Friday, 30 January 2015

Pavlova


Last Monday was Australia Day so I thought I'd make a Pavlova. Above and below are photos of the finished result, it's a bit lopsided but I like to call it rustic!

I've never made one before so I followed a recipe on Taste for a Berry Pavlova.

Ingredients:

6 eggwhites
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornflour
300ml thickened cream
Mixed berries, to serve
Icing sugar mixture, to dust

Method:



  1. Preheat oven to 120C
  2. Trace a 20cm circle onto a piece of baking paper. Line an oven tray with the baking paper
  3. Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form.
  4. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well until thick and glossy and the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add the vinegar and cornflour and fold with a large metal spoon until just combined.
  6. Spoon mixture onto the prepared tray. Using the traced circle as a guide, use a spatula or pallet knife to shape into a 20cm disc.
  7. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until dry to touch. Turn off the oven and leave with the door ajar to cool completely.
  8. Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream until soft peaks form.
  9. Transfer pavlova to a serving plate. Top with cream, berries and icing sugar. (I added a kiwi fruit and passionfruit because that's what I had in the fridge)


I'll be definitely making this again, I really can't believe how easy it is to make and it left me wondering why I've never made one before!

Toni x

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Decorating With Grey

If you've been playing along at home you will know by now that we write a weekly post for The Reed Gift Fair Blog. Here is our latest contribution on decorating with Grey...enjoy!

DECORATING WITH GREY

Grey has been described by some Interior Designers as the new white. Grey is an elegant alternative to white but getting the right shade of grey can be a tricky business.
Careful time needs to be taken when choosing the right grey. The aspect of the room is very important, that is, does the room face north, south, east or west? The size of the windows and the function of the room are all important elements in the decision making process.
However if painting your house in grey seems a little daunting, why not try adding some grey accent pieces. Grey home wares can be used on their own or teamed with your already existing pieces to add a more up to date look to the room.
Choosing to decorate with grey can sit comfortably with varying decorating styles, industrial to contemporary. Grey can be teamed with pastels, crisp whites or bright neon; in fact it can add a stylish touch to any colour scheme.
So take a chance on grey, it doesn’t need to be dull; in fact it may just brighten your day!
Toni and Giulia,
Something Gorgeous
 Who Are We? Our names are Toni and Giulia. We are both passionate about interiors and write about this passion or obsession, on our Blog Something Gorgeous. We both love to shop, drink coffee (or wine) and natter about our lives. We get excited about gorgeous interiors, delicious food, inspiring photography and beautiful books or magazines. Between us we have 7 children so we know what it’s like to juggle work and play!To find out more about us visit our blog Something Gorgeous or follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Real Estate Sticky Beak - Denmark

A pink sofa adds a feminine touch to the Denmark home of Annika Von Holdt

The home has been decorated in a black and white scheme that oozes a cosy, relaxed vibe.









Cheers,

Toni

* All images from here
* Photography by Annika Von Holdt

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Home Office Makeover Part 1

As it's the beginning of a new year it's nice to start the year feeling organised. I work from home, so I really need a place that's mine where I can work productively. I've given my home office a little bit of a makeover, not a lot, mainly just a clean out and reorganise. 

I've replaced the desk and bought new chairs, but everything else has just been sorted, culled and tidied.



The original Expedit bookcase from Ikea has been reorganised, I've even colour coordinated the books! Not an essential thing to do; however it's pleasing to my eye.



There used to be a built in bookshelf in the corner of the room, which I had my husband remove, you can just see a fan there now but it's not staying. Removing the corner bookshelf has opened up the room and I've ordered a reading chair to go in that corner.



This has only been a small project but it has given me a renewed energy and a desire to attack another room in my house!

Cheers,

Toni

Friday, 23 January 2015

Bruschetta, Thai Style


A few years ago I posted this recipe for a Thai style Bruschetta on Something Scrumptious and Something Gorgeous. I don’t know where the recipe originally came from so I hope I’m not breaking any serious copyright laws by reposting the recipe. The reason I’m  reposting is because this recipe is so delicious, it can be eaten with crusty bread or with any meat, fish or chicken cooked on the BBQ. It is great alternative to the Italian version and delicious chilled during this warm weather. But best of all it’s so simple to make!

Ingredients:

4 firm vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small red onion
Juice and shredded rind from 1 lime
1 tsp peanut oil
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp Thai fish sauce
2 tsp sweet chilli sauce
1 bunch coriander leaves only
½ cup salted peanuts, chopped

Method:

Place the tomatoes and onion into a medium bowl. Place the juice, rind, oil, sugar and sauces into a jug and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over the tomato mixture; add the coriander leaves and peanuts. Toss to combine.

Enjoy!

Toni






Thursday, 22 January 2015

Round Mirrors

Have you checked out the Reed Gift Fair Blog lately? If you haven’t, Why not? Their Blog has some fantastic articles on the latest home trends including a weekly column written by us! Here’s our latest article for you…

DESIGN FOCUS-ROUND MIRRORS

Mirrors have always played an important role in the interior design world. A well-placed mirror can reflect light around a room, make a room appear larger or even give the illusion that a space is more open. A mirror can alter or reflect a view all while injecting some personality into the room.
Large or small, framed or unframed, a round mirror looks good in any room of the house.
This mirror from Koh Living is oval with a sleek brass frame and leather strap, we love its simplicity and the way it adds interest to the space.

A mirror can take the place of artwork, as they can be both functional and decorative at the same time. You can be as creative as you like when using mirrors.
This frame has been made from wood rounds of varying diameters.
This mirror has a frame made from Copper and is probably our favourite.
Many trends come and go but decorating with mirrors, in particular round mirrors, seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.
Toni and Giulia,
Something Gorgeous

 Who Are We? Our names are Toni and Giulia. We are both passionate about interiors and write about this passion or obsession, on our Blog Something Gorgeous. We both love to shop, drink coffee (or wine) and natter about our lives. We get excited about gorgeous interiors, delicious food, inspiring photography and beautiful books or magazines. Between us we have 7 children so we know what it’s like to juggle work and play!To find out more about us visit our blog Something Gorgeous or follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram
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