Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Iconic Australia

Iconic Australia is a place of corrugated iron roofs in shades of rust and grey
Where centuries old fireplaces seemingly prop up sagging walls

And sandstone cottages peek out from behind lilac bushes and autumnal vines.

It’s where lush arbors and lawns are the envy of every green keeper

And weatherboard cottages framed by palomino palings are skewed by time.

It’s where lichen and moss adorn tree trunks like winter jackets

And walkways flanked by intoxicating lavender are a prelude to winter

This is Australia
Old Australia
Glorious relics of a colonial era
Of bygone Georgian and Victorian days

Frannie xx     

© 2014 Francesca Muir

Friday, 4 April 2014

Spanakopita parcels

Spanakopita parcels...
Simply the best thing… 
served with a green salad and Tzatziki.

1 bunch of fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped small
1 bunch of shallots, rinsed and chopped
130 g feta crumbled
130g ricotta, crumbled
3 tablespoon chopped dill
2 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper
packet of Filo pastry
Olive oil or melted butter for brushing

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
In a bowl put the spinach with the feta, ricotta, dill, eggs, onions, salt and pepper and mix until combined.
On a dry surface, brush oil/butter between three layers of pastry and place on top of each other. Carefully cut the layers in half.

Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of spinach and cheese filling in the centre of each layer. Fold the ends in towards the middle and then fold over to form a small parcel. Repeat with remaining filo and spinach mixture.

Place parcels seam-side down on a baking tray and brush with oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until crisp.
If you make too many to eat at once (are you serious?) wrap well in foil and freeze.
To cook frozen – simply put the Spanakopita parcels into the oven for around 40 minutes until golden and crispy on top.

Kαλή όρεξη
Bon appetite
        Frannie xx     

© 2014 Francesca Muir

Sunday, 30 March 2014

What's in a name?

Simon and Garfunkel...

Greek lamb...
Growing wild and pungent under a Cretan sun...
...better dried than fresh

Profound wisdom...

Pesto pasta...
Basileus...Greek...the King

Anthos... dew of the sea...
More lamb!


Summer Mojitos...

Frannie xx   

© 2014 Francesca Muir

Friday, 14 March 2014

Juliet's balcony of dreams

It’s the stuff of love stories

A box on a façade…
With a door of a particular hue
Leading to an altogether different view.

Decorated by age and adorned with a tangled trail of vines
This little escape hints at sweet nights of adoration

Sitting somewhere above the world below
And just beneath the eaves and stars

It’s a retreat from the world inside
A sanctuary among the clouds

Where you can kiss the wind
And sing with the swallows.

Like a geckos glued to a wall
Awkward and lilliputian in size

Juliet's balconies boast a time of dreams
...of love lost 
...and love found.

Frannie xx   

© 2014 Francesca Muir

Saturday, 1 March 2014

My garden's guardian angels

Twins... moulded in the same vein...

Sit cheek by jowl adorning the old wall.

They see all seasons... through rain, sunbeams and the occasional hail.

The guardians of my garden

Silently oversee all that lives and grows... planted or otherwise!

Frannie xx   

© 2014 Francesca Muir

Friday, 21 February 2014

The glory of the hydrangea

They are summer's glory

Intense clusters of pearl-petals and colour

Always perfectly arranged by nature's florist

With bravado...

...flair and magnificence...

The simple hydrangea is anything but!

Frannie xx     

© 2014 Francesca Muir


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