Sunday, 6 July 2014

PINTREND: Tarts

This months PINTREND is Tarts...all kinds of delicious tarts! Tarts with crisp pastry, creamy centers and fresh juicy fruits plus chocolaty or minty or savoury tarts. Need I say more?


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

XS

P.S: follow the links for these delicious recipes

Saturday, 5 July 2014

COOK: Homemade Pasta

It's been a while since we cooked something together and this recipe is one that is close to my heart. We're gonna make homemade pasta the way my Italian Mama-in-Law does it. It's really easy and tastes worlds apart from the store bought kind.


Homemade Pasta

Multiply the ingredients per person

- ½ cup plain flour plus extra for kneading and consistency
- 1 egg
- dash olive oil


1) Pour your flour out onto a clean dry counter surface and create a little "well"


2) Crack your eggs into the center of the well


4) Using a fork slowly mix the eggs in the center of the well gradually pulling flour from the edges of the well
*Note: if you are making a large batch of pasta break and mix the eggs 2 at a time rather than all at once


5) At this stage add a dash of olive oil and mix it in


6) Now you can start to bring the rest of your flour to the middle


7) Now the fun part - start kneading your dough



8) You should end up with a nice ball of dough, it should have a nice firm elastic consistency but must not be sticky. Let the dough rest while you set up your pasta machine
*Note: don't have a pasta machine never fear you can use a rolling pin too


9) Set your pasta machine to the widest setting. Cut smallish sections of your pasta to roll at a time. Flatten your piece out a little with your hands and then feed it through your machine. Fold this piece in into thirds by folding the two ends towards the center and overlapping them. Feed through the widest setting again.


10) Now set your machine one setting down and pass your pasta through again. Repeat this step until your pasta has been through the thinnest setting.
*Note: if necessary dust your pasta with flour before passing it through your machine to prevent it from sticking




11) Once you are done rolling a sheet lie it flat on a clean tablecloth and continue till all your pasta is rolled. You can then cut it into sheets for lasagna or feed it through the tagliatelle cutters on your pasta machine.


To cook your pasta - bring a pot of salted water to the boil, once boiling add your pasta and cook for about 1 - 3 minutes until al dente. Remember fresh pasta cooks a lot quicker than store bought varieties. Toss your pasta in sauce or layer it into a lasagna. Mmmm lasagna!

Fresh pasta is best eaten the day it is made however this pasta can keep up to 2 days in the fridge and about 2 weeks in the freezer. Allow your pasta to dry for 30 minutes and then wrap in cling film before placing in the fridge. The same applies if its going into your freezer, just place the wrapped bundles into an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

Happy pasta making!

XS

Friday, 20 June 2014

CRUSH: Rebecca Green

Well my lovelies I feel as though I have been hiding under a rock. That job I told you about has become extremely busy but in the best way. However I come home at nights feeling creatively drained. Today I felt it was time to search for some non job related inspiration and boy did I find it in Rebecca Green's work. Her paintings make me feel like whipping out my brushes. These are some of my favourites from her site...

micro + macro

fairmount co.

mississippi blackbirds

this small world

where do these days go?
Aren't they just lovely? Find more of Rebecca's work here and check out her lovely instagram feed too.

Happy inspiration hunting!

XS

Thursday, 22 May 2014

INSPIRE: Miami Getaway

A few days ago the ever glamourous Kendra Thornton invited me to take part in a little fashion challenge - put together an an outfit inspiration board for her upcoming Miami vacation. I of course said yes! With it becoming winter here in the Cape I was all to happy to have an excuse to look for summer goodies. Here is what Kendra had to say...

My husband and I are finally getting away, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I started looking at places to visit, and I instantly fell in love with South Beach. If you don't know a whole lot about South Beach, it's a jewel on the East Coast at the Southern tip of Florida in Miami. There are all kinds of art galleries dedicated to the art deco era along Ocean Drive, and there are tons of amazing restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs along the boardwalk as well. 
Using gogobot, I found a few different places to stay. One of them was the Delano South Beach Hotel located right in the middle of everything to do. We chose this hotel in particular because of its gorgeous views of the ocean and all of the luxurious amenities that come with our suite. My husband even booked a spa day for me at the hotel's exclusive spa. Going out in Miami is going to be lots of fun and I would love to have a few different outfits that can be comfortable but posh. We'll be shopping, checking out little cafes, grabbing some drinks and dancing the night away at some of Miami's biggest clubs. I hope that one of these looks includes something a little bit dressed up with heels and a sexy dress to really wow my husband and make him feel special. Im so happy to share this challenge with you, and I hope that it's inspirational to create some different looks for my trip. I can't wait to see all the fashion finds and picks that you have up your sleeve.

Here is my selection for Kendra, all based on the gorgeous colours of that stunning swimsuit...


1) Tank top from House of Fraser
2) Bracelet from Dear Rae
3) Necklace from Kendra Scott
4) Shorts from Topshop
5) Dress from Dorothy Perkins
6) Sandals from House of Fraser
7) Nail polish from Essie (First Timer)
8) Swimsuit from Jets
9) Heels from heels.com
10) Pants from Jets
11) Tote from Rakuten

I love that all the pieces can be mixed and match. Plus that swimsuit could totally pass as a bodysuit worn with those lush pants...divine!

Enjoy your getaway Kendra!

XS

Monday, 28 April 2014

PINTREND: Blood Orange

This months PINTREND is Blood Oranges. Ruby red and just plain stunning! Here are some delicious recipes using this gorgeous citrus...


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

They all look so divine I want to try them all.

Happy baking and mixing!

XS

Monday, 21 April 2014

INSPIRE: Paint Explosion

Hi lovelies...I hope you all had a fab Easter Sunday yesterday filled with family and loads of chocolate.

Today we have a delicious INSPIRE post. I discovered this photograph of paint exploding on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with the colours. They are pastely yet rich at the same time and would totally suit our apartment. So I got inspired to create a little lounge collection...

exploding paint by nick knight

4) Light from Nest
5) Sofa from CB2
7) Canisters from zgallerie

Happy nesting!

XS

Friday, 18 April 2014

CRUSH: Skinny Paper

I have always been a huge fan of the work by Heather from Skinny Laminx. Her fabrics are bold in colour and retro mod in style. This week Heather announced some exciting news...Skinny Laminx teamed up with Chronicle Books to create some gorgeous stationery. I LOVE STATIONERY! And Heather's range is just plain delicious. Check it out...


The collection features a notecard pack, notebook collection and a fabulous label & sticker book.


The notecard set features gorgeous prints in 70's style colours and includes some cute envelops. Great for any occasion.


I am dying to get a set of the notebooks to add to my collection. Each book features a printed inner cover with lined pages.


And possibly my favourite the completely sweet label and sticker book. Here is a peep inside...


Isn't the range just utterly divine? If you want to get your hands on these wonderful papergoods visit Heather's store at 201 Bree Street or pre-order online from Amazon.

Happy note taking!

XS
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