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Frangipani Fig Tart with Almond Crumble

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I’ve been changing recipes, adapting, researching and experimenting. The kitchen has been almost like a science lab. I started with an item I had purchased a couple of months ago at a market street stall. I had lots of ideas in mind of how I might use the product ‘tar10’ Sticky Fig, but as I’m limiting my grains, my idea of an upside cake was about to change. I then thought of a frangipani tart using almond meal,  the goddess of cooking had sprinkled her flour dust and I was on the search for ideas.

august 019 I remember, Gary Mehigan from MasterChef Australia had made a Fig Tart with Pistachio Crumble, so what a great start to a recipe. I had also seen an easy gluten free tart crust made by Elana from Elana’s Pantry.

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So with a little dabble of one and a dash of another, with a few changes, I’m happy with the result.

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Gingered Black

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Here’s another design I was lucky to find from the Schweppes Limited Edition of vintage pin up girls, hailed from the 1920’s – 1950’s. This wonderful collection celebrated the historic style of Schweppes Ginger Ale, Lemonade, Soda Water and Indian Tonic Water. You can see the Indian Tonic Water bottle I found with blooming delicate roses. Designed by the Australian Design Agency Di Donato.

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black pattern1 Playing with PaintShop ProX…Black Pattern 1..playing can be fun!

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Have a great weekend everyone!


Morning Sunshine

Breakfast is one of those meals where we all do something different! Grab a coffee, some cereal, maybe a piece of fruit on the run. Even skip it!  It was the custom in Italy to call into a corner bar, stand and grab a quick espresso and maybe a pastry and head off to work. Here in Australia it’s anything from coffee, toast and vegemite to a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon and baked beans. I was an oatmeal and yoghurt girl, fresh fruit or toast and vegemite…things are a changing.

august 2012 036 Bread hasn’t been in my daily diet for approximately three weeks…so of course because I love the texture of bread, I had to research a little and find a non grain substitute. Now, the look of this bread might seem a little bland, but it has a wonderful ‘nutty’ texture, but hey not very exciting for the morning…how about a little boost of sunshine!

august 2012 037 Slices of ‘no grain’ bread made into delicious french toast. Soaked in two eggs for 2/3 minutes then fry in butter. Served with fresh fruits: strawberry, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, cherries, frozen raspberries, and pecans with a swirl of honey. My friends let me introduce you to –  Morning Sunshine.

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TT – The not necessarily textured eDition

So it’s an anything goes more than one way for me this week.

I’ve gone back to study, and I’m feeling positive…and grateful that I have this possibility to take a little time to find a new direction to support and enhance  – ME.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each one of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

–Albert  Schweiter Nobel Peace Prize – Winning Medical Missionary & Philosopher.


I’m a reader, and yes most of the time it’s in the comfort of my own space, or in front of a computer, I had thought and still may take another on-line course, but this course I’m taking at the moment has the extra interaction of physically meeting new people and sharing so many aspects of ‘classroom’ social interaction.

I found a little time behind the lens to capture a few photo’s and play around with light and shadow.

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Have a great week, Yvette…x

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Ch.Ch.Ch.Ch….Cherry Bomb!

These Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes are the start of something big! I’m experimenting more and more limiting grains from my diet and researching more into using different flours. Hence the use of coconut and almond flours in this recipe. Searching and researching the alternatives to grains I found many changing lifestyle alternatives… Mark Sisson’s: Mark’sDailyApple –Primal Living in the Modern World; Danielle Walker’s: Against All GrainJenny McGruther’sNourished Kitchen.

I’m not very experienced cooking with other flours, so I just had to try something…after travelling a few kilometers to the nearest organic retail shop, I found coconut flour, coconut oil,coconut sugar, almond butter and a new world was introduced to me. After reading and trying the ‘normal’ every day meals, I needed to try a little dessert. Danielle at ‘Against All Grain’ (see her original recipe here) used cocoa butter,(note to self) have to buy and find this product. From my own experience of using almond meal for Macaroons, sifting  twice or even three times aerating the flour leads to better results.

Isn’t there something about daisies that make you smile and think of sunshine…hopefully it arrives soon!

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Love, Love, Love…cherries, not only are they part of the mixture in this cupcake, delicate sweet little bits surrounded by chocolate, I love them as an extra eye catching decoration. august 2012 016

Read on for the recipe…

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TT – Free & Easy eDition

Another free and easy challenge for today’s Texture Tuesday, with Kim Klassen.

A few more photo’s of natures beauty of Camellia’s. They truly are magical!


Original photo –Twistedvines + kkzuzu + focal black & white + glow + light adjustment (Picasa 3)

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Have a great day everyone, Yvette…x

‘No duty is more urgent, than returning thanks’ –Saint Ambrose

Linking to  Mosaic Monday & Texture Tuesday


Orange & Almond Cake

This is a fantastic recipe, and one I needed to share with you. A Gluten-free flourless Orange & Almond Cake. With a small challenge in time management, I know you’ll be able to cope with this recipe. It needs an overnight cooling time, but the taste is well worth the wait.

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Your home will be filled with the delicious scent of citrus oranges, after baking this cake.

Read on for the recipe…

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TT – The Outside eDition


‘Sunshine Ripples’

This week has been awesome. Busy, exciting and inspirational. How about yours?

This week, Kim offered a different challenge, that we might like to take a walk in the outdoors and take as many photo’s as we saw fit. This was the early morning sunshine just behind these marvelous trees as I went for my early morning walk. Wonderful sunshine beams and radiant warmth, to chase the crisp air of a Winters morning away.

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Five Little Questions

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I’ve been travelling together with Kim & Xanthe participating in their ‘Behind the Scenes’ e-course and connecting to a wonderful group of creative people. We’re connecting today by posting and answering 5 little questions & answers. We’re all getting to know each other a little better by sharing and linking together, and it’s been a few weeks of great inspirations, technical help and wonderful idea’s for our blogs. Thank you Ladies…
5 Questions

1. What makes you happy?….. in 5 words or less….?

Sunshine, Smiles and Rose Petals.

2. Which talent would you most like to have? 

Creative Writer

3. Which words or phrases do you overuse most?

Honey, Truly!,

4. What is your favourite movie, book or both?

Movie: Under a Tuscan Sun. Directed by Audrey Wells

Book: The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

5. If you could go anywhere in the world for a creative retreat where might it be?

By the ocean, high in the mountains, beauty and nature all around.

Linking to BTS


Texture Tuesday: Texture x’s 2 eDition



Taking a walk, enjoying the outside, and looking,seeing and watching all around.

original photo twistedvines + kkhappyheart + kkorganic + adjustments of hue and saturation.

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This is an Australian Native Eucalypt Gum Tree: Swamp Bloodwood, E.ptychocarpa F.Muell

It’s blossom are a beautiful crimson pink with lemon tipped fronds, one of natures Wintertime pleasures as walking in the crisp air.

Linking to Kim Klassens, Texture Tuesday

Have a great day, everyone.