25.7.14

Apple Crumble - made 2 ways

Apple crumble is probably one of the first recipes I ever baked during Home Economics class, and so it always brings about some great nostalgic memories for me. In my intermediate school years (junior high to some of you!), we used to go to another school that had kitchen facilities to attend Home Economics class, and then after our afternoon bakes, we would place our baked goodies into empty ice cream containers (or whatever plastic containers we had brought along) to take home to our parents. I still remember my Mum's twisted expression when she saw my warm apple crumble mess inside an ice cream container which had been tossed about on the bus ride home. I'm pretty sure Mum had to muster all her strength to say "mm MMMMmmm" to the waft of plastic container-y, buttery, apple smell that was put before her.

Luckily for you ladies and gents, this recipe is a bit more refined and I definitely don't recommend you place warm things in plastic tubs for presentational purposes.

I *think* the American folk like to call this Apple Crisp, and that's exactly how I like my crumble topping; buttery, short and crispy.
Here is a recipe that you can make the old fashioned way, or the nouveau way for intolerant stomachs; gluten free and refined sugar free.









Recipe after the jump!

17.7.14

Nutella Banana Bread

I've shared a link to a recipe for this on Facebook before, but after realising how overly sweet my first attempt was, I decided an Oz/NZ measurement conversion was required... and then.... I forgot to post about it!
And so here we go, three months later, a recipe based on cups used here in Oz and NZ, but this time loosely based on a basic Donna Hay recipe and only makes one loaf!

I hope you all have a happy weekend and make someone you love a slice of this to go with a morning cuppa :) It will perfume your house with the most wonderful smell!

Nutella Banana Bread recipe

Makes one loaf!

INGREDIENTS
  • 125gm Unsalted butter (softened at room temp)
  • 1 Cup Soft Brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or half a Vanilla Bean pod's seeds scraped out
  • 4 Ripe/Over ripe Bananas mashed (equivalent to 2 cups)
  • 2 Eggs (free range size 7, room temp)
  • 260gm Plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda, sifted
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup Nutella (room temp and runny)
  • 1 TBSP Mount Gay rum (optional)

STEPS
  1. Preheat oven to 160 Degrees Celsius
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer, beating it till pale and creamy (about 10 minutes)
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and beat well to combine
  4. Add the banana, rum, flour, baking powder, baking soda, stir to combine
  5. Loosely fold through half of the Nutella into the banana mixture 
  6. Spoon the banana mixture into a 26cm x 11cm lightly greased and lined loaf tin.
  7. Drizzle the remaining Nutella over the mixture in the tin and using the tip of a knife, swirl this drizzle along the top, weaving it a bit with the Banana mixture 
  8. Place on the middle oven shelf and bake for 60 minutes, or until cooked when tested with a skewer and the skewer comes out clean.
  9. Cool in the tin for a good 15-20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Slice and serve semi-warm as is with a cuppa tea!
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16.7.14

Winter Angora




It's only really in Sydney where you will see me sport a woolly jumper with a deep V cut at the back. I'm also pretty sure I've waved goodbye to my ability to wear single layers during a Kiwi winter, especially since we're so lucky that winters in Sydney are only a touch frosty with dry days mostly filled with sun.  Last week in Auckland, my winter coat was firmly wrapped around my body, and then this week, I adopted the same strategy when I went into the city here in Sydney and I was pretty much hot flashing the whole time. And so when a woolly number like this jumper comes up, albeit with a breathable option, I am all up for it! Plus it's an added bonus when it looks a tad unconventional.
Just be a little careful with Angora wool, it's warm and cozy but it tends to want to stick to black clothing like your favourite white fluffy dog.







Zara jumper / Portmans lace skirt (on sale!) / ASOS strappy heels (similar here)

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14.7.14

Time to be a #GIRLBOSS

Oh hello, long time no chat! Where have I been? What have I been doing?
Well I finished up at my day job. YES!
No more 9-5 (or 6 or 7 and beyond), but more of whatever hours I like to do for the things I love for a little while!

I have finally booked flights and accommodation for our big Europe trip. DOUBLE YUUUS!
Where are we going you ask? London, Greece, Croatia & Italy. I can NOT wait!

I also went back home to NZ for a little break.
WHAT A WHIRLWIND... it was literally like a cyclone. Despite walking around Auckland most days with my hair ending up slapped across my face from the very Wellington-like wind, I spent a good week catching up with my nearest and dearest all around Auckland. Visiting a couple friend's new homes, playing with babies and generally eating my way around Auckland. And might I say I am quite impressed with the foodie scene in the city now. Hello Federation Deli, Ortolana, Fukuko & Better Burger , and I still have a list of must-visits for our next home visit!

I was just reviewing all the "to do" lists I had made on Evernote since the beginning of the year, and one list titled "big decisions for the year" contained the bullet point; "career-change".
Now here I am, sitting in my little home office, typing this post with Bailey at my feet, after starting off the day dropping Jase off at the airport and cracking open the book; #GIRLBOSS. Because you know, if I want to one day be a small business owner, I think seeking out inspiration and reading about real life stories from real entrepreneurs is the best way to start.
If you're on the hunt for some truly "girl power", "kick-ass" motivational reading, then you should really pick up a copy of #GIRLBOSS. This lady really knows her stuff after putting in all the hard yards into building her business empire; Nasty Gal, demonstrating what it's like to build success on a path that is NOT straight and narrow.

While the process of encapsulating all my thoughts and ideas that have been zooming around my head in the last 6 months will take some time, I hope this is a positive start to this new little journey of mine :)
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