Chocolate Nut Brownie

5oz butter (melted)
6 oz sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
2/3  cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup coconut
8 oz Self Raising flour
2 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder

Pour melted butter into a large bowl, cool slightly then add sugar and stir well.
Add beaten eggs, chopped walnuts and coconut and finally, stir in the sifted flour and cocoa powder.  Mix together until well combined.
Spoon into a greased 26 x 17cm lamington tin and smooth with a spatula.
Bake in a moderate oven 160°c for 30 – 35 minutes.
For serving cut into squares when cool.

To make a more moist brownie, you can add ½ cup of dried fruit, such as chopped prunes or raisins.

 

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Rustic buildings in the Hunter Valley

 

Surrounded by historic buildings, stands this majestic Pepper tree.  The red geraniums, spilling out over the old trough add a touch of colour.

The original Ironbark slab hut on the property at Tyrrells Winery, which was erected in 1858, (see photos – above and below) is an interesting feature of the property.

 

Inside the hut, there are reminders of the historic past and amazing craftsmanship, shown in the fireplace bellows leaning against a wall.

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Japanese Gardens at Gosford Regional Gallery (video)

The beautiful Japanese gardens at Caroline Bay near East Gosford are tranquil and inspirational. Immaculately presented, these gardens are especially amazing in spring. Wisteria hangs gracefully from the pergola and the Azaleas in full bloom, present massed displays of colour. Viewing the raked stone garden, the pagodas and the Japanese water bowl as well as the beautifully shaped hedges is a very pleasant experience.

Enjoy the video as you listen to the music of:

Mizuki  – by Bad Snacks
(YouTube audio library)

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Pretty Birds (King Parrots) in my spring garden (Video)

King Parrots, bees and a beautiful assortment of spring flowers make this a lovely time of year.
My garden has come alive with lavender, bromeliads, clivia, iris, seaside daisies, polyanthus, pansies, bird of paradise, cordelines, vibernum, euphorbia- lipstick and lilli pilli and, are all included in this video.
I hope you enjoy watching the birds and flowers, as you listen to the music of: Waltz of the flowers – by Tchaikovsky (YouTube audio library)

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Bees and Beetles

The bees seem to be enjoying gathering nectar from our lavender bush.

These beautiful flowers on our photinia are attracting some cute little brown beetles.

Inspecting a lovely white iris, this long legged insect has an amazing set of feathery antennae.

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Lunch Box Muesli Muffins

2 eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ cup light olive oil
¾ cup oats
¾ cup coconut
¾ cup sultanas
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1¼ cup SR flour
½ cup milk

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs then add the sugar and olive oil and mix well.  Stir in oats, coconut, sultanas, cinnamon and lastly add the flour alternately with the milk.
Pour mixture into 12 muffin cases and bake in a moderate oven 160°c for about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still hot.

These healthy little cakes, are quick to make and perfect to add to lunch boxes or for a snack with coffee.

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