Day 14: Creative Challenge

The creative challenge team has welcomed a new partner in crime today - Trish Urquhart who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions and tries very hard to live up to the title cook extraordinaire. Trish may not be with us for the entire remaining 16 days, so prepare to feast on her creations while the going is good. To sample more of her wares, check out her delicious food blog.

Today's gustatory delight is a sight to behold. Trish has made a mouth watering breakfast puff and she's shared the recipe with us too (from a 1990 US Gourmet magazine), which is just as well now that I've seen this amazing creation. A single glance at this photo sent me looking for my whisk.

Pre heat the oven to 220 Celsius. When hot heat a 20 cm omelet pan in the oven. Whisk three eggs with half a cup of milk and then whisk in half a cup of flour, half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg and one teaspoon sugar. Melt a generous tablespoon of butter in the pan and pour the batter into the pan. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until puffed and golden. Sprinkle with castor sugar and serve with maple syrup. Yum!

Trish's breakfast puff

Trish's breakfast puff

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has had a last creative dash through his wardrobe before heading off to the airport to catch his flight to Brisbane. His eyes lighted, as they do, on a pair of shoes that have been languishing, unadorned and unloved, in the bottom of his wardrobe, just waiting for his unique brand of TLC. With gold fabric paint in hand, along with his trusty jar of sequins, he's transformed these shoes into the kind of dazzling fashion items we've come to expect from him. When I mug him to relieve him of his sequined jacket, I may see if I can squeeze him out of his shoes as well. These runners are a wardrobe must-have.

Kanen's hand painted, hand-sequined shoes

Kanen's hand painted, hand-sequined shoes

Stephen Bennett has been busy with his framing today and my office is looking all the better for it. He's also been working on some of his photos and he processed one of his favourite Mt Rogers images today. He took the photo in a dense fog with his Holga plastic camera - he loves his plastic cameras - with very fast film to accommodate the low light. He says the photo reminds him of an old, evil spider guarding her eggs. Here's the arachnid sitting next in the queue on his framing table.

Steve's Mt Rogers arachnid

Steve's Mt Rogers arachnid

I've been tinkering in my jewellery studio today and the result is a bit left of centre, even by my standards. I wanted to make a horse amulet, and this piece will fit the bill nicely. I've set a lovely mare and foal charm on some etched silver, and I've shaped a horse shoe around them for luck. This piece is rustic and far from mainstream, but it's got an industrial edge that I like. I won't wear it to work, but I will wear it.

Scarlet's horse amulet

Scarlet's horse amulet