Month: December 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 ANDΒ 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.Β 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.Β 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.