awards

Neat Neat Neat

When I saw that Bob T. Panda from The Panda Chronicles had nominated me for the Real Neat Blog award (thanks Bob T!) the first thing I thought was “Yay!” The second thing I thought was “that reminds me of the Damned song – Neat Neat Neat”. So, in the spirit of my favourite punk band, I’m going to claim this award in a punk way – by messing up the rules!

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Some of the rules:
Thank the person who nominated you – done.
Answer their questions – okay.

If you could be an animal, which one would you be?
A Giant Panda like Clint Recession.

What kind of cuppycake are you, and why?
A Black Forest Cuppycake because I like black and I like The Cure song A Forest.

If you could change any event in the history on people on earth, what would you chose?
The saying “orange is the new black” became popular thanks to a certain show. But as far as I’m concerned, black is the old, new and future black. So I would try and stop anything orange from becoming popular or powerful – except at Halloween, because – you know – pumpkins.

What is your favorite city (other than the one you live in) that you have visited?
Brasov in Romania. They have vampires and really nice cakes.

What children’s book did you read as a child that you still love?
Dracula. That’s a children’s book isn’t it?

If you knew you only had one year to live, what would you do?
Try and find a vampire to convert me. Otherwise eat and drink as much as I want and then tell people what I really think of them just before I die.

What do you wish you had done in your life that you have not?
Become a vampire.

More rules:
Make up your own questions to ask your nominees – done – sort of. I’m not going to make up my own questions, I’m going to “borrow” Bob T’s instead.

Nominate other blogs for the award – here I go! There are so many that I want to nominate so I am going to nominate all the blogs that follow me and all the blogs I follow. So jump in, grab an award and answer “my” questions above. Or feel free to participate in any way you like.

But I am going to break my own rule by nominating one blog. This person hates getting awards and responds in a way that most punks would envy. So hit me with your best shot NCM!

Drawing culinary inspiration from one of my favourite Damned songs, Smash It Up, I’d like to share a recipe for Smashed Avocado. I mean, what could be more punk than healthy, green avocado balanced on a wholegrain slice of bread and maybe served with a side of quinoa? Hell no! If I’m smashing any food up it’s going to be potatoes. And then I’m going to splash them with oil and throw grated cheese on them – now that’s punk! And don’t expect precise measurements for this recipe. You’ll get ingredients, basic instructions and a photo, but that’s it 🙂

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Potatoes
Oil
Salt
Grated Cheese

Peel, cut up and boil some potatoes. (You can leave the skin on if you want but I like them peeled).
Drain and cool.
Preheat oven to 220C / 430F.
Lightly oil a baking tray.
Add the potatoes then smash them with a fork until they just start to break. I smash some more than others for variety.
Splash extra oil over them.
Sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip them over.
Throw on some grated cheese.
Return to the oven and bake for another 15 – 20 minutes or until they are golden.

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Liebsters For V  

I’d like to thank Agatha from Agatha Chocolates for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Naturally you will find many links to chocolate recipes at Agatha Chocolates – from the delicious to the bizarre! What I also love are Agatha’s quizzes, dunk it or dump it polls and her bite-sized mysteries. As a fan of cosy mysteries and dogs, I particularly loved her Who Stole The Cookies From The Cookie Jar? mystery.

So to accept the award I have to:
• Acknowledge the person that nominated you:
Done!

• Share 11 random facts about yourself:
1 – My “natural” hair colour is purple. I often mix it up with blue, pink, green, orange or red highlights. Sometimes all of them at once!
2 – I have lots of tattoos. Mainly pandas, red pandas, puffins, bats, ladybirds and halloween pumpkins. And yes – getting tattooed hurts.
3 – I’ve been romantically involved with the same person for over 28 years.
4 – I love all animals – especially my dogs.
5 – I’ve studied vampires since I was a child.
6 – I went to Romania in search of vampires – I didn’t find any.
7 – I created a Dracula tarot deck.
8 – I became a witch in my early twenties.
9 – I have a PhD in witchcraft and cinema.
10 – I love collecting cookbooks – especially the quirky ones.
11 – I’m co-writing a cupcake cookbook with fine artist and panda satirist Anne Belov.

• Answer 11 questions posted by the person that nominated you:
1 – Describe your blog in 5 words.
Recipes, Mythology, Personality and Pandas.

2 – What is the last dessert you ate?
Do cinnamon donuts count?

3 – Name any 3 people (living, dead, fictional) that you have never met, that you would like to have dinner with.
Anne Belov – because she would serve cupcakes.
Frida Kahlo- because the food would look fabulous.
Count Dracula – because I could eat all the food and drink and all the wine because he never drinks wine!

4 – What would you serve for dinner?
Cheese toasties and cupcakes for dessert.

5 – What is the best decade, and why?
The one I’m living in – because life’s always good.

6 – What kitchen gadget could you not live without?
Is a frying pan a gadget?

7 – Where’s your happy place?
On the couch with my partner and dogs.

8 – Romance, Mystery, Drama or Action?
Mystery.

9 – What’s your dream job?
Giant panda nanny. Yes, this is a real job. No, I don’t have it.

10 – What’s the best find in an assorted box of chocolates?
Turkish Delight.

11 – Give the link to the favorite thing you have posted.
Wickedly Wicked

• Post 11 new questions:
1 – What is your favourite quote?
2 – What is your favourite joke?
3 – Who is your favourite character from a book?
4 – Who is your favourite character from a movie?
5 – Who is your favourite character from a television series?
6 – What is your absolute favourite song?
7 – What is your favourite ingredient?
8 – What ingredient haven’t you tried but would like to?
9 – What is your favourite place that you have visited?
10 – What place haven’t you visited but would you like to visit?
11 – What is your favourite animal?

• Nominate 11 blogs for the award:

https://cookswithevie.com/2016/03/27/empty-tomb-buns/

https://culinarymosaic.com/2015/12/21/sweet-pilaf/

https://keralas.live/2016/07/02/ghee-rice/

https://notcordeliasmom.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/the-claws-are-out/

https://samskitchenblog.com/2016/05/07/citrus-and-apple-rose-tea-cake/

https://theveggiecooker.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/homemade-rice-noodles/

https://witchlike.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/go-ask-alice/

I would have added more nominees but you have to have less than 200 followers 🙂

• Notify your nominees of their award:
Done!

In honour of Agatha Chocolates, here are some links to my favourite chocolate recipes.

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Creativity for V

Thank you Leyla for nominating me for the Creative Blogger Award!

Leyla’s wonderful Culinary Mosaic blog is filled with fabulous recipes and great foodie travel stories. Make sure you visit – you won’t be disappointed 🙂

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This is another award that if you are nominated you are awarded!
Here are my nominations for the Creative Blogger Award:

https://cordeliasmomstill.com/about/
https://culinarymosaic.com/about/
https://newcitywitchescocktailcoven.com/2016/02/26/shoot-a-flaming-dragon-bomb/
https://notcordeliasmom.wordpress.com/about/
https://peasromainecalm.com/me-myself-pie/
https://samskitchenblog.com/about/
https://sassandsauce.wordpress.com/about/

Five new things about me:
I have cuddled a giant panda cub in China.
I have snuggled with red pandas in Canberra and Brisbane.
I have visited puffins in Iceland.
I have petted binturongs in Brisbane.
I have ridden on camels in Perth and Melbourne.
Bonus facts:
I had a bubble bath while a European brown bear slept outside my window in Canberra.
I found it hard to stop at five 🙂

The rules of the Creative Blogger Award seem to vary.
This is the way I’ve interpreted them:
Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Share 5 facts about yourself.
Nominate at least 5 bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.
Keep the rules as you see them in your post.

Versatility for V

I would like to thank the lovey Leyla from Culinary Mosaic for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

I recently discovered Leyla when she visited my blog and liked a post. I visited her blog and fell in love with her recipes – especially the pastries. 🙂 That is one of the things I love about blogging – visiting other blogs and meeting new people.

One of the great things about the award is that if you are nominated you are awarded!
So here, in alphabetical order, are my 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award.

http://bunnyeatsdesign.com

http://cafebookbean.com

http://chezmoiblog.com

http://cookingwithawallflower.com

https://cookingwithoutlimits.wordpress.com

http://cordeliasmomstill.com

http://culinarymosaic.com

https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com

http://frugalfeeding.com

https://hocuspocus13.wordpress.com

http://newcitywitchescocktailcoven.com

https://notcordeliasmom.wordpress.com

http://passioncook.net

http://samskitchenblog.com

https://sheilarparker.wordpress.com

As part of the award I am to list 7 things about myself – so here they are:

1) I am Australian of Macedonian ethnicity.
2) I have a PhD in Jungian psychology, film theory and witchcraft.
3) I am the creator of the Dracula Tarot, beautifully illustrated by Anna Gerraty.
4) I am writing a cupcake cookbook with my friend, artist and satirist Anne Belov.
5) I love writing, reading, photography, tarot, walking and cooking.
6) I have a fantastic long-term partner and two fabulous dogs.
7) I have been gifted with extraordinary friends.