Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A little tea & coffee

Hello :) Here's a little mid week post with photos of some coffee and tea cause why ever not … 

A piccolo at uni 

Macchiato before work at Eveleigh - it's been nice working every second Saturday there …

Finally went for a coffee at the new place in Summerhill called Heritage Brewers and thought this corner was sweet … 

They serve really good coffee in cute cups and a scottish thing called a sippet which is a fancy way of saying toast with different toppings (like ricotta and figs) which I will totally get next time!

A bit in love with my $4 teapot from vinnies (especially love the handle)… also the cake is this simple caraway and lemon one :)

Pretty evening shadows 

Oh and the same cup again! This time with a nice black tea and my new favourite magazine from beautiful pages in darlinghurst … the graphic design is so well done with such inspiring articles …. 

Hannah x

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Weekend in Berlin

Hello :) I haven't shared any photos from my europe trip that I went on late last year, cause to be honest there was just so many places to get through & I haven't really made time for regular blogging. Though lately I've been having fun going through the photos again so thought I'd do some posts on selected places. Let's start with Berlin, which was actually the last place we visited before flying home ... 

I had initially wanted to spend at least 5 days in Berlin after hearing about how cool the city was, however got the dates mixed up (oops!) and so we only had 3 nights. But we managed to fit quite a few things in those few days.

I found berlin to be the mostly liveable place - everyone spoke english and there seemed to be lots of Australians around, loved the bikes everywhere and all the cafes and flea markets and the really good coffee. We stayed in a nice air bnb apartment around the Kreuzberg area.

For dinner on the first night we went to a kebab shop on the street called Mustafas that our friend had said apparently had the best kebabs. We totally didn't realise how popular this place was and ended up waiting for an hour in the line!! So, we got two kebabs each cause we were so hungry by that stage. The kebab was pretty amazing though ... delicious chicken, roasted veges, fresh veges, feta on top & this yummo sauce. 

Walking around the neighbourhood ... 

Morning cuppa in our apartment

A local cafe we went to twice for breakfast ... 

I was pretty happy about ordering a flat white

I wandered around this sunday morning flea market for a very long time while Adrian sat patiently and read his novel and for some reason didn't want to stay for the whole day ...

So many nice vintage shoes !!!

A walking tour of the city was so fascinating and insightful - a great way to see the city in a short amount of time.

Brandenburg gates in the background.

Burgers and chips in our apartment :) I ate a lot of fried potatoes on the trip.

A cathedral that we visited in the evening and went to the top balcony to see an amazing view of the city 

Our last walk around in the sunshine before the long journey home ... 

So there's a little glimpse into our time in Berlin - have you visited the city?

Have a nice week ... I'm off to see chet faker tomorrow, woop!

Hannah x

Monday, February 23, 2015

Collective Harvest

Hello :) I have been following the collective harvest for some time on instagram, seeing all the colourful and inspiring pictures of vegetables each week. You can read more about the concept here if you're not familiar, but basically each week they source local organic produce from farms around sydney and pop a generous selection in a tote bag to collect on top of the paramount building in surry hills each saturday morning.

Well, on the weekend it just happened that I had a rare saturday off from work & saw on instagram that they had a few spare totes so decided to snap one up before having lunch in surry hills ... perfect timing! I suppose I love the concept so much because it gets you so excited about eating vegetables !!! A whole bag of locally sourced organic produce ... it inspires you to create beautiful, nourishing meals.

Here's a super smiley Adrian posing with the tote, so hipster!

Look at those vibrant colours! Eggplants, pumpkin, kale, parsley, cucumbers, turnips, peppers & carrots.

On Saturday night for dinner I made a salad with the roasted pumpkin and turnip and added lots of parsley. I also fried the peppers with organic marinated lamb ribs.

And yesterday arvo since we had so many turnips I decided to pickle them ... I mostly followed this recipe

How lovely! #icanpicklethat

A really delicious salad I made last night - roasted pumpkin, sliced turnip, parsley and kale, all from the bag. The base is a mix of brown rice and amaranth, so good!! 

And later in the week I might make a ratatouille or baba ghanoush with all those eggplants … 

Have a lovely week and eat lots of veggies!

Hannah x

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Hello :) Here's a little life update ...

Lately I've been working most days of the week, 4-5 of those days at the pharmacy. It's been nice getting to know crows nest a little more  - I've had a few good finds at the vinnies, love the vietnamese food at mama's buoi and spend a little too much money at the health food store. I also joined the local yoga studio mantra yoga and have been going to their morning hatha classes which are so nice and calming.

Once a week I still go to my friends home and help cook/prepare food for their market stalls which is so fun and doesn't feel like work ... 

And fun new job! Every second weekend you can find me running the Ferment It stall at Eveleigh markets (every other week still at the olive stall at Orange Grove markets) I really enjoy talking all about gut health, probiotics and digestion for a few hours!

The range consists of beetroot/apple, sauerkraut, kimchi and lime/chili/mango - all fermented with a 12 strand probiotic ... they're all really yum! 

Started back at ballet two weeks ago, really enjoy the monday morning class and being back en pointe!

Baked some delicious bran muffins the other week and added blueberries and ricotta. 

Also made some divine banana bread ... and couldn't resist this second hand teacup!

Visited marrickville markets the other week (miss working there!) and bought this from a guy who gets the old coconuts the stallholders throw away and creates a succulent pot. Such a good idea & I've found a nice spot for it in my room. 

And how good is this show ??!!

Have a lovely week ... 

Hannah x

Monday, January 26, 2015

Simple Summer Pasta

Hello :) I hope everyone had a nice Australia Day! I went into the city and saw thelma plum and dustin tebbutt (beautiful voice!) perform near circular quay, browsed around the MCA, then came home and made this simple summer pasta for dinner while listening to triple J. Even more excited to see chet faker live in March since he won the countdown!

On Saturday morning I went to Eveleigh markets again and bought some yummy ingredients with this dish in mind. I know everyone says when you have really good quality ingredients you don't need to do much - but it's true. This took about five minutes to prepare!

Ingredients ... 

fresh strozza pasta from pasta emilia (love their cafe in surry hills!)
salsa verde from darling mills farm (this one had parsley, mint, tarragon, anchovies, capers, olive oil, lemon - so fresh and herby!)
kale sauteed with garlic and ripe tomatoes 
a good pinch of pepper and sea salt 

The fresh pasta was a treat - so silky and delicious and I thought the salsa verde was a fresh and zesty alternative to the traditional basil pesto. 

Hannah x

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Saturday

Hello :) Saturday was a great day. Since I don't start working at weekend markets till Feb I've been making the most of my weekends and yesterday I woke up early and went with my sister to the first Eveleigh market of the year. 

We left the market with two big bags full of yummy produce ... 

Morning tea treats from the market! Fruit bread from sonoma, goats curd and fresh figs. A drizzle of honey and voila ... 

For lunch I made a frittata with tomatoes, fennel and kale

Since it was a super hot day I met Adrian in the afternoon and we took the bus to Coogee - everyone else in Sydney had the same idea!

Gordon's Bay a short walk from Coogee is my favourite spot for a swim 

Hope your year is off to a fantastic start !!!

See you soon

Hannah x

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Summer Days

Hello :) Oh hi blog!!! I have been back in Sydney for almost two weeks after my super fun Europe adventures! Adrian & I had an awesome five weeks away - and I'll probably blog about it in the new year. Highlights included seeing snow in Helsinki, all the Christmas markets (especially in Vienna and Prague), hiking around Switzerland (so beautiful!), relaxing in the Budapest baths and the walking tours around Prague and Berlin (I could live in Berlin!) … 

We both missed the Sydney summer sun though so it was nice to come back and I've had plenty of catch ups and good coffee since. Here's what I've been up to since returning ...

I went to brickfields in chippendale for the first time and oh my their almond croissants are amazing … they're big enough to share and are filled with almond goodness. Must go back for more treats.

Rye & caraway from brickfields 

I made the gingerbread cookies from my new roots the day after seeing the recipe on her blog. I have never made gingerbread before and this recipe was really great!! It made a lot of cookies which was perfect for gifting to people and snacking on … 

Went to the awesome pop exhibition at the art gallery - it's certainly good value for money as it takes up so many rooms and even has a cafe within the exhibition (coffee was great!)

I gifted these handmade polish espresso cups to two friends from a Christmas market in Vienna. I thought they were super sweet.

Last Saturday was the last market of the year. Such a nice atmosphere and we managed to sell out well before the end of the day - lots of people will be eating olives on Christmas.

Stocking up on quinoa and kale from alfalfa house 

Sunday strolling around Blues Point.

Loving the early evening light (such a novelty from five weeks of darkness at 4:30pm!!) … enjoying dumbo feather, the winter issue of kinfolk and the remains of the day.

Stocking up on essentials (the benefit of working at a pharmacy) - my friend Tara and I are leaving on Boxing Day to woodford folk festival over the new year … really excited for festival fun times !!!

Well this is my last post for 2014 - have a lovely Christmas and New Years!!! We are spending Christmas day at home and I plan on making peach pancakes for brekky (from the smitten kitchen cookbook) and for lunch I'm slow cooking lamb to have with fresh salads and apple tarte tatin for dessert. Then dinner with extended family.

2015 is going to be a big one … finally finishing my nutrition degree (one subject to go), moving out with Adrian (we luckily passed the holiday test!) and working on some new projects. See you then!!!

Hannah x