Tuesday, January 24, 2012

MY CITY HIGHLIGHTS

I've really been enjoying Tumblr lately - it's such an easy way to blog but for me it's an endless source of fashion, decor and food inspiration.  I've recently been updating my photo blog with some pictures from our trip to South East Asia. Check it out here.





Sunday, January 22, 2012

ALL GOLD


I've always thought gold accessories are the best accessories!



Sunday, January 15, 2012

TOMATO, RED ONION AND FETA TART



A simple,healthy (besides the pastry) and delicious alternative to pizza. Serve with a salad, steamed asparagus or anything really!

1.Thinly slice 3 red onions and place in a pan with a little sugar and butter. Cook on a low heat until softened and slightly caramelized. 
3. Slice a mix of tomatoes (I like Roma) in half and roast with olive oil and sliced garlic at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. 
3. Top a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry with onions, roasted tomatoes and crumbled feta. Fold up edges slightly. Cook for 35 - 40 mins until the pastry is browned and crispy. Sprinkle with fresh basil.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A SUMMER'S DRIVE

During our holiday in Hermanus we took a drive to Franschhoek to have lunch at La Motte. It had been raining all morning and it started to clear as we were driving along the R43. The landscape and light as the sun started to emerge was perfect. La Motte is also pretty much a perfect spot for a summer's lunch. You can sit under the trees, wander around the Pierneef gallery, taste wine and of course eat amazing food.

The drive:








La Motte:





Thursday, January 5, 2012

SEMI-HOMEMADE GIFTS

This year I decided that I was going to make some of my Christmas gifts. I don't know why, but I decided to make two things that I had never tried before - nut brittle and strawberry jam. Unfortunately things didn't quite go as planned and my attempt at cooking with sugar was a disaster! In a nutshell, I overcooked the first batch of brittle, then under-cooked the second. The jam didn't set but I still bottled it (hoping it would miraculously set), but after all that the jars didn't seal. We still ate the brittle, but I had to throw away all the jam - devastating (and so much for saving money)!

After my kitchen nightmare, I decided to avoid cooking with sugar and ordered some amazing fudge from The Fudgery. I also decided to stick to what I know and bake Christmas cookies. I salvaged the jars from my original attempt and used those to package the fudge.

The attempt at strawberry jam:

The repackaged jars: 


Baking Christmas cookies:




And with the leftover strawberries from the jam, I made: