Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Hello :) Tis the night before Christmas! Hope you have a lovely day planned for tomorrow. I'm definitely looking forward to all the food I'll be eating! For brekky I'm planning on having a nice assortment of things ... some yoghurt, granola, fruit salad and ciabatta with lots of butter and jam. Then for lunch I bought a free range ham to be glazed in marmalade and rosemary, and served with braised red cabbage and apples. Later in the evening we're seeing extended family, should be fun! 

Wearing my Christmas colours! 

Hannah x

Monday, December 16, 2013

Out & About

Hello :) A few things I have been up to over the past week or two ...

Coffee at brewtown newtown (Berkelouw books replacement) today .... was a really nice space and had great coffee,  but I'm going to miss Berkelouw books !!

Sunday market attire. A nice felt hat and a new little bag I scored at a second hand shop.

I ventured out to tropfest for the first time, and loved it !! Such pretty light walking there ... 

We had quite an epic picnic spread ... olives, baguette, pesto, cheese, salami, fruit scrolls and cherries.

I went to the design files open house in Surry Hills (twice actually!) If you aren't familiar with what they do, they take a family and all their furniture out of a lovely house for a week or so and refurnish everything and decorate it all with local artists/designers so everything you see you can buy. The bed in the bedroom, the bath, the kitchen plates ... everything! 

Sadly I don't fit into the category of a 30 year old yuppie just yet, but I didn't want to leave! Whilst sitting in the garden sipping lattes, we overheard a mother tell her son if he wanted anything he could just point to the item ... oh boy!

 Evonne at Marrickville markets (she sells eggs) makes really nice Kombucha I have been loving lately ...& here's some more my friend made. Do you love kombucha?

I hope you've had a chance to have some calm time amongst the craziness that is the festive season! I'm planning on having a relaxed day at Bronte tomorrow ... swimming, having a picnic, and reading some magazines. Should be fun!

Hannah x

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Lovely Day

Hello :) Today was a lovely, summery day. For lunch, my friend and I ventured out to The Cornersmith. 

3/4 latte

We shared The Ploughman's Plate, which included pasture fed ham, pickled feta, pepe saya butter and toast, fennel pickles, curry spiced pickles, cucumber, and baby plums. Oh yummo !! A very good choice & was fun having lots of bits and pieces to pop on the toast. They're known for their awesome pickles, and even have regular pickling classes (as well as cheese making ones!)

After lunch, I went to the new pool near Central station called the Prince Alfred Park Pool to swim laps and it was so nice !! There's also some great places to sit and read a book afterwards too. I love swimming laps when the weather is warm, and have decided to go exploring more pools around the city. I also like the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, near the Powerhouse Museum and want to go to the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool near the NSW Art Gallery and the North Sydney Pool next to Luna Park. It's gonna be a fun summer!

And a bit later on for dinner I made a creamy roast tomato and basil soup with some chorizo on the side. The soup is super simple, here's what you need-

about 6 tomatoes
a big bowl of basil
olive oil
cream or coconut cream

here's what you do-

1. Preheat the oven, and add to a baking tray the chopped tomatoes, olive oil (a decent glug), and about four or five garlic cloves whole. Roast for 30-45 minutes.
2. When the tomatoes have 5 minutes to go, add a chopped onion to a pot with some olive oil, and sautee for about 10 minutes. 
3. Add the roasted tomatoes, garlic cloves (take out the flesh when cool), and basil to the pot with onions and mix through. Add a few tablespoons of cream, and a small splash of hot water (or stock) and mix through.
4. Whiz everything with a hand held blender or other blender.
5. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle olive oil on top, and add chorizo on top if you want, or parmesan. Serves 4 small serves.

A perfect summer evening meal ...

Hannah x