Monday, November 28, 2011

Market Buys

After declaring a month ago that I would be hand making all my Christmas gifts, I've now decided to buy handmade instead! Christmas is just creeping up too quickly, isn't it? Over the weekend I went along to the Christmas Design Mini Market and Markit @Fed Square hoping to make a start on my Christmas shopping. I did find a few special gifts, but mostly just came away with stuff for myself… 

Above: Beci Orpin bear print, Dawn Tan for Douglas and Hope Happy Fries cups, Cecilia Fox potted succulent and bouquet.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


… I am going to see this legendary lady.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Three Milk Cake

Though I love cooking, I'm generally a pretty lazy cook. I like quick, uncomplicated recipes - anything that takes longer than an hour tops and I'll start to get angsty. However, now and then I feel the need to challenge myself by trying something new. I usually make some kind of huge deluxe cake for Mr Meet-Cute's birthday, but seeing as we spent his birthday in New York this year I really missed not being able to make a cake for him. When I came across this recipe for Nook Eatery's Pastel Tres Leches cake, I decided that a belated birthday cake was exactly what was needed.

Things you need to know about this cake:
  • It contains a whole tin of condensed milk. I have been obsessed with condensed milk since childhood when my best friend and I would buy tins and consume the whole thing a spoonful at a time. We also may have done this a few times as grown ups… you could call it a tradition.
  • The cake itself wasn't really that complicated to make. I found the meringue topping to be more of a challenge.
  • You use 3 egg whites to make the meringue topping, and then you can use the leftover egg yolks in this recipe for Nook's Perfect Hollandaise
  • The recipe is described as being "So rich that small portions are key", which sounded like a challenge if ever I heard one.
  • They were right about it being rich. The cake needs to set for four hours, or overnight, so after all that waiting when I finally had a slice I cut myself the hugest piece ever, and ate it with cream… and it was amazing. But I did need to lie down and not move afterwards.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Get to the Getty

I'm so glad I got a chance to visit the Getty Museum during our time in LA. The grounds and building are amazing, and I saw one of my favourite ever paintings in the flesh.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LA Bishes!!

This is going to be another super-photo-heavy post, so hold on tight for Hollywood Boulevard, Venice Beach (on a weird overcast day), cupcakes, margaritas, flea markets, and the Chateau Marmont (crappily photographed from the window of a moving tourbus).

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