Possum Magic

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t readPossum Magic  Possum Magic by Mem Fox or want to re-fresh your memory I highly recommend watching this 8 minute reading on YouTube – because my blog post is going to give the end away! (Click here for Possum Magic)

I absolutely loved the idea of the cake I made this week. My friend’s daughter turned one today and my friend wanted the theme of the cake to be Possum Magic. Not only that, but she had a specific idea of how she wanted the cake. When she told me it sounded very interesting, but I had no idea what she was talking about! So I watched the YouTube reading of the book and absolutely loved the idea and loved the book!

Possum Magic is about Grandma Poss (possum) and how she uses her best bush magic to make Hush (granddaughter) invisible so she is safe from the dangers of the Australian bush and of course so Hush can have adventures. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way around Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. And here is the spoiler – the three foods that make Hush visible are Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and Lamingtons. Three of the best Australian foods in my opinion!

Michelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 1So here is the cake with Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and Lamingtons. My friend didn’t have any expectations of me making Hush the possum – but I wanted to! I hope I did her justice.

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My friend said the cake was just likeMichelle's Labyrinth Possum Magic 2 she imagined! And then she told me about the birthday party she had planned. They were going to a park and they were going to read Possum Magic and then they were going to eat Vegemite Sandwiches, Pavlova and you guessed it – Lamingtons! What an awesome idea! And then they were going to have the cake! Such a beautiful idea and now I am craving Vegemite Sandwiches!!!

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I know I have a few readers outside of Australia – hello :) Well just in case you didn’t know, Possums (on the left below and that are from the Eastern Hemisphere – Australia, New Guinea, and Sulawesi and introduced to New Zealand and China) are different from Opossums (on the right below and that are from the Western Hemisphere). I think I only worked that out a couple of years ago, I guess I never thought of what an opossum was. And I love the word Opossum and I think they are funny looking creatures, and they sure look like they could get up to some mischief! :)

http://davidcook.com.auhttp://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/

Okay, Aussie possums can get up to mischief like this greedy one! But opossums are considered nature’s minivan!

Michelle's Labyrnth http://animalia-life.com/opossum.html

My friend also asked me if I had time to make a second cake for her daughter so she could take one to playgroup. I did stay up pretty late finishing off the cakes, but I also left them to the last-minute. I suffer really badly from procrastination-itis! I definitely could have prepared on the weekend,Michelle's Labyrinth Bee but I chilled out in front of the TV instead. So I really did have time! Let’s hope I am a good girl for the next cake!!

I asked my friend if she wanted a pink themed cake and she said no! She said she wasn’t bothered by pink, so how about yellow. She is a girl after my own heart. I have never liked pink. I occasionally wear it, the only reason is so that it breaks up the blue and black! When I thought of yellow I thought of bumblebees and Winnie the Pooh! Pretty lucky girl getting two cakes! I hope she liked them and had a wonderful 1st birthday!

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Source Possum photo: http://davidcook.com.au

Source Opossum photo: http://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/

Source Opossum with babies photo: http://animalia-life.com/opossum.html

 

 

 

Easy As Pie

I think you’ll all be impressed with the pie challenge progress I have made. I think I have actually made more than one a week though, so I have stopped making them – I could feel myself putting weight on, which is definitely not a good thing. It is bad enough when it sneakily appears… but when you feel it…

The next pie I made was for my hubbieMichelle's Labyrinth on Valentine’s Day. I asked him what sort of pie he would like and the response was “I like Lamingtons”… Helpful… I could have bopped him, but instead I just accepted it and said I would see what I can do. Over the next couple of days I let my mind absorb the request and figured I could make a vanilla cheesecake and add Lamingtons to it. So that is exactly what I did. Michelle's Labyrinth

I created my own Lamington Cheesecake Pie! I made a biscuit case and covered it with Lamingtons (mainly the chocolate and coconut; my puppies and I ate the sponge). Then I mixed some Lamington chocolate part into the cheese mixture. Then covered the Lamington base and let it set. Easy!

I thought the Lamington Cheesecake Pie turned out pretty good. Hubbie departed to the U.S.A. a day later, so I took the rest of the pie to a card party and they really seemed to enjoy it.Michelle's Labyrinth

One of my lovely friends who reads this blog asked for “Pie, Me oh My!” So we set a lunch date… which her Dad ruined! I had my heart set on making her Peach Cobbler, and since I was in the zone of making it, I did so even though our lunch date was cancelled! I took it to Wednesday cards instead and it went down very well.

I had Peach Cobbler inMichelle's Labyrinth Atlanta last year and I wasn’t all that impressed. Peaches are the official state fruit of Georgia (where Atlanta resides), so I was expecting big things. One thing I remember was that the peaches seemed to be canned peaches…  When I think of peaches I always start singing Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America…

“Peaches come in a can, they were put there byMichelle's Labyrinth a man, in a factory down town. If I had my way, I would eat peaches every day….
Moving to the country, going to eat a lot of peaches!
Moving to the country, going to eat a lot of peaches!”

I used the recipe for Peach Cobbler from my Pushing Daisies booklet. The recipe used canned peaches! Maybe that is how they do come! :) And I must say that my Peach Cobbler tasted better than the one I had in Atlanta! In the picture above with the pie in the oven you can see the edge of a blue dish. I made a mini Peach Cobbler for hubbie and myself. It was probably 11pm when it came out of the oven and hubbie said he would have a taste, since it was too late to eat. Next thing we know we have devoured the mini-pie and are considering tucking into the pie that was for the card party – if I hadn’t told the lady that runs cards I was bringing Peach Cobbler, I think we could have damaged it – it was mouthwatering right out of the oven!Michelle's Labyrinth

The next pie I made was a Michelle's LabyrinthBlackberry and Custard pie. I had blackberries in the cupboard, so googled blackberry pies. I was also curious how the custard would turn out, as I thought you made custard with powder – shows you how often I have made custard! Custard was made of was eggs, sour cream, flour and  sugar – easy! Hence why I chose this pie.

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I served the pie right out of the ovenMichelle's Labyrinth for my friend (the one that missed the Peach Cobbler) and it was pretty yummy! But I had it cold after dinner that night and YUM-MO!!! The best cold pie I have ever had :) So I don’t think anyone else got to taste that pie – I kept the rest all for myself! Hope my friend was happy with her “Pie, Me oh My!

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I googled the quote “easy as pie”, just to make sure I had the expression right, and Wikipedia said that the “idiom does not refer to the making of a pie, but rather to the act of consuming a pie (“as easy as eating a pie”)”, but from my experience so far, making pie is easy! They never take too long to prepare (as long as you have the ingredients, but surely that goes without saying), and then you pop them in the oven and they are done. You don’t even have to make your own pastry if you are strapped for time, just buy some frozen short-crust pastry and that will do the trick. I think we need to make/eat more pie and stop making life so difficult!

I am sure my hubbie will be happy to hear I said making pie was easy! Check out my tumblr page for the recipes of the pies above! http://michelleslabyrinth.tumblr.com/

Stay tuned for another blog on the rest of my pies!

 

 

 

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