Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Favourites

Today has been a good day...

I bought the new issue of Kinfolk and am looking forward to some reading and relaxation this weekend :)

 After my usual sandwich routine at Luxe bakery in Newtown I was given a loaf of bread on the house! I chose this delicious sourdough cob. Note to self: go to more cafes on a Friday afternoon!

I wore my favourite Gorman linen pants. I have these in mustard as well, they are just so lovely! 

Just a few things floating my boat. I also finished my fourth semester of uni today (well, except for exams), so I'm off to celebrate!

Hannah x

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First Mango

Mangoes were 3 for $5 at my local fruit could I resist?!

Have you been enjoying mangoes yet?

Hannah x

Friday, October 19, 2012

Broccoli Parmesan Fritters

Hello :) I've made fritters quite a few times on this blog as they are just so scrumptious! This recipe is no different and combines some of my favourite foods...broccoli, parmesan and garlic all in one yummy mouthful. Broccoli Parmesan Fritters, courtesy of Smitten Kitchen (recipe link). There are so many inspiring dishes on her blog :)

What I love about these fritters is that, as she mentions, there's a lot of broccoli compared to flour. I didn't mash up my broccoli too much and was surprised how well they held together in the pan. As you can see, I served my fritters with some basil pesto. 

Probably the yummiest fritters I've made in a while...

What kinda fritters do you like making? 

Hannah x

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Perfect Chai & Banana Bread

Hello :) Of late I have been brewing lots of chai tea. My mother even expects it now and will knock on my door saying "I'll have some chai when it's ready Hannah". I bought a packet from a lady at the markets who runs the chai tent. So she knows her chai! Her iced chai is amazing on a warm day too. So here's how I brew my chai...

The Perfect Chai
1 cup soy milk
2 cups water
2 teaspoons of chai tea
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Bring all the ingredients to the boil and reduce the heat & allow to brew for about 5 minutes. 

The ingredients of her chai are: cardamon, cinnamon, cassia bark, black pepper and cloves. I'm a fan of the hint of pepper and always add a sprinkle of sugar and fresh grated ginger as well :)

Do you like making chai? 

Ok, banana bread. Here's a lovely loaf I made the other week. The exciting part of this recipe was the millet (which I didn't actually have any of), but nonetheless it was filled with spice, lots of mashed banana and dried figs which I added. Here's the recipe

Enjoy your Sunday! I took the day off work today to sleep in and make pancakes :) 

Hannah x

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Melbourne Snapshots!

Hello :) In my final Melbourne post I thought I'd show you an assortment of snaps from the trip...

Homemade granola and yoghurt for the mornings that we didn't venture out to the cafe Two Birds One Stone. It was a nice way to save money.

Awesome view from the apartment.

Yummy veggie burger and chips from Grill'd in the city.

We saw the Napoleon exhibition on the first day and it was awesome and very informative.

Dumplings from the Oriental Tea House on Chapel Street. Loved this place, I also highly recommend their Sichuan chicken...mmmmmm...

Chin-ups at the park, as you do.

One night we stayed in and made these delicious burritos. Adrian's signature dish. We may have set the fire alarm off though...

Vanilla and chai macaroons from ganache chocolate. Such a small, sweet indulgence.

A tourist snap.

Yum cha on the final day. Dumplings are my favourite food group.

Speaking of dumplings...has anyone been to the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde park yet? I went last night and it was so good! Apple cider, copious amounts of dumplings and all the pretty lanterns made for a fun dinner! I will be back very soon :)

Hannah x

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mama Baba

Hello :) In Melbourne, as I mentioned we stayed on Claremont Street in South Yarra and just around the corner was a fabulous Italian restaurant called Mama Baba. We just stumbled upon it walking around and thought it would be great for dinner one night...and such a convenient location! It was nice just going there without expectations- we didn't even know what cuisine it was! It wasn't until after I got back and googled it, that I realised it was George Calombaris' new restaurant. Fancy that.

The very cool bar. 

Yummy complimentary bread and Adrian's pinot grigio.

I ordered the South Yarra Side cocktail with gin, lime juice, mint and cucumber. Fresh and delicious!

To eat I had the gnocchi with broad beans, mint & radicchio. So good! I don't usually order gnocchi and well this was just delightful. Creamy gnocchi paired with fresh flavours = a winner!

Adrian opted for the tortellini with prawn saganaki, fried chickpea & feta. He enjoyed the dish, although did find the prawn taste to be quite intense, as it was in the sauce as well the tortellini.

Here I am wearing a vintage dress I bought at puff 'n' stuff in Fitzroy that morning. It's navy silk with this gorgeous lace collar :) 

We definitely enjoyed dinner here, and the space itself is amazing! It is on the pricey side, but it's always nice to splurge sometimes. Isn't that what holidays are for anyway?!

Have a lovely week! 

Hannah x