August 31, 2014

Chunky chocolate mousse in a shot glass


Chocolate mousse in a shot glass is my dessert of the moment. I recently made a batch for my nieces dedication ceremony and another batch for my brother engagement party last night.

The mousse is easy to make, the below ingredients will fill about 25 shot glasses. If you feel like dressing up the shot glass you can tie a ribbon around it or you can pop a decorated spoon as I have done into the mousse.

Ingredients:

250g white, milk or dark chocolate
250ml instant custard
400ml thickened cream
1 square of milk or dark chocolate for grating

Method:

1. Melt white chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering hot water.
2. Remove bowl from heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Add instant custard and stir.
4. Stir in cream, as cream will be cold it will set some of the chocolate, stir quickly to break up any large chunks.
5. Pour into shot glasses and refrigerate over night.
6. To serve grate chocolate on top of mousse.

 

August 29, 2014

Domayne Castle Hill VIP night


Display inside Domayne

Every once in awhile I receive an invitation from Domayne to attend a night of exclusive sales. In the past I haven't thought far enough to RSVP however this time round with a bedroom suite in mind, drinks, canapés and a styling session by Steve Cordony and Tanya Buchanan from Belle magazine I had to say yes.


The event was held last night. The store was buzzing, a red carpet, bright lights and waiters with drinks were placed at the entrance. Inside the store was a three piece band, canapés and storewide discounts.

The styling session started at seven pm, it was amazing to see the transformation Steve and Tanya made to a living space by using various furnishings, if only I had the space to add a few more items to my living room.

The living space

The living space furnished

Once the session was over I roamed around the store making note of a few 'I wish' items whilst nibbling on various canapés that were floating around the room. Paul Jurd the guest chef was placed at the front of the store whipping up some easy to prepare appetisers and desserts which were available to sample. 

Appetisers
Easy desert using a sponge cake, mascarpone, strawberries, icing sugar and chocolate.
 
With 30% off bedroom furniture my husband and I bit the bullet and ordered the the Milton bedroom suite we have had our eyes on for sometime.

Milton bedroom suite display

With the chance to win back 50% of our order we stayed for the draw. We didn't win the main prize or the second or third prize either. Overall it was an enjoyable evening, the food, drinks and discounts were fantastic, I will be sure to RSVP in the future.

August 26, 2014

Next.com.au


I rarely purchase clothes online but when an unexpected Next catalogue arrived in the mail I had to have a look.

With an offer of free shipping and 20% off any purchase over $50 I couldn't resist a long sleeved white and black dress for myself and a white cotton Winnie the Pooh dress for my daughter.

Shipping was fast, three business days later the order was delivered to my front door. To my relief the dresses were identical to the catalogue however both are a large make which is fine for my daughter however for myself I will either have to wear a belt with the dress, have it altered or gain weight.

Will I order from Next again? Probably though next time I will make sure I order one size smaller.



August 15, 2014

DIY name bunting




It's amazing what discoveries you make once you have a baby, in the last eight months I have been introduced to a new world of Save our sleep, ABC for Kids, Sophie the Giraffe, leaps and bunting.

So feeling creative and not wanting my daughter to miss out on the latest trend I made her a name bunting for under $20 to hang in her nursery.

What you will need:

Paper party flags, wooden letters, craft glue, acrylic paint, paint brush, string.


Step 1: Paint wooden letters.


Step 2: Once letters have dried glue to selected paper flags.



Step 3: Once the glue has dried and the letters have firmly stuck to paper flags, thread the string through the holes at the top of the paper flag (if there are no holes use a hole punch).


Step 4: Hang up the bunting.


August 10, 2014

Sol. cafe, Baulkham Hills

Tucked away in a small pocket of shops not too far from the Bull n Bush is Sol. cafe.

Arriving just before midday all the tables inside were taken so we sat outside besides an outdoor heater.

With a menu highlighting Middle Eastern, South American dishes and all day breakfast it was a little hard to decide what to order. In the end we settled on a pulled pork roll, koftas with houmous, slaw and chips, a side of avocado for the baby, freshly squeezed juice and coffee.

Service was friendly and we didn't have to wait long for our drinks to arrive shortly followed by our meals.

On the plate the pulled pork roll didn't look too special but all was forgiven on the first bite of juicy soft pork full of middle eastern flavours, creamy aioli and crunchy slaw. A bite of a kofta dipped in houmous was good too.





With a voucher from the Entertainment book offering 25% off the total bill we left with change from a $50 note and bragging rights to our discovery of this hidden local eatery.

August 1, 2014

Cantina Bar, Balmain

On Sunday evening we decided to have an early dinner in Balmain. After a stroll along Darling street we pulled into a small Mexican bar called Cantina Bar.

 

 Being early in the evening it was quiet which was great for us as we needed extra room for our daughters  pram.

We started off with half a litre of sangria which contained red wine and lots of fruit served in a clear glass jar mug. It was delicious.

Sangria

 To eat we ordered pulled pork nachos accompanied with guacamole and sour cream and prawn burritos for two.

My overall verdict: Although the food was flavorsome and service was good I found the dishes were small and pricey.

Pulled pork tacos
Prawn tacos for two