Archive | December 2015

Blogmas Day 5! 🎄

December is a busy month with all those Christmas parties to attend so I thought I would do this blog early on. Today we are talking about decluttering.

I’m very much into the out with the old and in with the new at this time of the year. What better way to start a new year more refreshed and bright-eyed to start a new year than to get cleaning.

THE book that has been getting plenty of mentions this year is Marie Kondo’s ” The Life Changing Magic of Tidying”. In this book, Marie talks about only keeping things that ‘bring you joy’. This includes books, clothes and furniture. The secret to this tidying up method is to hold the object in your hands. Since reading this book months ago, I have been slowly chipping away in my wardrobe which is the main area where I tend to hoard and keep pieces of clothing despite not wearing them for years “just incase”. It also reminded me to try and live clutter-free, which is something I have my sights on. I have also been going through my shelves and have thrown out (recycled) some old school reports (that was time from another universe!), am planning on donating some old books that don’t bring me joy and never really have and getting rid of paper.

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If this sounds like you, MAYBE this is the time to set aside 1 day or 1/2 a day and to go through your things and either donate, sell, recycle or throw out some of things that don’t bring you joy.

Check out my tag ‘consumerism’ if you would to read abit more about this topic from my blog.

Happy cleaning!

-S.

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Blogmas Day 3! 🎄

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Hey guys!

In my last post I blogged about making an Apple and Raspberry salad (perfect Christmas colours!) so here is the link to the actual recipe online.

Today I am going to share with you my gingerbread men recipe. So i saw this in a magazine and ripped it out and have since made it quite a couple of times. I have changed it alittle and will be giving you the changed one today.

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup (75g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (175g) golden syrup
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger (I will be trying 3 teaspoons next time)
  • 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
For the icing (i’m after a new recipe so if you have one, please let me know):
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup (160g) pure icing sugar
  • food colouring/cachous as you wish.
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. I like to use baking paper but if don’t want to, grease your baking tray here.
  2. Heat butter, sugar, golden syrup in the microwave until butter has melted (30-40seconds). Then let the mixture cool.
  3. Sift flour, spices, bicarb soda in a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Divide the dough in half and knead one half on the benchtop making sure the surface is floured. Using a rolling pin, roll ou the dough to about 5mm. Use gingerbread man cookie cutter and then place the cut shape onto baking tray.
  5. Bake the gingerbread men for 10 mins or until golden brown.
  6. Icing: beat the egg white with an electric mixer until frothy and gradually add sifted icing sugar. Beat between addition until stiff peaks form. Then add food colouring if you want.
  7. Decorate!

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Happy baking!

-S.

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-S.

Blogmas! Day 1 🎄

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Hey guys! I thought that if youtube can have vlogmas, why can’t we have blogmas?! Soooo i’ve decided that I’ll have a go at blogmas and post every second day on assorted topics. So let’s see how we go! Also, if you’re hoping for pictures of snow and Christmas jumpers….this will be the wrong blog!

Today was the first official day of summer for us Australians. Come back to check out what we get up to at Christmas in the southern hemisphere in summer!

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To get the ball of the ground, today’s lunch included this new recipe that I have tried recently. Rocket/spinach leaves, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, goats cheese, raspberries (frozen or fresh) and for the dressing:

– About 50g of raspberries mashed
– 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of mustard (can omit)
– 2 teaspoons of honey (you may need to add more if the dressing is too sour)
– salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle abit of olive oil and voila! I will link the recipe in my next blog post.

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And who else loves these?! I remember eating them when I was younger and still love them now.

See you in the next blog!

– S.

Pros and Cons about Sydney, Aus

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I’m always writing about places on the otherside of the world and saw a video of someone doing the pros and cons of Sydney so I thought that I would do my own! For those who don’t know, I am born and raised in Sydney so let me run you through the list about Sydney.

Pros

  • Weather: For one, we can see blue skies. We have a very mild winter (day temperature around the 16C mark and nights around 8C) so for most of the year, our temperature is generally around the 20C mark. Our summers stretch usually over 3 months and we do get the occasional +35C but luckily, there are not that many.
  • Multicultural: One thing I do miss when I go travelling is the multiculturism (is that even a word?) of the society that I have grown up in. Depending where you stay/visit in Sydney, there are ethnic groups dotted around in the suburbs but generally, you can find just about every cuisine from every culture in Sydney. It is safe to say that many Australians have grown up eating Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Lebanese and Greek food (plus many more).
  • Beaches: I have yet to go to a beach overseas and thought “Hey, this is better than the beaches back home”. Actual soft sand, clear waters and views of the infinite ocean is what Australia is all about. Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Maroubra…..take your pick!
  • Harbour: It’s not everyday that you can roll into a train station such as Circular Quay and get a view of the iconic Harbour Bridge with clear waters glistening under it, or take a ferry to the north side of the city or be sitting in an office near the harbour and looking out to see water (if you’re a lucky duck!).
  • Flora and Fauna: Being so far from other countries means that we’ve been able to keep our native animals and plants just to Australia. Kangaroos, Koalas, Echidnas, Kookaburras and our assorted deadly spiders and snakes are all a must see whilst you’re here.
  • Food and drinks: There are many bars, dessert places and restaurants to try all over the city and in the suburbs and of any cuisine you wish. Despite there not being many “real Australian” foods, there are many others you can enjoy.

Cons

  • Expensive: You will hear that Sydney is expensive again and again because guess what? it’s true! $4 aud for a cup of coffee, $10 for lunch, $20 for a movie ticket, $10 for one train ticket, the list goes on and on. Once you step outside your expensive house or expensively rented room, money will start to fly from your wallet you don’t know where it all went. Of course, there are cost saving ways but living in Sydney is expensive stuff.
  • Transport: Forget about the Paris, London and Hong Kong metro systems, we travel by train, buses, ferry or cars here. All transport run to a timetable so your journey is pretty much set. As Sydney’s metropolitan area is HUGE (spanning some 50km from the city centre), it takes ages to get anywhere. A train ride from Central to the Blue Mountains will take approximately 2 hours and buses from the beach to the city centre will be likely to take at least 30 minutes (if there is no traffic). ALSO, they are all slow.
  • Everything is so spread out: Following on from the previous point, most people live in houses so the Sydney area is huge. Forget about being able to walk 5-10 minutes to the grocery store (some exceptions of course), it is likely to be a 5-10 minutes drive instead. If you’re lucky to live near a train station, lucky you!, if not- a slow bus plus a slow train will make your journey exceed 1 hour easily.
  • Traffic: I guess this is a problem in every major city and it is not different here. If you fancy sitting on a motorway-turned-parking-lot, take your pick of any of the motorways in peak hour and you’ll find it. There is also human traffic. Go to any of the major festivals running in Sydney and you will know what I mean. Queuing up 1 hour to get some food at the Night Noodle Market? Done.
  • Lack of green: This is something that I wished our city would have more of. Greenery! More parks and trees in streets. More bike routes, more eco-friendly consumables, ban on plastic bags (Ok, this is getting too opinionated).

So that’s my list, if you have been to/live in Sydney, do you agree or disagree with my list? Linke me your pros and cons of your city!

-S.