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Self Realisations – Evolving into Adulthood

posted by:
Katie

I really love my life. When it comes to the crunch, despite all the whinging I do, there is very very little I would ever change. Each year I try to make things a little bit better and try to sort out my emerging life as a proper adult. Along the way I have had to have some realisations about my inherent nature. These are things that will probably not change but probably should…

Realisation #1

 

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I’m a total homebody

I’ll never be a glamazon-too-cool-for-school-party-animal. I really just like wearing pyjamas, drinking tea and generally lounging around the apartment in various states of undress. And I love masseur sandals. When my fiance confessed that he really wanted some for christmas, I heaved a sigh of relief because i’ve always wanted some too! Possibly less attractive than crocs, these shoes are the comfiest shoes i’ve ever had and they’re the best thing to slip into after a long long day.

Realisation #2

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And sweets and everything. I will never quit sugar. Sorry guys. While I’m definitely eating much more healthy food at the moment, there is still plenty of room in my day for eating cake. And clearly, seeing the picture above, lounging around. Hence Realisation #1. Lying at home, eating cake = the life.

Realisation #3

IMG_5491Alcoholic Hot Chocolate and Montes is often sometimes my dinner

Sometimes when work has been too draining and I cant even be bothered with the mac and cheese, this is my go-to dinner. I believe many of the food groups are represented – the milk food group, the carbs food group, the alcohol food group and the chocolate food group. And some nuts. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe. I guess the redeeming feature of this dish is the deep sense of calmness and satisfaction that it leaves me with.

Realisation #4

IMG_4628I’m hopelessly messy

This is my desk at work. And the space that used to house a filing cabinet and now files just general crap that doesn’t fit on my desk anymore. There may even be a student buried under all that stuff. I sure hope not! My messiness was always a source of tension between me and other members of my family. I just don’t have the discipline to always put things back where they belong. Everything tends to belong on the floor or nearest flat surface.

So what has been the purpose of this post? I think that part of growing up is realising your short comings and working on ways to improve them. These are things that i’ve not yet managed to fix and I think will always be a part of my personality. This year though, I will work around them. While I would like to be a little tidier, a tiny bit more social and a smidge healthier, I still love my life!

 

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Literary Cocktails: Romeo and Julep

posted by:
Katie

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This year I thought that I would start cleaning some things up in my apartment to make room for the things that really count. Having a nicely arranged bar in my kitchen for example. Mission: accomplished! But you won’t see the choc-a-block cupboards of booze that are hiding beneath that well organised bar… thats for another time.

When the baker and the chocolate maker came over for lunch on Australia Day, we decided it was a perfect time to bust out all the cocktails that husband-to-be and I had been making over the holidays. This one was from a cute little book that S and S from work gave me for Christmas.

IMG_4818Who doesn’t love puns? Especially the English department!

Cute cute!

Despite the negative symbolism, I figured we would start with the Romeo and Julep with a few little twists on the original recipe. We needed to start with this one because its a little too labour intensive for later in the night.

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You need to begin with half a dozen mint leaves in a glass. Don’t use a tall or narrow glass because you need to have to muddle the mint with the next couple of ingredients and that could be pretty tricky with a little glass.

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After years of using a rolling pin (I know, i’m a classy lady) a good friend gave me a very thoughtful birthday gift of a proper cocktail making set including this little muddler. The ridges mean that you can bruise the mint much more easily and don’t have to worry about smashing your glasses with your rolling pin. So you muddle the mint with peach schnapps and a tiny quarter teaspoon of brown sugar. Then on to the secret ingredient!

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Jack Daniel’s Honey Whisky.

Be. Still. My. Heart.

After years of hating whisky, something has happened to my mouth and suddenly… oh baby. I think that I am declaring this year – The Year of Whisky.

The original recipe calls for just plain whisky and a greater amount of brown sugar. I rather like the sweetness of the honey whisky and you could probably eliminate the brown sugar entirely. However, I’m clearly a sugar fiend and I still like to add a tiny bit to this drink. If you’re not such a fan you could probably just keep the normal whisky and reduce the sugar as well. Up to you!

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Then you just need to fill those suckers up with lemon lime soda water.

Don’t use lemonade or it will be far too sweet.

These drinks are very refreshing which is great at the moment when the sun is still ridiculously hot and the days are long. What is your drink of choice to beat the heat?

Romeo and Julep (Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird – Cocktails with a Literary Twist)

Ice

6 mint leaves

1/4 tsp brown sugar

1/2 ounce peach schnapps

1 1/2 ounces honey whisky

lemon lime soda water to fill (for the sized glass I used, I found that 1 can of the cascade soda water was enough to fill)

Method

1. place mint leaves, sugar and schnapps in a glass and muddle until the mint is nicely bruised and sugar partly dissolved

2. Add the whisky and ice

3. Top with soda water and enjoy!

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Taste of Summer: Pineapple Coconut Cake

posted by:
Katie

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God I love cake. I love relaxing on the couch eating cake. I love eating cake in summer. I love eating cake while wearing comfy coral jeans. Show me a person who doesn’t like cake, and i’ll show you a really sad person. The saddest person in the world. But, I would like to think that even the most dedicated cake hater might declare an amnesty on this little baby. Its a moist pineapple and coconut cake. Moist and crumbly and sweet. What could be wrong with that?

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This is probably one of the easiest cake recipes. Only requiring super basic ingredients (except maybe the coconut milk), you just cream the butter and dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients and finally stirring in the pineapple at the end. I dare you to get this recipe wrong. Really.

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Then you just ice that baby and eat it all! The coconut icing is particularly fluffy and delicious. Maybe with the help of a few friends. I had my friends The Baker and The Chocolatier to help me. Luckily. However, if you’re not wanting to share your cake with anyone, you can alway make it into cupcakes and halve the cooking time. It should make about 15 depending on the size of your patty pans.

So kids, coconut and pineapple is a pretty damn good combination. Do you have a favourite match?

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Pineapple and Coconut Cake Recipe – adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

Cake – Ingredients

240g plain flour

280g caster sugar

3 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

80g unsalted butter

240ml coconut milk

1tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 medium sized tin of crushed pineapple

Method

1. Heat the oven to 170 degrees

2. put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a mixer and beat on a slow speed until the mixture is a sandy consistency

3. mix in the coconut milk and vanilla extract

4. beat in eggs

5. drain the pineapple and stir through the mixture

6. Pour into a lined baking tin and bake for 50 minutes

Ingredients – Coconut Icing 

 250g icing sugar

80g unsalted butter

25ml coconut milk

 

Method

1. Beat the icing sugar and butter together until well mixed

2. switch the mixer speed to slow and pour in the coconut milk

3. Once the mixture has come together, turn the mixer speed up to high and beat until light and fluffy

4. Ice yo damn cake!

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