Happy Birthday to me! After months of baking trials and editing photos, I’ve finally decided to officially share my maple and date loaf recipe to the world. This maple and date loaf is just absolutely divine. I would eat it all the time if I could. It’s great to have for breakfast and even better as a mid morning snack or perhaps even for lunch. It’s great to have with some peanut butter and jam, fruit or on its own. So good, I’ve had multiple people ask me for the recipe. The great thing about this maple and date loaf is that it’s really easy to make AND it’s really, really good for you as well.
The maple and date loaf is quite filling and extremely satisfying. Providing you with lots of fibre coming from the oats, dates and wholemeal flour the loaf will also keep you fuller for longer as it contains a healthy dose of fats (from coconut) and omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds. It stores well in the fridge and lasts for a really long time in the freezer (if it even lasts that long).
From the gold Gatsby like lettering on the basement window to it’s carefully restored upstairs and downstairs dining interior, Nieuw Amsterdam opens up like cellar. Stepping inside you can see the dark red bricks that make the foundations for the wall of this building. Arched doorways framed by black pillars and dark wooden chairs set the classy late night dining scene in this restaurant. Although I’ve never been to America before let alone to an American restaurant and bar, Nieuw Amsterdam does well to create that feel and familiarity you would associate with one.
The final bimonth issue for Otaku USA 2014 is here. In this bimonth’s December issue the magazine features Sword Art Online II the second installment series to the popular Sword Art Online I. We also have Blood Lad, Diabolik Lovers which has a very Vampire Knight vibe to them, Terror in Resonance and Space Dandy which looks like a very funky retro space adventure anime. If you enjoy anime and like to own your own copy of the magazine, please remember to OtakuUSA by subscribing to their magazine, or grab a copy at your local newsagent (Caulfield newsagent have them in stock)Read More
Early on in October I was off to a great start. Only a few days in and I was already smashing some of my goals this year. My activities and events list is complete. I was finally able to run 5km under 30minutes, making my fitness and health list complete as well. When I first saw my running time in the 29 minute range, I couldn’t believe it. I stared at my Strava app for a good few minutes before realizing that I actually did it. Somehow, after all the consistency and inconsistency with running each day or each week this year I managed to become faster. One thing I’ve learnt from this experience is the importance of recording progress. On a day to day basis, it’s difficult to tell whether or not we have improved in anything because those improvements are so small. Sometimes those improvements are not something you can measure such as having a better breathing technique when running, or the recovery time you need post work out. But when you make the effort to be consistent and record all the improvements as well as the setbacks, you will find that at the end of it all your goal has been reached.Read More
LadyBoy Dining & Bar is a colourfully neon lit eclectic paradise. This funky new edition to Richmond’s Thai cuisine Bridge Rd is hip with a cool vibe about it. Not feeling particularly hungry? No worries. There is a bar at the back just before the garden courtyard is for those who just wan to sit back, relax and have a drink. The walk-in restaurant offers food on the menu mainly to share and is only open from 6pm onwards. Reservations can only be made for groups of 6 or more.Read More
Armed with two KOBA vouchers, one from Living Social and the other from Scoopon I made my way to the fast food Korean Mexican take away joint. Having arrived just five past 11:30am, I was a little disappointed that the place was not raring to go. The boy at the counter was having trouble setting up the app to receive the Scoopon voucher deals. Instead of using the Scoopon deal, I decided to use the $9.00 Korrito & Small fries voucher I bought from living social a couple of months back. I would have to save the Scoopon $5.00 meal & drink deal for another day.
I like scones. I love getting creative with all the possible combinations you can make. Every time I decide to experiment with some fancy new scone flavour, my brother always asks me what my problem is with just baking plain scones. Nothing’s wrong with plain scones. I love my plain floury and buttermilky scones as well, but I just can’t help myself. My obsession with funky scones just completely overrides my love for the classic plain scone leading me to make these pumpkin and raspberry scones.
Pumpkin & Raspberry Scones made from butter
Difficult: Normal, you risk getting sticky hands. Makes: 18-20 SconesRead More