Summer living

Ahh today was pretty hot here in Adelaide.

Between the lack of summer clothes and far too much procrastination I have totally been designing my entire wardrobe/life for summer. For some reason it’s neutrals and pinks with splashes of glitter thrown in.

1. Bourjois – 10 Days Nail Enamel in French Manicure

2. Martha Stewart – Glitter in .2mm Sterling (for glittery nails!)

3. T2  – White Xmas (totes for iced tea)

4. Reed Krakoff – Boxer 1 leather and shearling tote (Wish list)

5. Lobo Cider – Apple cider (Local Apples from the Adelaide Hills and the best cider I have ever had, check it out here)

6. Zara – Sequinned Miniskirt

Hello Summer!

There definitely needs to be another one in regards to festivals though.

 

 

Top 5? High 5!

Hey did you guys see my new header? And new site name? WordPress finally let me change it, YAY!

I haven’t written much about books on here, which is silly, because it’s supposed to be about baking and books (sometimes always together). Before I get down to bagging your fave book or something; I’ll tell you my top 5 so you can get your insults ready for when I call your favourite book badly written and yuck (if your favourite book is Twilight we totes aren’t friends).

None of these are food related books, that is a whole other kettle of fish!

5. It new, and it’s a bio. I generally don’t read bios, but…

This book literally made me laugh out loud and giggle like a lunatic in the most awkward of places (economics lecture, bus). A random selection of stories from Marieke Hardy’s life; a few prostitutes, an art exhibition for the bubble and a rather angry letters to white wings. If you have read her stuff from Frankie you have had a taste, but you need to take a bite. Honest.

4. Scottish Author Iain Banks

I actually had to read a book of his in the last year of high school, and then got bored about a year later and actually read it.Turns out he was actually good, props Mr Patterson.

The Bridge. The imagery in this book is insane, I don’t want to give too much away but basically you are in the mind of a man who is in a coma, a kind of limbo. The limbo is the bridge. Another world of class levels and limited freedom, the books gets a bit dream within a dream, but hang in there; if you like 1984 and Brave New World this is right up your alley. If you don’t well read this anyway, even for the imagery.

3. I was going to put Perfume by Patrick Süskind here; but I lost the book (I’ve also got a good review I did a few months ago that I intend to upload pretty soon). Instead I’ve got this book. Cliché? Maybe.

It truly is one of my all time favourite books, I know this one isn’t particularly literary. But it takes you straight into this other world, of wizards and witches, goblins and ghosts. Let’s be honest even if you say you hate it, you’ve at least seen the films (something I do not condone at all, read the books!). You all know the story so I really don’t need to elaborate.

It’s one of the modern children’s classics, an engaging fight between good and evil; the importance of truth and friendship against all odds. To be honest if the world was more like Harry’s it would be a better place.

2. Audrey NiffeneggerA love story, but with two characters who aren’t dumb dopey eyed lovers. They are real believable characters. It’s the gritty edge of Chicago and the imperfect characters that make this a good novel. Oh and there’s time travel. And I love books told from multiple points of view and this ticks that box in oh so many ways.

1. Lewis Carroll

Leaving aside the fact that this was written by a drug taking mathematician that hung out with young girls, it is amazing. And my all time favourite book. Yes it’s a children’s book. But to this day I still laugh at the same bits I have always laughed at, and I still get creeped out by tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee. It never gets old; and it’s the book that started my whole love of reading. You can’t top that.

What are your top 5? Childrens books totes count!

What is on your bedside table at the moment? Keep it clean people!

 

Flapjacks, Macarons and Falls

New years resolutions are so 10 months ago, this is different. This is a check-list, to be done before the end of this year, like an end of year resolution.

10 things to do before the end of the year:

  • Make Macarons (without any cracks in the top);
  • Take more photos;
  • Pass my exams;
  • Go to the Mac factory;
  • Buy this;
  • Make my own butter;
  • Go to BTS (better than sex) for cupcakes!
  • Convince my friends that a) flapjacks are not pancakes, b) flapjacks are delish;
  • Tea infused cake?
  • Go to falls!

Go ahead and make a to-do-before-end-of-year list? Let me know what it is!

Dressing your dog up is totally optional.

Worcestershire broccolini on toast

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Adelaide Central Market? No? Well I do, lots. It’s so cheap and full of delicious things. Walking around there for an afternoon will blissfully wash away any memories of those fluorescent ‘super’markets. (note: I totally still shop at these places but I definitely hate myself for it)

I’m doing this whole month without sweet foods thing; which is kind of turning my dreams into this; Cake car? Uh shyeah!

Anyway!

Did you know broccolini is in season, super awesome and super cheap? It totes is.

This is what you can do with your super awesome super cheap broccolini from the markets.

First slice up some nice bread!

Then you chop up some broccolini (a bunch), mushrooms (2 handfuls sliced) and garlic (4 cloves, chopped finely), lotsa garlic.

Your gonna need Worcestershire sauce (6 tablespoons), lots of this. and then you chuck it all in a pan with some big slugs of olive oil. It gets steamy.

Then serve on the bread and pour the excess juices all over it.

Recipe adapted from the Jamie’s Great Britain.