8 Nov 2013

seen heard eaten

before the day closes birds, returning
grasses at my feet alive and flowering
eggs hand-picked, brushed, cleaned, drying
a second batch of delicious thick yoghurt, straining
Morning through the dairy window, rising
macadamia shortbread baked, eaten

to what we see, hear, eat
on any given day
thanks for senses
thanks for kingship
thanks for solitude
thanks for breathing


 ~ macadamia vanilla bean shortbread ~

1 cup flour (I used a GF rice/tapioca/potato blend) + 1/2 cup for kneading
1/2 cup fine sugar
pinch vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla essence
110g salted butter
1 whole egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped raw macadamia nuts 

Preheat oven to 180'c. With your hands mix flour with sugar and vanilla. Cut butter into cubes and rub into flour until a fine meal. Add egg and nuts and mix to form a dough and knead till smooth on a floured surface adding a little water if its too dry. Bake on a paper lined tray for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

happy friday to you


  1. All those lovely fresh eggs! Makes our six-a-day from our chickens look very small ;) Can you share how you make your own yoghurt? xo

    1. I say any fresh eggs a day are GOOD! Try cleaning 330 with three little ones running about your legs :p I am working on a yoghurt tutorial to post soon xx

  2. ...all so pretty!

    ~Have a lovely day!

  3. A delight to the eyes and the taste buds!

  4. Shortbread is my absolute favorite! Lovely, as always :) xo

  5. How do you clean your eggs? I have eight chickens and they have just started laying and I am a little leary of eating the eggs because I'm not sure how to clean them properly!

    (changed my blog from "Real Lovely to dollop -- found here: http://dollopalong.blogspot.com/)

    1. Lovely Heidi, thanks for your comment! We clean our eggs very simply; those with poop/mud we soak in lukewarm water with a tiny drop of unscented eco-friendly detergent for maybe 10 minutes and then wipe clean with a micro-fibre cloth. Most of the eggs though might have a tiny fleck or two or dirt and for that we just gently polish away with fine sandpaper. I think also if your chickens are free-range (as ours are) then the level of pathogens is very dimished because of all the fresh pasture/grass/hay etc for them to lay in, as opposed to say battery hens who live/sleep/breathe/lay in poo. Those eggs get bleached! Egg shells are porous and it is important to note that harsh chemicals in cleaning could come through in trace amounts to the egg. Sorry that was so long! Will check out your blog now xx

    2. is your eco-friendly "detergent" unscented dish soap? I have to admit that owning chickens has caused me to look very differently at my food sources.. Thanks for all the info-- it really helps


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