Monday, 19 November 2012

Image 1 via Design Sponge.

I just love how blogs can provide such inspiring ideas – like these two, which I’m tempted to do…

Idea number one: magnolia linen napkins created using iron-on transfers and vintage imagery (why didn’t I think of that?)
Idea number two: natural room spray blends using essential oils and alcohol (they used vodka)

Filed under: Craft — Tags: , , , — Katrina @ 8:30 am
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Image via Jezebel.

Came across this photo today of Nigella’s library in her old house – now that is a library to aspire to…

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , — Katrina @ 2:48 pm
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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Image 1: Vintagerous; image 2: Compost This, both via Etsy.

I’ve been updating our little bar area recently, and I’ve been quite tempted to add a pop of colour by adding in a set of mid century coloured barware. I love the shape of the glass pitchers…

Filed under: Etsy — Tags: , , , — Katrina @ 8:30 am
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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Images by Matchbook Magazine, issue no. 22.
So, have you read the new Matchbook issue yet? I think my favourite feature this issue was this fabulous soirée that has me tempted to throw a festive party laden with candlelight and fresh blooms, and filled with the sounds of champagne popping, laughter and chinking crystal.

P.S. Don’t the lovely ladies look so chic?

Filed under: Parties — Tags: , , , — Katrina @ 11:14 am
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Thursday, 1 November 2012

You are in for a treat – this is Sam’s chilli con carne recipe that he has spent years perfecting (well, that might be just a slight exaggeration). After making rather large amounts of this for his birthday party this year, everyone has been requesting the recipe. So (only a few months late) here it is! And, as it’s his recipe, of course he gets to name it (for those who don’t know: ‘Cabby’ is his nickname ;) ).

This is one of my favourite meals – it’s so rich, meaty and spicy… and as an added bonus I don’t have to cook it! It’s also got some hush-hush secret ingredients, including a smidge of cinnamon and some dark chocolate…

As Nigella Lawson would say, “Eat it and weep”.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
1.5 tsp ground smoked paprika
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground chilli
2 tsp powdered beef stock
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

1 tbsp light flavoured oil (we like grapeseed)
2 onions, diced
350g beef, minced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp tomato paste
1.5 cups red wine
1 400g tin diced tomatoes
2 400g tins red kidney beans
15g dark chocolate
steamed rice and sour cream, to serve

Method
Mix together spices, powdered beef stock, sugar and salt.

Heat oil in a large pan. Once hot add the onion and cook until translucent. Add beef and garlic cloves and brown meat. Add spice mix and cook for one minute, until fragrant.

Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add red wine and simmer for 2 minutes, before adding the tin of diced tomatoes. Bring to the boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tins of red kidney beans and dark chocolate and cook for five minutes more.

Filed under: Recipes — Tags: , — Katrina @ 12:53 pm
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Monday, 29 October 2012

Image by Paper Finger.

Being the die-hard romantic I am I have to admit that I love this idea – having your vows (or a love letter, or even a favourite poem) transcribed by hand in beautiful calligraphy. Wouldn’t it look beautiful framed?

Filed under: Etsy — Tags: , , — Katrina @ 11:54 am
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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Images by Gemagenta.

Have recently been lusting over some jewellery pieces made by talented jeweller Gemagenta – I love all the thought and care that go into each piece.

Filed under: Jewellery,Jewelry — Tags: , , — Katrina @ 11:53 am
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Monday, 17 September 2012
moroccan-ish soup with beef, chickpeas and cous cous

After having a cold (or any time really), this is one of my favourite soups – it is fresh with herbs, spices and lemon, it has just a teensy bit of meat bulked out with earthy chickpeas, and it has the filling yummy-ness of couscous.

Ingredients
2 tbsp oil (I like grapeseed)
150g beef mince
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp dried chilli flakes (or 1 red chilli, finely chopped)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
875g canned chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 litre vegetable stock
400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp chopped mint
50g couscous
3 handfuls of baby spinach
about 2 tsp sugar
zest of one lemon
salt and pepper
natural yoghurt, to serve

Method
Heat oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Add beef to the pan and brown quickly. Remove beef and place on kitchen paper to drain.

Stir onion into pan and cook until soft and browned, adding the garlic and chilli when the onion is almost cooked. Add the cumin, coriander and allspice and stir for one minute.

Return beef to the pan and add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and chickpeas. Stir well then cover the pan and simmer for around 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley, mint, baby spinach and couscous into the soup, cover and remove from the heat. Leave to stand for five minutes. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste.

I like to serve mine with natural yoghurt on top, with some extra herbs.

Filed under: Recipes — Tags: , , — Katrina @ 5:24 pm
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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Have had this quote stuck on my inspiration board for a while:

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
- Buddha

This quote continued to inspire me throughout the creation of my new website – Bon Vivant Guide to Tasmania. The Guide is written for foodies, culture buffs and people who love authentic travel experiences, and it is the sort of guide that I wish I had been able to use when planning our Tasmanian honeymoon.

The idea has been in my mind since December last year and I feel so pleased to have finally completed the website and sample of the Guide – it no longer exists only as an idea, hooray!

If you are interested in the Guide, why not like it on facebook – I would be so grateful :)

Hip hip hooray for acting on ideas! Have you had any ideas recently that you’re tempted to act on?

Filed under: Websites — Tags: , — Katrina @ 5:11 pm
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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Image by Camille from The Wild Fleur.

Have you visited Camille from The Wild Fleur yet? I can’t believe it took me so long to come across her blog, filled to the brim with gorgeous photography (including the photo above) and snippets of whimsy…

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