Monthly Archives: February 2012

Overdressed

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“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-eduacated.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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Four eyes

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I bought new glasses this week, from the gorgeous Che Eyewear. The choice of unworn vintage frames is amazing and I had heaps of fun playing around with the different frames.

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I have received mixed reviews, I was complimented twice in my first 10 minutes of wearing them, but others have described them as ‘unusual’, and ‘ironically cool’. Hmm. What does that mean?

New glasses aside, outfits this week have included Pilates wear …

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… Valentines Day ice cream outing outfits …

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… and new job outfits.

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What’s cooking good looking?

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Here are some happenings from my kitchen …

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Corn fritters. Corn, flour, eggs, s+p.

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Laksa with zucchini, peas, tomatoes and boiled eggs.

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Blue corn tostadas with cheese, black refried beans, lettuce, tomato and green salsa.

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Brown fried rice with tofu, purple carrots, egg, snowpeas, mushrooms, broccoli and sesame oil.

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Moves of the week

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Here’s what I have been up to:

Monday
20 minute run
35 minute walk

Tuesday
60 minute toning class

Wednesday
35 minute walk

Thursday
60 minute toning class

Friday
60 minute cardio class
35 minute walk

Saturday
60 minute Pilates class
20 minute run

Sunday
70 minute walk

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Cupboard cake

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This is a cake that I made up. Daring. It isn’t the prettiest cake I’ve ever made, in fact it is pretty ugly, but rest assured that it tastes darn good!

Chocolate, coconut and banana cake
Adapted from various banana and vegan chocolate cake recipes, using my brain

1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon powdered vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
2 mashed bananas

Mix dry ingredients together, then bung in the wet ingredients and the bananas and stir.

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Spread into a square lined tin and bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes. Let cool slightly, and top with cream cheese icing. Serve on your prettiest plate to make up for the cake’s knuckled facade.

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What I wore

A few photos of some of my favourite outfits from the past week.

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Above is a crazy gorgeous red and lace vintage skirt from a market in Los Angeles.

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Belfin pants with a vintage red checked shirt and peachy faux wooly.

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Deep green and silver 1970s long skirt with navy on top.

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Vintage red dress with white trims and a huge bow belt.

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And finally a montage of me in my new favourite 1940s dress from Clara Fox.

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To market, to market

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I took myself down to the bustling Queen Vic Market yesterday morning, for supplies for Luke’s birthday dinner.

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These ginormous pumpkins were not purchased.

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Neither were any doughnuts.

I did, however treat myself to a custard and chocolate brioche and a cappuccino. Delish way to start the day.

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I whipped up Luke’s birthday dinner, a gluten-free chicken parmigiana, complete with chips and salad. I used polenta and crushed rice bubbles for the crispy schnitzelness.

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I am a 95% vegetarian these days, with seafood or fish usually filling the other 5%, it was quite a challenge to cook chicken for the first time in seven years! It certainly was delicious though, knowing I’d bought ethical organic and biodynamic chicken helped.

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We’ll call that success!

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The Australasian Post

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I was lucky enough to come across a huge pile of The Australasian Post at a secondhand shop in Creswick a few weekends ago. Lots were from the 1970s, but it was the ones from the early 1960s that took my fancy.

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@hollybracken), you might have seen some of these glorious images before. If not, enjoy!

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A birthday night out at The Press Club

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I took Luke out to The Press Club for his birthday dinner last night, continuing our tradition of going somewhere we haven’t been before for each and every birthday.

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We dolled ourselves up and trammed it down to Flinders Street. We chose the eight course symposium menu, with a bottle of Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. We visited Sancerre on our trip to France last year, hurrah!

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The food was gorgeous. Obviously. We topped the night off with a walk home, through the warm, dark streets of Carlton. Perfection.

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Go mad for … brownies!

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I was in desperate need of these today, and delighted in eating them while watching The Biggest Loser. Judge me. I don’t mind.

Gluten-free Brownies
Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz. Makes 16.

110 grams of unsalted butter
200 grams of dark chocolate
A pinch or two of flaked salt
3/4 cup of raw sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon cocoa
3 tablespoons of cornflour
1/2 cup of chopped dates or sultanas
1 cup of white chocolate chips

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Line the inside of a square or rectangle slice pan with baking paper and grease with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Turn the oven on. Duh.

Melt the butter, chocolate and salt in a saucepan over very low heat on the stove top, stirring constantly until melty and smooth.

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and the eggs.

Stir together the cocoa powder and cornflour in a small bowl then stir them into the chocolate mixture.

Beat the batter vigorously for at least one minute, until the batter is no longer grainy and nearly smooth. David swears that this is the MOST IMPORTANT PART. Who am I to argue?

Add the dates/sultanas, chocolate chips (or chopped nuts if that’s your deal) then pour and scrape the batter into the pan.

Lick the bowl, spoon and spatula.

Bake for thirty minutes in a 180 degree oven, or until the brownies feel just set in the center.

Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from the pan and slicing.

Eat! Try to leave some for others …

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Wash up. Boo.

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