Thursday, September 23, 2010


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Here's some pics of my "inspiration diary". It's great to have a flick through it before I go out shopping! By collecting pictures over a period of time I have a better idea of my personal style, rather than just what is in fashion at the current time.

Looking forward to Summer!! :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to Make "Soy Yoghurt"

Recently I have discovered I may/may not have a form of IBS. Unfortunately this means I have had to cut out some of my favourite foods - no more coffee, milk or yoghurt!! I absolutely love yoghurt - and since I found out I have been scouring the supermarket for a substitute.

I have tried a few of varieties of soy yoghurt, but I found they wer
e usually organic and therefore had no stabilisers - a wobbly, watery, lumpy container of off white yoghurt was not exactley appealing!

From my days working as a junior chef in a large production kitchen for rest homes I remembered a quic
k, cheap and easy way to make a thickened milk mixture that was used to make a variety of flavoured custards.

Below is my recipe for soy yoghurt and lemon curd.

Soy Yoghurt with Lemon Curd

2 T Cornflour
1 1/2 T Sugar
h of Salt
2 C Soy Milk
Juice of 1 lemon
2 T lemon Curd plus extra for topping

Combine cornflour, sugar, salt and 1/4 cup of the soy milk in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Add remaining milk and bring to the boil, whisking the entire time. Once mixture has thickened, take off the
heat and strain. Add lemon juice and lemon curd and stir to combine. Pour into containers and add a dollop of lemon curd on top and swirl with the end of a spoon.

I have also made a chocolate version with chocolate soy milk and I might try a vanilla one with honey on top...

I will update my blog with more recipes using soy milk as I discover them - next will be Vanilla Scones!!

Does anyone have any other cool soy recipes I can try??

Fruit Cake - Berry Style!

Today I'm making a fruit cake for my cake decorating class. Next week we are going over icing the cake, then we have to make a floral arrangement to place on top. Exciting!!

I'm not a huge fan of fruit cake, so I have decided to use mainly sultanas and raisins, with the addition of a dried berry mix and orange flavoured cranberries. I figure this will work as the recipe calls for raspberry, lemon, almond, brandy and rum essence...should be a nice combination!

On another note, I will be reviewing a couple of shows in The Otago Arts Festival for the Theatreview website. See the blurb on 2010 and Back of The Bus here and here. I will add a link to my reviews once they are posted.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cake Decorating Update!

Phew! I've finally finished the 1st term of my cake decorating classes. I've got 2 weeks off, where I have to make a fruit cake in preparation for next term. Here are some photos of the flowers I have learnt to make this term - Roses, carnations, open roses, daisies and filler flowers. Let me know what you think!