Spring is nearly here and the sneak peak Mother Nature has provided Sydney recently has really got me into the “Spring Cleaning” mood early this year. I love packing away all my bulky winter clothes and clearing space in my wardrobe for a fresh and vibrant Spring wardrobe. But Spring cleaning isn’t only about the clothes, I have also looked and cleaning my body after the many winter feasts it has endured over the colder months.
Lately I have been looking into clean eating and organic food more (yes Amolaya you are starting to rub off on me!) in an attempt to eradicate my frame of the horrid winter wobbles.
In addition, I have also been focussing on finally clearing out the clutter that is encasing my apartment. I have almost finished my spare room with the living room next on my list. With all these preparations, it’s no wonder my internet browsing history resembles a bookshop’s “How To” section!
The recipes on Eat Drink Paleo make mouth water, especially this slow cooked lamb shoulder
I have been getting my healthy on by reading up all things positive on the Lorna Jane website, Move Nourish Believe
Finding a way to add a little sparkle to my interiors thanks to this post on The Glitter Guide
Finding inspiration (and direction) to make my own artwork for around the home on Apartment Therapy
I keep finding myself lost in all the pretty pictures on Samantha Wills blog
This week I have been trawling the internet for some inspiration to liven up my apartment in time for spring, since it is the season of regeneration and all. And speaking of spring and its impending arrival, I am so excited to start planning out my Spring/Summer wardrobe! Anyway, here are the websites I have been checking out this week:
I have been meaning to transfer my photos into photo books for over a year now and these albums have finally given me the inspiration
Spring is the season of new beginnings and this year my apartment is going to get a little spring make over, I am currently loving the tropical chic look – pineapple lamps, palm print cushions and definitely cocktails!
I love to cook, but I have a particular style of cooking and I tend to stick to it. So I was really excited when one of my lovely friends informed me of the cooking classes held at William-Sonoma. I would really love to learn a new cuisine.
If you weren’t front row at the recent David Jones Spring/Summer show, then you have to check this out. I am now obsessed with Jessica Gomes, vivid prints and monochrome swimsuits!
If you are a cricket fan and you have been watching the Ashes, then you have to watch this youtube clip – hilarious!
I am always up for a hybrid bakery treat (cronut anyone?), so when I saw this article on Refinery29, I decided to make it my mission to track one of these “Townies” down
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My trip to Bali is only a few sleeps away, and of course I am not packed or organised in the slightest! Lucky I have taken tomorrow off work so I can get myself sorted out or my flight would probably leave without me.
Here is an Insta-Update on my life through my favourite app:
I can’t believe another weekend has come and gone! This weekend Anth and I finally started cleaning out our spare room. Due to an engagement, a wedding and multiple christmas and birthdays our spare room has slowly become to resemble an episode of Hoarders! After numerous trips to our new storage unit, we now have a spare room back and we are very excited to be able to access our linen without having a search party sent in after us. This morning we rewarded our tireless efforts with a lazy Sunday morning sleep in and breakfast in bed. Later we headed to the shops for coffee and some light shopping then back home, where we parked ourselves on the lounge and haven’t moved since – bliss!
As I am in a lazy mood, here is snapshot of my recent happenings, enjoy:
Hope you have all had a great weekend and here is to fantastic week ahead!
Fun Fact Friday is a new weekly post I am going to be doing where I divulge a fun fact on a certain topic. This idea was leant to me by my husband last week when enlisted him as my official taste tester. I was frantically cooking up a storm in my tiny kitchen prior to my party when I asked him to critique on my caramelised onions. He we smiling from ear to ear and enthusiastically asked me what I had added to the onions to give them that flavour. The answer, my friends, is a clever little trick I have borrowed from my mentor, Mr Heston Blumenthal. In his cookbook “Heston Blumenthal at home” he reveals the secret to amazing flavoured onions is adding star anise. Since reading this little nugget, it has changed my life! It honestly takes onions in form from regular onions to onionlicious (yes I borrowed that from Destiny’s Child – I like to borrow)!
And this is how Fun Fact Friday was conceived. I have many a random trick or tip when it comes to cooking, decorating, beauty and more. They never seem relevant enough to warrant an entire post so this is the perfect forum to share all my quirky facts!
A few weeks back, my good friend Anna made the most amazingly decadent baked cheesecake. It was honestly the best cheesecake I have ever had, and I have had my fair share of cheesecake in my day!
Ever since that holy cheesecake day, I have been craving more. As I am trying to watch my weight, I really wanted one that would be lower in calories , without losing too much of what makes a great cheesecake.
Here is my first attempt on the road to my perfect, low-calorie cheesecake. I tested it out on the folks at work and received pretty high acclaim for it – I even scored a Facebook post from one lovely Angel!
So, to all those Facebook friends who have been asking for the recipe, here it is:
750g Low fat ricotta cheese
250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese – 80% less fat
4 organic free range eggs
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
2 tablespoons of plain flour – sifted
1 packet Marie biscuits
60g Almond meal
125g butter, melted
Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees. Grease a 22″ spring-form tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
Blitz biscuits and almond meal until fine crumbs. Add melted butter and stir to combine.
Press the biscuit mixture into bottom and sides of the grease pan, making sure you leave around a 1cm gap at the top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for thirty minutes to firm up.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, place the ricotta cheese and Philly cheese and mix with electric beaters. Add the sugar, flour and vanilla and continue to mix.
Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until all combined and smooth.
Take the cake tin out of the fridge and carefully pour mixture into the tin.
Place the tin in the oven and bake for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours.
To cool, turn oven off, leave the door ajar and leave the cake to cool completely in the oven
Once cooled, place in the fridge for roughly 4 hours to finish setting.
Decorate the cake with you favourite fruit, dust with icing sugar and serve with double cream, creme fraiche or mascarpone cheese.
I would love to hear what you think of the cake, I hope you enjoy it!
Recently I have noticed that my Facebook feed is occupied with my favourite blogs, bars, fashion labels, magazines and the like. I get all my updates this way and much prefer it as everything I want is in a central location, making it easy to peruse at my leisure. And then it dawned on me, why don’t I have a Facebook page for my little old blog? I have connected my Pinterest account, my Twitter account and my Instagram account to my blog, so why not add the main ingredient, the flour to my cake, the dress to my ensemble?
Introducing…my offical Kate Incorporated Facebook page! Make sure you head on over and ‘Like’ my page to get all my posts as well as any other updates. The idea with the new Facebook pages is for more regular interaction and quick updates between blog posts.
Thanks for your support so far, and I really hope you like my new page.