Cuff Love

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Dang but these cuffs by SouthWestern are beautiful. If only the Dollar was not being such a douche, then we could all shop online and have arms full of shiny, beautiful candy.

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ExpressoShow Recipe: HoneyComb AngelFood Cake

angel_food_cake_1AngelFood Cake has to be one of my favourites. It has a super, crazy light texture (this is what gives this delicate cake its cute name) it also gives you a false sense of security that this cake won’t go straight to your ass. Today I have laden this beauty up with buttercream icing, drizzled it in honey and topped that all of with a bag of Ma Mere Maison Macadamia & Honeycomb brittle- I have really gone to town. That Said, you are welcome to cut the cake in two and simply pack it full of fresh berries, banana pieces, Fresh Mango or whatever you have available. The actual cake is not very sweet at all so it provides quite a rad canvass to really go all out on the wild toppings front. If you want to be completely outrageous, you can cut it while it is still hot and smother the inside with ice cream (don’t be scared to drizzle a little honey in there too) then put the hot top back on. The ice-cream will melt into the cake and turn it into a taste rocket that will send you straight to Heaven.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Cake flour
1 1/4 cups castor sugar
a pinch of salt
12 egg whites
1 tsp cream of tar tar
1 tsp vanilla seeds
Pre-heat the oven to 180

METHOD:

  • Sift together the flour, 1/4 cup of sugar and the salt in a big bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites up, once they are foamy, sprinkle in the cream of tar tar (this will stabilise the egg whites and keep them nice and fluffy ). Once you have soft peaks, gradually add in the remaining cup of castor sugar table spoon at a time. Make sure to beat until the sugar has dissolved before adding more. (if you add it all at once, your meringue will become watery and gross) Continue to beat until stiff peaks form then add in the Vanilla Seeds and beat until they are well dispersed.
  • Fold 1/3 of the Meringue into the dry ingredients. Once fully incorporated, fold in the remaining 2/3 and gently fold in until just combined.

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  • Pour the cake batter into a un-greased, 25cm cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Take the cake out of the oven and cool, upside down, until totally cool.

While the cake is cooling, make your BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

INGREDIENTS:
250g softened butter
3-4 cups icing sugar, SIFTED
1 teaspoon vanilla seeds
2 tablespoons honey
1 bag Honeycomb (crushed)

METHOD:

  • Beat the butter in your KitchenAid on High with the whisk attachment. I beat mine for a minimum of 5 minutes until I have a light, fluffy texture. Then, slowly add in the icing sugar until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Beat in the vanilla seeds and the honey and continue to whip until all the ingredients are nicely combined.

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Once the cake is cooled and plated, use a piece of fishing gut to cut the cake into thirds, horizontally. Fill each layer with a generous layer of Buttercream, a drizzle of honey and some crushed HoneyComb.


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Try not to eat it all at once!

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Keeping an organised Kitchen is the best thing you can do for yourself. It will save you many hours of scrumaging for that spice bottle you just know is in there, somewhere! It will also save you from running out of that one ingredient that you need to finish the recipe bubbling away on your stove (Murphy’s law is an absolute stickler like that!). The best way to keep an organised Kitchen is to Label things. That way you can see at a glance that you are low on Baking Powder or Cloves or Quinoa and it will save you from sniffing your way through the spice drawer trying to identify the bottle of what you hope is ground ginger. I recently stumbled upon the raddest website, jam packed with thousands of beautifully crafted, FREE, downloadable labels for everything from Baking Powder to Little Easter Rabbits. This site has labels for everything, kitchens, closets, birthdays, easter, shoes, gloves, the works.  Take a click over HERE download some pretty labels and turn your home into an organised haven.
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Shoppe Durban

I spent the last weekend with my Sister and The PooMachine in Durban. We had the best mini-break, I won’t lie, doing long distance with your siblings really does suck, especially when you are Aunty to potentially the cutest, most hilarious PooMachine on planet Earth.
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Seriously, how cute?!  While we were down there, we stumbled upon this little jem of a Shoppe, nestled in the courtyard of my favourite Durban eatery – The Market. This little Shoppe is choc -a -block full of goodies, gifts and objects of desire collected from all corners of our creative Country. It is the perfect place to scrumage for gifts for that impossible person or to just find yourself a treasure that you absolutely have to have for no reason in particular. Next tie you are in the Sunniest Town in South Africa, head down to Marriot Road, grab a Veggie Burger from Market (it is the best thing on their menu) and take a peruse.

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Hey Bookworm!

I am totally obsessed with books, they are my escape, my teacher, my meditation, my ultimate Woo Saaaaah. I have read piles upon piles of books in my life so far, these are my favourites.
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1. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
2. The story of Ferdinan – Robert Lawson
3. Atonement – Ian McEwan
4. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
6. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
7. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
9. Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
10. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
11. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
12. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
13. Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel
14. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
15. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
16. The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
17. Blood Sisters – Stephanie Keating, Barbara Keating
18. A Durable Fire – Stephanie Keating, Barbara Keating 
19. In borrowed light – Stephanie Keating, Barbara Keating
20. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres 
21. The Wedding Officer – Anthony Capella 
22. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
33. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
34. The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
35. The Millenium series – Stieg Larsson
36. The Spud Series – John van de Ruit
37. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
38. Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen
39. The Help- kathryn stockett
40. Born to run – Christopher McDougall
41. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
42. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
43. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
44. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
45. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
46. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
47. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
48. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
49. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
50. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
51. Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
52. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
53. Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis
54. How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale Jenna Jameson
55. Open: An Autobiography – Andre Agassi
56. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
57. Go Ask Alice – Anonymous
58. The Book Theif – Markus Zusak
59. 1000 Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
60. And the Mountains echoed – Khaled Hosseini
61. The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes
62. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
63. The Quangle Wangle’s Hat – Edward Lear