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Spooky Halloween Inspired Cocktails October 18 2016, 0 Comments

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN PUNCH

http://honestlyyum.com/6804/halloween-pumpkin-punch/

BLACK MAGIC JELLO SHOTS

http://breadboozebacon.com/black-magic-jello-shots/

THE WALKING DEAD INSPIRED - WALKER BLOOD SANGRIA 

http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2015/10/walker-blood-sangria-for-dead-eats-recipes-inspired-by-the-walking-dead.html

 WITCHES BREW

http://lilluna.com/witches-brew/

 BEETLE JUICE COCKTAIL

http://www.whitelightsonwednesday.com/beetlejuice-cocktail/

HALLOWEEN SLUSHY PUNCH

http://lilluna.com/slushy-punch-recipe/ 

HARRY POTTER INSPIRED - BUTTER BEER COCKTAIL

http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2009/07/butterbeer_recipe.html

BLOODY SHIRLEY TEMPLES

http://www.thisgrandmaisfun.com/bloody-shirley-temples/


6 Things to Celebrate About Spring September 28 2016, 0 Comments

 


 


Super Kawaii Easter Treats March 09 2016, 0 Comments

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easter Nest Sugar Cookies and Bunny Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

Bunny Cupcakes with Cookie Ears

Skinny Easter Cake Balls

Sparkling Surprise Carrot Cupcakes 

Coloured White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Oreo Bunny Truffles

 

Orange Flavoured Cheesecake Carrots

 Easy No Bake Easter Rocky Road

 

Easter Marshmallow Bark

Easter Basket Cocktail

Lemon Peeptini's

Chocolate Bunny Cocktail Cup

Boozy Cadbury Creme Egg Milkshake

 

Have a lovely (delicious) Easter, everyone!

Love Ra Ra Superstar 
xoxo


Keeping Those Resolutions January 04 2015, 0 Comments

The new year is here!

It’s 2015 Superstars and you know what that means?!

New adventures, new challengers, new stories all awaiting ahead of you! 
Even though 2015 has already kicked off, we're hoping these resolutions keep you motivated for your year ahead.  

1. Find your Individual Style
It’s easier than you think! You don’t necessarily need to change what you’re buying, just how you are buying and where from. Checkout handmade, local designers, markets and vintage stores that constantly have hidden treasures. Support local business' by shopping from them, they will surprise you with unique fashions you won't find on anyone else.

2. Get a Healthier Glow
We've all been focusing on health and fitness in 2014, so now it's about time we all worked on healthier and happy skin. Look for organic products, cruelty free and even looking to your fridge for skin care treatments (try avocado masks and coconut oil as a moisturiser.) Even give your skin at least one day a week makeup free. This year, spend the time to look after your body and your skin.

3. Get Organised
Take a few hours this weekend to clean out your closet, and organise into a system that works for you! We guarantee you will discover some cool clothes you've forgotten about, new outfits and will find it easier to dress every day. Remember to think about whether you've worn something in the past year or two, if not maybe it's time to get rid of it. Although, before you throw anything away, be sure to resell, reuse, swap or donate to someone or a charity that needs it. As much as you may love to hoard those old faithfuls, there will always be someone who would appreciate it more.

4. Get Crafty
Have some clothes, shoes, bags or accessories that could use a little TLC or sprucing up? get a little crafty this year and try some DIY projects. Last year we tried knitting, block printing, tie dying and plenty of other fun stuff. This year, we'll be doing even more, so be sure to stay tuned as this year we're planning on classes to help you make your own cute goodies. 

5. Follow your Dreams!
Whether it's planning your next holiday, graduating from university, or getting that dream job you’ve been chasing, let those dreams be the goal you aspire to accomplish before 2016!
No matter how impossible it may seem, work hard and put in the effort and the outcome will be worth it! It only seems impossible, until it is done. Accept a challenge and even start a dream board to keep yourself motivated! A fresh year is the perfect time to pick yourself back up and try the things that you’ve always wanted!


Make your year the best year possible and may each and every one of your dreams turn into a reality and all your efforts into great achievements throughout the year.

Happy 2015 Superstars!


Five Spirit Lifting Classics! December 19 2014, 0 Comments

Christmas is in the air, Christmas is everywhere!!

It is officially LESS THAN ONE WEEK until the 5am wake up to see what the big guy has spoiled you with this year! This is when the town is crazy with Christmas and everyone is preparing to make the day the best they can for all their special loved ones. It is important too Superstars, to unwind after those last long days of work, busy catch up’s over the Christmas break or even just the load of excessive crazy Christmas shopping!

Pick up some friends or maybe just your favourite snack and flick on one of your favourite, most heart-warming, spirit-lifting Christmas film’s. Ra Ra has some favourites we want to share with you Superstars. No matter how many times you watch them - Christmas is always a perfect excuse to pull them out again! What’s your favourite film?

1. ELF

This is an all time favourite secular Christmas comedy!

Buddy played by the hilarious Will Ferrell proves that all you need is a good comedic actor and a good story to make this hilarious, feel-good film. The film really defines the act of giving and the true meaning of Christmas. 

2. Rise of the Guardians 

Christmas calls for a good, inspirational children’s film and this time of year it is totally acceptable to pull them about and get lost in them!

Rise of the Guardians defiantly deserves a spot in that busy schedule of yours. Immortal Guardians team up to protect innocent children all over the world after reassuring Jack Frost that children do still hold a place in their heart for him. 

3. The Santa Clause

An ‘Oldie but a goodie’ is always necessary in the line of Christmas films and The Santa Clause is ideally one of the best! Scott Calvin a divorcee is disgusted to learn his six-year-old son does not believe in Santa. Determined to keep his sons sprits high, Scott finds himself dropping gifts through chimneys and taking over the North Pole whilst having to explain to his family that it is the consumption of junk food that is resulting in that well-known Santa belly.

This movie is a feel-good comedy classic that will touch your heart and leave you in hysterics.

4. Love Actually 

How can we miss a Romanic comedy!
The film is jammed with warmth and laughs and of course themed with Billy Mack’s Christmas themed comeback “Love Is All Around.”

Several interrelated stories about happiness and Romanic love all within the five weeks preceding Christmas! 

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

“The Who’s loved Christmas a lot. The Grinch who lived just North of Whoville, did not.”

Go no further than this absolute favourite written of course by Dr. Seuss. For anyone who has not seen this film we suggest that tonight is the night! The Grinch who has been rejected, as a child has always hated the citizen’s of Whoville and especially hates Christmas. However little Cindy Lou attempts to invite the Grinch resulting in a supreme scheme to ruin the holidays!


Valentines Day Red Velvet Cupcakes February 09 2014, 0 Comments

 

Ok ladies, its that time of year again, a time when you often see listless groups of men wondering the department stores in search of the perfect gift, when you feel bloated a majority of the time due to excessive chocolate consumption and for some of us a time when we curse at the mere sight of a pair of shoes, because, really? even the shoes have partners. To celebrate this delightfully sweet time of year we here at Ra Ra have been dabbling in the art of baked goods. We have come up with what has to be the best kind of cake to say: Be Mine?

The red velvet cupcake! A frequent guest at weddings and other lovely affairs, even a brunch with the girls. The velvety consistency of the cake paired with a dollop of moreish icing on top has made it the poster cake for events at which you may find yourself feeling decidedly loved up. So without further a due:

THE RED VELVET CUPCAKE

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups (125 grams) sifted cake flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons (10 grams) regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cups (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk

1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting:
227 grams cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners' (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted
2/3 cup (160 ml) cold heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35-40% butterfat)

 

 

 

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 

Working quickly, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 -23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting. Either spread the frosting with a knife or offset spatula, or use a large 1M Wilton open star decorating tip to pipe the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add theheavy creamand whip until the frosting is thick enough to pipe. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

                  

       





 


Shhhh, Just Eat. June 19 2013, 0 Comments

In a sea of overpriced coffee, generic breakfast food and bad service Shucked stands out from the crowd. A hidden little gem in the industrial outskirts of Newstead it is officially my new fave spot. After a friend described it as having “the best Ricotta Hotcakes” I made the trek through the back streets to find a garage door in the middle of suburban street and a little slice of cafe heaven.

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I’m not really sure what I was expecting when this friend said Shucked was one of the coolest places she’d been to in Brisbane. A collection of lace vintage doilies, mismatched chairs & quirky ornaments that would make my Nan (and any hipster) proud? But the industrial setting was the perfect backdrop for such a quirky mix of vintage decor and added to the oh so hip vibe.

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The food is what really makes Shucked extra special. Not only is the extensive (and stupidly delicious) breakfast menu tantalising, but good coffee, tea & tasty milkshakes seal the deal. The ricotta hotcakes lived up to their reputation and were melt in your mouth delicious. Although the highlight for me was my seriously yummy "Turkish Delight" milkshake.

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I can see why this little hidden gem got mentioned earlier this year by The New York Times (!!!) as one of the “top 17 things to do in Brisbane”. I will be back and plan on trying each milkshake flavour - banana & berry, mint chocolate anyone?

Shucked Coffee House – 9 Creswell Street, Newstead


Mother's Day Delight May 09 2013, 0 Comments

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Mother's day is upon us ladies! To celebrate the beautiful women we love, why not surprise them with a lovely start to the morning - a breakfast smoothie!

What you'll need:

- 1 punnett of strawberries

- 1 banana

- Greek yoghurt

- Ice

- Milk

- Honey

- Cinnamon

- Blender

- Jam jars

What to do:

1. Pour all ingredients into blender, and blend until well combined

2. Pour honey on the edge of the jam jars

3. Pour in blended smoothie

4. Garnish with cinnamon and strawberry cut onto the side (pictured)

 

 


This little piggy went to market February 27 2013, 0 Comments

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Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, the Davies Park Markets in West End is bustling with people. If you arrive there anytime between 8am and 2pm (the market go from 6am to 2pm) be prepared to spend a lazy Saturday morning moving in rhythm with a crowd of eager market goers. The crowds needn’t be a deterrent, no one pushes or gets angry, everyone goes about their morning shopping in a calm and easy-going way.

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When you enter the markets from the Montague Rd entrance make sure to stop at the flower stall. Well-priced blooms of various varieties can be found next to a different stall that sells potted plants and seedlings–to create your very own kitchen garden at home. As you walk through the markets there is a stall to your right that sells organically grown apples of every variety you can think of. But, don’t buy before you try a few from one of the tasting bowls. You can hear the shouts from the boys at the fish stall before you can see the fish itself. They have multiple varieties of fresh fish and are always good for a bargain.

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Don’t forget your shopping bags for loading up on fresh veggies as you walk through the main section of the markets. Not all of the vegetables are organically grown so you need to be on the look out for specific stalls that display a sign that tell you whether they are organic. You can also buy yoghurt, eggs, bread, and cheese–make sure you go to the guy who sells 4 different cheeses for $15, you won’t be sorry.

And the sweets!!

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Always go to the markets on an empty stomach. There are about five different stalls selling coffee scattered throughout the markets or you can opt for something different and head to the lemonade stand. One of my favourite places for food is the Hot Vegetarian Food stall. The samosas are so fresh that you can watch them being assembled and fried right in front of you. The two guys who run the store are regulars at the markets and are always good for a corny joke and a laugh. If you are there for a meal there is a stall that sells omelettes, a Greek food stall, a German sausage stall, an Indian food stall, a Lebanese pocket stall, and many many others.

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Although the markets are fantastic for a good meal and a bargain, the sense of community and the general laid back vibe is what you will remember. You can sit under the huge fig trees and listen to a band or chat to someone you haven’t seen for ages, while the hours slip by.

 


The Art of Scone Making February 26 2013, 0 Comments


scones illustrationThe humble scone. Oh why do you not rise enough? Why are you not quite sweet enough? Why are you so simply pleasurable but rather difficult to perfect?

I must admit that I am pretty handy in the kitchen. I enjoy cooking and getting to know ingredients and recipes. However, making scones has me rather stumped. I find that the basic recipe handed down from Mum just isn't enough and I must be missing something. The joy of the scone is watching the little dense flour mounds rise in the oven to fluffy goodness that pairs up with cream, jam and a pot of tea so delightfully. 

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After some hours researching and reading different recipes there seems to be a few very simple rules for perfecting the scone. (Thank you to taste.com.au for these handy tips)

  1. Don't over mix. You don't want your scone to be tough and heavy.
  2. Dip your pastry cutter into flour first and don't twist your cutter or your scones may not rise evenly.
  3. Place your scones on the tray so they are just touching. This will maintain straight sides and your scones will cook evenly.

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Okay so now I am armed with some super top tips, a new recipe is needed. There are so many variations to the basic recipe. 

Like the Buttermilk scone, (2 cups SR Flour, 1 tbs caster sugar, pinch of salt, 60g butter chilled and chopped, 3/4 buttermilk, extra buttermilk for brushing)

1basicbuttermilkor Lemonade scones, (2 cups SR Flour, 1/4 cup caster sugar, 1/2 cup thick cream, 1/2 cup lemonade, 2 tbs milk)

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and the options don't stop there. Have you thought about Pumpkin scones; Pistachio and lemon scones; blueberry and white chocolate scones or even Rockmelon and prosciutto and gorgonzola scones?? But what about the Basic Scone?

Well I have done the hard work for you. I have a great little recipe for the Classic Scone. Use these ingredients and follow these steps and you will be on your way to mastering this  culinary feat in no time.

CLASSIC SCONES makes 12

You will need:

  • 4 cups Self Raising flour
  • 2 tbs icing sugar mixture
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup thickened cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • extra milk to brush the tops of your scones

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Position oven rack in the top half of oven.
  2. Sift flour, sugar and salt into a bowl. Make a well in centre. Combine milk, cream and egg in a jug. Pour milk mixture into well. Using a flat-bladed knife, gently stir until dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until just smooth.
  3. Press dough into a 2cm-thick round. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out scones. Press leftover dough together. Repeat to make 12 scones.
  4. Place scones, just touching, on prepared tray. Brush with milk. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden. Serve your perfect batch of golden brown scones with your choice of jams and cream.classicscone

Hmm, how delicious are the possibilities. It's time to don your apron and start getting your scones up to shape. Here's to the humble scone and happy cooking.


Southside and Cereal February 22 2013, 0 Comments

I live on the southside but still felt like Morningside was a bit too far to go for coffee. After hearing about Southside Tea Room so so much I made the trip. And I walked down the empty streets, wondering if there was anything else to visit that would make my trip worthwhile but I couldn't find much. Then I got to Southside Tea Room and stayed for over an hour.

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I wasn't sure if it was because of the homeliness, or the friendliness or the utter intrigue or delight or puzzlement.

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Orange vinyl chairs, marble laminate tables, crochet rugs and then a bar and pinball - equally homely and eerie all at once.

Cereal cups for breakfast.

Takeout for dinner.

Much of the hour was spent discussing the furniture but the rest was spent watching the regulars flood in and stay for a chat and order "the best sandwich anywhere" (which was the 'Hungry Hippy').

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It's a multitalented and multifunctional little establishment filling most nights and weekends with events and other happenings like clothes swaps and game nights.

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Your will re-live your childhood with coffee and beer instead of milk and juice (although you can get these as well).


Baklava Cheesecake. Oh yes! February 18 2013, 0 Comments

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Have a fondness for cheesecake? A hankering for baklava? Well, do I have a surprise for you!

I made this baklava cheesecake for my husband, as a little Valentine's treat. It's the best dessert I've ever made and I just have to share it with you, Ra Ra Readers!

This recipe came from Taste.com.

What you'll need:

  • 60g (1/3 cup) blanched almonds, toasted
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 55g (1/3 cup) dry-roasted hazelnuts
  • 40g (1/4 cup) walnut crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 x 250g pkts cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 300g ctn sour cream
  • 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 10 sheets filo pastry
  • 110g butter

I chose to add pistachios too! Kudos to me.

Melted honey syrup

  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 160ml (2/3 cup) water
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick

The how-to part:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake almonds on a baking tray for 5-8 minutes or until toasted.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the honey syrup, stir the sugar, water, honey and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, for 15 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Discard cinnamon. Set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 160°C. Release the base from a 22cm (base measurement) springform pan and invert. Brush with melted butter. Line the base with non-stick baking paper, allowing the edge to overhang. Secure the base back into the pan.
  4. Process the almonds and hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the walnut and cinnamon. Add 60ml (1/4 cup) honey syrup to the nut mixture and stir to combine.
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  6. Process cream cheese, sour cream and sugar in the clean bowl of a food processor until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and process until combined.
  7. Place filo on a clean work surface. Cover with a dry tea towel, then a damp tea towel. Brush 1 filo sheet with some melted butter. Fold in half crossways. Place in the pan, allowing it to overhang slightly. Repeat with the remaining filo and melted butter, turning and overlapping each sheet slightly to line the pan completely.
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  9. Pour half the cream cheese mixture over filo. Top with half the nut mixture. Repeat with the remaining cream cheese mixture and nut mixture (see related article). Fold the overhanging filo over the filling to partially enclose (see related article). Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until just set in centre. Turn oven off. Leave cheesecake in oven, with door slightly ajar, until cooled completely. Place in the fridge for 6 hours to chill. Drizzle over remaining syrup to serve.
  10. Drool! It tasted as good as it looks!

Sweet spots for your Sweetheart February 12 2013, 0 Comments

That's right Ra Ra readers, Valentines Day is coming up this thursday! If you're not wanting to make a big fuss, head to one of these buzzing Brisbane bars for a romantic cocktail and some nibbles!

Walrus Club

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This elusive bar recently opened near the regatta - a bit tricky to find with it's unmarked door - the Walrus club opens up to a 1920's style rum bar. Complete with mood lighting, wax candles and dark corners - perfect for you and your sweetheart.

The Hideaway

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If you're looking for more of a quiet night for you and your date to enjoy each others company, head to The Hideaway. As the name suggests, it's a little place tucked away next to Mystique in the Valley. Now, don't let the location deter you, this bar has a very homey feel, chill out on a couch and talk the night away.

Sixes and Sevens

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This new bar has been bustling since it's opening late last year. From first glance it seems like someones stylishly renovated Queenslander in New Farm, but this bar boasts a cute outside area to mingle and enjoy those romantic summer nights. Their jugs of Pimms are my personal favourite.

The Bowery

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With some of the best cocktails in town, The Bowery is perfect for anyone in a new relationship. With live jazz music most nights, and impressive bartenders to serve your every need - you'll feel comfortable and romantic for the night. Ask for an Espresso Martini or Mesha! It isn't on the menu but the cinnamon sugar rim will have you going back for seconds in no time!


Raspberry Remedy for the Summer Heat! February 09 2013, 0 Comments

We're all familiar with those hot summer days that are so hard to avoid. Sometimes you're in the mood for tanning oil, sand between your toes, and the sound of the ocean. Other days, you just want to keep cool. Well, I have the perfect recipe for a yummy and healthy raspberry smoothie to cool you down! And it's super easy!

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You will need 3 ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • half a cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk

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Method:

  1. Place raspberries and banana into a blender or mixer
  2. Pour in milk of your choice. I used soy milk, but you can try full cream, skim, or almond milk.
  3. Blend ingredients together until smooth and combined.
  4. Pour into a glass and top with a few extra berries (optional).
  5. Enjoy!

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Cocktail Sundays February 08 2013, 0 Comments

There is just something about Sunday Sessions that puts them above all other celebratory days of the week. Whether it be the pink and purple ombre sunsets that can be spied from a rooftop, or the fact that they give me a chance to wear my most spectacular playsuit and sunglasses. They are truly my most favourite part of the week! Here's a little list of my most favourite cocktails I have sampled so far in 2013, and where best to find them in your Sunday travels!

Lady Paradise - Lady Lamington

ladyparadiseSeat yourself upon a retro chair beneath the chandeliered pavilion at Lady Lamington and take in the splendour that is the Lychee paradise cocktail. Pink and girly like Lady Lamington herself, Lady paradise offers a sweet and fizzy start to your Sunday afternoon.

Scorpion Bowl - Alfred & Constance

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If you haven't been to Alfred and Constance yet, you are in for a retro flavoured treat! If you have, I know you are already in love with this quirky assemblage of retro themed rooms. My favourite of course being the White Lightning Tiki Bar. The scorpion bowls are self proclaimed as a drink that doesn't shilly shally or mess around in getting you underway. The scorpion bowls are perfect for sharing, serving 2-4 people. My favourite being the Kava bowl, featuring three types of rum, grenadine, fresh pineapple and freshly grated cinnamon. But beware, this drink is not to be taken on lightly!

 Honeydew Melon Pitcher - Stokehouse

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Stokehouse is one of my favourite places to go in Brisbane that has a view. Perched on the Southbank side of the river, the open and airy bar space faces out towards the curve of the river. Stokehouse's resident DJs set the scene for a stylish afternoon of cocktails.My favourite being the honey dew melon jug.

Pimms Pitcher - Kettle and Tin

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Soak up the sunlight on Kettle and Tin's terrace in Paddington one Sunday, you won't be disappointed! Make sure you accompany yourself with a pimms pitcher.... delish!

Roland's Treacle - Brew Burnett Lane

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Tucked down the alleyway in Burnett Lane in the CBD is Brew, the little laneway cafe where you can get a damn good coffee (and some damn good cocktails as I found out). Roland's Treacle is a syrupy delight laced with rum, maple syrup, apple, and Angostura. If you are not much of a sweet tooth, you could always opt for My Aunt Myrtle, a lemony sort filled with limoncello, lemon bitters, and if you haven't got enough yet, fresh lemon.

Vanilla G-String - Oh Hello

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Any drink that is served in a Jar is my kind of drink. In between catching Flume's *sigh* set after laneway, I stumbled upon this jar-shaped beauty. I am sure many of you are familiar with Oh Hello and its drinks, due to its penchant for live music and events, however I will proclaim my love for their cocktails nonetheless. There is a lot of love put into these drinks. Not only are their cocktails served in jars, they are complete with striped straws, flamingo swizzle sticks and tropical fruit.

 


Cooking for Your Sweetheart February 08 2013, 0 Comments

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Want to get creative this Valentines Day? How about a Fortune Cookie with a twist, Put a cute little note inside!

Here’s a simple and easy recipe for a Valentines Fortune Cookie.

 

·  60g unsalted butter, softened

·  1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar

·  2 eggwhites, at room temperature

·  1/3 cup (50g) plain flour

·  45 messages on 1 x 5.5cm pieces of coloured paper and gel pens for the note

 

STEP 1:

 

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place butter and sugar in a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, combine well. Add eggwhites, 1 at a time, stirring until smooth. Stir in flour and a pinch of salt until smooth.

 

STEP 2:

 

Using an 8cm pastry cutter as a guide, trace 4 circles, 4cm apart, on to a sheet of baking paper. Flip paper over and place on a greased oven tray. Using a metric measuring spoon, spoon a slightly rounded tsp of mixture on to each circle. Use the back of a spoon to spread batter to fill circles.

 

Incidentally, if you don’t have a pastry cutter use any similar sized rounded object in your kitchen.

 

STEP 3:

 

Bake for 6-7 minutes or until cookies begin to brown around edges. Working quickly, slide a spatula under each cookie to loosen, then place a message on top of each. Fold hot biscuits in half to enclose, pressing edges together, then bend in half the other way, over the edge of a glass, to create crescent shapes. Hold for a few seconds. Place on a wire rack to cool.

 

STEP 4:

 

Repeat with remaining batter. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Mock Ice Cream February 07 2013, 0 Comments

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So your milk and cream rations have run out for the month, but you feel like a cold and creamy treat. What can you possibly do? Take a look back to old times and pretend your eating ice cream!

To make mock ice-cream (banana flavoured) you will need:

-Bananas (1 Banana per serve)

-Food Processor

 

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Step 1: Get a bunch of bananas, peel and freeze overnight.

 

Step 2: Break each banana into pieces.

Step 3: Put them into a food processor and blend baby!

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Pop back in the freezer for an hour or two!

You can also add other frozen fruits (mango, pineapple, berries etc) and coconut milk.

Please note: The price of bananas may exceed the price of store bought ice cream. In which case, probably just buy the ice cream......!

 


Australia Day Pineapple Passionfruit Treat January 22 2013, 0 Comments

Hello Hello Ra Ra Readers!

If you are looking to inject some retro, sugar laced deliciousness into your Australia Day partying this Saturday, read ahead, we have the perfect patriotic themed slice for you!

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Ingredients
40g butter
½ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour
Custard filling
440g can crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
¼ cup custard powder
Topping
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup cornflour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup passionfruit pulp
green and yellow pineapple shaped lollies
METHOD

1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180C. Lightly grease a 20 x 30cm slice pan. Line base and two long sides with baking paper.

2. In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Fold in sifted flour. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool in pan.

3. Custard filling. In a small saucepan, combine pineapple juice and custard powder until smooth. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Add pineapple. Simmer for 4-5 minutes until thick. Spread over cooled cake. Chill until firm.

4. Topping. In a small saucepan, combine milk, cornflour, sugar and passionfruit pulp until smooth. Stir over low heat for 3-5 minutes until boiling and thickened. Cool.

5. Spread over chilled custard.Chill until firm. Cut into pieces and place a pineapple lolly in the centre of each piece. Store chilled in an airtight container.

 


Australia Day Chic January 21 2013, 0 Comments

Just because it's 'Straya day, doesn't mean you have to blow the budget on flag patterned paper cups and plates, or get a southern cross tattoo. Here's some ways to add some retro chic into your backyard or beachside event.

ausstyle1For a colourful retro feel, use vintage plates, such as the bamboo floral ones i spied in an op-shop. Match it in with a striped vintage tea towel or table cloth and a fresh fruit bowl or fruit salad.

 

ausdaystyle2If you want to go the way of the green and gold, why not source out a floral vintage table cloth or large piece of floral fabric to adorn your table? Add a touch of yellow and green by attaching lemon and lime slices to your punch bowl and glasses. Candy bananas, pineapple lollies and pineapple lumps add a fun, retro touch.

 

Have a fabulous day ladies, and let us know how you styled your event this Australia day!


An Evening In France January 18 2013, 0 Comments

Salmon in Sauce Provencal!

Keeping with my New Years resolution I have been making an effort to cook more regularly and this recipe also coincides with my travel planes, as cuisine straight from the South of France, adjacent to Italy- so the taste is rather Italian with a rich, tomato-based sauce.

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I started by frying up some onions and garlic and then the salmon fillet.

Next I needed to make the mixture for the sauce: 1/2 a cup of basil leaves, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 a cup of tomato paste and 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar. This mixture, however, has contributed to my resolution to purchase an apron. Lesson learned; tomato stains and it smells!

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Next I simply added the sauce into the pan and stirred for about 10 minutes. Once the salmon was done, I removed it from the pan and added in the side dish of asparagus. That took about five minutes to cook and then it was all done!

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This meal only took me about 15-30 mins to complete. So I now feel pretty reassured about my resolution to stay home and cook. Getting this meal and drinking a cocktail on the town would have cost me around 50 bucks, which is crazy considering how easy it is to do it at home!

 


Pocket Rocket January 05 2013, 0 Comments

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This is a very belated post about a very awesome café I stumbled upon while on a week off in Caloundra with my mumma.  When on holiday I usually resign myself to dodgy coffee and less than atmospheric experiences.... probably because I'm spoilt by the awesomeness of my local eateries.

But 'The Pocket' in Moffat Beach totally blew my mind. You could easily miss it as it's a hole in the wall next to some kind of fish and chippery. It has a lovely view of the beach I have fond memories of picnicking near as a kid.  Amazing Campos coffee, just how I like it. Mum said the tea's good as well.

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A limited food menu - just what's in the cabinet. But the egg and bacon sandwich will BLOW YOUR MIND. Egg runny and delish, some kind of continental parsley, tomato, aioli and perfect bacon. All wrapped in paper and twine like a little breakfast present. My mum fell a bit in love with them so it made it easier to convince her to go there every morning to feed my caffeine addiction.

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Need more reasons to go there? They have a great selection of magazines - I discovered 'Dumbo Feather' which is about rad people doing awesome stuff. Like starting Etsy and making pothole gardens. There are cactus. And there is a guy that works there who is the epitome of hipster skater dude to either laugh/perve at depending on your mood....

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The Gangnam Style Cookie! January 03 2013, 0 Comments

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Need a baking challenge for 2013? How about a very tongue in cheek project.... this is the Gangnam Style Cookie. Whether you like it or loathe it... you've got to admit these cookies out a smile on your dial!

Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 cup sugar
230g butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla essence or almond essence or lemon juice (optional)
3 cups plain flour

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Cream the butter and the sugar using electric mixers until smooth. Add the egg and flavour and mix well. Mix in the flour until forms a soft dough. Refrigerate for bout 15 minutes to make the dough easier to handle (not essential if you are short on time you can skip this).

Roll out using a rolling pin generously sprinkled with flour.

Place your template on the dough and cut around it using a sharp knife. (On a piece of paper draw the template below as a rough guide) You can add the flower etc if you like, I however kept it simple.

Remove the excess dough and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Royal Icing Recipe
3 egg whites (you can use pasturized egg whites or buy powdered egg whites and add water as per direction on packet)
450g icing sugar

(This will make heaps more icing than you need you could divide it by a third if you like but I like to have extra particularly when it comes to mixing colours.)
Stir together the ingredients and then whisk with an electric mixer until stiff and holds its shape. This may take about 5 minutes, the time will vary depending on the strength of your mixer.

Place the icing into seperate bowls to colour. To make the black I added melted dark chocolate melts and black food colouring. To make this skin colour add a small amount at a time of red, cocoa powder and a tiny bit of green.

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Outline you cookies then water down remaining icing so that it is just thin enough to spread out with a toothpick – try putting some on a plate and testing. Only add the water little by little so that you do not make it too watery. Flood fill the areas with colour.
Using a toothpick add the other details and then leave to dry.

Enjoy xx

 

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Cheeky NYE Cocktail Treats December 30 2012, 0 Comments

Hi Ra Ra party girls!

Now that the Christmas gifts have all been unwrapped, and the last of the festive delicacies have been polished off, it's time to get ready to party! I've got some inspiration for some cheeky alcohol spiked creations that are a perfect pre - event prepper, or a playful addition to your own NYE 2013 bash that will get even the most un-fun member of your group feeling fantabulous.

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Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles

10 pureed strawberries
60ml peach syrup (recipe follows)
375ml tonic water
150ml vodka (divided use)

Stir strawberry puree with 60ml of vodka. Place three teaspoons of strawberry mixture in the bottom of popsicle form; set aside. Combine peach syrup with tonic water; add vodka. Pour peach and vodka mixture over strawberry  mixture and stir to combine. Freeze for 2 hours, then insert popsicle stick. Freeze overnight.

Peach Syrup

½ cup sliced peaches (about 4 medium size peaches)
1 cup water
1 cups sugar

 

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White Sangria Popsicles

1 bottle dry white wine
½ cup simple syrup (sugar and water mix)
½ cup orange liqueur
2 lemons
2 cups chopped fruit (recommended: strawberries, green apples, peaches and blackberries)

Combine wine, syrup, and orange liqueur. Juice 1 lemon into mixture. Slice other lemon thinly and halve the slices. Add in remaining fruit. Pour into100ml paper cups and freeze for 2 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. Yields 24.

 

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Sunrise Fruit Wedge Jelly Shots

1 orange (for serving)
45ml grenadine syrup
60ml orange juice
1 package gelatine
60ml water
1 tablespoon sugar
90ml vodka

Cut orange in half; scoop out the pulp. Rinse out halves and dab dry. Place in a muffin tin. Put grenadine syrup and juice in small saucepan. Sprinkle half a packet of gelatin over top and let bloom for about a minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin has dissolved, about six minutes. Divide between orange halves and chill. Combine water and sugar in saucepan. Sprinkle remaining gelatin over top and allow to bloom for a minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin has dissolved. Take off heat and add vodka. Pour over grenadine layer, filling each orange half to the top. Chill overnight.

 

 


gingerbread babes December 18 2012, 0 Comments

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Here's a lovely, traditional Christmas treat we all know and love. The smell of this recipe baking will have your home smelling like a gingerbread house! They're fun to decorate and make a delicious gifts for friends and work buddies.

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What you'll need

  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Plain flour, to dust

What to do

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  3. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
  4. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
  5. Decorate at your leisure! I recommend creating mini versions of your friends and family.

Fin!

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