Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Bites

april bites… easter treats

April was a funny month. I can't believe it's over, but at the same time Easter feels like so long ago. I feel like winter has snuck up on us early this year - so of course I caught a nasty cold :( But there was still lots of good food and fun moments in between bowls of chicken soup and empty tissue boxes. I also booked a flight to Manila so now I have two overseas trips to look forward to this year. This weekend I'm headed down to Melbourne for the first time since 2012 for much eating and drinking and celebrating my lovely housemate's birthday! Don't forget to follow along on Instagram.

april bites… north bondi fish

I took my little sister Beth for a gorgeous birthday lunch at North Bondi Fish early in the month. Everything we had there was great, but I especially loved the citrus cured salmon bruschetta. I'll write up a full review soon.

april bites… sunflowers

You just can't look at a bunch of sunflowers and feel unhappy.

april bites… homemade bread

When I was sick at home with a cold, I got the craving for homemade bread and whipped up a batch of No Knead Bread. It made the whole place smell amazing as it was baking, and was delicious still warm with lots of good butter.

april bites… adventures

As soon as I got my strength back, I went on long walks around the neighbourhood and found this typographic gem.

april bites… sunset

This photo of an amazing #sydneysunset from my window went crazy on Instagram. I love living here. Every time you look out the window it is different. I'll never take that view for granted.

april bites… burger

The Coogee Pavilion burger is regularly included in Sydney's Top Burger lists, so I had to try it for myself, and I can say it definitely deserves a place. I wish the cheese was melted, but everything else was delicious. Super impressed with the food and decor in this gorgeous venue.

april bites… petaling street

Steph, Karen and I braved the cold and wind for a girly catch up over Malaysian at the new Petaling Street outpost in Chatswood. I was surprised to find that I loved the pippies. (Photo from citrusandcandy Instagram)

april bites… tagine

I was sitting on the couch next to a pile of clean laundry and got a fright when it started to move. I found this little terror curled up inside!

april bites… donuts

The best snacks for movie night? Sprinkle covered doughnuts. Of course we had to rewatch The Avengers and Winter Soldier before going to see Age of Ultron ;)

Inspiring Reads
  • I feel like we all need a little help with this sometimes - 8 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance via Random Little Faves
  • This Pink Colour Study from I Spy DIY is AMAZING.
  • These photos from Marrakech via Designlovefest have definitely sparked my wanderlust. That blue!
  • Have you ever thought about making your own gummy candy? A Beautiful Mess shows you how. 
  • These Vertical Roll Cakes from Call Me Cupcake are so unique, and as always Linda's photos are incredible. I can't stop looking at them. Would you go for the chocolate or strawberry rhubarb?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

The weather here in Sydney has been crazy. We've had record amounts of rain, a freak weekend hail storm that had the inner west building snowmen, and winds that got downright scary up here on Heartbreak Hill. Luckily save a broken window and a few umbrellas, we had no damage, but thousands of people did. The amazing volunteers at the SES deserve so much credit and appreciation for all of their hard work helping those affected. I wish I could give them all a hug and some pudding.

Chocolate self saucing pudding, one of the ultimate comfort foods. It's the perfect thing to make you feel toasty and warm on autumn nights. It's a little bit magical too - how the boiling liquid that goes on top somehow becomes the rich sauce under a layer of cake-like pudding.

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Whenever I make it now, I can't help but think of my Nan and all the times I helped her make it when I was a kid. It was a favourite then, but now I like it even more. Nan didn't use whisky in hers! You already know how much I like chocolate and passionfruit together. If you're not yet convinced of this magical flavour combination, believe me it works, and it is definitely something you've got to try out for yourself.

I've used the flavour combination before in brownies, birthday cake and s'mores - and now I've made a wonderful no-churn ice cream to go with these warm and saucy puddings. With winter seemingly starting early this year, you've got a good few months to try out this delicious recipe. I hope you do!

Chocolate Whisky Pudding with Passionfruit Ice Cream

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday Tipples 08 / Favourite Client Work

Champagne Room - Mojito

Hope you're having a wonderful week! I wanted to share something a little different for this month's Thursday Tipples. Most days I am doing design work from home in front of my laptop, so it's always a bit exciting for me to go on a photo shoot. Photographing food and drinks is one of the things I love the most, and if it weren't for this blog and practicing my photography for every single post here over nearly 8 years, I would never be getting paid to do it for other people! I've done several drinks shoots in the last few months and I wanted to share a few of my favourites from each. Maybe if you're in Sydney, you can go and try a few of these amazing drinks for yourself :)

The Champagne Room, Surry Hills

Champagne Room - Marie AntionetteChampagne Room - PompierChampagne RoomChampagne Room - Champagne Tower

The Stables, Randwick

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The Angry Pirate, Redfern

The Angry Pirate - Grog Zombie
The Angry Pirate - Fresh Mint PappleAngry PirateAngry Pirate - Bloody Mary

Manly Wine, Manly

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The Rook, CBD

The Rook - Thorny RoseThe Rook - Down the Rabbit HoleThe Rook - The Antidote

The Loft, King Street Wharf

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Nectarine, Raspberry and Chambord Pie

nectarine, raspberry & chambord pie

Today is Day Five of a particularly nasty cold. My wonderful housemate made me chicken soup loaded with immune boosting garlic, ginger and turmeric. I've had the kitty cat and House of Cards to keep me company, and Mum texting me every day to see how I'm feeling.

But by yesterday I was bored and desperate to bake something (anything!) with ingredients I had in the house because I wasn't feeling up to dragging my sorry self up the hill to the shops. I definitely believe in having sugar, butter and flour in the pantry at all times, because you never know when the baking urge will strike!

nectarine, raspberry & chambord pie

I also had a couple of ripe nectarines - the last of the season from the weekend farmers market - and a punnet of fresh raspberries. Somewhere in my cold & flu tablet racked brain, I had an idea for a Peach Melba inspired pie, except using the more subtle white nectarines. A good splash of Chambord (raspberry liqueur) also seemed like a good idea. At the last minute, I picked some fresh thyme from the garden and threw that in too. I love the combination of fruit and herbs.

nectarine, raspberry & chambord pie

I could never get sick of pie. I mean how good does that look! I loved the combination of nectarine, raspberry and thyme. The Chambord was a subtle in the background, but I think it helped to bring out the flavour of the fruit. The pastry was perfect. I decided to try a Donna Hay-esque round pastry pattern for the top, which I liked the look of, but it will still look and taste delicious if you can't be bothered. Talk about comfort food, this was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits!

nectarine, raspberry & chambord pie

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Bites

march bites… flowers

Autumn is my favourite time to live in Sydney. The nights are starting to get cooler now, but we are still enjoying beautiful warm days. The last summer stone fruits sits alongside new season apples and pears. This month I wrapped up several design projects, booked a trip to Penang in October, worked hard and played hard. It's hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner! I'm looking forward to indulging in some chocolate over the long weekend.

march bites… beach

Queens Beach looking perfect. I love this photo, the water is my favourite shade of turquoise.

march bites… doughnuts

Some days just require doughnuts. You know how it is! A Krispy Kreme is okay, but ever since trying Doughnut Plant in New York, I love a really well made cake doughnut in a funky flavour combination. I'm so glad that Sydney has a slew of gourmet doughnuts popping up like Glazed Doughnuts.

march bites… markets

This has to be my favourite market snap of the month. Love all the bright colours!

march bites… bondi

I spent a lot of time in Bondi this month between meetings, errands and lunches. This street mural in North Bondi always makes me smile.

march bites… the rook

The Deep Fried Mars Bar at The Rook is insane in a very good way.

march bites… sundowners

What is better than a sundowner by the beach? After I shot the photos, we took our Passionfruit and Kaffir Lime Lemonade down to the beach for a sunset drink. And then had to scurry home before a big electrical storm hit!

march bites… bowery lane

A lunch meeting at Bowery Lane turned out to be pretty delicious! Mmm New York Cheeseburger.

march bites… boa

Baos are popping up everywhere at the moment but my favourite so far is this Crackling Pork Belly Bao from Mr Bao Buns at Bondi Markets. The coriander was so fresh and the crackling was utterly perfect, such a great snack for market roaming.

march bites… portfolio

I also took a trip down memory lane looking through old design work and updating my portfolio!

Inspiring Reads
  • Even people who love their work can get burned out. How to get past it? Ask yourself this question via Gala Darling.
  • Looking forward to eating ALL of these Malaysian street foods in Penang via Buzzfeed
  • These Baked Doughnuts from Designlovefest are gorgeous and I love the little twist of using Almond Milk in the glaze.
  • The branding for Brand New Ways is just gorgeous! Another amazing project by We Are Branch.
  • I think a lot about dinner parties and entertaining. I love The Modern Tea Party by Oh Happy Day.


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