Lemon muffins

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With my lemon tree yielding an incredible amount of fruit this year, so much of it goes to waste if I’m not careful and let them fall into the deep jungle that surrounds it. We’ve used them in plenty of gin and tonics, salads, lemonade, and I’ve even given a few bags to friends and family. With upcoming class parties to host and celebrations to attend, I have come across what seems to be the perfect combination of sweet and sour goodness: deliciously moist lemon muffins + plenty of lemon icing + candied lemon zest. Sounds amazing, no? If you’re keen like me, click here for the recipe.

-T.

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If I had to choose only one cake to eat

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…the Black Forest, hands down, would be the winner.

Growing up with a mum as a pastry chef, I have been exposed to a wide variety of cakes from a young age. From the rich coffee liquor of the opera cake to contrast between bittersweet dark chocolate and tanginess of the apricot jam of the sachertorte, I have tried so many that brought my taste buds such delight. But for me, the black forest is the one that stands out from the crowd. With the tartness of the cherries cutting through the rich dark chocolate sponge, the perfect slice is delicately finished with freshly whipped cream. Goodness, just writing about this is bringing forth my sugar cravings!

For a fine recipe of this classic, click here for the original (with beautiful photographs) and here for the recipe in english.

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What cake or dessert would you choose?

-T.

All images by Kathrin Koschitzki of photisserie

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diy: cocktail party

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With the promise of warmer weather comes the time to clean up your outdoor patio and dust off those cocktail glasses as you prepare for the many parties that are sure to be held at your humble abode. And so here is a compilation of a few diys to make your party the talk of the town.

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one | fancy flamingo invitations

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two | fancy (but simply) decorations for guests to ooh and aah over

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three | the perfect cocktail

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four | a bit of party food {ok, so this isn’t a diy, but you can find a few of my favourite icecream recipes here}

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five | the perfect muslin bags to fill with dainty gifts for your guests to take home

Any other ideas?

-T.

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Fika – a beautiful cookbook

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On a small expedition to Ikea to browse through the latest additions to their collections, I came across the most beautifully styled cookbook I’d seen in a long time. Each ingredient used in the recipe is carefully laid out with exact precision, each clove identical to its neighbour and every piece of chocolate positioned with the greatest care. The work of photographer Carl Kleiner and stylist Evelina Bratell has resulted in this exquisite book where everything is broken down to its simplest form and yet is so aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Perhaps this will encourage me to dust off the cake tins and whip up a bit of magic in the kitchen.

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-T.

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fortysevenkirwanstreet

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On an early Sunday morning, J woke me up and insisted that we go out for a sweet breakfast date. Reading a few posts the night before, I quickly chimed that we go visit fortysevenkirwanstreet in Wembley. And with no hesitation, we were off to the food and coffee that awaited us.

Upon arrival, the first thing that J said was that he wished we had a cafe down the road from our house. Fortysevenkirwanstreet is nestled in the suburbs, just off the busy main roads and would be the perfect place to get your hot coffee or a quick bite to eat before the day begins.

His: grilled mushies on parmesan brioche, caramelised onions, goats cheese, basil and endive (+ a side of hollandaise)
Hers: corn and ricotta fritters with avocado, roast cherry tomatoes, jalapeno sour cream (+ a side of bacon)

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The service was great, the food fresh and well proportioned, and the coffee wasn’t too bad either. No complaints from me. The only slight thing that J wanted to point out was that his side of hollandaise was a touch thicker than he preferred. Other than that, we would be more than happy to have another meal here.

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-T.

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Double Double Latte Art Smackdown

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Perth coffee enthusiasts unite! Come down to Double Double small bar in Subiaco for a latte art smackdown. That’s right, the even is called Double Double Latte Art Smackdown. So much enthusiasm in the mouthful of a name. And the details for the event:

Date: Tuesday 17 September 2013
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Double Double Small Bar [502 Hay Street, SUBIACO WA]
For more details, visit the website here

If you’re free, would love to see you there.

-T.

On a side note, you may have missed this sweet coffee inspired wallpaper (free, of course) or this short post on latte art and a few of its specifics.