Say hello...... my shiny new camera.  It is official, I am in love.  This little gem is a Canon 550D, 18 megapixel, HD filming and just dam right amazing.
I use to (and still do have) and SLR camera which unfortunately is back in the UK.  But due to my excessive amount of shopping while I was home I was unable to bring it back to Sydney.  Weep.
With a delightful lump sum of my tax back landing into my bank account I though 'stuff it, I'm going to treat myself to something awesome'.  So I did.

The picture quality is crisp and bold and I can spend hours messing around with the settings, trying different shots and depth of field, etc.
Even though I do love digital photography I do miss the aspect of bringing to life your own photos from an SLR camera in a dark room.
Seeing the photos develop in front of you I found really exciting.  But hey.  Maybe when I get my SLR finally over here I can start using that again as well as my DSLR.

I don't regret buying this little beauty one bit and would definitely suggest to anyone who is interested in photography or wanting to start out in photography to get your hands on the 550D.

Mars bar parcels

As I had to buy puff pastry yesterday so the boy and I could make a pie using left over ingredients we had in the fridge, I had a flash back to when I once made Mars bar parcels.  I know it sounds horrible and a lot of people will think of deep fat fried Mars bars (which I have never tried and am a little scared too) but these taste divine and they are so easy to make....and yes a little unhealthy.  But go on treat yourself!

First you will need:

2x sheets of puff pastry
2x mars bars
1x beaten egg

Cut the mars bar up into cubes of three or four depending on how big you want the pieces.  Then you want to cut the pastry into long strips and then into a decent sized square. Don't cut the pastry too thin though as you want to be able to fold a good amount around the cube of Mars to make a parcel.

Place each cube of Mars bar onto a square of pastry and then another one on top.  Fold over the sides and corners making sure they are tightly together otherwise you will have melted Mars bar all over your baking tray.  Then get a pastry brush (or use your fingers like I did) and with the beaten egg, lightly cover the top of the parcel which will give the pastry a nice golden shell.

Put the oven on at 180C fan bake and leave to cook for about 10/15 mins.  It really does depend on how good your oven is.  Once going a golden brown flip them over so the base can get a little crisp and leave for another 5 minutes upside down.

Then once both sides are a lovely caramel colour they are ready to take out.  Leave to cool for 5 minutes then grab yourself a fork and dig in.  And yes is you offered these up to friends some will think that they are mini sausage rolls, but how wrong will they be once they take a bite.
They are better served slightly warm as the Mars bar will start to ooze out once you take a bite.
I would also recommend having them with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream which will make it go down like a treat!


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