25 November 2014

weekend wander :: autumn morning


Nothing like a good stroll into a secret place, with an autumnal chillier breeze, to make us feel ready and new for the new week. This weekend I 'stumbled' upon an unplanned weekend wander and was marvelled with the magnificent colours that welcome us this time of year.

This place is actually only a few steps from my home, but one of those I hardly visit, in actual fact I don't ever remember visiting it before. Maybe because it lies across an extremely busy and curvaceous road, though lucky me, it is currently closed to traffic - so my time to cross it was now due...and what treasure I was to find.


I fell instantly in love with the dense greenery which reluctantly clings (and doesn't seem resigned to fall) and with the yellow leaves covering the road as if by magic I was five again and (day dreaming) travelling the road to Oz with Toto in my basket.


One more example that if you never get lost you never actually find anything new, nor different or spectacularly surprising - unplanned moments of beauty are made of that.

Note to self: need to get lost to be found. Get lost and you will find what you need.

Love,
Pippa

xoxo


24 November 2014

it is enough


"Half of me is filled with bursting words 
and half of me is painfully shy.
I crave solitude yet also crave people.
I want to pour life and love into everything 
yet also nurture my self-care and go gently.
I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, 
yet also wish to sit and contemplate.
This is the messiness of life - that we all carry multitudes, 
so we must sit with the shifts.
We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, 
the balance comes from this understanding.
Be water.
Flowing, flexible and soft.
Subtly powerful and open.
Wild and serene.
Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides.
It is enough."



:: image source :: natalia drepina
:: text :: victoria erickson



19 November 2014

touches of pink on yellow

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15 November 2014

flourless brownies


Hello my lovelies, how are you? How was your week?
Well the weather here has really settle into cold and rainy, pretty much, and it came oh so suddenly. Even the other week I was cherishing the sunshine and questioning when it was time to put away the summer clothes. Autumn came and went and it seems like there was no transition into a new colder season...it just switched automatically, we were taken by surprise and didn't get time to 'adapt' (...oh poor us!).
So, with weather like this all I fell like doing is cooking...oh no, not your usual food stuff as you have to, I mean dessert cooking; and there is no time of day or day of the week defined for that...it's the 'whenever' time is the correct time.
So this week I have already baked a few cakes and desserts (and proudly ate them too!) but still got 'space' in my belly for one more. How about trying these flourless browned butter brownies?!

The original recipe, which I found on the yummy 'top with cinnamon' blog, uses coconut flour instead of traditional flour - gluten free and grain free.


ingredients

1/2 cup (8 tbsp /110 g) unsalted butter
3 oz (85 g) unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup (125 ml) honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
optional: 3 tbsp chopped walnuts (or other nuts)

method

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease an 8-inch square cake pan with butter. Line the greased pan with a piece of baking paper.
Place the butter into a medium pot and melt over a medium heat. Continue to heat the butter until it foams up and then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate to the pot and stir until all the chocolate has melted and mixed in. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the walnuts) to the pot and stir together until well combined.
Pour the mixture into the lined pan, sprinkle on the chopped walnuts (if using) and bake for 15-20 minutes - it will look set and dry on top but the middle should still be soft. Leave to cool before slicing into 16 squares.
Bon Appetit!!

:: image source and recipe :: top with cinnamon


12 November 2014

to give light

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"...what is to give light must endure burning."~ viktor frankl