Friday, 23 January 2015

Bruschetta, Thai Style


A few years ago I posted this recipe for a Thai style Bruschetta on Something Scrumptious and Something Gorgeous. I don’t know where the recipe originally came from so I hope I’m not breaking any serious copyright laws by reposting the recipe. The reason I’m  reposting is because this recipe is so delicious, it can be eaten with crusty bread or with any meat, fish or chicken cooked on the BBQ. It is great alternative to the Italian version and delicious chilled during this warm weather. But best of all it’s so simple to make!

Ingredients:

4 firm vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small red onion
Juice and shredded rind from 1 lime
1 tsp peanut oil
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp Thai fish sauce
2 tsp sweet chilli sauce
1 bunch coriander leaves only
½ cup salted peanuts, chopped

Method:

Place the tomatoes and onion into a medium bowl. Place the juice, rind, oil, sugar and sauces into a jug and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over the tomato mixture; add the coriander leaves and peanuts. Toss to combine.

Enjoy!

Toni






Thursday, 22 January 2015

Round Mirrors

Have you checked out the Reed Gift Fair Blog lately? If you haven’t, Why not? Their Blog has some fantastic articles on the latest home trends including a weekly column written by us! Here’s our latest article for you…

DESIGN FOCUS-ROUND MIRRORS

Mirrors have always played an important role in the interior design world. A well-placed mirror can reflect light around a room, make a room appear larger or even give the illusion that a space is more open. A mirror can alter or reflect a view all while injecting some personality into the room.
Large or small, framed or unframed, a round mirror looks good in any room of the house.
This mirror from Koh Living is oval with a sleek brass frame and leather strap, we love its simplicity and the way it adds interest to the space.

A mirror can take the place of artwork, as they can be both functional and decorative at the same time. You can be as creative as you like when using mirrors.
This frame has been made from wood rounds of varying diameters.
This mirror has a frame made from Copper and is probably our favourite.
Many trends come and go but decorating with mirrors, in particular round mirrors, seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.
Toni and Giulia,
Something Gorgeous

 Who Are We? Our names are Toni and Giulia. We are both passionate about interiors and write about this passion or obsession, on our Blog Something Gorgeous. We both love to shop, drink coffee (or wine) and natter about our lives. We get excited about gorgeous interiors, delicious food, inspiring photography and beautiful books or magazines. Between us we have 7 children so we know what it’s like to juggle work and play!To find out more about us visit our blog Something Gorgeous or follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Real Estate Sticky Beak - Paris

This apartment in Paris had me staring with my mouth wide open!  Everything about it is stunning, from the gorgeous parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern, amazing moulding on the ceiling and walls, and the exquisite marble fireplaces dotted throughout the home. Seriously could this place be any more beautiful?






Did you notice the George Nelson Lamps in differing shapes used throughout the home?


Gorgeous linens and sheer curtains, breathtaking.

More photos and information about this apartment can be found here

Cheers,

Toni


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Piano Stool and Cowhides

I've had this piano since I was eight years old; it has a lot of sentimentality attached to it. The piano didn't come with a stool and this one was bought probably about 20 years ago. The stool has always been chipped and a bit shabby but I like the shape. Over the years the cushion has undergone many recovering attempts, however nothing has been just right...until now. 

Last week I took my sad piano stool cushion to be recovered. I chose a cowhide in brown and I love it. My photography doesn't really do the stool justice, so take my word for it when I say it looks amazing.


It's lovely how sometimes just updating one simple thing in a room can suddenly breathe new life into a space.

Cheers,

Toni

Monday, 19 January 2015

Home Office Planning Part 2

I'm still trying to update my home office, I wrote here about the 6 key elements my home office must include:

1. Natural Light
2. Space
3. Storage
4. Accessibility 
5. Lighting
6. Atmosphere

Read why I chose these as my top 6 here

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I'm not keen on the feature wall in this home office but I do like the desk design.


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This home office is a little too busy for me, however there are elements I do like, for example there is so much storage, the owners have used all available space in what looks like a well thought out space.
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I love the way this home office is so well organised, I also love that its white!

For now I'm still in the planning stage, but I feel I'm getting closer to what I want my home office to look like.

Cheers,

Toni


Friday, 16 January 2015

Apple and Maple Pork Chops

This week my husband and I are enjoying experiencing 'Empty Nest Syndrome'. It's weird really not having any children at home and in all seriousness I'm not sure I'm looking forward to the time when it becomes a permanent thing in my life. Anyway right now I'm determined to embrace the positive side, like a tidy house and hardly any washing and ironing and plenty of time for me.

Embracing the me thing has meant a distinct lack of grocery shopping so dinner has often meant a dig around in the freezer to see what I can find. Last night I found pork chops. Now my husband is for some strange reason not a big fan of the humble pork chop (I love them) so I went hunting for a recipe to jazz them up. 

The recipe had to include ingredients I already had at home as remember I'm trying to avoid all forms of grocery shopping until absolutely necessary.

This is what I made:



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    4 (about 800g) pork loin cutlets, trimmed
    1 Granny Smith apple, cored, cut into thick wedges
    1 red apple, cored, cut into thick wedges
    4 French shallots, peeled, quartered
    3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water
    60ml (1/4 cup) Maple Syrup
    1/2 chicken stock cube, crumbled
    Mashed potato, to serve
    Steamed green round beans, to serve

    Method:

    1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat.
    2. Season the pork. Cook for 5 minutes or until browned underneath. Turn the pork.
    3. Add the combined apple, shallot and thyme to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until pork is browned and almost cooked through. Transfer the pork to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.
    4. Cook the apple mixture for a further 2 minutes.
    5.Combine the water, maple syrup and stock cube in a jug. Stir into apple mixture for 2 minutes or until combined.
    6.Return the pork to the pan and cook, turning once, for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens.
    7. Divide pork and apple mixture among plates.
    8.Serve with mash and beans.


    Cheers,

    Toni


    * Recipe from here
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