Happy Halloween

31st October 2014

The pumpkin is dug out (but not yet carved), the seeds are ready and waiting to be roasted (a’la Jamie Oliver and Cellandia) and we’re heading off for dinner and a scary movie at the cinema tonight.

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

erin x

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Super Green Smoothies

25th September 2014

Here’s a little shout out and congratulations to the lovely Maha on the launch of her and her sister’s new book!

Maha and her sister Sally Obermeder, founder of awesome Aussie blog swiish have just released their e-book, Super Green Smoothies. It’s full of colourful photos and yummy sounding recipes, and after buying a copy this afternoon I’m so excited to try them all out.

These 2 gorgeous ladies have somehow managed to make kale, spinach and brussel sprout smoothies sound sexy. I’m impressed!

Buy your own copy here.

 

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

5th February 2014

In the new year we spent a night in Venice and oh my god, wow. It was breathtaking and I fell in love. With only 24 hours we walked and ate, and walked and drank espresso, and walked and ate gelato and walked and walked and walked. And took a million photos.

So Polpo is essentially a Venetian bàcaro but in London, with locations in Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfields. We visit the Smithfields one every time we’re in town and the sexy decor, combined with food to die for makes it one of our favourite places.

Anyway – I thought it would be a good idea to get Si the Polpo recipe book for Christmas, which turned out to be a great idea actually. He cooked from it on Saturday night and everything was delicious. The book itself is not only beautiful: printed on gorgeous paper with a lovely chain bound spine … it includes all of the recipes we love too. Hooray!

It also has a whole section on awesome cafes in Venice which we unfortunately didn’t realise while we were there. Oh well. We can reminisce over Arancini and Pork and Fennel Meatballs at home instead ;)

Check it out here.

Coffee for London

3rd February 2014

I thought this London Underground Coffee Stops map was pretty awesome.

I love that we’ve been to a lot of these coffee shops already (Dose and Monmouth are definitely favourites) and that there are so many more to visit next time we’re in town!

Here’s a post about some of our favourite London coffee shops from a couple of years back.

(Thanks Cellandia)

PS. Want to see it better? Click the image for a bigger version.

Wave Mug

6th November 2013

Cape Town Summer is on the way which means weekends at the beach and coffee in the morning on the balcony.

This Wave Mug would be perfect, don’t you think?

** Even though it’s made in Staffordshire, just down the road from Si’s nan’s house in the UK!

Signe Yberg

16th August 2013

If only these Ceramic Cups by Signe Yberg came in some funkier colours, they would be winging their way to Cape Town as I type.

Still quite lovely though.

Today…

29th July 2013

…thinking about booking tickets to Rocking The Daisies.

…getting excited (but not too much yet) about the possibility of a new flat.

…making a list of some DIY ideas to try out in said flat.

…experiencing blog envy.

…counting down the minutes until dinner here.

Dip-dyed Neon

2nd July 2013

Neon + dip-dying + kitchen utensils = a fun DIY craft project + sweet gift idea.

Here’s how you can make your own.

(Thanks Miche)

Penhaligon’s

28th June 2013

Last Friday night we went to Bob Bob Ricard for dinner.

I’ll have to write a separate Between Meals post about it because it was cool beyond belief, but before I do I want to share Penhaligon’s Quercus Candle.

It was burning in their bathroom and oh.my.god.it.is.quite.possibly.the.most.scrumptious.smell.I’ve.ever.smelt.EVER.wow.

Is it to early to start a Christmas wish list?

The Magic Of Mexico

19th June 2013

This morning my favourite online shop Yuppie Chef sent me an inspired email about The Magic of Mexico – a new range of cooking supplies they stock.

Perfect timing for our Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup this evening!

Mmmmmmm.

The Chocolate Library

7th June 2013

Look what arrived in the post for me yesterday!

Personalised alphabet chocolate from The Chocolate Library. Love it!

Such a sweet thought from the gorgeous Cellandia.

Bistroteque

29th May 2013

On Monday we went for brunch with friends here.

Bistroteque is so cool it doesn’t even have a sign…I’m sure they rely on the clinking of cutlery and plates from upstairs to show customers the way.

It was minimal and sexy with amazing food. So amazing in fact, that we’re going to try to get back there for dinner next week.

We ate:
Eggs Benedict / Avocado on toast / Duck hash, mushrooms, poached egg and mustard sauce.

We drank:
Lattes / Cappuccinos / Raspberry Bellinis.

Bambu

24th May 2013

We’ve been searching for decent chopping boards for a while now, so I’m happy to say we’ve finally found some.

These Bambu Cutting Edge boards are going to rock our kitchen and makes friends with the knives, and the turquoise and green give them just the right amount of cool. Can’t wait.

New & Improved Flickr

23rd May 2013

We started using Flickr right before we left London in 2007 to go travelling, and it’s been my friend ever since.

Photojojo’s Timecapsule is just one of the reasons it’s so amazing – every 2 weeks we get an update of photos from the same time last year which is beyond cool. You can also send messages to yourself in the future.

Anyway, this week Yahoo launched their new and improved site and I have to say I love it. Admitedly I haven’t had a good play yet, but I love the layout and being able to view all of our photos in one long stream.

Flickr, you will forever have my heart (along with 7000 of our most favourite photos that I will continue to add too). xx

Handpresso Auto

26th April 2013

Handpresso is an espresso maker for your car.

Yep, that’s right. Your car.

Plug it into the cigarette lighter, add water, a E.S.E. coffee pod, then press the button and wait for the 3 beeps to tell you your espresso is ready. With a 16 bar pressure system the espressos are bound to be tasty and the design itself is pretty slick.

Now if only they would make a milk heater + foamer for my latté…

Ice Cube Skull

16th April 2013

I love this little guy as well.

He’s not only cute, he’ll keep your drink cold too.

Mount Nelson

8th April 2013

I think the photos pretty much explain it all, but just in case – Afternoon Tea at the Mount Nelson rocks.

We ate:
Almost one of everything they had in miniature.
• Samosas • salmon pikelets • tomato tarts • spinach tarts • cheesecake • eclairs • hazelnut torte • macaroons • milk tart • lamingtons • red velvet cupcakes doughnuts • fruit • a mix and match of all kinds of chocolate bites … and of course • cucumber sandwiches.

We drank:
Lemon tea, Darjeeling tea + a sneaky glass of Simonseig Sparkling Brut.

Who won?
It was officially declared a tie.

The Great Cape Town Sweet Off

5th April 2013

Later today I’m heading to the Mount Nelson Hotel for Afternoon Tea with my sweet friend Steffi.

We’re sort of going to celebrate our birthdays, but the truth is she thinks she can eat more cake than me. I doubt this, so a sweet off challenge has been declared.

If I don’t pop, I’ll be back next week with a sweet report.

** All of these delicious creations are from Afternoon Crumbs, a super cute blog run by the sister of one of Si’s colleagues. Check it out for the cool photography and lots of tasty recipes.

Cupookie

28th March 2013

Is this the coolest and most awesome Gingerbread skeleton ever?

Why yes, I do believe it is!

Check out more Cupookie cupcakes and cookies here.

(Thanks Sherm)

Happy Birthday

27th March 2013

Happy 32 neons to me!

I love birthdays!

Corkcicle

27th March 2013

Corkcicle is my new favourite thing.

Stick it in the freezer and pop it into wine or bubbles to have a nice cold bottle for your picnic.

Brilliant.

Pancake Day

12th February 2013

Happy Pancake Day everyone!

For me, the best pancakes are the crêpe versions soaked in lemon and sprinkled in sugar (the real stuff, not icing sugar) rather than your typical fluffy American style … but whatever your preference I think pancakes should be eaten more often than once a year for sure.

When we were kids my mum made pancakes for dinner roughly once a week and if we ever got a say in what we were having for dinner, it was always pancakes.

And so today I’m going to share with you my mum’s pancake recipe. It’s super simple, ridiculously easy and by far the tastiest I’ve tried (and believe me, I’ve tried and tested a lot). Enjoy!

Mum’s Joyful Pancakes

Ingredients

• 1 cup plain flour
• 1 egg
• pinch salt
• 1 1/4 cups milk

To Make

1. Sift flour, then mix all ingredients together
2. Leave to sit for up to 1 hour
3. Heat the pan and butter it lightly
4. Pour a ladle of batter into the pan and swirl the batter to coat the entire surface
5. Cook over medium heat until the crêpe starts to brown at the edges, then flip
6. Keep them warm in the oven until you’re ready to eat!

To Eat

• Cover in loads of lemon juice and a generous sprinkling of sugar. If you feel like spicing it up try mixed berries, bananas, Madagascan Vanilla ice-cream and a little squeeze of lemon and sugar to top it all off.
• Finally, remember to lick your fingers and murmur lots of appreciative noises while eating. Mmmmmm!

♥ This post is for my mum, who imho makes the best pancakes in the world x

(thank you for the images topmiddlebottom – they’re making me hungry)

The Month Of Love

1st February 2013

Hello February!

It’s the month of love and I’m very excited for 2 reasons:

1. Valentine’s Day = the perfect excuse (not that we ever really need one) to go out and have a slap up meal somewhere cool.

2. Wedding Anniversary #1 = happily married bliss for one year – another perfect excuse for bubbles and delicious food!

Can’t wait.

(Charly’s Bakery cupcakes hand-delivered from our sweet Mush)

My Marvelous Marmalade

28th January 2013

I’m completely awful at baking (I love it, but I’m hopeless) and in comparison making marmalade is easy to get right, looks impressive and makes an awesome gift.

It also tastes delicious, which I’ve not been able to say about most of my cake attempts.

And because I’m so happy about my marmalade making, I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys this morning. Happy Monday!

Ingredients:

  • 5 oranges
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 litre of water
  • 1kg sugar

Directions:

1. Juice one of the oranges and set aside for later. Discard the peel.
2. Wash the rest of the citrus fruit and cut into quarters. Separate the flesh from the peel and keep both. Place the flesh into a food processor (including the pips). Purée well.
3. Place the puréed citrus in a sieve above a large saucepan. Using the back of a spoon or masher, push the pulp through the sieve. Discard what is left behind in the sieve.
4. Using a sharp knife, remove as much of the pith from the citrus peel as possible. Slice or chop your peel into fine stripes (or the desired consistency). You can reduce the amount of citrus peel used, depending on your personal marmalade preference.
5. Combine the citrus purée, orange juice, chopped citrus rind and water in a large pot. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, leaving it to simmer for 1 hour until the rind is soft and the mixture has reduced by half.
6. Reduce heat to low, add the sugar to the mixture and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring to the boil again and, without stirring, leave it to boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and skim off any white froth that has formed on the surface.
7. Perform the jelly test by spooning a couple of drops onto a cold plate and placing it in the fridge for a few minutes. If it sets to jelly, it’s ready. If it is still too runny, you can bring it back to the boil for a further 5 to 10 minutes and repeat the jelly test.
8. Once you are satisfied with the consistency, allow it to cool slightly and spoon into sterilised jars.

One very important thing to remember when making marmalade – whatever you do, DO NOT let the marmalade bubble over onto your stove and burn. Trust me, it’s the biggest pain in the ass and you’ll be scrubbing for hours.

Yuppiechef

15th January 2013

I’m sure you’ve all read my posts about Yuppiechef in the past and it’s because of awesome little touches like this handwritten notecard/reusable postcard (plus another cute magnet for our fridge) they included in our order, that makes me love them so much.

Oh, and also that I placed my order on Sunday night and it was delivered Monday lunchtime. How’s that for service?

Thanks guys! Keep on rocking online shopping in South Africa!