Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Chocolate Indulgence

I came across these brownies on a lovely blog called Tecnicolor Kitchen. How great would they be at a desert party or just for an after work snack :)

Here's the recipe for you to enjoy!

10 tablespoons (140g/1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter
1 ¼ (250g) cups sugar - I used vanilla sugar
¾ cup + 2 tablespoons (80g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
½ cup (70g) all-purpose flour
2/3 cup (74g) walnut or pecan pieces (optional)

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 20cm (8in) square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Butter the foil.

In a medium heatproof bowl, add the butter and set on top of a large sauce pan with barely simmering water. Melt the butter, then add sugar and salt, and stir until well combined. Next add the cocoa powder and stir until mixture is smooth and hot enough that you want to remove your finger fairly quickly after dipping it in to test. Remove the bowl from the skillet and set aside briefly until the mixture is only warm, not hot.
Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Stir in the nuts, if using. Spread evenly in the lined pan.
Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.
Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board. Cut into 16 or 25 squares.

Chuck’s note on chocolate: any unsweetened natural or Dutch-process cocoa powder works well here. Natural cocoa produces brownies with more flavor complexity and lots of tart, fruity notes, which maybe more exciting for you. Dutch-process cocoa results in a darker brownie with a mellower, old-fashioned chocolate pudding flavor, pleasantly reminiscent of childhood.

Makes 16 large or 25 smaller brownies

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Friday

What are you all up to this weekend? I'm spending the weekend by a pool, doing a National Lifeguard Certification course that I need in order to become a lifeguard this Summer. Hope you all have a great weekend!

How great is Summertime!?

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Darling Life

Inspiration..It creeps up on us when we least expect it. For me, I get the majority of my inspiration from wonderful getaways. My favorites so far have been a trip to Hawaii, the British Virgin Islands and Paris.  I love walking into new places, whether it be a gorgeous hotel, a beautiful beach or just a lovely flea market. I also love being inspired by talented designers like Proenza Schouler and Rodarte. Lately, I find myself being drawn towards very feminine colors and textures. I love anything that is romantic and sheer, or organic and floral. Today, I was inspired by the wonderful work of Victor and Rolf. There lingerie-inspired Spring/Summer 2010 Shoe Collection is so pretty and feminine! Oh how fun it is to be a girl :)
Victor and Rolf Floral Platform Sandal

Victor and Rolf Ruffled Platform Sandal

Victor and Rolf Zipper Bow Platform Wedge

In keeping with the feminine theme, I wanted to share with you, the new Home Collection from H and M. The light pinks, florals and soft whites are so summery and pretty. It seems that the Home Collection is only available in certain European Countries BUT the good news is that these images are sure to keep you all inspired!!

H and M Home Decor

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Lovely Wall

Thibaut creates the most beautifully distinctive patterns around. Whether its on wallpaper or fabric, these whimsical and quirky designs are sure to be the je ne sai quas of any room!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting Glam

Are you loving this room as much as I am? I'm not sure if its the ultra glam pink tufted bed, the whimsical star-burst light or the dramatic rug, but I do know that whoever designed this room is just awesome!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

White Elegance

 Romantic, Soft and Fresh
Rooms with a Parisian Flare