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Colour! I'm a little (lot) weighed down with work at the moment, but have to note, in cliched fashion (pun not really intended), what a difference a couple of weeks makes. In New York we saw waves of neutrals and I had begun to prepare for a very monochromatic Spring/Summer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at So, Fashion
Fortunately while I go to work wearing fashion, I do not work in Fashion. While I suspect I would have a lot of fun if I did, I would also feel the pressure to be fashionably “on” all the time. I don’t think I could cope. I’m just too lazy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at So, Fashion
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I really admire women who can successfully pull off wearing a jumpsuit. It’s a rare skill. One that even few models can achieve. It's a garment that immediately risks making legs look stumpy, arses look big, thighs look thunderous, torsos look short, hips look hippo-ish, arses look non-existent in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2010 at So, Fashion
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First the first few days of Fashion Week it seemed that the answer was clearly not to colour. Neutrals ruled the runways, especially whites, punctuated with the odd refreshing hint of mint green. But today the question became relevant again as several collections – Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Marc Jacobs,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2010 at So, Fashion
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I always view all the looks coming down the runway with an eye to wearability. I'm a consumer, not an editor, after all. However, I'd be disappointed if there wasn't some craziness coming down the catwalk as well. How much of a show is it if I can picture myself,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at So, Fashion
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After four days of New York Fashion Week a number of trends are already apparent – a neutral palate, especially white; minimalism; sheer layers – but the one that leapt out at me first was the return to the 90s. The first half of the 90s were the first years... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at So, Fashion
So, Fashion Week - really Fashion Month - has begun. I love trawling through all the photos of all the collections, and, increasingly, watching the shows on the web to actually see the clothes move and get a better idea of texture. I have found over many years of doing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2010 at So, Fashion
So, Fashion. I love it. High fashion, low fashion, expensive, cheap, reasonably priced, on sale, full priced-got-to-have-it-the-second-I-see-it. I don’t think there should be any rules in fashion. On this, as with many things fashionable, I have changed my mind in recent years. And that is my favourite thing about fashion:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at So, Fashion
Even though this is not a personal style blog in the traditional* sense - i.e. you will not be seeing photos of me modeling items from my wardrobe here – my view of fashion, no matter how broad, is of course informed by my own fashion life. So here’s my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at So, Fashion
Never fear, I have been eating recently. I've also been working too much and traveling a bit and house hunting and generally, without intention, not blogging about food or anything else. I have also been cooking, and photographing the cooking, and mentally composing the posts, and yet not quite getting to the actual posts. Balancing that out, however, I have also been racing around and eating crap and drinking too much and getting fatter. Gah. Today's non-diary eating list is an example of how things have been working recently: 1. My morning diet consisted of three cups of tea (black,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
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Mar 15, 2010
While my pizza cooks, let's talk about pizza toppings. I have very firm views about what does and does not belong on top of a pizza. I suspect most people do, and that those views vary as much as the endless list of possible toppings. I can cope with change and variation quite well, and sometimes I do crave different things, but the following ingredients, for me, have no place on a pizza, ever: 1. Egg. Go away so-called "Aussie" pizza. This has never ever appealed to me, and as a child my pizza order was usually "anything but the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
I'm quite the fan of Breakfast for Dinner. Perhaps it's because as a general rule I only eat breakfast on the weekends, so I sometimes need to get my fix at other times of the day. (And yes, I know, I know, most important meal of the day, but I have tried all sorts of weekday breakfast options and it just never works for me. I have long ago come to terms with this and developed a fondness for lunch right on the strike of noon.) Another reason for Breakfast for Dinner is simplicity. Sometimes I just cannot be bothered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
Over time I have found a few good recipes involving lamb meatballs. I have even made them actually following the recipe. Which, as you would know by now, I'm not generally inclined to do. I bought some lamb mince a few days back with the aim of making one of those recipes during the week. Except that in wandering around the supermarket I had clearly mixed up the recipes in my head, because when I came home to make it this evening I discovered that the things I had bought were part from one recipe and part from another. So... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
I have a theory about cooking rice. My theory is that for every person there is only one true rice cooking method. Only one way an individual can cook rice well. I'm not talking about risotto or paella, I'm talking about plain old white long grain or basmati, steamed or boiled or whatever. Regular old rice. I have had this theory for many years, but it's been confirmed over the last year or so since I obtained a rice cooker. My rice cooker really does rock. It's large and shiny and non-stick and I just plug it in and turn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
Up to a point, today was a very typical day in the life of this single career girl/woman/no-labels-at-this-age-thanks. I had a very full - one might go so far as to say relentless - day of work. I managed to get out for 15 minutes somewhere in the general vicinity of lunchtime to go to the ATM and grab a wrap from one of my favourite cafes in Centre Place/Degraves St (post to come, I'm sure), which I ate at my desk. I left work at about 6.45 fully aware that I had nothing in the kitchen for dinner. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
To celebrate the sale of my apartment (holy, crap, I'll soon be homeless!), last night I headed around the corner to my local with a few friends for dinner. It turned out there was an unplanned and largely uncoordinated theme to dinner. And that theme was Potato. Everyone ordered some form of potato. Two of us had different kinds of steak, with chips. Someone else ordered a side of chips. And two people ordered sides of Mashed Potatoes as their main meal. And no, that salad did not get eaten. Though a chip did wind up in a glass of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
Are you a woman? Are you ready to write your own cookbook? Do you have lots of great recipes or good ideas? Do you really know what you're doing? Maybe you even already have your own TV show? You might think you're ready to go and pitch to a publisher. But there's one more thing you need to make sure you have, the thing without which there's no chance of getting a cookbook publishing contract. The Pose. Have you mastered it? The Someone Off-Camera Has Caught My Attention While I'm Cooking With Complete Ease And Perhaps Made Me Smile, Don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
My kitchen is pristine. Totally, completely clean. The magnets are removed from the fridge, everything is in the pantry, the dishes are done and put away, even the blinds and exhaust fans are clean. It - and the rest of the apartment - are all prepared for potential buyers to come and look through it next weekend. Which raises the question of what the hell I eat now, because there's no way I'm cooking in that kitchen. I'd prefer not to even pour a drink in there. And I have conveniently simultaneously got too fat and passed my take-away threshold,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food
A few months back I had a sudden urge to make tomato chutney. I'd never made it, or anything like it, before, but it just went the way it often goes: eat something that's unexpectedly yummy and then try to replicate it. I hunted around through various recipe books and recipes online and found a number of variations, all of which had some common elements, and then settled on this recipe. With my own variations. Of course. My first variation was to double, and then a bit more, the amount of tomatoes. I really did want tomato chutney, as opposed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Uli's Year of Food