Year: 2014

Vacation 2/3: Cologne, Germany

Part two of my vacation, Cologne, Germany! Woo! I had the most amazing time in Cologne. I tried to take in as much of the city as possible, which was pretty difficult because I was there for a 3 day metal festival, Euroblast. The festival went from 1pm to 11:30pm and had after shows too. So basically we (my boyfriend and I) woke up at 9am and went exploring in the city until 12pm, would go back to our hotel and freshen up, then to the music festival until midnight. So, so exhausting, but it was the best experience of my life! I met up with a friend from Sweden and made a new German friend too. I never realised how much I needed German food in my life until I went to Cologne. There was this bakery chain in the city that had streusel EVERYTHING! Blueberry, apple, streusel cheesecake bars AND it also had jam Berliner doughnuts (jelly-filled doughnuts), 2 for $1. Just..oh my god. The food was sooo cheap and so delicious! We had …

Banana muffins

If you’ve got a craving for some super fluffy and moist muffins then these are for you! They taste soo good straight out of the oven, especially with my vegan nutella spread on them. These banana muffins are freezer friendly so you can keep them in the there and just take one out the night before for a yummy breakfast on the go. The muffins have a pinch of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla and some ripe bananas. You could add some choc chips into the mix or some strawberries if plain banana isn’t your thing. Grease a muffin tray and preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Place the ripe bananas in a mixing bowl. Mash well. I love the smell of ripe bananas! It’s hard not to spoon this on some toast with peanut butter. Add the egg, sugar, butter and vanilla. If your using hot melted butter, mix all the other ingredients and slowly pour the butter in as you mix. This prevents cooked bits of egg. Mix well. Sift in the flour, baking powder, …

Happy happy birthday!

In November it was my 21st birthday! Woo! To be perfectly honest, it’s not quite as big of a deal here in Australia as it is in USA. We can drink and drive (not at the same time hah) at 18, but it’s still a big deal. It means I’m actually turning into a scary adult! The ladies at Flower Market Expresso sent me some absolutely beautiful flowers including lovely white, pink and red roses and a big, beautiful pink peony! What a surprise that was, I was sitting in my pyjamas eating chocolate when I was surprised by a courier. I awkwardly had to accept them in my terrible, terrible.. just terrible, smurf pants.   I was very spoiled and my wonderful boyfriend even baked me a cake. Last year he tried to bake me one and it was such a disaster, haha! It had so much food dye it didn’t rise past an inch, so it was this dense blue cake that stained everything it touched. Needless to say, I loved it oh so …

Chicken, brie and pesto croissants

Sometimes the thing I want most for lunch is a fresh and tasty sandwich, and you can never go wrong with buttery, flakey croissants. Obviously you can use white/multigrain or whatever bread your heart desires. Seeing as I just posted a recipe for pesto, I thought I would give you guys a delicious sandwich recipe that uses fresh pesto, chicken and creamy brie. This is very simple and super quick to put together but it really does taste really, really good. Chicken, brie and pesto croissant Ingredients – Croissants – Brie – Pesto from here – Chicken – Tomato – Mayonnaise (I use Japanese mayo/Kewpie) – Fresh salad greens Method 1. Grill/pan fry chicken or use leftover chicken. 2. Cut your croissant in half and layer pesto, chicken, tomato slices and brie. Place in a grill to lightly toast. 3. Spread mayo and top with salad greens. Put the other croissant half on top.

Vacation 1/3: Brussels, Belgium

Here is part one of my three part holiday spectacular! Seeing as I went to Brussels, Cologne and Melbourne, I thought I would separate it so you don’t have to go through hundreds of photos. If you click on the pictures a slideshow will open up with captions. Brussels was a wonderful place to visit, so incredibly old and beautiful. It was really interesting because it had such a huge French influence. They speak French and Dutch in Belgium, in Brussels I only heard French but on the subway and streets all the signs were in French, Dutch and English.   We ate the most amazing food there, freshly baked croissants, baguettes and oh my god, the best baguette sandwiches with amazing cheese and meats. Chocolate shops lined the streets of Brussels, were we visited Elisabeth Chocolatier, Godiva, Wittamer and Pierre Marcolini, just to name a few. We sampled violet infused chocolates, salted caramel and citron macarons, giant meringues, frites (fries) and of course, waffles. The list really is endless. Grand Place was really beautiful, spectacularly …

Fresh basil pesto

Don’t you just love how pesto is so green and vibrant? I certainly do. I also love how tasty and versatile it is – spread it on your toast, mix it with pasta, use it as a pizza sauce – anything that goes with basil goes with pesto. However, there is something I’ve noticed about pesto recipes, they all make a huge amount. Pesto is, as I said, very tasty, but it goes rancid so you would have to put it on everything to use it up! This recipe I am giving you makes the perfect amount, a small pot. It will satisfy your pesto cravings without needing to make a huge jar, which, just between you and me, you know you’re not going to finish. This small pot or small tub is the perfect amount to use in recipes. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you here, if you haven’t made pesto before because of the work you think it involves, then you’ve been grossly misinformed. This family recipe uses basil (obviously), parmesan cheese, …

Just one more holiday…

  So far it’s only November and the temperature is already at 30C, that’s 86F for the Americans. What better way to celebrate the non-existent change from Spring to Summer by heading to the beach for the long weekend? I’ve been home for a week, just got back from a week in Melbourne and I’m off on another short holiday! I’m already planning for a holiday in New Zealand next year. Before you say anything, I know, I know, I haven’t even posted about my other holidays yet, but I promise they’re coming, I’m just going to post one destination at a time because I have so many photos to share with you! I will share a couple in this post because I care. Christmas is just a month away and I hate to admit it but I’m already jumping out of my skin in excitement. I. Cannot. Wait. I even started watching Christmas tv specials, that’s how serious I am. Christmas is always such an exciting time for me, because, hello? The whole day …

Vegan nutella

Today I’m bringing you lovely folks a healthier version on nutella that tastes so amazing. It’s rich, chocolatey, smooth and beautifully hazelnut-y and best of all, it’s super easy to make! With only four ingredients, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and coconut oil, this nutella only requires some roasting and blitzing in a food processor. You’ll have freshly made nutella in under 20 minutes!! It’s hard to believe something so simple could be so damn delicious and addictive. I know people that can go through a whole jar without even realising. This is a really great spread to keep, you can add it to pies, cheesecakes, brownies, breads, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and the list just goes on. You can definitely taste the freshly roasted hazelnuts and no doubt you’ll be able to brag to your friends about your amazing nutella. It lasts 2 weeks in the fridge, but honestly, there isn’t going to be any by 2 weeks. This recipe makes one small jar, so if you’re a nutella fanatic, double the recipe. This recipe calls …

Taco bowl

  Sometimes all I want for lunch or dinner is a nice big bowl of something filling, fresh and oh so yummy. When I’m in that kinda mood I can’t help but reach for one of these bad boys. This dish consists of rice topped with mexican spiced chicken (or beef), salsa, cheese, avocado and a big helping of salad, and boy can it just brighten my day. I’ve made this with chicken and beef and they’re both equally delicious, you can also change it up by adding different salad, salsa, mexican seasoning or you could even replace the rice with some quinoa and turn it into a scrumptious salad. If I’ve made nachos recently – I’ll upload a recipe soon – then I’m sure to have a mug of cheese sauce sitting in my fridge, just begging to be used. I’m not saying you have to make it, grated cheddar works just as fine, but if you do have any nacho cheese sauce then by all means smother that chicken in it. Go crazy, …

Ghoulish Halloween Bark

BOO! Don’t be afraid, those aren’t real eyeballs in there! Bright green chocolate with candy eyes, bones and candy corn makes for a cute and yummy treat, did you notice it’s even Oreo stuffed? This ghoulish chocolate bark is so simple and delicious – it might not scare but it will definitely please. Chocolate bark is one of the easiest desserts you can possibly make. All you have to do is melt some chocolate and pick out some toppings! Seeing as it’s Halloween bark I used a food gel to colour it bright green, but it would work as any colour. I would suggest using white chocolate as you can colour it, your various candy won’t stand out as much if you use milk or dark chocolate. As for the stuffing, I chose Oreos as they’re hard to beat, just break them up and push them under the surface of the chocolate, but if you’re not keen on Oreos you could break up some Kit Kat, toffee, M&Ms or anything that will give a nice …