Monthly Archives: March 2014

Falling Back to Earth

I was pretty excited when I learned that an exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang featuring lots of animals would be on at the Queensland Art Gallery Of Modern Art. Despite opening late in 2013 I only just went last week.  There is some controversy about this exhibition as the sponsor, SANTOS, have recently been responsible for contaminating water during CSG processes, but lets not let that contaminate this fascinating exhibition, haha.

But, really, I think it is kind of apt that the animals are all drinking from a waterhole, all sharing the same water, in the installation, Heritage.  The artist says it is paradise, but when I saw it I thought something totally different.  To me it was the very last water hole left for the animals to drink from (and it might be contaminated, maybe Heritage part 2 should be a bunch of dead animals around a watering hole). I did not view this as a paradise, but as the last hope for all of them.  They were together and sharing as they were all desperate. Ultimately, there was no hope

My camera made all the photos in this room look pink.  I like it though.



Maybe I was being influenced by going to the museum beforehand and seeing exhibits about extinction.  Maybe I just tend to look on the dark side (as opposed to the bright). Maybe I don’t believe in paradise.

Eucalyptus, a HUGE Eucalyptus tree laying in the walkway is very arresting. I think the tree works well with the rest of the exhibition.  Meant to speak of the cycle of life, this “rescued” tree (it was claimed from bushland being cleared) made me think how much more beautiful it would be where it used to stand, it made me think of cockatoo’s, a declining species due to the clearing of bush and huge trees (cockatoos make their nests in the hollow of trees-from branches falling off).


Head On, the wolves smashing into the glass wall.  The description in the booklet says “There is the implication that if we blindly follow ideology, or misdirect our strength towards a collected goal, there can be damaging consequences.”  Yes, certainly there can be.  To me, the most damaging misdirection is not thinking, not considering, that there are many sides to everything, EVERYTHING. There is no black and white, only shades of gray.

Maybe that is what I take away from this.



Oh yeah and here is a wolf stalking some ladies!  I was doing some pretty serious giggling when I spotted this and had to take a photo.  In fact I took several photos or this!  I LOVE it!






Scones are easily one of the best treats to add to your day.  They make me feel happy and comforted and like I am at home.  Unfortunately they also make me feel really full and a bit unwell because I always have 2 of the giant things with jam and cream.

I have been making my scones from a recipe that has Buttermilk in it.  The recipe was originally sourced from Pauls as they are the Aussie supplier of Buttermilk (and probably the nicest Aussie milk-no I am not sponsored by Pauls, I just like dairy products!)

Buttermilk Scones

Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl.  They are 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons of caster sugar and 250 grams of flour (about 1 3/4 cups).  Melt 3 tablespoons of butter, remove from heat and stir through 200 ml of buttermilk.  Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and pour in about 1/2 of the buttermilk and butter mixture, mix this in with a butter knife and check the consistency, add as much more of the buttermilk/butter mixture as they need to become easy to gently knead out onto a floured surface.

Use a scone cutter to get round scones or just cut into square scones if you want to.  I arrange them on the tray so they are about 1 cm apart. This way they cook evenly.

Bake at 200c for about 10-15 minutes.

Eat while warm!

Cinnamon Cake

My partner and I went on holiday a couple of weeks ago. We went to Heron Island and the food is buffet style. After eating double serves of desserts at lunch and dinner I came home wanting to eat sweet stuff all the time.  I am not usually the biggest eater of sugary desserts  but I had a taste for them.   I made this cake as at some stage on my first day back I had a cinnamon doughnut craving.

Cinnamon Tea Cake
Preheat oven to 180c and grease and line a 20cm square pan. Beat 150 grams softened Butter, 2 eggs and 3/4 cup of caster sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in 1 1/4 cups of Self Raising Flour and 1/2 cup milk. Fold through.
Bake for 40-50 minutes.
Mix 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 3 teaspoons of caster sugar in a cup or bowl. Spread butter over the cake while still hot (I used about a table spoon over the entire cake). Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar immediately after buttering up the cake.

The basic cake mix is the same I use to make Lemon Cake. To make a Lemon Cake add in the finely grated rind of 1 Lemon to the cake mix.
When the cake is done warm the juice from the lemon with icing sugar to taste. Prick the cake all over and drizzle with the Lemon Syrup. This is one of my favourite cakes. I am a big fan of Lemon flavoured everything.

What are your favourite cakes?  Any suggestions for a future variation with this basic cake mix?

Below, the Cinnamon Cake.

Cinnamon Cake



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