Friday, 30 August 2013

FF: Most Loved Accessory

Ok, so I might be cheating this FF but I've discovered something I'm sure I already knew but have not yet experienced, until now.

If someone were to ask me right this minute what I cannot live without, very materialistically, generation y typical I'm going to have to say my iPhone. It is with me everywhere, every second of the day. It's on the bathroom bench when I'm in the shower, it's under my pillow at night, it seeps into my dreams and is visible in my day to day activities at least 80% of the time.

Now we have to remember the following account is from a purely selfish, developed country, "I have known no other and I'm grateful for that" kind of perspective...

Two days ago I dropped my phone in water! Yes, like thousands before me I have dunked my precious possession in copious amounts of kryptonite.

I'm not exagerrating when I say I was more distressed, saddened, angry and frustrated than I have ever been. That is my life right there being short circuited by H2O.

Everything I do is in that tiny beautiful thing, all of it. 

So I spent the next 10 hours apart from society, I was cut off.

This is what scares me, I was incapable of thought, I didn't know what to do with myself. It was just 10 HOURS!!! What is wrong with me! I am certain that I would be one of the first to die if there was a world wide blackout. I mean I still had my laptop, why was I complaining? Why!? It was unreasonable, childish and incompetent.

Everytime I found myself walking off to do something, I would think, phone... BUT no, there was no phone, I was completely naked. So that's it, that would be my hardest challenge, living without a phone. I was seriously cracking, I would be a mentally unstable ball of nothing if another 10 hours went by.

Thankfully, that wonderful mystical being that is the iCloud has saved most of all the important bits and bobs, minus several of the photos, but I'm ok with this. So I am now stuck with an old iPhone3, and it amazes me how far technology has come since only 3 years ago, this phone is sluggish, poor screen quality and just uber dated, but I'm not complaining, I have a phone that works fine. I can very easily stick it out until the much awaited new iPhone comes around.

So, I have finally come to terms with the fact that:

a. It was all my fault that she is now dead
b. I really need to cut down on the amount of times I look at my phone per day
c. Apple really might one day take over the world


So yeah, I'm going to say I rely, more than absolutely need and most certaintly love with every fibre of my being, my iPhone.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

TT: Ombre



For the past two weeks I have been over my head in cake batter and buttercream. The family kitchen has been reluctantly overtaken by my kitchenaid and copious amounts of butter and food dye.

This is the experimental ombre cake. I have succumbed to Pinterest, to instagram and to the world. It was time I attempted this aesthetically pleasing dessert. 

It isn't actually hard, it's a simple cake recipe topped with the added bonus of colour. I've now tried two entirely different recipes and take 2 trumps by far. 

First attempt I tried for a sponge recipe that included egg whites which in turn made for a rather delicate cake and thus working with four layers was not the most perfect outcome. 

I also used a raspberry cream cheese frosting which came out well but really overpowered the whole cake. But I did slave over the pretty decorative icing which took both patience and brain power. 

This first attempt took me several hours due to the simple fact I only had two cake tins. But I have now purchased 5 new tins - Christmas did indeed come early for me. 

And take 2 was indeed a ginormous success. 

I am a slave to cooking shows and The Great Australian Bakeoff is obviously no exception. 
So naturally was forced to try Monique's one step above the rest ombre cake. This baby actually has 5 different flavours! So it seriously is a wonder of a cake, both to make and to eat. 

Rosewater, vanilla, orange, lemon and coconut surrounded by a delicately beautiful Swiss Meringue buttercream. I've never made buttercream with egg whites before, but it has now become my favourite icing, especially for my non sweet tooth family. 

So here they are and I will see you lovelies as soon as I possibly can.

TAKE 1:


TAKE 2:



In Creative Drinks news: check it out, we've got a new website!!! And on a personal touting level, my Ekka cake article got tweeted by the Ekka itself! This baby was slightly too excited for 140 characters or less, but I'm taking whatever I can get. 


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

TT: Malt

Last Friday night I decided it was a while since I got to have a lovely leisurely dinner somewhere classy where the atmosphere and food come with a pretty hefty price tag for a student budget.

Malt Dining is splendid!

It is my kind of fine dining - not over pretentious with an atmosphere fit for the great Manhattan itself.

I'm missing travel immensely so dining out is integral to my sanity.

The bottom floor was packed full of after hours city workers mingling away with their scotch and whisky while as you ascend modern stairs in an old building you find yourself in an intimate setting perfect for a relaxing dinner.
There's also a third floor - the cellar - I did not get to venture down there but judging by the photos this is designed for special groups of 20 who are opting for a special private affair surrounded by bottles of wine and exposed timber beams - my favourite!

Hmmm... I think I know where I'll be having my next party.

Wonderful wait staff, food that not only looked great but came in generous proportions and copious amounts of deliciousness and to top it all off a pianist is playing melodic tunes in the background.

Hidden away along Market Street this place is definitely a must for Brisbanites and for anyone looking for a good eat amongst a beautiful backdrop.

Check it out here.


Xx


Wednesday, 7 August 2013

TT: Mini Cupcakes

I love the petite world - the freedom to dazzle in small proportions and delight in tiny yet quality dreams.

These are some little vanilla pink cupcakes I made for my cousins birthday.

It almost seems mandatory for little girls to obsess over pink and cuteness simply comes naturally so mini cupcakes is ultimately the one and only perfect way to celebrate.


I've got a few things on the run at the moment. I've been super busy with my internship and uni has yet again begun (for the very last time in my life!)
So forgive me if you do not see me 2 times a week, every week.

But make sure you catch, like, borrow and preach to the choir all of my weekly articles at www.creativedrinks.com.au I'm having a blast and it's helping me get to know what I want to do for the rest of my life (still very much in the dark though).

I know I totally didn't get that Kate Middleton blog post up, time has slipped through my fingers. But it's obviously too late for that now.

In the meantime please go and tell anyone who will listen about this little blog and hopefully my words don't go to waste.

xx