Monday, October 5, 2009

Coming Over All Earth-wifey-motherly (Briefly)



The night the clocks went back was celebrated sleeping in the same bed as the Mr who averaged thirteen coughs per minute and a two year old who stayed fairly consistent at thirty three, while further upping the ante with the ‘notty nose’ five minute wakings and ensuing tissue/nose gropings. Thrice I was wakened from a daze-like slumber by a wet sneeze directed into my face from less than two inches away. I am grateful the Mr wasn’t the author of those.

Thus it was a slow-motion, pottering, knittering, newspaper-reading, washing on the line, RICE PUDDING BAKING sort of Sunday. And that, there is the evidence of my earth-wifey-motherliness. I hate rice pudding. Something to do with a sudden bout of childhood gastro, a persistent rice grain and a nostril. The Mr has never had one such experience, (or not at least, directly after consuming rice pud) – plus he’s English, so it’s his favourite dessert.



He can thank Trish at Treacle Beak for the sudden inspiration after I stumbled across her recipe. I admit I have (luke)warmed to the stuff – the others loved it. Even if it did become afternoon tea (proper, even with nice spoons) but didn’t accessorise the as yet unroasted chook (so ending my earth-wifey-motherliness). Instead we took the eldest two on a last-day-of-holidays jaunt to see the latest animated brilliance from Pixar.*

Over the weekend I was also doing little internal shout out hoorays, because I can now achieve small amounts of incidental craft while everyone else amuses themselves and makes their own snack (even and most enthusiastically the littlest). So it was that this handprinted, using water-based, solvent-free inks, 100% natural linen tea towel...



...became an apron. A random lucky win for being a follower at Thea and Sami’s, one look at my prize and I knew it could never be a mere dish dryer in this house. I used some of the Ikea fabric stash for the apron waistband/tie, because I reckon those circles look like fishy air bubbles.



* We opted for the (highly recommended) 3D ‘Up’ version, so the tears from all that undignified sobbing I did, pooled at the bottom of Clark Kent style glasses. It was while watching the movie that our popcorn dinner was consumed. Supreme un-earthwifemother in 3D vision AND surround sound...

30 comments:

Suse said...

I love rice pudding.

And I hate to tell you this, but the clocks went forward, not back.

Kaylovesvintage said...

you got apron also, guess I'm the only person without apron,lol

feel like baking now

Tania said...

Suse – I may well have just dropped my kids off to school two hours late...

M* (Melanie) said...

LOL, oh Tania! Your posts are always entertaining adventures. You may not be conquering mountains or defeating Jedi knights but your stories are just as triumphant and exciting.

I have a copious amount of milk at the moment and was looking at making a large batch of rice pudding myself. I usually do the Brigitte Hafner stove top version

http://www.cuisine.com.au/recipe/rice-pudding

which I love but I might give your bake recipe a try.

Love your apron too. Thea's prints are gorgeous.

CurlyPops said...

That tea towel was definitely too pretty to be drying dishes - much better as an apron. I haven't had rice pud for years and years, I always hated it as a kid, but I don't mind it these days.

Vic @ Punky and Me said...

Ah - I have a severe aversion to Rice Pudding also - less to do with noses & grains & more to do with the memory or a particularly nasty hospital version... *shiver*

The apron is inspired!

Sue said...

Oh Tania, you never fail to make me laugh. Mostly because it is unlikely that I will ever have to sleep with a sneezing (or bedwetting) 2yo again. You have also inspired me to make a very yummy teatowel gift into an apron.

Christie said...

that is not a bed i would like to be in....

on a lighter note, how good is UP!!! the start really got me though, i wasn't expecting it

love the apron

don't mind rice pud, but it isn't my dessert of choice

One Flew Over said...

I adore Rice Pudding....delish and your pud top looks deliciously caramelly..Yummo.

That apron looks spectacular too!

Fer said...

Now THAT'S an apron!! :)

I love rice pudding.....

Kylie said...

I love rice pudding but yours looks totally different to mine! It has a creme-brulee layer on the top?! I'm salivating already! Need that recipe :)))
Hope all are feeling better in your household soon. Your apron looks fabulous :) K

Cath from chunkychooky said...

don't you just love those close range sneezes and coughs? Ewwww.

Gina said...

(Note to self: steal Tania's apron).

I don't think you'll be turning me towards the rice-pudding any time soon, even with your gorgeous pick and spunky apron.

Oh, look over there, it's a Yarn home delivery van Tania! (*steals apron*)

sue said...

I love rice pudding and my kids havent even tried it yet. Must put that on my to do list. I love the apron, how clever and it is much better than a tea towel. I have to say that the gastro experience for my was with boston bun and I have never touched it since. Funny how our memories serve us when we eat something that doesnt agree with us isnt it.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Rice pudding's nice ...but Arroz Con Leche's nicer . Cooked on top of stove with a big piece of lemon peel ( yellow bit only ) and sprinkled with cinnamon , poured into bowl to cool with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top . Lovely ....and it takes so long , with frequent stirring , you'd have time to knit a hat while you're waiting for it to get creamy .
On the other hand there's still the outside chance of rice grain entering nasal cavities .

Thea said...

Looks fabulous Tania! I think we will have to start making the tea-towels into aprons to sell. That linen is certainly sturdy enough.
BTW... I love rice pudding but Greek style with lots of cinnamon.

Karin said...

Would you believe I never ever ate rice pudding? Hmm, maybe something I could try this week. I somehow think the little ones would like it. Not sure about me though, but I'll let you know...

Cute apron! And I hope all those sneezers in your house will get better soon, so you can get some well deserved rest after all this earth-wifey-motherly bussiness ;-)

Anna Bartlett said...

I love rice pudding and I love thea's screenprinting too. Just joining in the chorus...

beck said...

Look we all need variety and I'm all for a bit of 3D action after a day slaving away in the kitchen. All that congestion and spluttering must be quite daunting, I'm amazed you had the patience for rice pudding construction - there is a texture connection thing there that I'm a bit worried about actually. You do good apron xo

Sandrine said...

I hope your notty nose and thirteen cough a minute is getting better...I have not had rice pudding for ages...you just gave me a memory taste flash!Happy back to school to you and yours too ;)

Dee said...

My grandmother made rice pudding all the time when I was a child, and I loved it. Now? Blech! Oh, we saw Up yesterday. I think I was the only person uninspired/unimpressed. Meh. Ok, maybe I was, a little.

Sherrin said...

I haven't been able to come at rice pudding... but I like your apron! ;o)

I hope your household is less snotty and sneezy very soon!

Anonymous said...

Tarn, Thanks for your post;always entertaining! Yes the clocks did go forwards (I still have not recovered from that lost hour!)
As for rice pudding .."What is the matter with Mary Jane..and it's lovely rice pudding again!?"
Love your pretty Apron and also loved 'Up'.
Like yourself I was an emotional wreck (crying) in parts of the movie!
Hope your family has recovered soon!
Love Jen xo
ps It has almost been a year since we made the promise of a family catch up hint hint!

Clair said...

Ooh, I love rice pudding. But then I'm English too - and I like tea. Lots and lots of tea. Stereotype? Me?

Loz and Dinny said...

Alright ... I have something to out ... I am addicted to rice pudding. Your post made me hungry, tres hungry. Fancy popping down to Tassie with the extra hour you gained or lost? and whip me up some? oh and Apron = awesome

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Thank you for making me smile (a lot)when I am so far away from my own snot addled children at present. And - I am with you with the rice pudding thing....I canne come to grips with the texture of it however, I'm sure as time and teeth do pass I will, but not, now. Peta xo

Nikki Cardigan said...

I can personally vouch for that rice pudding recipe, and yours looks just as delicious as Mums. An apron is perfect use of Thea's fishes that are way too special to dry dishes.

My heart is hurting for you over the sleeping arrangements.

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Yum, yum - that looks sensational. I have learned to love rice pudding, despite some horrible university encounters. I lived at a college where there was a regular "pudding test". If everyone at dinner was able to pass a pudding around ... upside down ... without it falling out, it was taken off the menu. Can you imagine the consistency of a rice pudding that can be passed around amongst 60 people?

down and out chic said...

the apron you made is absolutely adorable! i hope everyone in your family is feeling better.

p.s. i sent you an e-mail!

Madeline said...

Hope everyone is feeling better...rice pudding is sure to do the trick...yum!
I think that dish cloth was screaming to become an apron.