Tuesday, 15 May 2012

greek semolina cake

simple, sweet, sticky & delicious!

ingredients for the cake mix.
5 large eggs
225ml greek yoghurt
225g caster sugar
75g ground almonds
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange
150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
200g semolina level teaspoons baking powder
200ml mild olive oil

ingredients for the sweet & sticky topping.
150g shelled pistachios, slightly toasted
150ml good quality runny honey
big dollops of greek yoghurt

preheat the oven to 180 degrees . mix all of your sponge ingredients in a large bowl . EASY! grease a 22x29cm cake tin with a little olive oil, then dust over a sprinkling of flour, and shake the tin about . spoon in the sponge mixture, and use a spatula to spread it all evenly . put the cake into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and cooked through . stick a skewer in the centre to check . put aside to cool for about half an hour . when you just about ready to serve, add the honey and pistashios to a saucepan and give everything a good stir . squeeze all the juice from the orange and lemon you zested earlier into the pan. boil for 1-2 minutes, or until nice and syrupy . stab the cake all over with a small knife to create holes for the syrup to sink into, then pour the syrup all over the top . spread it out . you want it to be fairly even so the honey gets sucked right into the cake . slice and serve with a dollop of the greek yoghurt .

this cake looks & tastes so homemade - & is even better the next day once all the lovely honey has soaked in further!

recipe from Jamie.

ALSO : check out Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day - saturday 19 may 2012!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

treasures from bondi's garage sale trail

What better way to shop second-hand than wondering in the sunshine, through hundreds of little garage sales lining the streets of Bondi as part of the 2012 Garage Sale Trail!

It was a lovely sister's saturday - browsing, haggling & collecting a range of treasures from a vw kombi badge for $3, japanese noodle bowls for $1 and freebie of the day, Bernard the gnome.

Lunch at Jed's Food Store was delicious & the perfect recharge to continue bargaining into the afternoon.

I managed to tick a few things off my wishlist - teaspoons, blazer, vintage maps which i can frame as art and & a $2 leather travel wallet filled my leather desire for the day :) 

The Garage Sale Trail truely is a fantastic initiative which supports sustainability, community & creativity. Would love to host my own little community sale next year!

Friday, 4 May 2012

garage sale trail wishlist

Can't wait to get out there tomorrow and dig through all ($2.2m worth!) the unwanted treasures!

1. leather boots
2. collection of mis-matched teaspoons (for a secret birthday project)
3. patchwork bedcover like this one
4. blazer or coat
5. piece of art

or i'd be super happy with any item from this pic :)

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

daily sips of tea

i woudln't be able to get through my day without a cup of sweet-smelling hot tea!

i'm currently sipping:

T2 - chai
cloves, star anise, cardamon, cinnamon and ginger over a black tea base. awakens the senses with spice.

T2 - sencha vanilla
green tea mixed with natural vanilla. grassy, earthy and sweet.

T2 - just cinnamon
soft, spicy and sweet. perfect for an afternoon treat. caffeine free.

nerada - organic green w/ lemon myrtle
cleansing, refreshing and easy to drink. anytime favourite.

dilmah - moroccan mint
spearmint mixed with peppermint. refreshing and exotic.
black and green teas with rose petals, peppermint and bergamot. enjoyable and enticing.

what are you sipping? :)

each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage ~ catherine douzel.