Popsicles: Take 2
January 4, 2012
We wrote about the joy of making your own popsicles a couple of months back, at the start of summer. But it is only really in the last 2 weeks in Sydney that it has been hot enough to eat them! In honour of our 30+ degree day, here are a few more amazing ideas for these addictive icy treats. We love the sound of the savoury +sweet avocado ones!
Images courtesy of A Cup of Jo. For recipe details click here:
Ming Makes Cupcakes!
December 12, 2011
We have been reluctant to talk about cupcakes, because they have become such a fad and there are so many bad ones out there. And then we found Ming. We just love this site – clear, stylish and delicious. Enjoy x
Popsicles save the day!
November 13, 2011
Well it seems Summer is officially here and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing and delicious popsicle. Happily, the wonderful people at Design Crush have already complied a list of the best popsicle recipes this summer. Here are a few of our favourites:
Flower Power Cake!
October 25, 2011
There is nothing like cake. And the only thing better than a gorgeous flower-covered Summer cake, is a raw one (gluten, dairy and sugar free!). This Flower Power Cake from Stockholm based, Green Kitchen Stories, is divine and would sit perfectly on a lace table-cloth, in the shade, with some ice tea on a lazy, summer afternoon. Yum!
All photos courtesty of Green Kitchen Stories.
September 23, 2011
Everywhere you go in Sydney at the moment, it seems there is a Taqueria opening up. And it’s about time. We love these tasty morsels and they are so easy to make yourself. Our favourite food blog of the moment Smitten Kitchen, has a great recipe for charred corn tacos and many, other food delights.
See below, or read the recipe online here:
Charred Corn Tacos with Zucchini-Radish Slaw
Corn filling adapted from David Schuttenberg
The space between “seasoned vegetable side dish” and “taco dinner” can be filled with whatever delights you. It could be storebought or tomatotillo salsa, hot sauce, cilantro, sour cream or Mexican crema, diced tomatoes, salsa fresca, diced pickled red onions, pickled jalapenos, shredded cabbage or a green onion slaw, avocado wedges, grated cheddar or jack or a crumbly, salty cheese and maybe a bib, especially if you have designs on using these all together. Keeping your favorites on hand means that all you need to cook in a pinch is the filling.
To bulk these up further, you might stir in some cooked and drained black beans. But we found them pretty shockingly filling without the beans.
1/2 pound red radishes (from about 2/3 of a bundle with stems and leaves), trimmed
1 small (4 to 5 ounces) zucchini, long and narrow if you can find it
4 ears corn, husks removed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional if blistering tacos in skillet
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped epazote (if you can find it), cilantro or pasley (for the cilantro-averse) leaves (optional)
1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces or 70 grams) crumbled cotija cheese (or another salty, crumbly cheese such as ricotta salata or feta)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
10 to 12 small (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
Cut radishes and zucchini into tiny matchsticks with a mandoline. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can use a peeler to peel thick ribbons down the long side of the zucchini. Stack the ribbons and cut them crosswise into thin matchsticks. Cut the radishes into a similar shape by hand. Toss radishes and zucchini together. Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the radish and season with salt to taste. Add more lime juice if desired. Set aside.
Remove toddlers from the kitchen. Over a hot grill or an open gas-stove flame char two of the ears of corn until well-blackened but not completely burnt. If you’re using the burner method, you’ll probably, quickly, notice that corn likes to pop and snap, occasionally spraying you with splats of corn. It’s a little scary, which is I why I suggest you remove anyone small and easily harmed before you begin. However, I found the charred corn flavor to be completely worth the scare and hope you do too.
Remove cobs from heat, and when cool enough to handle, shave off kernels using a large knife and reserve. Remove kernels from remaining two ears of corn.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and oil together and once hot, add the onion. Cook the onion for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the raw corn kernels and sauté until corn is just cooked through, about three to five minutes. Turn heat to high, add the charred kernels of corn to the mixture, and toss to combine until heated through. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the corn mixture, and use the juice to scrape up any stuck bits. Season the corn mixture with salt and chili powder. Stir in chopped herbs, if using.
You can heat your tortillas one of two ways. You can wrap the whole stack in foil and place it in a warm (250 degrees) oven for 15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients. However, I prefer to get a nice blister on them before filling them. Coat the bottom of a cast-iron skillet with olive oil and wipe it out so on the thinnest slick remains. Heat the skillet on high. Once hot, cook a tortilla for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, until lightly blistered. Repeat with remaining tortillas but if your skillet is well-seasoned, no need to repeat the oiling process.
Fill each taco with a few small spoonfuls of the corn mixture. Top with a spoonful of crumbled cheese and a bit of the radish-zucchini slaw. Serve with an extra lime wedge on the side (you’ll have half a lime left to slice up), and whatever fixings you like (sour cream, avocado wedges, etc. See above).
August 22, 2011
Ever wondered what your average chocolate bar looks like chopped in half and scanned into a computer…? Well the clever kids at Scandy Bars have answered just that. Compare your favourites from around the world here:
M & M’s
Love, cake and sprinkles
August 8, 2011
Organic Republic Bakery
July 14, 2011
On an inviting corner, a few blocks from Bondi beach, sits one of our favourite bakerys: Organic Republic. It is the perfect sunny spot to while away the afternoon, with friends, and the best, organic, baked goods around.
We love owner Murray Begg talking about community and the integrity of caring about your products in this cute video above. And we just LOVE the lemon meringue mini-tarts and the fat-free fruit buns for a guilt-free treat!
We munched on these all day, while we worked on the Tilly High Summer Shoot – yum!
Organic Republic Bakery
98/100 Glenayr Avenue,
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
(02) 9300 8804
Images courtesy of Google.
Love, cake and sprinkles
July 14, 2011
A self-confessed cake addict, Rosie Alyea, writes one of our favourite cake blogs; Sweetapolita. This Canadian based, mother of two, takes baking to a whole new level and her confectionary inventions are a joy to behold.
Who knew asparagus could be so delicious!
To view more of Sweetapolita’s amazing cakes… click here.