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keep-cup-vanishing-elephant-8Wearing – Vanishing Elephant top (similar), Neuw jeans, Donelli shoes (unattainable or affordable), Zara bag, Naomi Murrell resin and rose gold ring, Lazy Oafs cat ring (similar)

Say hi to my new friend who keeps me warm, happy and caffeinated on my way to work everyday. There are many children and colleagues out there who should thank this handsome guy for keeping cranky-pants-morning-Sarah at bay. You really don’t wanna see that.

KeepCup has recently introduced their latest series, Brew, featuring glass coffee cups coupled with their signature customisable coloured bands and lids. So you can’t fling this one around as much as their plastic cousins but they feel and look so good. Throw in the limited edition cork band and I’m in hipster heaven. But at the end of the day, the message is the same and still rings true. Sustainability underpinned by practicality and an awesome aesthetic.

Get your own here. Fancy the limited edition cork band? Snap it up here.

Find out more about the KeepCup ethos here.
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Bits and Bobs – Easter Edition

easter-bits-bobs-11 easter-bits-bobs-13 aisurusushi-3 easter-bits-bobs-10 easter-bits-bobs-9 easter-bits-bobs-7 easter-bits-bobs-8 easter-bits-bobs-1 easter-bits-bobs-2-2 easter-bits-bobs-3 easter-bits-bobs-4 easter-bits-bobs-5 easter-bits-bobs-1-2A quick and objective-filled weekend back in Perth. What were my objectives? Find myself an outfit worthy of my 30th birthday celebration, eat some of Mumsy’s finest home-cooked specialties, and stuff myself silly with dim sum. Tick, tick and tick!

1. My David Austen roses thriving in Jinn’s care.

2. A highly successful day at Black Beret in Mount Lawley. Not one but TWO Rachel Gilbert dresses are now in my possession! (Stay tuned for an outfit post from the day!)

3, 4, 5. Heading out for dinner on Saturday night. Not at the newly opened Jamie’s Italian though! We thought we might try our luck for a sneaky post-dinner dessert, but there were people still queuing for dinner at 9:00pm!

6, 7. Trying out the highly popular Taiwanese dessert place in Northbridge, Meet Fresh. So Asian. So good.

8, 9. My furbaby.

10, 11. Chilling with records and tea.

12, 13. Easter Monday breakfast at ours with a sleepy Gabs.

Matcha do about a green cake! …The Silver Spoon #6

matcha-cake-6Ever since our honeymoon in Japan, I’ve been a huge fan of Japanese tea in all its forms. Sencha, genmaicha, houjicha…There are many different types with varying delicious flavours, plus they’re good for you, packed with lots of antioxidants! This cake recipe incorporates matcha, which is essentially the finest quality green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. It is traditionally whisked with hot water into a bright green suspension and served at Japanese tea ceremonies. I bought mine from the little Japanese Green Tea House in Subiaco, but it should be available at any Japanese grocery store. If you’re ever in Subiaco with a spare minute or two you must pop in! Tsutomo is the lovely gentleman who owns the store. He is very passionate about green tea and travels regularly back to Kyoto to bring back the high quality teas he sells us. He’s always more than happy to sit you down at the counter to taste a few different teas and teach you the correct ways to brew them. It’s highly likely you won’t leave empty handed!

There are varying levels of matcha quality but you only need the cheaper end of things as we’re just using it for baking, not drinking. I’ve used it here to add its distinct yet subtle flavour and of course its interesting colour to a fairly basic pound cake recipe. Really easy to make and goes down amazingly well with a cup of black coffee!

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g plain flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons matcha
  • A splash of vanilla essence

How to

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together with a handheld beater.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add also the vanilla essence.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder and matcha.
  5. Fold flour mixture into the batter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until cake skewer comes out cleanly.
  7. Serve to unsuspecting friends and tell them its mould! Nah, really it’s a gorgeous green colour with more punch and character than pistachio…! Enjoy!

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Look at that beautiful green inside peeking out!

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