Life Update: What’s Coming Up?

Firstly, if you live in or around Sydney – go check out one of my favourite restaurants (Johnny Lobster). They just started doing ALL YOU CAN EAT Fried Chicken on Wednesdays, and if that doesn’t sound like heaven I don’t know what does.

Okay so onto the post, it’s going to be a bit brief this Sunday, since I’m absolutely bogged down in uni work and would prefer to pass my courses… but don’t worry, there are exciting things coming!

Firstly, and actually the main reason I’ve got a lot on at the moment, is that I got a two day a week editorial internship at an online magazine called Broadsheet. I’m super excited to begin working there, because I’ll get invaluable workplace experience whilst having my writing published. Even better, it’s exactly the place I’d love to work after uni! If you’re a uni student I would definitely recommend getting an internship as soon as possible. I’ve had two so far, and I honestly learn more in one day interning than I do in an entire semester studying at uni.

Secondly, I’ll be travelling to South Africa (to visit my extended family) in June/July. We go back every year, and this time we are also doing a trip around a game park. So stay tuned for some travel/holiday posts and photographs of the Big Five.

I’ve also started hip-hop dance classes (once a week) on a bit of a whim, because I did dance for 10 years and then quit and I thought it might be a nice idea to get back into it for fun. Turns out I’m far less flexible than I used to be, so daily stretching has now also become a thing.

In terms of upcoming posts, Australia has Mother’s Day coming up next Sunday so keep a look out for a yummy cake recipe (going to go all out with something I’ve never baked before), and I also plan to try the Vegan diet for a week and document my experiences… who know’s maybe I’ll convert.

Thanks for bearing with my sub-par post this week, everyone’s support means so much.

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Walnut brown for exciting things to come

Beauty Serums for Youthfulness (homemade!!)

blog1.jpgDon’t you love purchasing beauty serums which contain 30ml of pungent cream that claims to ‘rewind ageing’ and ‘bring back youth’ at a retail price of  $100.

Obviously that was dripping with sarcasm. Why pay exorbitant prices for store-bought serums, when you can get the same results for under $10 at Woolworths?

And who doesn’t love some DIY homemade serums for glowing skin/hair and shining teeth (just to enhance that youthful look you’re already mastering).

Check out some of my favourite concoctions below!

Dark Circles Aloe-Cucumber Eye Mask

You will need: 1/4 cucumber, 1 stalk of aloe-vera, 5 drops rose-hip oil.

Cucumber and aloe vera de-puff and soothe the sensitive eye area. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into small container. Store in the refridgerator – should keep for up to a month. Apply nightly and leave on for about 20 minutes.

Natural Teeth-Whitening Paste 

You will need: 2 large strawberries (de-stemmed) & 1 tsp bicarbonate soda.

Don’t be suspicious of natural whitening methods! They are just as effective and aren’t harmful to the enamel on your teeth. This one is super easy, just buy a punnet of strawberries and away you go.

Honey Hair Smoothie

You will need: 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 tsp coconut oil

This is a very moisture heavy formula, so if you have naturally oily hair – lighten your dose and avoid application on your roots. Just keep this in for 20 minutes and then wash out with your usual shampoo/conditioner routine.

And it’s as easy as that! I buy little jars from homewares stores (only about $1) each, to store each of the mixtures in.

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Tea green or Green tea – either way this colour is fresh and clean

Note: I do love to treat myself with store bought serums, as more often than not they do the trick, but I also find homemade beauty concoctions are highly effective.

Valentines Day Red Velvet Cake for Two

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Happy Valentines Day!

Here is my super simple recipe for a small Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese icing that can be shared between two.

This cake is very moist and fluffy, and is a delicious way to end the day spent with a special someone.

You will need:

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  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7ml red food colouring

Steps:

Preheat oven to 200˚C. In a small bowl place cocoa powder and red food colouring and mix. Add dribbles of water until the mixture becomes a smooth, velvet red paste.

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Pour/sift all remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy. Then stir in red velvet cocoa paste.

Then you will need to grease the cake tin with butter. I used a small tin, since its a small cake, around 10cm in diameter. Afterwards, pour the mixture into the tin.

Bake for 30 minutes on 200˚C, or take out when the cake has risen significantly and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

For the icing you can make your own cream cheese icing, or you can cheat a little and just use Betty Crockers vanilla icing which goes perfectly with the cake as well!

To make cream cheese icing just beat together 70g cream cheese, 40g unsalted butter softened and 1/2 cup icing sugar. Then ice away. Voila!

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I chose to slice the cake in half horizontally, and then do a layer of icing in the middle. Then, I coated the entire cake with the icing, and pumped little decorations around the base and on the top. Finally, I garnished with chopped fresh strawberries and an edible flower.

This cake is so tasty which makes it great for a special occasion like Valentines Day, or any day of the week you feel like it!

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Enjoy

xx

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Velvet red, for a delicious and easy to make cake for two

Healthier Mulled Wine (Gluhwein) Recipe

Okay so wine’s wine, and it is always going to have a couple of calories. But, it is Christmas and time to treat yourself after a successful year, so I’d love you to try out my healthier Mulled wine recipe to celebrate the festive season.

The recipe substitutes using sugar, with dried fruits and spices. If Christmas had a scent, the warm and inviting aroma of this recipe would definitely be it.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of red table wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 grated nutmeg
  • Rind of 1 orange
  • 1 chunk of ginger

Bring water, raisins, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, orange rind and ginger to the boil in a saucepan. Then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the red wine and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the mulled wine and serve immediately. I like to put little orange peel curls or cinnamon sticks in each glass for decoration and extra flavour.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

xx

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Deep scarlet for warm, bubbling wine