Loving… Nectar & Stone

July 14, 2014 | Loving...

OMG you know how sometimes you just come across a website/shop/blog that takes your breath away? That just happened to me! I can’t believe I’ve not known about Nectar & Stone until now, I feel like I’ve been missing out.

So, to ensure no one else feels like that, here’s me telling you to go check out their incredible, sweet, candylicious, frilly and delightfully feminine Instagram feed – you won’t regret it. I don’t think I’ve been so in love with someone’s instagram photos until now… Just check these out:

Nectar & Stone

And if you happen to live in Australia (or even better, Melbourne), lucky you! Nectar & Stone are based in Melbourne which means you can actually get your sticky hands on all these delicious goodies if you want to.. and why wouldn’t you want to? I want to! Someone teleport me to Melbourne, stat!

Nectar & Stone

I can’t be the only one who now has a huge craving for cake, and the desire to learn how to pipe flowers out of icing?! :)

All images from Nectar & Stone Instagram feed

Workspace Wednesday 86.

June 12, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

I made these raw brownie bites yesterday and have been munching on them since :)

I found the recipe on Little Green Dot, which is a lovely blog written by my friend Militza. She’s always got such informative and interesting posts on living a more ‘green’ life, including recipes for healthy snacks, and natural cleaning and beauty products.

If you’re in Singapore, she also holds workshops on green living (think great tips and tools for living a greener, simpler, more healthy life!), and her blog has a fantastic list of places here you can get all sorts of organic and natural products. Be sure to check it out! :)

Goodies from Japan

May 17, 2013 | Personal, Photography, Travel

Last week Dave was away in Japan for work, and when he got home on Sunday night he unloaded his suitcase and presented me with boxes and boxes of delicious Japanese delicacies – mochi, chocolate, creme caramel from Kobe, wafer biscuits, and even a German Baumkuchen. Um, luckiest girl ever! :D

I thought I’d take some photos of them before they got scoffed by yours truly, because the packaging is just too beautiful not to. I really loved the process of opening each of these boxes.. carefully unwrapping the thick outer paper, removing the lid, taking out the pretty little info book and wooden fork, peeling back the velum, and voila – a set of delicious mochi. It really prolongs the joy of receiving such a gift, and I love that :)

Have a great weekend you guys! Seeing as I’ll have already eaten a bunch of these goodies by the time you read this, I think I’ll be doing a lot of exercise this weekend ;)

Recipe: Everyday Chocolate Cake

October 26, 2012 | Recipe

I had a massive craving for chocolate cake a couple of days ago, so went hunting for a quick and easy recipe. As always, it was Pinterest to the rescue! I came across this pin that I’d marked ages ago for an Everyday Chocolate Cake by Smitten Kitchen. Well, it just looked too delicious not to go and make it straight away, so off I went.

Turns out the cake is delicious, but I think I did something a little bit wrong somewhere during the process.. maybe it was because I didn’t have buttermilk (instead, I soured milk with lemon), or maybe because the milk was straight out of the fridge and did something crazy to the butter and sugar.. who knows. In any case it turned out to be very yummy, but just a touch dense.. oops.

Not to worry! Heating it a little bit in the microwave and adding a scoop of ice cream was just the ticket.. sooooo good!!

If you’d like the recipe, head on over to Smitten Kitchen and get baking! :)

Recipe: White Chocolate Cranberry Biscuits

August 13, 2012 | Recipe

Morning guys! I hope you had a lovely weekend :)

I thought starting off the week with a yummy biscuit recipe would be a great idea, seeing as nobody likes Monday’s and biscuits make everything better. I know I only did a biscuit recipe not too long ago, but these babies are waaaay too good not to share. Even better than the choc chip ones. The combination of delicious white chocolate, chewy cranberries, and crunchy biscuit is perfect. I got this recipe from my lovely friend Aude years and years ago.. and am embarrassed to say I only just found it again and thought to give it a try! Now I wish I hadn’t waited so long.. these are going straight to the top of my favourite biscuit recipes :)

White Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits

125g butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tbs brandy (I used Amarula because we had it)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup white choc chips (I put in 1/2 cup)
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). In large bowl, cream both sugars and butter together until smooth. Beat in egg and brandy. Combine flour and baking soda, stir into butter mixture. Mix in white chocolate chips and cranberries. Put heaped spoonfuls onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.