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DIY Fruity Ice Blocks


The last two days in Brisbane have been killer hot! There's no better way to cool down than with an icy cold treat. I walked past a $2 shop the other day and found the best summer-kitchen-must-have EVER.... Ice block moulds. So that was it, I was determined to make my own gourmet tropical ice blocks. 

I used the organic yoghurt and the mango I bought from Sourced Grocer. You could use regular ingredients, but I really feel that using as many good quality ingredients as possible is definately going to separate these ice blocks from the average 50 cent ones you can buy at the corner shop.



You will need -
  • 8 hole, 1/4 cup capacity ice-block moulds
  • 1/2 cup honey yoghurt
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 medium mango, cubed
  • 1 cup tropical juice (Mine had apple, orange, mango, banana, passionfruit and lime....)
  • 1/4 cup passionfruit pulp (I had to use canned as they were not in season :( )

1. Mix honey and yoghurt together in a small bowl and spoon 1 tablespoon of yoghurt into each mould. Cover in cling wrap and freeze for 1 hour or until just firm.
2. Mix mango, juice and passionfruit together in a jug. Carefully pour over yoghurt in moulds.
3. Place lids on moulds. Freeze for 4 hours or until frozen. Serve.





Simple, easy and sooo refreshing. You could try other variations by using different yoghurts, fruit and juice, the options are limitless!




Happy Monday! :)



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Oh So Peachy

What a beautiful tree...








I've had this Camilla and Marc skirt for years and years and it always seems to brighten up my day. It's supposed to sit on the hips, but I've been wearing it pinned up around my waist lately. I absolutely adore the crepe paper like fabric. Everything from the peachy, tangeriney, coraly colour to the pleats to the floral patterned waistband makes me feel like skipping around when I put it on. Ahhh... isn't it wonderful to have pieces in your wardrobe that you fall in love with everytime you wear it? I don't usually wear bangles because they're so impractical when I work, but as I intended to have a well deserved day to myself on Tuesday I decided to dress up a little. I think it's almost time for another jewellry shopping trip.... From the last few posts, you guys can tell I'm loving the sunshine and warm weather right? Spring and summer is when I'm in my element!



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Sourced Grocer


The guys at work have been raving about this place and its coffee for a while. I have been meaning to go for the last few weeks, but only finally got the chance to do it yesterday. Excited about finally having a relaxing day to myself, I put on an outfit with a little more thought than usual and headed over to Teneriffe with Pham. 




The store provides a great selection of local fresh produce, delicious coffee and simply yummy meals. The space is really open and the atmosphere is welcoming mix of casual, friendly and inspiring. There's so much variety of home made and organic spreads, honey, relishes, yoghurt, vinegars... the list goes on! I especially loved the coldroom which was filled with amazing looking cheese! I've made a mental note to go back to try something new all the time. I would also love to try some of their organic sausages too... It's really hard to leave empty handed.




For a quick bite to eat we ordered from the menu that was written on the tiled wall with a marker. I had a Buffalo mozzarella salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and toasted sourdough bread. Pham ordered the homemade Falafels topped with garlic yoghurt and served with toasted bread. For drinks, I had to order a coffee after the great things I've heard and Pham had a banana and mango smoothie. I think it was pretty obvious we enjoyed our meals because we pretty much licked the bowls clean. I loved how simple yet flavoursome my meal was from the great quality and freshness in the ingredients. Next time, I'm going to have to buy bread from there, because the sourdough was to dieeee for! Oh and my latte was like liquid gold, I could've easily had another 2 lattes! 




I left with a few little goodies. Some of which I will be using for the next few cooking posts. I bought some bush honey yoghurt, Chevre (goats cheese), a beautiful mango and Coconut and Goji Concious Chocolate.


Words can not explain how good the goats cheese is! Its soooo creamy and smooth and the flavour is mild and not too tangy. Oh, I'm going to have it slathered on some toasted bread for afternoon tea!


Anna got me into this chocolate. It's handmade, organic and vegan - can you believe it? And it actually tastes really really good. Its hard to explain the texture, but it tastes like dark chocolate and its not overly sweet. For those who've ever doubted vegan chocolate, you must give this a go. C'mon, how cute is the packaging....


In conclusion, my trip to Sourced Grocer today was a great experience :)



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Apricot Chicken with Cous Cous



Last week on the way home from the beach, Anna and I were talking about what we were craving for dinner. Anna started describing a mouthwatering mango curry she wanted to make. It got my mind obsessing over a sweet and savoury flavour combination. Finally, after days of craving, I made Apricot Chicken. Usually, I'm not one who enjoys fruit in my dinner, but this totally worked for me.

This recipe serves 4
You will need -
  • 2 tbs Moroccan spice mix
  • 800g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2 tbs extra light olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 red capsicums, cut into strips
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 x 400g can apricot nectar 
  • 25g dried apricots, halved
  • 260g (1 1/2 cups) couscous
  • 375ml (1 1/2 cups) boiling water
  1. Rub the spice mix evenly over the chicken. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over low heat. Add the onion, ginger and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the cumin and cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic. Stir in the apricot nectar.
  3. Add capsicum and dried apricots. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. 
  4. Place the couscous in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes. Use a fork to separate the grains. 
  5. Before removing sauce from the heat, add chicken and heat through.
  6. Divide the couscous among serving plates. Spoon over chicken and apricot sauce. Enjoy!



Cous cous is a great and easy alternative from rice





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Skip Hop Jump Into Summer





















Salty breeze, tousled waves, tanned skin, flowly dresses, loose tops, string bikinis, sand between my toes, bright nail polish, dewy skin, tropical coloured make up, hoop earrings, fruity lip colours, balmy nights, floral scents, sunsets, fish and chips, wet hair, sangria, afternoon naps, bare skin, frangipanis, reading novels, headscarves, scuba diving, coconut oil, dancing tunes, sunlight, strappy sandals, happy snaps, floppy hats, party party party! SUMMER, BRING IT ON!!!



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