07 June 2010

Table Tonic: The week in review

Things that I didn't love about last week:
1. Rain. Rain. Rain. Some more rain. Bit more rain. Sydney was crazy wet last week. Again.
2. The shipment of Moroccan Pouffes for my online store is yet to turn up. Bit of a thorn in my side right now, and I thoroughly appreciate the patience of everyone on the pre-order list. 
3. House hunting. With children. Not so fun.
I'm actually struggling to think of any other loathe-worthy mentions, so might leave it there!

Things that I loved about last week:
1. I've been rockin' last year's Nike Terminator High Supreme Rock Heavy Metal (phew!) high-tops. Comfy as slippers as cool to boot. LOVE them. Bought them after seeing them here on The Selby.
2. Table Tonic got some very exciting Vintage Suzani press in Marie Claire magazine here in Australia.
3. In "Coming-soon-to-Table-Tonic news, (drumroll please...) I will be stocking a beautiful selection of Vintage feather Juju Hats in a few weeks time. I know. Don't know what a Juju hat is? Click here. Swoon-alert: You might want to sit down first. 
4. We had a killer Paprika Beef Stew (recipe fromAustralian Good Food magazine) at the home of Woogsworld on Saturday night. With mash. And Maggie Beer's famous Burnt Fig Jam, Honeycomb and Caramel Ice Cream for dessert. That woman knows her way around a Slow Cooker! I swear, we rolled home. 
5. Arkansas-based Interior Designer extraordinaire, Tobi Fairley (@tobifairly) is following Table Tonic on Twitter! What an honour. She is a GURU (as the images below, confirm!). PS You can follow Table Tonic on Twitter too. Click here, then click "follow"!

PS Remember Husband's Oxtail soup? Ta-daaa! Here is his recipe: (and might I add, at this point that on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is "I can boil an egg" and 10 is Jamie Oliver's Boss, my husband is (and he would testify to this) about a 2. 

Mr Table Tonic's Oxtail Soup
Serves 4-6
1.5 to 2kg of oxtail (ask your butcher to slice it thick)
6-8 Dutch (baby) carrots cut in half
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1  eschalot, finely chopped 
dry red wine- a nice one
3T sugar
6-8 cups beef stock
Half bunch of celery, coarsely chopped
8-10 baby potatoes peeled
Zest of 2 oranges
Handful of green beans
2 parsnips, coarsely cubed
1 swede, coarsely cubed
1 tin of tomatoes
1 cinnamon quill
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
Handful thyme,
finely chopped
Handful continental parsley, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Lightly dust oxtail in plain flour. Brown in pan on medium heat  with finely chopped brown onion, garlic pressed or chopped with butter, salt and pepper for around 5 minutes until oxtail is nicely browned.
2. Add everything else except for green beans and about half of the parsley.  
3. Bring to a simmer cover and cook on a low heat for a minimum of 6 hours. You can now have a nanna nap or keep drinking depending on your age and fitness.
4. 30 minutes prior to serving, add more salt and pepper to taste plus more water and/or stock if required. Add green beans and remaining parsley. Meat should become tender and come away from the bone when ready. 
5. It is widely recommended that the soup is allowed to cool and be refrigerated overnight to allow the top layer of fat to harden and be spooned off. (Personally, I think the fat adds to the flavour of the stock and you'd be better off not eating for a day or two afterwards or going for a long run to make up for it!)
6. Serve in deep bowls with crusty sour dough bread. Don't be shy, make sure you find that hole in the bones and suck out all that juicy bone marrow - it's the best part!

Husband of Table Tonic


  1. omg major excitment re juju hats!
    + thnaks for the recipie - im definatley going to give that a try this week i think - def a winter warmer!
    sal x

  2. think I may need one of those Juju hats :) And house hunting survival tip: give them a kiddie camera and get them to photograph EVERYTHING! keeps them super busy and the pics are hilarious -LOL

  3. ha! thst is such a good idea re the camera! Louise i have a question for you after studyng the oxtail recipie...did you or did you not refrigerate & remove the fat?! lol

  4. Sal R-J: Nope, nope, nope! Was scary good!

  5. Love, love, love the sneakers and have been looking everywhere for them - where did you find yours? I'm pregnant and need some rockin' flats xa

  6. Hi Spark - CONGRATULATIONS!!! A new blog and a new baby-to-be! (Although I had 2 "sunroof" births, I say boo to your obstetrician! Do your research and go with your gut. Hehe..)
    PS I got the Nikes on eBay after searching high and low in Sydney... Good luck!

  7. Thanks Louise, you must have been very lucky. I've been ebay hunting for ages. I'll keep going tho'. Thanks for your kind words about the baby and blog:) Always feel inspired after reading yours and thought it might be a nice way to journal my thoughts and ideas


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