Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

There is no better time to have soup than winter. While the soup we make at home is normally cooked on a stove with chunks of vegetables, this was my first attempt to make a soup-puree. It turned out really well.

Ingredients (serves 6):
1 kg pumpkin, peeled and chopped into cubes
500g carrots, chopped, skin on
2 tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 litre water
1 tsp grated ginger

Preheat oven to 200C. Place pumpkin onto a lined baking tray. Place carrots onto a separate lined baking tray. Drizzle the olive oil between the two trays and season both with salt, pepper and the cinnamon. Mix the oil and seasoning with your fingers through veggies. Roast for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through and have caramelised. Place pumpkin and carrots into a blender, add the water and the ginger and puree until smooth. To adjust consistency, add some more water. Serve soup hot with your choice of side serving (I used home-made basil pesto). Enjoy!

Nourishing Sleepy Tea

Sleepy Tea
Winter is the best time to experiment with different teas. I’m constantly in search of some new flavours. Last week, I stopped by a Lorna Jane store to buy the new book ‘Nourish’ and when I got my receipt I found this recipe attached to it. I couldn’t wait for the weekend to recreate it. It tastes so good – perfect for winter evenings.

Ingredients (serves 2):
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp coconut flakes
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp honey

In a pot, bring the almond milk and water to a simmer on the stove. Add the cardamom, coconut flakes, ginger, honey and then stir. Remove from heat after 2 minutes, strain, pour into a mug and enjoy!

Chocolate Banana and Strawberry Bites

chocolate b&s bites
These chocolate banana and strawberry bites are the best way to utilise some left-over chocolate and can be made in no time. This is a great idea anytime you need to whip up a quick dessert – when you host an unexpected guest or when you simply feel like a little treat. All you need is one banana, one punnet of strawberries and some chocolate (I used dark). Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Cover the banana pieces and strawberries with chocolate and sprinkle with some nuts (optional). Set them on a tray covered with baking paper and refrigerate until chocolate is firm.

Gilded Salt and Pepper Shakers DIY

s&p shakers cover
Gold adds sparkle to any setting and has recently become a trendy colour. It can be noticed in a lot of decor pieces, kitchenware and textiles. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of golden leaf gilding. After I bought this set on Amazon, I went in search of DIY projects. This DIY idea was found on this blog which I decided to replicate at home.
things needed
Items you need: 1. Simple Leaf Leafing Sheets; 2. Plain white salt and pepper shakers (I got mine from Myer); 3. double-sided tape; 4. scissors.
step 1
Take a piece of tape and cut it in half.
step 2
Wrap the tape around the lower part of the shaker and apply a piece of the gold leafing around the tape.
step 3
Take the second half of the tape and cut in half again. Wrap it above the larger tape. Apply a piece of the gold leafing around the tape.

Chicken Kebabs

chicken kebabs
The secret to a nice chicken kebab is a marinade. This one combines so many flavours and tastes simply delicious.

500g chicken breast
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp pepper
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a bowl. Cut chicken into 2cm cubes and mix into the marinade. Leave the chicken to marinade overnight. Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. Thread chicken onto skewers. On BBQ or large grill plate, cook the skewers on high heat for approximately 5 minutes each side. Serve with a salad or side dish of your choice.

Wearing Right Now

30.06.14 Wearing right now
[1. Witchery Knit; 2. Oroton 1938 Tote; 3. OPI 'Chillin Like a Villain' Nail Polish; 4. Witchery Loafers; 5. Witchery Coated Skinny Jean]

When it comes to winter, I love keeping myself warm by covering by neck. Normally I use scarves or high collared coats. This season I’m trying to embrace a new trend – the turtle neck. When I spotted this jumper at Witchery, I knew this was exactly I was after. It’s designed for a loose fit and is very soft and cozy.