We’re Going to the Zoo, Zoo Zoo …..

For over 10 years now I have wanted to go to the Zoo Twilights.  I even got as close as being in the Zoo for the last 1/2 hour of one of the concerts, but I was in the area with some friends who wanted to make the most out of free entry and I was dragged along to see some of the fury and not so fury residents instead.IMG_8277

So the Zoo Twilights made it on my inaugural list and I was ecstatic to learn that Katie Noonan was going to be performing this year.  I messaged one of my music loving friends Sal to see if she would like to come with me only to find out she had been listening Katie’s music that very week.  We also invited one of our British buds Jane to share the moment with us.IMG_8278

On the most perfect sunny Friday afternoon we pranced into the Zoo (well the others did – I kind of hobbled due to my Christmas Eve ankle injury) (well the others didn’t really either as they were carrying enough food to feed us, the rest of the picnickers and all of the animals) (Ok we were prancing is spirit).  We found our perfect spot and set up our picnic that was fit for Royalty (well, we did have a representative from England with us).IMG_8281

On the menu for this delightful evening was a rather large selection of dips, cheeses, crackers, antipasto and for dessert a chocolate flourless cake with raspberries and fresh cream.IMG_8280

I have been to a Katie Noonan performance before so I knew I was infor a real treat.  She was performing with 3 other cool Aussie chicks; Abbey Dobson (love her song ‘even when i’m sleeping’), Angie Hart (from Frente – you know the song ‘Accidentally Kelly Street’ and ‘Ordinary Angles’) and Martha Marlow (who I had never heard of before but will be hunting down some of her music).  The event was titled “Songs that made me”, where the girls did their own renditions of songs that had meant something to them in the past.  My favorite was their interpretation of Kylie Minogue’s ‘Confide in me’.  They finished off the night with each of them singing one of their own songs.

It was such an amazing night to sit back with great company, munch on some yummy food, listen to some  soothing tunes and watch the glorious sunset.  The Lions in the enclosure nearby even had a grumble every now and then to add to the atmosphere. To end the evening Jane was rather excited to see a colony of bats (yes I had to look that up), flying across the night sky.IMG_8279

What Karen and Lisa do when they are not decorating cakes

I just love it when I get the opportunity to play around in the Cakes by Karen kitchen.  So when I was staying at Karen’s place for the Australia Day weekend it was a no brainer to help out in the kitchen and bake some desserts for her Austraila Day BBQ.

Here are some pics that show the antics of the day.


The Chief Taste Tester

The Chief Taste Tester

"This is a bit different to mud cake"

“This is a bit different to mud cake”

"Opps I made too much"

“Opps I made too much”

"If I hide under here Mum won't see that I have eaten the last Tim Tam"

“If I hide under here Mum won’t see that I have eaten the last Tim Tam”

"Do you think we have enough chocolate?"

“Do you think we have enough chocolate?”

Sienna and her apprentice taste tester

Sienna and her apprentice taste tester

Karaoke Cakes By Karen style

Karaoke Cakes By Karen style

Another 80's classic to sing

Another 80’s classic to sing

"No more desserts to taste - I might hang out in the pink room and make towers"

“No more desserts to taste – I might hang out in the pink room and make towers”

"Taste testing is such a hard job.  Wake me yo Lis when the next one is ready to taste"

“Taste testing is such a hard job. Wake me up Lis when the next one is ready to taste”

"Oh no - I was too busy singing Madonna's Like a Prayer and I turned cream into butter"

“Oh no – I was too busy singing Madonna’s Like a Prayer, and I turned cream into butter”

Take Two

Take Two

Cherry Honeycomb Pavlova, Chocolate Eclair Cake, Lamington Cake and Tim Tam Cake

Cherry Honeycomb Pavlova, Chocolate Eclair Cake, Lamington Cake and Tim Tam Cake






Lisa Lou’s List To Do

Happy 2014 to you all. I hope you are all excited about this year and ready to take on whatever this year decides to throw at us.

Every year, right around this time, I am usually feeling a little down as by now I have already failed multiple times over those unattainable New Years Resolutions that I set the previous year.

Emma and LisaLast year Emma who can best be described as “Little Miss Sunshine”, joined our team at work.  She had created a “List” of things that she wanted to achieve during that year and blogged about the whole process. Some of these things were fun random things such as hitting a Pinata, or popping a champagne cork through to challenges like running a half marathon or building something from Ikea.

Late last year when driving to Venus Bay for my much needed holiday, the idea came into my head that maybe I should do up a “List” of my own. Not of unattainable New Years Resolutions that get dumped before the end of January but a list that would comprise of attainable challenges, fun and random things and all those “To Do’s” that I have been saying for years that I should do but never do. I thought it would also be a fun thing to blog about it as well and if no one ever reads it, it would still be great to look over it at the end of the year and reflect on all the “To Do’s” that I did that year. Maybe it might even inspire you to make a list of your own?

So I have made my list.  Every time I have mentioned wistfully  “I would love to do that” my friends response has been to shout at me “Put it on the list”, and put it on the list I did.

Feel free to have a look over my list. There might even be some things that you might like to do with me. Let me know :-).

1. Donate blood
2. Host a dinner party
3. Host a cocktail party
4. Go camping
5. Cook fish
6. Host a high tea
7. Go to a farmers market and buy produce to make something
8. Develop Knife skills
9. Do a cooking class
10. 5km run
11. 10km run
12. Go to a jazz night
13. Go to Zoo Twilights
14. Go to a comedy show
15. Make bread
16. Do another cake class at Cakes by Karen
17. Do a dancing class
18. Make canvas prints for house
19. Design and sew some cushions for my couches
20. Make a herb garden
21. Make a blackboard for the kitchen
22. Buy Balderdash and have a games night
23. Paint pantry doors
24. Do old-fashioned photo wall
25. Do fridge decoration
26. Do the 1000 steps
27. Make pasta from scratch
28. Write some encouragement cards
29. See an old movie at the Astor
30. Indian night – have Indian and see a Bollywood film
31. See a Musical
32. Make macarons from my Pierre Hermé macaron book
33. See fairy penguins parade
34. Make a croquembouche
35. Go to an art gallery
36. Go to a cafe read, the paper and have breakfast and coffee by myself
37. 80’s night club with Jane
38. Go on a cruise with Karen
39. This one will be revealed when I complete it
40. Host a Eurovision party.
41. Make a quilt
42. Go to the ballet
43. Go to the Brown Brothers Festival
44. Cook a complex MasterChef dish
45. Go to Burch and Purchese
46. Cook 1 recipe from each of Donna Hay magazines
47. Go to an AFL game
48. Go for a bike ride
49. Go to Red Hill Market
50. Go to Josie Bones
51. Host a brunch
52. Make a complex layer cake
53. Go on a long hike somewhere
54. Go to an orchestral performance
55. Paint kitchen trolley
56. Go through my camera for dummies book
57. Start gratitude book
58. Go to a film festival
59. Set up a Pinterest and Instagram page for my business Fleur De Lis Edible Creations
60. Go to a drive in
61. Put some more plants out on my balcony
62. Host a Sunday roast
63. Cook with an ingredient I haven’t used before
64. Go to a play
65. Go to a subtitled movie
66. Do a Dessert Table
67. Go to Future Music Festival
68. Make some goodies with Karen in the Cakes by Karen kitchen for an Australia Day BBQ