Life According to Instagram

floralsgranola breakfast cafebreakfast and booksmashed avocado cafeflower shopkale halloumi squash saladmeatballs and ciabattastudy essentialspumpkin halloumi quoina saladHow you going friends? I know I last posted 6 days ago… but for some reason that feels like yonks… weird huh.
Maybe it’s because i’ve been slightly snowed in with uni work, which has caused my mind to go off to a different planet for the week, which is highly likely.

Anyways… onto more interesting things;
Having a slight dry patch in terms of posts lying ready to be posted, I thought I would share some of my recent adventures eats from the eyes of my instagram.
The best way I can think to title the photo slamming you just got is;

‘welcome to the land of  food and florals’

Because …
a) who doesn’t like food… (sorry, dumb question)
b) florals smell nice, are colourful and remind me of spring… that’s a good enough excuse, right?
and c) combining the two just seems to make sense… amma right or amma right?

Pretty much, according my instagram, i’ve been devouring copious amounts of cafe meals and smelling the sweet scent of blooming florals.
Looking back on it, it’s been a pretty good last few weeks!

P.S. yes, in more than one of food shots you may or may not of noticed that halloumi was just chillin in the salads… as you can probably tell once more, I’m having a massive obsession with it. I just can’t help it, it keeps calling my name, and I’m too nice to say no it tastes too damn good.

Hope you’re all having a fantabulous week and catch ya on the flip!

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The Sandwich Series ~ The Ultimate Burger; Lamb Harissa & Halloumi Burger

harissa lamb halloumi burgerI’m gonna be honest with you…
I am seriously not the gyms greatest friend. I couldn’t think of anything worse then running on a treadmill as the seconds drag on, in what seems to be hours.
But what I DO enjoy is a noice casual jog in the great outdoors. Time travels faster, and i’m not fixated by a ticking timer but instead ma thoughts have a little wander themselves.

In my case this tends to dreaming up dream food combos and how to make them in the most delicious way.
My latest invention?
The ultimate burger.

AKA. Harissa Lamb Burger with Homemade Herb Aioli, Caramelised Onion & Halloumi 
ohhh yeahhhharissa lamb halloumi burgerI’ve always been quite the Harissa fan and a strong Halloumi supporter.
All that really needed to be done after this was to combine the two, chuck in a few other goodies, and you got yourselves the burger of your dreams.
Or in my case, the burger of my jogging thoughts.harissa lamb halloumi burgerNow, I kinda went all out in this burger and thought it was the prime time to try my hand at some homemade aioli.
Ya know, the time felt right… but apparently this wouldn’t stop the mayo from splitting half way through… we’re only human…
Split happens.harissa lamb halloumi burgerBut have no fear my friends!
I was fully determined to resurrect that mayo, and get typing away on google I so did.
The result?
A squirt of lemon juice and a sore arm later (totally hand whisked that bad boy back to life… forget the jogging… i’m becoming a professional whisker).
All that needs to be done if you’re ever in this pickle, is add some lemon juice and another egg yolk to a bowl and gradually whisk back in that split mayo.
Your dignity may be struck down, but don’t let your mayo know… believe in it, be patient and good things will come
AKA you’ll end up with a delish herbed mayo that your burger will thank you for later.harissa lamb halloumi burgerThis burger really has it all;
a nice little patty with a harissa spicy kick, caramelised onion for sweetness, herbed mayo for creaminess, rocket for pepperiness, toasted almonds for a lil crunch and some fried halloumi goodness…. need I say more? Oh yes! How could forget that fluffy fresh ciabatta bun to top it all off… literally.harissa lamb halloumi burgerAND it’s finally great to be back with another Sandwich Series post… well I guess a burger isn’t a sandwich, but what the hey, this is pretty much a sandwich to me, and i’d eat this for lunch all day erreyday.

Soooooo shall we build this bad boy?

HARISSA LAMB HALLOUMI BURGER
aioli recipe adapted from taste.com.au and caramelised onion recipe from taste.com.au too

Ingredients:
PATTIES:
600g mince lamb
3 tablespoons harissa paste
1 egg yolk
salt and pepper to season

HERBED AIOLI:
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon sea or rock salt
2 egg yolks
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons seeded mustard
1 heaped tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 heaped tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

CARAMELISED ONIONS:
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large red or brown onions, sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

OTHER BURGER FILLINGS:
rocket (however much you like in a burger)
1/2 cup toasted almonds
400g halloumi, cut into 2x9cm rectangles

Method:
1. To make the herbed aioli;
Process garlic, salt and egg yolks in a food processor until well combined.
With motor running, slowly add oil through feed tube, processing to form a thick mayonnaise. Transfer to a bowl.
Stir in water, lemon juice,  mustard and herbs. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.
2. For the caramelised onions;
Heat oil in a large frypan over low heat. Add the onions and a good pinch of salt and cook very slowly for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from catching. Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up, as you don’t want the onions to burn.
When onions are softened and tinged golden, add sugar and balsamic – this will start the caramelisation process.
Cook onion over low heat for a further 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sticky and caramelised.
Set aside to be used for the burgers.
3. To make the harissa patties;
Mix together the lamb mince, harissa and yolk until well combined.
Roll the lamb into 7 cm patties and cook on a fry pan or bbq until cooked through.
4. For the halloumi;
Heat oil on a fry pan on high heat and pat dry the halloumi so it’s fully dry.
Fry the halloumi on the fry pan until gold and crispy on both sides.
5. For the almonds;
Toast lightly in the microwave or on a pan until golden.
6. And to build? Follow ma lead;

burger gifDone and done! Now that’s all that’s left to do; tuck in!harissa lamb halluomi burgerharissa lamb halluomi burgerThanks for stopping by!daisy-and-the-fox-sign-off

The Melbourne Cafe Collection ~ The Stables of Como

the stables of como{lemonade scones with jam & chantilly cream}

The next stop for The Melbourne Café Collection was none other than The Stables of Como, situated in gorgeous South Yarra. Nicknamed ‘The Stables’, we had been meaning to visit for yonks, and the end of midyear holidays deemed the perfect opportunity to have morning tea there with our closest pals.

 The 160 year old Como estate boasts the national trust property, Como House, lush gardens, and this eloquent café. The historic site is vast, and we were easily tempted to explore the gardens before even stepping foot into the cosy and welcoming café itself; our rumbling stomachs told us otherwise.

The Stable’s rustic counter is adorned with mouthwatering sweets and morning tea delights; from traditional lemonade scones and jam donut muffins, to Noisette pastries and other homemade goodies. The menu is full of delicious meals, ranging from breakfast to lunch, to suit all appetites and budgets (there’s even a customisable picnic that can be easily organised with staff!).

We sat outside, with blankets over our knees, protected from the winter chill by café blinds. The interior is an elegantly rustic space, where the old stables once existed, and 2 long dining tables sit in the centre of the room, beckoning visitors to enjoy and indulge in the inviting menu.

 All we can say is, if you’ve got a sweet tooth or are simply in the mood for a scenic stroll around the gardens, it’s the ideal spot to waste the afternoons away.
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the stables of como
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Cheats Apple & Berry Crumble

cheats apple and berry crumbleLet’s have a quick little throw back to Mum’s Birthday Breaky shallllll we?
If you read the post, you’ve probably heard all about the occasion.
But there was one tiny (yet delicious) detail that I may or may not of delved into at the time – you see I thought ahead in anticipation for this post and thought I better save the raving for a post where there isn’t like millions of words to read in addition to comments of praise for Mum’s successful birthday celebration.
cheats apple and berry crumbleAnyway, if you have no idea what I’m blabbing about, I’m gonna lay it all out there on the table, berries, crumble, the whole lot.

I always love a good chance to hop into the kitchen with a purpose which extends the desires of my stomaches current requests (although, there tends to be nothing better than a satisfying pasta, but we’ll leave those musings for a rainy day).
So, naturally I jumped at the opportunity to help Mum in preparation for her Birthday Breakfast. And as usual my ideas in my head were a little too extravagant for a casual gathering, so we settled on my role consisting of making the banana bread, rhubarb & pear compote (recipe here) and a total last minute idea that I didn’t expect mum to give the ‘all-go’ to, which was funnily enough, this Apple & Berry Crumble that actually turned out to be the breakfast hit! Who knew?!
frozen berriesThe result?
A quick and utterly mouthwatering, perfect breakfast accompaniment for the yoghurt (and you know what, pretty damn awesome by itself, and maybe a little cheeky scoop of ice-cream… it’s never too early fo ice-cream).

I kinda didn’t want it to be finished by all the guests here, because… to be perfectly honest, I just wanted to stuff my face with it when they all left.
No judgement. No worries.cheats apple and berry crumble

I could eat spade fulls of that crumble… I tell no lie.
And you know what, it’s probably wouldn’t be all such a bad thing, I mean, just check this;
frozen berries, canned apple, and a little crumble mixture.
It’s preeeeeety much a salad.
cheats apple and berry crumbleThe thing that kinda doubled me over in surprise was just the total ease of this breaky/dessert (maybe even lunch… i’d totally go there).
Most recipes I follow, I just tend to double the preparation time, because to be honest, I tend to be a bit of slow poke in the kitchen.
But this recipe, I kid you not, will take 5 minutes preparation.
It’s so easy, it makes sifting look hard…

And the flavours?? A total match made in heaven, classic, simple and full of berry bursts. The almonds and coconut add the perfect crunch, which pretty much make this dish your next soulmate, just sayin’.
cheats apple and berry crumble
CHEATS APPLE & BERRY CRUMBLE

Ingredients:
1 kg canned apple slices, drained
1 kg frozen mixed berries

Crumble:
120g butter, softened
4 tablespoons self-raising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup coconut chips
2/3 cup almonds

Ice-cream or yoghurt to serve

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180C or 160 fan forced.
2. In a 28cm x 20cm baking dish, evenly spread the apple over the base, then on top with the berries, spreading evenly as well.
3. Combine all the crumble ingredients in a bowl and mix together until combined.
4. Top the fruit with the crumble, sprinkling over evenly.
5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the crumble is beautiful and golden
6. Serve with ice-cream or yoghurt and enjoy!
cheats apple and berry crumble

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Candle Convert ~ DIY Beeswax Candles {video}

DIY beeswax candlesTo be honest, i’ve never been much of a candle kid. (or should I say candle cid… nah that doesn’t work…)

But, as it goes, my sister is quite the fan, with always a few going to brighten and cosy up the room, and luckily for me, this whole candle thang kinda caught on.
Believe or not, but i’m in a little phase of burning a few whilst i’m chillin in bed and knocking over the pages of my newest reads.

Who would’ve thought?
A fairy light fanatic like me would go and add candles in the mix…

(Note to self; being the klutz you are, the fire fighters should always be on standby. Always)
DIY beeswax candlesWhilst I began lighting some candles that were previously collecting dust in my cupboards, I thought,
“you know what Bec, you can probs make these bad boys at home.”
And that’s pretty much what I went off and did.

Now, I kinda opted for the easiest candle making option, ya know how it is.
And the easiest one turns out to have the most benefits!
What is this magical ingredient you ask? (apart from the fact you probably read it in the title)
BEESWAX!
Some advantages? (I’ll make it short and sweet)
Environmentally Friendly
Naturally Fragranced
Non-Toxic
Non-Allergenic
Non-Carcinogenic
Long Burning
(thanks Beeswax Candle Craft for that info)

How good is all that! It’s totally a win win situation.
And that fragrance has the most comforting undertones of honey (and you know how I like my honey… here, here, and here)

DIY beeswax candlesIn terms of details of some of the items I used:
1kg of beeswax (makes around 1600ml of melted wax) and medium thickness wicks

So, enough beating around the bush, here’s the video!

(you can get it in HD on vimeo.com and it’s also on youtube)

P.s. that catchy song is Budapest by George Ezra

Tips from a first time candle maker:
1. Buy a soft beeswax, this will save your lil hands when cutting (trust me, I’m speaking from experience)
2. Use old saucepans and equipment, cause this waxy stuff ain’t easy to clean
3. Cut your wick longer rather than shorter, because it will burn down a lot on first lighting it (yep, this happened to me, and I may or may not of freaked out that there was going to be no wick to burn afterwards… but lone behold, we are right as rain)

AND if you have suffered a waxy spillage on carpet (where only human, and i’m a serious offender), boy do i have a solution for you;
heat an iron, place brown paper over the spillage and iron away a few times until the wax is removed!
(Now we can breath a little easier, knowing our candle spillage problems have an answer. Your welcome.)
DIY beeswax candles

Enjoy these super easy candles, bound to brighten your days :)

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Bread Appreciation with Garlic & Herb Swirly Bread

Garlic and Herb swirly breadCarbs have been given such a bad rep. I mean, I kinda feel pretty bad for them.
All this deep repugnance towards them whilst forgetting the beautiful role that they play.
Carbs are only a full on hero in bread, and to be honest, bread is the absolute bomb.

I would say ‘bread is the best thing since sliced bread’, but that doesn’t really make sense…

Garlic and Herb swirly breadAnyway, being the huge bread fan I am, nothing gives me greater joy than working on a loaf over the course of a day.
It truly is a labour of love. You gotta be in it to win it.
In this case, to win it, it’s mostly a waiting game (yeast is a slow worker hey), but that never really bothers me when the fire is roaring and a book is calling ma name.
So really, it’s kinda a win win situation.Garlic and Herb swirly bread

To be more specific, I don’t mind bread with a bit of a twist (heh heh see what I did there…)
Shaking it up but swirling through my favourite; garlic, herbs and of course, a whooooole lotta cheese.
What more could a gurl want?garlic and herb spread

I went head over heals for this version of the braided bread, I mean just check out all that room for bursts of herb and cheese!
Therefore, that bread to filling ratio?
100% sorted.

And the smell?
^^ All you gotta do it walk through the front door to start salivating… then you run to the kitchen a pull apart the bread full of herby cheesy pockets

Garlic and Herb swirly breadP.S. it is possible to consume almost a whole loaf in one sitting… but don’t worry i’m not hatin’ on the carbs, i’m lovin’ them

GARLIC & HERB SWIRLY BREAD
(recipe adapted from taste.com.au)

Ingredients:
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 x 7g packet dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup shredded tasty cheese

Garlic Herb Spread:
1 cup chives
1 cup basil
1 cup parsley
1/2 lemon worth of juice
1/2 cup grated parmesan
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

Method:
1. Place 1 cup of flour, warm water, sugar and yeast into a bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until a thick batter forms. Cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until frothy.
2. In the meantime make the Garlic Herb Spread by combining the herbs, lemon juice, parmesan and salt and pepper into a food processor and blend until well combined. Stream in the olive oil while blending and process until smooth. Place in a jar and set aside in the fridge until needed.
2. Back to the bread dough, add remaining 1 cup of flour, salt, 1 egg and oil to the yeast mixture. Stir until dough comes together. Turn onto floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes. Add flour throughout kneading until dough is no longer sticky.
3. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic and stand for 15 minutes, or until dough is well risen. Punch dough down with your fist. Knead for 2 minutes.
4. Roll dough out to be around 18×12 inches then spoon the garlic herb spread over top, spreading evenly with a spatula, then sprinkle over the cheese, leaving a clean 1/2-inch border around the edges.
5. Roll the long side of the dough into a semi-tight roll then cut the dough in half down the length of the dough roll and loosely pinch the ends together (the dough will fall open a bit because of the filling). Place the strands side-by-side, pinching the top ends together, quickly braid the two together, keeping the open ended parts on top. Pinch the ends together, shape into a wreath, securing both ends together.
(if the words don’t explain the braiding process well enough, Joy the Baker has a great video on how to do the braided loaf)
6. Transfer to a lined baking tray, loosely cover the top with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes to rise a bit more.
7. Top with shredded parmesan cheese and bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
8. Allow to cool slightly, then pull apart and enjoy!

Garlic and Herb swirly bread

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A Day in the City

Melbourne city Melbourne city Melbourne cafeMelbourne city Melbourne city flinders street stationMelbourne city Melbourne city Melbourne city I never mind a good old day in the city (hence the title).
Lil bit of shopping, a whole lot of eating and some wandering around here and there.
You really can’t go wrong.

It all begins with that train ride.
Slow, but steady, as you can see the impending skyscrapers getting bigger.
Then you hit those well walked pavements and escalators full of people filled with purpose.
You bustle on and join the shuffle of the crowd, then we disperse off on our own little daily adventure. Kinda fun hey?

As for Melbourne as a city?
I’ll say small but sweet.
Full golden little nooks and crannies.
It’s no New York, but it makes sense and really encapsulates and celebrates what makes Melbourne different. Therefore, i’m quite a fan!

So above are some snaps from a day out! There’s really so much more to show, but hey, we’ll save that for a rainy day.

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