY pencils! And some novelty gum, with each pack specifically chosen for each person.
My friend N loves cats so she was given the cat inspired gum box (!)
I discovered that you can never take enough photos of flowers.