Monday, 30 January 2012
I was literally blown away by the wind whilst I was in Cape Town this weekend. I really don't know how people deal with it! It's fierce, super fierce. In this photo (taken outside my friend's apartment) I couldn't decide whether to hold down my hair or my skirt. In the end I went with the skirt... but it was too late. I had an extremely funny "Marilyn" moment, and we were all in stitches!
I can't wait to go west coastin' again. Sadly there was not nearly enough time to explore all the new foodie spots I had read about. Although we ate out alot in Cape Town, I definitely feel like I have some unfinished business there!
Hmmm. Toffie Pop Festival is coming up at the end of March.... :)
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
I put together a quick collage of some recent "pickings" from my Tumblr - I'm sure gonna miss these bright juicy bursts of colour come Autumn. Only weeks to go 'til my cozzie gets shoved to the back of my cupboard and my umpteen pairs of black stockings begin to make their biannual resurgence. But why am I complaining? We have a lot to look forward to for Autumn. If 90's grunge has anything to do with it... I'm ready.
Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
I think the Olsen twins just got usurped by a younger, hotter, trendier twosome... NYane and Mpho. These 17-year old twin sisters be all up in the internet right now. So I did a bit of research to find out more about these swagging ladies! NYane is the girl with the short blonde hair and Mpho has the longer, dark hair. They're of South African descent but currently live in Southhampton, England. See more of their awesome outfits on their Tumblr here.
Monday, 16 January 2012
In the Wisdom & Youth office I speak of Rooney Mara as if she is a close friend of mine. My fellow work colleagues know exactly how besotted I am with her! She may have been the reason I went a shade darker in my hair colour recently. Heeee.
But if you've watched Girl With The Dragon Tattoo you would perhaps have a better understanding of why I think she totally kicks butt. (I don't think I blinked once during the whole movie). Her performance as Lisbeth Salander was mind-blowing.
Anyway I thought I would post Rooney's beautiful minimalist outfit from the Golden Globes. She's wearing her signature look: A core cut-out dress (by Nina Ricci) in monotone black.
I am crossing fingers she will take home Best Actress at The Oscars this year. Girl you rock.
Images from just jared.
Monday, 9 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
A few pages from the book:
This particular recipe actually came from my mom - Neil isn't much of a fan of sweet things, whereas I am (DUH), so I insisted we include a couple of sweet items on the menu for the book. These muffins were craaazy delicious. I made them again this weekend, and when I say they were a hit, best you beleeee-dat!
Marzipan and strawberry muffins
Makes 6 large muffins
*I substituted raspberries for strawberries as my mom had picked fresh strawberries from the garden that morning :)
FOR THE FILLING
4-6 tbsp raspberry jam
175g brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg, beaten
1 cup (250ml) milk
150ml melted butter
1. Prepare by preheating the oven to 190 degrees. Place 6 muffin papers in a large muffin pan, then start with the marzipan.
2. Roll and cut into 12 equal pieces, and flatten with the back of a teaspoon into small circles.
3. Scoop a dollop of raspberry jam on one, and sandwich with another. Keep going, making 6 rounds.
4. Now mix together the egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder, stirring well.
5. Spoon the mixture halfway up the muffin papers. Pop a marzipan and jam circle on top of each, and cover with the rest of the mixture. This is where I added chopped strawberries to the muffins.
6. Bake for 20 minutes, poking with a skewer to check they're cooked through.