Weekends with Angie & James | Part VIII: Main Beach + Marina Mirage

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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 “Weekends with Angie & James | Part VIII: Main Beach + Marina Mirage”

Friday Favourites { 9 October 2015 }

Friday Favourites 9 October 2015
1 | This simple, fragrant recipe for coconut cilantro lime rice on Fraîche Nutrition.
2 | Kilo, a Singapore-based open-air restaurant with eclectic furnishings and a gorgeous, charming, laid-back minimalist theme. Love that sexy industrial-esque interior design!
3 | Viviane Perenyi’s photography portfolio features some inspiring and emotive food and travel shots.
4 | Everything on the Vintage & Nostalgia Co. online store! Apothecary jars, enamel saucepans, vintage milk bottles, retro kitchenware… gimme, gimme!
5 | Alex’s banana oat pancakes with cashew sauce. Something I’d like to wake up to in the morning!

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries + Homemade Herbed Mayonnaise

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We rejoiced at the opening of the Grill’d outlet at Harbour Town — no more long trips to Robina Town Centre just to get our fix of their mouthwatering zucchini fries (chips, if you’re from around here, but we’ll call them ‘fries’ for the sake of my international audience). Though I suppose we’d travel just about any distance to get our hands on them. Grill’d just does theirs so well. Of course, they’re dunked in a million kilojoules of oil and deep-fried like crazy. Not exactly good for our arteries. That’s why we decided to create our own “healthy” oven-baked version. Continue reading “Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries + Homemade Herbed Mayonnaise”

Fragrant Brown Butter Banana Bread with Rolled Barley + Friday Favourites

Brown Butter Banana Bread Brown Butter Banana Bread

I’ve been meaning to do a ‘Friday Favourites’ series on this blog for quite awhile now. There’s just something fun about curating a personalised list of things each week — picks from all over the web, links to interesting articles, great ideas, pretty objects, delicious food, etc. I know it’s Saturday right now (in Australia, anyway), but better late than never!

Friday Favourites { 18 September 2015 }

1 | Cold sesame noodles with chopped cucumber and bean salad / easy & refreshing!
2 | Photography by Rob Sese / those landscape shots are dreamy & to-die-for.
3 | Salted rosemary lattes / yes, please — two cups if you don’t mind.
4 | Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo / closest I’d probably get to going to Africa.
5 | 50 unpredictable & non-clichéd places to travel to in your 20s / this list!

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White Chocolate Chip Matcha Tahini Cookies

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Hands up if you’re still looking for the perfect cookie. Well guys, I don’t mean to brag but this may actually be a contender for the Best Damn Cookie Award 2015. No lie. Some of the best things I’ve ever baked have been directly attributed to blatant experimentation. These super sexy white chocolate chip matcha tahini cookies are no exception. Continue reading “White Chocolate Chip Matcha Tahini Cookies”

Chocolate Chip Honey Banana Walnut Muffins {gluten free}

Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Muffins Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Muffins

One of the best things about making a batch of these healthy, hearty, low-carbish  almond flour muffins is the melded fragrance of warm honey, dreamy coconut, toasty banana and melty chocolate during baking. If I could bottle the scent to keep forever, I would. And here’s even better news: they taste as good as they smell! Actually, they taste even better – sweet and comforting and sinfully moist and soft and decadent. It’s hard to believe they’re entirely gluten free. They were so mouthwatering that I had two of them as soon as they were out of the oven, and then another a few hours later. It seems self-control is nonexistent where tasty banana muffins are concerned! Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Honey Banana Walnut Muffins {gluten free}”

Olive Oil Pancakes with Chia Seeds & Dark Chocolate {vegan}

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Last night, James and I attended the Brisbane Night Noodle Markets in South Bank. Halfway through it all, my mum called to ask: “Did you feel the earthquake we had today? It was a 5.7.” My first reaction had been WHAT? AGAIN?! I was genuinely surprised that there had been another one. I replied with: “No, but I felt the one on Thursday. It was a 5.3 and it made the whole house vibrate for about ten seconds. Fudge [the dog] went crazy.” Continue reading “Olive Oil Pancakes with Chia Seeds & Dark Chocolate {vegan}”

Maple Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins {vegan}

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Konnichiwa! The boy and I are in the land of the rising sun and we’re loving the balmy heat of summer and the re-immersion into our much-loved second home (or third – I guess Singapore can be considered our second). This must be James’ fifth time holidaying in Japan (third for me) and I think we’re now very well acquainted with Tokyo. This time we’re staying in the Asakusa area, which is a change from our usual base in Shibuya. Tokyo’s all very well and good, but I am most looking forward to our stay in Shirakawa-go (an incredible historic village) and Fujikawaguchiko (where we’ll get a perfect view of that famous active stratovolcano, Mount Fuji). Gonna have a field day with my camera for suuuure. Just hope the weather will be good. It’s the rainy season, apparently. Continue reading “Maple Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins {vegan}”