Saturday, 26 February 2011

Friday, 25 February 2011

Grilled figs with prosciutto

a big hit every time

10 mins prep, 4 min cooking

• Ripe figs, at least 8
• 2 tbls balsamic vinegar
• 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil plus extra for serving
• 12 slices of prosciutto
• Rocket to garnish
• Parmesan cheese shavings & crushed black pepper to serve

Stand figs upright & quarter, not all the way down, ease them open so they make a star shape
Brush with the a mix of balsamic & e v olive oil.
Place figs cut side down on griddle pan & cook for 3-4 minutes alternatively place cut side up & brown under a grill.
Place half the prosciutto on the griddle and cook til crisp, remove & keep warm while cooking the remaining prosciutto
To serve: arrange figs on top of some prosciutto, scatter with parmesan & black pepper & more olive oil, you can cut up small pieces of prosciutto to sprinkle on top too, then some Rocket to garnish & to add a bit of colour

Thursday, 24 February 2011

A Billion Cute

Too cute to eat
Hello Naomi
Computer engineer turned baker, cake decorator based in Newcastle NSW

Bold & Beautiful

Coloured shoes with wedding dress...Excellent!
Proceed with caution, note: must match wedding style/theme
Erin ever after

Why so difficult

I think I've tried to make macaroons twice before, both were complete disasters might just leave it up to the French I think.
Probably the most interesting flavour Ive tried was Beetroot, not as bad as it sounds, quite deelish actually

Clutter me Silly

Have to wonder why I like a clean place but also crave a bit of clutter here & there
Erin ever after

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Peacefull Serenity

Love the idea of outdoor weddings especially when you have a dance floor this big. More beautiful DIY floral arrangements... looks like Nanna's fine glassware

A Messy Seafood Feast

God.. I wish I could have been at this party, I like the casual, elegant setting & the lack of manners when it comes to a good seafood feast.
Party Styling by Alison Events

A Stylin Party

I cant wait for the next children's party or friends gathering to come around so I can make an outstanding table piece for it. A hens afternoon would be perfect
Something like these ones from imprintables

Decoration Salvation

Some simple, cheap little handmade pieces to add style & character to any occasion

Sunday, 20 February 2011

What an Entrance!

So many different ways of transport to the ceremony, love the idea of cruzing up on a few bikes with your bouquet in the wicker basket. Could be a bit hazardous to the attire though

Precious Arrangements

Im not much of a flower person but I love the look of a beautifully arranged piece like this one
. I know a lot of people doing a DIY wedding get their wedding flowers from markets the day before & arrange them in various glass bottles or vases. I love this idea

Light it Up

Im a big fan of looking for new innovative home decor.
Swedish design would have to be up there with the most crazy yet functional designs.
Lamps & light shades are defiantly ones that seem to change all the time & keep me guessing
Here are a couple that I wouldn't necessarily have in my home but I still find intriguing

X-Ray Vision

I wanted to share a few photos from a photographer called Nick Veasey.
I have some his art in my home, Its so striking & bright yet has a dark side to it
Im not sure how, but he seems to take an X-ray type image of people, animals & objects.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Blissful....Perfect According to Me!

A perfect setting for a wedding
This has so much character, it's soft, unique & just so so pretty.
It looks like such a comfortable surrounding to be in, you can just smell spring when you look at these.
Margaux & Max. Long Beach, CA
Images from Once Wed

Thursday, 17 February 2011

A Beautiful Print

I have been obsessed with this silk print by Bec & Bridge since it was released at the beginning of summer, I was lucky enough to find one of the maxi styles on Ebay last week for half price.
Bec & Bridge

Invitation Sensation

These days invitations can be too sophisticated & boring
I love how you can be more quirky & fun with them now, like the idea of having a small logo for the couples initials which can be carried throughout the matching accessories. (image 1)
or the use of the letterpress technique in image 2, yes its more expensive but defiantly worth it.
Some modern graphic styles of invites can be quite striking with little work & detail (image 3)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Lula of My Dreams

I don't buy magazines these days but every quarter I order Lula.
It has amazing photography, the writing is unique & the fashion is original.
I have even bought their typeface to use in my wedding invitations in the far future.

My Fave Dessert – ETON MESS

I've been telling my friends to make this easy dessert for years. Its a show stopper, try it out next time. It's great for kids, dinner parties or that special one-on-one occasion. To save time I always buy my meringues instead of making them even though they are simple to make

1 punnet strawberries and or raspberries
4-8 meringue nests
2 cups double cream
1 Tbsp icing sugar for dusting
Berry coulis or compote
Vanilla ice cream
Mint sprig for decoration

Halve your strawberries
Crush up meringues in large pieces, set aside
Beat cream til soft peaks form & slowly stir in some blended strawberries, berry coulis or berry compote, then last minute stir in halved strawberries, crunchy meringue (make sure its not swimming in cream its only for coating). Spoon a scoop of ice cream into a cocktail glass & add your mixture followed by more strawberries & berry coulis then dust with icing sugar, finish with mint sprig. Done!

Wednesday Findings

A few of my dearest friends have recently been engaged which excites me in many ways, mainly because now I have a proper excuse to scope out the internet on all the beautiful things you can do with weddings these days.

I have had an idea that we could make some DIY items that will add that special something on the day, one of them is paper mache string spheres to house white tea lights which we can hang. Here is some similar.