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Strawberry Deco Roll Cake – Cute Food

Aug 13, 2014 by

Less of a tutorial today and more of an adventure in baking! A while ago, Kim came over with the idea that we could try our hand at baking together. Craziness ensued but we managed to product a perfectly good Japanese style deco cake roll out of it. We went with a strawberry theme inside and out!

Delicious Crunchy Honey Joy Recipe – Cute Food

Aug 1, 2014 by

Another yummy recipe from my childhood! Today we’re going to make Honey Joys ^_^

Lunch Time Spring Bento – Cute Food

Jul 18, 2014 by

Spending more time thinking about my food is something I’ve been trying to do with my whole Lazy Inspiration thing but I tend to only gravitate towards cute sweet foods rather than savoury things too. It’s really stupid because I actually don’t like that much sweet food, I prefer savoury in general -_-‘

One thing I’ve been trying to get into the habit of is having better lunches. When I’m working I tend to just forget to have lunch or if I do have lunch it’s something quick, easy and terrible like reheated pasta nonsense.

I want to be a bit healthier and have more variety in my diet now so I’m trying to have more bentos for lunch. I find that having a set number of spaces makes me think about what I’m going to eat and fill each one accordingly!

Reliving My Childhood With Chocolate Crackles – Cute Food Recipe

Jul 4, 2014 by

Cute food time! Today I’m going back in time to make chocolate crackles. This was such a staple of childhood party food and they are still delicious!

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Jimmy Make Danishes – Cute Manly Food

Jun 20, 2014 by

‘Sup ladies! It’s me, Jimmy!

When I was a just a young lad growing up deep in the heart of Texas my mom would buy these 24 packs of danishes from the Auchan Hypermarket, which from my memory was like a European-y Costco. Granted I have sustained quite a few serious head injuries and more electrocutions than I care to/could remember since then, so I may be wrong. The place that she bought them from isn’t really integral to the story, so I’m just going to move it along here before I start ranting about how there should be more buy in bulk places in Australia…which there should be.

Just imagine a bag of 24 of the most delicious assorted fruit danishes you have ever had in your life. Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, flavours like apple cinnamon, cherry and blueberry drizzled in streams of icing sugar icing and half of them have this soft and creamy cheese filling nestled in between the  fruit and pastry. Now image getting to have these fresh from the oven whenever you want for breakfast for 9 years, then you move overseas where they think a danish is a glazed apricot on a tombstone of store bought puff pastry. DISAPPOINTED!!!!!

 

White Hot Chocolate Recipe – Cute Food

May 30, 2014 by

Today let’s make something yummy and perfect for this time of year (in Aus anyway…) white hot chocolate!

For this recipe you will need:

  • White chocolate
  • Double cream
  • Milk
  • Milk frother is optional but awesome

Lottie’s Favorite Dog Treats Recipe

May 16, 2014 by

Today I’ll show you guys the recipe for Lottie’s favourite dog biscuits! You can see, she will do pretty much anything for them…

 

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Polka Dot Daisy Bee Cake Adventures

Apr 18, 2014 by

I’m so obsessed with cake decorating at the moment. The weather has been way too hot to really bake properly without things melting but for whatever reason I just keep doing it anyway >_>

My latest cake creation was this daisy bee cake.

Ultimate Floral Rice Crispy Squares

Mar 10, 2014 by

A while ago I wanted to test out all of the decorating supplies that James had gotten for me so I set out to make epic rice crispy squares. EPIC!

I had way too much fun decorating these!

White Chocolate Baked Cheesecake Recipe

Mar 7, 2014 by

For last Billy Idol Day/Christmas I made white satin cheesecake for our desserts and it was one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had. Seriously White chocolate and cheesecake = total win.

Epic White Chocolate and Raspberry Chocolate Cake Recipe – Cute Food

Feb 14, 2014 by

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First cute food recipe!! I made this cake for Celina’s birthday. I had promised her to make a Black Forest cake as she couldn’t eat any when they were in Germany. The thing is neither her or myself actually like cherries… So this is bastardized Black Forest cake… Which is actually mostly white. And delicious.

How To Make Icing Roses

Feb 10, 2014 by

Ok so you guys know I’m obsessed with cake decorating at the moment. So much so that James went and bought me a BUNCH of supplies for Billy Idol Day, extremely awesome… except that it just makes me want more and more and now I’m custom piping my own icing roses… #obsession.

So I figured I would show you guys how to do it because it took me a little while to get right.

This is the end result:

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A Cute Food Obsession- Lazy Inspiration

Jan 29, 2014 by

Part of my Lazy Inspiration idea was to take more of an interest in the food I was eating. Partially because I was to be a bit healthier but also because I like details and I beautifully presented food makes me happy to look at. While yes this kind of thing does take more time to prepare, it makes me happy and inspired so I think the trade off is worth it! Cute-Food00531

Yummy Microwave Lemon Curd Recipe

Jan 24, 2014 by

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So James is obsessed with lemon curd and lemon flavoured things in general. We decided to try our hand at actually making it because we thought it would be cheaper… turns out lemons are like $2 a piece at the moment and we used 2.5 lemons so really this was probably the most expensive lemon curd ever. It was still totally yummy though.

DIY Tea Bags – Yummy Tutorial

Dec 6, 2013 by

You guys know how much I love tea. There’s no debate about how much I love tea. I have a deep dark secret though… I hate loose leaf tea. Well not so much the tea itself but I hate tea strainers. They are always so cute but they never strain tea properly so you always end up with stray pieces of tea floating around which I just can’t stand for some reason. It didn’t bother me so much but now that I have clear mugs it drives me crazy.

So the solution which doesn’t involve me throwing out all of my loose leaf tea our of frustration? DIY teabags from Daiso!

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Delicious Food From The Grand Europe Expedition

Nov 1, 2013 by

Ok kids, it’s time for some serious European food loving. While we were in Switzerland pretty much our number 1 priority was eating… and we did a lot of it. So get ready to be hungry because this is all food!

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How To Make Strawberry Sugar Cubes! Video and Photo Tutorial

Jul 23, 2013 by

This time for my weekly youtube tutorial I wanted to try something different and so we have a new series… Violet Sucks at Cooking… But Looks Adorable Doing It!

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For the first episode I decided to make my own flavoured sugar cubes in cute little shapes.

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The hearts are my favorite!

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So get yourself a cute outfit and let’s get started. I made my chef hat, here’s how I did it!

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And here is the video version!

So let’s get started.

My Epic Billy Idol Day Cake

Jan 22, 2013 by

This year for Christmas/Billy Idol Day we didn’t do too much in the way of anything really. We hung out at home and took Lottie for a walk. The big thing that we did involved me spending several hours baking an extremely epic cake. I spent so long on it that I have a LOT of photos!

I present a raspberry Billy Idol Day Cake complete with Billy’s Fist as a topper :D :D :D

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I slaved away in the kitchen for hours to make this cake. I hand made 3 kinds of icing!!

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The fist topper is made of marzipan (which I can’t actually stand but was the right colour) and the glove was shaped on and painted with food colouring. I made the roses out of my fondant, more on that later!

The little chocolate bows, hearts and jewels are from a daiso chocolate mould and covered with edible glitter. Omg I love edible glitter, whoever invented it is a genius.

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Around the bottom there are little plastic hearts also from daiso, a row of raspberries that we picked at the farm and a marshmallow twirly rope.

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The cake itself was raspberry flavoured and had a lot of raspberries inside it too, SO delicious!

The icing you can see around the cake is buttercream and that’s what was used to stick the layers together as well.

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I’m still learning to pipe nicely but I think this is pretty good progress!

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The inside was crumb coated in cream cheese icing (my favorite) and I hand made the marshmallow fondant too.

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While I was baking it there was a minor mishap with the marshmallows as I accidentally bought the wrong ones and they didn’t melt the way I expected them to XD Check out the bonus photo at the end for the fallout of that mishap!

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To be fair most of these photos are very similar so I wouldn’t blame you for just skipping down

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We lit the candles to serve it and it was DELICIOUS. James ate so much haha!

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The problem with baking these big cakes is that we only ever get through like a third of it before it’s bad >_<

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Just a couple more photos… because… XD

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What is your favorite flavour of cake? I want to make some more! Stupidly I actually enjoy the decorating part more than I do the actual eating so I think I need some new flavours to change my mind!!

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Bonus photos:

This is the mess you get when you buy the wrong marshmallows. It looked so pretty though that I almost wanted to just leave it haha!

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Violet And Jimmy’s Trifle Battle 2012

Nov 16, 2012 by

It’s time for Trifle Battle 2012!

In the left corner we have Violet’s Mini Snack SizedTrifle!

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James’ Delicious Halloween Food

Nov 9, 2012 by

James put so much effort into out Halloween foods last week that I thought it would be a shame not to show them off!

He spent all day cooking because Halloween is his favorite holiday of all time, we had so much food it was ridiculous.

He made Mummy sausage rolls. He made his own Crescent Dough (they don’t sell it in Aus) from scratch!

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Poppin’ Cookin’ Sushie Candy Set

Sep 16, 2012 by

I’ve posted a couple of videos of our adventures with Kracie/Poppin Cooking Japanese candy making kits but I thought those of you who can’t watch the videos might like to see some of the results too.

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Strawberry Flavoured Mini Chocolates – Food Friday

Sep 14, 2012 by

Today’s Food Friday is quick simple and has very cute results!

Mini chocolates :D

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Kimchi Pancake Recipe

Aug 31, 2012 by

One of my favorite Korean restaurants, Gami Chicken, has the most delicious kimchi pancakes. They are quite expensive though so one day during a massive craving, James decided to try and make some at home.

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Jimmy’s Healthy(ish) Oven Baked Donut Recipe

Aug 17, 2012 by

It’s time for another one of Jimmy’s guest posts!!! Neat! Oh, and we’re making baked donuts. OMGKJDNKJDCNKD!!!!!! YES!!! YESYESYES!!!!!!!

 

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Tea Flavoured Jelly Recipe :D

Jul 14, 2012 by

Finally a food Friday… on a Saturday. I think I have the flu ;_;

It’s one of James’s favorites actually: Peach Melba Tea from Oriental Tea House. I’m in their Tea Tester program so when James found out theyoffered me a box of the Peach Melba he threatened to break up with me if I didn’t give it to him XD

We made the tea as an ice tea and it was delicious, but not overly exciting, so I thought I’d bam it up a notch and try something a little different.

A while ago while I was on a jelly binge we found a new “create your own flavour!” box and snapped it up thinking of the delicious flavours we could make! The possibilites were endless… cotton candy…strawberries & cream…unicorn…but that was just the problem >_< Too many choices! When the Peach Melba tea arrived the same day we ran out of regular flavoured jelly we decided it was fate, we would make the worlds first PEACH MELBA JELLY!!!

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Green Tea Crepe Recipe at Home

May 4, 2012 by

So my crepe obsession continues and I’ve even started to get James making them at home :D

And this is how he does it! This mixture makes about 12, depending on the size of your pan.

  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 240ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp matcha powder (don’t add if you just want normal crepes)
  • pinch of salt
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the milk in a food processor if you have one, blend really well if you dont. Blending will add air bubbles so you want get as smooth a crepe. Let the mixture rest at room temp for 30 minutes.

Once you have the mixture ready it’s time for the fun part ^_^

We use a pan like this because it’s huge.

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Coat it with butter.

Jimmy’s CocaCola Pulled Pork Recipe – Food Friday

Apr 20, 2012 by

Hi everybody!!! It’s you’re favorite person on this blog, me!!! JIMMY!!! woooooo!!!!!

Grab yourself some mardi gras beads and your favorite zydeco record because I’m taking your taste buds on a vacation to the deep south! What’s that, you don’t have a favorite zydeco record? I know, it’s so hard to choose, they are all just so awesome. Pulled pork isn’t just from the Southern United States, there are variations and recipes from all over the country but I like to make mine with a Cajun style Louisiana sweet mesquite meat rub, so lets hop on a fan boat and get cookin’ chere!

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Playing With Chocolate Pocky Molds – Food Friday

Apr 13, 2012 by

Quite a while ago the lovely Yumeko came to visit Aus and she gifted me with some chocolate Pocky molds. I suck and therefore I have only now gotten off my butt to actually buy pocky so I can make these. Yeah I suck.

Yay Food Friday though :D :D :D

You need:

  • Pocky molds
  • Chocolate
  • Pocky
  • Decoration

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Puff Recipe- Food Friday!

Mar 16, 2012 by

Today’s Food Friday is inspired by an idea I found on Pinterest and changed to my own tastes. You can see the original idea over here.

So Strawberry Cream Cheese Puff time, I’m drooling already just thinking about it.

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Strawberry and Honey Cup Pie Recipe – Food Friday!

Mar 2, 2012 by

Too many episodes of Pushing Daisies have been stuck in my head lately so I got it into my head to try and make Chuck’s Cup Pies :D I didn’t bother looking for a recipe because it’s such an easy concept.

You need:

  • Strawberries
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Pastry
  • Muffin tin

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Budget Lazy Pasta Recipe – Food Friday

Feb 10, 2012 by

Ah budget food, I know thee well. The problem with budget food it that is always seems to save on money by taking a long time to prepare and that’s not something I’m prepared to compromise on often. James is awesome at cooking and he enjoys taking time to make really complicated recipes… I do not XD I like baking but cooking because I *have* to is not something I’m good at. So James does pretty much all of the cooking in our house and I make desserts :D

So in the spirit of my hatred of wasted time and money I present the “James Can’t Be Bothered Cooking So Let’s Have Cheap Easy Pasta” recipe…

Also fair warning that I like my food with a lot of strong flavor ;)

You need:

  • Pasta (my favorite is fettuccine) – around $0.69 a pack if you get the home brand one
  • Tomato paste – around $1.10 a bottle if you get the home brand
  • Pre made pesto – around $4 a bottle
  • Parmesan cheese – around $2
  • Mozzarella, pre-shredded – around $5 (optional)
  • Frozen or fresh veges (optional)

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Superbowl Pigs In A Blanket Pizza Recipe! James Guest Post Food Friday

Feb 3, 2012 by

Doo doo doo doodoo doooooooo, doo doo doo doodoo DOOOOOOOOO!!! Don’t worry, Violet didn’t have a stroke, it’s me! JIMMY!!!! =)

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And that first sentence was my attempt at the start of the Superbowl song!!! I should probably mention that neither of us are very into sports. At all. I used to be really into skating, BMX, snowboarding, the kind of stuff that resulted in a LOT of homemade ramps and even more injuries, but that’s about the extent of my sports enthusiasm. The only two games I did use to watch when I lived in America (other than my schools games) were the Thanksgiving Day game and the Superbowl.

Berry Timtam Crush Recipe – Food Friday

Jan 27, 2012 by

Woohoo the return of Food Friday! It’s been quite a while, mostly because I haven’t been well organised. You’ll be surprised to know that I didn’t stop eating for these last few months, I only stopped remembering to charge my camera when I did so no photos ;)

Hopefully this will make up for it though, it’s my current favorite dessert (and sometimes breakfast) the Timtam Berry Crush. I’m very sad that the rest of the world doesn’t have Timtams, I know the UK has Penguins but they’re not quite the same thing (not better or worse just not the same). The wikipedia page has their availability in other countries if you want to try to hunt some down! It’s totally worth it even if they’re a bit pricey. Random tivia: Timtams are one of few “Australian” things I actually like!

And this is what I’ve been doing with mine recently:
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Delicious Thanksgiving – Food Friday-ish

Nov 26, 2011 by

James grew up in America and he misses it… especially the food… a lot. His Mum still did the big American-style feasts when they moved to Russia and then over here too so when he moved in with me and discovered that I didn’t really cook he took it upon himself to make that happen as often as possible XD

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Soba and Fried Rice Sushi Food Friday!

Nov 18, 2011 by

Food Friday! Today I’m showing you my favorite summer food to cool down in summer: cold soba noodles, and one of James’ random kitchen creations: fried rice sushi XD

Both of them are ridiculously easy which makes me happy!

Soba noodles first!

Cook noodles and wash them until they’re chilled. Put them onto a wooden rack in a bowl (I didn’t have one so I use the steamer rack from my rice cooker).

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Oriental Tea House, Harajuku Crepes and Schnitz Food Friday

Nov 4, 2011 by

Food Friday time again, this week has gone so fast *_* Today I’m just sharing some photos of two places we’ve eaten at  recently.

There was a Problogger training day here recently and lots of other bloggers came to visit, we went to a Nuffnang dinner with some of them at the Oriental Tea House.

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Left to right, back row: Nikki from Styling You, Dani from Danimezza, Lynda from Live, Travel Blog, Kruppy from Kruppy’s Rants

Front: Me, Vanessa from Uh Oh Daisy and Katrina from The Organised Housewife.

Best Jam Drop Cookie Recipe – Food Friday

Oct 29, 2011 by

I’m pretty sure it’s still Friday somewhere in the world right? Planning fail again XD One of these days I’ll get myself properly organised!

So today’s Food Friday is  James’ Jam Drop recipe which I will steal and claim as my own >:D Mine didn’t actually turn out half as nice as his but oh well!

You need:

  • 130g butter, softened
  • 112g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • 150g (1 cup) plain flour
  • Jam for filling and then any decorations you want
Get all of your ingredients together!
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Ultimate Strawberry Hot Chocolate For Movie Nights – Food Friday

Oct 14, 2011 by

I’ve been pretty obsessed with Pinterest these last few weeks, it’s a really fun way to find new ideas and collect things you want to do together. I’ve even got a board for recipes I want to try out now :D Woo motivation!

So one of the recipes I collected was an awesome looking strawberry hot chocolate thingy made from melted icecream. I fell in love with how adorable it looked but the ingredients seemed a bit rich for my taste. You can see the original photos and recipe here.

 

Anyway, we had a movie night the other day and marathoned awesomely terrible 90’s teen movies, what better to do than try my own version: lazy bunny strawberry hot chocolate ^_^

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Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt – Food Friday

Oct 7, 2011 by

Mmm time for food friday and today I visit the new frozen yoghurt place in QV- Tutti Frutti

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Food Friday… Sick Comfort Food

Sep 30, 2011 by

I’ve been really sick this week, thus the lack of posts :( Every time I go to one of these gigantic events I always come back home with whatever bug is floating around. This time it’s some kind of nasty flu-ish thing that involved me laying next to a bowl for a long time with a cloth trying to break the fever. Very icky.

So what are your favorite foods when you’re sick? I like tea (obviously) and James has started making these frozen juice pop things because I can’t stand drinking the stuff.

Other than that I keep it simple with plain crackers and lots and lots of water. I hate chicken soup so tell me your favorites so I can get James to make for me XD

Anyway I’m going back to bed again now, will be back on top soon to show you all the fun we had at ABBW last weekend!

Favorite Tea Blends – Food Friday

Sep 22, 2011 by

Seeing as I’ll be at IMATS this Friday, I won’t be able to do a Food Friday as per usual so here’s Food Ffffthursday!

So tea, I love tea. Sometimes I love tea more than James… or maybe not because James brings me tea so I’ll keep loving him more :D My favorite teas change depending on mood and temperature but here is my current top 5.

This is my tea shelf, it’s not very impressive at the moment and the only way I’ve been able to store them all is to stack everything. Do you guys have a fun way to store tea? I want a special shelf set one day just for tea :D

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Kim turned me on to Lupicia teas, the man that works there is so friendly and helpful. He really knows his stuff too so I love going there! This is a great tea with breakfast, it’s light and refreshing and smells great :D Super fruity and delicious!

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Twinings Traditional Afternoon 

Described as:

This tea has intense flavours and is a perfect pick-me-up to get you through the remainder of the day, no matter what you are doing.

I think:

This is my ultimate brain fuzz removing tea. In the morning or the afternoon… or any time when I’m not focusing as much as I should be XD Stroooong and delicious with several sugars and milk. My favorite way to have black tea is with 3 sugars and a tiny bit of milk. James doesn’t even drink tea, in fact he hates it unless it’s ice tea but he’s so good at making it now!

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Described as:

This light, soft and soothing herb blend is for when the day is done and sweet dreams are all that is left. Gentle lemony mintiness from lemon balm combines with the sweet perfume of rose, lavender and jasmine. Calming and quiet, warming, mild and muted, this is a glorious way to say goodnight.

I think:

This tea is some kind of magic, I don’t know what it is that makes it so relaxing to sip but a cup of this will put me right into sleep mode at the end of the night. I like this one plane and non-sugary for maximum effect :D

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Zesta Jasmine Green Tea

Described as:

… no clue actually, their website appears to be non-functional XD

I think:

This is perfect for Winter, I like jasmine/green blends even more when they have mint in them but this one is pretty yummy too! Last Winter I practically had this stuff on tap, such a nice way to keep warm when it’s freezing outside.

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Madam Flavour Green Jasmine and Pear

Described as:

For me, the scent of Jasmine evokes memories of the exotic tea salon tucked away in the Marais district of Paris where I had my first cup of this classic tea with my mother. We’d been happily wandering the streets of her childhood all day…

Green tea brings me back to earth. A smooth Chinese green, full of health-giving properties.I think:

The lovely Stef turned me on to this one. My tea shelf is a mix of fancy stuff and grocery store stuff. I can tell the difference but this one is so nice it doesn’t taste like supermarket tea even though it is. With a tiny bit of sugar added it’s absolutely delicious so thank you for the awesome recommendation Stef!

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What about you guys? Do you have all time favorite teas or are you totally obsessed with a particular one right now? Send me your recommendations so I can give them a try!

Have you guys seen those magic Breville tea making contraptions? Michael from Craving Tech wrote about them a while ago and ever since I’ve totally wanted one, they look so cool! James said that it made my tea automatically he’d have no use anymore though hahaha XD

Delicious Chocolate Spoon Gifts – Food Friday

Sep 16, 2011 by

Fooooood Friday :D And it’s time to use the chocolate left over from last week’s decoration ^_^ To do so I’m going to make little presents for my friends… ok maybe I’m just going to eat it but we’ll see!

This idea was another one from a Japanese magazine a bajillion years ago. Cute little disposable spoons filled with chocolate fudge or chocolate something, I did mine with chocolate ganache. And I did it the laziest way possible which makes it even more awesome ;)

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You need:

  • Chocolate
  • Microwave
  • Sprinkles/decorations/icing
  • Disposable spoons
  • Thickened cream

Step one, get chocolate.

Step two, try not to eat chocolate.

Step three, buy more chocolate.

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Break the chocolate into small pieces in a bowl.

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If you’re really into it you could use a double boiler system to melt the chocolate but like I said, I’m lazy. I used the microwave. Put it in for 15sec at a time until it’s around 2/3rds melted.

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Let the hot bowl melt it the rest of the way, this way you won’t burn it.

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To turn it to ganache you need thickened cream.

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Add a spoon full…

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Mix it very thoroughly, it looks pretty gross.

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Keep mixing until it gets much darker and really shiny. At this point you’re forgiven if you want to eat a few spoon fulls ;P

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Grab yourself some pretty spoons…

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And put the ganache in! If you want to be anal about it you could pipe it in but that just dirties something else.

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Once they’ve cooled down a bit you can decorate them. I used left overs from the last lot so I added a bunch of sprinkles.violetlebeauxdsc_0231_6981

And piped a heart and a V so it’s like saying “Love Violet”.

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Let them cool in the fridge and you’ve got some delicious spoons. That’s it! These are great to take to parties or as gifts etc.

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So now you just have to give them to your friend… yeah of course… definitely don’t just eat them all. I mean that would mean you have pretty much no self control huh? Oh… right.

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Yeah, sorry friends who I said would get these.

 

Decorated Chocolate – Food Friday

Sep 9, 2011 by

Foooood Friday! Today I show you my attempts at a yummy idea I saw in a Japanese magazine like 1 years ago XD Basically the idea was for people strapped for time who wanted to make presents for friends/whatever that were personalised you could take a block of chocolate and decorate the flat side. Easy done :D

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My attempts? Well baking is not my strong point but I’ll be damned if I don’t give it a go XD

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Fried Rice Recipe – Food Friday!

Sep 2, 2011 by

I’m totally going to make an adorable graphic of me in my chef’s outfit for these posts as soon as I dye my hair again :D Until now you guys have to put up with…. a text stick figure with kind of a chef hat… just pretend it’s me ok?

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Ok it looks more like a crown than a chef’s hat… also the question mark is totally a wooden spoon… just use your imagination ok?

Fried rice is my favorite comfort food and seeing as the weather has been so chilly lately I like nothing more than curling up on the couch with an episode of Buffy, a bowl of fried rice, a cup of tea and some knitting.

So as a completely random post, here’s my current favorite recipe!

What you need:

  • Onion (diced)
  • A couple of cups of old rice (I usually use 1 day old rice because I’m impatient)
  • Ham (diced)
  • Egg
  • Anything else in your cupbord, my favorite add ins are peas and leeks!
  • Oil
  • Soy sauce

Cut up all of the ingredients and  fry the onions in a little oil.

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Puccinos Review – Food Friday

Aug 26, 2011 by

So following on from my chef’s hat yesterday it’s Food Friday today :D Fridays will now be full of baking, favorite midnight snacks, yummy cafes/restaurants I visit and other food related things. I preface by saying I don’t know much about food or cooking, but I know that I like eating it! James does most (all) of our cooking at home because I’m usually working but I do enjoy making things (mostly sweets) when I have free time. So this is going to make me get away from the computer a bit more and start enjoying it again :D

This post is about a cute cafe I found so it might not be too useful for overseas readers. If you are still in the mood for food then check out some of my old baking posts, here’s one for macarons, mochi/daifuku and chocolate fudge!

So let’s start with a discovery. I am terrible at directions and I don’t have a lot of time to explore, we’ve lived in the Melbourne CBD for over a year and haven’t eaten out much because of the expense. James and I don’t go out much ourselves we usually go out with a purpose eg. to get to an event or meet someone for a work. So even though I’m right in the middle of it, if you asked me where a good place to eat in Melbourne is I would probably look at you blankly and suggest McDonalds and then frantically text my food blogger friends for suggestions :P

That’s why my first non-friend-referred discovery was so exciting! My Dad was visiting for the day and after we went to dinner at a Greek restaurant he and my step mother wanted to go for coffee. James and I had only been in that area of town twice and no where else seemed to be open. We wandered back down to the Bourke St mall and headed up past Target hoping something would be there on the way to the hotel. Everything was closed until I spotted a cute little cafe from across the road, eagle eyes for the win!!

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James had a hot chocolate and a lemon tart. I went for a green tea chai latte. Dad and Beth had coffee, some little tart and a donut which I forgot to get photos of.

I can’t comment on the prices or taste of the coffee because I don’t drink it and have no clue about it but both Beth and my Dad are avid drinkers and they said it was as good as their favorite place back home.

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James’ lemon tart was quite sweet and balanced out the hot chocolate which had that slight bitterness dark chocolate lovers adore. He loves anything lemon flavored and really enjoyed the combination of the tart and chocolate together. I was more interested in how cute the display looked ;)

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Green tea latte is one of my all time favorite hot drinks but I’ve never had it with chai before. I’m always on the fence with chai things because they are either really good or really bad, there’s not really any middle ground. Luckily this one was really good! $4 for a large is pretty good too so I’ll definitely be going back for more. I think I even liked the really milky chai version better than most of the plain green tea lattes I’ve had around Melbourne XD

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While we were chatting the owner came over to see how everything was and if we had any problems or suggestions as they are such a new business. He came back with complimentary macarons for us to try! Such a sweet gesture!

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The four flavors were pistachio, black sesame, rose and salted caramel.

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There were around 10-15 different flavors in the displays, they were average sized and prices for Melbourne macarons. They had a deal for 4 for $10.

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The texture was really nice, they were not the cakey rubbish some stores pass off as macarons but the soft melt in your mouth kind with a crispy shell. Of the 4 flavours the salted caramel was my favorite! The rose was sweet and buttery and the pistachio was very tasty but could have been a little stronger. The black sesame wasn’t something I was used to so I didn’t like it at first but as I kept eating it was grew on me a bit. I think I just don’t like the flavor in general not the macaron in particular!

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On they way out I went to say thank you and goodbye to the lovely owner and he presented me with a take home box of 4 more macarons too :O So nice of him!

They were really lovely and accommodating and the beautiful girl at the counter even took a photo with me! So sweet :D

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The macarons were rose, salted caramel, raspberry/chocolate and passionfuit. The rose and salted caramel were again very nice, James’s favorites are always the super fruity flavors so he got the other two. His report: mmm yummy. After taking a bite too I will translate that to mean: these ones both had a very strong flavor, yummy and definitely for fruit lovers! I liked the raspberry/chocolate one the best… probably something to do with my love of chocolate… where as James loved the passion fruit one.

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So in conclusion, friendly staff, lovely desserts and a *very* nice chai green tea latte means that I will definitely be going back again.

If you want to visit, I can’t give you the exact address because they don’t seem to have a website or any reviews up yet but if you’re in the Bourke Street mall, walk up past Target towards Russell St and it’s on the left side of the tram tracks. The Puccinos shop front is quite small and there is a sign on the overhang but keep an eye out because you might miss it. If you’ve reached Hungry Jacks you’ve got just a bit too far!

Definitely worth a visit!

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Hope you guys enjoyed the first Food Friday, next week I’m going to bust out my apron and chef’s hat and get to some fun things to do with chocolate :D See you next time!

 

How To Make A Chef’s Hat From Scraps

Aug 25, 2011 by

So to go with the new Food Friday thing I’m going to do I decided I need a spiffy new hat :D But I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time or effort on it. Scraps pile to rescue!

I used the top of a skirt which had stretchy smocking sewn into the waist band (the cut of which made it HIDEOUS  when worn) and some lining out of another dress I’m planning to cut up. You could easily do the same with some white fabric and something stiffer for the band around your head.

My result:

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How To Store False Eyelashes

Mar 21, 2011 by

A lot of you have probably seen the tutorial I did on making an eyelash storage solution in the shape of a yummy cake. Well with the direction my house decorating kick is heading the whole cake thing doesn’t really go with my theme. The limited bench space also doesn’t leave much room for a several layered cake so time to find a solution which was pretty and also space saving.

This is what I came up with:

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What you need:

  • Cardboard
  • Lace
  • Sticky tape (the type of tape is important)
  • Glue gun
  • Clear plastic or plastic wrap
  • Pretty wrapping paper or fabric

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Cut the cardboard to the shape and size you want the finished product. Make sure there is enough room for all of your lashes, no point going to all this effort and then having no space for future purchases! ^_^

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Measure and cut enough wrapping paper to cover the front of the cardboard. From this point the photos have a bit of glare on them unfortunately because the paper I was using is slightly reflective.

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Fold the edges over and tape in place…

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Fold over the other sides and tape too…

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Now it’s time to cover the whole thing in clear plastic or cling wrap. This will protect it from any water that happens to splash there.

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Tape the edges of the plastic over and around the back too.

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Now you should have something like this:

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Lay out your eyelashes and decide how many rows of pairs you have room for. I decided on three.

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It’s now time add the part which will hold the lashes in place: wide strips of tape sticky side out. You need to be careful about what kind of tape you use, it needs to be sticky but not so sticky that you can’t get the lashes back off! Gaff and duct tape are too sticky, you want to use something like this clear plastic tape which is not particularly sticky. I suggest testing it out on an eyelash you don’t want anymore. It should hold the lashes securely when you put a corner on but it should not be at all hard to remove them by gently pulling the corner which is not attached.

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For each row of lashes I put down 1 strip of tape, sticky side up.

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Then fold the edges around the back and tape them im place. So you now you have 3 sticky stripes which are almost invisible.

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To decorate it a little more I added a border of lace using the glue gun to hold it in place.

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You could also do this same idea in an ornate picture frame just taking the glass out so you could access the sticky strips easily.

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Last thing to do is add on the lashes! Lightly press the inside corners of them into the tape, you really don’t need much pressure at all and certainly not enough to disturb the curve of the lashes. Done!

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And this is it in action in my bathroom!

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It fits the current tone of my bathroom more than the cakes do and takes up so much less space! Do you all like the cakes or the board better?

Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge Recipe – BPAY Competition

Mar 1, 2011 by

This post was sponsored by Nuffnang and BPAY

For more information on sponsored posts please click here.

BPAYis having a competition and you could win $3000 :D I sure could use $3000 so I’ll show you my entry in a little bit!

What is BPAY?

BPAY is a payment method that banks use to allow you to pay bills quickly and easily without having to deal with many separate companies. For example I can now pay my water, electricity, rent, phone etc bill from internet banking through BPAY in about 10 minutes rather than the long boring task this used to be 15 years ago when you actually had to go to each place to pay. Therefore I can now spend more time filming nail art tutorials, yay!

About the competition!

Everyone loves things short and sweet. They put smiles on faces and give us a warm glow inside. So we at BPAY figured if we could take a long arduous task like queuing at the post office to pay a bill and make it a short and sweet process online, the world would be a better place. And so we did.

To enter, you need to write either:

1. A recipe

2. Give a film synopsis

3. Pen a love poem

4. Write a short fiction

BUT the catch is you need to do that all in 120 characters or less.I decided that I would write one of my favorite quick, easy, lazy fudge recipes. It takes about 5 minutes to make and is pretty much impossible to screw up! This is what I came up with…

Put butter, 1pack marshmallows+block choc in container. Nuke 30sec, cool in fridge, cut, STUFF FACE WITH FUDGE!

111 characters, oh yeah 9 characters to spare=champion!

So want to see the long version of it?

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So cut off a slice of butter.

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And stick it into the microwave safe container.

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Add the marshmallows…

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Break the chocolate into pieces…

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Add that too!

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So this is what you should have…

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Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mine is 1100w so if yours is different please adjust the time.

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Use a spoon to mix it all up, the marshmallow should be liquid and sticky. Don’t worry if the rest of the ingredients are still solid because the marshmallow will melt them nice and slowly.

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Mix until it looks like this:

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If it gets hard before it’s combined just put back in the microwave for another 10 seconds and remix.

You want to end up with something like this…

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Cool the whole thing in the fridge until it’s hard again.

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Cut into squares…

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And enjoy!

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Deeeeeelicious!

So if you think you can do something awesome in under 120 words here’s how to enter…

You can enter via the BPAY competition website, SMS or by Twitter, with the best entry from each category winning $3,000. Not bad for 2 minutes worth of effort, just like paying your bills via BPAY.

To enter:

1) Online, visit www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au and follow the prompts.

2) Via SMS, text your name, category and your 120 character entry to 0427 777 743

3) Via Twitter, tweet the category and your 120 character entry to @BPAYSS

Category names:

Love Poem = POEM, Recipe = RECIPE, Short story = STORY, Film and Book synopsis = SYNOPSIS.Hope you enjoyed my superfast marshmallow fudge and give it a try! I only got that one piece because when I went to get some later it was all eaten *_*

Good luck in the competition!

Violet’s Strawberry And Cream Ice Tea Recipe

Jan 5, 2011 by

Iced tea is my favorite Summery drink and it’s so cheap and easy to make there’s not really an excuse to spend lots of money on other drinks!

Fruity teas work the best for this, my current favorite is the T2 Strawberries and Cream. Absolutely delicious!

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Violet’s Awesome Apple Pie Recipe!

Dec 23, 2010 by

James and I have been obsessed with a TV show called Pushing Daisies. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. Well we finished the series (it was cancelled ater 2 seasons) and since seeing all of the delicious looking pies on the show (the main character owns a pie shop) I’ve had a bit of an obsession with making pies.  When we first started dating I used to make apple pies all the time but then we got busy with work and it just wasn’t a priority.
But now I am a pie making machine and I’ve been trying all kinds of different flavours. So I figured I would show you how I start with the basics. I can’t remember where this recipe came from, it’s been in my recipe file for years and I think it came from a book my Grandma gave my Mum from the 1960’s. Anyway, here’s how I make apple pies!

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Master Chef Finals Party Kitties ^_^

Aug 16, 2010 by

This week is going to be insanely busy for me but I’m going to do my best to keep up with you all! Sorry if I’m slow to reply to comments and emails please be patient :)

I’ll post abut everything that’s going on properly tomorrow but for today I wanted to post the photos from our Master Chef Finale party ^_^

I didn’t really follow Master Chef at the beginning because it looked boring. People cooking on tv? I can watch James do that in my own kitchen mwahahah! Anyway by the end I was a little hooked just like everyone else in Australia so when Celeste invited us over for a Masterchef finale party I couldn’t say no XD

Each of us was to make a dish from the show, James and my contribution was the macaron tree (surprise!)

This is them cooling:

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How To Make Sushi Erasers with Susie

May 17, 2010 by

We had so much fun with our other “Cooking with Susie” sessions that we decided to give it one more episode: Sushi erasers with Susie :D

Because we’re moving, we’ve been trying to spend as much time with our friends up here before we have to say goodbye for a while.

What did we decide to cook? Sushi! Well not really sushi but erasers that are shaped like sushi in a a little kit thingy.

We bought the kit as a present for Susiewhile we were in Singapore so she brought it over to play with.

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Basically it’s a little box that comes with clay and molds and when you put them in the microwave it magically transforms them into erasers. You can read more about it here.

Bad Susie!

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Keep making them until you’ve made all of the pieces!

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This is the reaction you get when you tell two girls that you’re going to eat all their sushi…

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These are some of the parts that will eventually make the wholes: rice, egg and roe! Susie made these ones so they are all perfect.

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This is an example of the crappy ones I made… XD

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Eventually she wouldn’t let me touch the clay anymore because of my shoddy workmanship mwahahaha! This mismatch of skills tends to lead to some jealousy.

But you know all of that can be fixed with our awesome dancing!!

So enough messing around, making sushi is serious business!

Fill the paper container that came in the kit with water and add the sushi pieces.

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Wait patiently for them to come out of the microwave!

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Then dump the pieces into cold water.

Cut out all the bits of paper for the nori wrappers etc!

This is a good point to exchange presents too… Susiemade me this awesome gigantic leopard print bow!! She is so talented and awesome. On the other side of that because I’m an awesome friend I got her…. my love and admiration :P

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And here is our finished sushi!

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Yummy yummy yummy :D Congratulations you have successfully completed a craft project made for children! I will claim that the language barrier was the reason it took us several hours. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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But also even after it’s cooked you probably shouldn’t eat it.

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Thanks for watching Cooking With Susie… and Violet!

Come visit Melbourne soon Susie!!! Let’s start a petition to make her come live in my spare room and do stupid stuff like this all the time?

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Have you ever tried making this sushi erasers kit or any of these fun Japanese stye kits?

Easy Macaron Recipe – The Adventure Continues…

Mar 24, 2010 by

Macarons… they’ve become a serious obsession now.

I blame Lolita brands for this obsession. If they didn’t keep including them in prints or in sweets deco maybe I could forget about how melt-in-your-mouth-delicious they are… maybe I could ignore the fact that they are incredibly pretty… and maybe I could stop thinking about how I desperately want one for breakfast today with a cup of tea…

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But no!

And so it goes on until one day I got so frustrated I decided to make them myself. I suppose that’s in keeping with the spirit of this blog ^_^

I searched and searched for a recipe. Many were too complicated with things like measuring the temperatures in the room and comparing the humidity to get the correct amounts for different parts of the world!? Macarons are apparently the most fickle of all deserts.

Finally just as I was about to give up a friend sent me a link to Not Quite Nigella’s Recipe. It seemed easy enough but I wasn’t too keen on the idea of pistachio as I wanted James to actually eat them too. I kept searching until I found the Tasted By Two version. Seemed easy enough… and so the experimenting began! After maybe 10 batches I have modified the recipe for our kitchen/temperature/humidity/what ever other ridiculous things macarons are scared of. I am not a baking purist, I just did what worked! These techniques might not work for you but I assure you that my result was freaking awesome :D

So here is everything I’ve learned about macarons and my modified version of the Tasted By Two Recipe:

What you need:

Ingredients for chocolate macarons with chocolate filling-

For the outside bit:

  • 65 grams Almond Meal
  • 80 grams Icing Sugar
  • 40 grams  Caster Sugar
  • 1 table spoon Cocoa Powder
  • 50 grams Egg White at room temperature
  • Oil spray
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • Cooking chocolate
  • Butter
  • Thickened cream
  • Icing sugar

Utensils-

  • Scales
  • Sieve
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric beater
  • Baking trays
  • Spoon etc
  • Piping bag/Small plastic bag

Gather everything together :D

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James doesn’t like chocolate much either so he asked for some blueberry flavored ones.

I used tinned blueberries, crushed them and added to the mixture just before piping.

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This is easy enough, you just need to add slightly more of the dry ingredients to counter the wet of the blueberries. If you’ve made a couple of batches you should be able to roughly guess at what the correct consistency should be.

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My absolute FAVORITE flavor is green tea with pistachio filling. OMG this is seriously awesome. All you need to do is add 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder to the mixture instead of your chocolate powder. I’m using one from Tea2 but any will work.

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Green!

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They all look so pretty!

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When you come back to the macarons the icing should have formed a very slight shell, you should be able to touch the top without getting your finger wet. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius. When the oven is ready you can put in the tray and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you should be able to see the little crinkly bottom feet, if not something has gone wrong! Cook for another 4 minutes and then allow them to cool on the bench.

This is a picture of the first time I tried to make them, they weren’t very pretty but you can see the little crinkly feet I’m talking about…

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Leave the macarons to cool while we make the filling.Basically all that is involved in that is melting chocolate in the microwave, adding a little cream, butter and a little icing sugar so it doesn’t go solid again. Very delicious. Be sure to taste it along the way ;)

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The pistachio variation on this is basically crushed pistachios with butter and icing sugar to make a delicious paste:

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Now it’s time to remove the macarons from the tray and turn them over… the bottoms should look like this:

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Below is a good example of failed bottoms. The reason this didn’t work is because they weren’t cooked long enough so the insides were liquidy. They stuck to the (stupid) baking paper and collapsed when being removed. Still tasted good though.

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Take a half and spread some filling on, pop another half on top and you’re done :D

Taadaa! Success!

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And here are the delicious green tea ones:

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So there you have it! No longer will I be a slave to sweets deco and brand prints! Next time I crave macarons I’ll bloody well make some! :D Mine may not be the prettiest ever made but they tasted damn good and nobody complained so I’m happy!

Hope you all enjoyed the adventure as much as I enjoyed eating all of the failed and successful batches of macarons!

Features, Discounts and Housekeeping :D

Mar 16, 2010 by

Evening everyone! Ok so tonight I’ve just got a couple of things to take care of before we get back to regular posting tomorrow.

  • Firstly remember I did a review on Skin MD moisturiser a few months back? A lot of you had questions about where it was available and if it would be available in Australia any time soon. Well they currently don’t have plans to stock in physical stores in Australia but they do ship internationally. The only thing with this is that a bottle costs $18 and the shipping is another $9.95 which is not exactly cheap when you haven’t used the product before :(

Violet to the rescue of your bank balances!

If you want to order and you enter the promotional code “VIOLET” you will receive 20% off your order!

I know I’m going to be stocking up :D

  • Secondly my blog has also been featured on lots of other blogs lately !

I did an interview with Pretty Wonderland about blogging.

I was featured on All Women Stalk in the post 7 Great Fashion Blogs.

I was featured in a “blogs we love” post on The Beauty Stop.

Tabby over at Life of Mine wrote this adorable post about me.

I’ve also been receiving some lovely emails from you all and I just wanted to say thank you all for continuing to read my blog. I hope I can make it even better in the future!

  • Following on from that in an effort to make things even better around here I’m going to be making a couple of changes. Nothing major, just a few things here and there so please don’t mind as I tinker with the site. If something doesn’t work please let me know and I will fix it up! If there is something that you want to see on the website I’ll be putting up a little poll so you can have your say ^_^
  • There is also a competition coming up for you all to look forward to!

Lots of love!

Twist n Roll Bakery Macarons Review

Jan 23, 2010 by

Today is a food review for a change, one for the Twist n Roll Bakery!

So the back story to this review is all about how for years and years and years of being teased with Lolita jewelery and dresses with macaron themes without ever tasting one… they were just so damn pretty but living in Brisbane I didn’t think that I would ever get the chance to try one so I stopped looking and tried to put the idea of deliciously cute sweet treats out of my head.
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But I didn’t do a very good job and one day I was complaining on my second twitter account about how much I wanted some and one of my friends Roundragon did some research and found that there was a bakery called Twist n Roll who specialize in macarons! When I found out I almost fell off my chair in shock!!

Violet’s Epic Cake Recipe – Day 4

Dec 10, 2009 by

This is my guide to baking an epic cake.

Yes it’s seriously epic! Those of you with dial up might want to not continue because there are around 50 photos! Trust me though, it’s totally worth it because the end result is both pretty and delicious!

So here’s roughly what you need for epic cake:

-3 standard cake mix bags (I know cheating :P) If you are in Australia get the Home Brand butter cake because it is AWESOME and it’s only 60c per bag. -Eggs -Milk -Butter Milk -Fondant icing -Ingredients for royal icing (check this recipe it’s great) -Milo (or just plain old chocolate powder if you’re not in Aus) -Red and green food dye

Gather your ingredients.

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Preheat your oven following the instructions on your packet mix.

This cake requires 3 different layers, 2 of plain butter cake and 1 of my version of red velvet cake. We’ll make the red velvet version first.

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Add an egg! Eggs look so gross XD

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Add in the butter milk, you should use however much milk the packet mix says to, mine said 3/4 of a cup. For the other layers you should use plain milk.

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Mix it all together

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And then beat it to death! It should be nice and fluffy ^_^

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Once it’s fluffy add 3 table spoons of Milo and beat it in.

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Now add some red food colouring, this is why it’s called red velvet cake and it makes for a really pretty effect when it’s finished.

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Pour it out into your cake tin, I use a silicone one because it’s easy to get the cake out of.

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Put it in the oven until it’s cooked all through :D

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Turn it out onto a rack to cool and make the other 2 layers.

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The other two layers should not have milo, food colouring or butter milk in them. They should just be plain old butter cake following the directions.

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If your cake breaks when you turn it out, just use some icing and glue it back together :)

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Once your 3 layers have all cooled down it’s time to cut the tops off them. The reason you cut the top off is so you can get a nice flat cake and it doesn’t look like a gigantic lump on top ^_^ It’s much easier to ice a flat cake! So get a knife and poke it in the side towards the middle and start working your way around. Keep going until you’ve done the full circle. Use the knife to lift the top off (and eat it because by now you’ve spent forever staring at cakes bloody baking and you’re probably hungry).

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Once you have 3 flat layers get some icing (I’m using Betty Crocker) and cover the top of the red layer/

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Once it’s covered use the plate you had it on to flip it onto one of the plain layers.

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Cover the top of the red one again and flip the last layer on to it. This is what you should end up with!

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Cover the entire thing with icing ^_^

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One for the cake, one for the cook!

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Now get your fondant icing and roll it on the bench top. If it’s too hard pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds, if it’s too sticky dust it with icing sugar. Once you’ve rolled it out, drape it over the whole cake. It should end up something like this… You can see that I’ve repaired a crack by putting water on my finger and rubbing it. It’s going to be covered in icing so no one will ever notice!

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Now it’s time to decorate! Make some royal icing in the colour of your choice, mine is pink! Put it into a piping bag and start decorating! Ok mine isn’t very even but this was my first time using a piping bag so it’s ok!

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I tried to make it very decorative, there is a big heart on top, scalloping on the outside and lots of little bumpy bits. Whatever you do as long as you put effort in everyone will enjoy it!

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Now put it in the fridge to cool and it’s time to learn how to make icing roses :D Grab some fondant icing and colour it pink with food dye. You do this by putting a tiny amount on and kneading it until it’s pink. Make sure to do this on a surface that you can clean easily, food dye will stick to EVERYTHING. Maybe wear gloves, look at my hands, they’re all red XD

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So let’s start making a rose! Pinch off a little bit of icing and roll it in a ball.

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With your finger squish one side of the ball…

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Pick it up and roll the squished end in on itself like the photo below. You should make a bunch more squished balls, these are the petals.

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Roll the second petal onto the first but on the opposite side like below:

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Keep making petals and placing them around the part you’ve already made. You should over lap the next petal slightly with the one you’ve just done.

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As you go you should use your finger to push the petals out a bit.

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Once you think you have enough petals roll the bottom of the rose together with your fingers so it’s a bit rounded.

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Make a bunch of them :D This is what you should end up with!

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Now bring out your cake from the fridge. Mix up a bit of royal icing and colour it green.

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I put a bunch of green icing in the middle of the heart and placed the flowers on top.

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I make a lot of flowers in different sizes so….

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…I can shape them into a heart too!

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Yay! Finished :D

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NOM NOM NOM!

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Delicious cake…

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I think the flowers really make the cake… and they are delicious too ^_^

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And the best bit… When you cut it open it looks even prettier!

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How pretty is it? And the red velvet is delicious!

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Now serve with thickened cream…

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And enjoy!

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So there you have it, it’s delicious! What do you guys think? What’s your favorite type of cake? Let me know if you make your own epic cake!

Mochi Strawberry Daifuku Recipe Tutorial of Awesome

Jul 27, 2009 by

I hope you’re all ready for a no fuss mochi recipe!

Ok first off let me say that there are a bajillion photos ahead so if you’re on dial up this may not be the post for you… Now without further ado let me present….

Cooking with Violet and Susie!

Today on the Cooking with Violet and Susie show we will be preparing Mochi which will then be made into Strawberry Daifuku (also known as the yummiest thing on earth).

Dinosaur Cookies Recipe with Friends!

Jul 22, 2009 by

I love baking with friends.

A while ago we were fortunate enough to stumble on a massive sale at Kmart… They had kitchen sets with like 100 pieces including pots and pans for $200… Awesome! Yay for having a matching kitchen set now :D

So to celebrate James and I invited our lovely friend Susie over to have some fun and do some baking! She had just bought some adorable dinosaur cookie cutters so we decided to make yummy dinosaur cookies.

James’s cake!

Apr 14, 2009 by

Mmmm, cake.

Just to prove a point seeing as you were all shocked at my terrible baking. James has been teasing me about the sea cake all week so have a look at his great cake!

Yes the top is a completely different size to the bottom.

EPIC cupcake…

Apr 7, 2009 by

I do love cupcakes, I like epic cupcakes even more.

Last week on Ricoche (a gal forum) Brenli and I were discussing my lack of skills cooking. Specifically this photo:
Now I am a terrible cook, just ask James he has to eat my terrible food and try to smile why he’s doing it! Anyway the story goes my cupcakes fail but Brenli had seem similar fail turned into cute little Octopus cakes. My cupcakes decided to become a sea!

I present epic cupcake sea madness!

A little story about Jimmy America…

Mar 30, 2009 by

Jimmy America loves cooking.

My oh my does James love to cook! Sometimes I think he just says that because he knows how much I HATE cooking haha! Oh well as long as I don’t have to do it I don’t care XD

Well James’ favorite things to cook are sweet things and he’s always missing the food in America. Imagine his surprise and joy when he found a recipe for Smores in a magazine!

So he decided to test it out…

The cookies took so loooong to cook! And our oven temperature gauge is broken so he had to wait to make sure nothing got burnt.