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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Royal Wedding Fever

HULLO! Sorry for my few days absence, i've been busy....watching the royal wedding!! It was so exciting!! Nearly in tears half the time, i watched the whole ceremony, even when the guests were arriving! It was like it was straight out of a fairytale. But of course, the most exciting part was seeing Kate - nope, i mean The Duchess of Cambridge's, dress!

So i LOVE the dress and it think she looked ABSOLUTELY stunning. However, after staring at her wide eyed for more than two hours on the big screen, i think there are a few things i would have changed.....

First I would have put a HUGE train on that thing. I just LOVED Princess Di's huge train, and i think it would have looked so regal if this dress had one too. However, maybe she didn't want those types of comparisons made about her. Or, maybe she just didn't want a huge train. Power to her!

Secondly, I definitely would have had a larger bouquet. That thing is a bit too small for my liking!!

Thirdly, I would have put Pippa Middleton in a much uglier, more "poofy-sleeved-typical-bridesmaid" dress because that girl looked smoking. I definitely wouldn't say she outshone the bride, but if she looked like that at any other wedding (i.e. mine) she would have turned maaaany heads and i would have gone after her with a hatchet.

However, as pointed out by the TV presenters, both girls could wear hessian bags and still look gorgeous.

Anyways, (un)fortunatley, i'm not her and i'm not the one getting married. Despite these little things, she looked a dream. Straight out of a fairytale, just gorgeous.

One of the TV presenters kept pointing out that the dress looked very similar to the one Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) wore when she got married in 1956. So i went searching and by god, they look so alike!!!

Even the bouquet looks so alike!!

Anyways, my favourite part of the wedding had nothing to do with Kate or William.


Hehehe, sneaking a peak down the aisle. So adorable. And single. And has hair.


(Image source: Google Images)

Thursday, 28 April 2011

More C Breezay Love

My bestie directed me into posting this since it's just.....omg. Sends me into fits of giggles.



Oh, and this went OFF. Amazing entertainer. If you get a chance to see him live watch out for this!!


*Sigh* Amazing.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Yeah yeah yeah!

My best friend and I went to see Chris Brown yesterday! And he was amazing <3. So amazing that I had to buy his t-shirt.










Monday, 25 April 2011

HCB

HULLO! In the spirit of all things Easter, I made Hot Cross Buns (HCBs) on Thursday, all ready for our Easter Epicnic on Good Friday. However, I decided to take the unconventional route, since i was craving cinnamon at the time and Easter IS all about chocolate - why is that anyway? Also, i just have the biggest sweet tooth as most of my friends already know.

So I searched far and wide for a recipe that would give me diabetes before i could say Happy Easter. And the answer came in the form of Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns, courtesy of Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella. I love her blog, she posts the most delicious food on there - I reckon that if I stare at it long enough the calories would jump right out at me and attach themselves to my hips. You should definitely check it out, she has some awesome restaurant reviews and delish recipes like the one I’m about to share.


I've never made HCBs before but omg I can't emphasise enough to you how DAMN delicious home made ones are compared to store bought.

And they were actually quite easy to make. Although not so easy to stop eating.

These were just pure yum. They are actually quite dense, but a few seconds in the microwave (between 10-15) and they are just super soft and yeasty just like normal hot HCBs. No need for butter on these babies, they are packed full of cinnamon and white chocolate and enough calories that I care to poke a stick at.

However, it does get worse. I added a few dark choc chips to some of mine as well.....definitely a good idea. Hahaha im like the devil.

I guess its a good thing that Easter comes around only once a year =P.

Enjoy =)


Cinnamon Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns
Original Recipe courtesy of Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella

Makes 16


For the buns
2 tablespoons instant dried yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 cups lukewarm milk
4.5 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
50g butter melted
1 egg lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2.5 cups of Hershey’s Cinnamon chips (or 2.5 cups of white chocolate chips melted with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and chopped up - i used these because Sugar Fix ran out of Hershey's =(  )
2 cups dark choc chips (optional - i clearly love my chocolate =P)

For glaze:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1 teaspoon gelatine or 1/2 gelatine leaf soaked in cold water

For crosses:
75g white chocolate


Method
1. Mix yeast, sugar and warm milk in a bowl and stir to remove any lumps (I can never get mine completely lump free....). Set aside for 15 minutes until frothy.

2. In a large bowl sift flour and salt. Make a well in the centre and mix in the yeast mixture, butter, egg, cinnamon and one third of the chocolate chips.


3. Knead dough for 5 minutes until elastic and place in a greased bowl covered with cling wrap in a warm area (left mine outside - gettting too cold in the house!). Leave for 1 hour to 1.5 hours until doubled in size.

4. Using your fist, punch down the dough and add the remaining cinnamon chocolate chips (and the dark choc chips if your using them). Knead lightly and divide into 16 balls. Place close together on a lined or greased baking tray. Cover with cling wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

See the ones with dark choc chips in them =D. Sorry for my poor layout haha. But i think leaving them apart a bit made them cook through properly.

5. Bake for 20-30 minutes until done (mine spent 30 mins in the oven, and i think it was a bit too much since the tops were a bit harder than i would like). While they are baking, get the glaze ready (mix all three ingredients together just before the buns finish baking)


6. When buns are ready, brush with glaze (like Lorraine, i bathed mine in glaze mmmmm)

7. Melt chocolate in a microwave proof bowl and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle (or a small zip lock bag with the one small corner cut off). Pipe lines across buns to make crosses.


8. Try not to eat them all in one go.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Shopping Woes

So, I haven't spent any money in the past week. This, my friends, is the first time I haven't spent money on my 'want' list since......November? I think EVERY WEEK I have bought at least SOMETHING. Partially due to the windfall from my 21st. Partially due to the long hours spent slaving away at work.

And free shipping on ASOS doesnt help. So easy to just click the 'checkout' button without thinking.

So i've been trying to satisfy my shopping cravings by just WINDOW shopping. It's testing my will power very much......i've been stalking Topshop recently because i'm loving their styles. And everything on ASOS seems to sell out in a matter of minutes these days.

Window shopping is so depressing. I don't know how you people do it, just looking at stuff but never buying it.  As you can see my self-control is like nil.

I remember once when someone read my palm, they told me I would have heaps of money, but I would give it away. Clearly she was right, since im giving it all away to online shopping boutiques...

Stuff that I want. Just the tip of the iceberg my friends.

Palazzo pants. Which I will probably never wear. But they remind me of ABBA and I want them.

And a yellow raincoat. Just for good measure. And yellow is my favourite colour =).

Good Friday Easter 'Epicnic'

HULLO! How is everyone? Hopefully you're all enjoying a relaxing 5 day long weekend here in Australia!! Don't you just love sitting around and doing absolutely nothing? This has been made extremely easy for me since we got Foxtel - they've been having a Frasier marathon on TV1 and even though I have the full box set of DVDs I can't help but watch. Oh how I hope they will do a Friends marathon!

ANYWAYS, back to all things Easter, I went on a picnic - or rather an Epicnic - on Good Friday with my bestest friends from school. It was such a nice day and the spread we all brought was amazing. We dubbed it the epicnic because we wanted it to be an epic picnic - however, only a certain number of us turned up, but it was still epic =P.

Hyde park is so pretty when its not full of people, and when the streets aren't full of bustling commuters. So quite and relaxing.












All these pictures were taken by my friends. I swear my friend's take better pictures than I do. 

How nice does all the food look!! I made hot cross buns and sausage rolls mmmmm. I'll post the recipes for them separately =D.

As we were leaving the park we saw this man making huge bubbles with his bubble making contraption. It was so cute to see the little kids run around and try burst them all.


Happy Easter everyone!!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Little feathers, big black stones

HI, My name is Ayesha, and i'm a shopaholic.

Seriously, they should make a movie about me and my shopping habits - OH WAIT, they already have.

I receive packages from all sorts of websites that I randomly find online, on a weekly basis (at the moment it's become a daily basis due to my Ebay rampages). I swear the worst thing that has ever happened to me was getting a debit card. I would hate to see what would happen to me if I got a credit card. Probably become a well dressed hobo.

Anyways, the good thing (if there is any) about online shopping at the rate I do, is that I always receive packages that I cant remember ordering - its like Christmas every week! I'm sure some of you know what i'm talking about, don't deny it =P

Today was another Christmas Day...I received a package which I can't remember ordering. And so I open it and TADA! So shiny and purdy...

It was from a boutique in Chicago, Lori's Shoes. I dont think many people would pay the postage and handling fees that im willing to pay =P. Is it worth it?

Duh.

Im trying to build my jewellery collection, and these are my newest additions.








 Love love LOVE the charms on this bracelet.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Meeting Adam Liaw! YAY!


Today I had the pleasure of meeting Adam Liaw, Australia's (second) Masterchef! He was at Big W at Macquarie Centre, I think the most exciting thing to ever happen at the centre =P. He was heaps sweet and I had a chat to him about his new cookbook and spotting him at last year's Good Food and Wine Show. And he signed my copy of his genius book =D. Im definitely going to be heading to his new restaurant when it hopefully opens later this year.

Great start to the Easter long weekend!!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

New Boots!!

Finally got time to take some pictures of my awesome new Tony Bianco BOOTS!


They came so quick in the mail. I want to wear them somewhere! Give me an excuse to go out in them!!

They are so comfortable. And the suede just moulds to your foot....love it!


Unfortunately due to my spur of the moment snap-happy rampage i neglected to put make up on and thus my face is hidden haha.


Also, excuse the quality of the photos - im working on getting a tripod, but the mirror will have to do for now =P. So hard to find places to take pictures in my house...

Btw, everything I am wearing is from online - ASOS top and jewellery, Topshop jeans, Jules and Roc boots. Gotta love it. 

Hmmm now i just wanna go shopping for clothes for the boots......

Bored Easily


=). Studying late at night. So productive.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Compost Cookies

HULLO! Im sorry I haven't been adding stuff on here regularly - well, daily - I've been snowed under with uni, work, going out, sleep. Yes, life is crazy.

Oh and thank you to my awesome bro for the sweet new header he created for me! WOOT Go Chief!

Anyways, I've been wanting to try this recipe for soooo long, and since I only just, at the age of 21, GOT MY P's on Friday (YAY!! - for those who live elsewhere on this planet, this basically means I can drive without supervision =P), I thought now's a good time to make them because I can drive my own fat ass to woolies to get all the ingredients =D.

Compost Cookies are a creation by pastry chef Christina Tosi, who works with the one and only David Chang, and together they run the Momofuku Milk Bar in New York which I am dying to go to. My friend recently was on exchange in America and came back with nothing but praise for the place and its famed compost cookies. So I've been searching for the recipe, and it appears that Christina Tosi was on Regis and Kelly (a breakfast talk show in America) a while back, and revealed the recipe to make at home. Yay! Apparently there are some glitches in the recipe, but I decided to give it a go, see how they turned out and then try it again when I feel like clogging up my arteries.


My cookies turned out all demented as usual. But they tasted  pretty cool!! Sweet and salty. Quite nice! When I was eating them I felt like how I thought the cookie monster might feel. They just look so much like cookie monster type cookies don't they?

I actually added quite a bit of sweet baking ingredients (about 1 cup more than the recipe suggested), which I might tone down next time - I think the real kick of the cookie would have come through much better if I hadn't added so much. Damn sweet tooth. Next time I actually want to put salt and vinegar chips in, and alot of them......mmmmm. I would also make the chunks of all the baking and junk food ingredients much larger so as to make that sweet-salty contrast much more apparent. Well, the mixer crunched them up real good, maybe I should mix it on very low speed.

See all the chunks of chocolate chips? The whitish bits are all chips mmmm

Other than that, I like them! The violet crumble honeycomb chunks were sooo nice. I have nothing to compare them to but =(. Until I go to New York and eat the real thing.....So im not sure how they're actually supposed to taste.....

This recipe yielded alot of large cookies, which is proving to be too much for my familial unit. So if anyone wants any just let me know!

Oh and BEWARE! The raw cookie dough is so nom nom nom its unbelievable.


The Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookie
Recipe by Christina Tosi, courtesy of Regis & Kelly's website


Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 Tbsp corn syrup (Note: I don't have this and Im not sure they sell it here But the cookies turned out fine without it - apparently they use glucose at Momofuku...)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps salt
1 1/2 cups your favourite baking ingredients (e.g. chocolate chips, rice bubbles, marshmallows, rolos - used all these minus the rice bubbles)
1 1/2 cups your favourite snack foods (e.g. chips, pretzels, corn chips)

1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter, sugars and corn syrup on medium high for two to three minutes until fluffy and pale yellow in colour. Scrape down the sides with a spatula.

2. On a lower speed, add eggs and vanilla to incorporate. Increase mixing speed to medium-high and start a timer for 10 minutes. During this time the sugar granules will fully dissolve, the mixture will become an almost pale white colour and your creamed mixture will double in size.

3. When time is up, on a lower speed, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Mix 45 - 60 seconds just until your dough comes together and all remnants of dry ingredients have incorporated. Do not walk away from your mixer during this time or you will risk over mixing the dough. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula.

4. On the same low speed, add in your favourite baking ingredients and mix for 30 - 45 seconds until they evenly mix into the dough. Add in your favourite snack foods last, on low speed until they are just incorporated.

It's like some sort of Frankenstein creation! Chips, pretzels, chocolate chips....


 
5. Using a 6 oz ice cream scoop (lol i would use the one you have at home don't bother measuring it), portion cookie dough onto a parchment lined sheetpan.



6. Wrap scooped cookie dough tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour or up to 1 week. DO NOT BAKE your cookies from room temperature or they will not hold their shape. Like this.....

These 2 didn't fit on my other trays so i decided to bake them early. Giant MUTANT COOKIES RAAAH
NOTE - One blogger who did this recipe suggested freezing the dough as a log and then cutting slices off and baking them when desired. For those who don't have space in their fridge or are on time constraints. 

 7. Heat the oven to 400 F. Take the plastic off your cookies and bake 9 to 11 minutes. While in the oven, the cookies will puff, crackle and spread. At 9 minutes, the cookies should be browned on the edges and just beginning to brown towards the centre. Leave the cookies in the oven for the additional minutes if these colours don't match up and your cookies still seem pale and doughy on the surface. (Mine took about 15 minutes)

Normal sized cookies baking obediantly =).

8. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pan before transferring to a plate or an airtight container or tin for storage. At room temp, they'll keep five days.

My compost creations. Plus a half eaten one, courtesy of Mama Widge. Plus my polka dot PJ pants. Sexy.

On another note, I just spat a whole lot of cookie onto my laptop - the Macarena just started blasting through my headphones. Shuffle, I love you!
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