Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas Sugar Cookies

I did it! I'm sooooooooo excited. I've been wanting to learn how to make my own homemade decorated sugar cookies. I've been putting it off because they really intimidated me. The whole royal icing issue, then I found these awesome decorating icing tubes from Wilton and Queen in my kitchen drawer (thanks mumsy). And, wow everything just seemed possible! These delicious baked goodies were so fun to make they make us feel warm and cozy and help us get into the Christmas spirit!
 To make 120 cookies. You'll need: 360g unsalted butter.
 2 cups caster sugar.
 Cream Butter + Sugar.
 Add 4 eggs.
 5 cups plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt.
Mix well.
Chill dough overnight.
 Preheat oven to 200C. Roll out dough on floured surface.
Bake for 6 minutes. Let cookies to cool completely.
And Start decorating.

Super-Easy Red-Nosed Reindeer: You'll need M&Ms for eyes, Starbursts mixed berries lolly for nose and mini Pretzels for antlers.

These cookies are so cute, I think I'm in love with them! ;P

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday and best wishes for a wonderful new year. 
Thank you for all your love and support! xoxo

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Lazy Weekend Bike & Brekkie

I have a major weakness for cafe style all day brekkie and Parc Cafe at Randwick is one of my all-time favourites. I remember the first time I ever went - it was last year after my trip back from France and my girlfriends took me here. We had the potato cake w. salmon, poached egg, avocado salsa & paprika aioli. It was yummilicious!!!
Before I had my bike, I used to rent one from Centennial Park Cycles (probably the most friendly bike rental place in Syd - highly recommended by me) and the Parc Cafe is just conveniently located on the same block. Of course, being the adventurous foodie I am, frenchie and I chose the Speck, broadbean, mint, parmesan & lemon on sourdough w. poached egg. It was AMAZING! My personal fav. You must try!!!
After our hearty brekkie, we had a nice long ride to the beach and city. Bike riding in Sydney is great fun and safe cos dedicated bike lanes and cycle ways are in place.
It has been awhile since my last outfit post, my casual outfit for the ride is below and is pretty much my go-to casual look when it's mild and temperate outside.
Sweater - GAP
Leggings - H&M
Shoes - Bensimon  
Different look - more dressed-up version
Sweater - GAP
Skirt - Supré 
Bag - Chanel 
Bracelet - Hermès
Ring - thrifted 
Nailpolish - OPI 

Hope you have a lovely weekend everyone! xx :D 
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Berry Berry Nice Summer Smoothie

So are you trying to keep cool this summer? Well, a smoothie is a great way to help you cool down as the temperature in Sydney continues to rise. I have been finding myself searching for a refreshingly fruity drink.

Almond milk, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries are my favourite ingredients for this smoothie.

Recipe makes for two. Place raspberries, blueberries, chopped strawberries and bananas in a blender.
Add 2 cups of milk (I like almond milk, you can opt for Nudie's cloudy apple juice, normal milk or soy milk) and throw in a few pieces of ice cubes. Apple juice version here
Optional Super food: Add 2 heaped tablespoons of Acai and a generous drizzle of Agave Syrup (Alternatively, sweetened smoothie with Honey).

Pour your beautiful creation into a tumbler. Place the lid on and off you go to school, gym, work or even to the beach/shops. I got my tumbler from Starbucks. There are loads of stylish cool options at Typo, check them out! ;)
Blend Slurrrp! Happy Summer all ;D

PS: Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe you would like to share? Let me know, I would definitely like to try it! ;)

PPS: Frenchie, sis miss J and I will be opening up a stall selling refreshing Summer drinks and Macarons on Saturday 8th Dec 2012 @ the North Shore market (address here), so do come along and say hi! ;D Look forward to seeing you there. xoxo

Friday, 23 November 2012

Chocolate, Cheese and the Kirribilli Markets

Hello there! As I've mentioned on my previous post (here) I would like to show you some of the best chocolates you can find in Sydney to make the perfect chocolate dessert.

First stop was Simon Johnson, the purveyor of quality foods with stores at Woollahra, Pyrmont, Alexandria and Castlecrag now there really is no excuse to not pay this shop a visit. I was like a kid in a candy store looking for that perfect bar of chocolate...

So I got a little sidetracked...

cheese fromage simon johnson
I was in cheese lovers heaven...there were sooo many types of cheeses.

 Lucky enough, we had complimentary cheese tasting.
cheese fromage simon johnson

cheese fromage simon johnson

cheese fromage simon johnson
My weakness...soft and creamy cheeses.
Some beautiful French chocolates from Mazet.
We've bagged ourselves a selection of Valrhona chocolates and a lil bag of salt.
Limited edition Valrhona Chocolate according to Frenchie.
I fell in love with this copper cookware - they provide the best thermal conductivity for even heating.
My little adventure continues, next stop Kirribilli...
bicycle harbour bridge
It was a pleasant and fun ride crossing the Harbour Bridge.
The view was absolutely breathtaking.

luna park
Luna Park just below us.
kirribilli markets Kirribilli Markets on a beautiful Sunday morning.
french bracelets

These all natural handmade soaps look and smell amazing.
My fav. was this custom made lamp. The seashells were collected from the south coast beaches.
brazilian chocolates
These handmade chocolates inspired by Brazilian desserts were phenomenal! Love the leopard prints.
To Die For. Enough said!
Freshly baked goods. Pretty sure the almond tart was screaming out to us "EAT ME!!!"

strawberries organic
Organic strawberries in little blue pots.
Barbecue beef on the grill with a generous serve of mashed potatoes. A must try!!!
My first Quesadilla (Mexican-style stuffed pancake) but certainly not my last!
coco chocolate kirribilli
Our last stop was at Coco Chocolate
Shop 12, 3a-9b Broughton St (Cnr with Bligh St), Kirribilli, 2061
This quaint lil shop is worth a visit, it's packed with chocolate goodness!
And lil gifts too..they are so cute!
coco chocolate
We settled for organic salted caramel w pine nuts. So worth it! ;D
Unsure how to spend the rest of your weekend?
You can always go to your local's always a fun place to poke your head around ;)
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