Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. Seattle

Oh yeah... Pancake and bacon cupcake... Drool...
Pancakes 'n' Bacon cupcake

While in Seattle we got our sugar fix at a gorgeous micro bakery Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. located in Belltown, Seattle.  The staff and owners there were fabulous, friendly and gave us some samples to try as well!  (thanks guys!)

The Pancakes and Bacon cupcake is out of this world!  The frosting is super light and not overly sweet, it is an Italian style buttercream, which was more like a meringue.  Sooooo delicious!

And one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I've had in the USA (and I've eaten quite a few!! Love this bakery!
Red Velvet Cupcake
My go-to cupcake is always a red velvet.  It is my way of telling how good the cupcakes are.  Kind of like when you go to a pizza store and get a margarita pizza... the plainer the better!  Anyway, this red velvet was amazing.  Moist and the cream cheese frosting was perfection!  If you are in the area, definitely check out Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.  The only thing is it is very hard to leave with just one treat!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Coffee Nerds...

Getting our coffee fix #stumptown

Whenever we visit the USA, getting decent coffee is always a pretty big priority.  With all the walking that we do, we certainly need a good coffee hit!  While in San Francisco, we were glad to pick up these Stumptown cold brew serves at Whole Foods.  The coffee was sweet, without sugar and definitely not bitter.  A delicious way to get a coffee fix while walking those hills of San Francisco!

Stump town travel kit

I'm also a bit in love with this travel kit that Stumptown makes.  If anyone feels like buying it for me for Christmas, it would be most appreciated!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Foods as big as my head...

I do love a good self-portrait with oversized or weird looking vegetables from our garden.  It's like I use the scale of my head to show everyone how big something is! Not that you really know how big my head is...

So I thought I would share some of my selfie gems...

Self portrait with fennel... This is some seriously large fennel from our veggie box!!

Selfie with a very large fennel....

Hello curly pepper!! Grown by @elgatogrande

with a curly long pepper...

The giant gherkin!!!

With what I thought was the largest gherkin ever!!!!

This beer is bigger than my head!

and it isn't just vegetables!  How about a beer that is as big as my head?


Oh and of course, this mustard that is huge!!!

I truly can be quite the dork....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Macaron, Macaron, Macaron... in Hong Kong!!

Macaron madness!!

For some reason, I've been on a bit of a macaron addiction of lately.  There is a little French bakery near my work that fulfils my sweet needs during my lunch breaks.  I love some of the more unusual flavours that people are doing in macarons.  I had a black sesame flavoured one the other week that very much rocked my world!!!

Drooling over macarons!

The one thing that I have noticed in Hong Kong is their love for all things French... there is even a major French festival here!  Naturally with their love of frenchy stuff, there are plenty of stores filled with the beautiful coloured goodness of macarons.

Macaron store!

While window shopping in Hong Kong, I was enticed by the Laduree window.  It's sugary goodness, the pastel colours - they were totally calling me.  An entire counter full of beautifully coloured macarons awaited!!!

Macaron madness

We decided upon a box of 8... which was about $25AUD... not exactly cheap but we did have fantastic service and some free chocolate testing as well!  Also, the packaging and branding is absolutely beautiful... you are definitely buying into the brand.

Macaron madness

We selected...
  • Orange blossom
  • rose petal
  • salted caramel
  • pink pepper
  • liquorice
  • raspberry
  • the Marie Antoinette
  • chocolate, coconut and marshmallow
Totally decadent, totally delicious and totally worth it!!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Raspberry and Coconut Slice

Raspberry coconut slice

One of my favourite slices and sweet treats was Raspberry and Coconut slice.  I loved how the raspberry jam became like toffee along the baked edges and the crunchy coconut on top.  This is a slice that isn't particularly pretty but man it tastes good!!!

2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of caster sugar
125 g cold butter cubed
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup raspberry jam (I used a raspberry and pomegranate one)
2 cups of shredded coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  Grease and line lamington pan (24 x 29 cm).
  2. Process flour, 1/2 cup sugar and butter in food processor.  It should look like bread crumbs.  Add 1 egg and the vanilla and process to form a dough.
  3. Press dough into the base of the pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and spread the jam over the warm base.
  5. Whisk 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of sugar together.  It should become lighter and sugar should dissolve a bit.  Stir in coconut.  Spread this mixture over the jam.
  6. Bake for a further 25 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool in the pan before cutting and serving.
Raspberry and coconut slice

Enjoy the crunchy and sweet goodness!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Protein Ball Snacks

Food stuff

I've been reading about everyone and their 'protein' snacks and thought that I would give them a go.  I also wanted to find some delicious and easy snacks to take to work for both my husband and myself.  The recipe that I decided to use as a base was from Damy health, who always has pretty delicious recipes.

So here are my first attempt at Protein Balls!

1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup of pecan nuts
1/3 cup of shredded coconut
1/3 cup of almond butter (like peanut butter but made from almonds only)
3 tablespoons of wheat germ
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
2 scoops of protein powder (mine was a chocolate flavour)

Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together.  You may need to add a bit of cold water to help it along if your dates are a little dry.  Once the mixture is chopped and into a consistency that is a little like cookie dough, you can roll the mixture into smallish balls and place in an air tight container in the fridge.  This recipe makes about 12 balls for me.  You can also roll them in chopped nuts or coconut for extra crunch too!

They taste pretty delicious!  Just remember not to eat too many at once!

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