Friday, 29 November 2013

Baked: Christmas Sugar Cookies

Since I can remember, this time each year I bake these Christmas sugar cookies. It is a nice gift and the recipe delivers a whole batch. They keep well in a sealed container, but I prefer to give them away to loved ones.


2 1/2 C cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 C butter
1 1/2 C white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius
2. Mix flour and baking powder, set aside.
3. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, add the egg and vanilla.
4. Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. The dough should be quite dry and firm, if  it is not, add more flour.
5. Roll the dough out on a floured surface, until it is 4 mm thick.Use cookie cutters to cut out biscuits.
6. Line a baking tray and bake the cookies for 8-10 min or until they are golden brown.
7. Let it cool and cover with sifted icing sugar.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Launch of Voila'! Bantry Bay

Last night was the launch of Voila'! restaurant in Bantry Bay. The invite explained it best - The hottest tea party this summer. The evening was presented in the form of high tea, but this was not your average Earl-grey and cucumber sandwich affair. Bubbly flowed and our thirst were quenched with Sir Juice. Beautiful canape's and delectable sweet treats tempted our taste buds. A perfect evening, with stylish guests and a breathtaking sunset, the launch was in my opinion a tremendous success.

Beautiful looking and tasting canape's.

 Artisan cheeseboard.

Magnificent display.

Tasty sweet treats.

 An open plan kitchen shows the chef hard at work.

 Fresh out of the oven, bread rolls.

 Great service.

Adorable pink packaging for the sweet stuff and each guest left with a paper bag filled with fresh bread rolls.

 Situated opposite The Ambassador Hotel, with a perfect view.

Guests dressed to impress.

Cheers Voila'! Thank you for a beautiful evening, you will definitely be seeing me in the near future.

For any further info, please see their website
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Call them on 021 421 1237 or visit their Facebook page Voila!Restaurant

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Inked In

It seems the world is split in two, when it comes to tattoos - myself included. I admire it from a distance, perhaps one day my mind will settle on a design, perhaps not. Nonetheless it intrigues me tremendously.

'A tattoo is a true poetic creation and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so it's essence emotes a poignancy, unique to the mortal human condition.' - V.Vale Modern Primitives: An investigation of Contemporary Adornment and Ritual.