Overcast afternoons on Tamborine Mountain. Such a condition seems to be the usual whenever we decide to visit the Gold Coast hinterland. Last weekend, we were invited for lunch at Naomi’s new family retreat up on the mountain. Their second home is beautiful and dreamy, its sprawling grounds surrounded on all sides by the most grandiose of trees. The estate is a very tucked-away sort of place, despite its short distance from Gallery Walk. Everyone calls it ‘The Farm’, despite the lack of any farm animals on the premises, but it is home to so much green pasture and, well, Tamborine is famous for its farmlands, so ‘The Farm’ is as good a name as any.
We were graced with rolling clouds and occasional pockets of blue from the skies above. We were lucky there wasn’t even a slight drizzle, just cool breezes and moody light.
There’s this amazing (yet somehow haunting) driveway that leads up to the house, narrow and lined on either side by sky-reaching trees. It automatically reminds me of those British dramas that take place in the countryside.
Louie the dog loves to play fetch. And gets very scruffy in the mud.
Henry the cat is gorgeous, but ever indifferent.
Warm lights and calming tones. A very vintage-style interior design that makes the house both cosy and fairytale-like.
Ella’s mega playhouse. James’ niece has everything.
This casual late afternoon soirée capped off with some insane dirt-flinging buggy rides around the estate. It amused the kids somewhat, but entertained the grown ups a hell of a lot more!
Two recipes in two days?! This hasn’t happened in months, guys! As you know, I’ve been spending a lot more time on travel posts instead, but I’ve been in a foodie mood lately, so you guys get another recipe! This one’s a supercharged cookie recipe that’s VEGAN, HIGH FIBRE, LOW CARB, GLUTEN FREE AND GRAIN FREE! Adapted from Alexandra’s amazing Skin Cleanse Cookies, I added my own tahini twist to them and also used Natvia instead of the higher calorie coconut sugar the original recipe calls for. These cookies are beautifully chewy and have a decadent coconut-y fragrance. Continue reading
If you’re in the mood for a healthy, low sugar, low carb, gluten free breakfast, our delicious peanut butter pancakes are the perfect treat for you! Thick, filling and satisfying, these amazing pan-fried gems are bursting with the goodness of healthy fats, fibre and protein. And since I had a jar of unhulled tahini sitting in the pantry, I decided to make a simple tahini sauce naturally sweetened with honey to go over the top. Bellísimo! Continue reading
Well, it was bound to happen! We’ve done Sumida Aquarium and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyūkan. Now, we can cross Kyoto Aquarium (京都水族館, Kyōto Suizokukan) off our Japanese Aquariums list! Located in the northern part of Umekoji Park, the modern complex of Kyoto Aquarium is a relaxing 10 to 15 minute walk from Kyoto Station. Continue reading
1 | Gorgeous raw stone and crystal jewellery handmade by Jessica Kramer, who runs the Etsy store HAWKHOUSE. Lots of stunning, organic-looking pieces.
2 | The beautiful work of wedding photographer Hugh Forte, who also finds the time to work on some lovely food and travel shots.
3 | This awesome stack of blueberry banana pancakes found on the Love & Lemons food blog. They’re vegan and gluten free! And quite pretty, too.
4 | This unique, minimalist bud vase, sustainably handcrafted from solid honeylocust wood. Creatively displays four glass tubes for simple and artful flower arrangement!
5 | This colourful recipe for summer berry cream-of-buckwheat breakfast bowls by the wonderful Jo Balfe of Nurturing Kitchen.
Here’s one of my favourite breakfast recipes of all time: warm and comforting steel-cut oat porridge with a dash of honey stirred through, all jazzed up with roasted almonds, juicy green grapes and a huge dollop of low-fat Greek yoghurt! Oh, and I sprinkled some of Loving Earth’s low carb, gluten-free, keto-friendly Paleo Protein Power Mix over the top for an extra crunch! It’s chock full of activated nuts and seeds, coconut chips and cacao nibs! Continue reading
1 | This colourful recipe for vegetarian miso ramen with rice noodles, roasted sweet potatoes + sesame broccolini on The Bonjon Gourmet.
2 | The work of Japanese flower artist and botanical photographer Azuma Makoto, who has, for over 10 years now, been taking photos of his 50-year-old bonsai tree in various locations around the world.
3 | Impossibly beautiful timber pendant lights, handmade by Sydney-based Etsy store owner Coco Reynolds.
4 | This beautiful woodturned vase made of apricot wood by Maria Pavluchenko. Just look at that gorgeous grain!
5 | Nicole’s fancy-looking vegan chocolate-dipped avocado popsicles, made pretty with a sprinkle of crushed pistachios and sea salt. Holy yum!
We spent the majority of last weekend hanging out at the super chill Main Beach area. The top three highlights for me were: (1) when James made us breakfast on Saturday morning, as he usually does without fail lately, (2) when we went on a photowalk around Tedder Avenue and Marina Mirage (the weather was way too spectacular not to document), and (3) when we had Sunday brunch at Providore with James’ mum and tried the ocean trout gravlax and their surprisingly delicious house-made oat porridge! Continue reading