Jan 29, 2010
If we were having a bigger wedding then I would have loved to have a cheese table with a yummy range of cheeses set upon a raw timber table lined with rustic cloth. That and a sweets table! But as we will have enough food the cheese table will have to wait till our next social gathering. Images found via Sunday Suppers. I love the little illustration card showing what's what.
Jan 26, 2010
Today is Australia Day. It's a typical 32˚ day here in Bris with not a cloud in the sky. I'm still on my pre-wedding diet so trying very hard to be good but wishing I could make some of these. Lamingtons are an Aussie classic consisting of sponge squares covered in chocolate and coconut. Very yummy. The recipe is below, found on Donna Hay. Photo by Con Poulos.
• 1 quantity basic sponge cake
• 3 cups (480g) icing (confectioner's) sugar
• 3/4 cup (75g) cocoa powder
• 1/3 cup (80ml) boiling water
• 75g butter, melted
• Dessicated coconut, to coat
Make 1 quantity basic sponge cake in an 18cm-square cake tin and cool on a wire rack. Cut into 6cm squares. Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa. Mix with the boiling water and melted butter. Using 2 forks to hold the sponge squares, dip in the chocolate icing and roll in dessicated coconut. Allow to set on a wire rack. Makes 9.
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
I have been away in NZ for the last few days for work and was blown away by the beautiful scenery of the South Island. We had our winter photoshoot at a sheep station in Castle Hill and then drove down to Wanaka and back looking for locations for our tv commercial filming in a months time. It's no wonder NZ is used in so many movies. The way the scenery changes is amazing. I was so tired coming home as 10 hours driving a day can take it out of you but happy I had the opportunity to see so much of the South Island and take a few snaps for myself in between.
Jan 14, 2010
I love it when you come across beautiful stationary like this. As a designer it's really inspiring to see the detail and effort gone into making a complete coordinated package. The package was created for a cowboy themed bed & breakfast called A Cowboy's Dream by Californian agency Kuro. Really nicely done. Found via Twig & Thistle.
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Jan 8, 2010
A friend of mine just sent me a link to the work of Sibella Court. Sibella is an interiors, stills and people stylist and has recently released a book called Etcetera. Filled with tips of the interior stylist's trade and beautifully photographed, it's definitely a book I'm looking forward to adding to my collection.
While I sit here now eating my very healthy lunchtime salad, I must confess that I caved over the weekend when we stayed down the Gold Coast and indulged (twice) in a chocolate hug mug from Max Brenner's Chocolate Bar. I felt like we had entered heaven. Unlike Melbourne we don't have many really nice chocolate places up in Queensland so when we stumbled across this little haven of happiness we had grins from ear to ear. I had the Danish Toffee Hot Chocolate and the Italian Thick Hot Chocolate served in the hug mug shown above. Yum!
Jan 7, 2010
Our wedding is 2 months away today, eek! In an effort to feel and look my best, I'm on a bit of a health kick - lots of salads, veges, fish, lean meats and a good dose of exercise. In my search for salad recipes I came across this one from Donna Hay that I thought looked a bit special. It's a Haloumi, fig and pomegranate salad. The recipe is below. Photo by Chris Court.
Haloumi, fig and pomegranate salad
• 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
• 250g haloumi, thinly sliced
• 1 cup mint leaves
• 100g rocket (arugula) leaves
• 8 green figs, halved
• 1 pomegranate, seeds and juice removed
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, extra
Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook the haloumi for 2-3 minutes each side or until crispy. Place the haloumi, mint, rocket, figs, pomegranate seeds and juice in a bowl, drizzle with vinegar and oil and toss to combine. Serves 4.
The latest issue of Belle Australia magazine features a spread on this tropical beauty in Brazil. I love the mix of clean lines, wood textures and open space with the lush green surrounds. Just looking at the pictures I can already imagine a number of areas I'd love to relax and unwind in.
Jan 5, 2010
Sadly the holidays are over and I figure it's about time I get stuck into the New Year. This year will be a bit of an eventful one. In the next couple months I make 2 trips to NZ for work and then it's our big day as we get married and head off overseas on our honeymoon in March. Not exactly sure what happens after that but I know it's a year for a new beginning of some kind. The photo above was taken from our hotel room on the Gold Coast over the holidays when the sun was actually out for a brief period of time.
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