So wish these hot little planter holders weren't sold out. Totally need to keep an eye on The Small Garden and hope they are able to get more in. I think maybe the lion may be a bit scary for Harles though.
One of my favourite passtimes is trawling the web looking for styling ideas to jazz up my home. I was beyond excited to stumble across Courtney Giles, I love the colors she chooses and the mood they create.
I love love love profiteroles, and they are surprisingly easy to make. I think I might try and make this tower of goodness soon, this recipe has loads of great tips in it too.
One pack of fresh raspberries Pastry base: 1 good quality ready-made shortcrust pastry sheet For the puff pastry (pâte a choux): 75 ml water/ 1/3 cup 75 ml/ 1/3 cup full cream milk 60 g/ 2 oz butter (cubed) 80 g/ 3 oz plain flour (sifted) 3 eggs 3 g/ 1/2 tsp 10 g / 2 tsp sugar
In a saucepan, add milk, water, butter, salt and sugar and bring to a simmer. Take the pan away from the heat and add the flour (in one go) and stir constantly until you get a smooth dough. Put back on a low heat for 1-2 minutes to dry it up slightly. Take away from heat. Add the eggs, one by one, and stir gradually to form a smooth dough. Leave to rest at room temperature.
For the caramel: 100 g/ 3.5 oz caster sugar 4 tbsp water 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
For the ‘crème patissière’ filling: 300 ml full cream milk 4 eggs yolks 40 g/ 1.5 oz butter 80 g/ 3 oz caster sugar 30 g/ 1 oz corn starch 1 tsp vanilla essence A dash of rum or kirsch (optional)
In a saucepan, add milk, sugar, vanilla essence and bring to a simmer. Stir well and take off the heat. Add the egg yolks and whisk continuously. Drizzle the corn starch and whisk again – put on a low heat, for 2 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to a thick creamy sauce. Set aside and leave to cool. Then place in the refrigerator to set it properly (15-20 minutes).
Chantilly whipped cream: 250 ml/1 cup whipping cream 20 g/ 4 tsp icing sugar
Whip cream (I use electric whisks), add the sugar after 30 seconds and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Set aside in freezer until you need to use it.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°/ degrees celsius/ 360 F.
Roll pastry into a 8-10 cm/ 3-4 inches round shape and cut out four round disks – you can use a small cake tin or jar lid to make the shape. Place on a parchment-lined baking tray. Cover with a round of greased parchment paper and weigh pastry down with pastry weights (or dried beans). Bake 10 minutes, then remove paper and weights. Bake 10 minutes more. Set aside to cool.
Place the pate a choux dough in a pastry piping bag with a large nozzle and pipe small nut shapes onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes. Set aside and leave to cool.
When all the ‘choux’ are cool, make a small slit in the base. Use pastry bag with the smallest nozzle tip and ‘inject’ each ‘choux’ with the crème patissière (approx one tbsp per choux). Set aside.
Now you can make the caramel. On a low heat, melt the sugar, teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and four tablespoons of water in a saucepan. Let the mixture melt. It is very important not to stir until the color starts to turn golden. At this point, shake the pan, until the color slowly turns to caramel golden brown. This process will take approx 15 minutes. Be very careful not to burn the caramel. Take away from heat and place the saucepan in cold water for 5 seconds to stop the heating process.
Dip each ‘choux’ in the caramel, being very careful not too burn your fingers as it is very hot. You can use kitchen pliers or hold the ‘choux’ with a stick if you prefer. Set aside. I like to play around with the rest of the caramel and drizzle it on parchment paper. They can make nice decorations, and it’s delicious!
Now you can decorate the cake. First start with the pastry base, thinly layer with the crème patissière, then pipe little meringue shapes with the whipped cream. Add the caramel covered choux around the cake, and place raspberries around the choux and a few in the center. Continue and finish with whipped cream piped all around. Finish with one ‘choux’ on top.
Finally we have nearly finished painting. If anyone had told me what a massive undertaking it was going to be I would have seriously considered paying a professional. Now that we are nearly finished there is talk of wallpapering a feature wall in each of the bedrooms - below are a few favorites.
Not sure if it's because I'm a little bit pecking and craving a coffee and something sweet, or if I think that creating these little masterpieces would be the best job ever! So I had to share some pictures of the beautiful creations the UK based Biscuiteers have come up with.
I'm sure they taste as divine as they look too - oh how I want one of those purple cupcakes right now! Gosh, I nearly forgot to mention, did you notice the tins the biscuits and cakes come in, could you ask for better packaging, I think not.
I have always loved wallpaper, I only wish I was brave enough to use it. I would adore to go crazy with some Josef Frank wallpaper, although not sure how I would even get my hands on it in Melbourne but that's not the point.
So winter officially starts tomorrow, my least favorite season of the year. But this year I'm determined to enjoy it. I have my new UGG's which I plan to spend as much time in as possible, and it's so nice to curl up with a glass of red wine and watch DVD's or read knowing that it's cold outside and you don't want to be out there anyway.
I know salads are mostly reserved for summer, but I saw this beauty on Camille Styles blog this week and thought it looked so amazing that I really want to give it a whirl this weekend. This version has no meat in it which may cause GK's toes to curl (maybe add some chicken??)
2 zucchini, trimmed, cut on the diagonal into 1/2″ thick pieces
4 slices crusty white italian bread
olive oil, salt & pepper
1 english cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/3 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/3 cup basil leaves, chiffonade
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
4 oz piece of feta, broken into chunks (I’d love to try this with fresh mozzarella next time!)
Heat grill to medium. Brush peppers, zucchini, and bread on both sides with oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Grill peppers and zucchini until slightly charred and just tender, turning often, about 6 minutes. Add bread for the last 3 minutes of cooking, and grill until lightly charred and just crisp, turning often. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool.
Meanwhile, combine cucumber, tomatoes, olives, mint and basil in a large bowl. Chop peppers, zucchini into 1/2″ pieces and add to bowl. Tear bread into 1″ pieces and add to bowl.
Whisk oil and vinegar together, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add dressing to salad, toss to gently coat, and add feta.
Who knew? I had a neighbour who bought a new car. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of his car (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do.... probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbour came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job on the car. I'm impressed!
WD-40 who knew? 'Water Displacement #40'. The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'water displacement' compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you... When you read the 'shower door' part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stove top ... Viola! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.
1. Protects silver from tarnishing. 2. Removes road tar and grime from cars. 3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings. 4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery. 5. Keeps flies off cows . (I love this one!) 6. Restores and cleans chalkboards. 7. Removes lipstick stains. 8. Loosens stubborn zippers. 9. Untangles jewellery chains. 10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks. 11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill. 12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing. 13. Removes tomato stains from clothing. 14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots . 15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors. 16. Keeps scissors working smoothly. 17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes. 18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks. 19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40! 20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide. 21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers... 22 Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises. 23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.. 24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close. 25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers. 26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles. 27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans 28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling 29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly. 30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools. 31. Removes splattered grease on stove. 32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging. 33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs. 34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell). 35. Removes all traces of duct tape. 36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain. 37. Florida's favourite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.' 38. The favourite use in the state of New York , WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. 39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states. 40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch. 41. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls.. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag. 42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone! 43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
P.S. The basic ingredient is ... FISH OIL!
Sorry if this is a little boring, but I had no idea one can could do all this, so I hope it works.
Majorly loving Tory Burch's spring summer line, so sad they don't ship to Australia. This is why I need to go to New York. How cute is the dog posing in the basket, there is no chance Harley would sit in a basket like that.