Roasted Fig & Mascarpone Tarts

I have a foodie confession. Until recently I hadn’t eaten fresh figs. I know, I know. 

But more surprisingly, I tried roasted figs caramelised in delicious brown sugar for the first time. Holy smoke guys, why hasn’t anyone told me about this before!

How I got onto the fig phenomenon is, I decided one bright sunny day that I would submit an application to showcase my photos at a local exhibition. Like anything else that requires my creative spirit’s involvement, I looked for a minute, digested the fact it would be freaking scary, and jumped in anyway. Next day I woke up and the reality hit. Oh shit. So my head has been throwing around food photo ideas non-stop since. 

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February 20, 2014 - 8:20 pm

scrimpchimp - Stunning & awe-inspiring photos. I love figs, handy fig recipe to have and try.

February 21, 2014 - 12:24 am

Deb - Such sparkling tarts! Fresh figs are are so enchanting and you have captured their all their voluptuous goodness!

February 27, 2014 - 7:18 am

angelica | table twenty eight - Peggy, they look absolutely delicious!
I can almost taste the jammy sweetness, creaminess and vibrant lemon zest… YUM!

February 28, 2014 - 9:57 am

Peggy Saas - Thank you. It’s a very easy fig recipe that tastes delightful!

February 28, 2014 - 9:58 am

Peggy Saas - Thank you Deb. They photograph beautifully, I think they’re one of those foods that actually look better in photos.

February 28, 2014 - 9:59 am

Peggy Saas - Thanks Angelica. Those flavours you mentioned are exactly what came to mind as I took a bite – jammy fig sweetness and creaminess with a hint of lemon.

Finding Your Own Voice

At the end of November I attended the final awards night for Kidspot’s Voices of 2013. I was very pleasantly surprised by the announcement that Ford had chosen me as the sponsor’s choice and I came home with a car for 12 months! Well not literally; I flew home, but the car wasn’t far behind.

I wrote about my fascination with the Sexy Beast, aka the red Ford Territory Titanium I was given to drive, as I was taking part in the Ford Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge. And despite the fact I don’t aspire to work my ass off for material possessions (I’m more content on acquiring memorable moments rather than things) I wasn’t shy about my love for all its shiny bells and whistles. This car was quite clearly like nothing else I have ever driven. And I was unashamedly a little in love.

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February 14, 2014 - 9:56 am

Kelly Exeter - I still remember screaming at home when I saw you’d won the car for a year. When you pair your beautiful words with your beautiful images Pegs … it is something really special. And something only you bring to the world xx

February 14, 2014 - 10:26 am

Sneh | Cook Republic - Go Peggy! You deserved it! It is so true. When it is from the heart, people love it. So glad you found YOUR voice! x

February 14, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Virginia Kop - You spoke very nicely on stage, and I’m hoping this year’s contest brings higher rewards – you really deserve it, Peggy. xox

February 15, 2014 - 3:23 am

Christina - I’m so happy for you! Totally deserve it!!!

February 15, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Rach aka stinkb0mb - I’m not surprised you won Peggy, your voice is authentic and you, couple that with your images that have beauty oozing from them and you were always onto a winner.

You are right though, self doubt is a killer and we ALL do it. Imagine how amazing our lives would be, if we were our OWN biggest cheerleaders?

xo

February 18, 2014 - 10:18 am

Maxabella - Okay, so firstly I want INto that forum! What a lovely bunch of supportive friends you’ve made there, Pegs. Secondly, it kills me that people of immense talent (hello Peggy Saas) always sell themselves short by comparing themselves to others. We can never be objective about our own work and life. NEVER. And just as we pick and pick at ourselves about every little thing that we accept as perfectly okay in anybody else, the same is true of our creativity. The best we can do is just put ourselves out there and accept that the praise and criticism that comes our way is actually truer than the praise (?) and criticism that we give ourselves. x

February 28, 2014 - 10:01 am

Peggy Saas - Thanks Kel. It sure is good having you in my corner cheering me on. That’s a nice way to put it (something only I bring to the world), thanks for the words of encouragement lovely. xo

February 28, 2014 - 10:01 am

Peggy Saas - Thank you Sneh. I agree, when you be true to who you are you it’s only natural your own voice stands out. Thanks lovely. x

February 28, 2014 - 10:02 am

Peggy Saas - Thanks Virginia. This video was actually afterwards and I was on a real high, buzzing! I honestly can’t remember what I said when I received my award on stage, something about hating speaking in front of people. haha! Thanks again. xo

February 28, 2014 - 10:03 am

Peggy Saas - Thanks Christina, still pinching myself!

February 28, 2014 - 10:04 am

Peggy Saas - Exactly Rach! If only I could cheer myself on like those around me do, I’d be set! It is nice to have a great little community to give you gentle nudges when you need it. So lucky. I’m glad my voice comes across authentic, nice to know. xo

February 28, 2014 - 10:07 am

Peggy Saas - You totally hit the nail on the head Bron, the best we can do is put ourselves out there. It’s funny, that’s the only way I seem to move forward creatively. I recently put my hand up to showcase my photos in an exhibition. I did it then started panicking afterwards thinking WHY DID I DO THAT?? The funny thing is, as much as I am nervous about it I know I just have to do it. And I will thank myself afterwards. It’ll be one more thing I can say I have done, and one less thing that will scare me next time. Thanks for the encouraging words Bron, I love how you pop up with some kind words of wisdom right when I could use them. xo

Lunchlady’s Homemade Flapjacks

I have a new blog crush. It’s not surprising I stumbled across Lunchlady with my recent (and long time coming) promise to myself that I would bake and cook more foods from scratch. It’s not that I have any other reason to not eat packaged foods aside from, I don’t want to. I guess the health factor comes into it too. And whereby I used to use the very tired old excuse of ‘I don’t have time’, I know I have to make time. I don’t work full time anymore, although my old day job hours are now cram packed with all the fun stuff like photography gigs, editing, marketing and blogging. But yes, still the same amount of hours in my day as the next person.

Kate Berry is the oh-so-creative mind behind Lunchlady. You can read more about her motivation behind this real and rustic blog space here. Once I clicked on her blog I couldn’t drag myself away, trawling through post after post taking in the visual delight (her photos are stupendously beautiful) and her vintage backdrop and of course, her delightful homemade goods.

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February 9, 2014 - 4:29 am

The Life of Clare - These look so good! I love Kate’s blog too. Such great honest food, and stunning photos.

February 9, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Kate - Aw how lovely! Thank you for such a lovely post. Your flapjacks look amazing!! So glad you love them as much as I do. xx

February 10, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Fiona Arthur - Yay Peggy. I literally just whipped these babies up. This was just the recipe I’ve been looking for. I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to find a wholesome and tasty low GI snack that didn’t have nuts so I could pack it in the lunch box. This was so quick and easy and full of long lasting energy for my kindy/year 1 boys! I have (of course)taken on your suggestion to put some up high for adult snacks after bed time ;) , and when I’ve got more time, I’ll look up the lunch lady’s blog. Thanks!

February 14, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Your One and Only Loving Mother - I love oats and they are so good for you also. This must be first recipe without honey in it, I hate honey, can smell it miles away and just cant eat it. I’m so glad you posted this recipe. I’ll be making these for sure. They’ll be so good when out on the boat or when we are travelling down. xxoo

February 28, 2014 - 10:09 am

Peggy Saas - That’s exactly it Clare, honest food and stunning photos. I feel myself drift off whenever I head over to Kate’s blog. It’s a beautifully peaceful space.

February 28, 2014 - 10:10 am

Peggy Saas - You’re welcome Kate, thank YOU for sharing this recipe. I do love them, very much. They’ve become a regular in our house. xo

February 28, 2014 - 10:11 am

Peggy Saas - Oh yes you have to save some for the adult snacks! Nice one Fiona, I’m glad you tried the recipe out. It’s a beauty isn’t it, almost unbelievable that they are so easy to make! Lunchlady’s blog is wonderful, you’ll love it. I imagine there will be many more school lunch box ideas on there for you. Enjoy. x

March 8, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Chocolate Coconut Slice // So Easy the Kids Can Make it! » cake crumbs & beach sand - [...] was on the lookout for a delicious slice using oats after my recent flapjack revelation courtesy of Lunchlady, but somehow I wound up on the chocolate/coconut tangent. I love that [...]

April 16, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Banana and Coconut Flapjacks + Help Me Win! » cake crumbs & beach sand - [...] space (eggs on toast, stir fry, eggs on toast), but then there is this. Do you remember those delightful flapjacks I made from Lunchlady’s recipe? Well I had a bright idea to make some more. But this time [...]

Caramel Pear Pudding Courtesy of Emma’s Mum

I am crazy about old family recipes, so when our dear online friend Emma mentioned her mum’s famous Caramel Pear Pudding I got very excited. This is a favourite that has graced Emma’s family table for 15-20 years. Emma’s mum cannot recall where she got the recipe, but I love that she has stuck with it throughout the years which is a sign it must be good. Gotta love those old family faves.

I was hasty in photographing the pudding so it was fresh out the oven in these photos. After it cooled slightly the top was crispy and caramelised, the kind of topping I would fight my mum over. We love the crispy tops of baked delights, and the crunchy corners of savoury bakes such as macaroni or tuna bake. We’ve been known to stand in the kitchen fork in hand, pushing each other out of the way to get to the crunchy topping as soon as the dish has left the oven. Knowing this, you can only imagine what we as diehard bread lovers would be like when a fresh loaf is pulled out of the bread maker.

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February 3, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Your One and Only Loving Mother - It’s funny how you make these lovely cakes and deserts now that I’m nowhere to be seen. You’ll wait when I move closer to you, as soon as I get a hit that you are baking, I’ll be there with my own BIG fork to make sure I get the best bits of the curst. Looks absolutely delish. xxoo

February 4, 2014 - 6:44 am

Tessa : Down that Little Lane - OMG that just looks delicious.. off to share with our FB Page for inspiration on tonights desert x

February 4, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Cindy - This is just beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

February 5, 2014 - 12:03 am

Virginia Kop - Another tasty dessert to bookmark for later baking in spring/summer! Looking forward to this – thank you Emma’s Mum and Peggy!

February 6, 2014 - 7:14 am

angelica | table twenty eight - Beautiful photos Peggy, you’re really good at conveying a certain atmosphere with each of your creations – thanks for the inspiration!

February 7, 2014 - 4:47 am

The Life of Clare - This looks absolutely delicious. Now to get my hands on some fresh local pairs.

February 8, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Peggy Saas - I’m just practicing Mum so when you get here I’ll be an expert with the baked dishes! And yes, bring your own fork. xo

February 8, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you so much for sharing Tessa. x

February 8, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Cindy. Lucky for me that Emma was kind enough to share it.

February 8, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Peggy Saas - Yes bookmark that baby! It’s a good one.

February 8, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Peggy Saas - Thank you Angelica. I am also very inspired when I visit your blog. I have a few of your recipes waiting to be sampled!

February 8, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Peggy Saas - Thanks Clare. I am crazy about pears, but yes, they need to be fresh and local. Enjoy!

February 8, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Carla - Wow. I have stumbled onto your blog for the first time today. So many delicious recipes to try. Thanks!!

February 25, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Christina - Gosh! I really shouldn’t go onto your site late at night.. makes me sooo hungry!! Really need to start learning to cook so I can make your amazing sounding recipes.. or I could always get bf to make them…

February 28, 2014 - 10:13 am

Peggy Saas - Thank you Carla. Nice of you to drop by and stay for awhile.

February 28, 2014 - 10:15 am

Peggy Saas - Christina get the bf to make them, so easy! I know what you mean about reading food blogs at night, it’s a very bad habit of mine.

Under the Stars.

Every now and again we pack our car with the bare essentials and we head away. Away from the traffic, the hustle and bustle, the routine, agenda, people, the city. As we hit the wide open road I can feel myself breathe slower. I feel my body relax, my eyes start to focus on the nothingness around us and my mind gradually empties without me even realising. Gone are the thoughts of what’s to be done, finances, things to be fixed or put back together, work, school, the internet.

My business relies on the internet, but every now and again I feel myself getting drawn too far in and I can’t seem to pull away. On Friday my mobile phone officially died. In the past I would’ve panicked and done whatever was needed to get it fixed asap, but not this time. I threw it into my handbag and anxiously made the decision to spend three days and nights without it. Some of my friends asked how on earth I could do it. “I could never live without my phone,” one friend proclaimed. Of course you could, we survived okay before they existed. The trouble with technology these days is, we rely so heavily on it that we wind up thinking we can’t live without it. We can, and sometimes we really should.

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