Architecture and Flowers – Melbourne Snapshots

Dec 29, 2012 by

It’s been so rainy lately, I love it!


The city looks so beautiful in the rain.

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  • http://tokio-princess.blogspot.com/ Nagareboshi

    Lovely photos as usual! ^__^
    My favourite dishes to experiment with, when on a budget, would have to be pasta! I love pasta, and it’s so cheap. I like to try out different sauces or toppings and since I’m not a big fan of cooking, it’s something I can easily do.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thank you so much! I am completely pasta obsessive too!

  • sonya

    Sorry in advance that this is kind of long.
    Honestly, I started saving a lot of money once I started making things from scratch more often (note: I live alone & eat fairly fancy-ish meals for around $60 [US] a month on average). This comes in handy when I’ve reached the point where I have barely any produce in the fridge.

    However if that’s not your style one of the things I’ve learned living on my own & when I was a student is to invest in various spices & herbs with some pantry supplies (butter, flour, eggs, tomato paste, etc..). It’s a small investment (mostly the spices & herbs part) but you can then use the same types of produce and make a variety of dishes out of them without them tasting all the same. All those pantry ingredients last a long time as well which is good in the long run. Example: you can have dishes like a pasta w/ a white lemon-butter sauce & herbs using very basic pantry ingredients (flour, butter, cream/milk, lemon juice, whatever dried herbs are around); add chicken or seafood or make it vegetarian (whatever is around). I also like to roast things (add them to soups, pastas, sandwiches, etc…) & make soups/stews/chills/bakes a lot.

    Another thing I do is look for recipes online based on ingredients I have. Most dishes I don’t have all the ingredients for but they still turn out pretty good (all depends on the recipe). This can take a little time but eventually you can come up with some great recipes.

    Hopefully this helps with some basics about making budget cooking more appealing.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Sonya! I’ll definitely have a look into your ideas, I do want to cook more so maybe doing it in bulk and trying to store things would be better for us. I think it makes it a little harder as James has some dietary requirements which mean he can’t eat fruits/veges and the lack of storage space we have so we can’t buy in bulk often, it makes it a tougher but I like a challenge! We’ve been thinking of getting a slow cooker to try and get back some of the time spent in the kitchen too so your suggestions will really help with that! We do have a pretty big spice collection (James’ obsession) so I think we should make better use of that instead of just having them sit there so often! Thanks again for your awesome suggestions!

  • http://angelshinigami.blogspot.com/ Kathleen

    It’s ok Violet, no one looks good in the rain, no matter what the media says! The pictures of the flowers are beautiful and lift my spirits. We are in the middle of a bitterly cold winter here in Nebraska and it’s no fun at all.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha I know right? I blame romantic movies, NO ONE looks the way people in romantic movies do kissing in the rain!